Story: West Coast region

Roadside coal

Roadside coal

The West Coast is one of the main coal-producing regions of New Zealand. Coal-bearing rocks (called ‘coal measures’) are widespread, and it is not uncommon to see coal seams by the roadside, as here south of Charleston.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Geology and landscapes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016