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Newbie based in wellington looking for advice

Hey peeps,

I’ve been looking at getting in to prospecting in wellington region, i’m fresh to this and have no idea. if anyone would be kind enough to point me in the right direction in regards to the following -

equipment were to buy and what to use.
Areas in wellington.
Anyone keen for me to tag along on a weekend.

Thanks in advance


Might be a little bit of gold left in Wellington
Don’t get caught though, you can only really mine in public fossicking areas


Thanks for this but i wont be doing something ill get in trouble for.
Isnt there any public fossicking places on the north island?

sorry sammy. none up your way. have a look at locations section at top of paydirt page and it show public areas in there.

Not a lot of places I can recommend Sammy. There are places like Donnelly’s Flat , Mount Holdsworth in the Wairarapa where tom Donnelly worked thnd in the early 1900’s where a couple of us have had a fossick without luck. I did see some old photos where he was excavating ditches so assume he was following the alluvial stuff. there have been traces in the Wairarapa and Manawatu (inland from Levin) in the 1800. I haven’t found any locally. Better to go down south.

Yep …better too jump on a plane and gold fossick in south island mate…get on the real gold!


JW :cowboy_hat_face:

Hi Sam, I used to live in Wellington and “walked” a few streams :wink: back in the day and did some research on the area. Gavzilla’s map of the “upper” kaiwharawhara is pretty cool. If I recall this area was mostly hard rock mines and is now around Zealandia? I could be wrong its a while ago since I looked. There was some small amounts of gold found in streams in a few places - like karori creek and out makara, cape terrawhiti way - but not heaps found. I have seen some crown mineral reports on that area which are interesting. However totally dodgy to head out that way now with current laws.
If you are bitten by the bug definitely worth going to some of the SI public areas to learn a bit and get some colour. Possibly easiest to reach are Lewis Creek or New Creek up by Saint Arnaud? if you are crossing using the ferry, its a couple of hours drive. PM me if you want some tips on those areas. I warn you though once bitten by the bug - thats it!