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Mn the lads teasing us for sure, crikey that ground looks bloody good, I can`t recall running a coil over green grass that wasn`t at least 2ft tall, tough as nails and bloody wiry. Us grasshoppers must be patient no.............:wink:

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Pssst...Norvic, don't tell the lad what will happen in that patch when he finally puts on the 19 :ph34r: 

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Wow JW, that country side you detect is just stunning. I had to come home early last week because I couldn't handle the heat!

Cheers thanks for posting.

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Beautiful ground to detect and some nice gold for the day thanks for sharing JW

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He's just getting up to Hot.  Now he'll have to make another trip on these piles for 19!

JW likes to peel his onions rather than slice them.


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Did I mention that is a great write-up?  Well done hunting in the park.  There is some nice gold too.

Where are the coins and rings?  :wink:


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Hi guys, thanks for the comments & feedback. Yes...I am a bit spoilt with the ground cover in some places that I detect. But it isn't always like this. We are into spring & during the winter is the best time to detect when the grass growth is really stunted. That & the middle of summer if we have had a long hot dry spell of weather. Which is usual for Central Otago & the land is just parched & pretty barren of grass. Good for detecting. Not so good for the farmer.

If you click once on a picture & let it focus clear & then click again it will go full screen if you wish to see more detail. Enjoy. :smile:

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Even though it is dry in the below pic notice how the grass growth in the gully bottom. Those first two green briar rose bushes on the left I found a wee patch from them & up to the left on that slope.

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Central Otago has the lowest rainfall in New Zealand. Somewhere around 12-14 inches annually. A lot of the gullies are just dry with no running water....ever. Some may get a bit of snow melt this time of the year but other wise....bone dry. You will notice the grass has greened up a bit in the pics in the original post due to spring growth & in a couple of weeks will be quite a bit longer & not so detector friendly.  The gullies of course are always the worst for grass growth when conditions are good for growth. And in a lot of areas I detect it is the old gully workings I am in as that is where the gold was. It is all about the timing & if the sheep have been grazing or not to strike low grass growth in these gullies.

We do have our share of tiger country to though. So it isn't always peaches & cream.

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Some times so much so that you don't see the old timers prospect holes & you drive into them.

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I had a long walk out of here to get help as I couldn't get out un aided from this one. Not even in 4WD.

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There is gold out there.

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Some times you just have to do what you got to do to get that coil closer to the ground.


Did it pay off....yes it did. Notice the turned over ground to the right & up. It is the same gully as where this original post was done. Just looking up hill of the gully.

I could go on & on but when I get kindly ground.....I make the most of it. Cheers all

Good luck out there

JW :smile:


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Crikey that is some magic country, thank you for sharing.

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