Gold Discovery Centre
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Waihi has been famous for its gold since 1878 and we have a compelling story to tell. Now you can experience our story, that spans three centuries, at the award-winning Gold Discovery Centre.
Across the road from the iconic Cornish Pumphouse, the Gold Discovery Centre first welcomes visitors with its striking facade. This is something special!Inside, you’ll find the Waihi Gold Experience which will immerse you in interactive activities. You’ll be pushing hard against an air-leg drill that will shake your bones, just like a real drill. You’ll lean on a plunger to trigger a simulated explosion down the gold mine, then for a change of pace you might try to beat the shady dealer at a game of Two-up.
You’ll marvel at the intricate detail in the dynamic models then push the buttons to see what happens next. Open windows into the past and learn what it was like to grow up in a gold town, then crank the handle to discover the power of horses, steam and electricity.
The ghost theatre is unlike any other. Set in colonial Waihi, actors are brought to life by 3D holograms in a story inspired by real local characters. You’ll get to know these townsfolk as they share their tales of love, war and social strife in early Waihi.
You’ll make your own virtual gold jewellery, be amazed by the real weight of a pure gold bar, then experience the power and scale of modern gold production. Just how much gold was in that two-tonne rock?