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Kauri Dieback

Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone.

Power boxes, Utility Boxes and Phone Booths

NZTA and local road structures

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Update 2526/0309/2022;

Please remember to be kind to each other.

 The following is to keep the wider community and players safe and has been prepared by the NZ Reviewers in line with discussions with the government advisers ( around the new traffic light system and is supported by Geocaching HQ. 

  • If you are unwell, tested positive for covid, or been told to isolate - stay home. 
  • Keep your distance from other people in public.
  • If your cache or event is based in a local building, check to see what they are doing and if necessary (keep) disable(d), we promise to go easier with the archiving tool for these cachesif they require visitors to wear masks and include this information on the cache page.
  • For updates on what changing rules mean for geocachers - you can either place this page (wiki) on a watchlist or follow the reviewers page on Facebook; 'Frie-NZ of the Frog'
  • Remember to look after yourself and each other, be kind and be safe. 

Find and Hiding (excluding events - see next section)


All caches will be published. However any requiring access to venues e.g. museums or monument buildings requiring vaccine certificates, might not be published. 

Orange/Amber and Green

All caches will be published

Events (excluding Megas)

Based on the changes made by the government on the gathering limits, all events will be published under red level settings.
The vaccine pass requirements are still in place until 4th April 2022. After that date, businesses MAY chose to check the vaccination status of customers, but they aren’t required to do so. We await further details from the government about vaccination passes and their future use.

If your event is at an indoor venue;

  •  please add text onto your cache page confirming if the venue will be checking the vaccination status or not. This is so that geocachers are aware of something that may prevent them attending your event.
  •  Please add the following text to your cache listing
    “Please follow the latest Covid-19 advice as posted on
  • Please post in your reviewer note, that as event host you agree to follow the latest covid19 advice from the government

If your event is at an outdoor location

  • Please add the following text to your cache listing
    “Please follow the latest Covid-19 advice as posted on
  • Please post in your reviewer note, that as event host you agree to follow the latest covid19 advice from the government.

Planning an event - here are some other helpful tips;

  • Logbooks - some people might not feel comfortable signing an event logbook. It is not required under the rules and COs cannot refuse anyone's attended log who did turn up to the event.
  • Cafes/Restaurants etc with limited capacity many of these businesses need paying seats, and we cannot force/expect attendees to buy items. Therefore, if you know from past events that many attendees will bring their own flask/sandwiches to an event then please think about alternatives, like BYO homemade or takeaways to a park.
In the meantime, no matter the alert level; you can go to your workshop to work on those lingering cache ideas or work on those D5 puzzles.

Remember to look after yourself and each other, be kind and be safe.
If you have any queries feel free to message any of the reviewers.

Kauri Dieback
North Island cachers need to be aware of a serious danger currently threatening Kauri trees throughout the North Island. This information link has details of the problem and what you can do to minimise the spread of the disease. For cache owners, it is important NOT to go off the track to place caches in certain forests.

Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone.

The Manager of Community and Customer Services for Crown Property, within Land Information New Zealand has been consulted and advised about geocaching and has no issues for having geocaches placed within the Flat Lands Red Zone, but the Port Hills Red Zone is out of bounds (This area has been zoned red because of the life risk posed by rock fall and/or cliff collapse, and land slips. Please note this is an extremely dangerous area for the general public – there are natural hazards present and heavy machinery may be in use.)

A Map of the red zones is available here, and the RedZone is a layer that can be added to the map.

Caches within the Flat Lands Red Zone are to have this text added to the listing.

‘This geocache is placed within the Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone.  Please follow all warning signs that you may come across.  It there are areas that are fenced off with no access, then this is for a reason.  There are to be no motorised vehicles (cars, motorbikes etc) used to travel through the Red Zone land or on roads where barriers are in place.  People used to live in these areas, so please be respectful when in the Red Zone.’

Power boxes, Utility Boxes and Phone Booths

As these are owned and maintained by their respective companies. Some have warning signs of different types and some don't.

Power boxes/Transformers

"Geocaches or any other material should not be attached to any electricity reticulation or equipment and we also encourage the public to keep clear of any electricity or other infrastructure.
There is a hazard if people are looking for the geocache feel for boxes in or under parts of the equipment. While the equipment is basically safe and is regularly inspected, we cannot guarantee this if there is a fault or damage that has not been identified.

It should be noted that transformers have 11,000 Volt wiring present inside the case."

Phone Booths

"Our (Spark) preference is that the Geocaching community not affix containers to the phone booths, magnetically or otherwise. While I don’t believe the containers would cause any technical disruption to the service, or control panel access issues, it’s more about setting a precedent of allowing the public to place items on the booths - however unobtrusive they might be.
Also, the booths are regularly serviced by maintenance crews so which would probably result in a higher rate of container loss than some of the other locations your players use."

NZTA and local road structures

NZTA and local authorities require all users to ensure the safety of others. Geocachers (hiders and finders) have a responsibility to protect ourselves and other road users. We can do this by;

  • Not placing any containers on bridges or structures which could drop on to live traffic lanes/hard shoulder (if any are found NZTA have stated before they will revoke rights for geocaches to be placed in their corridor.) If paths below think about the damage it could cause if it was to be knocked off and someone was below.
  • Caches should not be in areas where there are no public access allowances i.e. motorways, gated walkways 
  • Ensuring caches are placed in an area where there is safe parking. 
  • Think about the safety of others, can someone slow down or reach the cache without causing a distraction which can cause a crash?

Remember if co-ordinates are a bit out due to coverage/proximity to buildings or the hints are not explicit - would someone search in wrong area and cause damage to anyone above or below.

titleNew Zealand Reviewers

TheCur8or - South Island, TheCoddiwompler - North Island (South), LadyPolgara - North Island (North)

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