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Tokatea Mine, Coromandel, Coromandel Peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealandi
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Tokatea MineMine
Coromandel- not defined -
Coromandel PeninsulaPeninsula
Thames-Coromandel DistrictDistrict
Waikato RegionRegion
North Island- not defined -
New ZealandCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 42' 57'' South , 175° 30' 58'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -36.71595,175.51625
GeoHash:G#: rckz1up41
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Coromandel1,502 (2014)5.3km
Whitianga3,367 (2011)20.9km
Tairua1,588 (2011)44.7km
Pauanui749 (2011)45.7km
Thames7,136 (2014)47.0km


The heavily forested and steep Tokatea Range rises behind the Coromandel town-site, and was the scene of much gold mining from around 1868 to 1914.

Research for this section has been difficult. Limited and incomplete historical information was found for mines in the area. A number of overgrown drives, and hidden shafts lie in wait for the unwary. There appears to be two access points. The Success Track leaves the old colonial hospital at Taumatawahine Creek on the Main Road, 1.5 kilometres north of the town centre. This track zig-zags up the range front to the ridge. This follows the old road into the Success mining area, and apparently passes several drives. Another access point is by taking the Kennedy Bay Road to the Lucas Lookout, situated on the saddle of the range. A short steep walk heads north to a trig point, while another below this continues north into wild territory. There are reportedly several drives in the area just north of the road, which is the Tokatea Mine area.

We are obliged to warn against accessing old drives for safety reasons, although several videos are online for drives closer to Coromandel showing people walking through them.

All locations listed on Mindat for these areas are approximate. Some are considered lost locations. The Tokatea, Pride of Tokatea, Triumph, and Royal Oak adjoined each other based on newspaper articles, and has been listed based on the official New Zealand topographical map. Someone with local knowledge, and/or access to more detailed maps if they exist is needed.

Gold was discovered in the Tokatea area around 1870. The Tokatea Reef is large at 4.2 kilometres long, and up to 45 metres wide, but is weakly mineralised with gold along much of its length. It dips 40-65 degrees west, and mined to a depth of 300 metres from the surface. Most gold was found in oblique stringers, 1-2 cms wide, on the Footwall. Significant veins were called Tokatea and Tribute, trending east north-east and east respectively, and dipping steeply south. The area has produced 96 733 ounces of gold, and 41 823 ounces of silver.

Native arsenic is found in the reef as reinform nodules up to 15 cms in diameter, and a more massive form enclosing plates and filaments of electrum. Amethyst is noted in the reef. Arsenopyrite is likely but not specifically mentioned. The mineral list is incomplete.

There is a Tokatea Mine, but also several mines in the immediate area with Tokatea in the name. This includes the New Tokatea, which in 1896 became the Tokatea Consols, and newspapers mention the mine until 1908. The Tokatea Star mentioned only in 1896. The Pride of Tokatea active from 1871, and by tributers late 1870's, early 1880's, and again from 1896 when purchased by an English Company until 1911 when ore grades are poor. Key of Tokatea mentioned only in 1873. West Tokatea registered as a company in 1888, and noted as active until 1902, then in 1912, when well known local miner John Fenton was killed by a fall of earth while working alone in the mine. East Tokatea (late Tongariro) being tributed in 1899. Golden Tokatea 1895-1897 on the Swedish Croton leader. South Tokatea, a 'fair way' south of the Tokatea Mine, but on the same reef only mentioned in 1888 as being registered as a company in London. The lease was owned by Clarke (surname) and contained 160 acres. Not enough information was found on any to list separately.

The first mention of the Tokatea Mine is 1869, stating there is much litigation over the mine. Lotties, Siege and Van levels are stated as named. The mine was active across the 1870's, and early 1880's, often only mentioned in passing. The early 1870's specimen stone was found in the upper levels, while the later period the mine was on tribute. In 1895, the Tokatea Gold Mining Company was floated in London, and activity at the mine was found to 1908, when a new company was formed (or the old one reconstructed). No information was found beyond this date.





