The major Pacrim 2019 Conference, the second international geoscience and mining event held in Auckland in recent decades, will have some major pre-conference tours.
Pacrim 2019, organised by the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM) with kindred international organisations, will be held in Auckland from April 3-5.
One of the major tours of goldfields on the South Island will begin in Dunedin on the afternoon of March 27 before proceeding to Lawrence and the Waikaia placer mine. It will then go to Glenorchy to stay overnight in Queenstown and then visit historic mines including Rise and Shine and then to Ophir before going to Hyde and the Macraes mining camp on April 1.
Leader for this tour will be Professor Dave Craw from the University of Otago,
There will also be a tour of New Caledonia to view chromite, nickel and mining projects in Noumea.
This will start on March 24 and conclude by travelling to Auckland on March 31, with tour leaders including Hamish Campbell of GNS Science and Pierre Maurizot of the Geological Survey of New Caledonia.
There will be a tour of active and extinct epithermal environments on the North Island, taking in White Island, with tour leaders being Dr Tony Christie and Mark Simpson of GNS Science.
The Australian tour will look at porphyry copper-gold deposits in central New South Wales, taking in the Cadia mine, North Parkes and the Cowal gold mine. This will be led by Dick Glen of Glen Consulting and Phil Blevin of the Geological Survey of NSW.
Associate Professor Jan Lindsay of Auckland University will be tour leader for a tour of Rangitoto Island from Auckland, which takes in what is considered the youngest volcano in the Auckland field.