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Worth a Look

Stop here for a break and have a look, no need to walk the rim, but definitely walk up the small... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Perth, Australia
Really Enjoyed Our Visit

Friends had told us that Waihin was a gold mining town but it wasn't until we were driving through... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2018
Forster, Australia
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“gold mine”(18 reviews)
“huge hole”(10 reviews)
“pump house”(11 reviews)
Seddon Street, Waihi 3610, New Zealand
+64 7-863 3030
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Was a bit disappointed in this walk as I expected more. There were reasonable views and it wasn’t a difficult amble. At the end of the day we were just looking into a hole!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank davidwilliambarnes
Reviewed 7 November 2018

This open mining pit is worth a good look. Plenty of info available re history and also the town is still being mined. The mining is also happening under people's homes very different mining to the open pit. If walking the rim allow plenty of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rosedrop54
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Stop here for a break and have a look, no need to walk the rim, but definitely walk up the small hill from the information centre to take in the view across the mine and old pump house.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank djb3280
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Very nice walk around the open mine. This open mine will be filled with water and converted into a recreational area. Visit before it gets filled up.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WillemNZ
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Friends had told us that Waihin was a gold mining town but it wasn't until we were driving through town and saw the big old pump house that we made a detour and took a look around. It had just started raining which was annoying...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 993anitat
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Not much to say. This takes about an hour or so. The path has a diversion in it due to a rock slide in the pit. Which means you don't walk near to the rim for as much of the walk as you used to,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Deborah M
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We stopped here to look at the large pit, amazing to scale of a container that was at the bottom to how big the pit actually is. There was a good parking area after the building.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank chapbear
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Economically and Environmentally useless. Provides nothing to the local people of Waihi even though they claim to directly employ 350 people. View isn't even nice. If you want a great view, take a hike around the ranges that haven't been destroyed by mines and greedy...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank BaileyLaw
Reviewed 3 May 2018

if you don't want to walk you can climb up to a large viewing area and get a feel for the way the mine used to work. It is not currently working due to a landslide

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ian L
Reviewed 18 April 2018

Was interesting looking at the massive hole dug for mining and the big trucks. Other than that not a lot else to see.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank keentraveller2018
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