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Journey of Gold-The NZ Trail

Updated on April 28, 2015

Does New Zealand have a golden rainbow?

Come and search for a pot of gold.
Come and search for a pot of gold. | Source
Is there gold in there.I can feel a camp trip coming up...
Is there gold in there.I can feel a camp trip coming up... | Source

There is still Gold in our rivers.

Well they do say there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.Come to NZ and instead of looking for that pot start panning.

I have a trace of that fever yes gold fever.I often think about packing the tent and heading into the wilds of New Zealand to seek my fortune.As we sit in rush hour every morning to earn a buck or two we overlook the fact the many of our creeks and rivers in this country could harbour a fortune waiting to be found.However you would be totally misguided if you thought you could quit your job and head out there to make a killing.Sadly looking for gold is like looking for a needle in a haystack, although some may make it look easy you would probably starve to death or freeze trying to find enough of it..

How ever some of us are dreamers and what is wrong with a week or two camping on a stream bank during the summer months with the hub cap off your car panning for gold.

Each to their own. Best to check first in case a permit is need though I guess.

In Arrowtown South Island one of the tourist attractions is panning for gold.

Our tourists are loving it.They stay in Arrowtown,,South Island of New Zealand and Pan for gold.Ha some of them even find a small fortune.Now that 's a Holiday.If you are coming to NZ you don,t want to miss out you better put Arrowtown on your list as one place to visit.The scenery in this part of the country is amazing.Arrowtown itself is a major attraction a quaint little village from a lost error and not far from Queenstown another major Tourist destination..Panning for gold is an extra bonus.I wish you luck should you give it a go and I hope you find the big one.

Note winter can strike hard in New Zealand you may find it more fun to ski our beautiful snow covered mountains. than to play in the icy waters of the Arrow river.Nov through to March would be the better months for panning I would suggest.

Now lets take a look at some of New Zealands history with gold.

In 1852 a man by the name of Charles Ring discovered gold at Coromandel(North Island NZ)

Not long after this Gabriel Read discovers gold in Otago (South Island)resulting in a gold rush.

Then in 1862 more was found in Marlborough.Now this all resulted in bringing many settlers into these areas as theĀ eager flocked to find their fortunes.

When gold was discovered in the Arrow River. Macetown was built.(visit the ghost town 15km by 4WD from arrowtown)Although when the rush was over this became a ghost town. You can still Hike and Picnic there and you can still see remnants of the gold days.

The river sits quietly waiting to release it's treasure.

Lessons -you need these first.

I will be taking special note of this myself.It will increase your chance of success if you know what you are doing.

First lets start with equipment.Earlier I mentioned the Hub cap well that is only if you find yourself standing by a river with nothing to do and no other equipment.You do not need a great deal of expensive items to pan for gold.In fact 3 things would be all you need ,

A good pan, waterproof boots and leggings(if you wish to stay dry in the colder months), an ideal spot.(do your homework to increase chance of a find,)Ask the locals.

TRAINING VIDEOS-Click the link in the next sentence.

I have found a great site that is ready to give you lessons.Click here for video instruction.

Red marks areas to try panning.

Where To Pan For Glold

To be honest you just don't see too many people panning for gold. But there are places where you can. For many you may need a permit.

I shall put this link in which shows you some public mats and places that you can pan for gold and you can find out if a permit is needed.

Click Here

What ever you decide to do while camping and holidaying in New Zealand keep it clean

Good Luck and enjoy.

Enjoy More Of My New Zealand Photos

You may like to visit to check out All Thingz Kiwi NZ for more on New Zealand and view amazing scenic photos of NZ..


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    • Born2care2001 profile image

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks Paula! If my wife finds out you can pan for gold in one of her favorite places, I'm in for it!!! Hahaha!

      Thanks for the info and the hub. I enjoyed it!


    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      What a cool idea! I like it because it is different and interesting. Thank you for enlightening me about this.

    • cangetthere profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Nell,Hope you make it over to pan for gold soon.You never know your luck.If I go missing for a while you know I will be knee deep in a river somewhere.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, Ooh! now this is my kind of holiday! ha ha traipsing through the streams and rivers panning for gold! wow! I am going to go and get my wellington boots and pan now! great hub, and I loved the video! nell


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