Most of us only dream of striking gold, but one Invercargill man is doing more than just wishing.
Eighty-five-year-old Bert Scott is spending his retirement on the lookout for the elusive metal, searching the south for any sign he can find.
''I'm a recreational gold miner,'' he said.
''I just go out when I feel like it.''
His latest technique involved using a battery-operated sluice brought in from the United States.
''I'm really just trying it out at the moment, at various locations around the province.
And he said his efforts attracted a lot of attention with people always curious about his mining success.
''There's something about gold - it's always a conversation starter.
''People just seem to love talking about it.''
While he hadn't struck the big one, he said he enjoyed what he was doing, focussing his activity around the Riverton coast.
''There is some gold there - I've seen it,'' pointing out that there was a history of gold-mining around the Te Wae Wae Bay area dating back 50 years.
- The Southland Times