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A Romance of Lake Wakatipu

Note 26.—Waipori Flats

Note 26.—Waipori Flats.

Gold was discovered in the Waipori River and on the adjoining flats in the early part of the year 1862, but the ground was not opened up until the following summer. Quartz-reefs were discovered as early as 1864; but alluvial mining has been the principal means of support for the population. Parties in possession of water-rights are able to make fair wages sluicing. There are strong indications of deep leads existing on Waipori Plats. As the lead is supposed to page 130extend from five to six miles down the flat, the discovery of payable gold would be a means of affording employment to a large number of miners. For sluicing purposes a volume of water equal to sixty-one sluice-heads has been brought on to these fiats by seven races, representing a total of seventy-one miles in length.