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Saint Bathans Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 15 photos

Population - oooh, half a dozen or so!

St Bathans is a tiny cluster of buildings comprising little more than a church, post office and hotel, but back in it's gold mining hey day it was a busy township. There were thirteen hotels here once - all that is left is The Vulcan, supposedly complete with resident ghost.

Right opposite The Vulcan is the sparkling Blue Lake - once a hill and now a water-filled mining pit. The intense blue is a result of the minerals present in the water and surrounding cliffs. Beautiful on a sunny day, the lake freezes over in winter.

This is the old Bank of New South Wales Gold Office, a piece of St Bathans gold mining history preserved.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:In one of the most beautiful parts of NZ.
  • Cons:Out of the way, it's easily missed.
  • In a nutshell:Tonnes of character and history packed into a pint-sized pot!
  • Last visit to Saint Bathans: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Nice little small town :)

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    We "collect" those pre-fabricated chapels and such. Lots in England and Wales as well as NZ. The Athenaeum in Nasbey is a really good one. Love these old gold towns. leyle

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2007 at 4:32 AM

    spiffing new tips. you are very lucky to live such beautiful places

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2007 at 7:59 AM

    So your not afraid of ghosts then ?

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 4:19 PM

    I love these little places off the beaten path...keep up the good work. BTW, there's a place in Alberta called Ranfurly. One more place to add to my trip to NZ.


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