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Hi there Idahogold & Andyy, Thanks guys for dropping in & for your comments. Appreciated.

Ig, -11c Hopefully we are still several months away from those kind of temps. Going by the amount of snow up in the hills yesterday morning for this time of the year, supposed to be our summer, maybe winter is coming early. The dredgers are complaining about the cold water & higher than normal river levels for this time of the year due to unseasonable snow melt. Global warming aye :rolleyes:..... Cheers

JW :smile:

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Please don't talk about an early winter JW.  We are heading to NZ for 3 weeks late March.  The old girl is crapping herself that it's going to be a little chilly for her. The rest of us don't care :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

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Hi there Northeast, I thought you guys would be glad for some cooler weather. The thing with the cool is you can dress for it but you cant dress for that heat you guys get. Dont know how you detect in those temps. We had 24 C today, just perfect & it was a gorgeous day. That snow has all but gone. If you are heading to Queenstown look me up.

JW :smile: 

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Evening JW. 

Queenstown is certainly on the list. Any particular things that you reckon are 'unmissable' in your part of the world I would be happy to hear them.  Local knowledge can very handy sometimes :wink:

As far as the heat goes, I am usually out at day break and home by about 10 on a Saturday morning. Kids are ready to do something by then and the lady wakes up to a hot coffee :rolleyes:.  And I'm in Victoria so we (usually) don't get the humidity that the north gets. Lived in the NT for 2 years though - we all loved the wet season.  

Cheers, N.E.  

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Hey Northeast, when my wife and I hit the south island, about 10 years ago, we hit the glow worm caves and the Shotover jet.  New Zealand is gorgeous, which helps you forget you're driving on the wrong side of the road and dodging possum every 6 feet   :)

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Hi there Northeast, Thats a tough one. Bit like, How long is a piece of string. There are of course all the touristy things you can do which are endless & cost $$$$$ or there are the back high country off the beaten track type of stuff. Like old gold mining ghost towns & related type stuff. It depends what you are into & what floats your boat. How long are you in QT for? Just goggle What to do in Queenstown NZ. 

The chap I took out last saturday was from Victoria.

G'day Andyy, Which glow worm caves did you go to. Waitomo in the north island are by far the best. http://www.waitomo.com/#section1 Te Anau, which is the lake next to the lake here in Queenstown Lake Wakatipu, does have glow worm caves but they arent a patch on the ones up north.https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=te+anau+glow+worm+caves&rlz=1C1GGGE_en-GBNZ551NZ559&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=950&tbm=isch&imgil=NV6scqjft6CHUM%3A%3BHEG_r3dcytsfaM%3Bhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.tripadvisor.co.uk%252FLocationPhotoDirectLink-g255124-d523691-i175795408-Te_Anau_Glowworm_Caves-Te_Anau_Fiordland_National_Park_Southland_Region_S.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=NV6scqjft6CHUM%3A%2CHEG_r3dcytsfaM%2C_&usg=__wzyW-W5OQeWjv-aHfk-GnjbvAGk%3D&ved=0ahUKEwjJ6eWZ2JbSAhWMS7wKHX3-DcsQyjcIswE&ei=D7GmWImmGYyX8QX9_LfYDA#imgrc=NV6scqjft6CHUM:  What did you think of the Shotover Jet? 

You do need to be very careful to stick to the left side of the road in NZ when driving, Which is the left side of the road here & in Aussie. We have had two deaths this week alone due to tourists wondering on to the wrong side of the road & causing head ons. One death was an Australian women & it was just down the road from where I live. It is actually a very bad & serious problem & happens all too often. It is usually the innocent that end up getting killed, as in the Australian women. It is not uncommon to be going down the highway at 100 to 120 k's an hour, drive around a bend in the road & there be a tourist stopped in the middle of the road taking a photo. I kid you not. Not even pulled over to the side of the road. IDIOTS. Dont get me started....

