|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||36° 38' 20'' South , 175° 30' 41'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-36.63917,175.51145|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Historic gold mine.
Christie, et. al., 2007, states the mines have produced 17 kg Au and 4 Kg Ag from quartz veins at a grade of 3.8 g/t.
The only information found was in 1932, just after J.A. McNeil and sons had discovered the reefs. Another paper lists the name as R. McNeil.
One source states the original claim was called Old Trail, but remains unconfirmed. The Long Trail, Red Trail, and Golden Trail were neighbouring claims, with the first two developed for mining across 1932. It is unclear who was controlling the mines once the McNeil's sold out with the Long Trail Gold Mining Company Limited, Te Toanaui Research and Development Company, and a Wellington syndicate all mentioned.
An initial crushing one year after the discovery was sent to the Four in Hand battery elsewhere in the region. Ore was transported out of the site by pack horse, it was so inaccessible. A 5 stamp battery was purchased from an old mine at Thames called Monowai, but it is uncertain if it was ever erected at Colville.
The location is said to be in the mountains behind Colville, likely now a lost location. The Mindat co-ordinates are based on a very basic map, and are therefore very approximate.
4 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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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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0 - 2.588 Ma
|Cenozoic volcanic rocks|
Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)
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. 
|Tortonian - Burdigalian|
7.246 - 20.44 Ma
|Kuaotunu Subgroup andesite and dacite (Coromandel Group) of Coromandel Volcanic Zone|
Age: Miocene (7.246 - 20.44 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Kuaotunu Subgroup
Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. 
11.62 - 15.97 Ma
|Coromandel Group bedded tuff|
Age: Miocene (11.62 - 15.97 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Coromandel Group
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.