Tuesday 18 September 2012

Monday 17/09 Excalibur at St.Helliers

Got a day off on Monday and decided to check out tripple bays... But the story starts in a different way...

Got a call from my father on on Sunday, he and mom were walking at St.Helliers and spotted a listing on the beach toilet, that someone lost 2 rings- I got the numbers and contacted the person, who advised that rings were lost somewhere around the toilet.  I've advised person that will go look for them on Monday.

Woke up , had a coffee and slowly walk towards Bus stop  downtown (5 minute walk from my place) and takes about 10 minutes to get to St.Helliers. with buses every 15 minutes... But that is on any usual day.. not the monday i needed.! :-( There was a big poster on bus stop that bussies are on strike from 10 am till 2 pm!@$@#$$@%$^%^*^&*^&*&)
Obviously any daily commuters would know, but i do not take bus daily :/
Crazy me started to walk slowly towards the mission bay with excal in one hand and sand scoop in another . For those who do not know - its about 1.5 Hour walk - 7.5 KM. I've done that walk many times and it is really enjoyable, even with gear in hands ...
... Walked about 2km and noticed as group of teenage runners dropped off by a trainer from the van and Lady already going back in the van. Quickly run up to her and asked if she is going to mission bay - she said yea, and Kindly offered me a ride with a note that she will need to stop couple of times to check on runners.

We stopped at the Okahu Bay to check up and runners and that is when noticed that everyone but but one girl passed us.. a bit later she caught up, but was in pain with a numb  lag, we helped her out to get in a van and continued to the Mission bay - where trainer supposed to pick up the running team.

On the way i shared the stories of metal detecting and so on. :-)

Mission bay:
Done about 7-10 walks water <-> shore and then went right across to other end on dry sand without finding absolutely anything.
Kohimarama :
about same experience,  find a set of keys
St. Helliers,

Even that is Hunted, OVER Hunted, OUT hunted completely every year start getting targets, there and here. and all of those were coins dropped last season (corroded and so on)
Also callled up Lady who lost rings and she shared that she Put them on the stones of the toilet and covered with Jacket. When she was going away she grabbed jacket and left. Upon realizing that rings missing, she thought that they dropped on the sand.
I've done 5-10 meters radius from the spot leaving no signal to dig and no rings was found :-(
i would believe that rings didnt drop on sand as they on stone covered by jacket, and got picked up by someone passing by as it is a busy area .

After that i decided to do my usual water <-> beach walk on the whole beach and completed in about 3 hours with the below finds :

19.90$ in change,
And they kids copper pot. that i have a plan for....
I will ill it with old coins and bury in one of the parks for future detectorist to find :-)

The Verdict:
Beaches are empty and not worth time yet,
So will continue learning Etrack and search for the missing Half Crown , Half Sovereign and full Sovereign for my collection. :-)

thanks for reading,


  1. Seems like you had a good day Max.
    It is often the outing experience as much as the finds I reckon. Unless you find Gold of course.

  2. Great report - $19.90 that you didn't have to use for petrol or bus money! Don't forget to put a "Max was here" note in that pot...

    Only been out hunting a couple of times here in Rottenrua, lakes are too full for water hunting so been trying to locate good spots for old finds. Getting there.

  3. Could be silver down there Grant but does the sulpher effect it?

  4. No sulphur effect, already found a 1934 3p and it is in pretty good nick. The copper pennies are effected though (bubbly corrosion). This was from Kairu Park right along side the hot pools and mud.

  5. Yeah not surprised at the copper penny's corrosion. We used to have the same trouble at Ngawha Springs with bare copper electrical cables corroding through in a mater of months.