Top Choice Mine in Thames

Goldmine Experience

Walk through a mine tunnel, watch a stamper battery crush rock, learn about the history of the Cornish miners and try your hand at panning for gold ($2 extra).
Top Choice Cave in Waitomo Caves

Glowworm Cave

The guided tour of the Glowworm Cave, which is behind the visitor centre, leads past impressive stalactites and stalagmites into a large cavern known as the Cathedral. The highlight comes at the tour’s end when you …
Top Choice Museum in Hamilton

Waikato Museum

The excellent Waikato Museum has five main areas: an art gallery; interactive science galleries; Tainui galleries housing Māori treasures, including the magnificently carved waka taua (war canoe), Te Winikawaka; a W…
Top Choice Gardens in Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens

Spread over 50 hectares southeast of the city centre, Hamilton Gardens incorporates a large park, cafe, restaurant and extravagant themed enclosed gardens. There are separate Italian Renaissance, Chinese, Japanese, …
Top Choice Museum in Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Museum

Te Awamutu Museum has a superb collection of Māori taonga (treasures) and an excellent display on the Waikato War. The highlight is the revered Te Uenuku (‘The Rainbow’), an ancient Māori carving estimated to be up …
Historic Building in Coromandel Town

Coromandel Goldfield Centre & Stamper Battery

The rock-crushing machine clatters into life during the informative tours of this 1899 plant. You can also try panning for gold ($5) and stop to see NZ’s largest working waterwheel. Ask about the special summertime …
Museum in Coromandel Town

Coromandel Mining & Historic Museum

Small museum with glimpses of pioneer life.
Museum in Thames

School of Mines & Mineralogical Museum

The Historic Places Trust runs tours of these buildings, which house an extensive collection of NZ rocks, minerals and fossils. The oldest section (1868) was part of a Methodist Sunday School, situated on a Māori bu…
Museum in Thames

Historical Museum

Pioneer relics, rocks and old photographs of the town.
Gallery in Hamilton


This contemporary gallery and gift shop is housed in a grand, former post office. It focuses on the best of local art: paintings, glass, prints, textiles and photography.