DENNISTON

Denniston is a town that represents a century of wealth and an economic boon period that covered many generations. Denniston is the symbol/icon that represents the coal mining industry.

Over the last 50 years or more Denniston has been allowed to fall into total decay. Broken, rusted and ignored the Denniston Township has all but disappeared. Fortunately a group of well intended people have seen the good sense to return Denniston into a ‘Port Arthur’ of New Zealand’ i.e. have seen the long term tourist potential.

Denniston has also been made ‘famous’ by Jenny Patrick  novel The Denniston Rose. The book accurately represents the coal mining era and Denniston in particular. This certainly was a hard tough period, but Denniston.

Denniston is on the small Mount Rochfort Plateau in the Papahaua Ranges 600 metres above sea level, some 20 kilometres north-east of Westport. Near the Granity township a War Memorial to the fallen from Denniston was erected.

During the early years of the 20th century Denniston's population was close to 2000, due to the large coal mine close to the town. It is now little more than a ghost town, with a population of less than 50.  

Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area   Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service   Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course