Our work will be completed in three phases:


During the planning phase we brought together existing information, appointed expert contractors, assessed the risks and developed a plan to re-enter the mine and recover the drift.

In November 2018 the Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry decided re-entry could proceed.  The Agency stepped beyond the 30m seal of the drift access tunnel on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

The Agency stepped beyond the 170m barrier on Tuesday 17 December 2019.  The recovery plans are available on this website in the Documents section - search "Exemption Documents".

For weekly technical updates about what's happening, visit our Documents   page. 


Following the 21 May 2019 re-entry, and stepping through the 170m barrier on 17 December 2019, the recovery phase has now begun. This involves gathering evidence along the 2.3km drift; and, if possible, recovering any human remains.


After the recovery work is complete, the mine will be sealed (with a reversible seal) and the site will be rehabilitated. Visit the Rehabilitation, Closure and Handover Report 2019 for more information.  The site will then return to the Department of Conservation for ongoing stewardship and development of a memorial and information centre.  

Read about the Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track  (link to Department of Conservation website).