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stopped for a visit

We stopped for a visit but it was closed on a Monday. The guide was waiting on a busload of... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
David M
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Amazing Gold Battery!

We turned up at exactly the right time at this wonderful little local museum, which is housed in an... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
RetiredBritz
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Blacks Point Museum is a small but thorough and wide collection of local items over the almost 200 year history of New Zealand and the West Coast of the South Island in particular. The area around Reefton was once one of the richest places on earth due to the discovery of gold. Gold has been mined until just very recently on the hill above the museum. You can see photographs and registers, tools and house items - like one of the very first house vacuum cleaners. The museum holds articles right across the length of the local history including modern times. The people you meet caring for the museum can also pass on an endless amount of knowledge and show you around the museum. At the rear of the museum you can see a working example of a mine battery where the mined material was battered (squashed) so that gold could be separated from the ore.

Thank goldmercedes
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

The front part of the museum used to be a church. They added on a building on the back side. The curator is very informative and goes though a story behind an item he chooses to talk about. Lot of mining history- it is worth stopping to see.

Thank Robert H
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

I really enjoyed our tour of this little museum - it reminded me of my aunts house. It's totally packed with stuff. Peter was really good at answering questions and telling interesting stories about life in that era. Some members of our group found it to be a waste of time.

Thank Consultcinda
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

This little museum is packed with the past almost overflowing. Not like the big sterile looking museums this has the past packed into every little cranny of it.

If you are into gold exploring as this is what the area it is in is know for and a great e place to do some research. When heading over the to the West Coast this an excellent place to call in and visit. Normally closed though the winter months you can look up the Reefton Website for opening days as it is situated a few Kms away from Reefton..
I think this is a place where you will be please you stopped and looked in. There is a small charge to get in as this is run by volunteers in the district.

Thank Brenda S
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Converted church housing various local memorabilia from the Reefton area. Peter the guide/curator was very interesting and knowledgeable. For me, the most fascinating part was the working stamping machine in the rear of the property.

Thank Gerald_Sinclair
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