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Try your hand at gold mining at Goldfields Mining Centre, the historical reserve that played host to Otago's early goldminers. Visitors can meander down the old paths that lead to the original mine shafts and tunnels. See the bare, sluiced ground, the Chinese village, and the many heritage sites still in existence. Marvel at the power of the stamper battery and sluice gun used to cut through the rock. Grab a pan and get sifting among the virgin soil, where valuable nuggets can still be found. Opt to take a guided tour or wander on your own. Put Goldfields Mining Centre into our Cromwell online journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Goldfields Mining Centre Reviews
Visited here with my husband, mother in law and step children. Was really interesting learning about the history of gold mining in this area and about the early settlers. Loved learning to gold mine, ... more »
Myself and my husband visited with our 12 month old and did the tour with Pearce (who was absolutely wonderful. He provided an interesting history on the worlds gold rush, explained gold mining and go... more »
We only allowed an hour to visit this place which is not enough! Especially if you get competitive with the gold panning and are being out-panned by the kids! Great stop and great fun. Probably should've allowed 2 hours if you want to do the self guided tour around the site. Definitely worth a visit...you have to really if you're visiting gold mining country don't you?
Good experience to cost the mines. The huts and houses are maintained preserving originality. The curator explains the history of mining done her with detailed explanation and also allows you to touch the good nuggets found and preserved here
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