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Thames School of Mines and Mineralogical Museum

101 Cochrane Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
+64 7-868 6227
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Brings history to life..

Absolutely excellent place Thames was the Camborne of New Zealand The School of Mines is as it... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
flatworm
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birmingham
Bringing history to live

We had a guided tour, starting with a lady who handed over to John I think. His family kept this... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
Ken H
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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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101 Cochrane Street, Thames 3500, New Zealand
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+64 7-868 6227
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"rock shop"
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"mineral collection"
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"original condition"
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"living history"
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"guided tour"
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"excellent tour"
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"gift shop"
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"gold rush"
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"new zealand"
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"gold mining"
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"minerals"
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"rocks"
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"educational"
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"geology"
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"explanation"
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Absolutely excellent place Thames was the Camborne of New Zealand The School of Mines is as it was vacated - a time capsule and a memorial to the miners of Thames Really excellent mineral collection If you like industrial history a visit is a must...More

Thank flatworm
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We had a guided tour, starting with a lady who handed over to John I think. His family kept this place going, and all the more strength to their arms. Fascinating educational and lots of humour alongside. The rock sample collection, thought to be the...More

Thank Ken H
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Wonderful tour of the rock collection and the historical buildings that housed the mining engineers. Some explanation of the process that ground the ore and the chemicals used to extract the gold. Makes fine outing if you find yourself in Thames.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

The Rock Shop which is part of the School of Mines facility is full of rocks and crystals and much more - there is likely to be something for everyone. The staff are well informed and can help you with your queries. I highly recommend....More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Some say the place could do with a bit of 'sprucing up' but I feel that would take away from the charm of the whole thing. It really looks as though the people in the mid 1900s just walked out yesterday and left it all...More

Thank Rebecca N
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

what a gem, haha all puns intended. this lovely little quirky shop and education centre was brilliant. the very caring owner and her volunteer side kick Tif, were such fine company and sooo knowledgeable. they sell raw and polished stones and artefacts but give away...More

Thank dicowan
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Rocks...beautiful colours and in all shapes and sizes. Lots of families when we were there today. All enjoying themselves. Children choosing this rock and that fossil. All for just a dollar or two. Listening to their chatter brought a smile to my face. Pure enjoyment....More

Thank linleyma
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Learn about the history , it was a former School of Mines (for miners), still in original condition. Very knowledgeable enthusiastic guides. The Rock shop is amazing, anything you can think of, very reasonable prices!! Super friendly staff!!!

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Reviewed 6 April 2017

The mineral shop is particularly popular with visitors and there are some specimens that may be of particular interest to those interested in the geology of the gold deposits. The shop is attached to the School of Mines which was an important educational institution during...More

1  Thank Anthony Evan L
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

This is a hidden "gem" at the bottom of the Coromandel. Highly recommended if you like history and rocks! For $10 you get a guided tour which for us lasted about an hour. It's a small former mining school, but their specimen room, laboratories, and...More

1  Thank Jeremy K
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