Big and Little City Rogaine


There are 2 options in this event, Big City 3 hour or Little City 1 hour. Both will be Rogaine events scored using MAPRUN.
Prior to the event please ensure you have a smart phone with the MAPRUN 7.4.2 app downloaded onto your phone. On the day make sure your phone has at least 75% charge, you'd hate to get 1/2 way through and it goes flat.......
Starts will be 09:00am for Big City (map collection from 08:30am), and 10:00am for Little City (map collection from 09:30am). Both will start at the carpark on the North West side of Hatea Drive (next to Hatea river opposite swimming pool). Look for the WHO club trailer.
Entry fees: WHO member = $10, Non-member = $15, WHO member family = $25
A maximum of 2 adults [over 18], can run together as a single entry. [A team of 3 or 4 adults would require 2 entry fees]
Entry can be paid cash on the day or paid online to Whangarei Orienteering 03-0345-0123794-25

Register here:

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New Club Structure and Fees

Whangarei Orienteering WHO is now an official club affiliated to Orienteering New Zealand.

This brings a new fee structure, which encourages club membership and its associated benefits. Join the club officially and you will be registered with Orienteering New Zealand. You can compete/receive awards at official New Zealand events, pay lower event fees at both local and national events, apply to join coaching camps and training events, receive newsletters and keep connected with orienteers across our country.

Whangarei Orienteering also offers to its members loaning of tramping packs, jackets and other equipment, for a koha.

The club year runs from 1 November to 31 October of the following year. This year will be a short one, finishing 31 October 2024

Note Member event fees apply if you are a financial member of any New Zealand Orienteering Club including WHO


Annual Club Membership Fees

Adult: $25

Junior (18 years and under): $15

Senior (65 years and over): $15

Family: $50

Event Fees

( note - a maximum of 2 adults per single entry, each person will recieve a map )


Summer: $5

Winter: $10

Family: $25

Non Members

Summer: $10

Winter: $15

SI Hire: $3



Click on this link to join the Whangarei Orienteering Club

Click here


Next Event: 

Urban Big City Rogaine

Date : Sunday 28 July

Location : start somewhere near the town basin,details to follow


Bank Account :  03-0345-0123794-25

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). The  Summer Urban Rogaine Series, are held on Thursday evenings from 5.30pm, for about 7 weeks every summer between early February and the end of daylight savings time.The Winter Series are held once a month on Sunday mornings from  April  to November and are mostly on farms or in parks and are a mixture of event types including sprints, rogaines, line orienteering and sometimes an adventure race. Our events are a great day out for families, suitable for people wanting to learn navigational skills, people training for adventure races and most of all social and fun for all ages, groups, teams, students, friends, individuals and families. 

WHAT IS ORIENTEERING?  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 unfamiliar terrain 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


Here is the map for the Parihaka Permanent Course. 

  1. Note some of the controls are missing and some tracks may be closed, map update is in progress. 

Here are the course instructions 

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 7.4.1). 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.

Here is a link to a Kamo Urban Rogaine map using maprun. Anyone is welcome to print this map, take yourself and maybe some friends, dowload maprun and have a go, anytime that suits.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​