Two blokes trying their hand at gold prospecting at Alberton
Photo courtesy of Thames School of Mines

Gold prospecting at Alberton

AccessibleFamily activitiesCentral Auckland

Sunday 30 September, 10.30am-3.30pm



100 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert

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Tickets $15


No bookings required


Event details

The Thames School of Mines will show you how to pan and extract gold from sand.

In 1850, the original owner of Alberton, Allan Kerr Taylor, joined the California Gold Rush. This is the first time that Alberton has held a re-enactment of the early gold prospectors in the USA and New Zealand.

You'll receive a bag containing instructions, a certificate, sand containing gold and a glass vial for panned gold. It's a fun and easy first step, showing children how to 'strike gold'.

  • Eight participants at a time
  • Suitable for children under 12 with parents' supervision.

A variety of gems will be available for sale.

History talk, 12 noon

There will be a talk on the history of gold mining and archaeology in the Auckland province.

Brought to you by Heritage New Zealand

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