07-Apr-2018 -- I had previously visited this Degree Confluence Point 4 years ago, but decided to revisit it, both because the hike - through native New Zealand bush - is quite beautiful, and also to get a ‘drone’s eye view’ of the point.
As before, I reached the point by hiking along an ATV trail that starts near the end of Kiko Road. During my hike, I realized that my description of this trail - from my previous visit - was partly inaccurate. So, for future visitors, here is a more accurate description of how to get to this Degree Confluence Point:
- Take Kiko Road to 39.01765°S 175.99419°E (shortly before it ends), and head down the ATV trail that starts here.
- This trail initially runs eastwards, but after about 300 metres, turns left to head northwards towards the point.
- At about 2 km into the hike, the track starts meandering, but keep following it (as it crosses a rickety old bridge).
- At 39.00470°S 176.00407°E (about 3.7 km into the hike; 630 m SE of the point), take the branch to the left (passing the wreckage of an old car).
- At 38.99914°S 176.00113°E (about 4.6 km into the hike; 130 m NE of the point), take the branch to the left.
- You’ll end up on the eastern edge of a steep gully. The exact Degree Confluence Point is down this bank, about 50 metres away. It is difficult to reach, but if you follow the top of the bank northwards, you may find a narrow path that leads down the bank, towards the point.
Because I had already (with great difficulty!) recorded ‘all zeros’ during my previous visit, I didn’t try hiking down into the gully this time. Instead, I stayed on top of the bank, and settled for a GPS reading of 38 m (4 m GPS error) from the point. The ‘North, East, South, West’ photos were also taken from the top of the bank, about 55 metres away.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.