We stop in Waihi to see the open cut gold mine. It’s ugly but impressive and worth a look. The north wall has collapsed under a land slip, which emphasised the scale of the project. I wouldn’t say it is picturesque because mining is part of the earth destroying greed that is causing so many of our social and environmental problems. But it’s impressive all the same.

Hot tip: Don’t go to the small local museum on the southern entrance to town; it’s a rip off with rude staff. Therr is a larger museum at the iSite on the northern exit

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