This video from Gavin Milne shows well how the map and terrain of the national champs 2024 middle distance at Crater Block – Te Pūtake o te Maunga. Click read more to see video.

Orienteering Nationals 2024

Just a reminder, competitors can delve deeper into their performance using OTrax app, a powerful, free tool that overlays the routes of all competitors (who have uploaded them) onto the course map. This allows you to visualise where you went on each leg and compare your route against others on the same course.

Simply import your activity from Strava (easiest) or upload your FIT/TCX/GPX files from your tracking device, enabling you to gain valuable insights.

Relay entrants by club
Orienteering Nationals 2024

Auckland Club Relay Participant List PDF

Bay of Plenty Club Relay Participant List PDF

Counties Manukau Club Relay Participant List PDF

Dunedin Club Relay Participant List PDF

Hawkes Bay Club Relay Participant List PDF

Hutt Valley Club Relay Participant List PDF

Nelson Club Relay Participant List PDF

No Club Relay Participant List PDF

North West Club Relay Participant List PDF

Other Relay Participant List PDF

Peninsula and Plains Club Relay Participant List PDF

Red Kiwi Club Relay Participant List PDF

Taranaki Club Relay Participant List PDF

Taupo Club Relay Participant List PDF

Waikato Club Relay Participant List PDF

Wairarapa Club Relay Participant List PDF

Wellington Club Relay Participant List PDF

Last minute news update
Orienteering Nationals 2024

Bulletin & Start Lists – Don’t forget to review the Bulletin and Start Lists which can be found on the NZOC 2024 website.

Mihi Whakatau – Please attend the Mihi Whakatau on Saturday morning before the Middle event to acknowledge and thank Ngāti Rangithi as mana whenua of Crater Block Forest. Please arrive by 9am, 9.15am at the latest, so that we can kick off promptly at 9.30am. The welcome will take place at the DOC Ash Pit Road Campsite. This is a 300m walk from parking. There is some limited parking at the campsite itself. The model map will open straight after the Mihi Whakatau.

Traffic – Please allow sufficient time for road works and holiday traffic to make your Sprint start time – check out the Waikato roadworks for Easter if coming from the north.

Weather conditions – Obviously we have been watching the weather forecast closely. It’s hard to know how it will pan out but come prepared for cold and maybe some rain.

Orienteering Club GEAR SHUTTLE
Orienteering Nationals 2024

If any orienteering club would like a club Eziup or tent taken into the Middle event, please have it ready at the Mihi Whakatau in the morning and we will arrange a gear shuttle for it.

Social Event Sunday

Don’t forget: from 4pm on Sunday 31 March, a short 8 minute drive from the parking area for the Long event, at the Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall, we have our social event.

There will be three food carts in attendance to grab yourself a snack or early dinner. Please support them for driving all the way from Tauranga. EFTPOS available. You are welcome to bring your own drinks.

There is good swimming in Lake Rerewhakaaitu near the hall. We will also be running a fun three-legged race at the Rerewhakaaitu Primary School across the road. There will be a small Easter treat for everyone who completes the course, and the winning pair will get a special prize.

The prizegiving at approximately 5.30pm will cover the Long event and the Orienteering NZ Annual Awards. We request that all Long prizewinners come up to the front/speaker area before we commence the awards to ensure we can have an efficient prizegiving.

We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a fun, social and relaxed prizegiving and social event.

It would be helpful if you are planning on attending to click on ‘going’ on the facebook event page, as that gives us an idea of numbers for foodcart catering purposes.

Bulletin #2 available
Orienteering Nationals 2024

NZ Orienteering Champs 2024 Bulletin #2 is now available on the event info page and here:

Relay winner announced
Relay winner announced - secret spot voucher

NZ Orienteering Champs 2024 Relay entrant, Nick Harris, is the lucky winner of the Relay Spot Prize Draw that we announced last week to encourage people to enter the Relay event. Nick and his relay team mates (still to be confirmed) will each receive a NZ Nationals 2024 T-Shirt and Nick also receives a Secret Spot Hot Tub Voucher for 6 people.

