We are Normally open Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays from 10am to 3pm


The Society is run by Volunteers and we are reliant on their availability to be in attendance.



The extensive heritage site is open  every day to the public, Prominent Department of Conservation interpretation signage gives historical information at various locations. It is an ideal setting for family picnics, but please keep a watch on children for their safety as there are concrete foundations and danger spots.


A 1.2 kilometre two-foot (610 mm) gauge tramway has been constructed by the Society, which snakes through the remains and relics on the site. Tramway rides are available on open days. The novel covered carriages have been constructed on former Hudson ore skip chassis and ex-mine battery-electric locomotives haul them. A petrol driven railcar is also available to transport up to five people and can be operated in wet weather when the other locos are unable to grip on the wet rails.

The train winds through the six acre site where aspects of the processing plant still feature such as stamper mill , extensive cyanide tank foundations, tube mills, gas producer plant, etc.


Our Wingrove and Rogers (B.E.V. - British Electric Vehicles) type W417 battery-electric loco named "Empire" hauling carriages around the top loop near the Transformer House

Underground tours

Guided tours through the century plus underground roasting ore kilns’ tunnel and viewing into them from a long gantry above ground is a unique attraction in New Zealand.These are the only ones in the country open for the public to enjoy . Our Society is grateful to be offering these tours to the public. Visitors are given safety helmets and torches before a volunteer guide presents a brief background talk about the kilns Our guide then escorts the visitors through the underground U shaped tunnel explaining en route how the chutes worked and pointing out the air vents and emergency tunnel. The visitors then climb to the top of the kilns sheltered beneath a new protection roof built on the original design Here you can look down from a gantry into these massive brick-lined roasting kilns and see the ventilation shafts openings.


A family passes one of the colourful unexcavated ore roasting kilns in the U-shaped tunnel


In 1913 the Waihi Goldmining Company reticulated the first electricity to the district after constructing the Horahora power generating station, the first on the Waikato River. The electricity came into the large concrete Transformer House (Sub-station), the only remaining building on the Battery site, which now houses the society’s comprehensive museum.

Inside are featured historic photographs of the Victoria Battery - its construction, the railway rakeline and the ore treatment process, plus old Waikino, Owharoa, Waitekauri and Karangahake townships. A manual operational ore stamper, timber milling displays and goldmining equipment from the re-opened Golden Cross 1992-98 operation are on show. Wooden patterns and glassed- in models of the Waihi-Waikino and Karangahake districts are displayed. The three disastrous Waikino floods are featured There is a rock display and numerous gold weighing scales along with many past era memorabila items. Guides give visitors friendly informative attention during the tours In the Transformer House.


VBTS read moreVisitors are shown how the manual stamper works in our museum

We are open

Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00am to 3:00pm:

No events

How to find us

Visitor feedback

Come and enjoy some New Zealand history.


Awesome history.


Cool - thank you.


Fascinating insight.




Good ole days.


Just golden.


Keep up the good work – well done.






Really worth a look.


What I didn’t know about.


To be recommended.


Very educational.


Lots to learn – thanks.


Really friendly.


Don’t let history die.

Contact us

Phone Mail Email

+64 (0)21 09 017 915

(07) 8633032

during opening hours

Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society Inc.
P.O. Box 173, Waihi, 3641, New Zealand