The Denniston Experience Underground Mine Tours are currently closed and will reopen reopen for the summer season.

Underground Union Experience Tour:

Take a train ride along the old coal transport road high above the dramatic Waimangaroa Gorge 

and walk 170 metres into the first of the historic 1880's Denniston coal mines.

State-of-the-art audio and visual effects simulate the harsh life of a Denniston miner.

Here you will perform your allocated miners job; putting up pit props, shovelling coal....

A truly unique and interactive mine experience .

Limited seats so Booking required.

Go to the Experience page for further details

Call 0800 881 880 


Hardy souls...

...lived and worked in the windswept bleakness of Denniston`s infamous mountain plateau on New Zealand's wild West Coast.

Midst the endless tapping of picks, creaking of props and earthy black soot of ever present coal dust from an 1880s coal mine, a proud and close-knit community formed within this remarkable land of contrasts.

Plunge deep...

...into the darkness of one of New Zealand's oldest sources of energy and industrial innovation.


...your own pioneering spirit tagging into the Banbury mine and becoming part of its underground workings - swinging banjo shovels, clipping coal tubs, erecting pit props and imagining the extremes of life at the coalface.

Take a journey inward at the place all but forgotten.

Denniston History

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For general information and bookings contact:
The Denniston Experience
Free Phone: 0800 881 880

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