Prospect for gold at Alberton!

Gold panning

Come along to 'strike gold' at Alberton!  In 1850, after purchasing the Alberton estate, 18 year old Allan Kerr Taylor travelled from Auckland to the USA seeking to add to his fortune with California gold. Though his time there didn't yield any riches it fostered an interest in prospecting and on his return to New Zealand he invested goldmining enterprises in the Coromandel.  

As part of Auckland's Heritage Festival 2018, Visitor Hosts from the Thames School of Mines will take over the grounds at Alberton running a gold panning activity for children. 

Sift sand to find gold and take away your riches in a glass vial.

At midday, join us for a free talk on the history of gold prospecting and mining in Auckland and the Coromandel.

A variety of gems and minerals from the popular Thames School of Mines Rock Shop will be available for sale.

Event Details


  • Sunday 30 September
  • 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • Talk on prospecting and mining: 12 noon

How Much?

Gold panning: $15 per child. Alberton house entry (optional) - adults $10, children free.

Make a booking

No bookings are required but please understand that places are limited to eight participants per session.  Young children must be supervised.


  • 100 Mt Albert Road
  • Mt Albert
  • Auckland
  • 1025

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


Adults: $10 Children free Unaccompanied children $3.50 Use your Entertainment Book voucher here. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.