Minerals in New Zealand
The development of the New Zealand mining industry since 1840.
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.
Pounamu Management Areas occur in areas where alluvial gold mines are likely to uncover pounamu owned by Ngāi Tahu.