Visit the town of Waihi and wander the streets with a local guide
Feel like a bit of gentle exercise then visit the town of Waihi with its mining history dating back to 1878. Wander up the main street, see the remains of the old workings at a couple of locations both in and out of town, take a mine tour of the current mining operation and enjoy discovering everything in between at our own Gold Discovery Centre. Add that to a leisurely walk through the beautiful Karangahake gorge and be spoilt for choice for fabulous local hospitality lunch options from cafes to a winery. Depending on your tour times/day, you may also be able to take a ride on the steam train, or visit the Museum. All experiences are optional.
Pick up from cruiseship and take a leisurely drive of about an hour through kiwifruit/avocado country to the mining township of Waihi. Hop onto the gold mine tour which lasts approx 80 minutes and follow this with the Gold Discovery Centre, allowing a futher 45 minutes. Other options for the day can include a visit through the Waihi museum, the steam train ride can be either one way where I will drive out, pick you up and carry on into the beautiful Karangahake gorge for a short walk, or alternatively you can have a coffee at the cafe and take the return trip back into town. All experiences are optional but if you are keen I do need to book the mine tour a few days in advance. Let me know exactly what you'd like to experience and I will create the day to best suit you.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Address or Intersection
Duration: 8 hours
My BMW 750iL. for more than 4 people please enquire.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 NZD - Entrance fees are as follows:
Gold mine tour only $34
Gold Discovery Centre only $26.50
Gold Rush encounter - mine tour & Discovery Centre $55.00
Steam ride (depending on availability) $15.00 one way or $20.00 return
Waihi Museum $5