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Queenstown and the Central Otago region have a rich gold mining history, get yourself a pan and see if you can strike gold!

Explore the old farm homesteads and historic gold mining villages for a peek into early settler life. To complement your gold panning adventures, there are also numerous heritage walks to be had in and around Queenstown, exploring the unforgettable natural scenery that forms the backbone to this region's fascinating history.

If you're interesting in embarking on your own gold panning adventure, pans can be hired from the Lakes District Museum or Dudley's Precinct next to the Chinese Mining Village and taken down to the Arrow River in Arrowtown.