The agates found in the hills of Mt Somers Station are mainly found in Caves Stream and on the hills on either side of the stream, going up into the gully area from which the stream emerges. I have found a large variety of agates in this area ranging from moss agates to fortification agates, seam agates and nodules. The colours are subtle, but the inclusions found in the agates are really delightful.
Many years ago the Christchurch club members used to find an agate they called Fruit Salad agate in a seam on the hills on the right hand side of the gully. They were able to probe with rods to find it. These days, as the farm has been well grassed over the location is virtually lost.
I have found all of the agates in the upper Caves Stream, in land slips on the side of the stream, and in tracks worn by farm stock. Access to this locality is very restricted due to stocking of sheep and deer, and it is on private land.
I have some very nice faceted stones for sale,now listed in the "For Sale" section: Silver topaz, labradorite (golden sunstone), aquamarine, pink zircons, tanzanite, honey zircon, chrome diopside, peridot (including some 3mm pairs for making ear studs.) Inquiries are welcome (use the Contact page).
I will be attending 5 more Gem and Mineral Shows this year, 2017. The North Otago Rock and Mineral Club show in Oamaru on 8, 9 July. Our own club show on 30 September, 1 October at 110 Waltham Rd, Christchurch, and the New Zealand National Show in North Shore the following weekend. I will have sales tables at both of these. I will be attending the Australian National Show Australian Gemboreewhich is being held during Easter. Also I will attend a great show at Lismore, 2 hours south of Brisbane that I will attend in mid May.