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Public Fossicking Area Collaboration (Arrow River)

Please feel free to contribute to this tread,any information you would like to share on the public fossicking area (Arrow River) Arrowtown .Information may include-vehicle access and parking,track locations,hazards,camping facilities,toilets,accommodation,access and/or local info contact numbers,boundary locations,how bad the sand flies are and last but not least any general locations for finding a little gold.(Or a lot who knows!)

Dont forget to upload any good photos or Youtube links too!!

The more of us who contribute the better so don’t be shy.

This could be an excellent resource for us Paydirt gold seekers!!

By all accounts there is still some gold in the Arrow,a local told me the a series of floods spread overburden at least a meter deep in some parts so you will need to dig deep.
Arrow area is an excellent place to hang out ,shops for mum,good motor camp near by,plenty of places to check out however make sure you don’t stray from the public boundarys as much of this surrounding area is claimed.


Still plenty of gold in the arrow if you know where to look


Seen a lot of fossickers come up with nothing can you give us a clue on how to find a little gold or are you going to tease us with these awesome pic’s of beautiful chunky gold …so cruel!!!

Is that a bit of silver aswell?
Arrow & Shotover are notoriously rich rivers.

Mercury amalgam I’ve been told, I find a bit like that only in certain area

I think most people’s mistakes are made on arrival to a river, everyone is so keen to get the sluicebox in and dig to China. I prefer to walk and pan until something crazy happens in the pan, you notice areas that may contain more lead shot than others or magnetite ect.

A lot is luck as well though! the top pic I posted was 48 grams collected after work for a week just a couple of hours a day, A couple of us stumbled across a bank right next to town that just produced pickers instantly from get go, the total area of bank that was producing gold was maybe 5 meters long - either side nothing. We came to the conclusion that the council contractors had just used diggers to form the bank using the gravel in the arrow right in front of us and must of just hit a honey hole. I don’t quite know what the 2 other guys got out of it but one fella was there full time for a few weeks, I imagine he got quite a few ounces more than me, I’d say totally there may of been close to 200g out of that bank over the week. The most amusing thing to me was the fact that everyone who has ever been to the arrow has walked past this seemingly innocent bank, prospectors seem to get this urge to keep heading upstream to find the spot x, but everyone is thinking the same thing - “they’ll be nothing down the bottom it’s to easy to get to” so it goes unchecked for years.

It’s an interesting river to work as your pestered by Asian tourists and the like, being so close to town, I’d hate to imagine the amount of pictures I’m in with the sluice and shovel people were literally taking their trousers and shoes of to wade over to me and see what I was doing. I just give it the old cleaning the stones for the tourists speech now.


Thanks for that Gav,very interesting,wow I would have taken the week off I think…lol,yes I too had written off anywhere close to township and always headed upstream,just goes to show you never know.
So prospecting/sampling looking for clues by pan still the best way…makes sense.
Probably a good technique for all the fossicking areas.
Gavzilla the official Arrow town stone cleaner…crack up!