West Coast, New Zealand

The West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island has had an extensive and varied association with the minerals industry for more than a century.


The site of one of Australasia’s largest gold rushes, the West Coast has long been a region of high prospectivity for precious metals (namely gold), high quality coking coal and greenstone (nephrite jade) which was prized by Maori. In more recent times the continued development of coal resources and the development of the country’s third largest hard rock goldmine near Reefton (Globe Progress) has confirmed the region as an important contributor to the minerals industry and economy.


Snowy view from the Kirwans hut

Arriving at the Kirwans base camp


Kenex has had a lengthy involvement in exploration on the West Coast via its involvement with Auzex Resources Ltd, Fortescue Metals and Solid Energy as well as several smaller explorers focused on the exploration and development of alluvial gold deposits located along the length of the coast.


Kenex has undertaken prospectivity modelling for the region (mesothermal gold model & granite related mineralisation model – Au-Bi-Mo and W-Sn), and Auzex Resources Ltd has utilised these models to focus their exploration strategy.


As well as Auzex, Kenex has assisted multiple clients through the digital compilation of historic soil, stream, drill hole and rock chip geochemical sampling, allowing prospective areas to be targeted more efficiently. Kenex has also been engaged from time to time to provide field support for client drilling, sampling and mapping programmes.


The potential for further significant discoveries on the West Coast remains high, and Kenex would welcome any queries you might have regarding prospectivity modelling on the West Coast or other services that we may assist you with.


Please contact Greg or Cam to learn more about Kenex projects in the West Coast .



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Field work at Kirwans

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