Invincible Mine Site

Rees Valley Road, Glenorchy

  • Invincible Mine Site. .
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand.
  • Invincible Mine Site ruins in Rees Valley, Otago. Reference No.MNZ-1724-1/4-F. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.
    Copyright: Alexander Turnbull Library. Taken By: R W Willett. Date: 1/06/1930.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Able to Visit
List Number 5603 Date Entered 14th June 1985


City/District Council

Queenstown-Lakes District


Otago Region

Legal description

Sec 1 Blk XII Earnslaw SD, SO 18563 (Invincible Mine Historic Reserve, NZ Gazette 1979 p.570)


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Construction Dates

Public NZAA Number


Other Information

From Peter Petchey (3 Jun 2010), archaeologist and author of 1995 conservation plan for the Invincible Mine site:

The battery was not demolished, and the main battery posts and camshaft remain on site (the mortar boxes and stampers were removed when the plant shut down). However, they have fallen down through natural decay. Likewise, the water wheel has collapsed, although it is still partially intact where it is within the wheel pit (ie, the above ground section has collapsed).

In other words, the site still consists of:

The restored set of 7 berdans

The partially intact (but collapsed) battery

The partially collapsed water wheel

The battery and associated infrastructure site (the terrace on the mountain side where everything happened)

The mines

The mine road

The buddle and associated features on the river flats at the base of the hill.

Registration should cover the whole complex, as they were functionally linked.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.