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Ross

Ross is the source of  'the Honourable Roddy Nugget', a fish-sized gold nugget weighing about 3.1kg! You can see why it is called Ross "Gold Town".

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image of cyclists riding over Totara Bridge near Ross

Totara Bridge |  West Coast Wilderness Trail near Ross: ©Jase Blair

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Cool Ideas | Things to do in Ross

Ross is a picturesque town and a worthwhile stop on your travels. Here are some ideas:

  • Walk the Ross Water Race Walkway to see goldmining relics and the old Ross Cemetary.
  • Ross is a key starting or stopping point for the West Coast Wilderness Trail, a NZ "great Ride" cycle trail.
  • The Information Centre in Ross offers the opportunity to try your hand at gold panning and get your own Roddy nugget! 

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Ross Water Race Walkway - Walk

LOCATION :

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.

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Ross Historic Cemetery - Walk

LOCATION :

EASY 
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.

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Mount Greenland - Tramp

LOCATION :

MODERATE / HARD 
Time: 7 hours return. 18 km
Access: 
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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Paramata Lodge

Our sophisticated eco lodge has three luxury suites 35km south of Hokitika towards the glaciers. In a beautiful forest setting by remote sandy beach, peace, fine dining, and wildlife discovery combine. We are 3 hours drive from Christchurch airport and located between West Coast's best-known scenic attractions.

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