Take a journey inward at the
place all but forgotten.

The Denniston Experience Underground Mine is open and taking bookings right now.

Underground Union Experience Tour

Take a train ride along the old coal transport road high above the dramatic Waimangaroa Gorge and walk 200 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, more...

A truly unique and interactive mine experience

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

Learn why Denniston was considered the "8th Wonder of the World" and either loved or loathed by locals.

Other Activities

Explore walking and mountain biking around Denniston, along with other natural West Coast attractions.

What visitors say about The Denniston Experience

Outstanding guide
A great experience but I would not like to do it [mining] as a job
John - Wellington
Excellent Tour
Amazing experience and guides
Frank & Vanessa - Buenos Aires
Better than Minecraft
Great for the family
Eva, Warren, Flynn and Luke - Dunedin
Absolutely Awesome
Mitch, Tania, Sophie & Emily - Australia
Great guides and support for nervous mothers, the boys loved it too. Fantastic!
Loved it.
Very educational and really well presented. Loved the whole tour.
Boys loved it and learnt a lot, thanks.
Fantastic Experience! Really impressed by the guides and the experience. Boys loved it and learnt a lot, thanks.
Wellesley School