Denniston Incline

Denniston Road
Denniston, West Coast
The Denniston Incline built in 1879 was one of the great creations of the 19th Century. Many called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Built as a link in the transport of coal from the mines of the Coalbrookdale Seam on the Denniston plateau, the Incline plummeted 1700 feet down grades as steep as 1 in 1 and a quarter. It operated for 87 years.

The Incline and the grim social conditions of the miners families living on the plateau are illustrated in a video and displays at the Westport museum (Coaltown).

There is a winding, sealed road up the hill and Denniston can be reached from SH67 at Waimangaroa by following it for nine kilometres. Friends of the Hill run a museum in the old School manual training building. There are splendid coastal views on a fine day.
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Photos

  • The Incline Head
    The Incline Head
  • Lower incline, Denniston, circa 1900, New Zealand, by Muir & Moodie studio, maker unknown. Te Papa (C.016075
    Lower incline, Denniston, circa 1900, New Zealand, by Muir & Moodie studio, maker unknown. Te Papa (C.016075
  • View from top of upper incline, looking down towards sea. From the album: Views of the Westport Colliery Co., Westport, Te Papa
    View from top of upper incline, looking down towards sea. From the album: Views of the Westport Colliery Co., Westport, Te Papa
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