Are you a muggle or a seeker?

And I’m not talking about Harry Potter.

Although you may have been pottering through a park when you spied a seeker; a modern-day treasure hunter partaking in the popular activity of geocaching.

Muggle is the term used for an unsuspecting, non-geocaching, member of the public that may witness the hunting or recovery of the “treasure”.
Or indeed, a muggle may stumble across the treasure themselves without realising it.

The treasure (or geocache) is a container that is trickily hidden in a public place and sought using GPS co-ordinates and clues.
The container may be small and hold a log book only while larger ones have a selection of cheap trinkets that can be swapped for one of your own.

The clues, co-ordinates and general information are shared online through www.geocaching.com

To muggles the whole thing may initially just sound bizarre, but think about it…
It’s an exciting, high-tech, real-world, treasure-hunting game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and, while internet-based, it actually gets its participants outside and being active (to various degrees).

It’s an excellent way to get to know an area, and when you live and travel in somewhere like New Zealand then it’s definitely an awesome way to discover new places!

The Kiwi Annisons are geocachers of the infrequent variety.
We don’t do it on a regular basis (for no particular reason other than those pesky other things that get in the way) but we find having the Kiwi Blog Bus is an excellent way to geocache.

It has made us find amazing little corners of towns that we thought we knew.
Some of the locations have been interesting places of historical or environmental significance and mostly likely we would never have stumbled across them if we had not been hunting for a cache.

We have a little tin of “treasures” that we keep in the bus so we are ready to exchange items if we find a cache. It’s amazing how excited you can get over a bugs bunny eraser or Australian fridge magnet!

Hmmmm it's here somewhere...

Some of the smallest containers just hold a log book and pencil

 

Containers are often VERY well hidden - this one in Rotorua took us ages to find (I can say no more!)

 

Geocaching is a great way to learn more about the environment you live in

 

The Kiwi Annisons race to find a cache - "Eagle Eye" Sam is usually the first to spot it

 

Occasionally you have to get off the beaten track to find your treasure!

It is becoming a very popular activity here in New Zealand and apparently there are over 5 million geocachers around the world now.

 Kids love it.
(After all it’s the ultimate hide and seek!)
Dogs can often come along too.
For us, it is the thrill of the hunt and the excitement upon finding hidden treasure.

And we have a lovely collection of erasers and fridge magnets now!

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About Kiwi Annison

Director of Getting Social NZ. Marketing & Communications bod living in and exploring New Zealand. Aspiring photographer, liquorice lover. Blogger at www.kiwigoodlife.co.nz and www.kiwiblogbus.com

9 responses to “Are you a muggle or a seeker?”

  1. LA Edwards says :

    Love that! Geo-caching sounds like so much fun! Looks like you finished all the repairs on the Kiwi bus.

  2. V Pointon says :

    Never knew about this – sounds like a lot of fun – may have to give this a go with the girls!🙂 Love your blog by the way!!!

  3. Kiwidutch says :

    I’m still on crutches for the foreseeable future as my foot is mending really slooowly… but once I am properly back on my feet I WILL be adding some geo-caching fun to our families activity list.

    Who doesn’t like a treasure hunt?

    I was curious enough to click on the website link and when I put in my area I was stunned to see pages and pages of really local geo-cache sites near where we live… it’s clear the we must be going by them constantly but we never knew!

    Now I’m REALLY inspired to join as soon as I can…Thanks for the intro and the inspiration!

    • Kiwi Annison says :

      It’s true that there are many on your doorstep – we have even discovered some places of historical note just down the road that we have driven past loads of time and never realised.
      Geo-caching makes you slow down and open your eyes to everything!

  4. cambsprint says :

    I’m a 100% Seeker and long may I be so.

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