Map showing Denniston Coal Mine

Denniston was the main township of a unique collection of mining towns built to service the coal mines on the Denniston plateau. It is accessible via nine kilometres of winding, sealed road from Waimangaroa, and it offers magnificent views down to the coastal plains of the Karamea Bight and the mouth of the Waimangaroa River.

For many decades Denniston was New Zealand's largest producing coal mine, yielding a premium quality coal from underground mines. The coal was loaded into railway wagons and lowered by cable down an extremely steep incline railway: a remarkable feat of engineering.

Once home to over 1500 people, today Denniston is a ghost town. The remnants of the town and the mine remain as an evocative reminder of life on The Hill.

The rocky plateau offers magnificent views of coastal plains and ocean. Even when shrouded in mist the dramatic landscape is still breathtaking.

Image supplied by the Department of Conservation (DOC).

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