Gold Discovery Centre
Gold Discovery Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Tania C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We contacted the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre as we had a small window to get away, wanted to cycle part of the Haruaki Rail Trail and after having a look online I was going round in circles!
I spoke to Eddie at the Centre,... wow! Within an hour I had an email suggested itinerary, accommodation, shuttle and pricing.
We went with his suggestions, everything was just perfect. Awesome to deal with with, friendly and organised.. all the local knowledge. Ride was amazing, bikes comfy and well maintained. The gorge a highlight! Pub and restaurants and the locals fabulous in Waihi and Paeroa. Walked the gold mine and also soaked at Athenree pools. Would absolutely recommend and return :)
Written 4 September 2021
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Adele R
Queenstown, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Our visit to the Centre & Museum was great with a welcoming & informative team. Our trip to learn more about the mining with our Guide Paul was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and personable, making it an enjoyable and memorable experience. Great job Team Waihi Gold 🤩
Written 23 March 2024
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Anthony G
Wellington, New Zealand1,392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
If you’re in Waihi and looking for stuff to do, especially with the kids, you’ll prob coke across this place and think to yourself, “well there’s not much else on so let’s give it a go”.
To be honest it’s one of the best decisions you’ll make because it’s actually really good. Lots of good exhibitions and really interest stories about the town and its history. Even my 6/3 year olds loved it. Very much recommended.
Written 10 April 2021
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Steve K
Auckland Central, New Zealand264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
This was part of a package we took alongside a the minibus trip tour of the mining in the area. Turned out to be really cool, very interesting, and, although quite small, really well done.

Would def recommend as part of the package but even by itself.
Written 3 January 2021
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Carol
Auckland, New Zealand63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
An interactive tour of the gold mining history of Waihi. Buttons to push and machinery to operate plus videos to watch. We were there for 2 hours and well worth it. Look out for Topsy, a lovely little character from the past.
Written 2 October 2020
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Vtel
Tauranga10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't complain too much about the newly opened gold discovery centre as the attraction itself is great with lots of interactive sites and information galore. The hologram movie is deadly boring but apart from that it is very good. Our 5 and 4 year old were bit small for it but slightly older kids would enjoy.
Now the negative, the price is out of this world. $62 for 2x adults and one child, our 4 year old was free thank goodness. I place this up with Kelly Tarltons for ripoff. From a local resident (Tauranga) you have made a really serious miscalculation with your pricing and I would urge you to review it. Kelly Tarltons can get away with it in Auckland but Waihi is not Auckland. In my view it is worth a third of what your charging. A reputation for value for money is what will get people in the doors. I'm normally a staunch supporter of local attractions but this is simply way over priced and that's dissapointing for locals and tourism.
Written 26 October 2014
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Saffy2
Auckland Central, New Zealand104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
$30 for an adult and child is ridiculous for this small museum in a small country town. I don't know how any local can afford this. The museum has nice (and working!) interactives and is overall well presented but there is so much crammed into the 3 spaces that you get a superficial overview about Waihi and gold mining. The exhibit barely mentions about Waihi prior to white settlement and the life of the Maori who were there. The exhibits also barely acknowledge any other minorities or the women and especially children. The area which discusses modern gold mining is really lacking on content and interpretation and feels like a front for the gold mining company.
Written 9 April 2016
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Les J
14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Gold Discovery Centre looks nice as it is new but thats about it. The cost of the entry price doesn't measure upto the experience. The information on display is just repeated in different ways throughout and the ghost movie isn't very educational and is somewhat of an embarrassment to watch. All up a waste of time and money unforunately.
Written 8 February 2015
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Cam
england79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We visited the i site and the Gold discovery tour in the building.We have visitedmany museums, Tours , etc in New Zealand. This was average and for the price $25 per person I wouldn’t bother.
Written 23 March 2019
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gypsy604
Vancouver195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
We visited this place because my 5 yr old is fascinated with gold mining right now. It was cool to be able to be right at the mining site where only authorized workers can go. We learned a lot from our guide who once worked there years ago. The Discovery centre itself is also fun and interactive.
Written 5 February 2018
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