Peninsula and Plains Orienteering


Peninsula & Plains Orienteers (PAPO) is the Canterbury Orienteering club. Based in Christchurch with members as far afield as: Timaru, Ashburton, Geraldine, Rangiora and Hanmer Springs.  We are a friendly bunch of volunteers who aim to 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. 

PAPO events will continue to be pre-entry as this simplifies the event organisation and allows participants to pay electronically. See each event page for the event entry link for that event.


Interested in joining the club?  Join us

New to the sport? Some common questions:  FAQ 

Beginning of orienteering as a sport in Canterbury - Read more about the club background and PAPO history here 

Upcoming Events

Evening Sprint. Southshore Spit

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Evening Sprint. Southshore Spit. more info

Canty Champs, warmup sprint - Geraldine

Friday 8 March 2024

A low-key sprint event in Geraldine as a warmup to the Canterbury Champs weekend. This will be similar in nature to the Tuesday evening sprints with a choice of beginner, medium and long courses available. more info

Canty Champs. Middle Distance. Craigmore

Saturday 9 March 2024

Canty Champs. Middle Distance. Craigmore. more info

Latest News

Summer Youth O camp

19 October 2023

PAPO parents are planning the Youth Summer O camp for young orienteers aged school years 5-8. Based at Spencer Park from 5pm Friday 15th December to 5pm Sunday 17th December. more info

ONZ Controllers Clinic in Christchurch – 25 & 26 Nov 2023

29 September 2023

An ONZ Controllers Clinic will be held in Christchurch over the weekend of 25th – 26th of November based at St Martins School.  The Clinic will be run by Alister Metherell. more info

2023/23 AGM minutes

22 September 2023

It was a successful turnout to the AGM in August. We have a full  2023/24 committee - but there is always room for additional opportunities if you are keen. The PAPO committee positions nominated and accepted at the AGM: more info