This weekend gone by, I had a cheap “locals” ride on the Shotover Jet. Very entertaining, but I’m not entirely sure it would be worth $109. Anyway, while the driver was waiting for another boat to pass us (so we didn’t crash into them) he told us that gold mining on the Shotover River had been banned for a number of reasons.
I’ve been doing a bit of searching on the net and I’m not really that much closer to the answer. I’ve found a bit of information regarding the genealogy of William Gilbert Rees and a further information here at Experience Queenstown, but I still can’t figure it out. I’ll have a of bit better look when I remember it again.