I stumbled across a couple of interesting facts recently.
The Klondike, Otago and the West Coast goldfields.
The Otago goldfields yielded over 95 tons and the West Coast goldfields 105 tons. Both yielded more than
twice the amount as the Klondike. (I assume this was over a certain number of years but I cannot find reference to that. All three gold fields are still yielding gold.)
California andTuapeka Goldfields
In the first 21 months the Tuapeka Goldfield (550,000 oz) was richer than the California Goldfield (503,000
I attach details of the comparison between California and Tuapeka. One could argue the methods of measurement etc but it does show that the South Island of little old NZ had goldfields that were significant.Tuapeka Goldfield riches26018.pdf (1.4 MB)