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Golden Cross/ Maratoto, Coromandel

  • 12 Feb 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • The Strand, Takapuna



Members please register for this trip by 7pm Friday 11 February.

Non-members please contact Organiser to register and assess suitability. 

This is in the southern part of the Coromandel, and we will start at Maratoto road end, following the Maratoto Stream which will require several crossings before eventually emerging out into an area known as the Golden Cross, an old mining area which we will explore.

Between 1895 and 1920 the Golden Cross underground mine produced just over two and a half tonnes of gold. When the mine closed in 1920 the site became farmland.

Seventy years later in 1990 a new mining license was granted. Mining was both underground and open pit and between 1991 and 1998 over twenty tonnes of gold and fifty-two tonnes of silver were extracted.

The mine officially closed for the second time in December 1998 and became the first modern mine in New Zealand to move into planned closure and final rehabilitation. The area is now used for grazing, wetland, and native habitat.

We will then make our way back to the bus and if time allows, there is a well-used access route to the top of Maratoto a very interesting towering rock formation offering us views of the Hauraki Plains, that we will climb.

Time:  Depart Takapuna 8am 

Cost:  $25.00 members, $30 non members.   

Non-members please phone the organiser to assess your suitability for the tramp  and to register. 

Organiser:  Chris Peard  021 277 0270

Driver:  TBC

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