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Gumdiggers Park

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Address: 171 Heath Road, Awanui 0486, New Zealand
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+64 9-406 7166
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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A little bit of history

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Amber M
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great little park and definitely worth the effort to get there Gum digging was such an essential part of NZ history. Although not very flashy this park gives the visitor a sense of the hardships and rewards associated with digging in the dirt for the amber gold Bring your own picnic as there's no cafe

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Witham, Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We visited on a grey day - and read that people spend about an hour...we spent about 2 1/2!! An interesting video and informative boards around the place - lots of reading if you want to. paths were easy to follow and we enjoyed the nature trail - spent a while watching the piwakawakas flitting around.

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Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

A great place to have a picnic (which we did one beautiful January day). The park is well maintained and pretty. The walkway path is marked well and its an easy walk around the park, with lots of shade beneath the trees. The size of the kauri tree holes are quite impressive and the humpys (have to visit to understand... More 

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1 Thank Melody P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Came to gumdiggers for a family day out and it was well worth the visit. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Will definitly be back again soon and will bring others to show them this hidden jem.

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1 Thank Kendra B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Wow! What a hidden little gem of a park! Very educational, staff was highly knowledgeable and friendly Even the two teenagers who are hard to entertain loved it :) and learnt a lot of Northland history

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1 Thank Mark C
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This site is very well preserved and lets you really get into the plain old 'down and dirty' work of the gumdiggers! You can feel the hard labour which must have been the order of the day - no work, no pay! The site captures the reality of what gumdigging was all about! Well done, guys!!

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