Ross, The West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Ross, West Coast, New Zealand

Ross is a small historic gold-mining town, located on the South Island's West Coast and
only 20 minutes south of Hokitika, an ideal place to stay, as it is located near the centre of the West Coast.

Ross is a gateway to all the wonderful attractions the West Coast has to offer.
Only 1.5 hours drive takes you to the famous Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier,
Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks), Lake Brunner and Arthurs Pass.

Ross Goldfields sign.
 During the West Coast goldrush of the 1860s Ross was an important centre.

 Now you can visit the Ross Goldfields Visitor Information Centre, this is a community owned and operated centre, where you can go Gold panning,
see authentic historic relics, including a miners cottage,
 1800’s pioneer cemetery or take a 1 hour historic gold trail walk.

Since 1988 a large open cast mine has operated adjacent to the town and Ross is  the last example of deep-level alluvial gold mining in New Zealand.

It was in Ross that the largest gold nugget in New Zealand was found in 1909.
The “Honourable Roddy Nugget” was as big as a man’s fist and weighed 99 ounces.
It was purchased by the N.Z. government and presented to King George V as a coronation gift.
A 1950 enquiry about the whereabouts of the nugget to the Royal Family resulted in the embarrassed
 Imperial Household reporting that the nugget had been melted down to gild a Royal tea service!
(Further discomfiture ensued when the said tea service could not be located).

(There is some conjecture over the nugget’s origin. Some consider the “Honourable Roddy”
was in fact found in Australia and smuggled to New Zealand by dishonourable diggers and planted at Ross
to fraudulently inflate the sale price of their gold claim).

The land beneath the township of Ross has never been mined and a Ministry of Commerce geologist estimated in 1993 that gold deposits of about $700 million lie under the town.

Ross Gold TownRoss Goldfields Heritage area