200 HP Water Turbine
A Chute in the Kiln Tunnel
A Train on Tour
A view of Cyanide Tank Bases
Carriages of Happy Children
Inside our museum
Loading Passengers for a Trip on Tramway
Loco at Christmas Parade
The Bases of the Former Cyanide Tanks
Top from a Primary Crusher
Top of an ore roasting kiln
Tour Group at Front of Museum
Tour group in tunnel
Train passing Cyanide Tank Bases
Transformer House Museum & Grounds
VOLUNTEER DAY AT THE VICTORIA BATTERY WAIKINO 28TH JULY 2021
9.00AM TO 3.00PM
This event is also advertised on the DOC website so feel free to share https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/volunteer/in-your-region/bay-of-plenty/volunteer-days-in-tauranga/
Vegetation maintenance at the Victoria Battery Historic Reserve
Access Victoria Battery off SH2, sharp turn into Waitewheta Rd, then sharp turn after the bridge into the road access for Victoria Battery, or park opposite Waikino Hotel and uase the Foot Bridge and a short walk to the Battery
JUly 28th, 2021 Wednesday
9am – 3pm – Meeting at the Car park area at the end of the gravel road. Optional parking is in the rest bay off state highway 2 adjacent to the Waikino Hotel. Access can be by foot over the foot bridge.
Purpose of the volunteer role
Volunteers will gain the opportunity to learn about the heritage reserve and assist the Department of Conservation and the Victoria battery Tramway Society with the maintenance of the grounds.
Volunteers can apply their skills and learn about this special place from experienced and knowledgeable DOC rangers and the Victoria Battery Tramway Society.
- Weed management
- Clearing vegetation for historic artifacts
- Confidence and experience working with sharp cutting tools and sharp edges
- Listen to instruction and take care in the activity of removing pest plants.
- Medium fitness level
This worksite is a heritage site with visitors on foot and bicycles.
The area is exposed to the elements of sun and rain.
It is advisable to bring any pastoral environment allergy medication, as there is an increased risk of exposure to insects, wasps, bees and grasses when removing weeds.
Equipment and other resources provided by DOC
Equipment: hand tools i.e. secateurs
PPE: First Aid Kit available, gardening gloves, high visibility vest
Transport: By request, seats are limited
Food: Muesli bars, fruit and refill water
Training: Onsite health and safety talk (JSA)
What to bring
- Sturdy outdoor footwear
- Protective gloves (if you prefer your own)
- Wet weather gear
- Sunhat and sunscreen (if applicable)
- Lunch and a water bottle
Learn more about Victoria Battery and the Victoria Battery Tramway Society from the links below:
Department of Conservation, Volunteer coordinator
Nataalia Lunson, Community Ranger, Tauranga
Ph: 027 536 6847
Named after Queen Victoria in her 60th jubilee year, the Battery had 200 stampers, the largest number at one time of any similar site in the world crushing on an average of 800 tonnes of ore per day – six days a week.
It was the largest quartz ore processing plant in Australasia and one of the biggest industrial sites in New Zealand in the early 1900’s. Then it was the country’s largest producer of gold -10 times more than the next largest battery.
Our Society provides attractions on open days to give an insight into aspects of the hard rock processing in the good ole tough goldmining days when men worked hard, often in not ideal conditions and for very little pay.