Goldfields Mining Centre, Cromwell
(4.3/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
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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  • This was a great way to spend a couple of hours. We had the talk and tour. Our guide Sandy was very knowledgeable, amusing and engaging. And we then panned for gold, which was great fun. Were we succe...  more »
  • Okay so I was plesently surprised by my tour of the museum. I'm not a big history buff but it was neat to learn about the history of the industry that shaped central otago. The highlight though is whe...  more »
  • panning tour is very good fun and we had the barrel cooked hangi style lunch which was very nice but a bit pricey 
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  • Worth the money. We did the gold fields tour, gold panning and jet boats. Was one of the highlights of our NZ journey. All the staff were professional and fun. Thank you for such a great experience!
  • What an excellent well priced tour. We had a guide that was very knowledgable and really well versed in all the history. It was no flash in pan type of tour, it was educational and hands on. We watched old time machinery work, saw old time villages and really got a taste for how it was back yonder. The whole team were friendly. Even to be able to have a cold drink after was just perfect. Thanks guys we loved it. Can I also say my teenagers loved it, perfect all round family activity.
  • Enjoyable tour, recommend it. It's worth spending some time exploring the site. Our guide was awesome.
  • Jet boat is more exciting.