Goldfields Mining Centre, Cromwell

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Try your hand at gold mining at Goldfields Mining Centre, the historical reserve that played host to Otago's early goldminers. Visitors can meander down the old paths that lead to the original mine shafts and tunnels. See the bare, sluiced ground, the Chinese village, and the many heritage sites still in existence. Marvel at the power of the stamper battery and sluice gun used to cut through the rock. Grab a pan and get sifting among the virgin soil, where valuable nuggets can still be found. Opt to take a guided tour or wander on your own. Arrange your visit to Goldfields Mining Centre and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cromwell using our Cromwell holiday planner.
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  • We just stumbled across this on the way back from Highlands & we were pleasantly surprised. We umm'd & ahh'd at the price at first but we just figured, why not? & we are really glad we did. The staff ...  more »
  • It is a fascinating place to see and has a very nice Cafe and Gift shop. The problem is the prices are a little ridiculous for what you get. Need to knock about $10 off the entry fee anf then you woul...  more »
  • Peter our guide was excellent. We did miss the start of the tour which was a shame but we were finishing lunch next door at wild earth. We loved the fact that you could gold pan until your heart was c...  more »
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  • Nice place for a short stop. Great to see some gold mining history so well displayed and cared for and some even still working! Worth a visit and well worth the $25
  • Was good but didn't find any gold maybe the pay dirt had already been run through a sluice before the paying public get a chance
  • Awesome place to visit. Great bridge walk to get to it. Nice people, food and wine (if you're so inclined). Good parking too. Their wine tasting is awesome and they do this really nice food thing cooked in an oak barrel...yum... Little known also, is that this is an office for Wild Earth Wines.
  • A nice place for a stop. Plan to be there for about 2 hours. There is a self guided 1h walk and a really good tour with instructions for doing some gold panning. I didn't find any gold but it was fun.
  • This is the best kept secret in Central Otago. It doesn't pop up on most of the tourist apps - at least not the ones I've downloaded anyway. Something for everyone. For mum, a lovely jewellery and gift range and cool cafe/cellar door; for dad, a chance to pan for gold or ride the jet boats; for the kids a great walk through gold settlements and associated paraphernalia. At only $25 ea it was a very inexpensive 3 hours.