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West Coast South Island New Zealand: gold and coal

The West Coast of the South Island is one of New Zealand’s prime travel destinations, because of its wild and beautiful scenery, and its gold and coal mining heritage. Gold is currently produced from the Globe Progress open pit mine at Reefton and several alluvial gold mining operations. Coal is produced from several underground and open-pit mines, mainly for export. This field trip is being run by the 7th International Mining Geology Conference (www.ausimm.com.au/simgc2009/home.asp), and is open to SGA Conference delegates and partners.

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Leader:

Craig McIntosh (Oceana Gold)

(64) 3 769 8515

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Dates:

22nd - 23rd August 2009

Location:

West Coast Sth Island New Zealand

Cost:

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Payment:

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Maximum number of participants:

to be advised

Field trip starts in Christchurch and ends in Queenstown (or Westport), New Zealand

SGA delegates will need to travel to Christchurch and overnight there on Friday 21 August (own arrangements).

Saturday 22 August, the tour will depart early morning from Christchurch and travel by bus to Reefton (3.5 hours) and visit Oceana Gold’s open pit mine on the Globe Progress orogenic (mesothermal) gold deposit, followed by a visit to the Grey River alluvial gold dredge, and overnight in Greymouth. 

Sunday 23 August, the tour will view the spectacular scenic geology along the West Coast on the drive to Westport and then visit Solid Energy’s Stockton open cast coal mine.

 

The bus tour finishes in Westport and the group will take a charter flight from Westport to Queenstown. Alternatively SGA delegates may leave the tour in Westport and make their own travel arrangements from there.

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