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28-Dec-10

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Gum Diggers Park

 

Gumdiggers Park is an authentic Kauri Gum digging site over 100 years old. Maori, European and Dalmatian people formed this now forgotten gum digging culture and provided the basis for one of the biggest industrial booms in New Zealand's history. 40,000 to 150,000 year old Buried Kauri Forests have been exposed by the gum diggers. Information spots and an audio visual presentation describe the cataclysmic events which could have caused their destruction. A Gumdigger's village, equipment and recreated shelters are on display as well as a Gecko house and much more. Unique Kauri Timber and Kauri Copal (Kauri Gum) crafts are also sold on site. 25km (and just 20 minutes) north of Kaitaia on the main route to Cape Reinga. Opening hours: 9am-5pm, 7 days (closed Christmas Day).

 

For more information visit their website: www.gumdiggerspark.co.nz