Pete McGhee

  • Land/Shallow Water Search
  • Diver/Underwater Search

Cost For My Service

I charge an actual ‘costs-covered’ minimum base rate to cover fuel. Eg Paihia $15, Russell $50(incl. Ferry), Coopers Beach/Taipa $25, Whangarei $40. In the event of a successful recovery, I work on a ''Reward Basis''. That is, what you think my service was worth to you. No find, you only pay the travel.

If your item is lost in water deeper than 1.5m (Nostril depth!) and SCUBA recovery is required please contact me to discuss cost in advance as this is a specialty search and requires additional cost.

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

Search Types

Land and shallow water, selected diving work, gardens, compost heaps... Rings, tools, keys, survey marks…Almost anything metal.

Metal detecting is prohibited on Historic Reserves, although permission is usually granted on a case-by-case basis.

In the event the item is not located, I recommend entering 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..

Please note, I do not locate buried power cables etc.

Search Locations

East coast from Whangarei north to Kaitaia, Incl Karikari/Tokerau, Doubtless Bay, Mangonui, and Bay of Islands.

Pete McGhee's Bio

I have returned many items to owners over the years. I recently reunited a ring with its owner, living in Chile, after 7 months(!) of detective work. They lost their ring on a New Zealand beach 5 years ago while on holiday and I located it during another ring recovery.

Experienced in search and recovery with 33 years of metal detecting under my belt.

Trained in mantracking and clue awareness with Search and Rescue (Two rings have been found before I even switched on the machine based on ground evidence).

Decided to join TheRingFinders as so many rings are lost each summer in Northland, and word-of-mouth can only go so far, especially with visiting tourists who need a rapid response.

Pete McGhee - Recent Blog Post

  • Lost Keys Found In Paihia Orchard (with some metal detector help) (2018)

    Simon was collecting oranges in the orchard and didn’t realise until he got back to his car that his shorts had a car key-sized hole in the pocket. A couple of days later he found me through TheRingFinders and I arranged to meet him onsite. It was a huge area to scan, so I put […]

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  • Ring Lost in Whangarei, Eaten by Cow – Found! (2018)

    Over the years, I’ve had my share of looking for rings lost while gardening, throwing things for the dog, or just being lobbed randomly during arguments.  This was my first hunt for a ring that had been vacuumed off a finger by a calf! Luke made contact after reading of my successful hunts, and for […]

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  • Metal Detecting on Whangarei Roadside to Find Lost Ring (2018)

    I was just doing a casual beach detect at a very small, unassuming patch of sand tucked away on Whangarei Harbour in New Zealand. It is the sort of place that would struggle to have 20 people squeezed into it on a busy summer day. After I had been detecting for maybe thirty minutes, a […]

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  • Lost Ring Found on Whangarei Beach (2018)

    Jan 14th, 2018 I came across a plea on social media about a gold ring lost in the surf at Ruakaka. The beach is open to the ocean, has a reasonable longshore current and while conditions had been calm, sand is always moving… and rings are always sinking. While it was outside my normal maximum […]

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  • Northland Ring Lost, Found and Returned after Five Years in the Sand! (2018)

    Jan 2nd, 2018 Hot on the heels of my first ring recovery for this summer, I finally managed to track down the owner of a ring I found mid-2017. It had been returned from Police Found Property, although the fact it had an unusual name engraved inside made me want to try and find the […]

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Pete McGhee - Testimonials

  • 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!