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This event is part of the Geopark Festival 2023.

Explore and learn more about how gold is extracted from the rock beneath our feet at New Zealand’s largest gold mine with OceanaGold’s new Self-Guided Tour.

Visitors can now get a closer look at our modern mining practices with new viewing areas into active parts of the mine site and interactive installations including the retired Caterpillar 5230B excavator and a full-sized haul truck tyre.

With a rich history of early gold mining in the area, the tour also features restored artifacts at the Gravel Pumping Display, buildings associated with the historic Macraes Township and links with the Department of Conservation Golden Point Historic Reserve including the historic Callery’s Battery, the best surviving example of a working stamper battery on its original site.

Located next to the Macraes township in East Otago, the OceanaGold Macraes Operation has been operating since 1990, producing over five million ounces of gold.

What to expect on the day – access to the new OceanaGold Self-Guided Tour viewing areas, mine and geology information, and the opportunity to speak with mine staff (including Geologists). Have lunch at the historic Stanleys Hotel, picnic at the viewing areas with a BBQ from the main information hub and enjoy what the Macraes district has to offer.

Suitable for 5+ yrs.

When? Saturday 28 October 2023, 11am - 3pm

Where? OceanaGold Macraes Tour Hub, Golden Point Road, Macraes (sign-posted on the day)

Cost: Free

Contact: Ainslea Boult, 03 497 4768,

No booking required.

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