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The Denniston Experience

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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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Was very lucky to go on the last tour with the current operator. Really enjoyed my tour and love that it was really interactive! There are also doc walks in the area and can't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Was very lucky to go on the last tour with the current operator. Really enjoyed my tour and love that it was really interactive! There are also doc walks in the area and can't wait to go back for more adventures

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is a real taste of NZ coal mining history. The story of the mine from its opening in 1860s to its closure 100 yrs later and the extraordinary way they got the coal down the mountain. It is perched on a plateau that is accessible by car, foot or bike. (7km of winding climbing sealed road). The views are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a really special experience and give you great appreciation for the old hard working miners. I went through with just my mum and I with two older fellas as our guides. They were super funny and very knowledgable, I loved getting little jobs to do while on the tour. Really well made and super safe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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