Issued 28th Jan 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, some roads have been closed (with alternative routes to be taken).

Some local DOC campsites are closed, and Te Whatu Ora Waikato advises everyone to not use coastal beaches, lakes, rivers and streams until at least 48 hours following heavy rainfall due to potential bacterial contamination.

Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies.

Former Saxon Mine Shaft

The Crown Princess mine was the first to operate on this site, beginning in 1871, before it became known as the Saxon.


The Crown Princess mine was the first to operate on this site, beginning in 1871. In 1883 the Crown Princess merged with the Saxon Gold Mining Company and the mine became known as the Saxon. Gold was mined at the Saxon until 1914 and three years later the shaft became a pumping station. The poppet-head over the shaft was demolished in 1919 and in 1923 the Thames Borough Council opened the pumping station building that stands on the site today. After it sustained significant storm damage, the pump house was substantially refurbished in 2009. The gold and silver bullion yield from the c.69,000 tons of quartz mined at the Saxon during its lifetime was 43,438 ounces.

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