Peninsula and Plains Orienteering

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All of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm on  17 August 2021. 
Some of our events will be cancelled or deferred. Please check-in for details, we will update as soon as we can.


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 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. 
Read more about our 
not-to-be missed major sporting events coming up that are hosted by PAPO here:


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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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Interested in joining the club?  Join us

New to the sport? Check out some common questions:  FAQ 

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

Upcoming Events

NightNav 2 - Spencer Park

Wednesday 22 September 2021

NightNav 2 - Spencer Park more info

Victoria Park

Sunday 26 September 2021

Orienteering event at Victoria Park. A range of orienteering courses available, with something to suit everyone, from beginners to experts. Includes easy courses for those who are new to the sport and would like to give it a go. All welcome! Event suitable for the whole family. more info

NightNav 3 - Halswell Quarry

Wednesday 29 September 2021

NightNav 3 - Halswell Quarry. more info

Latest News

Event Update

PAPO event postponement and cancellation update: The Canterbury Schools orienteering festival has been postponed to term 4. This will now be held on the weekend of 6th/7th November. The after-school coaching sessions will restart from the beginning of term 4. The Ultralong at Hogsback/Castle Hill has been cancelled for 2021. more info

MTBO Sunday 29th Aug cancelled

The Ultralong and OY event the following weekend at Castle Hill will be decided upon once the alert level announcement from the government has been made at the end of this week.  more info

COVID event cancellations

All of New Zealand moves to Alert Level 4 at 11:59pm on  17 August 2021. Some of our events will be cancelled or deferred. Please check-in for details, we will update as soon as we can. At this stage the Thursday training on Thursday 19 August  at  Mt Vernon Park  is cancelled. more info