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Hi guys, I am going to start off with going back a few weekends when Mrs JW & I headed over to the West Coast to catch up with my mate. The weather was looking like being absolutely mint, which for the West Coast is a bit of a rarity. We took the jet boat of course as the rivers & scenery are stunning when the weather gods are smiling. I finished work at lunch time to get the boat sorted & to give us time to get there before dark. We encountered a bit of snow on the road heading over the pass from Otago to Westland but on getting to the coast it was just stunning. The next morning my mates mate wanted me to give him a hand with going out in his boat to pull up his crayfish (lobster) pots & to rebait them & chuck them back. I was there mostly just to make another person on board so he could legally take more crays. We did quite well. Yum.


After that it was off to the river.




Above pic looking up river & below, looking down back to the coast.


Deer prints on the beach




But how stunning is the scenery? And we were the only souls there.

Sorry guys, Something has popped up & I have to bail. Will continue.......stay tuned. :smile:




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Looks like we are in for a treat ?  Looking forward to the rest of the post.

One of the best things about NZ is it's low population, wide open spaces with no people around.  I greatly enjoy going places where there is nobody else around. Call me weird, but I hate big crowds and busy places.

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 I must be weird too.  Looking forward to the continuation of the story.

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2 hours ago, normmcq said:

 I must be weird too.  Looking forward to the continuation of the story.

I think we're all a bit weird around here Norn ?


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On 6/19/2018 at 4:22 AM, normmcq said:

 I must be weird too.  Looking forward to the continuation of the story.

Ha Ha....I know I am definitely weird. The tourist crowds of Queenstown really wear me down. It is so nice to get away up in the hills detecting or over to the coast down in the bottom left hand corner as far down as the road goes. Thank god the tourists have not discovered that spot too much .....YET. From the nearest town it is a 52 kilometer no exit road to get there. No creature comforts like hotel, motel, cafe or even a campground (thank goodness) Then the 52 k trip back to the town to carry on to anywhere else. Having a jet boat just opens up all its splendor & beauty. A deer hunters & fishermans paradise. It could do with better gold than it has/had, but I love the place. Mrs JW is pretty keen on it too. Not too keen on pushing the jet boat though when we run aground :rolleyes:

Mrs JW took this pic on her phone just seconds before my mate, who I was following, went aground. So naturally I just followed suit. Happened all so quickly. With the sun strike you could not see through the water, let alone even where you were going. The deeper channel was hard over to the left, right up against that shingle bank & narrow at that. 














A short video clip below. Left click on it.


JW :smile:

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Mrs JW went for a spin in my mates little, in length, 350 Chev powered jet boat named "Hare Raising Havoc". Probably should have been spelt Hair.


As Mrs JW found out. Mrs JW added some sounds to muffle her screaming. If I drove like that in our one, she wouldn't get back in it with me. Funny how husbands cant get away with it but friends can.:rolleyes: Mrs JW filmed it on her phone so did not too bad a job considering. Note the rev counter when you can see it. 

Video clip. Left click on it. Try to enjoy it as much as Mrs JW did.:biggrin:


JW :smile:


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haha she sounds like Yvonne going down the ski slopes with all that screaming ???

Sounds like you had a fun adventure.

Look at that glassy water, beautiful.


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Wowzers! Love that boat! And the view, just incredible. We had a jet boat but sold it. Used it strictly for salmon fishing and moose hunting, loved navigating super shallow waters and jumping the occassional gravel bar ... if I'd been smart though I'd have stopped to dig some of gravel instead lol. Looking forward to reading the stories and seeing more images of NZ.

That has long been on my want-to-go list and have an open invitation to go/ visit some friends met online unrelated to detecting/ mining. But am "kinda" screwed because I've developed a disinterest in flying on a plane with other people -- small bush plane like the ones all over the skies here (Alaska) no problem, anything bigger and with hundreds of people at the airport then right next to me on the plane, boring me with their talk, annoying me with their presence, no thanks. Yes, me weird too. 

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Hi Mac, Thanks for dropping by & for your comments. I see one of your interests is writing. You should write on here more often :smile: Be good to hear/see some of your adventures. 

Jet boating sure is fun & can get you into some amazing country. The Geography/geology of the south island in NZ is very similar to that of Alaska's. Glacial. All be that NZ is on a much smaller scale & many of the hundreds of glaciers are but just a tiny remnant of their once, I know many were more than just once, former selves & now restricted to way up in the heads of the mountain valleys. In there death throws, but when you get up among them still an awesome sight.





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Getting back to the jet boating & the river in the above boating pics. Being a hunters & fishermans paradise. They commercially shoot deer from helicopters & cart them out by the truck load. Still can't get rid of them. Here are a couple of red deer that a couple of guys got from jet boating up the river in my pics. Sorry if it is a bit graphic for some of you. But just stunning scenery.

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Sorry there is no gold content but when I first started the thread I had every intention of putting some in there. I got interrupted when I first started the post & when I got back to it to carry on & add some gold content my train of thought of that had gone. My main reason for boating this river is looking for gold. Many many side feeder creeks coming into it. In my above pics my mate & I dropped Mrs JW off on a nice sheltered from the wind beach while we went further up to a creek to explore. We left her there with my little boat & she had her camp chair, book, magazine to do her crossword puzzle & the thermas & lunch. So she was sweet while we buggered off & did our thing. We were gone a few hours, found buggered all. Came back for a late lunch & a coffee. Couldn't see Mrs JW in her camp chair or on the beach. Oh no. WTF. Hope she hasnt wandered off into the bush. As we got closer & were pulling up by my little red boat, there she was sitting in it. What are you doing I said. She told us that she was sitting in her chair just on the beach/bush line when she thought she heard something in the bush behind her. She couldnt see anything but then a stag let out a roar right behind her. She screamed, the stag bolted & she bolted to the boat. What a crack up. :laugh::laugh:

OOpps, got a bit carried away again. :rolleyes:  

Good luck out there

JW :smile:



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Great vids, pics, and story!! Would love to be there myself!👍👍

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