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WSSC Primiero, Italy

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 2 May 2011, 2:20 PM  
Just putting a topic together to keep folks back home in touch with the happenings of the two teams in Italy.

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 3 May 2011, 11:38 PM  
We will be posting our adventures here and on the Facebook Group "Italy Trip 2011". You will need to be a member of the group to be able to post comments on Facebook as well

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 5 May 2011, 12:20 PM  
Friday evening at 5pm - NBHS - final briefing meeting - up in the staffroom

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 7 May 2011, 1:48 PM  
I heard from a friend who is Venice today.. 22 degrees over there at the moment !
Mind you , it will be much cooler up at the event - a bit like the difference between HB temps and Turangi or National Park temps.

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 8 May 2011, 10:42 PM  
Time zone and weather links for the places we are going to...


Primiero - working on this one





Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 8 May 2011, 10:46 PM  
Primiero weather links...

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 9 May 2011, 11:37 PM  
Italy Final Briefing Notes

Gear to add to gear list:

Strapping tape Panadol Coat Hanger + pegs TOWEL StudentID Card
Muesli Bars O Gear Money for AKL dinner ($10)

Passports and USA Visa waiver

You must have applied for a USA Visa waiver (available online at
Just so there are no surprises, can you please email the reference number to its about 15 characters long.
Check your passport is signed (11 were not signed when they were copied)

Maptalk and Facebook

There is forum topic to be found at  then click on WSSC Primiero Italy. This is a link that will be updated with our adventures. also has a group
Italy Trip 2011 which you can join, which will have the same info on it.
The official website for the event is

Overseas Money

Has your child got a Cash Passport ? This works out very well for getting money overseas. It is preloaded before leaving the country and we would suggest it is purchased in Euros. The 2nd card can be handed to an adult in case of emergency.
It could be useful to have about $20 US in their pockets, in case our flight is delayed in America.
They wont need to take Chinese currency with them, they can exchange euros at the airport for the local Chinese currency before we leave Italy.
Money belts are a good idea

Phone Contact While Overseas

Hughs phone is 021 1759438
Tims phone 027 273 4494  txts to this number are free, our replies are $1 each. Phone calls to this number are $4.95 for both sides of the call, so it is for emergency contact, not general chats.
You may want to consider your child take a Yabba Card so they can contact you as you may want. 29c per minute to a landline 54c to a mobile from Italy and Switzerland.

Airport Arrival Time

Please be at the airport in Napier by 3:30. This is deliberately half an hour BEFORE final check in.

Baggage Allowance

This is 23kg and 7kg for a cabin bag. They have reminded us that they will be very tough on this. Remember to leave weight to bring any purchases back.
A good idea for insurance purposes is to photograph everything in or beside the suitcase.

Airport/Airline Security

please read the Flysmart brochure about plastic bags. They will throw gear away that does not comply.
Conversations around the airport and plane about hijacks, bombs, terrorists etc& are treated very seriously by airline staff. Please dont even joke about it. If you are refused entry to a flight, your insurance does not cover your expenses to get home. If you are asked to leave, then one of the adults on the trip may also have to return as well. Its not worth the risk.

Bring To The Airport

Passport Travel Doc Wallet your gear !

Show Profile  jayjay Posted: 10 May 2011, 1:46 PM  
Beautiful place,It's high in their BIG mountains/ alps and can rain !! we had heavy showers in 2009 up in the valley there. Excellent clothing drops to get gear back from start I remember. So well organised.. You will all enjoy...

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 10 May 2011, 11:14 PM  
Train details for our trip

Departure in Zurich: 08.40
Arriving in Innsbruck: 12.06
Departure in Innsbruck: 13.27
Arriving in Trento 16.01

Departure Trento: 10.12 am
Arrival Bologna: 13.26 pm change train
Departure Bologna: 13.53 pm
Arrival Roma Termini: 16.13 pm

Departure Roma Termini: 14.15 pm direct train
Arrival Firenze S.M.N. 15.50 pm

Departure Firenze: 09.30 am direct train
Arrival Venezia Santa Lucia 11.33 am

These trips work out to be $395 NZ, which is part of your total cost of the trip

Show Profile  tim.a Posted: 10 May 2011, 11:15 PM  
Thanks for that JayJay - can't wait to see it for myself

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 11 May 2011, 11:56 AM  
This thread is PAINFULL as far as I'm concerned.

Surely you can communicate with the team members direct and maybe some people will be interested in the results.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 11 May 2011, 12:24 PM  
C'mon Rob it can be used for lots of things. Bet you don't read all the mapping stuff but you haven't grizzled.

Show Profile  spelling b Posted: 11 May 2011, 3:32 PM  
Nah, gotta agree with Rob on this. Totally uninterested in the housekeeping issues for the team. Just let us know how they got on and send some useful links like the competition website.

Show Profile  valerie Posted: 12 May 2011, 4:41 AM  
Is it not a wonder that this is a slow growing sport when we have people being so horribly blunt and critical......does it not occur to you 'morons' that there is a lot of organising to do....oh no wait, you would NEVER have taken a school team anywhere?????

Show Profile  valerie Posted: 12 May 2011, 5:35 AM  
Praps 'morons' is a bit strong.....but go easy eh,when people are trying to do something good for this may not be to your liking, but surely one needs to be commmended rather than condemed??

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 12 May 2011, 6:53 AM  
Well, if any of the above messages are either blunt or critical, or damaging to the image of the sport, it's yours Valerie. Rob was neither condeming or criticising the efforts of "tim.a". He was merely commenting on the fact that having all the team organisational matters broadcast on a public forum was really not that interesting to anyone else other than the team members. And just for the record, Rob has probably organised more group orienteering trips overseas than anyone else in NZ over the last 20+ years, including groups of school children. If anyone knows the work that goes into organising such a trip, he does, as do I. From the insights Tim has given us so far it would seem he is doing a very good job. I look forward to seeing how the team get on in their competitions - I'm just not that interested in what they are having for breakfast in 3 weeks time.

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