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Metal detecting rules

Hi everyone,are metal detectors legally able to be used in public fossicking areas or only in the creek beds.

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Well if you go metal detecting on someones claim expect a less than positive outcome if they find you.

Dave…he was talking of public fossicking areas. To answer his question: detectors are allowed on public areas but the actual “legal” areas allowed to be worked are in the actual wet flow of the creeks. Not up onto or into & undermining the banks. With all worked, dug, areas to be back filled & left as natural as possible on your leaving. But I think we all know what really happens… in the real world. :slight_smile:
http://www.paydirt.co.nz/locations/public-gold-fossicking-areas

Good luck out there

JW :slight_smile:

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Thats great thanks exactly what i neededto know.Cheers Lawrence.

Just don’t do any more damage that the usual floods/winter rains.
And if you get a retirement nugget give a donation to Forest & Bird (they’re filling the role underfunded DOC hasn’t been able to. Be sure to let them know you’re a gold prospector (panner/detector etc) when you do - better to make friends than enemies.

Conservation and small scale prospecting can work together.

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Yep there many Green Party Members and at least one guy on the Party list who like chasing a bit of colour.

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You have a right to save history - the miners right is for gold

yup, no mining in riverbeds in the QLDC area