A local youngster will strike gold when Shotover Jet celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first Shotover River gold discovery.
The Queenstown jetboat company is running a strike-gold competition on November 17 in conjunction with its annual locals’ day.
The company will bury an ounce of gold, worth about $2300, on the beach where shearer Thomas Arthur struck gold 150 years earlier to the day.
To join the competition, locals 18 or under have to complete a treasure hunt from clues released the day before.
They then have to return their answers to The Station Building in Queenstown by 1pm on November 17.
Correct entries will receive a ‘Big Red’ ticket.
Forty of these tickets will be drawn to allow 40 youngsters a chance to dig for the ounce of gold and other prizes – each ticket holder will be assigned a claim or grid square.
“Whoever digs and finds the gold, gets to keep it,” general manager Clark Scott says.
“We’re as excited about that as we know the kids will be.”
After Arthur’s original find, the Shotover became one of the richest gold-bearing rivers in the world.
Meanwhile, locals can buy discounted trips on the Shotover Jet on the same day — $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Proceeds will be donated to Wakatipu High’s ‘E-cellerate’ project.