National Weekend Greymouth 2019 Gold Fever
The Canterbury TR Register group invite you to come to the West Coast in 2019 to discover, relive and enjoy the fascinating history and stunning scenery that is here in abundance.
You will start your weekend in Monteiths Brewery where all you beer lovers can do a tour and sample the golden brews. Afterwards we will feed you with tasty nuggets. You will end your weekend in the old Miners’ Hall in Shantytown, where you will get caught up in an unprecedented outbreak of gold fever. And expect the unexpected!
During the National Weekend we will visit old mines, sites of sweat, tears and tragedy. We will drive some of the many inland and coastal roads that might have been constructed especially for sports car touring. We will visit towns, some deserted empty relics and some thriving communities.
The roads we will travel on are the same routes used by miners and explorers of old … except they are in much better nick now.
We are sure you will want to join the after-tour in which we will travel south via the glaciers, then head eastwards over the Haast pass, through Otago, where gold fever first struck New Zealand and then northwards to Tekapo.
Along the route there will be options for driving the Highlands Motorsport circuit at Cromwell, you could book a glider flight in Omarama, or a jet boat trip at Makarora, bush walks, whisky distillery, gold workings, space observatory and salmon farm visits. And to cap it all you will enjoy good company and fine scenery all the way.
SO MARK YOU CALENDAR - Greymouth, Thurs, 28th Feb – Sun, 3rd Mar 2019
THE RICHES OF THE WEST COAST used to lie on and under the ground: gold, coal and greenstone. Today the richness of this region IS the ground, the mountains, rivers and valleys. Stunning scenery is everywhere to be enjoyed.
Gold was discovered on the West Coast in 1864, at a time when this was a largely unexplored part of the Canterbury Province. There are active gold mines here today, large and small. Over 270 Tonnes of the yellow metal has been shipped out over the years.
Coal extraction followed in much greater quantities. High quality coal that was sought after from all over the world for iron and steel making. Coal made this part of the country richer than gold.
Much earlier, Maori prized the greenstone found here and shaped it into symbols of power and kingship.
Bryan and Carol Thomas
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