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Hapuawhenua Viaduct (Ohakune)

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Hidden : 10/1/2010
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Geocache Description:

A 45 minute walk over a well formed track (which can be muddy in places) through to and over the original Hapuawhenua viaduct. The first half of the track is grassy and wide, and can be very muddy in places and is over rolling hills. The second half of the track is covered with stone chips and is a nice bush walk before opening out to the viaduct. The cache itself is a 1 litre camo painted sistema container.

The original Hapuawhenua viaduct built between 1907 and 1908 and the new Hapuawhenua viaduct completed in 1987, with a priceless backdrop of the Raetihi hill to the east and Rongokaupo hill to the west.

Image of the original Hapuawhenua viaduct, built between 1907 and 1908
Image of the original viaduct.

Image of the new Hapuawhenua viaduct, completed in 1987
Looking across the gully at the new viaduct.

Both of these viaducts have become icons of the Main Trunk Line in their time. They often feature in brochures and promotional material, as the triumph of engineering in adverse conditions. They are a testament to the vision and persistence of the surveyors, the engineers and the hundreds of builders involved with the creation of these amazing structures.

The new viaduct is the longest viaduct on the Main Trunk Line (420m). Its tallest column is 45m high. The old viaduct is 286m long and 43m high. Both viaducts are curved, which adds a unique elegance to these structures and allows travellers to look back on the train and get a greater sense of the mountainous landscape they are travelling through.

Looking over the edge of the original viaduct.

Park at the coordinates provided to start your walk. The track is very easy to follow (albeit muddy for the first half). Please use stealth when retrieving and replacing the cache if there are muggles on the viaduct.

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