Macetown 4WD and gold panning

3 Days

From NZD 489 per person

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  • Getaway Summary
  • Location: Queenstown, Central Otago
  • 2 nights/3 days
  • Accommodation in 3* hotel
  • 4.5h Quad Bike Queenstown tour

Macetown 4WD and gold panning tour 

This is a true offroad experience that calls all adventurers. Macetown is an abandoned gold mining town deep in a mountain valley that only a 4WD vehicle like Nomad Safaris’ Land Rover Defender can reach.

Your first stop en route is picturesque Arrowtown where you visit the historic Chinese Settlers Village and the filming location of Ford of Bruinen in the Lord of the Rings. 

You then follow the Arrow River towards Macetown. 4WD is really needed as you cross the river some 25 times! 

Once you arrive in Macetown you’ll visit the historic settlement (Smith’s Bakehouse, Needham Cottage and Anderson’s Battery) and learn all about the gold that was once found in this area.

You can even try your own hand at gold panning, using the same technique as the prospectors back in the day. Maybe this is your lucky day..?

Macetown 4WD you get to experience true off-road driving as Nomad Safaris’ drivers will show you what the Defenders can do! This adventure really puts the 4x4s through their paces making it so much more than just another heritage tour.

Your Queenstown accommodation

Blue Peaks Lodge is a centrally located 3* hotel, only steps away from Queenstown’s hustle and bustle. It’s absolutely no-frills and offers great value for money.

Park your car at the motel for free (very rare in Queenstown) and walk the short walking distance to the town centre.

Your room is approximately 20sqm big, with a comfy queen-size bed and ensuite with shower and toilet. Prep your lunch at home thanks to the provided fridge, microwave, toaster and tea/ coffee making facilities.

The hotel also offers One- and Two-Bedroom apartments, which is perfect if you’re travelling with friends. Just let us know if you need a bigger room.

PS: Do you need a rental car or a camper? Let us know, we’re happy to help you find the right vehicle!


  • 2 nights at 3* Blue Peaks Lodge in a Studio (no kitchen) room
  • 4.5h Macetown 4WD tour with Nomad Safaris
  • Gold panning and refreshments

Not Included

  • Other meals
  • Entry fee to other attractions or activities

Booking dates: Until 30 September 2020

Travel dates: now – 30 November 2020

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Pricing is based on 2 people. Please send an enquiry for the price if you’re more people.

Payment for our packaged getaway is due at the time of confirmation/invoice. Please send us a screenshot of the payment within 24h. If travel takes place within 48h from booking, only credit and debit card payments are accepted and a surcharge of 2.5% will be charged to your card.

Cancellations & amendments to bookings must be made 72h prior to travel dates. Any cancellations after this date will be non-refundable.

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