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The Denniston Experience - CLOSED

Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport, New Zealand
+64 800 881 880
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'Experience' closed but still a great place to explore on your own.

We knew the 'experience' was closed but this is still an awesome place to go and explore and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
Incredible piece of history

Sadly, you cannot do tours now for safety reasons and we were gutted! But decided to make the trip... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
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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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“coal mine” (20 reviews)
“the west coast” (17 reviews)
“great tour” (5 reviews)
Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport, New Zealand
+64 800 881 880
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We knew the 'experience' was closed but this is still an awesome place to go and explore and marvel at the engineering feat that it was and to read the boards and walk the paths. So much history to absorb here and the view is...More

Thank micsgirl
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Sadly, you cannot do tours now for safety reasons and we were gutted! But decided to make the trip anyway and spent 3 hours wandering around the countryside and walking among the ruins of the mining operation. Brilliantly signposted and lots of photos and personal...More

Thank Ah62
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a "must see" on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Denniston is around 19 kms north of Westport up a winding road - not for the faint-hearted - to the Denniston Plateau. We did the full mine tour (2½ hours) which...More

5  Thank wendhmagz
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Don, our guide, was very witty and helpful. We learned a lot about the past and the coal-century. We would definitily recommend this tour.

Thank Oliver B
Reviewed 21 February 2017

An excellent day trip to explore / learn about the history of the mine. Need at least 2 hours to do the walk etc, but could easily spend the day up here. Bring sun block and water. ... and some cash for the donation box....More

Thank Scirocco11
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Our guide into the mine was born on the plateau and worked in the mines. He had a much to tell us (sorry cant remeber his name though). The tous made us feel very grateful for our 'soft' jobs and gave us insight into waht...More

Thank gargiul0
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

What a great family experience - we have two girls aged 10 & 7, and lived the rustic feel of the whole experience. We did the Gorge Experience which was just long enough for us. Loved the train ride and Don - Tour Guide was...More

Thank louiej1975
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This is a must to do. 2 1/2 hours of great history and what a hard life those miners had. Made us more appreciative of what we have.

Thank Bronwyny52
Reviewed 31 January 2017

If you feel that you have a hard life, go on this tour to get some perspective on what hard work and conditions looked like 100 years ago. This is a very interesting thing to participate in... especially if you have even a slight interest...More

Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Great new tour of the dennison plateau and mine area. Went with the kids (7 and 10) and we all loved it. Get to go 200m inside one of the mines and get an idea what it was really like. It is a bit pricey...More

Thank Siobhan C
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