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Centre of the North Island. New Zealand.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Punga and Paua
S 38° 31.515 E 175° 40.370
60H E 384311 N 5735070
Quick Description: The geographical centre of the North Island is marked by a plinth that lies deep in the Pureora Forest north-west of Lake Taupo.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 5/7/2009 9:28:34 PM
Waymark Code: WM6BD1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PG GoldWing
Views: 10

Long Description:
This point was first located in November 1961 by Mr John Wheeler , a registered Surveyor from Taupo with the assistance of the Department of Lands and Survey.

Engraved on a plaque.......How This Point Was Located:
"A large map of the North Island, approximately 1 metre in length, was mounted onto rigid cardboard.The cardboard was then bent to represent the curvature of the earth, and suspended using a pin and thin nylon, until a perfect balance was obtained. This point, the centre of gravity, indicated the North Island's geographic centre."

At the "centre" is a plinth with two engraved plaques. the plinth can be reached easily along a bush walking track, a short distance from the carpark, after a long drive into the forest on a rough gravel road. Follow Link Road until you reach a signpost for the Centre of the North Island. Don't forget to check your spare tyre and fuel before leaving civilisation!
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