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I came across the Victoria Battery while cycling to Waitomo station to get the train to Waihi. As I had a couple of hours before the train, I stopped to visit. There are fascinating ruins of the old battery where gold was processed, and the...More
I’m giving this review 5 stars. The site is only open 2 days a week and is staffed by volunteers. I hope they don’t mind me saying it but none of them are young but they put a lot of work into the place and...More
Whilst we were in Waikino we were interested in seeing the Victoria Battery Tramway but it was closed on the day that we visited and only open two days a week. It was a shame that we did not get to see the museum but...More
We had done the Gold Mine tour the previous day and been shown the modern ore processing plant. The Victoria battery dates back to about 1897 and ran until about 1954 and was the original ores processing plant. In its hey day it was a...More
Driving past the site reveals a few derelict remains of what was once a huge industrial site.
Only after the trip inside the museum and learning of it's size and operation can you appreciate the impact this place had in Waihi.
Not really suitable for...More
The Victoria Battery is a great site and the volunteers that were there when we visited were very helpful. We had our own tour of the tunnel and our guide was very knowledgeable. He provided us with a lot of information on the battery and...More
As Aussie visitors, we turned in to look at a nearby waterfall, then noticed the sign to the Victoria Battery and decided to have a look, knowing nothing about what was there.
When we pulled up, we found that the site is officially open on...More
I had the most lovely experience with a personal tour of the museum, which was packed with an impressive array of artefacts and did a great job of explaining the history of the area. To be guided by Rex who worked on the railway was...More