New Zealand minerals statistics

Key minerals production statistics

  • Production of gold in 2016 was more than 348,000 ounces
  • Production of ironsand in 2016 was 3,495,800 tonnes
  • Production of silver in 2016 was more than 280,000 ounces
  • New Zealand’s two largest gold mines – Waihi and Macraes – had combined estimated gold reserves of 1.56 million ounces in 2016

Coal statistics

  • Production of coal in 2016 was 2.9 million tonnes
  • 1.2 million tonnes of this was exported
  • New Zealand has known in-ground coal resources exceeding 15 billion tonnes, more than half of which is potentially recoverable