Martha Open Pit Gold Mine – Waihi, New Zealand – Photo

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See the tiny dump truck in the lower right of this picture. That dump truck has tires that are 8 feet (2.5 meters) tall. You are looking at the Martha open pit gold mine in Waihi New Zealand. This mine had been closed down but re-opened in 1987 and is just now wrapping up mining operations. The mine pulls out $1NZ each week worth of gold and silver. When the mining is finished the mine will be flooded to form a 634 foot (195m) deep reservoir above the town of Waihi.

For full disclosure, my airplane ticket was purchased by Air New Zealand and the Tourism New Zealand. Tourism New Zealand also gave me an Explore New Zealand pass which enabled me to take this cruise for free. My transportation has been a camper van provided by Spaceships.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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