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Traditional Geocache

Inaugural (Auckland)

A cache by FaberOptimé Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 2/29/2008
1 out of 5
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

A brief jaunt into the Kauri Point Centennial Park.

View the ratings for GC19X9A Parking Car parking at
S 36° 49.315 E 174° 42.677

About the Geocache

In complement to the other two (see Calamity at Kauri Point (GC10WGT) and/or Kendall Bay (GC2A0)), this is the most easily accessible of all the three Kauri Point Centennial Park geocaches.

An ideal first, quick, introductory traditional cache for new players to the game.

Expect it to take about an half an hour round trip from the car park waypoint if doing on its own; allow half a day if doing it in concert with either or both the other two Kauri Point Centennial Park geocache(s).

About Kauri Point Centennial Park

Within the park, Kendall Bay with its sheltered anchorage close to a rich fishing ground and Kauri Point were a major focus of Maori settlement for several hundred years. Historically the land was settled by the Kawerau Tribe, with three pa sites in the area. The pa on the point itself is the only remaining example of a fortified headland pa on the Waitemata Harbour.

The eatern part of Kauri Point Centennial Park was owned by Sir John Logan Campbell from 1856 until his death in 1912. In 1913 the land was taken by the Harbour Board under the Auckland Harbour Board Loan and Empowering Act 1908, together with about half of a former park to the west which was reserved for the purpose of recreation by Governor William Jervois in October 1888. The remainder of the earlier park were taken under the Public Works Act for defence purposes in 1935.

Then in 1987 the 22 hectares of the present reserve were purchased from the Harbour Board by the former Birkenhead City Council and the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.

The vegetation of the park is typical of early regeneration of native bush which has successfully grown beneath a nurse crop of pine and kanuka. The grass trees and ground ferns are particularly interesting. Viewed from Kendall Bay, also known as Shark Bay, the backdrop of native bush is a rich mix of greens with coastal lancewood, pohutakawa, coprosma and coastal flax (harakeke).

There is a small kauri ricker stand on Defence Department land and the wetland area behind the beach contains raupo, sedges and maire tawaki.

Birds commonly encountered in the park include tui, kingfisher (kotare), eastern rosella, blackbird, thrush, grey warbler (riroriro), silvereye (tauhou), fantail (piwakawaka) and morepork (ruru).

Information courtesy of North Shore Council.

Please ensure that you respect the plants and animals here at all times.


This area is threatened by kauri dieback, so please:

  • Make sure shoes, tyres and equipment are clean of dirt before and after visiting kauri forest.
  • Clean shoes and any other equipment that comes into contact with soil after every visit, especially if moving between bush areas.
  • Keep to defined tracks at all times. Any movement of soil around the roots of a tree has the potential to spread the disease.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times. Dogs can inadvertently spread the disease if they disturb the soil around the trees.

For more information about kauri dieback, please see this page: Kauri dieback: how you can help.

About the Cache

A 1.2l Sistema container with camo.

This cache has previously been muggled.
Please ensure that you replace carefully so that it remains hidden!

Contents at Placement

  • Stash note, log book and silica gel
  • Launch of Sol TB
  • Launch of Quadrum TB
  • Sundance TB
  • Round Tuit GC
  • Chinese finger puzzle
  • 4x smiley faces
  • Tennis ball
  • Rugby ball
  • Malaysia keyring
  • Blue gel pen


Faber Optimé defined.Geocaches need maintenance from time to time (as do we all?!). If this one looks in need (new log book/container maintenance/other), please let us know.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybbx haqre cvar pbarf ba evtug bs cngu, 20z ba sebz ybbxbhg.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:33:56 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:33 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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