What’s The Name Of That Other Game? … Oh, Rugby


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How can you tell if you’re a true geocaching addict? When you skip out on the opening match of the world cup for your nation’s favourite game.

In this case, the opening match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup is currently being played between my national team, the All Blacks, and Tonga. But whilst the majority of my Otago University charges were glued to the enormous screen we have erected, I chose to head out for a quick night cache.

While out searching, it occurred to me that there may also be a few international geocachers in the country for this major sporting event. So if you’re a visitor, or even just a ‘local’ looking to get into the world cup spirit, here are a few geocaches you may want to check out:

GC22HQP The Stadium – Found across the road from Dunedin’s new pride and joy, the Forsyth Barr Stadium (or Otago Stadium during the world cup). It gives a great view of the stadium and surrounding buildings.

GC1JDYJ Zahlenspiel – Will put you right outside Auckland’s Eden Park, the home of the opening ceremony and final game of the RWC. You’ll have to solve the puzzle to find the cache.

GC1PZH5 Hugo Auckland CBD – A Wherigo that has you starting down at Auckland Harbour in the vicinity of ‘Party Central’ for the RWC. Take note of the giant slug that now sits on the wharf.

GC2553J The Cake Tin – Also known as Westpac Stadium, is the home for games being played in Wellington. I suspect this is not a cache to attempt around game time.

GC2HZ58 Light At The End Of The Tunnel – Found near AMI Stadium in Christchurch. This stadium would have been the home to a number of games in this fine southern city had it not been for a series of dreadful earthquakes. The cache name is quite apt.

GC1E1RM Fishermans Joy II – This cache will get you nice and close to Rotorua International Stadium.

And to get you (or possibly me) back into a patriotic mood, I’ll leave you with a couple of versions of New Zealand’s national anthem. The first is a beautiful rendition accompanied by some stunning scenic video footage. The second, and by far the best version, is sung in Maori and then English by the oldest Cumbyrocks Jnr. If you are not familiar with God Defend New Zealand, I would watch these clips  in the order that they are displayed.




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  1. kjwx says:

    September 10, 2011 at 4:05 am

    You know I love your kids, Cumbyrocks, but you do realise he just murdered our national anthem? I so want the right to play that at his 21st.

  2. Peter Raymond Walker on Facebook says:

    September 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I think you should show him how it’s done, kjwx, by recording and uploading your own version.

  3. Jill Walker on Facebook says:

    September 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Who is it that is referred to on here as murdering our National Anthem that better not be amazing Theo you are talking about.

  4. Darren Osborne says:

    September 11, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I like that the NZ anthem has a Maori verse – something we can’t do in Australia has there are 100s of Aboriginal languages. And well done to Theo for signing it.

    Thank you though for the list of stadium caches. I’ll be going to Aus v Ire at Eden Park and will probably drop by the Caketin a few days later.

    Go Wallabies!

  5. kjwx says:

    September 16, 2011 at 12:29 am

    UPDATE: As of today, Wellington also has a new puzzle cache dedicated to this sporting tournament – GC345Q2 Rugby World Cup (Wellington). You’ll have to answer the questions first but its clue should give some hint as to the final location.

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