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Property Ref: 5636

Goldfields Tourism Complex & Historic Mining Centre For Sale in Central Otago

Property Type: Development Opportunities, Leisure, Other Businesses for sale

Sale Type: Leasehold Interest (Business)

Region: Queenstown, Central Otago, South Island

Physical Address: 803 Kawarau Gorge Rd, State Highway 6, Cromwell 9384


Broker: Adrian Chisholm

Mobile: +64 21 727 888


Secure this ‘one-of-a-kind’ Iconic NZ  Gold Mining Tourism Complex now!

  • Situated in a key GOLD MINING location just out of Queenstown in Central Otago
  • Featuring multiple mining tours and activities: Gold Panning, Guided Tours, Historical Chinese Village, Gold Mining Equipment, including working sluice guns and NZ’s only stamper batteries
  • Plus fabulous extra buildings, perfect as event rooms, for larger tourism groups or conference and wedding functions, and a heli-site for transfers
  • Fabulous reputation and online feedback, with an average of a 4.5 star rating!
  • Great long lease on offer
  • Huge potential +++ for future development and soon to have the famous Cycle Trail coming through

Here is a your opportunity to secure a significant Tourism Business in Central Otago that is popular with Tourists and locals alike, with serious future potential for growth and expansion, along side a great long lease!

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that doesn’t come along often, and with the current growth in the region the timing is right to make your mark here in Central Otago and take this business to the next level! This simply must be viewed to appreciate not only the historic nature of this beautiful location and business, but also the potential for development. Call me today.

For more information or to arrange your viewing, please contact specialist Hospitality Business Broker, Adrian Chisholm, AREINZ, on 021 727 888 or email

Goldfields Mining Center & Tourism Complex

The Goldfields Mining Center offers tourists an interactive glimpse at the history that paved the way for today’s tourist towns of Queenstown, Arrowtown, Cromwell and Wanaka. Step back in time and be enchanted and amazed by the history and resilience of those that made Central Otago their home… and the draw card that Gold can still be found here!

The Goldfields Mining Centre is located on the banks of the spectacular Kawarau River, just 40km from Queenstown, and 10 km from Cromwell. The Goldfields Mining Centre is an historic reserve, which has been set aside by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to preserve an authentic mining site where gold has been mined for over 100 years and gold can still be found in the rocks & gravels of this unique and very special area.

On offer is an extremely long 30 year lease, for Goldfields Mining Center, which commenced on 1st September 2017, and continues through until 31st August 2047!

Activities and points of interest currently available at the Goldfields Mining Centre, and included in the sale are:

  • Gold Panning – The Centre is licensed for gold fossicking and many visitors find and take home gold they have found in the virgin soils.
  • Guided Tours – The Goldfields Mining Centre offers 2 tours of the park, to enable visitors to gain an appreciation of New Zealand’s early gold mining history. All visitors have the opportunity first hand to see and handle the gold for which the park is famed.
  • Chinese Village – A replica Chinese Village, with miner’s store and shacks evoke a period long since gone.
  • Gold Mining Equipment – The power generated by the sluice guns is demonstrated as part of every tour, alongside the operation of one of the few remaining stamper batteries (used to crush the gold-bearing ore) still functioning in New Zealand.
  • The Bank – An original Bank of New Zealand bank brought to the site at Goldfields, which can be converted for a variety of uses, such as a wedding venue, meeting venue (for up to 75 people) or as an intimate dining room (for up to 50 people).
  • The Stables – A gorgeous converted mud-brick building, which can be transformed into a magical venue for events and wedding receptions, or larger dinners.   The Stables gives any function a truly rustic ambiance, with its candle lighting, rough hewed timbers, and glass fronted view of an original blacksmith shop.

Other activities operating from the Goldfields Mining Centre that draw tourists include:

  • Goldfields Jet – A spectacular jet boat ride on the mighty Kawarau River takes passengers through the heart of one of New Zealand’s most historic mining regions.

