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Second NZ Mega Already On The Cards

One Mega down, and New Zealand geocachers are already planning their second such event.

This week, a temporary website and Facebook page for NZ Mega 2013 went live, seeking expressions of interest in attending next year’s gathering. A Twitter feed has also been established.

According to a blurb on both sites: “Organisation and planning for a geocaching Mega event to be held in Auckland in 2013 is underway. A core committee of Auckland-based geocachers, with combined hides of around 500 geocaches and finds totalling more than 25000 between them, is steaming ahead with the massive task of putting together an event worthy of following the success of the recent Mega in Dunedin.”

That South Island event GC35TTR – for which both kjwx and Cumbyrocks were on the organising committee – took place over the Labour Day public holiday weekend, and by every account was a huge success. Among the 500-plus guests were Groundspeak vice-president Bryan Roth and family, Signal the frog, NZ Mega 2012 mascot Geofeet, as well as geocachers from as far afield as Australia, Denmark and Latvia.

It’s Not About The Numbers understands the 2013 event may be kept to a single day, with a longer Mega planned for the year after. But as usual, we’ll keep you posted with any updates.

*Stay tuned tomorrow for the first of our NZ Mega 2012 reports.

UPDATE: Organisers have subsequently revealed that NZ Mega 2013 will be held over Labour Weekend (October 26-28) next year.

3 comments

  1. Chris Hattan

    Wow this was news to me.
    I was under the impression that Rotorua was being considered.
    Looks like I should be reading the gps.org.nz forums more.
    At one stage a short time ago I recall Waikato folk was asked to consider an offer as well

  2. ADV

    A one day event rather than four day sounds sensible especaily as it is following so soon after the first MEGA.

    $75/4 = $18.75 yep, I might even be able to afford that 😉

  3. rediguana

    I’m speaking based on my experience with NZ MEGA 2012, not any future Mega. I think there has long been the intention that a domestically focused Mega event in New Zealand’s largest city would be the natural followup to NZ MEGA 2012. That is why I had the (poorly attended) barcamp session at NZ MEGA 2012 to discuss planning for NZ’s next mega.

    There is a significant logistical difference between a one-day event, and a multi-day event, and the timelines required to organise them. This makes it likely that a Mega in 2013 would be a single day event, of course, if enough keen people can be brought in to organise a Mega as commitee and local organisers, then it may well be possible to stand up a multi-day Mega in less than a year.

    I won’t speak for anyone, but I think that Rotorua/Taupo makes sense for the next Mega that is designed to be a multi-day event bringing significant numbers of international tourists in.

    ADV – depending on sponsorship levels and location (e.g. fees required to hire sites), it may be possible to have no entry fee to a one day event.

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