Goldfields Mining Centre, Cromwell

4.2
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. Put Goldfields Mining Centre into our Cromwell online journey planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We were disappointed to find the kitchen at the cafe/restaurant closed and they were a bit rude about it. Oh well, we mainly wanted to do some gold panning so we asked the lady at reception if we coul...  more »
  • The visit was unexpected but the afternoon turned out to be great... The staff is extremely knowledgeable, finds a way to be as interesting and enriching to the kids in the group as well as the knowle...  more »
  • We went fairly late in the day and seemed to be the only visitors. We did a half hour self guided walk then had a very interesting chat with our guide who told us about the history of gold mining in t...  more »
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  • Good way to experience gold. The staff will tell you about the history of gold and the hold rush here in NZ, let you handle different kinds of gold and show you how the very old machinery operates. You will also have the chance to pan for gold yourself!
  • Loved it. Photos and story if the dam were very moving. Absolutely recommend it.
  • Average. A very long introduction{n talk. Perhaps a little too much talking. Watching the rock crushing machine. Having a pan at gold, and that was all. Not worth the price but a good stopover if you need a short break coming into Queenstown.
  • Heaps of fun and educational. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the local area and the goldrush era. The self guided tour of the miners village was great. Panning for gold was fun but as it was the middle of winter we could only do it for about 7.5 seconds before our fingers froze and dropped off into the water
  • Great place for jet boat ride. Friendly and fun staff.

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