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BEST VISITOR EXPERIENCE IN NEW ZEALAND 2015
Explore this unique, award-winning experience in Waihi, New Zealand's Heart of Gold. Step through a dramatic entryway and your journey of discovery begins... Feel the shaking of a massive drill as it bores into a wall of rock, and sense the power of explosives as the interactive Discovery Centre transports you beyond the traditional, with thrilling hands-on experiences.
From the explorers who discovered gold, the miners who mined it and the women and children who grew up in the boom-towns it created, you’ll experience their rich stories through interactive displays and an incredible 3D hologram-style theatre that brings these great characters to life.
The centre also houses an award-winning i-SITE and serves as the visitor hub for the Southern Coromandel. A visit to Gold Discovery Centre represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Waihi day trip app to plot your vacation.
Gold Discovery Centre Reviews
We went here at midday to escape the summer sun. We found the interactive displays interesting and informative. more »
We brought kids ages 9,12, and 14. They really enjoyed the tour, it was very informative, and its amazing to be driving around an actual working gold mine. The 9 year old in particular was entranced..... more »
Cool place to go and learn about the gold mines in a fun and hands on way to remember. Some awesome facts and movies that are real interesting. Also has a really good gift shop to remember the place or even to buy something for the family or friends.
We did the Waihi Gold experience which grants entry to a museum where several interactive displays, a small holography cinema and a few mining tools can be found and played with. It provides a good basic overview about gold mining in general and the history of the Waihi district. Not bad but quite expensive for such a short basic experience.
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