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Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

Coaltown Museum

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

Westport is a town based around coal, and the stories, challenges, and hardships of mining on (and under) the high plateau behind the town are related in this modern, interactive museum. Hogging the limelight is the 8-ton coal wagon, perched on the 45-degree angle just as it would have been when descending the famous Incline, off the Denniston Plateau. Museum entry is through the Westport i-SITE Visitor Centre.

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123 Palmerston St., Westport, 7825, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$15
  • Oct.–Apr., daily 9–5; May–Sept., daily 10–4

Updated 02/18/2014


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