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Goldfields Mining Centre

803 Kawarau Gorge Rd | State Highway 6, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
+64 800 111 038
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See the various aspects of gold mining and pan for gold yourself!

There is a walking 20-30 minutes self-guided tour before getting a guide to tell you about the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
TeacherDoris
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Just passing and looked cool

Was a good way to pass an hour on the way back from Wanaka. I liked it as a one one off but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave G
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“gold panning” (38 reviews)
“pan for gold” (20 reviews)
“guided tour” (20 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
803 Kawarau Gorge Rd | State Highway 6, Cromwell 9310, New Zealand
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+64 800 111 038
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There is a walking 20-30 minutes self-guided tour before getting a guide to tell you about the history. He talks about the history and shows various types of gold that could be found. A demonstration of a stamper machine and a sluice gun is given...More

Thank TeacherDoris
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a good way to pass an hour on the way back from Wanaka. I liked it as a one one off but wouldn’t visit again. Gift shop had a few novel things like gold plated playing cards and a cool dog that gave hi...More

Thank Dave G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great glimpse into the area's past. The guide gives a detailed account, perhaps dwelling a little too much on the detail, of the history and mining methods. Certainly added to my knowledge. Good demonstration of the stamping mill and water monitor. Then...More

Thank William M
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

The talk about the history of Gold rushes, methods of mining, racism and the history of the Otago goldfields was really good. You can have a go at gold panning and you can try for as long as you want. It's real gold panning as...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We took our boys(9&10yrs old) to do the gold mining tour with Piers and really enjoyed his informative talk on history of gold mining in Otago region and demos of the equipment used to find the gold. Our jet boat ride was also entertaining and...More

Thank ajenner2018
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

After the walk over the scary bridge to get to Goldfields we decided on doing the guided walk. Our guide Piers was very informative on the old days starting with gold around the world and then focusing on gold in New Zealand. He took us...More

Thank MollyNZ43
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

It is a very interesting place with a very fiendly and helpful staff (especially Piers!) leave yourself at least an hour to visit.

Thank Helga L
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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thanks so much Helga. Ideally, if you allow 2 hours, you can really take in the whole place. Good to hear Piers was memorable.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We spent a wonderful couple of hours at this old golf mine. Our guide Piers was brilliant. At the end of the tour he showed us how the pan for gold and gave us novices a few tips to find the previous metal. The cafe...More

Thank T2865CLdavid
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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you David. We are glad you so enjoyed the tour with Piers.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

We came here for the jet boat adventure and we also looked around what to do else. Going and seeing some mine things, pretty cool i think. But 20 $ was just to much

Thank Paul v
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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you Paul. What a shame you didn't go on the fully guided tour with one of our local guides. They are so good!

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Go for Piers, he is amazing, knows everything, has a detailed answer to every single question and never tires explaining the gold rush frenzie of the 1860s. He told the most fascinating story of the thousands of Chinese miners, brought in to rework the area...More

Thank Johannes E
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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Well Johannes.. It is fair to say that Piers is delighted you so enjoyed his tour! Thank you for the wonderful feedback

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menctomas
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about public transport, We hired a car
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