Mystery Cache

Old School Challenge - North Island (Wellington)

A cache by ADV & Cumbyrocks Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/13/2011
In North Island, New Zealand
4.5 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: large (large)

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Geocache Description:

Old school, a slang term referring to an older school of thinking or acting, and to old objects in general, within the context of newer, more modern times. Rather than carrying the negative connotation of obsolete or out-dated, it may be used to refer to a time of perceived higher standards or level of craft. The term "old school" may be effectively equivalent to "They just don't make 'em like this anymore."

Anything that refers to a previous generation of a subject/idea/object/etc. Typically, they are highly regarded and sometimes the very thing that started it all.

GC46 by Kevin Anderson
GC46 by Kevin Anderson

A fitting tribute challenge we hope to the “old school” caches which were placed as a challenge to visit remote areas, and use of a GPSr for navigation. Remarkably by today’s standards the caches themselves were in plain sight once you arrived at GZ, and some of these still remain as such today. With the growth in popularity of the sport, and migration of placements to more urban areas the challenge is now more about the disguise, and need for stealth.
A lot of the appeal of geocaching when I first started was the challenge of visiting places I’d never had a reason to visit before, and to work out how the heck I was going to get there! Like all good adventures the rewards were more about the journey than the actual destination.

One of my most memorable finds was T-2 (Manawatu), the third oldest still active geocache in the North Island. The last recorded visit was four years prior so it was a big gamble to spend a whole day to go look for a cache that may well have disappeared a long time ago, but I did find it. The cache had been placed six years earlier but I still managed a 3TF, a rather amazing achievement.

This cache can be found at the listed co-ordinates but you will need to have completed the challenge of finding and logging the 10 oldest still active geocaches in the North Island before signing the logbook of this one, and logging it on-line. The 10 oldest are listed below, the list will be updated as and when any of them get archived.

GC325CX by ADV
GC325CX by ADV

*Any finds you have already made on any of these caches prior to the publication of this challenge will count, but only if they are still active when you have completed the task and claim this find.

* Any caches found after this cache's publication date that get archived before you complete the challenge will remain as valid finds for the purpose of this challenge.

* If you own (or have adopted) any of these caches they automatically count but only if they were adopted prior to the publication date of this challenge. If you do subsequently adopt one of these caches without having logged an earlier find on it you will need to find the next oldest cache (the 11th oldest) in the North Island.

GC46 - Geocache by Kevin Anderson (Wellington)

GC4B - Auckland Stash (Auckland)

GC137 - T-2 (Manawatu)

GC38E - Queen Elizabeth Park (Wellington)

GC34F - Ruahine (Manawatu)

GC366 - Waikaraka Walkway (Northland)

GC542 - Rock On Baby (Auckland)

GCEE0 - Mount Victoria (Wellington, Wellington)

GCEDD - Makara Beach (Wellington)

GC1482 - 101 (Waikato)

The cache  is located  within a  narrow strip  of  council  reserve  land  that runs  between  Grenada  North  and  Horokiwi  Road.  Follow  the  well  defined  track  as far as possible, you will then need to go off-track a little. There is a short steep scramble at the end.

Note: The difficulty rating reflects the overall challenge difficuly, a couple of these oldies are fairly serious hikes. The terrain rating  reflects the terrain in getting to this cache.

 Update  17 October 2011:

GC17444 - Animal Cache 2 has been removed from the list, and the next oldest NI cache added to replace it. It appears that the owner of that cache sought to maintain continuity with an earlier cache in the same spot and gave it a "placement date" of  8 March 2001. The cache was however published on 1 November /2007 so does not make it into the top 10 oldest still surviving caches in the North Island. My apologies for any inconvenience caused by not picking that up earlier.
In fairness to willbuild and tikitour, who are the only ones to log that cache since this challenge was published, they may include GC17444 in their list, and choose any 9 others on the updated list to qualify for this challenge. home page

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



22 Logged Visits

Found it 13     Write note 7     Publish Listing 1     Needs Maintenance 1     

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