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Waikaia O Weekend 2017

Show Profile  NSmith Posted: 16 September 2016, 3:14 PM  
Announcing the Waikaia Orienteering Weekend 2017! Held over Waitangi weekend next year, the event will include an exciting new Chris Forne produced map in Queenstown followed by two days in the fabled Waikia forest just over two hours drive from Queenstown.

This is an unmissable opportunity to run on one of New Zealand's most treasured areas with towering native Beech Forest. Camp out at Piano Flat right beside the Waikaia river for a fun filled weekend of summer orienteering!

See for more deatils

Show Profile  NSmith Posted: 3 November 2016, 10:33 AM  
We're pleased to announce entry is now open for the Waikaia O Weekend!

Entry is done by course rather than by age grades. For both the middle and the long distance there are White, Yellow, Orange and 5x Red courses ranging from Red Ultra-short through to Red Elite. The short event on the first day has White, Yellow and 3 Long (nominally Orange level) courses available.

There will be some more information on course lengths and recommended course/class combinations out next week, so keep an eye on our website

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 4 November 2016, 1:35 AM  
And entries are also open for the Australasian Rogaine Champs nearby, a week later.

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 1 February 2017, 11:48 AM  
A couple of people have asked to have a look at the Waikaia map. I have just loaded it to my DOMA. From 1989.

Show Profile  NSmith Posted: 2 February 2017, 4:02 AM  
And the event bulletin is now published

Show Profile  NSmith Posted: 2 February 2017, 4:03 AM  
A little bit of the history of the map

The Waikaia map was created for the South Island 7
Day Orienteering Festival in 1989.

3 mappers from Sweden, Kjell Melander, Gert Johnson
and Johan Sandstr├Ám, came out from Sweden to do
the fieldwork in the summer of 1988. Kjell Melander
was, at the time, considered the best mapper in
Europe. On the 15th January 1989 the first Waikaia
event was held with 664 competitors taking part. A
few weeks before the inaugural event, the bridge over
the Post Office Creek was washed away by a heavy downpour, but was quickly repaired.

Many events have been held there since and in 1996 an extension was added to the southern part
by Michael Wood who also updated the rest of the map. SOC members and Bruce McLeod have also
contributed to keeping the map up to date when planning events there. However, the map has
unfortunately not been used for the past 10 years because of its remoteness.

Show Profile  MattB Posted: 2 February 2017, 4:23 AM  
I hope I put the controls in the right place.

Show Profile  NSmith Posted: 2 February 2017, 9:26 AM  
At least you've got some maps printed. Chris Forne is getting some good sleep deprivation practice as he trains for Godzone...

Show Profile  mcroxford Posted: 15 February 2017, 11:50 PM  
Maps up on Routechoice website... Fire away with inputting the path you trod.

Show Profile  MattB Posted: 16 February 2017, 4:11 AM  
Thanks Michael, was great to see Lizzie's route on the Long.

I was punished with an abysmal middle that I should plot for laughs.




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