Spend the day exploring the old gold mining town of Skippers after driving along one of New Zealand's 'most dangerous roads'. The history of the area is pretty amazing - you can even camp at the old Skipper township which is pretty awesome!
The 1862 gold rush lured thousands of miners to Skippers Canyon, closely followed by packers, blacksmiths, butchers and bankers. At its peak, the settlement boasted a post office, hall, hotel, stores and a school. When the school closed in 1927 it became a woolshed, and later left derelict for some 20 years. In 1992 it was restored by DOC.