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8 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Arsenic
Formula: As
Reference: Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Merchant, R. (2011) Bonanza grade epithermal veins from the Coromandel and Thames districts Hauraki Goldfield, Proceedings 2011 AusiMM New Zealand branch annual conference, 27-30 August 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Arsenolite
Formula: As2O3
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
'Electrum'
Formula: (Au, Ag)
Reference: Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Merchant, R. (2011) Bonanza grade epithermal veins from the Coromandel and Thames districts Hauraki Goldfield, Proceedings 2011 AusiMM New Zealand branch annual conference, 27-30 August 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Christie, A.B., Mauk, J.L., Simpson, M.P., Brathwaite, R.L., Simmons, S.F. (2007) Epithermal Au-Ag and Related Deposits of the Hauraki Goldfield, Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Economic Geology, 102:5, 785-816.
Gold
Formula: Au
Reference: Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Merchant, R. (2011) Bonanza grade epithermal veins from the Coromandel and Thames districts Hauraki Goldfield, Proceedings 2011 AusiMM New Zealand branch annual conference, 27-30 August 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Hessite
Formula: Ag2Te
Reference: Christie, A.B., Mauk, J.L., Simpson, M.P., Brathwaite, R.L., Simmons, S.F. (2007) Epithermal Au-Ag and Related Deposits of the Hauraki Goldfield, Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Economic Geology, 102:5, 785-816.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Christie, A.B., Mauk, J.L., Simpson, M.P., Brathwaite, R.L., Simmons, S.F. (2007) Epithermal Au-Ag and Related Deposits of the Hauraki Goldfield, Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Economic Geology, 102:5, 785-816.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Merchant, R. (2011) Bonanza grade epithermal veins from the Coromandel and Thames districts Hauraki Goldfield, Proceedings 2011 AusiMM New Zealand branch annual conference, 27-30 August 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Quartz var: Amethyst
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Merchant, R. (2011) Bonanza grade epithermal veins from the Coromandel and Thames districts Hauraki Goldfield, Proceedings 2011 AusiMM New Zealand branch annual conference, 27-30 August 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Christie, A.B., Mauk, J.L., Simpson, M.P., Brathwaite, R.L., Simmons, S.F. (2007) Epithermal Au-Ag and Related Deposits of the Hauraki Goldfield, Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Economic Geology, 102:5, 785-816.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Arsenic1.CA.05As
'Electrum'1.AA.05(Au, Ag)
Gold1.AA.05Au
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Hessite2.BA.60Ag2Te
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Arsenolite4.CB.50As2O3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Amethyst4.DA.05SiO2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Gold1.1.1.1Au
Semi-metals and non-metals
Arsenic1.3.1.1As
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Hessite2.4.2.1Ag2Te
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Arsenolite4.3.9.1As2O3
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Electrum'-(Au, Ag)
Quartz
var: Amethyst
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

OOxygen
O ArsenoliteAs2O3
O QuartzSiO2
O Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S GalenaPbS
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
AsArsenic
As ArsenoliteAs2O3
As ArsenicAs
AgSilver
Ag Electrum(Au, Ag)
Ag HessiteAg2Te
TeTellurium
Te HessiteAg2Te
AuGold
Au GoldAu
Au Electrum(Au, Ag)
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 3187411
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Lithology: Ignimbrite(s); felsic volcanic rocks; rhyolite

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Cretaceous - Jurassic
66 - 201.3 Ma



ID: 1309758
Manaia Hill Group

Age: Mesozoic (66 - 201.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Manaia Hill Group

Description: Sandstone, siltstone and conglomerate.

Comments: Eastern Province (Waipapa Composite Terrane) Rocks

Lithology: Sandstone, siltstone, conglomerate

Reference: Edbrooke, S.W., Heron, D.W., Forsyth, P.J., Jongens, R. (compilers). Geology Map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. GNS Science Geological Map 2. [12]

Berriasian - Oxfordian
139.8 - 163.5 Ma



ID: 1350559
Manaia Hill Group sandstone and siltstone (Waipapa Composite Terrane)

Age: Mesozoic (139.8 - 163.5 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Te Mata Subgroup

Description: Interbedded feldspar-lithic volcanic sandstone, siltstone and mudstone/argillite, with minor conglomerate and coarse sandstone.

Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) sedimentary rocks. Age based on absolute age calculated from stratigraphic age range

Lithology: Major:: {sandstone},Minor:: {siltstone, argillite, conglomerate}

Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. [13]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Daily Southern Cross newspaper (1869) Tokatea Claim-More Litigation, Vol. XXV, issue 3841, 13 December 1869.
Auckland Star newspaper (1877) New Find in Tokatea, Vol. VIII, issue 2258, 01 June 1877.
Auckland Star newspaper (1895) Operations in London. The Waitekauri and Tokatea Companies, Vol. XXVI, issue 113, 13 May 1895.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1895), New Zealand Gold Mines. The Tokatea Floated, Vol. XXXII, issue 9822, 17 May 1895.
Thames Star newspaper (1908) Tokatea, Vol. XLIV, issue 10194, 07 February 1908.
Railton, G.L., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey Bull. #104.
Simpson, M.P., Mauk, J.L., Merchant, R. (2011) Bonanza grade epithermal veins from the Coromandel and Thames districts Hauraki Goldfield, Proceedings 2011 AusiMM New Zealand branch annual conference, 27-30 August 2011, Queenstown, New Zealand.


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