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Pacific Coast Highway: Whitianga to Tauranga road trip

Waihi Coromandel Gold Mining Town

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Waihi Cornish pumphouse nearby Waihi gold open cast mine, Waikato Waihi Cornish pumphouse nearby Waihi gold open cast mine, Waikato

A high point for heritage and history buffs will be the Martha Mine Pit Rim Walk. It is a flat easy walk where you peer into a working open pit mine. It is dramatic with its quarried drops into the depths where ant-like massive trucks haul out the spoils. Think about how the nineteenth miners simply sluiced away entire hillsides, valleys and landscapes to extract gold. The Waihi Mine conducts regular mining tours for visitors. Waihi is an excellent lunch stop with several cafes and restaurants.

@Waihi Arts Centre & Museum


  • Waihi Arts Centre & Museum. The era 1880’s to 1950s is comprehensively documented with photographs, personal narratives and the story of mining in the district. The museum is a great place for kids and families as the interactive exhibits will interest all age groups.
  • The replica underground mining tunnel is great for kids to explore
  • An extensive thoroughly described rock collection
  • The cells where, in 1912, striking miners were jailed.

For more holiday ideas check 10 things to do in Paeroa & Wahi, travel guide, activities: NZ Jane

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