What are the millions of geocaches around the world?
There are two million of geocaches all over the planet, but you probably wouldn’t even notice one when you saw it.
Geocaching is basically the world’s largest treasure hunt. It also doubles as an incredible way to discover new places and explore old ones as you follow the directions to your next geocache.
All you need to do is download the technology onto your smart phone or GPS. You sign up to an account, pick a geocache on the map, then follow the directions.
When you find your geocache, it will be in the shape of a small weatherproof box, jar or container of some sort. Some are larger and some are smaller, making for different levels of difficulty. Inside there is a book for you to sign, and you can also leave a small memento behind – and swap it for another one.
To connect with other geocachers, head online and search the Twitter handle ‘GoGeocaching’ for the official page, or ‘gcpodcast’ for the podcast handle. There are also plenty of #geocache and #geocaching tags for you to peruse to see what other treasure hunters are doing around the world! The Facebook Geocaching fanpage has almost half a million followers where you can keep up to date with the latest news and happenings, and the Instagram feed adds a photographic dimension to the treasure hunt.
You can collect your geocaches as you travel around your own country and around the world. There are even some dotted around Auckland, and if you’re on a day tour with us at Tawharanui Regional Park, you might even find one out there, too!
Geocaching is a great activity for kids and adult alike, and a fantastic way to get out and see more of what this beautiful country has to offer.
Tristan Cullen - Passionate Conservationist