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This is in a very scenic part of the upper Wakamarina River, one of New Zealand's most historically-rich gold rush sites of the 19th Century. The whole catchment is now claimed in various licences, with good nuggets still occasionally found including on this claim. Gold pictured is all from the claim.

The licence number is 53788 and expires on 7 February 2027 with automatic first rights of renewal for another 10-15 years. It is 2.9ha and about 2km long (if the river was stretched straight!)

Selling partly due to age and partly because my current partner has a new venture in Otago - I'm nearly 69 and although still fit, this claim is a bit too much of an undertaking by myself. Will consider selling entirely or a partnership. I have a long-time interest and experience in gold mining. My father was a Wakamarina miner who took me prospecting up the river in 1950s. I have written a book called "Lost Gold", published by Potton & Burton.

There is a NZ Petroleum and Minerals transfer of ownership fee of $2530 incl. GST. Up for negotiation about who pays that - perhaps half each.

Note that many claims in the lower valley have road access along them but are often worked-out because of that. This claim starts near the end of the 4WD road but access to the upper reaches is via kayaks which come with claim, or via a DOC track. The licence has never been systematically or professionally worked ie has always been a hobby claim, fossicked in patches.



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