Ross was settled in 1865, proving to be gold-rich. At its peak it had about 2500 inhabitants, numerous hotels and even a harpist! In 1909 two miners reworking the bank of Jones Creek, unearthed a fist-sized nugget weighing about 3.1kg. This was a celebrated find, and the nugget was christened 'the Honourable Roddy Nugget', after the Minister of Mines Roderick McKenzie.
Mining relics, tunnels and the remainder of miles of water race can be found in the regenerating rainforest on the many walks around Ross. Descendants of those early diggers still make the town their home.
There are also some of NZ's best trout fishing nearby and at a certain low tides, you can collect mussels on the beach.
The Information Centre in Ross offers a great display of the local history as well as the opportunity to try your hand at gold panning and get your own Roddy nugget!
Browse the listings below to learn more about Ross.
See & Do
Ross Water Race Walkway - Walk
EASY / MODERATE
Time: 1 hour loop.
Access: Walk starts from Ross Visitor Centre.
Features: Follows Mt Greenland Rd up Jones Ck & loops back following water race. Replica miner's hut, several dam sites and tunnels. Passes through old Ross cemetery with views overlooking Ross and the Tasman Sea. Goldmining area relics to be seen on walk and at visitor centre.
Ross Historic Cemetery - Walk
Time: 10 min one way
Access: Walk starts from the top of St James Street near Visitor Centre.
Features: Part of the Ross Water Race Walkway. Short zig zags uphill before entering the Cemetery. Interesting headstones and great views.
Mount Greenland - Tramp
MODERATE / HARD
Time: 7 hours return. 18 km
Features: Rough unmaintained road to the top of Mount Greenland. Old miner's pack track through tall rimu with cover of sub-alpine vegetation at top (905m). 360 degree views on a good day. This is a long tramp and good footwear is essential. NB: The road continues steeply downhill to the site of the old mining village at the back of Mt Greenland. This will add several hours to the journey and is therefore not recommended as a day walk.
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