Where can you fossick for gold in NZ?

Designated public areas where you can fossick for gold

Gold fossicking area Permit number Location
Aorere River A (GFA 13) 42013 Nelson/Tasman – Kahurangi National Park
Five Mile Creek (GFA 21) 42021 Otago – Queenstown area
Arrow River (GFA 22) 42022 Otago – Queenstown area
Shotover River (GFA 23) 42023 Otago – Queenstown area

Can you mine for gold in NZ?

New Zealand has three main goldfields and each has its own geology. In Otago (and Marlborough) gold is found in quartz veins in schist and in river gravels which have weathered from schist. Although gold has never been mined there, it occurs in the Taupō Volcanic Zone in geothermal deposits.

Is there gold in Canterbury NZ?

Gold is found associated with the arsenopyrite, free within the quartz, and breccia next to vein margins….Wilberforce Valley, Selwyn District, Canterbury Region, South Island, New Zealand.

Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 42° 57′ 37” South , 171° 20′ 16” East
Köppen climate type: Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Where can I fossick for gold?

Fossicking is allowed in most NSW State forests with a permit. You can apply for a 12-month state-wide permit from Forestry Corporation online for $27.50 including GST. This allows small-scale fossicking for recreational, tourism or educational purposes in State forests.

Where was the most gold found in NZ?

It is most widely distributed in Otago and the West Coast, including West Coast beaches such as Gillespies Beach, and at Orepuki in Southland. Offshore gold deposits exist off the West Coast and Otago, although prospecting has been limited by the difficulty of sampling the sea floor.

Where is the most gold found in New Zealand?

What if you find gold on your property?

If you did happen to find a large gold deposit on your property and do not own the mineral rights, don’t fear. You do still own the property at least from the ground up. The mineral rights owner cannot simply come and remove you and dig up your property.

Where was most gold found in NZ?

The Otago Gold Rush (often called the Central Otago Gold Rush) was a gold rush that occurred during the 1860s in Central Otago, New Zealand….Otago Gold Rush.

Central Otago Gold Rush
Centres Lawrence, on the Tuapeka River; Arrowtown; Kawarau Gorge; Naseby; Dunedin (nearest major port and city)

What if you find gold on public land?

If you find gold you are free to keep it without telling a sole. You don’t have to report it to the government and you don’t have to pay taxes on it until you sell it. This public land is generally managed by either the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Most of it is found in the western United States.

Is it legal to prospect for gold?

Today’s prospector must determine where prospecting is permitted and be aware of the regulations under which he is allowed to search for gold and other metals. Permission to enter upon privately owned land must be obtained from the land owner. National parks, for example, are closed to prospecting.

Is there still gold at Ophir?

All that now remains of Ophir is very slight. All that remains of William Tipple Smith is one small gold sample and a previously unmarked grave (number 4929, section 4, Rookwood Cemetery) that was only recently provided with a headstone recognising him as the discoverer of the first payable gold in Australia.

Where to find gold fossicking in New Zealand?

Alluvial gold (found in soil and sediments, usually around rivers and streams) is present within all the gold fossicking areas, although the concentrations are often low. Location maps can be obtained from the Department of Conservation or the relevant district council office. Find this helpful?

Where to fossick on the west coast of England?

Fossick on the West Coast beaches between Greymouth in the north and Milford Sound in the south. Look for pounamu pebbles and stones on the beach only. Go after a good rain or not long after the rivers have flooded – that’s when deposits of pounamu dislodge and move with river currents to the coast.

What can I sell at fossick and find?

Also for sale are display cabinets, tables & the large polished wood slab counter, (for delivery once we close), a safe and a lot of jewellery display material.

Where is the best place to fossick for greenstone?

The Arahura River – the ideal place to fossick for greenstone. Photo: Ngai Tahu Fossick on the West Coast beaches between Greymouth in the north and Milford Sound in the south. Look for pounamu pebbles and stones on the beach only.