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Goldfields Mining
Experience the thrill of finding Gold

Gold Panning at Goldfields Mining Centre

“Where the Past & Present Meet”
A Fascinating Insight into New Zealand’s Early History.

IT was the lure of GOLD that brought the first settlers into Central Otago and paved the way for today’s tourist towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. Today there are few reminders of this early history.

The Goldfields Mining Centre is a special place where visitors can gain an appreciation of the life and working environment of those early miners who struggled against the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions along Central Otago’s famed Kawarau Gorge.

Located on the banks of the spectacular Kawarau River, the Goldfields Mining Centre is an historic reserve which has been set aside by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to preserve an authentic mining site where gold has been mined for over 100 years and can still be found in the rocks & gravels of this unique area.

Find out more about what’s here at the Goldfields Mining Centre

Gold Mining Tours

Gold Mining

A fascinating and unique display of gold mining history set amongst a profusion of Central Otago wild flowers.
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History Tours


Goldfields depicts a wide range of machinery and mining techniques to show how the early miners extracted gold.
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Gold Panning

Gold Panning

The Centre is licensed for gold fossicking and many visitors find and take home gold they have found in the virgin soils.
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Guided Tours

The Goldfields Mining Centre offers 2 tours of the park to enable visitors to gain an appreciation of New Zealand's early gold mining history. All visitors have the opportunity at first hand to see and handle the gold for which the park is famed.

At the conclusion of all tours, visitors are provided with gold pans and guides provide full instruction on how to pan for the elusive gold. Remember, it's "finders keepers" so this is your chance to "strike it rich".

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guided tour



The Goldfields Mining Centre is located at the outskirts of Cromwell at the start of the Kawarau Gorge...
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What else is in the area?

What else is in the area?

Book a thrilling jet boat trip with Goldfields Jet to "experience the rush and discover more of the history of this unique site".
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