Gumdiggers Park, Awanui

4.3
#28 of 78 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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  • We came upon Gumdiggers almost by accident. The site is fascinating and educational. John provided information and locally grown coffee. The shop has a good selection of essentails like post cards. It...  more »
  • Interesting to see how the gum was mined but also to see perfectly preserved trees 40-100000 years old  more »
  • Fascinating slice of 19th century NZ history...!! This attraction conveys a sense of the importance gum-digging had for the Far North in the early days of the NZ nation. Many parts of the site are as ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This was amazing, the kids loved it A lot to learn about the history of gumdigging ! The Amber jewellery and gift store is lovely and very reasonably priced. The staff were unbelievably kind and helpful. A must see in Northland
  • 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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