Hi there - New to the mystic art of fossicking! If there is no claim on an area - is a permit required? If it is - where do you get one from?
Yes you need a permit (claim) You also will need deep pockets.
Suggest you look on the top menu on this site under Equipment and Services, then select Permit Services for a contact.
Or check out the nzpams permit fees on google
Or you may like to search under Locations on the top menu to find the Public Fossicking sites which are in the Sth Island. No Permit needed, just follow the guide lines and have fun.