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Daytrip to Crystal Mountain

Just 20km from Auckland in the Waitakerere Ranges is the very mystical sounding place, Crystal Mountain.  Voted the ‘Waitakerere Tourism Award’ in 2005 and 2006 Crystal Mountain is home to a stunning collection of exquisite crystals, minerals, fossils and meteorites from around the world and beyond which are housed in the Crystal Mine Museum.

Crystal Mountain Attractions

The museum has been purpose built to be accessible to everyone of all ages and physical ability – you will travel by elevator to the museum where there is something to delight everyone, there is also a retail store if you want to take a souvenir with you!

Crystal Mountain is also home to a ‘theme park’ - here you will find a new addition to the park, the ‘Gonzales Roller Coaster’ which they assure us is suitable for the whole family!  There is a 4 in 1 Bungy Trampoline, Pony Rides and an impressive range of exotic animals – llamas, Emus, Ponies, calves, Peacocks, Geese, Ducks, lambs and much more. Watch them as they graze in their areas and you are welcome to pat them as they come to say hello at the fences.

Children can also learn about the old method of panning, each child receives a bag of hidden treasure that gets uncovered in the process of panning – sounds like great fun, even for us adults!

Crystal Mountain have their own cafe where you can enjoy breakfast or treat yourself to a delicious cafĂ© lunch or a coffee, group bookings are welcome and a children’s menu is also available, there is even a function centre for large groups or special occasions, just enquire directly with their main office.

Crystal Mountain is only 20km from Auckland’s city centre and is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm, please note that during winter the theme park is only open on Saturday and Sunday between 9am – 5pm and 7 days during school holidays.

This is a wonderful daytrip to experience something a little bit different while enjoying the gorgeous scenery of the ranges.

Crystal Mountain
80 Candia Road, Swanson
Phone: +64 9 833 5033

Image source: www.crystalmountain.co.nz

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