Bendigo Battery Waiorongomai Valley

Bendigo-Battery Waiorongomai Valley

Bendigo Battery is part of the early gold fields in the Waiorongomai Valley on the western side of the Kaimai Ranges in the Bay of Plenty region, the battery was built as part of the mining operations in the early 1900 and bears the name of the Bendigo mine, these small mines are dotted all through the walking tracks in the valley.   

The ore that carries the gold was brought down the Butlers Incline, a two way tramway that lowered the ore carts down a four hundred meter slope way up in the hills above the Bendigo battery, at the base of Butlers Incline was a diversion from the tramway and the ore carts were emptied into ore buckets.

These ore buckets were fixed to a large pulley system, the wheel and part of the assembly that holds all the steel cable is still intact at the base of Butlers Incline, and the carts were lowered down the valley to the Bendigo Battery which is located directly below just above the river.   

At the top of the walking track along way above the Bendigo Battery is a short tunnel this was dug through the bank to the track on the other side and directly above is where the ore buckets were sent down the mountain side from Butlers Incline, the tunnel was to protect horses and workers from the overhead ore buckets.

The battery was built to extract the gold from the ore that was sent down, there is a cast iron pipe still visible running from the battery up the hillside to the water race which is located way up the river probably five hundred or more meters from the battery.

Water was diverted through the pipe all the way to the battery to power the pelton wheels that in turn powered the stamper that was used to crush the gold laden ore, there are also alot of tanks here that held the cyanide for gold extraction from the crushed ore.  


From Address:

Kawhia Harbor
Karakariki Reserve Track


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Web Hosting

MT Donlad Mclean is a fantastic destination located in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland CBD, the Waitakere Ranges Regional park is a large area of beautiful native bush including the massive Kauri tree which was logged to just about extinction back i...
KareKare Beach is a popular destination for many Aucklanders during the summer time, and located only around 45 minutes from the CBD, the beach can get crowded in the summer, the drive down the access road is narrow and steep the turn off is just before the desent down ...
Tasman Lookout is a fantastic short walk at South Piha that takes you over cliff tops, along secluded sandy beaches and through a cave for the adventurous and offers some stunning views out over the wild West Coast and all this with in fifty minutes from Auckl...

Best Web Hosting 2018

Looking for a great website host, web hosting reviews, host comparisions and much more Best Choice Web Hosting