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Welcome to the 2024 season!

Hope everyone has had a fabulous summer so far.

The date of the first Urban Rogain is fast approaching!

Below is the schedule for the next couple of months.

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The first event will be out at Onerahi on Thursday the 8th Feb. More details will posted here this week re exact start location.

530pm registration

Event runs for 1hr , 6pm start

Points lost for every minute past the hour.

Walk or run suitable for all ages.

Help there for new comers

We have decided this year to no longer have clue sheets. You will continue to have maps but be required to have MapRun app on your phone. There will be more information to follow on this also.

Another development for the club this year-

We plan to hold a Special meeting on the 27th February to initiate forming WH Orienteering as an unincorporated Society and to become a member club of Orienteering NZ. If you have any interest in getting more involved please come along. If you want to find out more about it you can contact Steve Hill

Next Event: 22 February - Pohe Island - car park by teh big kids playground

Registrations from 5.30pm

Course closure 7pm

The start is on the edge of the carpark by the big kids playground, take the road in off Riverside Drive , by the Northland Rugby clubrooms and rock n roll club.

The finish has been placed in the middle of the carpark, so once you start, please don't run back through the car park until you want to finish.

Also no running on the loop road that crosses Pohe Island, please keep on the grass and walking tracks.

I walked around the course today and it really is an awesome recreation space that we have here now, so many people out playing in the sun.

If you can't make Thursday night, if you pay $5, you can take a map and run at another time during the week or weekend. I will leave spares in the trailer if you want to pick up the following week

Register via the link below or just turn up on Thursday evening.


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WELCOME to this local Orienteering site.We are a small local group who have been working to get Orienteering back on the "map" in Northland. (pardon the pun). At present we run our own events up here, but remain affiliated to the Northwest Orienteering Club.  Things start off with the  Summer Urban Rogaine Series, which will be held every Thursday evening from 6pm. Then in April we  commence the Off-road Sunday Events.Through this website we hope to keep you informed with upcoming Events, results and links to other sites.

WHAT IS ORIENTEERING? Often described as "cunning running", Orienteering offers an intellectual challenge in addition to ordinary exercise.It is a sport for everyone regardless of age and experience.It is a sport that involves finding your way across country with the aid of a map and sometimes a compass. Orienteers follow a course as accurately as possible between control points usually marked by orange and white flags, using their skill in map reading to choose the best route.

Maprun Instructions:

During our summer series we are now using Maprun for timing.

Maprun is a free app you install on your smartphone and will record the control locations using GPS. You carry a paper map to navigate and providing you have arrived at the correct location your phone will beep and register the control.


Download the MapRun app from either the App or Playstore (V 7.3.1). The first time you open the App you will need to click on Name and enter a few basic details.

Each week a few days before the event the files will be uploaded to Maprun. You simply open MapRun click on events near me and you will see the event, click on it and it will download to your phone. This can also be done at the event and uses a small amount of data.

When you are ready to start click on Go To Start. It will ask for a pin number which will be supplied at the event.

Your position will be shown on your phone up until you get to the start location, when your phone beeps your time starts and your location wil no longer show on your phone. Use the paper map to navigate. When you arrive at a control location your phone should beep.

At the end of the event you must go to the finish location (which often will be the same as the start) for MapRun timing to stop.

Important Notes:

Remember you must have location and mobile data turned on (uses a very small amount of data)

Once you have started and registered the first control location do not pass back through the finish (unless you are finishing). This will cause your time to stop as MapRun will think you have finished.

If you are sure you are at the correct location but your phone does not beep just leave and carry on. We can see from your track after and add the control to your result. This only happens beacuse some phones may not be as accurate as others.

Most summer events are a 60min score event so this means for every minute your are late you will loose 10 points.

Remember to visit the finish location at the end of your run for the timing to stop. You can then upload your result and see how you did.