Peninsula and Plains Orienteering

New Zealand's COVID-19 protection. 

From 13 September 2022 you must still:

  • isolate for 7 days if you have COVID-19
  • wear a face mask in certain healthcare facilities, such as hospitals.

Some places may continue to ask people to wear a face mask. There is more information on the government website here

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.



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. 


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

Waitangi weekend day 1. Individual Sprint. Lincoln Schools

Saturday 4 February 2023

Waitangi weekend 2023 day 1 (morning). Lincoln Schools individual sprint. more info

Waitangi weekend day 1. Elite Knock-out Sprint & public individual sprint.

Saturday 4 February 2023

Waitangi weekend 2023 day 1 (afternoon). Lincoln university  more info

Waitangi weekend day 2. Woodend Forest

Sunday 5 February 2023

Waitangi weekend 2023 day 2. Woodend Forest   more info

Latest News

2022 AGM minutes

31 January 2023

Have a read of last years' AGM minutes and see what PAPO are doing for you and the club.  It is in our best interest to hold orienteering events and encourage more get into navigation and map sports. Feel free to ask questions about the overall health of the sport in Canterbury, or suggest how... more info

PAPO Coach in residence - summer 2023

28 October 2022

This NZ Summer PAPO is offering a scholarship for a Coach in Residence. The scholarship is aimed at University-aged orienteers from outside of New Zealand who are looking to improve their Orienteering and Coaching skills (p.s. NZ is way better than Australia). more info

Enter the schools festival now

02 September 2022

Haere mai! You’re invited to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival 2022. more info