Minerals in New Zealand
New Zealand has extensive mineral resources covering many different commodities.
The regulations affecting a minerals permit differ according to the different phases of a permit.
Prospecting and exploration activities are used to identify the location and size of mineral deposits before possibly mining the resource.
New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals provides the minerals industry with free, up-to-date, and extensive exploration datasets.
Areas are available for gold panning and fossicking in New Zealand.
The development of the New Zealand mining industry since 1840.