Minerals in New Zealand

History of minerals and coal

The development of the New Zealand mining industry since 1840.

Phases of mineral exploration and production

Prospecting and exploration activities are used to identify the location and size of mineral deposits before possibly mining the resource.

Minerals data

New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals provides the minerals industry with free, up-to-date, and extensive exploration datasets.

Gold fossicking

Areas are available for gold panning and fossicking in New Zealand.

Pounamu Management Areas

Pounamu Management Areas occur in areas where alluvial gold mines are likely to uncover pounamu owned by Ngāi Tahu.