Thursday, December 20, 2012

Abandoned Gold Mining Battery

The Karangahake Gorge is found in central North Island of New Zealand, near Coromandel, and now makes a great historic walking track. 

The area has a strong connection to gold mining and even in recent times sees a number of companies prospecting and mining the area. The stamping battery remains at the lower end of the gorge are some of the most significant reminders of the time (mining at the batteries occurred roughly from the 1880's to 1950's). The batteries are used to crush the ore from the extensive tunnels mined through the steep local mountainsides.

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