Māori travelled through Central Otago on their way to the pounamu rivers of the west coast. Hunting parties also visited the region—they built rafts and used the Clutha River to transport moa and other game back to the east coast. More recently, in the 1860s, Central Otago was the scene of a gold rush. Trails used by miners can still be seen winding over the hills. Stone cottages, a haunted hotel, cleverly engineered water channels, mines and machinery are other relics to discover.