AA map: Whangaparaoa in East Cape

Last updated 05:00 05/02/2013
Whangaparaoa AA map

LONG WAY AWAY: A screen shot of the AA map which locates Whangaparaoa in the wrong place.

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Whangaparaoa is on the map, but in East Cape.

The location confused tourists trying to find their way to Whangaparaoa Peninsula by using the AA North Island sheet map distributed at the Auckland International Airport.

The map lists Whangaparaoa in the index, a small town near Cape Runaway in East Cape with a population of about 900. Whangaparaoa Peninsula is not included, despite having about 30,000 people.

Verdelais luxury bed and breakfast owner Glenys Ferguson said the map caused an Australian couple who were on their honeymoon to drive a huge distance in the wrong direction.

"The couple took nine hours to get here from Auckland. They called us when they were near Whakatane, heading east, asking where to go," Ferguson said.

When she called AA Maps to ask why the peninsula wasn't included, Glenys said they told her the word was too long to fit on the cluttered Auckland area.

"It's a bit ridiculous really," she added.

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