Geocache by Kevin Anderson (Wellington) — Geocache of the Week

by wainuiomata
North Island, New Zealand
S 41° 16.233′ E 174° 59.140′

Just relax. Sail through time… back to yesteryear.

Travel back in time with us to May of 2000 when our Geocache of the Week was placed, Geocache by Kevin Anderson (Wellington), GC46.

This week, we’re highlighting New Zealand’s oldest active geocache! This historic geocache rests at the south end of the North Island, just outside of Wellington.

Geocachers make their way to Wainuiomata Regional Park to begin the search for the geocache. Parking should be relatively easy on the main road through the park; however, walking to GZ will take some time.

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The winding path trails through luscious greenery, between shrubs of all kinds and under impressively large trees. Sounds of the nearby river rush by, and the noise grows louder as a footbridge comes into sight. While crossing the bridge, take time to enjoy the scenery and all this area offers.

Be careful for any Kiwi (birds) nesting in their burrows nearby; this area is a perfect sanctuary for them. Once the navigation narrows within 30 feet (9.1 m), it’s time to head into the brush and find the cache!

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According to the cache page, the geocache is a white bucket. While it would be fantastic if the container were still the same almost 24 years later, it is not. The container was updated somewhere in the last couple of years, but it is still the same size and has a similar design. Nestled up against the trees is the glorious geocache, full of history, SWAG, and maybe even some trackables.

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This geocache has endured a lot, having had over 1,500 visitors and more than 500 Favorite points. This historic geocache is one of only 112 geocaches placed in the year 2000 that are still active today! Geocachers from all over the world seek out this geocache to help them fill in their Jasmer calendar. Have you found any geocaches placed in the year 2000?

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Before returning to the car, take in this monumental moment. Whether this was your first geocache, 4,000th, 24,000th, or the final calendar square for your Jasmer, it’s one to remember. You might even want to take a selfie; many geocachers do!

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Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.

Mackenzie is a Senior Community Manager at Geocaching HQ. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest she loves finding new geocaches and exploring the area. You will typically find her out on the coast discovering new lighthouses.