Tour to Terawhiti Station

10/10/2020
Terawhiti albion battery
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October marks Heritage Month in the Greater Wellington Region and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with representatives of the Terawhiti Station at South Makara, are providing an opportunity for those who own  a four wheel drive to come on a tour of the goldfield sites and wind turbine establishments at Terawhiti.

The tour will be led by Michael Grace, a director of the neighbouring Te Kamaru Station and archaeology consultant, Dr Bruce McFadgen, who both have a vast knowledge of Terawhiti  Station and its goldfield sites.


Terawhiti Station, which includes Te Kamaru, is one of New Zealand’s oldest and largest sheep stations.

Several years ago wind turbines were introduced to the station by Meridian to provide wind power to the south west of Wellington.  Before the turn of the 19th century, gold prospecting was a major  activity on Terawhiti and today many of the former sites of gold mining activity remain, one in particular being the Albion Battery.   The Station is seeking to conserve the Albion Battery remnants with Crown and other funding opportunities, through the auspices of the Terawhiti Goldfields Charitable Trust.

Michael and Bruce can take only a limited number of people around Terawhiti.  The tour will be limited to six privately-owned 4WD vehicles with four to five persons per vehicle.   A donation to the Terawhiti Goldfields Charitable Trust would be welcome.

Event Details

When?

  • Saturday 10 October
  • Meet at 10am at the entrance to Terawhiti Station, South Makara Road.
  • Tour concludes approx 3pm
  • Back up day if wet - Sunday 11 October

How Much?

A donation to the Terawhiti Goldfields Charitable Trust is welcome.

Make a Booking

Please book your place and number of attendees on this tour by contacting David Watt, Outreach Advisor Regional Services, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga by 30 September – email dwatt@heritage.org.nz  or phone 027 2466 339.

Bring your own lunch and warm clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes or boots.