Flock Hill OY

PAPO/UCOC Ultralong 2023

Sunday 14 May 2023
Flock Hill
Event Type:
Classic orienteering
Frances & David Wall
Pat Bodger
Steve O'Neill

Flock Hill OY. Flock Hill in the Craigeburn Basin, has amazing Limestone Rock formations on moderate to steep farmland (as featured in the movie of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe!). 

A range of orienteering courses available, with something to suit everyone, from beginners to experts. It 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. 

This event is part of the PAPO OY series, with OY points awarded to PAPO club members.


Pre-entries are preferred for all PAPO events. Member rates will apply to pre-entries.
Enter here: https://entero.co.nz/evento.php?eventName=chw-2023
Pre-entries close: Thurs 11th May.
Any queries on the entry system, please email PAPOentries@gmail.com

Limited enter on the day will be available. Enter on the day will be charged at non-member prices for all entries.


The standard six OY courses will be available: 

Navigation difficulty
Approximate Length
(may be shorter for hilly courses)


Very Easy navigation

Very short (<3km)


Easy navigation

Short (3-4km)


Moderate navigation

Medium (4-6km)

Short Red

Very hard navigation

Medium (4-6km)

Medium Red

Very hard navigation

Long (6-8km)

Long Red

Very hard navigation

Very Long (over 8km)

If you are new to orienteering, we recommend entering the White (families and children) or Yellow (adults) course for your first event. If you want more, do an additional course for $2 per map.


Costs: Standard PAPO costs apply see https://papo.org.nz/faq/costs.
Costs for non-member family entries & teams entries: Due to limitations with the entry system, the maximums for non-member families and teams may not be correctly applied. If the total amount calculated by the entry system is more than the maximum stated here https://papo.org.nz/faq/costs, please choose the Bank Transfer option and pay the maximum shown. Please email PAPOentries@gmail.com if you have done this.


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 "ULTRALONG"
VIP points: If you want to use a VIP card to pay, please mark this with "FLOCKHILL" and choose Bank Transfer on the entry form. Bring your VIP card to the event to have it clipped at registration.
Helpers on the day: If you are helping out with the event and will take a free run, please choose Bank Transfer on the entry form. Forward your email confirmation to PAPOentries@gmail.com with a note that you part of the team helping to put the event on.

Any other entry queries: Please email PAPOentries@gmail.com

Travel and Parking

From Christchurch travel on State Highway 73 towards the West Coast. Flock Hill is on the right hand side of the highway after the Cave Stream carpark. This is a 100km, 1hr 30min drive from Christchurch.

Parking: In the paddock on right hand side of the highway after the Cave steam carpark. Look or orienteering signs. 
Event registration:  Adjacent to parking.
Start. From the carpark follow the marked trail for a 20 minute walk to the Start. You will get wet feet.
Finish and download. The finish and download will at the event centre, adjacent to the parking.

Event timetable:

Registration: From 10am
Start times: 10.30am – 12.30am.
Course closure: 2.30pm
Electronic Punching: SI Air+ will be turned on for this event, bring your SI Air card if you have one. For those without an SI Air card (and anyone hiring a SI card) punch in the usual manner.


Sorry no dogs permitted.

Accommodation in Craigeburn

PAPO have booked the STAC Lodge (Castle Hill village) and the Canterbury Environment Centre (Broken River road) for the night of Saturday 13th May, providing a great opportunity for competitors to stay together and be social.
See https://papo.org.nz/series/view/29 for more details.