The Goldrush Experience - Past & Present - Private tour

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Day Trip / Out of Town, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children/Family admission prices available on request

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4




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 Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: for cruiseship passengers it's the visitor exit Salisbury Avenue Mt Maunganui

End location: Salisbury Avenue or alternative drop-off place as arranged

Duration: 8 hours


My BMW 750iL. for more than 4 people please enquire.

What’s Included

All transportation costs to and from Waihi and my time.

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

What’s Extra

All entrance fees
All food/beverages during the day

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