The proposed new cycle way from Gibbston and Queenstown comes through the property adding great potential for massively increased visitor numbers.

There is a real opportunity to develop the tourism activities to include hot tubs, accommodation, day spa and salon, horse and cart rides, horse trekking, ice creamery, blacksmith, goldsmith, electric car charging in the carpark and so much more! You are only limited by your imagination!

Potential Plus: This is a tourism ‘blank canvas’ for an experienced tourism business operator who is looking to expand their portfolio, with additional tourism activities and hospitality businesses, and yet still has further room for development. An additional income stream is provided via the jet boat operation that utilise the facilities at Goldfields. A heli-landing-site is also present in Goldfields Mining Centre, enabling air transfers and luxury connections to surrounding areas, such as Queenstown, Central Otago and even further afield to Fiordland and the West Coast.

For more information: Please contact Adrian Chisholm, your Specialist Tourism Broker on Mobile 021727888 or outside of New Zealand on +6421727888, or by email at

We look forward to sharing this unique property with you.

Regional Features & Information

The Kawarau Gorge is a major river gorge, located in Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. The Kawarau River flows through the gorge, which is located between the towns of Queenstown and Cromwell, and part of the route of State Highway 6 also follows the gorge.

The gorge begins some 30 kilometres from Queenstown, close to the wine-growing community of Gibbston and the large rock outcrop known as the Nevis Bluff. It continues for some 25 kilometres before the river emerges into the upper valley of the Clutha River close to the settlement of Ripponvale. It is of major historic significance; the Kawarau was the site of much activity during the Otago Gold Rush of the 1860s, and the preserved remains of several miner’s cottages (notably those of Chinese migrants) can be seen above the banks of the river. The Roaring Meg hydro scheme and Goldfields Mining Centre are in the gorge. Visitors can experience panning for gold at the Goldfields Mining Centre.

The gorge is noted for its natural beauty, and is also the site of several extreme sports, notably bungy jumping at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, and white-water sports such as rafting, kayaking and riverboarding.

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5636 | Goldfields | P&L 2019

5636 | Goldfields | Due Diligence (Vendor Supplied)

5636 | Goldfields | 30 Year Doc Lease Information

5636 | Goldfields | Doc Concession Information

5636 | Goldfields | Confidential Financials

5636 | Goldfields | Property & Business Overview

5636 | Goldfields | News Article- Mountain Scene

5636 | Goldfields | Access & Maintenance Agreement

5636 | Goldfields | Footbridge & Access Information

5636 | Goldfields | Heritage NZ Authority

5636 | Goldfields | Mining Permit

5636: Goldfields | Land Use Consent

5636 | Goldfields | ORC Permits

5636 | Goldfields | Access and Maintenance Agreement

5636 | Goldfields | Footbridge Max Load Correspondence

5636 | Goldfields | Heritage New Zealand Authority

5636 | Goldfields | Mining Permit

5636 | Goldfields | Land Use Consent

5636 | Goldfields | ORC Permits

5636 | Goldfields | Licence to occupy

5636 | Goldfields | DOC Concession

5636 | Goldfields | Goldfields Tangible Assets Intangible Assets and Stock at Valuation

5636 | Goldfields | P&L 2019-1

5636 | Goldfields | P&L 2019-2

5636 | Goldfields | P&L NOV-1

5636 | Goldfields | P&L NOV-2

Guided tour a must! ★★★★★

What a surprise. Piers was an amazing tour guide. He kept quite a large group of adults and young children engaged throughout his storytelling of the NZ gold rush. Seeing the machines in action was awesome and the panning demonstration was great – a bit addictive mind.

