Bendigo Ghost Town (F8)

Bendigo Ghost town, part of the Otago Goldfields Heritage area…north of Cromwell and south of Wanaka, near Tarras, New Zealand.

GPS: -44.940680° 169.370412°

Here’s a DoC PDF detailing tons of Bendigo area mining history: http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/conservation/historic/by-region/otago/brief-history-bendigo-historic-reserve.pdf

Bendigo ghost town overview 1

Bendigo ghost town overview 1

Bendigo ghost town overview 2

Bendigo ghost town overview 2

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Lower Bendigo bucket dredge arm

Lower Bendigo bucket dredge arm

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Lower Bendigo junction signage

Lower Bendigo junction signage

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Lower Bendigo ruins

Lower Bendigo ruins

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The Welshtown ruins at the start of the Bendigo ghost town loop track.

The Welshtown ruins at the start of the Bendigo ghost town loop track.

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Bendigo Ruins with the Cromwell Walks brochure.

Bendigo Ruins with the Cromwell Walks brochure.

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Bendigo Welshtown ruins

Bendigo Welshtown ruins

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Decaying wagon at the Logantown site, Bendigo.

Decaying wagon at the Logantown site, Bendigo.

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Bendigo school historic chimney

Bendigo school historic chimney

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Bendigo ruins of the Pengelly Hotel.

Bendigo ruins of the Pengelly Hotel.

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Pengelly hotel details

Pengelly hotel details

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Bendigo Pengelly Hotel

Bendigo Pengelly Hotel

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Bendigo Pengelly Hotel site

Bendigo Pengelly Hotel site

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Matilda Battery info sign at Bendigo.

Matilda Battery info sign at Bendigo.

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Matilda Battery site

Matilda Battery site

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Looking down the forever-deep Matilda #2 mine shaft.

Looking down the forever-deep Matilda #2 mine shaft at Bendigo New Zealand.

Old time cement stamper base

Old time cement stamper base

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Bendigo Matilda #2 site

Bendigo Matilda #2 site

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Nearby to Bendigo, to the north, is Thompson’s Gorge road.  A few kms up Thompson’s Gorge Rd you’ll see carpark signage for the intriguing ruins at the Come in Time Stamper Battery and Alta Reef mining site.  Most of these next photos have been uploaded onto GoogleEarth:

Carpark signage for Come in Time Battery

Carpark signage for Come in Time Battery

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Come in Time carpark signage

Come in Time carpark signage

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Come in Time Battery site

Come in Time Battery site

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Come in Time Stamper

Come in Time Stamper

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Come in Time Battery

Come in Time Battery

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Inside the Red Tunnel Mine.

Inside the Red Tunnel Mine.

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Cable way reel, looking down at battery site

Cable way reel, looking down at battery site

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Top cableway wheel from Come in Time Battery

Top cableway wheel from Come in Time Battery

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Alta Reef stamper and building ruins

Alta Reef stamper and building ruins

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Alta Reef stamper battery

Alta Reef stamper battery

Alta Reef stamper battery at the Come in Time battery site north of Bendigo in Thompson’s Gorge.

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