The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Travel Guide

The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Sights

Gold Discovery Centre and Gold Mine Tour

  • 126 Seddon St. Map It

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Head underground to this interactive museum explaining the region’s gold-mining history. The roof is lined with timbers as if you are in a real mine shaft. You can operate a compressor drill, fire the explosives, learn of the local geology and the role of stamper batteries in extracting gold from rock, and understand the social upheavals of striking miners, unions, and bosses. Each visit is personally introduced. If you want to see the real thing, you can also take a tour (1½ hours) to Waihi’s still-working mine. Tours leave from the center, bookings recommended.

Sight Information


126 Seddon St., Waihi, , Waikato, 3610, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$25 (Gold Discovery Centre), NZ$29 (gold mine tour), NZ$46 (combo ticket)

Published 08/30/2016


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