Fabulous!!!! ★★★★★

We had the best morning at the Goldfields Mining centre. Having always been fascinated by finding gold/gems/fossils etc I couldn’t wait to give gold panning a go. A short walk around the site showed us the old Chinese mining village and mines which was fascinating. Bruce our guide let us hold some real nuggets and told us all about the history of mining in the local area, they even have some working gold mining equipment to show you! After panning for a while (maybe an hour or so) we got about 10 small pieces of gold!! This is genuine virgin land you can pan on and it’s so much fun and stupidly addictive, be prepared to lose hours here. Bruce really made the trip for us, he was so knowledgeable and passionate about gold. Definitely worth a visit, thanks so much 🙂

I found gold! ★★★★★

It was great experience. We did the self guided tour and the gold panning guided tour. The staff were friendly and informative. My mum and I found gold. It was so fun!

Interesting visit! ★★★★

We popped past on the way from Queenstown to Dunedin. A good and informative way to spend a few hours. You get to cross a bridge over a beautiful blue river. We did the guided tour to learn about the history of gold mining in the area. The tour of the machinery was really interesting too. Gold panning was fun! The heat made the experience even more authentic
Wish we had allocated more time to walk around the entire place as what we could see from the distance looked so interesting! Unfortunately with 20 month old in tow, we reluctantly had to leave although he did enjoy looking at the machinery.

An excellent excursion ★★★★★

This was a fantastic excursion for adults and children. The guide gave us information about the mine and how it came to be and he was very entertaining and informative. We had teenagers with us and they were absolutely enthralled by all this information. He showed us the primitive yet incredible mining machinery that used technology that was amazingly inventive for those days. Then came the panning which was great fun. The kids were sure they were going to find something huge but, alas, these are nowhere to be found! We were there for nearly 2 hours which was sufficient. The prices were good, costing $25 NZ for adults and $10 NZ for children. We were there in December (Summer) but we’re very pleased we’d taken warm clothes as the wind made it fairly cold. The staff were very pleasant and there is a restaurant for younto get a coffee, a drink or something to eat.

Good fun while passing through Cromwell! ★★★★★

Through the tour you get to see a few of the machinery that they use for gold mining. These machinery are actually still working and they give you a real life demonstration of how it works! After that they will demonstrate and let you have a try at gold panning, and yes you get to keep any gold that you find! (If you find any). Anyway I felt it was a rather complete experience and well worth your time if you decide to do it!

Triple gold pass really worthwhile★★★★★

We took our boys (9 & 10yrs old) to do the gold mining tour with Piers and really enjoyed his informative talk on history of gold mining in Otago region and demos of the equipment used to find the gold. Our jet boat ride was also entertaining and 10 min longer than the shot over jet. Our female driver was excellent and gave us plenty of thrills zooming along the river past rock faces with 360 degree spins.
We were then treated to a delicious gourmet lunch paired with tastings of 5 different wines. The smoked merino lamb shoulder was very memorable

I highly recommend to visit! ★★★★★

It is a very interesting place with a very friendly and helpful staff (especially Piers!) leave yourself at least an hour to visit.

Great place to visit and try your luck ★★★★★

We spent a wonderful couple of hours at this old golf mine. Our guide Piers was brilliant. At the end of the tour he showed us how the pan for gold and gave us novices a few tips to find the previous metal. The cafe restaurant is also very good. This place is definitely worth a visit when you are close by.

Family Fun ★★★★★

Finally brought the kid’s out to have a visit, was a great day. Jet Boat ride was a real thrill and lots of fun!

Source: Online Reviews Platforms.

Property Details

Property Type

Development Opportunities
Other Businesses for sale

Sale Type

Leasehold Interest (Business)


Queenstown Central Otago South Island

Physical Address

803 Kawarau Gorge Rd, State Highway 6, Cromwell 9384



Contact Agents

Business Broker Adrian Chisholm

Adrian Chisholm

Head Office | Lower North Island, Canterbury, Marlborough, Tasman, Upper West Coast, Central Otago, Fiordland & Southland
International: +64 21 727 888
NZ Mobile: 021 727 888



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