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Goldfields Mining Centre

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Address: State Highway 6, Cromwell, New Zealand
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Looks fascinating, old buildings still standing, mine shafts with ramshackle tin hut entrances.

Cross the bridge from the road over the Gorge, the Kawarau River below. See how they used to live in gold mining times...try gold panning or stop for a bite to eat. The old... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cross the bridge from the road over the Gorge, the Kawarau River below. See how they used to live in gold mining times...try gold panning or stop for a bite to eat. The old mining buildings are very intriguing with their falling down entrances and a few of these can even be seen from the road.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous place with lots of platters and nibbles in an awesome environment. Fascinating spot for all ages

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Angus! More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just stopped here on the way through from Cromwell. Plenty of parking on the highway side of the river then you cross a bridge over the river (Kawarau Gorge) and from there you can see how they transported materials across the river before the bridge was built. They has a lovely cafe unfortunately not open as we arrived very early... More 

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Thank you young travellers from Sydney! We think your short visit here is a sign you need to return and spend a half day boating and enjoying a gold tour. Wild Earth Winery, who share our location, is a restaurant and cellar door serving fabulous food and wine. They are generally not open in the early morning. More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

out of cromwell towards queenstown following along the amazing kawarau gorge is the mining centre and cafe, nice place , good walk around and few activities to do, panning, boating...

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Thank you Gavin. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good talk and tour. Lots of interesting information given by guide. Not an easy task with non English speakers, small children and 'talkers'. Tour included demo of working stamper battery and sluice gun which brought it all to life. You could pan for gold after a demo or walk more around the site. Not cheap but good visit.

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Sometimes, all that wonderful information is lost on a small minority of visitors? At $25 for an adult, and 2 hours on site, we think it is great value for the experience we offer. We are glad you enjoyed the tour. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped of here on our way back to Christchurch. We only had an hour to spend that lined up nicely with the guided talk. Geoff the guide knew his stuff and was entertaining. We saw original mining equipment in action and got to do our own gold panning. We could've spent longer (if we had time) doing the self-guided... More 

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Narissa. What a shame you only had an hour. We recommend people allow a full two hours to really enjoy the experience. Glad you enjoyed the hour with Geoff though. He certainly knows his stuff. More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Walked through but couldn't really find much to like. I guess most tourist would find the attraction in the actual ability of panning for gold and combining it with a jet boat ride. My advise would be to take the original shot over ride. The mining museum is not really worth visiting and stuff for sale 3x the value.

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Well Ine... a lot of questions regarding your review spring to mind. 1)Did you speak to any of our staff about our specific guided tours of the Goldfields? Or yet join one of our guided tours? 2)Did you spend the hour on one of our self guided walks with map? 3) Were you aware that we are an original and... More 

Holywell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Although the mining centre is a good drive away from Queenstown it is well worth a visit. The guide is knowledgeable and gives a good account of the early days of gold prospecting then continues to demonstrate how some of the machinery was operated. There are a couple of walks around the area where you can see reconstructions of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Spent a morning here. The guide, Geoff, is outstanding. Informative and entertaining. We were rubbish at panning though....

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

We will be sure and tell Geoff you rated him as outanding! Thanks very much Simon. More 

Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a lovely day and after a self guided hours walk had a great presentation and then a chance to pan for gold. Very pleasant, organised and informative but still a walk on the wildish side.

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GoldfieldsMining, Guest Relations Manager at Goldfields Mining Centre, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the tour. Thank you Roy. More 

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