Inner City Wetlands (Wellington)
In North Island, New Zealand
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Despite having my awareness of the importance of wetlands and the conservation efforts being made to protect them raised somewhat by the number of geocaches at such places, I was still a little unprepared to find the streets of Wellington being turned into wetlands. What is still showing on my GPSr and Google Earth as Chaffers St is now a duckpond!
This cache was initially one of a number temporarily put out in the area as a practical demonstration of geocaching for the Sports Foundation Recreation Industry Training Organisation, and I decided it was well worth keeping it here and getting it published. The placement highlights Waitangi Park, an area previously known as "Chaffers" that is undergoing transformation into what will easily be the biggest and most exciting stage of the redevelopment of the Wellington waterfront for recreational use, a process that has being ongoing for many years. The wetlands area sit within the environmental infrastructure zone which also includes a rain garden, storage pond, gravel terrace, and waka landing beach. Other zones include the street side promenade, city to sea links, city edge activity zone, harbour edge activity zone, cultural grounds and the field. This is already a very popular area with the children's play area, the field, and the BMX/skateboard park being very well patronised.
In earlier times the area was a lagoon fed by the Waitangi stream that originated in Newtown. Rich with eel, fish and shellfish the stream and lagoon were used by the local Maori for food gathering, as a source of freshwater and as a place for launching their waka. The lagoon was destroyed by the 1855 earthquake that raised land in the area by 1.5 metres .Following the first reclamation which was completed in 1886 the area was used for a variety of purposes including the Wellington City Corporation's yard and the destructor, which burned the whole city's rubbish and drove the pumps for the sewerage system. The area was also home to the city morgue, the dog pound, a partially completed graving dock, and more recently the depot and parking for the city's buses.
Wellington City destructor and city morgue on the corner
of Wakefield St and Oriental Parade in the 1920's
This is a straight forward hide with the main aim being to show you the area. It is not a test of your trail blazing or gardening skills, please take care not to damage any of the flora (plants). If you are standing on or amongst any plants you are in the wrong place. The find requires a subtle approach and the cache can be reached from the path.
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Last Updated: on 6/26/2017 12:43:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time (7:43 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum