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The Denniston Experience ‑ CLOSED

Denniston, New Zealand
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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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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
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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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Visited the Dennison Plateau, and was ammazed at what is there. Spent good time walking the tracks, viewing the displays, and reading the information boards. The incline area is an indication of what the miners could do well over 100 years ago. with the engineering of building
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We drove up to the Dennison Plateau on the excellent road provided to have a look at the mining history which started well over 120 years ago in the West Coast. Looking down the incline gave a great impression of the engineering feats these old timers had to achieve to make this
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The Experience sounds like it was lots of interactive fun but it has been closed over safety concerns. We loved the arduous hike up (you can also drive) on the bridal path with a detour over to the actual "track" where coal trains went up to the plateau using an ingenious,
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