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# 260127 12-Nov-2019 00:19
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I have a bit of an addiction for gold prospecting after helping a bloke in Aus with his claim. It was exciting.

Most places in the US you are aloud to pick for gold, here in the north island it seems you cannot change anything in the river. But can you scuba/mask snorkel for gold anywhere in the North Island?

My great grand father was an engineer for the coromandel roads, between fighting both world wars, he returned home ww2 with some metal in his leg, shrapnel.

Anyway, they use to go on horse back through the thick steep bush in many parts as most will know getting up to Port Jackson/Fletchers bay etc . During this process they found gold. They would take Lard and Rie bread and head Lard sandwiches as it was the only thing that would keep, blah. And a lot of claims opened up around that time, then in the 70s it got banned (luckily before something like the Waihi mine opened in the Mohau mountains).

He gave me this amazing piece of purple and white quartz and you could see the gold flecks inside. For a long period we could find quartz on the beaches especially around river run offs.

That started my itch for gold. I think things are a little more open in the South Island? But has to be private land and of course you have to have consent from the owner?

My Mrs has 2 doctorates in Ecology and even she agrees its a bit over the top. She is an expert Archies frogs which are one of the main reason people dont want Coromandel mind as its an endangered prehistoric frog which does not lay tadpoles, amazingly it lays babies, I think one of a few in the world. Very cool. But there is a huge difference between disturbing their habitat and snorkeling for some gold as a hobby.

Buying a claim in Aus is one very tempting reason to retire there. But I would miss NZ's flora and fauna.


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  # 2351993 12-Nov-2019 02:31
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Yes - there are a limited number of spots you can have a go. with certain conditions. 


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  # 2352023 12-Nov-2019 07:48
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As far as I am aware you dont find gold chunks in Coromandle, it is all in quartz.

 

I used to work with a guy who's father had a couple of gold mines in the Karangahake gorge in the mid 90's, they used to get all the quartz and put them in a container and send it to Australia for gold recovery as they had a better recovery rate.

 

If done properly, you dont know the mine is there.

 

I came across a youtube video a few weeks ago of a kid panning for gold in Newstead ( just outside of Hamilton ) and got some gold flakes, that surprised the heck out of me as I grew up 5km or so from there.

 

If you are looking for nuggets then the West Coast of the south island seems to be the place to go in NZ.

 

 

 

I too would love to get a metal detector and go to a spot in Australia and see what I can find, I knew someone that found a 1oz Nugget, where he was prospecting in Victoria there were also Gemstones if you knew what to look for.

 

 

 

I guess they dont call it gold fever for nothing.

 

John

 

 





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  # 2352038 12-Nov-2019 09:11
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SATTV:

 

As far as I am aware you dont find gold chunks in Coromandle, it is all in quartz.

 

I too would love to get a metal detector and go to a spot in Australia and see what I can find, I knew someone that found a 1oz Nugget, where he was prospecting in Victoria there were also Gemstones if you knew what to look for.

 

I guess they dont call it gold fever for nothing.

 

John

 

 

Yeah John from my knowledge, its mostly in quartz veins. I do believe they came across larger chunks in the quartz but as you said it was a case of crushing and panning.

Oh id love to get a spot in Aus and run a sluice and watch that gold just come to bare. But they also get nuggets in the dirt there. So its doubly happy like in areas of the US/Canada.

Sounds like when I retire it has to be Tasman area so I have access for spearfishing and access for gold fossicking. I wonder what my chances of taking my gun in case of sighting deer would be down that way? I havnt hunted that area.

 

I presume there are limitations but Id have thought metal detectors would be allowed?

Check this video out :-). Lucky Bastards hahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljOJ7BcMk7Q

 

 


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  # 2352046 12-Nov-2019 09:29
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SATTV:

 

I guess they dont call it gold fever for nothing.

 

 

My great grandfather caught a dose of that on the Coast after arriving there as a child in the 1850s, drowned (possibly drunk?) in a creek near Ross in 1897, buried in the dissenters cemetery in an unmarked grave.  I've inherited a small gold nugget on a pin, that he'd presumably have worn on the lapel of his jacket.

 

A few years ago I was doing some work on a dredge on the Arahura, watching the gold dust and small nuggets appear.  Then doing some work at Macraes Flat - the ground literally shaking from trucks and the mills in the extraction plant, they told me that plants is tiny compared to PNG etc.  In the boardroom in the offices was a photo of the managers standing around the boardroom table with the best week (or month) pile of gold bars, a few insignificant kg from the thousands of tonnes of ore blasted with anfo, crushed and gold chemically concentrated, dissolved in cyanide, electroplated onto steel wool, melted to bullion bars.  Gold fever isn't just something lone miners get.  And now there's bitcoin madness.


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  # 2352059 12-Nov-2019 09:50
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If you're interested in gold then the Paydirt.co.nz site might be useful to you. The forum is surprisingly active and the old forum goes back a decade. I have no association with the website but enthusiast-run websites like this are always a great find.

 

As a child, many decades ago, my father would take us panning (illegally, yes) for gold in rivers and streams when we were travelling around NZ. We usually found a tiny, barely visible, speck of gold if we persevered long enough. It was another a bit of fun around our waterways. Panning was a welcome change from swimming games and moving rocks and sticks around to make dams, pools and forts.

 

 




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  # 2352089 12-Nov-2019 10:58
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Hammerer:

 

If you're interested in gold then the Paydirt.co.nz site might be useful to you. The forum is surprisingly active and the old forum goes back a decade. I have no association with the website but enthusiast-run websites like this are always a great find.

 



Nice one Hammerer, Im a member but never really posted on there. More active on aussie forums where recreational gold mining is much easier.

Nice one Fred, great story bro. I think any of us early gen Euro or part Euro fullas have someone who had something to tell about gold.

Im very torn on Coromandel. I have a lot of Heritage there, I spent 2 months of my life since I was born in the upper west coast until I was 20yo. I learnt to drive via tractor there. Lots of great memories. I certainly dont want to see Waihi pits at Mohau, but if keyhole mining ever gets good enough to be non invasive to some very rare species it might be worth it ONE day. But until that day its DOC land and shouldnt be pit mind. But still think recreational guys should be allowed to "collect" loose ore or nuggets if it means no serious rock smashing, ie picking in the rivers.

Back to Coro gold. This is like what I meant when I said nuggets were also found in the quartz not just dust, much like this aussie guys reclaim from an old timers claim. They didnt have metal dectetors have the knowledge on what could be in some types of rock back then.

https://youtu.be/z16MddyhAx0?t=820





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  # 2352144 12-Nov-2019 11:39
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So wish I could get my US or Canadian residency, the US has so many good spots, but just the Yukon alone is mega for recreational, this guy looks like hes doing a bit better than recreational

 

https://youtu.be/f-IQRufehRI?t=799


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