As to the possums. You can blame our Aussie neighbors. Thats where they came from, & the wallabies. Do you think we can get rid of them......Not a hope.

Good luck out there

JW :smile:

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Yeah JW.  I think I did get mixed up.  It was Waitomo.  And I proposed to my wife at Lake Tekapo.  We'll make it back again someday.

 

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      Half an hour into it I got a signal that lived on down a bit. The dig was into a top soil & not looking promising. So I went & got the GM 1000. It told me it was non ferrous so I carried on with the dig. I was just getting into crunchy schist gravels when the signal was out. So I placed a few handfuls of dirt over the Zed's coil until it nutted off. Whittled the target down to a light in weight item in my hand. Hmmmm I thought.....not gold but not iron either. I rubbed it in my hands to get some of the dirt off it. I then ended up with two bits in my hand. A piece had broken off. I passed the smaller bit over the Zed's coil & nothing. So I dropped it in the dig out dirt pile & waved the bigger bit over the coil & it nutted off. Couldn't see any gold in it & was thinking that maybe it was a piece of aluminum. Which seemed odd for this area. I didnt want to stick it in my mouth so I went back to my wagon, which wasn't far away, & got my bottle of water & gave it a wash.
      It was a gold quartz specimen piece. Choice but bugger. As I had dropped the smaller bit that broke off in the dig out dirt. As the Zed didn't register on it I got the Gold Monster on to it in the dig out pile. It sniffed it out & I gave it a wash up & it showed colours of gold. Ye Ha.

      Scanned the hole again with the Zed & the Monster & nothing. Scanned the dig out pile again with them both. Nothing with the Zed but got a hit with the Monster.  Another small specimen bit. So two for the Monster & one for the Zed.

      The Zed getting the signal in the first place & the Monster cleaning up two more. Loving it.
      A couple of hours later & nothing more so that called for another time out & a coffee break.
      Another few hours & no more gold. It was just getting on to dark when I got a signal that again lived on down a bit.

      Into that lovely crunchy schist gravel & then the signal was out. Another little bit of gold.

      That was it for Saturday. So made myself comfortable in an old timers rock hut shelter. Cooked up a feed, had a coffee & hit the sack.
      Woke up to rain. Bugger. So was in no hurry to get up. Made a coffee at about 9.30am & cooked up some sausages, baked beans & toast. Another coffee, made up the thermos & then the rain stopped. I headed off to spot number 2. Rigged up & got into it with the Zed. Not even 5 minutes & a sweet sounding signal that lived on down. Just to the right of the bottom of the coil you will see a little grassy clumpy nub/crown from a tussock type grass that the sheep have chewed down. More on that in a minute.
      I was down onto schist bedrock & the signal was out.

      Backed up on the dig out dirt & bingo.....

      Sweet. No more signals. Back filled & carried on. One very slow sweep over that little clumpy nub of grass. Oh...what was that?? Oh...nothing. Changed direction & tried again. Oh...that was something...I am sure....Mmmmm....maybe not. bugger it. Tried again. Still not convinced. Got the pick & knocked that nub of grass off to ground level. Scanned again. Oh hell yeah...that is something. but Oh so faint. Scrapped away quite a bit more & yes...that is something & still in the ground. Again I got down to that schist bed rock & it was still in there. The signal was booming. Where the scoop is was where the first bit of gold came out of & back filled.

      Down 500 mm, 20 or so inches, & the signal was out. I was just about to get the Gold monster to pin point it & to see if it was ferrous or non ferrous. No need now & I could feel the weight in my hand.
      You bloody beauty.

      My biggest bit since last year. 3.62 grams. A beaut round ball chunky bit. YE HA....

      Then it started to rain again but I battled on. A few hours later & nothing more. The rain got heavier so I went to my wagon & had a coffee. Thinking of heading off. I moved to the third spot which wasnt far away. The rain stopped so I thought I would give this area a go. It was the area where I had got nothing with the Zed on two previous occasions.
      About an hour into it I got a very faint whisper on another of those grass nubs. Knocked it off to ground level & it brightened up.

