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Waihi Gold Mine Tours

Waihi, New Zealand
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Amber M wrote a review May 2021
Paihia, New Zealand62 contributions47 helpful votes
Really wish we could have given a better rating for this tour. Our guide was lovely, but the content of the tour was very disappointing. The open mine is no longer in operation, so there is no more to see than what you would from the free walk-way in town. There is also very little to observe when the tour takes you to the mine site, where all the mining is now underground. You can only view from a long distance, and there's no way of getting any scale at all with the vehicles and equipment going into the mine. For so little to see, the tour went on for too long - almost 2 and a half hours. So we wouldn't recommend... we have been on many other mine tours in the States, and the UK, and this was poor in comparison.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Juanita B wrote a review Mar 2021
Whangarei, New Zealand26 contributions
We had a stop in Waihi while on our family Campervan holiday around the North Island. The tour was very informative and interesting. We enjoyed the interactive activities. The staff were helpful and we appreciated their input. We'd recommend this tour to anyone.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Steve K wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand247 contributions23 helpful votes
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On our third visit to Waihi we had a longer stay so this was always on our list. We simply didn’t realise how integral to the town- and region- the mine is. The guide was interesting and entertaining. The background and behind the scenes access was really interesting and educational and I cycled some of the area later to see more because of it. Some younger kids on the tour were bored but perhaps weren’t kept engaged by their grandparents(?) who did seem to enjoy it.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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vwatts40 wrote a review Jul 2020
Russell, New Zealand78 contributions35 helpful votes
In the pouring rain we were apprehensive about the tour. The guide adapted to the weather and showed us first the Martha pit which is impressively enormous. Then we were taken inside the working mine and showed and explained how the whole gold extraction process works. Good stories to keep us interested. Umbrellas provided and although we were outside much of the time we did not get wet.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Jean H wrote a review Jul 2019
Ottawa, Canada582 contributions64 helpful votes
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Who would have thought that beyond the main street in town there is an open gold mine. We took in the film at the Ghost Theatre, before heading off on our bus tour around the mine's outer rim. Very interesting history of gold mining and very informative.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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