Woodend OY

Sunday 5 November 2023
Event Type:
Classic orienteering
Andrew Scott
Matt Scott
Anthony Wild

Woodend OY. Coastal sand dune forest. Courses will have a mixture of established & regrowth pine forest, vegetated sand dunes, recently burned areas and an intricate track network.

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. 

Especially for the Red difficulty courses, the event has been planned as a middle-distance format with a greater emphasis on technical difficulty rather than route choice/endurance.

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

Final info:

Some messages from the organising team for the event at Woodend on Sunday.

At this stage we have over 150 people entered for Sunday's OY event at Woodend which is fantastic! There is a bit of rain in the forecast and so that we don't have people waiting in line for ages at the start getting cold and wet, we would like everyone to go to the Registration tent when they first arrive at the event centre and rip a start time off the sheets that will be there for each course based on 2 minute start intervals from 10:30 to 12:30. Then you will be able to time your warm-up based on the time you ripped off, and get to the start 200 m from the event centre without having to wait there for too long. Be aware that we have about 50 people entered in Medium Red so be prepared for a wait before your time comes up - bring a thermos of tea, book, sketch pad, frisbee, hacky-sack, or... device.

Please also bring some cash to buy some yummy baking that will be on offer as a fundraiser for Juniors travelling to orienteering events in NZ and overseas.

We are using the Livelox tracking software for this event, so scan the QR codes on your maps and upload your GPS data to compare your speed and route choice with your mates.


Pre-entries are preferred for all PAPO events. Member rates will apply to pre-entries.
Enter Here: https://entero.co.nz/evento.php?eventName=woodend-2023
Pre-entries close: Wednesday 1st Nov.
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


Very Easy navigation

Very short (1.8km)


Easy navigation

Short (2.4km)


Moderate navigation

Medium (2.6km)

Short Red

Very hard navigation

Medium (4.0km)

Medium Red

Very hard navigation

Long (5.1km)

Long Red

Very hard navigation

Very Long (6.8km)

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.

All entries to be paid by credit/debit card at time of entry via the entry system (EnterO), we no longer accept bank transfers for event entries.
Helpers on the day and PAPO members paying with VIP points can choose the VIP points option when paying.

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

Travel and Parking

SH1 north of Christchurch to Woodend town. Turn off towards Woodend Beach on Woodend Beach Road.. Parking, event centre, adjacent playground and public toilets at the end of Woodend Beach Road.
Start: 200 m from the event centre.

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.


Dogs under effective control are allowed.