Coast to Coast (West Coast/Canterbury)
In South Island, New Zealand
How Geocaching Works
A long drive between Greymouth and Christchurch covering approx 300KM.
First up - the warning! This cache will require you to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast of the South Island. The distance covered is in the range of 300KM. This road covers two significant mountain passes, and is prone to ice and snow in winter. There are various road condition signs located on the journey, and it is suggested you heed their recommendations.
The waypoints have been designed so that the information required can be easily gathered, well within 5 minutes. Most you will be able to collect while still in the car, others will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs. There is no requirement to complete the way points in any particular order, and you are able to gather information over time, if more convenient.
S 42 26.427 E 171 11.450
“On what evening did Doug and FV Billy Jean meet their fate?" March 199A
Now it's time to get out the pen and paper and take note along the road as we head towards the East Coast.
S 42 33.687 E 171 08.714
“Including this structure, how many ONE lane bridges are on the journey between here and Springfield?" Subtract 8 from your answer.
Please note there are no one lane bridges between Springfield and Christchurch.
B = Total - 8 =
S 42 45.266 E 171 24.162
“In what year was the Engineer born? 184C”
S 42 50.578 E 171 33.611
“In what year was the Arthurs Pass/Otira Rd opened? 186D”
S 42 52.849 E 171 33.342
“In what year did Stan lose his life while the road was being constructed? 200F”
S 43 00 152 E 171 35.359
These co-ordinates will take you into the car parking area, however the structure will be highly visible.
“How many sides does the raised concrete slab, on the floor, in the middle of this structure have?”
S 43 05.657 E 171 46.779
“How many times does the #1 show up on the board about Grebe’s?"
S 43 17.602 E 171 42.546
“On the structure, how many openings are facing out to the lake?”
S 43 20.267 E 171 55.801
At this point you need to find the distance left to travel to Christchurch. It is on one of the signs. You need to add the 2 numbers together and keep adding them together until you get a single digit number.
Ie 99km, 9+9=18, 1+8=9
S 43 33.947 E 172 45.319
“In the title of the sign how many ships are mentioned?"
Give yourself a pat on the back. You now have the required information to locate the cache. The final cache can be found at:
S 43 CJ.AFH E 172 GB.KID
You can park pretty close to the cache site and only a 2 min walk is required.
The cache is a 2 litre clear systema snaplock container which when hidden contained logbook, stashnote, pen and pencil, swaps and the FTF Bragging coin.
The person who finds this cache 1st needs to take the FTF Bragging coin so it can continue it's purpose.
Free Hint - the cache is hidden under a wee rocky outcrop behind another rock and some local leaf litter.
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Last Updated: on 5/9/2013 2:49:24 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:49 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum