Waihi Gold Mining Museum and Art Gallery

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Location: 54 Kenny St, Waihi
Open: All year Mon-Fri 10-16, Sat, Sun, Hol 13:30-16.
Fee: Adults NZD 5, Children (5-15) NZD 2, Children (0-4) free, Family (2+*) NZD 12.
Groups (15+): Adults NZD , Children (3-18) NZD .
Classification: MineGold Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Waihi Gold Mining Museum & Art Gallery, 54 Kenny St, Waihi, Tel: 07863-8386, Fax: 07863-8426. E-mail: contact
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1878 gold discovered by the prospectors John McCombie and Robert Lee.
1879 William Nicholl pegged out five acres, named the claim Martha after a family member.
1882 first battery in operation.
1912 violent miners' strike.
1952 Martha Mine closed.
1980s new open pit mine started.
2001 house adjacent to Martha Pit collapsed into historical workings.


The Waihi Gold Mining Museum & Art Gallery located in the center of the small town offers a detailed exhibition about the local gold mining, both underground and open pit. There are displays of photographs, documents, mining tools, models of mine works and even a replica mine showing underground miners at work. There is a working model of the Cornish Pumphouse, Waihi's best known landmark. It shows how the pump was used to dewater the underground workings.