Pete McGhee

  • Recherche de terres / eaux peu profondes
  • Plongeur / Recherche sous-marine

Cost For My Service

I charge a minimal base travel rate for callouts. As a guide: Paihia $15, Russell $50 (includes Ferry), Mangonui / Taupo Bay / Coopers Beach / Taipa $30, Whangarei Central / Tutukaka / Opononi $50, Whangarei Heads / Kai Iwi / Ruakaka / Kaitaia $70

Minimum time commitment I provide on site for a search is 4 Hrs, This has shown to be sufficient for 90% of recoveries. I will often voluntarily extend this if necessary to maximise chances of finding your lost ring.

With a successful recovery, I work on a reward basis. That is, what you think myservice has been worth to you, and that you can afford. No find, you only need pay the travel component.

SCUBA will incur an extra cost. Please contact me for further details on SCUBA searches.

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If you have lost your ring on a beach, it's time-critical, and each tide works against us. Please don't hesitate! Getting a Ring Finder on site quickly greatly improves the chances of the recovery of your ring, watch, bracelet or keys.

Water searches, Gardens (even after many years), compost heaps, swimming holes, stockyards, Golf sand-traps... Almost anywhere.

Rings, tools, keys, bits of tractor, manhole covers, survey marks… almost anything containing metal.

Please note: Metal detecting is prohibited on Historic and DOC Reserves, although I can obtain permission 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. Please also arrange for nearby electric fences to be turned off during the search as well, if possible.

In the event the item is not located, please file 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 two rings resurface on ocean beaches after 3 and 5 years in the sand.

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

# Contractors! - Looking to hire a metal detector in the Bay of Islands area to find a lost bucket tooth, pin, bracket, snig chain or manhole? Working in the quarrying industry as my day job, I am fully compliant in H&S around heavy plant and on industrial sites. I have full PPE and conversant with Take5 and risk assessment procedures.

# Insurance Companies and Police: I am NZ LandSAR trained in human behaviour and decision pointing, tracking, clue processing, scene processing, scene and evidence protection and chain of custody. Any searches with or on behalf of such organisations are fully documented and reported with GPS tracking, timeline and observations and actions. I aim to operate to a POD exceeding 95% at all times.

Police, please contact me for PolSAR referee and specific details.

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East coast of Northland from Whangarei to Kaitaia, Incl Karikari / Tokerau, Doubtless Bay, Mangonui, and Bay of Islands (Also outer islands if transport is arranged by you)

West coast from Dargaville northwards.

Searches south of Whangarei or north of Kaitaia are considered individually.

Pete McGhee's Bio

Experienced in search and recovery with over 36 years of metal detecting under my belt, with many hundreds of items returned to owners in that time before I became an 'official' Ring Finder.

Trained in mantracking and clue awareness with Search and Rescue (a valuable skillset which allowed me to track straight to a set of keys lost in 15 acres of orchard as well as determining actual movements of people, sometimes vastly different to their recollection).

I happily 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 find your lost ring, bracelet, necklace

Pete McGhee - Recent Blog Post

  • Ring Lost in Surf. Found after 3 Weeks, a Cyclone and Tsunami ! (2022)

    Three weeks ago, Ray was on Tokerau Beach in Doubtless Bay engaging in that iconic Kiwi summer pursuit, digging in the sand for Tuatuas. Regrettably, his sentimental gold and diamond ring did what so many other lost rings have also done while gathering these tasty shellfish, it slipped from his finger into the sand, and […]

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  • Key Fob(s) Lost in Whangarei Paddock – Ring Finders to the Rescue (2022)

    Barge Park Showgrounds in Whangarei is a popular location for exercising dogs with a large off leash area, and where Holly had taken her dog for a run around yesterday. After some time, and a considerable area of knee high weeds – her car fob was missing. Not just her keys though, but her partners […]

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  • Ring Lost Swimming at Whangarei – Found with Scuba (2022)

    Ella and her friends were swimming at the head of one of the Marsden Cove canals at One Tree Point, near Whangarei and as she moved out into the deeper dredged area, she felt her sentimental rose gold and diamond ring slip off her finger. Long story short, five days later I found myself kitting […]

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  • Heirloom Signet Ring lost at Taupo Bay – Huge potential area, Found by Experienced Ring Finder (2022)

    Got a message from Krista ” Lost my ring at Taupo Bay today”. After delving deeper, it transpired she might have lost her treasured heirloom rose gold ring at one of several locations: Washing the car, washing the dog, Potting/manuring some plants, swimming with the dog at one end of Taupo Bay, or when a […]

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  • Grandfathers Gold Ring Lost in Sea at Tutukaka, Found! (2022)

    Erin was enjoying a swim at Kowharewa Bay, near Tutukaka when he lost his grandfathers signet ring. The ring was given to his grandfather on his 21st birthday, and had been passed down to him. One of those things that is truly irreplaceable. His wife contacted me, and I arranged to meet him at Tutukaka […]

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Pete McGhee - Témoignages

  • You are an absolute legend... (2021)


    Thank you so much Pete! You are an absolute legend. We couldn’t be more thankful that the community directed us to you. I drove out to meet you having prepared myself for disappointment, never expecting that you would locate my ring even before we arrived! You should take a lot of pride in what you do and the amazing thing you are able to do for people by reuniting them with lost precious items.

    Great human being.

  • Billy and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts... (2021)


    Pete you are amazing.

    An absolute miracle worker. I am humbled by what you have done and how you rearranged your life to help me in a moment of sheer and utter devastation. I can never thank you enough.

    Sorry for all the cuddles I didn’t know what else to do or say or how to express how thankful I was.

    Billy and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Massive appreciation from heaven and earth xxx

  • You are truly remarkably. (2021)


    Thanks Pete for a truly outstanding effort. I had given up all hope but you wouldn't give up hope even when it was cold, dark, sinister seas and you were wet. Having my family rings back again to hand onto another generation is something I will always be grateful for. You are truly remarkably.

  • Highly recommended! (2020)


    Fantastic service – professional, thorough, meticulous. Great result. Highly recommended!

  • Pete is the real deal... (2020)


    Pete is the real deal.

    I Lost my Ring in Kai Iwi Lake and Pete found it (Amazing! I never thought I’d see my ring again since it had been missing for days before I found out about TheRingfinders).

    When I did contact him I received fast Response to queries. Fair Deal – very reasonable Base Fee, and he was very easy to deal with. He even proactively advised to do the search asap rather than wait for weekend given the location I lost it was in reach of holidaymakers.

    He also offered to do the search on his own to save me having to take a 5+ hour round trip drive from Auckland (given that the videos I sent him had enough details to pinpoint the location of where we setup our gazebo that day).

    I’ve Received my ring back via Mail nicely wrapped. Thank you Pete!!

  • 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!