The stunning stone Banbury Arches provided the only tramway access over treacherous gully into the Banbury mine. Both coal and brave people were transported via wagon down the famous Denniston Incline, known as the Eighth Wonder of the World for its length and perilously steep gradient, to the Conns Creek rail sidings below. The Denniston Incline may be a thing of the past, but the Banbury Arches have been restored to their full glory.

The Gorge Express

Just a taste of the Underground Union Experience. This journey includes the short guided walk from reception to the train station, the train ride along the old coal transport road with spectacular views of the Waimangaroa Gorge (weather permitting!), across the stunning Banbury Arches then 40 metres into the Banbury mine. 

(Please note: this experience does not include the interactive tour around the mine or the hologram story) 

Booking/Departure Details

Booked tours run daily and commence at the Reception office located in the Denniston DoC Car Park

Tour Times until April 30th 2017*

Start: 9:30am, 12:30pm and 3:15 pm 

Duration: Allow 1h 15m from reception and back again

* The Express may have a delayed start; ALL Express tours require minimum numbers       


Adult $45.00*
Child (10 to 15 years) $25
Child (5 to 9 years) $20
Under 5 years - FREE
* 10% discount for senior citizens/goldcard holders

If you decide to do the full tour within a week, just pay the difference!

Special school and charter rates


Seating is limited on all tours and advance booking is essential


EFTPOS and cash facilities are available on site. 
NOTE: MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted however there is a 2% surcharge per card transaction.            

Physical Ability

This journey is designed for visitors of all ages however visitors must be able to walk unassisted for 15-30 minutes to the station, some of which is graded. All children [15 years and under] must be accompanied by an adult.

What To Bring

The weather at Denniston is sub-alpine and can change quickly, so please bring:

  • Sturdy, closed-in footwear (trainers, gumboots, etc)
  • An extra layer of warm clothes
  • A rain coat
  • Cameras are permitted

Mine Safety

Click here for further information about safety at the Denniston Tourist Mine.

Book now online or phone 0800 881 880

Highlights Include

A rail journey along the spectacular Waimangaroa Gorge and a brief visit into the coal mine 

(Please note: this experience does not include the interactive tour around the mine or the hologram story) 
Banbury Arches
Entering the Gorge Express
Gorge Express Display

"Tourism West Coast is very excited with the development that has taken place at the Denniston Mine Site. It is a fantastic opportunity for the visitors to the Buller District to experience what life was like for those who were involved in the coal mining industry at Denniston. The Department of Conservation should be congratulated on their efforts to "bring back to life" this amazing place. This experience will add real value to the tourism sector on the West Coast and will be a major draw card for both international and domestic visitors."

Matt Ewen
General manager, The West Coast of the Southern Alps