Geocaching: What is it?

craterJane & I started geocaching this year and have been thoroughly enjoying it.

Geocaching is described nicely on the website:

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.

I was surprised by the number of geocaches very close to my home, and in fact throughout New Zealand and the World (over 1 million!!!).  Type your address into the search box on the website to see how many are near you.

first cache Inside a geocache you will find a log book to log that you have been there and depending on the size of the cache a pencil (for the logbook), items that you can swap out and replace with an item of equal value, a short overview of what geocaching is, and trackable items that tend to have a task associated with them that you can take out of a cache and help them on their journey.  Logging of finds, fail to find and the movement of trackables all occurs on the website.

One of the most interesting things about geocaching is finding beautiful areas you would never have otherwise gone to, and getting some exercise along the way.


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  1. I read your blog and thought I'd give geocaching a go. We went out as a family and spent 3 hours in Cornwell Park. Found 3 cache (and had lunch). the kid's (and us) loved it. Except for the multi-cache, which proved difficult with kids. I saw your name in a cache in the crater on One Tree Hill.

    Had an other go on Sunday in Centennial Park, Caster Bay. Two more caches found.

  2. That's great to hear. It's a great way to get out to different areas and get a bit of exercise in the process. We will inevitably do more this weekend.


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