Spent a few days with the detector in and around creeks around Queenstown with no luck. So headed to the Arrow. First afternoon I just went for a wander up stream with pan and detector. Nothing.
This is a river that was totally hammered. Every where you look huge holes had been dug. There have been some very industrious people on there.
Next day went out with sluice and shovel. I headed out may be 500m from town - just around a few bends and away from likely tourists. Found me a spot of bedrock where people had dug either side so decided may as well give that a show. Set up my sluice and started digging.
Spent a couple of days digging down into the river. If I had been there longer I would have worked more up/down the edge. Managed to get a wee bit of colour each bucket.
So after two days, how do I rate it? Great! Loved how close to the car park spots are. A very easy walk to wherever you want to go. (Quite the contrast to useless 5 mile Creek in Queenstown). Lots of little river rocks. Yah - no need for the 2m wrecking bar to move these suckers. Bitey critters - there are a few and they just love the bits of exposed skin I had. Only negative is there si a fair bity of black sand - some bigger grains and a fair bit of wee stuff. So takes a while to sort at the end of the day. Overall a very nice spot.
And best of all I got some colour for 2 days work.
It was my best effort yet - so quite pleased with myself.
Overall - I’d rate this better than the creeks on the west coast.