It was great to see a flurry of Relay entries coming in at the end of the entry period, with over 340 competitors entered. “It’s going to be awesome with lots of people forking and looping and 180-ing” say Greg Flynn, who has designed some exciting Relay courses set on one of his all-time orienteering maps, Crater Block, now known as Te Pūtake o te Maunga.

We encourage competitors to support the Secret Spot Hot Tubs. They have supported us putting up spot prizes for this NZ Orienteering Champs. Great for a hot tub soak or shinny dip and beer after orienteering! Remember to book in your hot tub as early as possible.

Orienteering Nationals 2024 - enter the relay!

We’d love to see more orienteers taking up this opportunity and enjoying the fun of a relay event.

The O Champs Relay on 1st April is your last opportunity to get a run on the iconic Crater Block – Te Pūtake o te Maunga. Video in post.

WIN a relay team spot prize of an event t-shirt for each team member, and a Secret Spot Hot Tub Voucher for 6 people.

Add the Relay event to your existing entry (preferred, refer to your entry confirmation) or enter separately.

Quotes about this year’s unique location for Nationals!

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Getting ready for Nationals – Crater Block working bee

With the NZ Orienteering Champs less than three weeks away, a group of Orienteering BOP (OBOP) members had a working bee at Crater Block, en route to Katoa Po. The sun was shining, the lakes were sparkling, and the mountain was proudly standing above us. It was good to spend some time in the forest getting it ready for the events – trimming track vegetation, clearing up around the event centres, and collecting rubbish. Fingers crossed that the weather is good for Easter weekend.

Crater Block Memories

by Mark McKenna

Not sure what particular event it was (maybe a multi-day) but I remember digging toilet holes on the old air strip which we used for the event centre. Digging down through the ash the holes sort of crumbled underneath the top hard layer and became quite a scary sort of cavern. A most unusual toilet hole digging experience. Fortunately the top layer seemed tough enough to support the toilet seat on some planks! I’m guessing we won’t have to worry about that these days!

At the end of one of the event days we had ticked off all the competitors but there was one lone car remaining on the airstrip. We checked all the lists and names again and asked about but nobody was known to be missing. We were just about to start out on a quick run around before calling the police when a young couple with backpacks on wandered in to the car. They had been walking up Mt Tarawera (which you could do in those days), had seen all the cars, and thought that it was the place to park!

I absolutely loved Crater Block. It had originally been farmland but after a (never proven) outbreak of the sheep disease scrapie all the stock were killed and buried somewhere on site. It was then planted in pines.

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Early Bird Entries Closing 25th Feb

Early bird entry fees for the NZ Orienteering Champs end at midnight on Sunday 25th February. Full price entry fees will apply after this date. To take advantage of the cheaper entry fees competitors must enter before the end of this weekend.

Enter here

New Facebook Page

The group page we originally set-up wasn’t doing what we wanted it to, so we’ve reset to using a Page. Please like, follow and share it!

View the National Champs official Facebook Page here

WINNERS for Extra Early Bird spot prizes

For all those who entered before Waitangi Day, we are delighted to announce our spot prize winners below. Congratulations! We will be in touch with you individually to arrange to get to your prizes to you.

Spot prizeWinner(s)
Waikite Free Swim Pass (1 free swim when purchase a swim  of equal or greater amount) Amelia Ellmers Liz Nicholson Renee Beveridge Jacob Knoef Sarah Nicoll
Secret Spot Hot tub Voucher (for 6 adults)Grace Cory-Wright
Secret Spot Hot tub Voucher (for 6 adults)Mackenzie Speers
Redwoods Tree Walk Family Combo (Day & night general admission)Matt Bixley
Redwoods Tree Walk Altitude Family ticket Laura Vale
Te Puia Te Rā guided experience for 2 adultsPaul Dalton

A big thank you to Secret Spot Hot Tubs, Te Puia, Redwoods Tree Walk and Waikite Valley Hot Pools who donated the prizes. Remember to check them out over Easter Weekend as some great local attractions to visit.

