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Goldmine Experience

Main Rd, SH25, Thames 2801, New Zealand
+64 7-868 8514
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Genuine original working machinery, a tour around a genuine gold mine and a knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ted P
Auckland, New Zealand
via mobile
Golden opportunity for overseas guests

Great to part of history, the guide was excellent, knowledgeable, patient and funny. Good value... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lynette A
Auckland, New Zealand
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“gold panning” (6 reviews)
“gold mine” (12 reviews)
Main Rd, SH25, Thames 2801, New Zealand
+64 7-868 8514
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Genuine original working machinery, a tour around a genuine gold mine and a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. A word of warning that the gold mine is narrow with low ceiling and the ground is wet and slippery.

Thank Ted P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great to part of history, the guide was excellent, knowledgeable, patient and funny. Good value for money, everyone should get behind this place, they do an awesome job.

1  Thank Lynette A
Reviewed 11 June 2017

The volunteer who took us on the guided tour was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The working machinery was awesome. The tour through the tunnels was awesome. Overall a fantastic experience well worth the visits.

Thank SueHobbit
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The mine is run by very enthusiastic volunteers who take you through the mine tunnels and tell you how the working conditions of the miners and how they lived.They are mud tunnnels so I recommend suitable footwear and they provide you with hard hats as...More

Thank Erin L
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Had a great time here. Very knowledgeable guide. Good balance of activities. Enjoyed going through the tunnels and seeing the old goldmining equipment in operation.

Thank 741keentraveller
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We visited here last week while staying in the Thames area. We have passed this attraction several times and it has always been closed. So we were pleased we could go and have a look this time. The gold mine tours are run by volunteers...More

1  Thank Strickes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

I took my kids to this Goldmine Experience as they really wanted to go into the mines. The guide was very informative and it was very enjoyable being able to actually go into the areas that were worked. It's run by volunteers and well worth...More

Thank Dragon_Griffin
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The tours are done by very knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides, they give you a lot of facts and history. Lots of cool photo and information displays. You go underground with a torch and hard-hat, it's great for kids, and people of all ages, very interesting!! You...More

Thank mum939
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We had a great time here. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience. The gold panning was so much fun and we learnt a lot. I'd definitely recommend it.

Thank Emma R
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This is the real deal and nothing feels at all faked or contrived (unlike many theme parks overseas). Keep in mind that this whole place was constructed, restored and is still run by volunteers so don't expect a highly buffed up commercial presentation and you...More

3  Thank EvanLewis
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28 June 2015|
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Response from Zavija | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Usually they are only open on Saturday mornings... usually in summer. But as this is entirely run with volunteers, you may just have to call in and try, but be prepared they may not operate then. Summer hours usually... More