Pete McGhee

  • Land/Shallow Water Search
  • Diver/Underwater Search

Cost For My Service

I charge a minimal base travel rate for callouts. As a guide: Paihia $15, Russell $50(incl. Ferry), Coopers Beach/Taipa $30, Whangarei Central /Opononi $50, Whangarei Heads/Kai Iwi $60

With a successful recovery, I work on a ''Reward Basis''. That is, what you think my service was worth to you, and can afford. No find, you only pay the travel.

I can water search down to 5 metres, although SCUBA will incur an extra cost. Please contact me for further details on SCUBA searches.

Search Types

Beach losses are time-critical, and each tide works against us. Please don't hesitate! A rapid response greatly improves the chances of a recovery.

Land and shallow water to 1.5m are standard: Gardens, compost heaps, swimming holes, stockyards, Golf sand-traps...Almost anywhere.

Rings, tools, keys, bits of tractor, survey marks… anything containing metal.

Please note: Metal detecting is prohibited on Historic and DOC Reserves, although I can obtain permission by Heritage NZ and/or Dept. of Conservation on a case-by-case basis.

If the item is lost on Private Property, you will need to secure permission from the landowner for access.

In the event the item is not located, please file a Lost Property report with Police, I will also add your details to my ‘Little Black Book” in case it turns up on a later hunt... I've had a ring resurface after 5 years in the sand.

Please note, I do not locate buried power cables, water lines or other utilities.

Search Locations

East coast from Whangarei to Kaitaia, Incl Karikari/Tokerau, Doubtless Bay, Mangonui, and Bay of Islands (Also outer islands if transport is arranged by you)

West coast from Dargaville northwards.

Searches south of Whangarei or north of Kaitaia considered based on likelihood of a successful recovery.

Pete McGhee's Bio

Experienced in search and recovery with 35 years of metal detecting under my belt.

Trained in mantracking and clue awareness with Search and Rescue (Valuable skillset allowed me to track straight to a set of keys lost in 15 acres of orchard).

Will work in wind, hail, rain or tropical cyclone as long as my safety isn't compromised.

If I am unable to commit to the search, I will endeavour to find a colleague who can help

Pete McGhee - Recent Blog Post

  • Wedding Ring Lost When Boat Capsized in Surf – Found! (2020)

    Tim had lent his boat to his mates for a fishing trip out from Matauri Bay in Northland, New Zealand. Tragically the boat went broadside and suffered a capsize as they were coming back in through the surf and was, shall we say, pummelled. His gold wedding ring had been in a cupholder onboard and […]

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  • Lost Phone Found Buried in Sawdust Pile – Kerikeri, Northland. (2020)

    Lost rings in summer, phones in winter… Had a call from Greg this evening, asking if I would be able to find his lost cellphone. Backstory was he’d been working in a firewood yard today shifting logs to be split and last remembered seeing his phone a few hours previously. It was now going straight […]

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  • Kerikeri Phone Lost in Long Grass – Found! (2020)

    Yesterday, Seans young son was doing some TikTok clips with his friend. For what ever reason, the phone was flung away to the side – and into the deep mattress of overgrown Kikuyu grass around them.  Efforts by Sean and his son to find the phone failed to locate the phone visually (flat battery, so […]

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  • White Gold and Diamond Ring Found at Kai Iwi Lakes (2020)

    Sam and his wife were spending some time at the beautiful Kai Iwi lakes in the Far North of New Zealand. His wife had waded out to the edge of the drop off for a swim, and when she returned to the car, realised the ring was missing. Sam met me on site, and we […]

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  • Gold Ring lost at Kai Iwi Lakes – Found! (2020)

    Back at Kai Iwi for the second time in three days for another lost ring. Thanks to Halley sending me a detailed video clip taken on the day, I was able to save him the three hour trip back up from Auckland. I was a little concerned seeing evidence of metal detector activity from the […]

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Pete McGhee - Testimonials

  • Pete is the real deal... (2020)


    Pete is the real deal.

    I Lost my Ring in Kai Iwi Lake and Pete found it (Amazing! I never thought I’d see my ring again since it had been missing for days before I found out about TheRingfinders).

    When I did contact him I received fast Response to queries. Fair Deal – very reasonable Base Fee, and he was very easy to deal with. He even proactively advised to do the search asap rather than wait for weekend given the location I lost it was in reach of holidaymakers.

    He also offered to do the search on his own to save me having to take a 5+ hour round trip drive from Auckland (given that the videos I sent him had enough details to pinpoint the location of where we setup our gazebo that day).

    I’ve Received my ring back via Mail nicely wrapped. Thank you Pete!!

  • So very happy that Pete made contact (2019)


    So very happy that Pete made contact as I took the bold step to ask on our local FB grapevine for help. Every so often I would return to the supposed site to try and find the lost earring and as the months progressed I started to doubt where I thought I had lost it. Pete didn’t take very long and was very thorough – he has to contend with my guinea fowl calls in the back ground but within 1/2 hour after deciding to explore further Than the initial field area & after carefully listening to my poor recollection of the loss – there it was – in bedded in the under growth – I certainly would never have seen it If it wasn’t for the metal detector alert as it looked quite insignificant and dull And certainly didn’t look like metal but another piece of undergrowth !. Not for long – will be off to get it properly cleaned tomorrow .

  • Fantastic work Pete... (2019)


    Fantastic work Pete. We really had resigned ourselves to not getting the ring back and are beyond delighted with your perseverance and success.

  • Highly recommend your services to anyone in need of a pro – ring finder! (2018)



    Me (and my wife) are eternally grateful for your efforts. Especially as you found it the day before our 2nd wedding anniversary.

    I was worried that it would be a tricky mission for you, but you found it so quick.

    Highly recommend your services to anyone in need of a pro – ring finder! Happy to provide a reference if a future client needs one. Just give them my number.

    Looking forward to seeing future stories of you reuniting rings with their owners.

    Thanks so much,


  • Please if you ever lose your jewellery or other metal items and need help to recover them I strongly recommend this gentleman. (2018)


    I was truly blessed by the help of Pete

    He traveled from Kerikeri to Ruakaka to help me find my wedding ring that I lost while swimming.

    I had this ring made from my mothers jewellery after she passed away – a very sentimental and emotional part of my life that also represented my future with my beautiful wife and all of our 8 children a positive influence on making healthier lifestyle changes within whanau .

    My heart was broken and I was very upset to the point of being frustrated with myself for letting it happen. The realisation I may never see it again hurt me.

    That day I snorkeled from 1.30-5.00pm thinking of my mum then went home got x2 metal detectors my x3 sons and good friend Ismalia then from 19.00-midnight searched hard at night with torches detectors on beach and in tide with no luck .

    My wife got a message from Pete McGhee through media networking then late Saturday asked him to meet us there Sunday.

    He arrived at 9.15 and the area was marked out with me on the beach himself in the tide with my x3 sons. Then at 11.30am Pete found my wedding ring.

    I honestly couldn’t believe our luck I just wanted to break down with emotion and relief a massive weight of heaviness gone.

    I had been doing karakia every day, even that morning, but the difference was having a person like Pete who was committed driven passionate and very professional about the outcome of todays challenge.

    Thank you so much for your mahi today we are forever grateful enjoy our koha.

    God bless Earles Clan Xx

    Please if you ever lose your jewellery or other metal items and need help to recover them I strongly recommend this gentleman.

    He is humble honest and fair kia ora koutou nga mihi Pete McGhee!