St Bathans township lies at the base of the eastern side of the southern spur of the St Bathans Range. The town allows you to step back in time to the gold mining days.
St Bathans was established in 1863 to service gold mines during the gold rush and is full of history. You can learn about the area's mining history, see historic buildings and walk around the scenic Blue Lake.
Leave No Trace
As a matter of respect for the conservation area and historic village of St Bathans where we host Rhythm and Gold Festival, we seek to raise our sustainability game every year. It’s at the heart of everything we do: get on the bandwagon with us! Let’s keep this little slice of paradise looking mint.
We make it super easy for you: by providing Compost, Recycling and Rubbish Bins.
Keep your campsite organised: pre-sort your waste into three bags at your campsite and drop them at a bin station before you head out.
If you see something on the ground, take one for the team! Pick it up and help it find its way into the right bin.
Compostable packaging, dishes, cutlery and cups into the Compost bins thanks!
Food and Drink
Our food vendors offer a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. It’s nourishing, varied and affordable,
Thirsty? There’s coffee, and beverages at the Vulcan Hotel, located at the heart of the festival serving beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks.
Kids are welcome at Rhythm and Gold.
There's a dedicated kids' zone with its own programme of activities and separate, and family camping area.
We welcome the whole family. It takes a village, you know?
Getting here and Festival Map
This is an old Central Otago gold mining town 40 minutes drive from Alexandra and 20 minutes from Ranfurly.
From SH 85, northeast of Alexandra at Becks, turn left into Loop Rd and follow north.
1 1/2 hours from Queenstown
2 hours from Dunedin