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SET amongst dra­matic cliffs and rugged ter­rain is Goldfields Min­ing Cen­tre, a his­toric re­serve in Cromwell New Zealand where vis­i­tors are thrown back in time to learn more about the re­gion’s rich gold min­ing his­tory.

Lo­cated just an hour’s drive from neigh­bour­ing Queen­stown, the cen­tre offers two fa­cil­i­ties which serve as meet­ing venues as well as an ar­ray of ex­pe­ri­ences such as gold pan­ning and tours through the old Chi­nese min­ing vil­lage.

A stand­out at­trac­tion at the his­toric hub is the Goldfields Jet ex­pe­ri­ence, a 40-minute thrill ride which takes pas­sen­gers on an in­vig­o­rat­ing jour­ney through the Kawa­rau Gorge.

Op­er­at­ing on the eastern end of the Kawa­rau River, the ex­pe­ri­ence also gives pas­sen­gers the chance to ab­sorb the awe-in­spir­ing sights of the or­chards and vine­yards which sur­round the area.

In be­tween ex­hil­a­rat­ing 360 de­gree turns and high-speed blasts past jagged cliff faces and mas­sive boul­ders, the jet op­er­a­tor gives in­sight­ful com­men­tary on the his­tory of the area, point­ing out sig­nif­i­cant sites along the way.

Af­ter­wards, a visit to the Wild Earth Kitchen (lo­cated on site) for a meal is a must-do.

The restau­rant is a foodie’s dream, with its en­tire menu of re­gional foods pre­pared on-the-spot within re­tired French oak Pinot Noir wine bar­rels.

Wild Earth’s sig­na­ture dish is The Oak Stave, which is a chef’s se­lec­tion of five tast­ing dishes paired with five award­win­ning wines, de­signed es­pe­cially for shar­ing.

Daily wine tast­ings are also avail­able at the Cel­lar Door, giv­ing vis­i­tors a chance to sam­ple the Wild Earth range which in­cludes Pinot Noir, Rose, Pinot Gris, Chardon­nay and Reis­ling.

For more in­for­ma­tion on plan­ning a func­tion at Goldfields Min­ing Cen­tre visit­field­smin­

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