Discover gold rush relics from Ross’ golden days and pan for gold yourself.
Established in the 1860s, Ross is an historic West Coast town located in the Westland District on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
The township lies 20 minutes drive south of Hokitika airport on State Highway 6 and 46 kilometres north-east of Harihari, State Highway 6 passes through Ross on its route from Ruatapu south to Pukekura, Harihari, and further south, the Franz Josef Glacier.
Surrounded to the east the high shoulder of Malfroy Spur and beyond it Mt Greenland against whose tapering ridges the town is situated and to the south lies the Mont d’Or, 1.5km to the West is the Tasman Sea. Flowering Cherries border both Aylmer and Moorhouse Street.
With a population of 297 (2013 census) there is little to suggest that Ross once had a population of over four thousand . Ross was once “The Ballarat of Westland” and the Ross Flat was “the richest piece of alluvial ground in New Zealand”
Ross has many attractions, The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail start or finishes in Ross, The Water Race walkway, Gold Panning at Jones Creek or the Information Centre, The Totara & Mikonui Rivers offer good trout fishing and the Ross Beach is a great place to caste your Rod. Ross has a covered swimming pool and a squash court and visitors to the town are welcome to use these facilities.