New Zealand Learning Adventures


It's depressing to see once proud communities so dilapidated chocked. 

Yet the people are friendly, hard working and tenacious


Most towns here were built for single industries of gold, timber or coal.  Sadly these were deserted when the industries died and they lie rotting among the regenerating rainforests.

Others are surviving with optimistic hard working people to adapt them to farm and tourist servicing communities.

Our KANES guide explains the history hardships and successes of the peoples and their contributions over the years to New Zealand's wealth.

Keen groups can explore industries, attractions, water, drainage, culture, geographic hazards, administration, retail products, prospects for the future , etc. 


Port Towns
Port Towns
Three major settlements used rivers to harbour their ships.  Sadly,  floods and bed-load deposits have taken huge a toll in these facilities and interested groups learn of the ways the communities worked to tame the often violent and changing  waterways.


Because of 1860s gold
this community became a capital city with over 36,000 people and had New Zealand’s busiest shipping port.  Its popular shopping,  history and tourist based industry  attractions make it great to visit

This river port town unfolds a different micro-culture for interested visitors to explore along with a rich history plus struggles with decline, floods and changes.  Its dilapidated harbour supports a small but healthy fishing industry. 

 It his the largest industrial and centre facilities of the zone.  

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This living museum and a tourist attraction brings to life communities and the facilities that our ancestors lived with.

Activities include:  a steam train ride, gold panning and interaction with many exhibits that bring to life the Gold Rush days when this zone was vibrant, rich and thriving.

Coal Mining Towns
Coal Mining Settlements
From 1900s through to the 1960s Coal mining was a major industry with with proud thriving communities. Towns grew beside every mine and were deserted as the mines became insolvent when oil came to popular use.

Timber Milling Settlements
Timber industries were closed recently by the government and these towns to be plunged into massive financial devastation. We can learn about the skills that millers worked to acquire, and we see the results of government attempts to help the people adapt to new careers.   See:  Kaneri, Brunner, Whataroa & Harihari  

Gold Mining Settlements
Gold Mining Settlements
Most of he gold is gone now and the once  flourishing settlements of the late 1860s - 1910s are either deserted ghost  towns consumed by forests or survive as shadows of their former glory. Nearby each old settlement we can find the remnants of the mines - some are reconstructed for teaching visitors how they operated.

The mills and forests have gone now but Shantytown has one to explain how  they worked.


Coal Town Information CentreLink Hari HariLink WhataroaReeftonWestport
Springs Junction

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