Pete McGhee

  • Land/Shallow Water Search
  • Diver/Underwater Search

Cost For My Service

Unfortunately, in this day and age I have to charge an actual ‘costs-covered’ base rate to cover fuel. As a guide: 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 can water search down to 5 metres, although SCUBA will incur an extra cost. Marinas are typically "No-Dive" zones. Please contact me for further details on SCUBA searches.

Search Types

Beach losses are time-critical, each tide works against us. Please don't hesitate!

Land and shallow water to 1.5m as standard: Gardens, compost heaps, swimming holes, stockyards...

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

Please note: Metal detecting is prohibited on Historic Reserves, although permission can be granted 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, 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... I've had a ring resurface 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 to Kaitaia, Incl Karikari/Tokerau, Doubtless Bay, Mangonui, and Bay of Islands (Also outer islands if transport is arranged by you)

Also Kai Iwi lakes. West Coast beaches are unfortunately undetectable due to the high levels of iron sand

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 (I was able to track straight to a set of keys lost in 15 acres of orchard based on ground sign).

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

  • iPhone Found with Metal Detector, Paihia, Bay of Islands (2020)

    Brand new iPhone rescued from the tide the other morning – And it still worked after spending a day underwater! Owner was rapt to get it back, especially as it was their last day in the Bay of Islands before continuing their holiday through New Zealand. Check out this expression. This is why I am […]

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  • Against all Odds – Keys Found on Paihia Beach (2020)

    Two Tourists Stranded in Paradise! I was just heading down onto the beach for a random hunt when I was approached by Derek, “Will that find keys?”. “Yep, where did you lose them?”. “Last night walking between that pole and those toilets… They’re the keys for the campervan and we’re stuck here without them”. The […]

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  • How to Find Lost Keys – Hire a Metal Detector. (2019)

    A rather desperate Glenn phoned me at work yesterday afternoon – The jeans he was wearing when he went out to price a job had a previously undiscovered hole in the back pocket. He parked his BMW, dropped the keys in his pocket and set to work. His heart sank when he headed back to […]

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  • Lost Gold Earring in Northland Garden – Found! (2019)

    At the start of the year, Renene was clearing undergrowth on their rural Northland property. Later on she realised that one of the many branches around the head had somehow spirited away her sentimental earring. As so many people who lose rings or bracelets do, after a fruitless search for the lost earring they conceded […]

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  • Gold Ring Lost in Sea at Russell, Bay of Islands – Found! (2019)

    John was out swimming off Long Beach at Russell in the Bay of Islands, and realising he’d forgotten to leave his gold wedding band behind took it off and dropped it inside his wetsuit for security.  All went to plan, until, at the end of his swim and while wading ashore he unzipped the wetsuit […]

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Pete McGhee - Testimonials

  • 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!