Pete McGhee

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I charge an actual ‘costs-covered’ base rate to cover fuel. Eg Paihia $15, Russell $50(incl. Ferry), Coopers Beach/Taipa $25, Whangarei Central $40.

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

I'm able to perform shallow water searches - Up to nostril depth(!) - Can work in wind, rain or tropical cyclone as long as safety isn't compromised.

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, gardens, compost heaps... Rings, tools, keys, survey marks…Almost anything containing metal.

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

If the item is lost on Private Property, please secure permission from the landowner for access.

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... as has happened when a ring surfaced after 5 years in the sand. That ring is now back with its owner, in Chile.

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

Search Locations

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

Pete McGhee's Bio

Experienced in search and recovery with 34 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, and I was able to track straight to a set of keys lost in a few acres of orchard based on ground evidence).

Beach losses are time-critical, please don't hesitate. If you can take a photo of the location it makes searching much easier as memory fades and distorts rapidly when stressed.

Pete McGhee - Recent Blog Post

  • Ring Lost Swimming at Kai Iwi Lakes – Found! (2019)

    Got a message from Geoffrey that he’d lost his wedding ring while swimming at Kai Iwi lakes, near Dargaville, in the north of New Zealand. While this was out of my regular area, there was definite urgency as the lakes are heavily patrolled by holidaying metal detectorists at this time of year. So coffee in […]

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  • Metal Detector Finds Lost Wedding Ring in Sea at Paihia (2018)

    John had lost his white gold wedding ring in the sea a few days before I heard of it. At this time of year, the popular tourist beach concerned is heavily patrolled by holiday detectorists, so time was of the essence – more so as the detailed location had unfortunately been posted on Facebook. Even […]

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  • Metal Detector Finds Lost Gold Coin Cache (2018)

    Was asked to locate a couples’ buried investment recently, due to the delicate nature of the job I have to keep most of it in confidence – I have however been given permission to publish the following though. A tale of a modern pot of gold… Let’s call him “Bob”. Bob contacted me asking for […]

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  • 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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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!