Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society

Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society, Waihi: Address, Phone Number, Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society Reviews: 4.5/5

Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society

Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society
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lorikeetkeith
Waihi, New Zealand6 contributions
Provenance
Jun 2021
An insight to he hardships our pioneering forebears had to endure The site is maintained , to a degree by D O C but the heart is with 14 non - paid volunteers with an average age of 76 Please consider the work that goes on behind the scenes , and do not be to critical of any perceived shortcomings in the presentation of the ruins .This may have been your one , and, only visit , but you are one of many . May i encourage all visitors to leave a coin in the Iron Maiden ( cyclists included ) to assist with the ongoing improvements of the facilities viz toilets , track , road , weed control , signage, and , (sadly ) litter removal . An especial place , please to only leave your foot prints ..... Just a thought .. Keith
Written 14 June 2021
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Mark F
Rotorua, New Zealand50 contributions
A ride from Waihi to Karangahake
Jan 2021
The Victoria Battery Tramway and Museum is well worth a visit to see how mining used to be done. The old machinery and tools have been preserved, and the displays are well laid out. The volunteer docents are knowledgeable about the history of the workings and of the Waihi mine. The walk through the tunnel is worth it for those who are not claustrophobic.
Written 4 February 2021
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155richard81
Tauranga, New Zealand578 contributions
Interesting old ruins
Sep 2020
The Victoria Battery (named after Queen Victoria) was one of the largest ore crushing sites in the world in the early 1900's. Although most of the site has been cleared there are still some interesting bits of machinery about.
Written 17 September 2020
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Wawata
Auckland, New Zealand76 contributions
Well worth a look
Jul 2019 • Family
The museum is only open Wednesdays and Sundays but really interesting history if you get the chance.
Written 22 July 2019
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DaveS
Tauranga, New Zealand70 contributions
Informative tour of gold processing area
Jun 2019 • Couples
Good museum tour. Very knowledgeable staff that love sharing about the history of the area. Run by volunteers and they are doing a good job. We did the short walk from Waikino and then on to the Falls Retreat cafe. A good day out for early winter.
Written 2 June 2019
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FolkestoneJack
London, UK483 contributions
Fascinating industrial remains and historical site
Apr 2019 • Couples
We took a good look around this historical site having walked over from Waikino Station (and its delightful station cafe) via a subway and bridge. The remains are fascinating and well explained through the display panels around the beautifully maintained site. The old photographs on display help to compare the past and present landscape. I would have found it difficult to comprehend the vast scale of the industrial complex that once stood here without these.

Although we enjoyed our visit it was a shame that we could not see inside the museum or get a tour of the underground kilns. We had turned up on a Wednesday at 12.30pm, having read on their website that they would be open from 10-3. However, one of the volunteers told me that they were just closing up for the day. It might be worth emailing ahead if you are planning a visit to be sure that the site will be open and to make sure you get a chance to see inside.
Written 6 May 2019
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Vaughan H
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions
Great Tour
Apr 2019 • Friends
Got a discount using gold card, tour guide very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. Museum has a massive amount of information on the gold mining done in the area. Well worth the visit.
Written 18 April 2019
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AuroraAlaska
Denali National Park and Preserve, AK207 contributions
Interesting Mining History
Feb 2019 • Couples
This historic site displays the remnants of what was once the largest quartz ore processing plant in Australasia. We visited on a Sunday when a dedicated group of volunteers offers tours of the underground kilns and tunnels, as well as the museum, housed in the old Transformer Building. They provided us with a wealth of interesting information and we happily spent more time here than anticipated. If you are interested in the gold mining history of this region, don’t miss this!
Written 13 March 2019
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Robert S
Folkestone, UK1,061 contributions
Totally unexpected bonus to my Hauraki Rail Trail ride
Jan 2019 • Solo
I came across the Victoria Battery while cycling to Waitomo station to get the train to Waihi. As I had a couple of hours before the train, I stopped to visit. There are fascinating ruins of the old battery where gold was processed, and the museum has interesting displays on local history and the gold industry. But the highlight has to be a trip on the bright yellow tramway, which goes around an amazing circuit, climbing steep gradients and passing old mine buildings. The driver gave an interesting commentary. The place is run by volunteers who are very enthusiastic about what they are doing.
Written 12 January 2019
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Grant L
Gordonton, New Zealand22 contributions
Victoria Battery
Jan 2019 • Family
I’m giving this review 5 stars. The site is only open 2 days a week and is staffed by volunteers. I hope they don’t mind me saying it but none of them are young but they put a lot of work into the place and I found the kilns and tunnels a fascinating glimpse into life in NZ from a bygone era. 1000 tonnes of wood per 1000 tonnes of ore, that’s a huge impact to the environment but this was a time when life was hard work which we in modern times couldn’t comprehend. The guides are very knowledgeable and this was a highlight of our stay in Waihi. Well done everyone.
Written 9 January 2019
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