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Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society

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Totally unexpected bonus to my Hauraki Rail Trail ride

I came across the Victoria Battery while cycling to Waitomo station to get the train to Waihi. As I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Numismatist
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Folkestone, England
Victoria Battery

I’m giving this review 5 stars. The site is only open 2 days a week and is staffed by volunteers. I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
GrantL572
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Gordonton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Numismatist
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Visit this place to get an idea of what conditions people worked in to process gold. The remains are amazing.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Heather H
Reviewed 4 March 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

See my review on Karangahake Gorge and Ruins and the museum at the Victoria Battery. It is worth visiting and amazing historical remains of industrial architecture.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank MartinC209
Reviewed 28 September 2017

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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jane P
Reviewed 20 August 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Beth T
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Leesh656
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