We enjoyed a 1/2 day on the island (flew in from Great Barrier where we were doing our main job) on a flash, carpeted (!), Eurocopter. Didn't do any fishing, but set up a few GPS units and levelled onto some hydro benchmarks.
The rather dilapidated cupola has since been replaced by a fancy spiral ramp and viewing platform that is often visited by tourists and locals. I believe that this station was the starting point for J T Thompson's bearing traverses of the Southland hinterland. It was a first order Datum 49 point and is now second order 2000. It is sad when the only use a T2 gets is to plumb a GPS antenna.
OK people... Just to sharpen things up, here is a double dose of "name the trig"...
You have to correctly name both at the same time to "win".
The first Trig site (TRIG #1) probably needs no clues as the surrounding 'occupation' is a give-away (certainly for those that may have passed by this location).
The second one (TRIG #2) is the tricky one. This site probably isn't visited that often by many - and was probably last visited on "official survey business" in 1969 for maintenance (according to the trig card). It appears to have been established circa 1937, but has not really been used in any serious triangulation for control, nor even cadastral definition it seems. A close look at the background may be a sufficient first clue to hone in on a location....
Trig 1 - I guess is near Castle Hill where they shot the Narnia movie about a large cat, a scorceress and clothing credenza. Maybe A9YM? Trig 2 - the only thing that comes to mind is Mahinapua somewhere?
That'll do mark - 1 out of 2 = 50% which is a pass.
A9YL A CASTLE HILL is correct;
A9WQ H MAHINAPUA is not quite correct. But close enough. You win!!
The trig pipe pictured is B7R4 DC (MAHINAPUA SD) to the east of A9WQ at Picnic Bay. Access to this mark is along the old Mananui Tramline track beside (and north of) Lake Mahinapua. A pleasant wee walk or gentle mountain bike trip along the well formed track with access from Woodstock Rimu Road (parking and track information) or from SH6 just north of the Lake Mahinapua recreation area.
I stumbled onto the mark after walking in to Picnic Bay recently. Thought I would explore a slightly higher point and lo and behold, a fine looking branded 2" pipe was found.