6 Rankers Reviews
19 Heritage Attractions
South Island ▷ West Coast ▷ Charleston
About 4km North of Charleston we visited an originally rebuilt goldmine. A man of the 6th generation can tell you a lot of the odd goldrush and how they cause the gold. He maintains everything well. Though it is really interesting and worth a visit it is a bit pricey at $10 per person. Duration is about 1 hour.
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This was a lovely trail with mine shafts and tunnels featuring glowworms without loads of tourists. An original water wheel used during the gold rush to crush ore is nestled into a beautiful stream.
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Nice little walk through a goldmine. Some explanation at the beginning. In the mine, tunnel system you can see glowworms.
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No coffee shop, no gift shop, no photos of you at the end. Totally cheese free. Just 2 blokes in gumboots drinking beers around a stove. For $10 you can explore an old gold mine, hut and machinery (some still in working order, although not at the time). Really authentic experience to a west coast mine.
Carved punga spoilt it.
Unguided walk around old workings of gold mine. Some restoration completed.