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Selling half share in a valuable mining licence with its own hut and more than 5km of river, most of which hasn't been worked since the C19th. It's being partly sold because both claim partners are now in their 60s. One has had a share in it since 1989. Am happy to discuss partnership arrangement.
The Wakamarina was once referred to as the 4th richest river for gold in the world based on size. It is now patchy because of the gold rushes of 155 years ago, however rich crevices are still being discovered (we have found a few) and it contains heavy nuggets. The nugget depicted was found in a crevice containing several ounces by us just downstream of the claim boundary - ie on another claim we have and which is also for sale. The top claim in this listing we have hardly worked.
Permit number is 41317 and it expires on 29/1/2026 with right of renewal. Prepared to go 50/50 on $2530 incl. GST transfer fee.
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Questions & Answers (30)
Hi, What size dredge does the Resource consent allow you to use on both of the claims please? Thanks Mark markhoyle(469• 04:36 pm, Thu, 10 Jan ) These are "existing use" claims going back to the early 1980s before the Resource Management Act and dredges from 2" to 8" have been used on it. However, my claim partner and I have not dredged in the last few years due to other commitments and age. cordt(197• Thursday, 10 January 2019 ) Any contact number? gooood-trade(63• 11:49 am, Fri, 11 Jan ) I put my phone number and email on the listing but Trade Me have taken them off and I will get into trouble if I try to list again. My name is Paul Bensemann if you wish to search for info about me. cordt(197• Friday, 11 January 2019 ) How are you working this river,panning,dredging,sluice etc,is a dredge permitted and is there sufficient acces for one,cheers mayfly(229• 02:55 pm, Fri, 11 Jan ) See previous answers but we have employed all such methods. Re access yet there is quad bike track almost to the river at the Doom tributary. We have dragged and floated dredges up. Dredges have also been carried in in pieces and I had one helicoptered into the upper reaches to work a single deep pool in the 1990s. cordt(197• Friday, 11 January 2019 ) Im assuming your not allowed to machine mine, only manual load a small sluice, or pan? prodemolition(9• 09:49 am, Sun, 13 Jan ) If you mean diggers, bulldozers etc, definitely not. This is on DOC land so suction dredges, sluice boxes, pans etc. We do a lot of "sniping" ie drifting down the river with screwdrivers, suck guns and other fossicking gear in wetsuits with goggles and snorkels. It is my favourite mining technique and there is always the chance of a little nugget. cordt(197• Sunday, 13 January 2019 ) How much $ worth of gold have you recovered? rob__(132• 03:51 pm, Sun, 13 Jan ) Since 1989 when I first became a partner in the claim, I am not sure. Certainly enough to cover the fees but not enough to retire on! This is a patchy claim like I say in the listing and best worked as a hobby or part-time eg I've found thousands of dollars worth of nuggets within half an hour's work on one trip but in another summer worked for several weeks and got only $200 worth - that happened in a deep hole that I finally discovered had already been worked. That's gold mining! cordt(197• Sunday, 13 January 2019 ) Can you redirect the river to dig up the river bed with machinery? wesley.g(50• 05:16 am, Mon, 14 Jan ) Definitely not. This is Conservation Dept land. It would never be allowed and as a conservationist myself I would be strongly against it. This river is truly beautiful and with the small scale methods allowed under the claim criteria it will stay that way. cordt(197• Monday, 14 January 2019 ) I apologise for the delay in answering some of these questions. I have been in the bush with little or no cellphone reception and no internet. Seller comment Monday, 14 January 2019 There are two unanswered questions at this time also asking for contact details, which I am not allowed to list. Paul Bensemann Seller comment Monday, 14 January 2019 Wow what a beautiful spot!! Wish I had the money just to camp out and enjoy it with the Family!!...good luck for the auction?? kahez55(255• 05:32 pm, Mon, 14 Jan ) Thanks yes my kids and grandkids love it up there and so do I. Fossicking trips are absolute magic. cordt(197• Monday, 14 January 2019 ) Interesting. Where is the 75k valuation from? Usually based on revenue. countryliving4(11• 07:47 am, Tue, 15 Jan ) Really? Is this the case too with Auckland houses? Where else could you buy a perpetual 50 percent interest in a bush hut and five km plus of river? And the chance to pay off some or all of the costs if you are lucky? cordt(197• Tuesday, 15 January 2019 ) My late Grandfather - Bill Delany had a claim on the river many years ago. There's still a hut there near Pear Tree flats. Good luck with the auction - It's a great place craigdel(86• 10:26 am, Tue, 15 Jan ) Bill Delany was a real gentleman who I understand once mined in the Depression full-time. I sometimes visited him and on one occasion helped him on a suction dredge mission on his claim at Pear Tree Flat, mostly helping him carry and set up his gear and cart it back to his hut later. He had some beautifully maintained equipment and showed me some lovely nuggets that he had found. You should be proud to have such a grandfather. cordt(197• Tuesday, 15 January 2019 ) hello do you have document of this property please? yvonnemao(5• 01:07 pm, Tue, 15 Jan ) This is not a property that has a Land Information NZ title but rather a Mining Licence with NZ Petroleum and Minerals official documentation. Go to this link and search 41317 and you will find it. http://data.nzpam.govt.nz/permitwebmaps?commodity=minerals cordt(197• Tuesday, 15 January 2019 ) Can you live in the hut full time? Can you place another hut somewhere in the area? taiwanrox(43• 04:13 pm, Tue, 15 Jan ) To be frank you wouldn't want to. It is a basic hut with part of the floor concreted and a few bunks containing gear and one with a foam rubber mattress which I sometimes sleep on. Like the most basic of bush huts it has no shower, toilet, or other facilities. I have stayed in it for a week or two at a time but that's enough. When this hut was built there was official permission for one hut on the claim so if you built another you would probably need to demolish this one. cordt(197• Tuesday, 15 January 2019 ) There are quite a few questions asking for my contact details, also a couple asking questions I've already answered. It's against Trade Me conditions to list contact details here. Sorry, Paul Bensemann. Seller comment Wednesday, 16 January 2019
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