Goldfields Mining Centre

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AliNel01
Nelson, New Zealand87 contributions
Step back in time
May 2021
We crossed the beautiful blue river, there was a warm greeting from the lady in the office on a quiet day, and we set off for a 45 minute wander/clamber around the Chinese village and surroundings. Back at the office we sat with other visitors and were shown gold nuggets and told stories of settlers, gold miners, success and failure. The stamper was under repair but we had a good idea of how it worked, and then had a go at panning for gold ourselves. No luck there, but we were lucky we found the Goldfields Mining Centre, absolutely recommend it for all ages. Congratulations to the staff and all involved. Back across the river we enjoyed our picnic in the sun perched on rocks, marvelling at the tenacity of the miners all those years ago.
Written 24 May 2021
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Naina-Damani
London, UK1,032 contributions
PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE GOLD.
Mar 2020
Perfect opportunity to explore and experience finding gold in a mixture of sand and gritty muddy water. Really not easy and the finding is a tiny piece of gold if you are lucky.
Written 6 February 2021
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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand674 contributions
Great experience, gold panning.
Nov 2020
We arrived between tours and there were a large group coming after us so they recommend we join the end of the current tour which gave us the gold panning (also they gave us a discount for missing most of the tour). My wife really enjoyed the panning hard to drag her away from it..gold fever?? There was a young boy next to her just as enthralled and his parents spent a lot of time panning with him. Unfortunately we were not that successful. Walked around the place for an hour interesting with a lot of history and great photo opportunities.

I would suspect with the whole tour etc you could spend a couple hours easily
Written 29 November 2020
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ANZ787900
Auckland, New Zealand62 contributions
Great history lesson about the Central Otago goldfields
Oct 2020
A must do to get a hands-on appreciation for the Gold Rush era which marked Central Otago on the map. Easily accessible, it's at the Cromwell end of the Kawarau Gorge between Queenstown and Cromwell. The guided tour is a must, with knowledgeable guides. There is a real gold nugget you can feel. A working stamping battery and sluicing gun are on display and you can also have a go at gold panning yourself. Don't expect to find a big nugget though - the majority of Central Otago's gold is alluvial gold.

Taking this tour before visiting the Bannockburn Sluicings will enhance the experience of the sluicing site.

Go earlier in the day so you have time to take the self-guided walk around the precinct. Get a feel for how miners used to live in their little huts back in the late 1800s with the below freezing conditions in winter to the stifling heat of the summer.
Written 20 November 2020
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DINKZ
Wellington, New Zealand211 contributions
Lovely shop - worth the visit
Oct 2020
Stopped in here, didn't go panning but really enjoyed looking around the shop and chatting with the shop assistant - she was a good laugh and really friendly and helpful.
Written 13 November 2020
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Dianne C
Waikanae, New Zealand409 contributions
Good experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
A great location on the Kawarau Gorge road. You have to park on the roadside, then cross over the river by bridge. Entry is $25 per adult. You get an escorted tour. This includes a stamping machine demonstration and water blasting. You can take an unescorted walk along the area of old mining, to see a couple of genuine miner huts. You can have a try at panning - there is a stack of river gravel for you to try. There’s a gift shop and cafe, toilets. Allow two hours.
Written 24 October 2020
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Sara
11 contributions
Loved it
Oct 2020
So pleased we visited, it has the right amount of guided walk and self guided walk that even the kids (6 and 8) stayed interested. Learned alot about nz's gold mining history and we all loved trying our hand at panning for gold. Would definitely visit again.
Written 9 October 2020
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Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your time with us.
Written 14 October 2020
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vanessa a
Christchurch, New Zealand22 contributions
So worth a visit
Sep 2020 • Family
Really great, informative tour. Our 12 year old really enjoyed it. Staff are friendly and really informative. Found some gold!
Written 11 September 2020
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Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Lucky you finding gold!!
Written 5 October 2020
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Debbie C
Auckland, New Zealand85 contributions
Wonderful informative tour
Jun 2020 • Couples
We have done this before and enjoyed it so much we went back.
It was quite because of COVID but they were as always so welcoming.
Bruce our guide was wonderful and of course so well informed..
Thanks Team for a fabulous time
Written 16 June 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your first visit and came back again.
Written 26 June 2020
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Michalo416
Hawera, New Zealand59 contributions
Excellent
Jun 2020 • Couples
Glad we turned around. Cool self guided walk around the old miners huts and shafts then met up with Bruce who showed us lots of interesting stuff and how to pan for gold. We managed to find 3 pieces to take home. Well priced at $25 each.
Written 16 June 2020
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We are pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Goldfields. We love it when gold is found.
Written 26 June 2020
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