A group of protesters are blocking access to a mine site in the Karangahake Gorge.
The group says no amount of gold is worth compromising the popular conservation park and vow to do all they can protect it.
Among the 30 community members blocking the road is local soil scientist Rachel Sorley.
"I am here to help protect conservation land," says Rachel.
"Karangahake is an important ecological corridor that joins Coromandel to the Kaimai Ranges.
"Our local economy is bolstered by tourism. We have the Hauraki Rail Trail bringing in 92,000 people a year.”
Tourism in the Coromandel generates $337 million a year and is growing at 7.7 per cent per annum.
When the mine workers arrived this morning they were unable to access the site as the group has blocked the road and it is believed the police are now on their way.