Frequently Asked Questions

Note that the most recently answered FAQs appear at the top of their category.

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No, powered campsites will not be available onsite. You will need to stay at a commercial campground if you wish to have powered camp sites.

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It is your responsibility to arrange accommodation. The Society will be managing bookings for accommodation on-site at Waiora (details to follow).

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There is a wide range of accommodation available ranging from camping options to hotels nearby in Mosgiel & 15 mins away in Dunedin. See the accommodation page for more information.

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There will be unpowered camp sites available for tents & vehicles & a limited number of shared heated cabins. The cabins will be allocated by the organising committee.

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If you are interested in volunteering to run an event or to assist with the running of the MEGA, please visit this link.

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The best place to ask a question in the 'Want to ask a question?' thread in the NZ MEGA 2012 forum.

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There will be frequently update information available on the website. This will be the PRIMARY source on information. We also have a presence on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and of course, the NZ GPS Society Forum for the MEGA.

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There will be a thread in the NZ GPS Society forum specifically for people who want to connect with others for caching. There will also be a bulletin board on-site at Waiora during the MEGA.

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There is cellphone reception on-site, and investigation is underway regarding wifi and computer room facility.

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The expected Dunedin weather in October is normally between 5 deg C to 15 deg C.

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Possums are a noxious pest. The NZ Government encourages their destruction.

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New Zealand has very few dangerous animals, most of which come from Australia. All marine mammals such as seals & sea-lions are protected and should be treated with respect if encountered when caching on the beach There are two poisonous spiders but they are very unlikely to be encountered. We have no snakes, scorpions, crocodiles, or other land based predators.

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The currency is the New Zealand dollar. Exchange rates can be found here: Visa & Mastercard are widely accepted. EFTPOS use is very common in NZ.

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111 is the phone number to reach the emergency services in NZ.

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There will be a ranging of evening activities including organised caching, the ‘hang out zone’ and entertainment. You will of course be free to plan your own caching as well. :)

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Yes, however there will be social and other night time activities and so you may want to consider staying off site if you have young children.

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Yes, there will be activities for children and adults (including muggle friendly activities).

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On-site registration will begin on Friday evening 19th October. There will be some social activities on Friday evening. If you are camping on -site is is recommended that you arrive on Friday evening. The full programme will begin 9:00am Saturday morning 20th October. The event will conclude around mid-day on Monday 22nd October. The programme on Monday will include a CITO event.

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Here are some links to get you started - AA Maps, NZ Transport Agency page on Travelling Around New Zealand, NZTA Travel Times. The open road speed limit is 100km/hr, or slower where posted. We drive on the left.
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These are the nearest airports. There are, of course, many caches on the way Dunedin, so do plan that into your trip!

  • Christchurch International Airport is the main International Airport and domestic hub for the South Island. It is 370km from Christchurch Airport to Waiora by road, and the trip takes 4.5-5 hours.
  • Dunedin International Airport is located 26.5km away and serviced by Air New Zealand and Jetstar.
  • Queenstown International airport is 3.5 hours drive away to the West.