Gumdiggers Park, Awanui

4.3
#26 of 77 in Parks in Northland Region
Gumdiggers Park is an authentic Kauri Gum digging site over 100 years old.

40,000 to 150,000 year old Buried Kauri Forests have been exposed by the gum diggers. Information spots and an audio visual presentation describe the cataclysmic events which could have caused their destruction.

Fantastic Stairway to the Past, Giant Kauri Log display.

A Gumdiggers’ village, equipment & recreated shelters are on display as well as a Gecko house and much more.

Unique Kauri Timber and Kauri Copal (Kauri Gum) crafts are also sold onsite.
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  • Surprised at this hidden history and the buried kauri forest. Plenty of information and some really good exhibit but clearly 70 years of plant growth has hidden most of the workings of the gum diggers...  more »
  • A nice in formative place to stop. Low key and interesting and we learned a lot about this part of NZ history. Passionate staff and well laid out tracks.  more »
  • We were lucky to have the place to ourselves for the walk around the various sites. Learning about the Kauri and the gumdiggers was far more interesting than I would have credited! Very much recommend...  more »
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  • Great park with lots of interesting information to learn. Owner is super enthusiastic!! Recommend about an hour for looking around everything.
  • We where recommended to come here by 2 lots of people and it was a great experience. The guy that owns the place spent time explaining things and made sure that we knew what to look out for. Lots to see and loved the wildlife around the park. Got my best photo of a Gheko. Easy five stars and would go back anytime
  • Nice Gum digging site with history. Not sealed road to the site.
  • Fantastic piece of NZ history. Definately recommend. Walk quietly and if you are lucky you might see a fern bird as we did. Beautiful Amber and Copal necklaces available crafted by John. Ask John about the families connection to the site.
  • Place is pretty average. Bush walk is ok and interesting to hear its history and see 100000 years old trees etc. Washroom is below average condition. Friendly staff. Access road is very poor.
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