Western Australia man uncovers golden nugget worth NZ$100,000

The golden nugget.
The golden nugget. Photo credit: Caters

An Australian man and his trusty metal detector have uncovered a golden nugget estimated to worth more than NZ$100,000.

The unidentified man was wandering around on some saltbush flats near Western Australia's Kalgoorlie with his metal detector when he came across a 1.4kg nugget.

It was located roughly 45cm below the surface.

The man, who is believed to be an experienced local hobbyist, took the nugget to Finders Keepers Gold Prospecting to find out its estimated worth.

The shop's owner, Matt Owner, told the BBC the man was extremely excited.

"[The nugget was] just a bit bigger than a packet of smokes and the density of it was incredible, so heavy."

It was estimated to be valued at roughly NZ$105,660, but the man has yet to sell it.

Earlier this month, an Australian family came across a NZ$37,000 nugget around the outskirts of Bendigo, Victoria.

Nuggets are frequently found by prospectors in the area, but usually using heavy machinery.