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Gumdiggers Park

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Address: 171 Heath Road, Awanui 0486, New Zealand
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Unspoiled piece of history

This is a park where you wander around, read the plaques, and get a 'feel' what it would have been like more than 100 years ago during the gum digging era. There are some... read more

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Sharyn1958
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a park where you wander around, read the plaques, and get a 'feel' what it would have been like more than 100 years ago during the gum digging era. There are some demonstration old huts, and an informative video to watch. It's lovely to see that the place hasn't been fancied up. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for... More 

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Thank Sharyn1958
Piscataway, New Jersey
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our B&B owner recommended a stop here and I had some doubts while traveling down the dirt road to arrive. The people working at the front were fun to chat with and the tour was a lot of fun if you took the time to read the plaques and especially watch the movie. We had no idea what was involved... More 

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Thank bethboff
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enspiring look into the lives of the gum diggers. The 100,000 year old Kauri was a bit dissapointing but well worth a look. The staff were helpful and the video was very informative. A lot of effort has gone into the fact scattered around the site.

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Thank ecofriendly386
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading the reviews on this place, I was expecting something really good. However, I was very disappointed! The whole area has not been maintained properly and needs a good update. It is overpriced for what you get.

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Bruce, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out of our way to visit down an unpaved road. When we got there the place looked run down and in need of maintenance. Our visit confirmed this impression. The gecko cage looked lifeless and the other exhibits looked worn out. The signs were outdated, badly written with numerous spelling mistakes. I would not bother going out of... More 

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Thank needtotravelmore_8
Spokane, Washington
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453 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are heading to or from the Cape try and make time for this very interesting exhibit. You will need 2-3 hrs though. This is a self guided walk through a true gummdiggers village. Full of interesting information about Gummdiggers and the local fauna. And where else are you going to be able to walk alongside a tree thats... More 

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Thank MiguelitoyCat
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an interesting place to visit. I learnt a lot about gum digging which is something I knew nothing about prior to coming here. You go on a well sign posted walk around the area and read all about the history of gum digging and the ancient Kauri Forest. The whole thing gives you an appreciation of how old the... More 

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Thank Amber M
Perth, Australia
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31 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Old amber diggings opened as an attraction. Walk provides information about the life of the diggers, info signs on plants, and a fossilised tree trunk. Shop sells amber. Worth travelling a little off the main highway to get to, as amber is not a subject seen most places in the world.

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Melbourne
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166 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I learnt why gumboots are called what they are. I learnt the life of a gum digger was not for me. I learnt that the Gumdiggers Park was well set up with good signage, a video and examples of the various shacks, machinery and processes. I learnt that Jerry, the lady in the shop, was most friendly, helpful and welcoming.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Of course most people have heard of petrified wood but 100000 year old preserved wood which can be fashioned like timber cut today is quite remarkable. Although this is one aspect of this attraction the remarkable history of the Gum Diggers is its primary focus. As a bonus you get to walk through an almost original tea tree based NZ... More 

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