TCCT Gettin' Air! Mail by Rail! (Far North)  LbNA # 64150

Placed DateMar 11 2013
CountyOther International
LocationTwin Coast Cycle Trail, Kaikohe, New Zealand, INT
Found By Riser5
Last Found Mar 30 2013
Hike Distance?

TCCT Gettin' Air! Mail by Rail! (Far North)

Twin Coast Cycle Trail Series.

The earliest forms of postal communication within New Zealand and to and from its shores were haphazard at best – the first whalers, missionaries and traders having to rely on occasional passing ships for inwards and outwards communications.

In 1840, the first official Post Office in New Zealand was opened at Kororareka, Russell, Bay of Islands.

Early postage rates varied considerably. The settlers at Hokianga, when requesting a regular overland mail from the Bay of Islands, suggested a fee of not more than 1s. a letter, which was agreed to. Letters sent by ship from the Bay of Islands to Wellington cost 8d.

These days electronic media plays a large part in how we communicate.

This is why, to me, a letterbox in the countryside almost returns full circle to the basic form of postal communication. Albeit with a little help from million dollar satellites and hand held GPS devices!!!

Letterbox Hybrid: Letterboxing is another form of treasure hunting using clues instead of coordinates. In some cases, the letterbox owner has made their container both a letterbox and a geocache and posted its coordinates on There is a stamp inside this Letterbox Hybrid, it is not an item intended for trade; the stamp is meant to remain in the box so that visitors can use it to record their visit. To read more about letterboxing, visit the Letterboxing North America web site. This Letterbox is listed here:

Geocachers: Please only log in the geocaching logbook, and not in the logbook that is there for letterboxers. (also please do not remove the stamp - this is not for swapping! It is for Letterboxing!)

Letterboxers: There is my stamp and logbook for letterboxers. Please stamp this book with your stamp, and do not stamp in the logbook that is there for Geocachers. (Please do not remove the stamp from the cache.)

(Did you get some air before your mail?!)

Additional Hints

Find your way in to GZ. Not the direct route.