*** The cache is not at the given coordinates ***
Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess called Diane. She used to live on a small island near Whanganui-a-Tara. One day a pirate vessel approached the island. Immediately Diane put all the things that meant most to her in a little box which she hid somewhere on the island. When the pirates captured the island they also got hold of Diane and forced her to disclose the hiding place of her treasure. Diane made a deal with the captain of the pirates: he would let her go if she drew him a map where he could find the treasure. He agreed. So Diane left the island as a free woman and the pirates started searching for the treasure. This all happened a long time ago.
The pirates never managed to find the treasure and one after another they died. The captain was so desperate for the treasure that his ghost still lives on the island and waylays treasure hunters. He can only be released by finding the treasure.
Are you brave enough to give it a try?
Please note the Matiu/Somes Island is a treasure itself and a very special place.
Please take care to:
- not bring any pests (mice, rats, etc)
- clean your shoes/check your bags for seeds
- not light any fires on the island
- bring enough food and drinks as there are none on the island
- take your rubbish with you
- not leave anything eatable in the cache
Further information can be found here:
Department of Conservation
There is a regular ferry connection to the island or you can take your own vessel or sea kayak. Allow at least 2 hours on the island to locate the cache and enjoy the precious wildlife.
FTF goes to bjtrekker who was also lucky to discover some of the unique inhabitants.
All stages and the final cache can be reached following the tracks. Do not leave the marked tracks. Watch out for muggles.
Congratulations also to boxhill who was the first one who challenged the old captain and the merciless sea in a nutshell, aka sea kayak.