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Fancy yourself as a treasure hunter?

Fancy yourself as a treasure hunter?

Calling all geocaching fans and wannabe treasure hunters! Get out and about this summer and give geocaching a go in Wellington’s picturesque regional parks.

Geocaching is a modern style of outdoor treasure hunting using a GPS device or a mobile app to find boxes of "treasure” known as caches, hidden in public places. It’s fun for all ages and great for getting some fresh air and exercise while exploring an area.

Over 160 geocaches can be found in regional parks across the region – so no matter what park you’re in, there’s a cache to be found. The oldest cache in New Zealand is in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area, which is just one of the parks managed by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

The Regional Council has devised a competition especially for summer, to introduce new people to geocaching and provide keen geocachers with a new, family-friendly challenge. Three specific caches along the Hutt River Trail have been selected. If you can find the caches and answer the related questions

(remember to check http://www.gw.govt.nz/geocaching/ before you go), you will be in the draw to win a Great Outdoors Summer Events prize pack!

East Harbour Regional Park Ranger, Mark McAlpine – a keen geocacher himself – says that it’s a great way for families to get out and about.

“Our children love hunting through the undergrowth and bush trying to find the geocache,” says Mark.

“It’s always great to see their eyes sparkle and a wide smile appear on their faces when they find the box. The excitement before opening it to see what treasure it holds is almost contagious. I encourage people to give it a go.”

Often you don’t even need a GPS capable device if you’re handy with a map and good at cracking codes, says Mark.

“The very first cache we found was found using quite low-tech methods, only a map and the description and hint they give you on the website, so even if you don’t have a GPS capable device, you can still join the fun.”

To give geocaching in Wellington’s regional parks a try, check out http://www.gw.govt.nz/geocaching/.


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