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.
Coromandel granite is not really granite; its a tonalite rock that is well suited for construction and statuary. Its been quarried since the early 1900s and was used to build New Zealand's Parliament Buildings, the Auckland Chief Post Office, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Closer to hand you can see it in the Edward VII Coronation Monument and the Soldiers Memorial in Coromandel Town. The NZ Coromandel Granite Company built these wharves around 1918 for shipping the stone off to market. Local quarry operations continued until the 1960s, by which time the stone was being trucked out rather than shipped by scow to Auckland. In the early 1990s the Moehau quarry was reopened to provide stone for the refurbishment of Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
Samuel James Reserve