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Would you pay $75,000 for your very own gold mine? Remote New Zealand hut hits the market

Would you pay $75,000 for your very own gold mine? Remote New Zealand hut with access to one of the richest rivers in the WORLD hits the market – and the payoff could be huge

  • Remote hut with access to one of world’s richest rivers has hit the market
  • The hut sits on the banks of the Wakamarina River in Marlborough, New Zealand 
  • Licence is up for grabs for $75,000, with access to river untouched for a century 

A remote hut with access to one of the world’s richest rivers has hit the market, offering a rare chance for potential prospectors to buy their very own gold mine.

The hut sits on the banks of the Wakamarina River in Marlborough, on New Zealand’s South Island.

Once considered one of the richest rivers in the world, the area was swarmed by thousands of miners in the 1860s during a gold rush that continued on to the nearby West Coast.

A mining licence is up for grabs on auction website Trade Me with a starting bid of $75,000, which includes the hit and access to more than 5km of the Wakamarina.

The area has sat mostly untouched for more than 100 years.

A remote hut with access to one of the world’s richest rivers has hit the market, offering a rare chance for potential prospectors to buy their own gold mine

The hut sits on the banks of the Wakamarina River (pictured) in Marlborough, on New Zealand's South Island

The hut sits on the banks of the Wakamarina River (pictured) in Marlborough, on New Zealand’s South Island

‘Rich crevices are still being discovered and [the river] contains heavy nuggets,’ the listing for the mining licence reads.

The licence is valid until January 2026, and its current owners say they are giving it up as they are now aged in their 60s.

Gold was first found in the Wakamarina River by four prospectors in early 1864. according to the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966.

Just months later, roughly 6,000 men rushed to the area in the hope of striking it rich, many of them from Australia.

Once considered one of the richest rivers in the world, the area was swarmed by thousands of miners in the 1860s

Once considered one of the richest rivers in the world, the area was swarmed by thousands of miners in the 1860s

The licence is valid until January 2026, and its current owners say they are giving it up as they are now aged in their 60s

The licence is valid until January 2026, and its current owners say they are giving it up as they are now aged in their 60s

About 25,000 troy ounces (778kg) of gold were found in the river in 1864.

The miners continued to explore parts of the South Island, hunting down new fields on the West Coast.

By September 1865, more than 16,000 men were in the region searching for the precious metal.

By September 1865 more than 16,000 men were in the surrounding region searching for precious gold

By September 1865 more than 16,000 men were in the surrounding region searching for precious gold

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