Tarawera Chimney and Smelter

A heritage conservation project

Tarawera ChimneyThis is the first conservation heritage project for the Trust. The Tarawera Silver Mine and Smelter is located in Isthmus Sound in Preservation Inlet, Dusky Sound. It was one of many failed ore extraction ventures in the Preservation area, and the only smelter site on public conservation land in Southland.

The most prominent and significant feature of this historic place is the reclining brick chimney running up the hill from the smelter, which is now being restored by Fiordland DOC in partnership with Real Journeys and the Trust. Fletcher Dillingham Ibau JV and Meridian staff from the Second Manapouri Tailrace project (2MTT) are also supporting the project with a generous donation following a recent reunion.

This project is expected to be started in February or March 2015 dependent on weather and the Trust is seeking donations for this significant heritage project.