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Great gum diggers mine shafts

So authentic - gum diggers pits as they were left. Lots of interesting information about the gum... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Maria L
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Hokitika
Unexpected gem

We went to this site as we had time so thought we’d have a look. It was excellent. Amazing history... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2018
Jenny M
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Gumdiggers Park is an historic site that was discovered by early settlers to northern new Zealand in the 1880's. these early settlers discovered Kauri gum ( new Zealand amber ) in there search for this also discovered a buried Kauri forest that...more
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove out of our way to visit this location and after reading the website and following the road signs we thought it would be great. On arrival at about 2 pm we found the shop closed. There was an honesty box demanding $10 per...More

Thank Gerry H
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Gerry, I feel sorry for you that you felt unsafe and didn't venture into our park. You missed a unique, fascinating and unspoilt part of new Zealand's pioneering and geological history. The shop was temporarily closed due to the fact I had to make...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So authentic - gum diggers pits as they were left. Lots of interesting information about the gum digging era. The birth place of gumboots!

Thank Maria L
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Maria, Thank you for taking time to review Gumdiggers park. Yes we try hard to keep it real and authentic, Now you know why they are called "Gumboots" :)

Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

We went to this site as we had time so thought we’d have a look. It was excellent. Amazing history, hands on and helpful and talented man running it. We would certainly recommend putting aside 30-60mins to check this out.

Thank Jenny M
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jenny, Thank you for recommending our park, and I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit :)

Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Surprised at this hidden history and the buried kauri forest. Plenty of information and some really good exhibit but clearly 70 years of plant growth has hidden most of the workings of the gum diggers. There is still plenty to see and the exposed massive...More

Thank andyb4652017
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi andy, Thank you for taking the time to review our park. We are pleased you found it interesting and informative Safe travles

Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

A nice in formative place to stop. Low key and interesting and we learned a lot about this part of NZ history. Passionate staff and well laid out tracks.

Thank R R
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you RR, for the time you took to review our park. We are pleased you enjoyed your low key visit, we try to keep it that way :)

Reviewed 9 April 2018

We were lucky to have the place to ourselves for the walk around the various sites. Learning about the Kauri and the gumdiggers was far more interesting than I would have credited! Very much recommended.

Thank jim t
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Hi Jim, Thank you for reviewing Gumdiggers Park, glad you enjoyed your visit and yes it is nice to have the site to yourself to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. Happy travels

Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Just 20 mins north of Kaitaia off SH1 is a preserved Kauri Gumdigging site. Learn about the hardships of those pioneers who dug out the “liquid gold”. Easy well marked short walking track and informative video recording. Shop sells polished gum, Kauri items and Paua...More

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gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Hello Sue, Thank you for taking the time to review our park.

Reviewed 23 March 2018

It's one of the attractions that I visited where I did not take any photographs. The part that I found the most interesting was at the beginning, in the shop, right before you go wander around in the park. This is where you can find...More

Thank Tashiana G
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

Hello Tashiana, As all our customers are made aware of when they visit our park, and as they read all the information, and as you mentioned, the site was mined for Kauri gum between 1880 and 1930.the kauri gum was valuable as an export and...More

Reviewed 27 February 2018

We came upon Gumdiggers almost by accident. The site is fascinating and educational. John provided information and locally grown coffee. The shop has a good selection of essentails like post cards. It's also a great stop on the route north/south, just off the main road....More

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gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hi RaibeartAlba, Thank you for taking the time to review our park, glad you enjoyed your accidental discovery :) Safe travels

Reviewed 1 February 2018

Interesting to see how the gum was mined but also to see perfectly preserved trees 40-100000 years oldMore

Thank goodfoodSeattle
gumdiggerspark, Owner at Gumdiggers Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2018

Hi goodfoodSeattle, Thank you for taking the time to review our park, pleased you found the site fascinating, this is one of the reasons we opened it up to the public. scientists now believe the big Kauri tree is around 120,000 years old and was...More

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