|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||37° 7' 57'' South , 175° 32' 35'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-37.13255,175.54321|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Historic gold mine.
Walter Allen fell 570 metres down the main shaft in 1884. Hugh McCormack was killed from a fall of earth underground in 1885.
The Prince Imperial Gold Mining Company was formed to develop the mine in 1872. Little happens until 1882, when a bonanza of gold is found by the New Prince Imperial Gold Mining Company. Rich gold was found in quartz, 90 feet long along the lode, 3 feet wide, with specimen stone in a well defined band 2-9 inches wide along the Footwall, at the No. 4 level. It was mined out by 1884. A battery was purchased from the Alburnia Company also in 1884. So much gold was being found that 52 battery stamps were working 24 hours a day to keep up.
The ore in the mine shows abundant pyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, and other un-named sulphides, associated with the gold. Small pyrite veinlets extend into the wall rock. The country rock is highly propylitised andesite, with some harder darker bars of un-altered andesite. The vein system is faulted by a traverse clay filled fissure.
By 1885, the amount of gold won rapidly decreases. In 1889, the Saxon Company purchases the battery. The Victoria Gold Mining Company took over in 1891, and immediately removed all the buildings and machinery from the lease, and boarded up the shaft.
5 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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5.333 - 23.03 Ma
|Coromandel Group Miocene andesite and basaltic andesite lava|
Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Coromandel Group
Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Extrusive and Intrusive Rocks (Neogene)
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. 
|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.