Parker Schnabel is Traveling Further Than Ever in the Name of Gold

By: Discovery

With gold becoming harder and harder to come by, Parker Schnabel of Gold Rush gambles on traveling over 7,000 miles from his home in Alaska in search of his next gold mining win.

May 27, 2022

No adventure is too big for 27-year-old Parker Schnabel, and he is willing to go to even greater lengths when gold is involved. Now, Parker and his friends are heading to New Zealand – land of sharks, hobbits, big gold, and revolutionary mining gear.

An all-new season of GOLD RUSH: PARKER’S TRAIL premieres Friday, June 17 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery and streams on discovery+.

The hunt for gold is as competitive as ever, and in order to rise to the top, every miner needs an edge. With his sights set on his next mining season, Parker and his crew head deep into the New Zealand wilderness to explore and meet the experts who can take Parker’s mining operation to the next level.

After an epic $15 million Yukon season, Parker is doubling down with a nearly $200,000 investment of his own gold on a Fairbanks property in his home state of Alaska. He suspects there is a huge profit to be made on the ground, but he’ll need to find the proper equipment to process the clay-rich ground before he can obtain any of it. It’s a state-of-the-art wash plant that he’s in need of… and he’s going to travel around the globe to find it.

New Zealand is home to some of the most innovative miners, and Parker is determined to learn all he can from the secretive Kiwi mining communities who aren’t so quick to lend a helping hand to a fellow competitor.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Parker also sets out to scale Franz Josef Glacier, find the source of New Zealand’s famous West Coast Gold, and jet down the Kokatahi River. However, Parker’s biggest test of all will be facing his fears with a gold prospecting dive with sharks.

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