STRIKING GOLD AT GOLDFIELDS
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 visit www.goldfieldsmining.co.nz.