Peninsula and Plains Orienteering

Peninsula & Plains Orienteers (PAPO) is the Canterbury Orienteering club. Based in Christchurch with members as far afield as Timaru, Pleasant Point, Geraldine, Rangiora and Hanmer Springs.  We are a friendly bunch of volunteers who aim t promote orienteering and encourage navigation using maps for fun and competition.


See Upcoming events for those events coming up soon or the  Calendar for the full program for the year. These range from training and fun events to fully competitive events at the local and national level. The programme includes classic orienteering events, mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) and rogaines. Non-members are always welcome. 
Read more about two 
not-to-be missed major sporting events coming up that are hosted by PAPO here:

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QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND:  This event includes the Inter-regional Schools Challenge, the NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering Team trials and the Canterbury Champs. It is also a National Orienteering League (N.O.L.) race for the elite grades. Prior to COVID, this weekend of competitions attracted more  than 450 competitors, and we hope they will again in 2021. PAPO will run 4 events over the three days; a sprint distance, a night sprint relay, a long distance event, and a middle distance event.
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OCEANIA ORIENTEERING CHAMPS:  Rescheduled for 8th - 16th of January 2022 in view of promising COVID-19 vaccination schedules for Australia and New Zealand.  There is a good chance of a Trans-Tasman travel bubble operating, and we have our fingers crossed for a high turnout of orienteers for these events. Oceania brings 650 orienteers combined together from Australia and New Zealand. Of the 8 events planned, PAPO will run the four weekday Oceania Championship events; a sprint distance, a long distance, a relay, and a middle distance. One or more of the events may well be deemed as trials or World Ranking Events as we get closer to the time. Exciting stuff after the hiatus in top class international competition over the past year.
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Read more about the club background and PAPO 
history here 

Upcoming Events

NZ MTBO champs - Long distance - Naseby

Sunday 18 April 2021

Conal Boland-Bristow and Matt Bixley have been spoilt for choice planning interesting challenges at Naseby for the Long, which has a super interesting complex network of tracks that offer fun riding, interesting route choice, and even a swimming dam at the event centre that promises a great day out on... more info

NZ MTBO champs - Middle distance - Chatto Creek

Monday 19 April 2021

 Viv Prince and Dave Armstrong reckon they have one of the best MTBO middle distance maps in the country at Chatto Creek, with lots of fast off track options that is unique for MTBO and will favour those competitors who can hold a line on a compass and navigate off track. more info

NZ MTBO champs - Sprint distance - Alexandra

Tuesday 20 April 2021

We have been assured by Joe Sherriff and Alister Metherell that their sprint courses on the complex maze of tracks close to Alexandra is guaranteed to be the opposite of boring and will need focus and concentration to do well on. more info

Latest News

Going ahead at Godley with Level 2 procedures

The orienteering event at Godley Head for Sunday 28th February is going ahead following ONZ level 2 procedures following tonight’s government announcement.  Auckland will be at Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country at Alert Level 2 for seven days from 6am on Sunday 28 February, . Most importantly,... more info

Burnside Evening sprint postponed to March

The first summer evening sprint event at Burnside scheduled for 16th February has been postponed due to the Covid Level 2 restrictions now in place in Christchurch. We have tentatively now scheduled this event for March 16th pending confirmation from Burnside High School. more info

Southern O Week Programmes

The programmes for all Southern O week events have been uploaded ready for you to download. There is an individual programme for each day's event. We look forward to welcoming you back to some cool courses on our favourite maps. #southernOweek #southernO #SOW #orienteeringNZ #PAPO more info

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