Blacks Point Museum

Housed in an old church 2km east of Reefton on State Highway 7, this museum is crammed with prospecting paraphernalia.

Just up the driveway is the still-functional Golden Fleece Battery, used for crushing gold-flecked quartz. The Blacks Point walks also start from here.

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