Gold Discovery Centre, Waihi

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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.
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  • 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 »
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  • 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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