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Flagstaff Hill (Dunedin, Otago)

A cache by Donovan Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/11/2000
1.5 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   large (large)

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Geocache Description:

This was my first cache.

Location: About 5 km north-west of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

The cache is above ground, but invisible from most viewpoints.
The terrain difficulty varies between 2.5 and 3.5, depending on your chosen route.


The cache (accuracy 10 m; elevation 665 m) is hidden in a 10 litre white plastic bucket within prickly scrub about 250 m north of the summit of Flagstaff Hill (S 45°49.958' E 170°27.979' Elevation 668 m). See the hints for more detail.

To get there you have three options (in increasing order of difficulty):

1. Follow the Flagstaff Whare Flat Road from Three Mile Hill Road and park at the Bull Ring (S 45°50.066' E 170°27.094'; elevation 511 m). Now walk up the moderately steep gravel track for about 30 minutes until you reach the top of the hill (a 150 m climb; don't forget to stop and admire the panoramic view of the city and the Taieri plain (see the photos below)).

2. Park on Booth Road (S 45°50.459' E 170°29.605'; elevation 183 m). Walk for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, first up the remainder of Booth Road and then up a relentlessly steep gravel track to the top of Flagstaff Hill (a 500 m climb).

3. Park at the end of the seal on Spiers Road (S 45°51.142' E 170°27.932'; elevation 305 m). Next follow the gravel road up to a sign marking the beginning of the track. Follow the white or silver markers through the scrub for about 1 hour and 30 minutes (a 350 m climb; parts of the route are steep and muddy; bring a map and compass; you will meet a gravel track (at S 45°50.010' E 170°27.805'; elevation 647 m), now turn right and follow the track for 250 m to the top of Flagstaff Hill.

Free Hint: It is easiest approach the cache from the south-west.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)