Now that Mr McInnes has been awarded the ceremonial choccy fish, it's time for a new game. After brief consultation with Messers McInnes and George, here are the rules: 1. If you can successfully identify the current Trig either by geodetic code, name or etc, you can post the next Trig. 2. Entries can be any kind of LINZ protection structure, be it a mast and vanes, a pillar or whatever. The poster can post whatever clues they like - try not to make it *too* obscure though. If you aren't to flash on posting images, email or PM me your pic and I'll post it for you.
Here goes the first one, from near my childhood home. Hint - named for a giant Maori chief who tried to eat through a mountain!
Post by Ian Gillespie on Aug 31, 2016 23:08:33 GMT
There is only a pillar because there is not enough room on top of this volcanic plug for a beacon. Excellent views north and south along the pristine Wairoa. Whenever I have been there it is infested with swarms of persistent flying ants which may be held at bay with fly spray. (I hope its acceptable to use photos borrowed from obvious sources as I don't have any on hand.)
Post by Ian Gillespie on Sept 7, 2016 20:25:40 GMT
YES! And here was I thinking that no one cared about anything north of Auckland. If you are travelling between Matakohe and Dargaville the short 15 minute walk to the trig will be an interesting diversion with exceptional views up and down the Kaipara. Then you can call into the Tokatoka Tavern which is on the highway directly under the trig. Across the road from the tavern is an interesting cemetery on a steep hill with large wooden "headstones" A define inclusion for a book of nice trigs to visit.
Mark has prodded me into action, so here is one for the Otago contingent. My first visit there was with Peter 'Mr Nitro' Drown while I was a uni student, and I have wandered up there a couple of times subsequently. (Image from LINZ GDB).
Looks like Harbour Cone to me. If so, you're a generous man Alex (for the Otago lads at least) - A24N. Nitro and yourself would have practically run up that mighty cone in those days. A lovely spot indeed.
It's like a moonscape up there and pretty windy too - right at the top of the range by my in-laws farm in Central Otago. It's beside a rock that is well known in the district which also has a mark in it with geodetic status. Good luck all, hopefully some of you might recognise it.
This is another Central Otago entry. I see from the GDB that it has had two new Clarke beacons since the photo was taken. That puts the photo back before 1976. The surveyor waiting for the cloud to lift is Charlie Wilson - then of Lands & Survey. The trig was at the time second order.
Post by Alex Liggett on Sept 20, 2016 21:44:34 GMT
Great photo Dave! So much to like about it, from the classic Model 8 Geodimeter - no doubt the last word in measurement at the time, to Charlie Wilson - there's a name to conjure with! Alas it's outside my rohe, so someone else will have to have a go at this one.