Remains of the Come in Time Battery,
Further up Thomson Gorge Road there's a signposted walk down to the mine entrances and the battery that was part of the Come in Time claim. This has recently been restored and is a virtually complete example of this kind of heavy gold mining equipment.
It’s just a short walk to the battery, though there are other interesting artefacts in the area, making it a good place for both exploring and picnicking.
The freehold land from the historic reserve to the top of Thomson Gorge Road is also ‘wander at will,’ to look at the historic sites within the Rise and Shine area.
You can get to Bendigo via Thomson Gorge Road, up and over the Dunstan Range from the Manuherikia Valley at Matakanui.
This is a four wheel drive road and should not be attempted in winter or in adverse conditions. The western end of this road provides access to Bendigo Township via Bendigo Creek or out via Ardgour Road and back on to SH8 at the Lindis River Bridge.
Further up Thomson Gorge Road you'll see the signposts for the walk to the Come in Time Battery.
Know before you go
Caution. There are old and very deep mining shafts throughout this area. Extreme care must be taken and children closely supervised.
Due to the harsh nature of the country and the threat of changeable conditions, care should be taken in the Bendigo reserves and conservation areas. The climate can swing to either extreme in the course of a day. In winter the ranges are blanketed in snow, a complete contrast to the low humidity and very hot conditions of summer. Prepare for these extremes with suitable clothing and equipment: sun hat, sun screen, water, warm and water- and wind-proof clothing and suitable footwear.
When walking please ensure that you have a map and compass. The relevant NZTopo50 series map for this area is CB13 Tarras; available from the DOC office in Alexandra.