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The Denniston Experience ‑ CLOSED

Denniston, New Zealand
About The Denniston Experience
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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barbara g wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand35 contributions4 helpful votes
Such an interesting history and well worth taking time out to visit and walk around the amazing ruins. Very hard to imagine how early settlers lived here. Such a tough life!
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Date of experience: April 2021
Jacqui J wrote a review Feb 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand13 contributions
As an avid book reader I was keen to visit Denniston (having loved Jenny Patrick’s Denniston Rose). The work that has gone into sharing the lives of those who were involved with coal mining of the past is impressive. Lots to read, with many a tale coming alive as one walked around the site. Worth the 8 km drive up into the mist.
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Date of experience: February 2021
Munrotti wrote a review Jul 2020
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand28 contributions5 helpful votes
We were fascinated by the history of this former coal mining town. A town on the top of a mountain! Unfortunately we were unable to do the tours due to mobility issues. There is a lot of information and photos and relics to be viewed, without having to pay a cent. Dress warmly though, it was freezing up there.
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Date of experience: July 2020
geordie9Kent wrote a review Feb 2019
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom759 contributions312 helpful votes
We went here on recommendation of our B&B owners and were not disappointed. It is quite an experience walking round (and if you've been to the Coaltown museum first) trying to picture what life must have been like for the families living and working there. Very impressive and at times quite moving
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Date of experience: February 2019
Richard Kensington wrote a review Jan 2019
Auckland, New Zealand658 contributions160 helpful votes
Seeing how the coal was moved down from 500masl to the coast was a high light Miners accommodation was akin to living in a 3rd world shantytown
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Date of experience: January 2019