About the Geocache
Should be a trivial one to find, in a location with blessed views.
Visit in good light to see the best of the Waipoua forest's extent.
Whilst the cache itself is easily accessible and suitable for wheelchair users (in all but very poor weather which may result in muddy ground conditions around GZ), be aware that a steep climb is needed to access the adjacent viewing platform.
About Waipoua Forest
Waipoua forest is in the Northland region of the North Island in New Zealand.
It is a very naturally beautiful, fertile environment.
In total, the Waipoua reserve is 247 hectares large - greater than the size of more than 600 football pitches.
In the forest is a plaque that reads:
"You are in the heart of a small remnant of
one of Earth's most ancient ecosystems.
Breathe deeply and tread softly."
Waipoua forest is often thought of as a kauri forest, but the giant kauri groves only make up a small part of the whole. Kauris are large trees indigenous to New Zealand.
Look between the great trunks, look up into the canopy, look between your feet. Take your time and you will begin to see a forest of endless variety, complexity and diversity.
More than 300 species of trees, shrubs and ferns are found in the forest.
Our knowledge of the native herbs, mosses and lichens barely scratches the surface of Waipoua's genetic treasure house.
In its richness of species, Waipoua is more akin to the tropical rainforests of the south west Pacific than it is to the temperate forests of the rest of New Zealand.
All these species are arranged into a complex mosaic of vegetation patterns, shaped by geology, climate and evolution over millions of years.
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.
- Dogs can inadvertently spread the disease if they disturb the soil around the trees and are not permitted in Waipoua Forest.
For more information about kauri dieback, please see this page: Kauri dieback: how you can help.
When in the forest:
|DO NOT LEAVE THE WALKWAYS
The boardwalks and paths have been carefully placed to protect the fragile roots of these awesome trees, whose health is threatened by even the lightest foot fall. STAY ON THE BOARDWALKS/PATHS AT ALL TIMES.
About the Cache
A 200ml Sistema container with dark camo.
Pretty much a log book only cache, but feel free to use for geocoinage as well.
Some stealth may be required at GZ due to spot's public popularity.
Please ensure that you replace carefully so as it remains not obvious!
Contents at Placement
- Stash note, log book, pencil, sharpener and silica gel
Follow the FaberOptimé Waipoua Forest Geocache Power Trail, south to north along SH12:
- Look Out Waipoua! (this geocache)
- Fancy a good walk?
There's an excellent, well signposted tramping track (2.5km, about an hour's walk) through manuka and regenerating podocarp/hardwood, between the lookout and the Visitor Centre (plan to start/end here if walking it both ways).
- GC22327 - Waipoua Visitors
Learn more about the area and the Forest's flora and fauna.
- GC223BA - Te Matua Ngahere - Father of the Forest
Spend an hour walking in the forest, visiting the Four Sisters and the oldest (and second largest) living kauri.
- GC22322 - Forest Finders' Bonus @ Tane Mahuta
See the largest living kauri.
You'll need to find all the three preceding geocaches to get the exact co-ordinates for this last bonus geocache.
Click here to watch a video about Waipoua Forest on YouTube.
It also includes a number of other Northland geocache locales.
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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.