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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. PutGoldfields Mining Centre into our Cromwell online journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Tours To Goldfields Mining Centre
Premium Tour, Travel The Old Gold Trail (Hold the nuggets in your hand) BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $113
Duration: 4 hours
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Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Cromwell Basin Flight with Alpine Landing BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $234
Duration: 45 minutes
Goldfields Mining Centre Reviews
We have done this before and enjoyed it so much we went back. It was quite because of COVID but they were as always so welcoming. Bruce our guide was wonderful and of course so well... more »
Glad we turned around. Cool self guided walk around the old miners huts and shafts then met up with Bruce who showed us lots of interesting stuff and how to pan for gold. We managed to find 3 pieces..... 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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