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Round Hill

Gold was first discovered in the area at Round Hill about 1868, this being the gold rush period of New Zealand's history.

Round Hill became a settlement in 1874 when Italian miners discovered gold there.

When Chinese miners arrived in the early 1880's they discovered that the Europeans had not been successful because they had been working on a false bottom. Beneath this 'false botton' was a large quantity of gold.

Canton, the Chinese village boasted a hotel, as well as the requisite opium and gambling dens to cater for the needs of the many miners who flocked to the area in search of their golden fortune.

The hills were home but for a short time, when with fortunes made - considered in those days as anything between 300-500pound most of the miners returned to China to marry and live out their lives in comfort.

Gold mining remained a feature of the Round Hill area for more than 100 years. Attempts were also made from the 1870's to exploit quartz reefs in the Longwoods but although large sums of money were invested, none of the companies produced satisfactory results.

The Riverton Museum has some wonderful artefacts and photos of the Chinese settlement on display.

Don't miss the superb views of Stewart Island and Centre Island on the road between Mantell's Rocks and Round Hill.

Walk the TeAraroa Longhilly Track
Long Hilly (Round Hill) Walking Track 2hours 15 min return

The Long Hilly Track explores regenerating native bush and relics from the little known days of early Chinese goldmining activity in Southland - the largest Chinese settlement in New Zealand. The gravelled loop track leads through a tramway cutting to old earth dams. A wide variety of native plants and birds can be found along the way.

Ports Water Race Route
Carpark to Cascade Road via Ports Race 9 hours

Suitable for properly equipped people with moderate back country skills and experience. Some sections are rough and uneven and there are several streams to cross. Before Cascade Road the rout passes through an operational logging area where you should remain on the route for your won safety. There are obscured, open mineshafts and water races throughout the Longwoods Conservation Area.



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