‘Friends of the Hill’ Museum

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‘Friends of the Hill’ Museum information

Opening hours
summer weekends only
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North along SH67, the road is pressed against the rocky shoreline by verdant hills. The first town beyond Westport is Waimangaroa, where there’s a turn-off to Denniston , 9km inland and 600m above sea level. Denniston was once NZ’s largest coal producer, with 1500 residents in 1911. An information kiosk and the ‘Friends of the Hill’ museum here bring to life the harsh conditions experienced by the miners and their families. Four kilometres north of Waimangaroa is the Britannia Track (four hours return), winding towards the Britannia Battery’s gold-mining detritus.