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Way to go JW.  I like how you switch to different tools to get the job done.


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Yeah you have some great looking detecting ground there and nice gold.  Its brown or black where we get it here.

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Good on you JW , you have the gear , the time and the patience and that's how you get the gold .its funny how the GM has become an expensive pin pointer, it seems that's about the only serious use I've seen for it on these pages . 


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Thanks guys for the comments & feedback.

Vanursepaul, Thank you. It was a shame I didnt know of you before your trip in our beautiful country. More so as I could have shown you around the Coromandel area & some of it hidden scenic gems & yes, the whole Coromandel region was rich in gold. Hard rock gold. http://www.coromandeltown.co.nz/history.html Geologically young so alluvial gold was not plentiful.  Many areas had a very high silver content, & along with sulfides that made the mercury process of recovery very poor. Many a mine couldnt make a go of it. Even though they knew through assay results that they were losing a lot of gold & silver in their tailings & waste rock they had no way of recovering it on a commercial scale. It wasnt until the cyanide treatment method, which incidentally was successfully first trialed in the world on a commercial scale  at the Talisaman mine just down the road from Waihi. That rejuvenated the mining success for many mines in the Coromandel district. Check this link out for a bit of Coromandel gold history. https://www.teara.govt.nz/en/gold-and-gold-mining/page-5

When you say you went to NC town I am guessing you meant Coromandel township. Yes there is a small gauge railway there called Driving Creek Railway. Check out this youtube footage. Unfortunately, Barry Brickell, who was responsible for it creation passed away a couple of years ago.   

Driving creek got its name from the practice of damming up the steep gully creeks so the water would build up. The cutting down of the forests of Kauri trees for timber was the first rape & pillage of New Zealands natural resources back in its early history. The logs were rolled down & filled up the gullies & when sufficient water had built up behind the dams & around the logs the dams were released in succession and so 'drive' the logs down & out of the hills. Out into the harbours for shipment further afield. Can you imagine the sight of these log drives.   http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/coromandel/places/coromandel-forest-park/kauaeranga-valley/kauri-driving-dams/

For those of you who may be interested in a brief historic over view of the Coromandel. Check this link out.


Thanks beatup, IdahoPeg, LuckyLundy,  Fred, Lunk, Swampstomper Al. Tnsharpshooter thank you for dropping in & for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed. Norvic, thanks mate. Dont think it will be too long before the 19" gets a run. I am building up quite a few places where I think it will produce for me.

Thanks Mitchel & Goldwright. Yes some of my ground is very easy detecting. Wide open spaces, short grass.....just going to be ideal for the 19" coil. As long as the gold is there.

Thanks too Andyy & ophirboy. I always carry the Gold Monster & GB2 with me. The Minelab pin pointer lives in my glove box but I never usually use it as it just doesnt hit on the usual small gold I find. That 4.5 grammer was an exception. I dont generally use the Monster or GB2 as my main detector as hunting for tiny gold isnt my thing. Especially when the Zed does a damn good job at getting pretty small gold at very good depth with the bonus of its ability to snag bigger bits even deeper. The small size gold it gets at depth still blows me away. The GB2 & Gold monster have there places where I  know tiny gold & small speci gold is likely to be. Good for bed rock that I have all ready hammered over the years with my PI's.

Thanks again all.

Good luck out there

JW :smile: 




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On the Saturday we took our friends for a day trip up the Shotover River & Skippers Canyon. My mate & I walked down in to some old hydrolic sluiced workings to try our luck at a bit of detecting.


The old sluice pipes are still sitting there after all the years along with metal riffle bars & heaps of other pipe bends & joiners. No sluicing monitors unfortunately. The pipe work comes down from the water holding dams (now dry) from up on a high flat terrace above the workings. 




My mate was using the GB2 & I the Gold Monster.




Mrs JW & I had been down here a few years ago. Mrs JW was swinging the GPX 4000 & Nugget Finder Advantage 12x7 coil & got the first two bits of gold. I was using the 4500 & it took me all day to finally hit a little pocket of 7 bits with the 11" Minelab Commander Mono coil. I had been back there once more before this last time & had got nothing. My mate & I lucked out on any gold this time as well.

On Sunday we took them on another local road trip via Lake Wanaka.


To a walking track to Rob Roy Glacier.






View looking up stream from the swing bridge.








Here is a bit of footage I found on youtube on the Glacier walk & also a walk track to Roys Peak. Roys Peak is no relationship to the Rob Roy Glacier. Roys Peak is a spot Mrs JW goes to a lot with her wedding videos. Flying up there by helicopter. Enjoy the footage. It is stunning.


Good luck out there

JW :smile:

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