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Address: Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 881 880
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Description: New Zealand's only underground coal mining experience! Enjoy a fully...
New Zealand's only underground coal mining experience! Enjoy a fully guided tour into an original 1880's underground coal mine. Kitted out with a hard hat, lamp and raincoat your journey begins with a short guided walk from the carpark to the railway station. A narrow gauge train takes you along a section of the old coal haulage route, with spectacular views over the Waimangaroa Gorge and then into the mine. Advanced audio and visuals bring the experience alive, with the sights and sounds that would have been usual back in that time. Have a go at your allocated mining job; hewer, trucker, clipper, maybe you will be the shot firer. Learn of the myths and legends of the early coal mining culture. Watch a ghostly miner hologram to understand the harsh life of an old time Denniston coal miner. Open every day! The onsite office is often unmanned - Please phone to book in advance.
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Fantastic tour. Highly recommended!

Liz aka Sally aka Don( on a bad day) ☺ was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable & personable. Very safe trip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Liz aka Sally aka Don( on a bad day) ☺ was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable & personable. Very safe trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The mine trip was really memorable. We were kitted out with high vis and hard hats before a short walk to start the train trip to enter the mine. Jobs were allocated amount the group, which provided an interactive experience as we spent time underground "working" the mine. Don , the tour guide, was brilliant and provided an interesting mix... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

What an undertaking to keep going as a tourist adventure. Lot of thought was put in to choreograph each experience. Rails are well maintained. Reception at site is well-manned with knowledgeable staff. Very informative tour. Recommend for all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Now you don't have to go on the organised trip. You can drive there yourself and experience the very good visual record that is available to the public. The Dennistion incline operated for 80 years and was an engineering marvel. It was the only access until a road was developed. Nearly two thousand people lived in the community 1800 metres... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Well-worth the money. A unique insight into the working conditions of old-time miners..! Great train/multimedia setup.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

What an experience best ever, miners train coal mine, it's awesome,would have hated to work for a living way back then A must if you go to Westport

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Came to Denniston to see where my Grandad and his parents lived and work. Doing the tour gave a wonderful insight and understanding into what the men and women of Denniston lived with everyday. Don, the tour guide was very informative and loved a good joke. Neat hands on experience also. Would highly recommend this to everyone, whether you have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We came to Westport again to do this after seeing about it at the I-site. Well worth the trip. Recommend checking ahead for bookings as they do get school parties visiting and groups have to be a certain number. We had a great guide who had been born on the plateau. Fascinating visit into the old shafts and humbling to... More 

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Titirangifern, Public Relations Manager at The Denniston Experience, responded to this review

Glad you came back, and that you enjoyed the tour. Yes you do need to book ahead as it's pretty busy at this time of year and we have limited seats on each tour. We only need a minimum of two passengers to run a tour, however we often need pre booking (if there's not other customers booked) so that... More 

Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

After a 15-minute drive from Westport you begin a 7km drive up to an elevation of 512m. Aside from the amazing views of the West Coast, the rich history of the place is a pure delight. I was last here 30 years ago and it is a very different place. There is plenty of information on the sign boards describing... More 

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Titirangifern, Public Relations Manager at The Denniston Experience, responded to this review

Yes, things have definitely changed at the Incline area since 30 years ago. The information panels and viewing platform put in by the Denniston Heritage Trust are awesome. 'The Denniston Experience' actually refers to the Underground Mine Tours run from the portacom office in the carpark. Although we can see that the price of the tour may appear alot on... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I have been to Denniston many times but went back to explore all the new attractions and these really added to the experience. Make sure you download the Denniston Rose app before you go up as there is no internet available in Denniston itself. Did the underground mine experience which was expensive $130 but well worth doing once in your... More 

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Titirangifern, Public Relations Manager at The Denniston Experience, responded to this review

Truly makes you appreciate how easy life is now for us all. I don't think I would have been able to survive back in those days, especially in this remote exposed environment. Full respect to our forefathers (and mothers). More 

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