Project Description

Goldmine Experience

The Goldmine Experience is a guided tour which takes you through operating 19th century gold-mining machinery, run by volunteer enthusiasts, and underground into one of the richest goldmines of the time. See efforts to restore steam and water-powered engines, a large photo display of early hotels and mines and try your luck at gold panning. The Stamper Battery has been restored and is operating as part of the guided tour.


Located on the corner of Moanataiari Road and State Highway 25 you will find the Goldmine Experience at the northern end of Thames.

In the News

In 2017 Thames is celebrating 150 years of prospecting for gold.  Locals fired up a 19th century battery in Thames as the town celebrates its history.  1 NEWS covered the story watch it here.


  • Open 10am-4pm in Summer.
  • Weekends and school holidays at least 10am-1pm in the Winter.
  • Booked tours for 10 or more at any time.