Public fossicking area Goldsborough (Shamrock Creek)

Please feel free to contribute to this tread,any information you would like to share on the public fossicking area. approx. 15km north of hokitika. turn off main rd on to Stafford loop rd and 5km up the road. 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!)

easy access and good tracks. camping ground with basic facilities. toilets and cold running water only. and a small fee per night. dogs allowed if on leash. sandflies are maneaters so go prepared


Spent many a weekend here great camping spot toilet facilities are great running water boil before drinking I have found gold in about 80% of my pans, out in front of the camp ground dig deep good gold . Or head up river to the tunnel good gold I normally get a few grams running the sluice for the day. Can get very busy over summer holidays but it’s cool it’s like a mini gold rush


Yep, spent a fair bit of time here too. Found some pinky-fingernail flat nugget here on the edge too, quite rusty margins.
A fun place to hang out…but you’l need to prepare for the mozzies. (50% brown dettol and 50% olive oil worked best to keep em away)


Thanks for the great intell guys…never been here myself…on my bucket n pan list now though.
Here is the permit map for Shamrock Creek (Goldsborough)

Anyone else know this area?


Got into shamrock creek yesterday for a fossick with the sluice.
Nice fine gold in all spots I had a play…lots of clay to deal with.
Camping area looks nice.

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I went a while back but got bugga all. only panned though but there was 2 of us.

I liked this place the most of the places I tried this week. Nice, coarse magnetite sands and ironstone pebbles to tell you that you’re looking in the right place. Sand flies were there, but choose the right place and they were no bother.

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We went up to Goldsborough a few weeks back , originally mined just outside the camping area with mediocre gold just a decent bit of fine gold, we then decided to head up creek to where the river begins to gully out and dug an inside bend, once again a lot of finer stuff but nothing great , as the site has been hammered hard and most of the inside bends have been worked over a ton, but just as we where about to leave I looked to more of the outside bend which still has some larger boulders covered in moss and some nice looking gravels nestled in them, did a few pans , nothing , very little , average , and then once i got deeper the gold got better and better and once I hit the clay BOOM 2 pickers and multiple large flakes across 2 pans of dirt, unfortunately we had to head off after that but called in one of our friends and went all out last weekend got 17 pickers, 3 larger nuggets and a solid amount of fine gold and flakes totalling to around 9.7 grams , very little dirt was put through the sluice overall only ( we didn’t count but there is a debate between us that it is between either 4 and 9) as it was very hard going to get in between the large boulders and clay to get the pay out , a lot of gold was sitting on the clay which was easy to get to as only around 1/2 a metre deep, obviously no one had got there in a long time, so if you can find those spots that have not been mined even if they are just an average spot they may still have a lot of gold . Super solid result for 3 people working over an afternoon .


been a couple years since ive had a pan at goldsborough. thats on my to do list this season. nice area. never had a lot of gold from there but a good day out.

Over Christmas spent a day at Goldsborough just checking things out and came across a spot we thought would have potential. So went back there for a couple of days over the weekend. Unfortunately a flood had come through and filled in the hole we had already started so had to start again. Despite moving some big rocks (these you can see are only a few of them) we couldn’t break through the ones stuck in the parpa on the bottom - even with a 2m wrecking bar for leverage.

Took a while to get that tree stump out of the hole - it was well and truly stuck in there. Manged to scrape a few flecks out of cracks in it.

So had to do the best we could by working around them. Got all we could in the two days.

Hot Tip! The old miners dug long channels in the parpa. And in these channels long slits - wide enough for a wee hand spade. If you can find the parpa uncovered hunt out one of these and suck up from the very bottom. Also if you can unstick a rock stuck in the parpa theres a good chance there will be something under there. I got our biggest flake under such a rock.

Camping spot was very busy and lots of people in the creek. But every one was coming back with colour. Some more so than others. Mark (ex Moonlight / Slab hut was there camped up for a while. And I met a guy from my Slab Hut fossick. People are moving from place to place.

Had a go on the nox - but no luck. Didn’t really try long enough. But heading down south next week so I’ll give it a proper go down there.


nice work looks good