I finally got the opportunity to get out of sunny Tauranga to head South for a couple of months Fossicking for bigger bits of Gold than Coromandel had to offer only to be met by the wrath of Gita, I did get to have a play at the two Aorere public sites obtaining a bit of flood gold from area B and a flake from Area A using a pan and shovel. I also got to stay at the Howard camp and got very intimate with the Bumble bees and sandflies, here I got to use my newly purchased folding sluice after walking up Louis Creek to the bottom of the claim but didn’t get anything with it so used the home made one I use in the North island and got some small flakes, unfortunately Gita threatened to arrive so I thought it prudent to leave the valley in case I got stuck there for the duration of my holiday.
I ended up staying the night Gita hit in Westport the storm passed quickly but the Rivers were too high for me to look at the Stoney and Britannica so I headed to Denniston for a look, I thought there was just an Incline to look at but how wrong I was, such a fascinating place I spent the entire day looking around… something I would have missed if it wasn’t for Gita.
Anyway if you have read thus far you will be thinking what’s this North Islander waffling on about,
Well apart from being bored and having surprisingly good 3G coverage from up Denniston I was wondering how long till the rivers will drop to a level I can have a play? assuming we get no more rain
I plan on having a look at all the Public sites apart from Lyell that I have already passed and I may skip Gabriels Gully as I had a walk around there a couple of years ago.
Would love to here any suggestions on were to go other than back to the North Island lol
PS Great community Site lots of very interesting posts and thanks to Mal for the work he put into setting up the Area Collaboration topics they have been a great help for a newbie like me even tho they don’t seem to get many updates which is a shame, maybe they need a Section of their own?