little kid giving a thumbs up with family behind him on Waihi Gold Rush Encounter
Older couple holding small pieces of gold in Waikato
Pair of kids on Waihi Gold Rush Encounter in Waikato

Waihi Gold Story Tour

By Gold Discovery Centre
5 out of 5
Free cancellation available
Price is AU$63 per adult
  • Free cancellation available
  • 3h
  • Printed voucher
  • Instant confirmation
  • Immersive dive into the gold-mining industry of Waihi
  • Interactive exhibits & educational 3-D presentations
  • Tales of what life was like in a 19th-century gold town
  • Access to a mine that's normal off-limits to the public
  • Photos ops in front of the impressive mining equipment

Activity location

  • Gold Discovery Centre
    • 126 Seddon Street
    • 3610, Waihi, New Zealand

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Gold Discovery Centre
    • 126 Seddon Street
    • 3610, Waihi, New Zealand

Check availability

  • Activity duration is 3 hours3h3h
  • English
Language options: English
Starting time: 12:00 pm
Price details
AU$63.35 x 1 AdultAU$63.35

Price is AU$63.35
Until Tue, 25 June

What's included, what's not

  • What's includedWhat's includedGuided tour of the Waihi's 140 year quest for Gold
  • What's includedWhat's includedAdmission to the Waihi Gold Experience and Mine Tour
  • What's includedWhat's includedLive tour commentary provided in English
  • What's excludedWhat's excludedHotel pickup and drop-off

Know before you book

  • Children 4 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult. All children 16 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.
  • This activity begins in Waihi, which is approximately 89 miles (143 km) southeast of Auckland. You must make your own way to the meeting point.
  • The Gold Discovery Centre hours of operation are 9 AM–4 PM from June to August, and 9 AM–5 PM the rest of the year.
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

What you can expect

Strike it rich during this interactive experience that dives into the gold industry in Waihi. Feel the sense of drilling for the metal as you test the simulator, try your hand at designing unique gold jewellery, and go beyond the fence to get a look at a mine that's usually off-limits to the public.

Arrive at the Gold Discovery Centre, a modern museum featuring state-of-the-art technology. Immerse yourself in the interactive exhibits as you dig into the rich history of the gold industry in New Zealand, rattling the drill, cranking the handle on the power-wheel, and pushing the plunger to trigger a simulated blast.

Continue your hands-on experience by designing your very own virtual jewellery. Marvel at the weight of a pure bar of gold and take a step back in time to the 1800s inside the ghost theatre. Through the use of 3-D holograms, you can learn what life was like living in a 19th-century gold town as characters share their tales of love, war, and social strife.

Next, it's time to head out into the gold mine. Get suited up in your safety equipment and go beyond the security fence that typically keeps pedestrians out of the area. Witness every stage of the gold-mining journey, from ore extraction and crushing to the final processing. Make sure to grab your camera to snap photos in front of the massive equipment before you leave the mine.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures
  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
Safety measures
  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Masks required
  • Hand sanitiser provided
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Activity location

    • 126 Seddon Street
    • 3610, Waihi, New Zealand

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • PEOPLEPEOPLEGold Discovery Centre
    • 126 Seddon Street
    • 3610, Waihi, New Zealand