'Gold for the Taking'—Book www.findgoldnz.com 'Gold for the Taking'—DVD/Video
For The Taking
is designed to help ordinary folks find gold. This book is for
recreational fossickng and requires no special knowledge of geology or gold. It is not too technical and tells you exactly what to do.
An easy, entertaining read.
If you want to take a weekend away, or a day
trip, you can come home with gold in your
bottle, just like the old timers. Your fossicking
may not be as loaded with nuggets as theirs, but
it will be gold and it will be yours. You may think
that the gold is all gone, but there is still gold out
there and it is being replenished in the creeks
and rivers every time there is a flood. It can be
yours, and it is there for the taking.
Even if you know something about this
exciting hobby, you may be surprised at how
much is new about recreational fossicking. Have a read and see what you can glean. You
might find a ‘nugget’ or two that may enrich
Chapter 1 is packed with encouragement. You can do it
whether you are a
townie or a country
farmer, a student or a
scholar. Gold fossicking really is a
leisure activity for
old, or in between.
Chapter 2 tells you what you will need in the
way of equipment, and describes how to get
your basic gear together for just a few dollars.
We have included a checklist to help with the
stuff you will need on your gold fossicking trip.
Some diggings are in lowland hills, others are in
high mountain bush—you need to be prepared
to survive in both. We once began to dig in our
favourite creek and it snowed. We sure needed
our billy and gas bottle that day.
Chapter 3 tells you where the goldfields are
in New Zealand, where the public recreational
gold-fossicking areas are found, and the legal
requirements for fossicking. Mining for gold with
Prospectors Licences and Mining Rights is
another matter and not within the scope of this
book. If that is what you want to do, information
on gold mining can be found on the Internet at
Chapter 4 explains exactly how to pick a spot,
how to use a gold pan and sluice box and what
to do when no gold shows up. Even experienced
fossickers have this problem.
Chapter 5 will tell you about metal detectors,
using one to help you pinpoint gold or treasure
and where to buy or hire one. This is the updated chapter.
Chapter 6 tells you what to do with your gold
once you have found it, how to clean it, how to
sell it or make jewellery of it.
Chapter 7 is the story of how we first
became infected with gold fever, as well as a
few yarns of the old days.
Chapter 8 talks about the gold itself and
why down through the ages most people have
wanted some of it.
Once you start fossicking for gold you won’t
want to stop. Gold is attractive, digging for it is
compulsive, and you can sell it for money.Remember, gold is where you find it, sometimes
in unexpected places.Happy fossicking.
"Your book was a very comprehensive guide to any amateur or professional
prospector looking for a place to start in NZ, very easy reading on the eye and
full of useful information. It was an absolute pleasure to see such a forward
thinking approach to gold fossicking taken by the Crown there as is often the
case in NZ for many things. I still remeber the prospectors right there which
again compared to the UK was a forward thinking approach at the time." —Andrew,
28minutes of information,
instruction and entertainment
Buy the book and the
The new, 2010 edition of the book is
now available—and at the same price.
It has an updated
chapter on metal detecting, the coming wave in New Zealand.
The DVD is still a favourite. It shows how to do it and what you can
If you have a New Zealand bank account,
you may post your order with a
cheque payable to:
G.A. & J.L. Fairservice
46 Tankerville Road
Christchurch New Zealand.
(Don't forget your name and address.)
Book Only $NZ 34.95 postage included.
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A review of Gold For The Taking
appeared in Southern Boating and
‘Ultimate, practical guide to gold digging’ Hawkes Bay newspaper reviewer Graeme Cass gives ‘Gold for the Taking’ the ultimate
'I would imagine that most of us dream of having a fistful of gold. How would we get it free?
Where would we get it from legally? When we've got it, to whom do we sell it?
‘This then is the ultimate, pracical guide
book to find, keep and sell gold
'Parts of the little book wer published
back in 1981 but the revised text,
photos and maps make dreams
possible. Every aspect is covered,
including where to buy tools and how
to make a simple sluice.
'There are evocative stories by this
Christchurch couple who have been
fossicking for 25 years. They cover the legality, where and how to get there with no permit
'A friend of mine bought a metal detector and went over mine tailings spread on a road in
Victoria, Australia. He was rewareded witha 16-oz nugget on his first day in 1998 and did rather
well for the next two years.
'So it's still possible—there's still gold in them thar streams, even in the North Island.’
Another good review from a Wanganui newspaper. ‘Highly recommended if you have ever had the urge and the patience to make your fortune fossicking
for gold.’—Arthur P. Bates
From the “Star”in Southland:
“Sandy and Judy Fairservice’s Gold for the Taking (Halcyon Press $29.95) is reworked and
expanded from Gold in Your Bottle, published more than 20 years ago.
“Anyne thinking that gold fossicking would quickly clear the mortgage would have to be very lucky or
have a minuscule loan. However, by following the chapters about gear, where to go, panning,
sluicing and using metal detectors, enthusiasts will have enough information to spend many days
“The authors obviously have spent a lot of time hunting gold and offer practical advice and caution
against rushing in and incurring unnecessary expense.
“As an introduction and practical guide to finding and keeping gold in New Zealand, this is an
excellent choice.” — Helen Oldham