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Nov 30, 2013 - Trip over to Waihi and Waihi Beach

Waihi has developed around gold and silver deposits discovered in the late 1800s in the quartz veins in Martha Hill adjacent. Over the years up to 19 different levels were tunnelled into the hillside making it quite unstable so now it has been changed to a HUGE open cast mine over 300m deep. Initially they were only extracting 60% of the ore from the quartz but a new process using cyanide was developed in Edinburgh in the late 1900s which now extracts 90% of the ore. As we had missed this mine when we dashed down to see White Island before...

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