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Karangahake Gorge


We stayed at a nice reasonably priced place called “Riverside Accommodation” which is just across the road from where you want to prospect. It’s also great for mountain biking with a couple of bridges and a tunnel and there’s historical gold mining sites. There’s also a café across the road that we brought food from and heated for dinner.
O.K. so what about the gold ! I only got a very small amount of flour gold which I got with a under flow sluce box and to make it go through quicker, I sived it down to a coarse sand. I’ am so impatient !
I used a Minelab GPX 5000 ( no discrimination ) and as there was so much iron junk, which I was even picking up rust flacks , I did a lot of pot holes in the large boulders and gravel behind the boulders.
There was black sand under the bridge that goes into the tunnel.


You can see the remains of the ancient stamper battery as you drive through the gorge - it’s very impressive. As is the gorge - and it’s scary looking down into that thing from a bus!