Visit Bella Street Pumphouse in Waikato

If you’re interested in history and old things, this is a unique museum that’s sure to fascinate you! You will be in awe of the engineering involved, the boilers to generate the steam for the engine, the mechanics of the pumps, the volume of water they were able to lift from such an extraordinary depth, the built-in extra capacity that was never required, all presented in a personal and knowledgeable way by the volunteers.

When is the museum open?

The museum is only open at the weekend. It is open from 10:00am until 3:00pm every Saturday and Sunday. However, it is not open on weekdays (Monday to Friday).

It has been nearly one hundred years since the pumphouse engines last operated, but history lives on through working scale models, the original massive counter balanced pumping quadrants still in place over the main mineshaft, the recreated five metre diameter flywheels and the recently unearthed fourteen tonne crankshaft. The comprehensive photographic displays and the very informative narrative delivered by museum volunteers will help take you back through all those years.

  • Open Saturdays and Sundays
  • Open from 10:00 to 15:00
  • Adult – $5.00
  • Child – $2.00
  • Family – $10.00

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