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Goldfields Mining Centre

Goldfields Mining Centre


Kawarau Gorge Road, Cromwell


03 445 1038

A unique recreation of an 1860's gold-mining settlement on an original goldfield in the heart of Central Otago's mining region.

Located on the banks of the spectacular Kawarau Gorge, the Goldfields Mining Centre is a historic reserve, protected by New Zealand's Department of Conservation to depict the life and working conditions of Otago's early goldminers.

Step back in time to visit this unique site where the early miners toiled in search of the elusive gold.

Follow the paths to the mine shafts and tunnels, the land laid bare by ground sluicing, the Chinese Village and the many heritage sites still in evidence.

Wonder at the ingenuity of the early miners who brought water to the site from many miles distant to work their claims.

Marvel at the extraordinary stamper battery used to crush rock, and the awesome power of the California sluice gun both still working today.

Experience for yourself the thrill of finding gold amongst virgin soil where valuable nuggets are still to be found.

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