Mitchell’s Gully Goldmine and the coastal road south to Punakaiki

At Mitchell’s Gully Goldmine, 20 minutes south of Westport, I received the most concise description of gold extraction I’ve heard yet, it was worth visiting just to hear it.

Walk through some tunnels

Walk through some tunnels

Mitchell’s Gully is a family owned mine, a sign says it was last worked in 1914, I didn’t get the chance to ask whether the family still chip away at it, I’d be tempted if it was in my backyard.

You need a torch to go in this shaft

You need a torch to go in this shaft

You can walk around the mine site at your leisure and enter the shafts and tunnels, you also … Read the rest