New Zealand Learning Adventures
Experience the memory of days gone by
Because of 1860s gold this community became a capital city with over 36,000 people and had New Zealand’s busiest shipping port.
After 50 years the easy gold was gone and the town began to change cope with big machinery. Now these bygone days are reflected in the buildings, the remnants of the wharf and the museum.
For visitors there are lots of good things to see and learn about. Choices include; the museum, glass factory, jade factory, the Eco Centre (kiwis, eels, local marine fish and the rare unique pre dinosaur the Tuatara) and shopping.
We explore the old harbour seeing how the river has changed destroyed this transport system and follow the processes involved. Museum, relics and photographs help us bring the history of this once bustling vital transport link to life.
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