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The Denniston Experience - CLOSED

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The Denniston Experience is closed, however the town and the hike are superb!

The Experience sounds like it was lots of interactive fun but it has been closed over safety... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
Bozeman, MT
'Experience' closed but still a great place to explore on your own.

We knew the 'experience' was closed but this is still an awesome place to go and explore and... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand
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New Zealand's only underground coal mining experience! Enjoy a fully guided tour into an original 1880's underground coal mine. Kitted out with a hard hat, lamp and raincoat your journey begins with a short guided walk from the carpark to the...more
Denniston Plateau, Denniston, Westport, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

We drove up to the Dennison Plateau on the excellent road provided to have a look at the mining history which started well over 120 years ago in the West Coast. Looking down the incline gave a great impression of the engineering feats these old...More

Thank 8623PaulineS
Reviewed 14 December 2017

The Experience sounds like it was lots of interactive fun but it has been closed over safety concerns. We loved the arduous hike up (you can also drive) on the bridal path with a detour over to the actual "track" where coal trains went up...More

Thank runtrails
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We knew the 'experience' was closed but this is still an awesome place to go and explore and marvel at the engineering feat that it was and to read the boards and walk the paths. So much history to absorb here and the view is...More

1  Thank micsgirl
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Sadly, you cannot do tours now for safety reasons and we were gutted! But decided to make the trip anyway and spent 3 hours wandering around the countryside and walking among the ruins of the mining operation. Brilliantly signposted and lots of photos and personal...More

1  Thank Ah62
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a "must see" on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Denniston is around 19 kms north of Westport up a winding road - not for the faint-hearted - to the Denniston Plateau. We did the full mine tour (2½ hours) which...More

9  Thank wendhmagz
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Don, our guide, was very witty and helpful. We learned a lot about the past and the coal-century. We would definitily recommend this tour.

Thank Oliver B
Reviewed 20 February 2017

An excellent day trip to explore / learn about the history of the mine. Need at least 2 hours to do the walk etc, but could easily spend the day up here. Bring sun block and water. ... and some cash for the donation box....More

Thank Scirocco11
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Our guide into the mine was born on the plateau and worked in the mines. He had a much to tell us (sorry cant remeber his name though). The tous made us feel very grateful for our 'soft' jobs and gave us insight into waht...More

Thank gargiul0
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

What a great family experience - we have two girls aged 10 & 7, and lived the rustic feel of the whole experience. We did the Gorge Experience which was just long enough for us. Loved the train ride and Don - Tour Guide was...More

Thank louiej1975
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This is a must to do. 2 1/2 hours of great history and what a hard life those miners had. Made us more appreciative of what we have.

Thank Bronwyny52
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