Don’t forget early bird entries for the 2024 Orienteering Nationals Champs close Sunday 25th February. If you haven’t already entered come along for a great weekend of orienteering, including the legendary Crater Block map.

nationals 2024 orienteering entry promo
Iconic T-shirts to Celebrate
Nationals Orienteering 2024 tshirt

Orienteering BOP and Taupō Orienteering Club are thrilled to offer orienteers an opportunity to experience Crater Block at the 2024 Orienteering Champs. “Iconic”, “epic”, and “not to be missed” are some of the words used by NZ’s long-time orienteers, with Crater Block not having been used for over 20 years.

To mark the occasion, we are offering participants the opportunity to purchase a special ‘Nationals 2024’ t-shirt in Navy blue. Click here to view the design larger. There are male, female and children’s sizes available.

Cost is $30 for adult T-shirt and $20 for child.

Sizes availability (follow link for measurements):

If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt please do so when you enter. Alternatively if you have already entered please click on your entry confirmation email and amend your entry through enterO. If you have any issues please email us with details of sex and size, and we will send you details for payment.

Orders for t-shirts will close on Sunday 10th March. You must have you order and payment in by this time. No late orders will be accepted.

Foodcarts & Fun for Prizegiving

The prizegiving for the 2024 Champs will be held at the Rerewhakaaitu Settlers Hall (from 4pm on Sunday 31 March), a short 8 minute drive from the parking area for the Long event (and Middle and Relay). Depending on entry numbers, we will be looking to push start times slightly later so that people can easily go direct from the event, enjoying a swim in Lake Rerewhakaaitu if it is hot on the way. Noting as well that there is shelter if it is wet.

There will be a number of local food carts in attendance at the hall with a range of delicious affordable offerings for an easy dinner or snack before prizegiving takes place. We will also have a fun three-legged mini sprint on offer, with the fastest pair winning a special prize – more details to follow.

We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy a fun, social and relaxed prizegiving.

It would be helpful if you are planning on attending to click on ‘going’ on the facebook event page for this here, as that gives us an idea of numbers for foodcart catering purposes.

Volunteers sought for NZ Orienteering Nationals 2024
we want you

Orienteering Bay of Plenty and Taupō Orienteering Club are delighted to be hosting the National Champs in 2024 on the iconic Crater Block and are committed to providing four great events over Easter.

In delivering the events, we would welcome assistance from other orienteers who are able to help out as volunteers at any of the days events. If you could check the relevant box when you enter through entero that would be great, or please email us with details of when you are able to help out.

Note: any volunteers are still able to compete in the events.

NZ Orienteering Champs 2024 – Entries now open!

Entries are now open for the NZ Orienteering Champs taking place at Easter 2024, and including three events on the epic Crater Block map, Te Pūtake o te Maunga.

Enter now
via enterO

Early bird entries close 25 February, but be AN EXTRA EARLY BIRD TO WIN! Enter before Waitangi Day to save on your entry fees and also go in the draw to win cool spot prizes for free entries to local Rotorua attractions – Secret Spot Hot Tubs, Te Puia, Redwoods Tree Walk and Waikite Valley Hot Pools.

All the details, including Bulletin 1 and latest news can be found on this NZ Orienteering Champs website.

Running in top quality events on Crater Block map, while enjoying the thermal wonderland of Rotorua and Taupō, is a fantastic opportunity for all keen orienteers. “One of the best Nationals maps in decades” is how the mapper has described Crater Block.

Well-known orienteer Alistair Cory-Wright has already booked his tickets – “the combination of close-planted, runnable forest overlying the myriad of gullies cut into the volcanic soil will make for a super fun, challenging, and memorable weekend.

Iconic and renowned for its intricacy is how Marquita Gelderman has described Crater Block – “a myriad of complex gullies combined with rocks and multiple vegetation types made it one of those areas that if you mastered it, you felt on top of the world. I can’t wait to go back there!

Tim Robertson, New Zealand’s own orienteering Sprint world champion, is setting the Sprint event at Crown Park in Taupō, spending time on the map when recently back in NZ.

Get your entries in to enjoy four great days of orienteering over Easter!

Enter here

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