Brimming with history
Tucked away just outside Greymouth on the wild West Coast is a small historic establishment called Taylorville. This quaint town hosts an iconic piece of New Zealand history – Brunner Mine Site. Overgrown and overflowing with New Zealand's industrial history - this interesting activity is a must-see.
Dotted with interpretative panels of photographs, maps and stories, walk through this forgotten work site and learn about yesteryear mining persuits.
Tragedy and fortune
Some may say Brunner Mine Site is a haunting piece of fascinating history – and they may be right. Opening in 1860, this coal manufacturing site hit disaster in 1896 as families abruptly lost their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons. In one single explosion, sadly 65 mine workers lost their lives.
Capturing the attention of the nation, Brunner MIne Site still holds importance as the worst workplace incident in New Zealand history. Today, NZ workplace safety remains a vital topic to ensure all workers come home safely to their families.
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Exploring the mine site
Situated on either side of the Grey River, traverse the suspension bridge to uncover stories of the yeseteryears. Retrace the steps of the hard working coal workers as you wander through well-worn paths with thick native rainforest enveloping you.
Discover beehive coke ovens, where coal was heated to separate the coal gas, coal water, and tar. Imagine men transporting hazardous wire, rope, cages and railway wagons brimming with coal across the Grey River.
Explore the native forest
Brunner Mine Site has more than history – it's also a great place to discover the native bush.
Emerge into a luscious green forest for an immersive 2km easy walk. With a unique geological climate, the vegetation in this forest will be a wonderful experience to get you in touch with nature. From tall kauri and kohekohe to rainforest dominated by rimu - the West Coast is a great place to explore New Zealand's native flora.
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