Don't get me started on overseas people coming to New Zealand, falling in love with the place. Especially places like Queenstown. Doubling their money due to the exchange rate & our piss weak dollar, buying up real estate, usually just as a holiday home. Inflating prices that your average young working class Kiwi family cant afford in the first place & the gap just keeps getting bigger. The dream now of many young Kiwi families owning their own home is now just that. A dream. Only they are now punished with high rents as well. Money...the root of all evil. The high rolling powers that be are killing New Zealand at the expense of the hard working tax payer. And it isn't our Government. Our Government is just a puppet playing to the pulled strings of the power mungers from overseas. And I wont say from whom or were that is from. Our Government needs to grow some balls & cut lose those strings.
The last I looked our Kiwi dollar was 65c US. Making for our Hawaii/Vegas trip going to be a pretty expensive exercise.That cup of coffee Steve better be bloody worth it.
When it comes to the cost of detectors & associated items no where in the world are they as expensive as they are here in NZ. ( I could be wrong & probably are) Due to our weak $$$. Even from across the ditch to that big island to the left of us. Postage itself is a killer. But regardless, the prices are what they are & you just have to pay if you want it. People buy boats to go fishing. Wouldn't it be way cheaper to just buy the fish at a shop. Already gutted, fillited & ready to cook. But as we know it isn't always about just catching a fish for the table. It is the whole journey of the exercise, adventure, the natural beauty nature has to offer, fun with your mates etc. Food for the soul. An escape from your usual daily grind. The cost becomes irrelevant if you are enjoying it. To a point. Same with detecting. It is usually just a hobby. If you are doing it for a living then it just becomes another job & it loses that adventure & fun aspect as you have to find a certain amount to satisfy yourself that it is worth it for you. What's worth it to you??
To me, I just love being out there & any gold is just a bonus. The icing on the cake. Or like Keith Urban has said, The whipped cream on the ice cream. I don't dwell on finding gold & don't get beat up with a skunk but I seem to do ok. Small, but I find it. Maybe the gold gods just smile upon me with my attitude. I believe that is a big part of it. Attitude & mental ground balance.
Best of luck out there