Call into this historic cottage for a gold-panning lesson ($10, plus an extra $5 if you're keen to hire a pan and give it a go). If you've already got golden skills, hire a pan and shovel ($6) or sluice box ($35) and head out on your own.

The cottage also houses an interesting gift shop selling the work of NZ designers, and a cafe with the likes of whitebait fritters, toasted sandwiches and good coffee.