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

Night OY. Leithfield

Saturday 17 June 2023

Night OY. Leithfield is a beautiful map with a mixture of sand dunes, flat areas, open grassland and fast forest. more info

Bottle Lake orienteering

Sunday 23 July 2023

Bottle Lake orienteering. more info

Double Sprint OY. Nga Puna Wai

Sunday 6 August 2023

Double Sprint OY morning - Nga Puna Wai more info

Latest News

Sporting hero comes to Christchurch to inspire you

08 May 2023

Nathan Fa'avae invites you to reflect on your own life's purpose and passions. Get ready to be uplifted, motivated, and  changed by Nathan Fa'avae's incredible story of triumph and resilience. At  the same time you will be helping support the  PAPO selected Junior World Orienteering team to fundraise to go to... more info

Canterbury makes 50% of selected Junior World team

08 May 2023

Congratulations to a huge PAPO contingent named in the Orienteering NZ JWOC team, there is going to be some intense training happening around here. Fabulous news for: Felix Hunt, Ryan Moore, Fergus O’Neill, Anna Babington, Katherine Babington, and Kaia Jørgensen and with  Nathan Borton and Zara Stewart  living in Christchurch this year... more info

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