      Down on to the crunchy schist gravels & it was still in there.

      Suddenly it was out. Backed up on the dirt pile. Got the signal in my hand. Ended up with a dirty looking stone in my hand nutting off. Had a little bit of weight to it. Gave it a rub & saw the glimmer of gold through the dirt.

      Bit of spit & polish And....

      Another whopper. Well whopper for me aye. 4.39 grams to be exact. YE bloody HA.
      Bit of quartz still attached to it.

      I wasn't far from my wagon. Hows that ground for detecting? Bits of quartz scattered about. Very low grass. just perfect.

      The rain came back in & I decided to head off. Had to pick Mrs JW up from the airport back in Queenstown & a 2.5 hour drive to get back.
      So...my best weekend for a longgggg time. 8 bits for 12.20 grams all up.

       
      Cheers guys.
      Best of luck out there
      JW 
    • By kiwijw
      Hi guys, We are in about the middle of our winter so things are pretty cold & the grounds frozen up in the hills & mountains. Even if not in the snow the grounds are pretty hard digging. I went to an area that I have hammered with the Gp 3000 & the 4500 & done pretty well but hadn't been here with the Zed , GB2 or the GM 1000.

      You will see in the above pic those long thin dry/dead stalkey plants. I got in to it with the Zed first off & they were a real pain with the Zed to get a decent coil swing. Just had to negotiate through & around them as best as possible. Wasn't long in to it when I got a faint little signal. The ground was rock hard & the flat blade of the pick just skimmed over the top taking off the mosey grasses & that was about it. Had to drive the pick point in to make any head way.

      The signal out....a small bit of gold for the Zed

      After a bit of weaving & negotiating those stalkey plants I got another faint signal. Again I had to drive the picks point in to make any head way.

      Not long in to it & the signal had moved....but I couldn't find it again with the Zed. So I got the GB2 involved. Had the signal in my scoop. Whittled it down & I couldn't believe what I was looking at. In utter disbelief & astonishment.....I just couldn't believe the Zed had found that. In my moment of disbelief I didn't take a photo at the time. Here is a pic I took when I got home.

      You can now see my disbelief in the Zed having found that. So I re scanned the pile with the GB2 & got a much better hit. Swapped over to the Zed & yes got that faint hit. A damn shot gun pellet. So obviously the Zed didn't get that tiny bit if gold & I was lucky to have got it with the GB2. If I had of got the pellet first up with the Zed it was unlikely I would have involved the GB2.
      To cut a long story short, I got nothing more with the zed in the gold department. I was now in a bed rock area & so put the GB2 in to action. Running the GB2 in max volume through the external speaker, full max sensitivity, audio boost mode, & low mineralization. So running it flat out. I had done quite well in this bed rock with the GP 3000 & 4500 with my small to medium size coils so wasn't too surprised in the Zed getting nothing. Got a faint hit with the GB2. A few scrapes with the pointy end of the pick & the signal had moved.

      Ye Ha a sassy bit of gold for the bug.

      I then got in to a shot gun pellet grave yard. Oh the joys of higher frequency VLF's. Then the batteries got weak in the GB2 so I swapped over to the GM 1000. I went back over the bed rock areas that I had done with the GB2. I got nothing more there with the Monster. I was running the monster flat out in manual sensitivity on 10 & deep all metal mode, volume about three quarter strength. I then carried on to another bed rock area & got a good hit. A few scrapes & the target had moved.

      In to the scope....whittled it down.....& bingo. A sassy bit of the good stuff for the GM 1000.

      The sun was going down. It was damn cold & I had the usual longish walk back to my wagon. Gold found with each detector. One each for the Zed & the Monster & two for the bug 2. Total of 4 tiny bits for .21 of a gram. Wont be quitting my day job with results like that.

      Cheers
      Good luck out there
      JW
       
       
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