MTBO OY. The Willows

Sunday 14 April 2024
The Willows
Event Type:
MTB orienteering
Alister Metherell
Dave King
Steve O'Neill

PAPO MTBO weekend 2024

  • Saturday April 13th. MTBO Enduro. Several short MTBO courses linked together using the Bottle Lake MTBO map and other maps nearby. See
  • Sunday April 14th. MTBO OY - The Willows
    Mountain bike orienteering on the Willows map, mostly gravel roads with a sprinkling of singletrack. The event will use point-to-point orienteering courses, with six course distances available (corresponding to the 6 OY grades). Something to suit everyone, from beginners to experts. 
    This event is part of the PAPO OY series, with OY points awarded to PAPO club members.

Both days include 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. 

Event Bulletin:

The organisers of the 2024 MTBO weekend have produced a detailed event bulletin with all the information needed about the two MTBO races.
Please read if you are participation to ensure are aware of all you need to know.
Ōtautahi Christchurch MTBO weekend 2024 Event Bulletin 


Pre-entries are preferred for all PAPO events. Member rates will apply to pre-entries.
Enter here:
Pre-entries close: Wednesday 10th April.
Any queries on the entry system, please email

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


Six courses will be available. These correspond to the usual 6 courses available at foot-orienteering event. 


Navigation difficulty


Number of controls


Very Easy navigation

5.0 km



Easy navigation

10.0 km



Moderate technical navigation

10.8 km


Short Red

Moderate technical navigation & route choice

12.7 km


Medium Red

Moderate technical navigation & route choice

19.1 km


Long Red

Moderate technical navigation & route choice

25.0 km


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


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

Travel and Parking

Event Centre is at the Willows Recreation area, Thompsons Road, off Old West Coast Road, West Melton. (We are using the same event centre set-up as last year).
From Christchurch CBD head West to join Yaldhurst Rd/SH73, continue West then fork right onto Old West Coast Rd, and after ~14km turn right onto Thompsons Rd (directly opposite Calders Road). The event centre is ~2km further at the recreation area car park. Allow approximately 35 mins drive from Christchurch CBD.

Event registration and start area:  Adjacent to 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.