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“Best value day in westport” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Outwest Tours

Outwest Tours
PO BOX 118, Westport 0800, New Zealand
03 789 6883
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Westport
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Owner description: Out West Tours offers an excellent wild West Coast experience, taking you off the beaten track on a journey into the wild heart of the land. Enjoy spectacular landscapes and travel historic mining trails as you relax in one of our fully air-conditioned four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles.
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“Best value day in westport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012 via mobile

A fantastic experience. So reasonably priced as well. We learnt so much from our great guide Rosetta.Well worth doing.

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“BIG machines, burning mines, environmental initiatives - very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

If you are in the Westport area take a trip up to the Stockton opencast coal mine with Mickey Ryan in the Outwest Tours Unimog "bus". You will get up close and personal with some huge mining equipment, Cat 777 trucks, Hitachi 1900 diggers, and the ENORMOUS Komatsu D575 dozer. You will also get to see how these modern opencast mines are managing environmental impacts extremely well. AND learn a bit about underground coal mine fires (you won't get to see the fire though...) Mickey is an encyclopedia of mining and local history, but make sure you listen carefully to and follow the saftey instructions because the mine environment is not to be trifled with, nor for that matter is Mickey himself!

The tour cost is heavily subsidised by Solid Energy the mine owners so it is extremely good value.

Visited December 2011
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“Tourism and mining working together”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2008

We started our tour in Westport where we were picked up in this great big unimog bus. It was really comfortable and had clear walls so that you could enjoy all the great west coast scenary. We continued up the coast to a small town called granity where we the assended up the hill to the stockton mine. Stockton mine is a main employer for the buller district and provides these tours to the public for a small cost of $10. This $10 fee goes to charity to support the rescue helicopter. They cover all the costs for the tour and it is a great service that they are providing. Their workers are extra friendly and wave as you enter their place of work. The first machines we saw were the big Mining trucks. They were parked up beside the road. Our guide stoped so that we could get some images of the giant machines. We then continued up the hill to the Bathhouse. This was a huge drying room where all the miners leave their gear to dry. It was built in the 1940's and is still in great working order. We then moved through to the rest of the mine and saw big excavators and the Largest Dozer in the world. Every moment of this tour had something to look at and it was a truley awsome experince to stand next to these great machines. I would definatly recoomend that you take a look. You do need to book well in advance and it is very weather dependant. School groups are also free.And dont forget to take lunch because it is not supplied.

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