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 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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  • Lost Ring at Russell Beach Found for Christmas (2018)

    Dec 21st, 2017 I received a call while at work from a very upset lady, the usual story of a slightly-too-large ring and the sea. The previous day she had gone for a morning swim, and returned to discover she and her ring had parted company. I knew the beach in question is a very […]

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