Pillars of Hercules, Turangi, New Zealand
Box and stamp by Kennamtn and Rivergeek, clues and placement by Team Psychokiwi
Placed 23 March 2005
Kennamtn and Rivergeek visited NZ in March 2005 and met up with some of us
Wellington letterboxers to say Hi and do a swap. Moab Utah has the most stunning
scenery, with wonderful geological formations, as well as great boxing! We
decided to place Kennamtn and Rivergeek's boxes in a NZ environment which was
also of great geological interest.
From the Desert Road (State Highway One) take Kaimanawa Rd (just south of
Follow the signs to the Pillars of Hercules. The stairs down to the
pillars are very steep and narrow - don't try walking down them like normal
stairs, instead turn-around and treat them like a ladder (much easier!). From
the sign saying: "track not maintained beyond bridge" take 3 steps directly
right from the edge of the sign. At the base of the bank, spy a little nook
where the Moab Greetings are hiding. Update 2009: Follow the
signs to the Pillars of Hercules. Cross the bridge and walk up the path for
approximately 5 minutes. You will pass a smallish hill that is on the track
about a minute from the bridge and then a second one about 5 minutes up the
track. At the top of this second small hill, look hard left and climb down to
the tall trees 10 metres down the slope. (The trees can also be reached safely
from the bottom of the hill). Look for a tree that seems like 2 trees when you
look at it from the track, but it is actually a single tree with 2 trunks,
Amongst the roots on the lower side you will find the letterbox. (Many thanks to
Petra for replanting after the original track was closed).
Check out the nearby boxes:
Hi Yo Silver and
Go Nar. You can drive to them
all separately, for 10-20 minutes walks each, or, for the more adventurous, hike
to them all through the various walkways through the Kaimanawa Forest Park
(estimated 2-3 hours return with at least one river crossing).
Note that according to the DOC website a permit is apparently needed to drive
the private Kaimanawa Rd. Stop by the Turangi Info centre to get one (though
according to Chaucey, they said she didn't need one).
Also note that the conditions on the Central Plateau can be very extreme -
please take care and go prepared.
Status: Replanted Oct 2009.
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Sunday, 08 November 2009 11:50 AM