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Address: Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 800 881 880
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New Zealand's only underground coal mining experience!

Enjoy a fully guided...

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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A Unique Experience

We visited The Denniston Experience as a group of 20. The pre-arranged tour was split into two groups, each very professionally and interestingly conducted. The historic and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 24, 2016
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We visited The Denniston Experience as a group of 20. The pre-arranged tour was split into two groups, each very professionally and interestingly conducted. The historic and engineering information was excellent as was the train ride into the mine. Well worth the drive up into the clouds!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

This must rank as one of New Zealand's top tourist attractions It shows some of our past in the raw with a very professional presentation It has to be a must do for anyone visiting the Buller District

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We went on a rainy day and were warmly greeted and treated to a great tour including local stories, a short train trip and then underground. It was very, very good. We had such a wealth of information from our lovely guide, and then being in the mine we could get a much greater impression of how life was for... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Our visit to Denniston late on a Sunday afternoon precluded us from doing the Denniston Experience tour. Nevertheless, the drive up to the Denniston plateau and the top of the Denniston incline was highly worthwhile. A rich coal mining history abounds in this region. There are some excellent displays depicting the harsh conditions under which miners and their families lived... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Not far from Wesport up a step windy road is the Denniston Plateau.Site of the Denniston Incline which is a disused coal mine like no other. There is a guided tour if you want, but you can easily walk around the area, see the actual sites, read all the wonderful information, well layed out, a really great experience

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

This was an interesting tour of an old mine. In view of all the ravingly enthusiastic reviews on trip advisor, and the expensive entry cost, I admit that my expectations were rather high, so perhaps it was not surprising I was disappointed. I think it would be interesting and fun for primary aged children, and for mature adults who have... More 

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denniston_experience, Owner at The Denniston Experience, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback. We are sorry you and your family were disappointed with the tour and hope you were all able to find something to interest you all during the rest of your travels. More 

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Unfortunately the tour was not operating when we visited but we walked around Denniston by ourselves. Still and amazing experience with a family of 5 (kids aged 5,8,13). Information boards tell the histroy of the area. However I feel having a guide would add another level of experience. A must visit attraction when visiting Westport

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

First of all we had to kit up in a Hi Viz vest and a Hard Hat. Then our guide took us through an area where there is old machinery from the original working mine and explained, with the help of information boards, all about the mine and village. After this we jumped aboard a small train and went to... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

This was a truly great tour. Fantastic guide who has worked in mining all his life. Mine experience well organised, up close and detailed. Got to see all of the aspects of coal mining over the years. Surprising amount of equipment still around. Always felt safe. A couple of things could have been improved-a picnic table, some drinks to buy,... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016

Well worth taking the time to walk around. We have been up there a few times now, and always enjoy it, even the teenagers! The history up there is unreal, and the views are absolutely spectacular.

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