Ultralong. Castle Hill basin

Castle Hill Weekend 2022

Saturday 3 September 2022
Hogsback & Castle Hill
Event Type:

The long-awaited return of the UCOC Ultralong has arrived. Once again it will be taking place at Craigieburn with the Ultralong courses starting at Texas Flat on the Mt Cheeseman Rd and finishing in Castle Hill village. This event is organised by UCOC (University of Canterbury Orienteering). 

Bulletin and start lists

Ultralong 2022 bulletin.

Ultralong 2022 start list.

Event details

Start: Texas Flat
Finish: Castle Hill Village

This year, because of the course design we are only offering the 4 elite grades at red level. There will be two open grades as well that anyone can enter which will be the exact same as the M20E and W20E courses if you do not want to enter the 21E grades. The W20E course will be a great chance to experience an Ultralong without running over 10km but be warned: the nav will be red level and the terrain is tough so make sure you come prepared for an adventure. There will also be short red, orange and yellow courses (these all start and finish in the Castle Hill village). 

There is a PAPO OY event on the following day on the Hogsback map. For PAPO club members the Sunday event will count towards OY points.


The Hogs Back map is a subalpine area with a mixture of mature beech forest and open tussock. The elevation ranges from 700m to 1200m above sea level. Large flat areas are dissected by steep valleys and ridges. The beech forest offers a range of runnability, from open mature forest with running speeds < 4min/km to extremely thick areas of regrowth. There are some isolated areas of limestone rock detail.
The Castle Hill Village map features thicker beech forest with clearings spattered throughout, as well as a maze of mountain bike tracks. 


This event is pre-entry. Pre-payment required by credit card or bank transfer.
Enter here: https://entero.co.nz/evento.php?eventName=chw-2022 
Entries close:  28th August 2022
Payments: Credit card payments can be made from the entry system (EnterO). For bank transfers, please credit the PAPO bank account: 03-0823-04259310-00. Please reference your surname and "HOGSBACK"


Start times will be from 10am till 12pm. Start times will be published closer to the event.


There are four Ultralong red courses: M21E, W21E, M20E and W20E. The M20E/W20E are also available as a open grade to older runners.
The approx expected lengths and winning times are:

  • M21E ~ 15km/120 minutes
  • W21E ~ 11km/110 minutes
  • M20E ~ 12km/110 minutes
  • W20E ~ 9km/100 minutes

 The short red, orange and yellow courses will start and finish in Castle Hill Village.

  • Short Red ~ 5km
  • Orange ~ 6km
  • Yellow ~ 4km
  • No White course 


Costs for the Saturday event (organised by UCOC).  

    Members * Non-Members
Ultralong Courses  Seniors (over 21) $30 $35
Juniors & Tertiary Students $20 $25
Short Red, Orange & Yellow  Seniors (over 21) $25 $30
Juniors & Tertiary Students $15 $20

* For members of ONZ Affiliated Clubs and UCOC Members.
All entry fees are for individuals, (no family or team pricing).
PAPO VIP points cannot be used at this event.

Parking & transport to start

The event centre and finish will be at the Castle Hill Village domain, with a van shuttle service running between the event centre and the start of the Ultralong courses. All other courses will start within walking distance of the domain.

Accommodation in Craigeburn

PAPO have booked the Cheeseman Forest Lodge and the Canterbury Environment Centre for the night of Saturday 3rd Sep, providing a great opportunity for competitors to stay together and be social. These 2 facilities provide beds for 72 people. The costs are $30 per senior, $20 per junior, under 5s free. Camping will be available, but only once the beds inside have been filled, at $10 each for both juniors and seniors. 

The accommodation is now full, use the form below for camping or to request a waitlist place.

Camping/waitlist booking form.

Payments for accommodation need to paid online to the PAPO bank account: Westpac 03-0823-0425931-000. Include your name in the Particulars and CHACCOM in the reference. Bookings are confirmed once payment is received.

Details on Forest Lodge: https://www.forestlodge.info/ and Canterbury Environment Centre: http://www.enved.org.nz/

Transport to Event & Accommodation in Christchurch

If you aren’t a Christchurch local but are busting to come and are keen to find people to share accommodation with, let us know your situation by emailing us  using the address below. We’ll try our best to line people up so you can sort out cheaper accommodation and carpool to the events. Also, if you are a Christchurch local and are feeling kind enough to offer someone a place to sleep, or want to organise carpooling to the event, let us know by emailing us.

Contact UCOC if you have any questions: ucorienteering@gmail.com