Event Results

Victoria Park

Sunday 26 September 2021

  Thanks very much to Linley for giving me good advice for my first course planning and to Lisa & Jonathan for organizing a bunch of helpers as well as all others who worked behind the scene. Most of the people who finished Long Red said the course was challenging and controls #36 and #102 were hard to find.Part way through the event it started raining, so quite a few people must have had trouble reading the map.

 Joshua Jones

QB2021 Inter-region schools challenge

Tuesday 8 June 2021

The 2021 inter-region challenge for school-aged orienteers was held over Queens Birthday weekend 2021.
Two teams from each of the Northern and Southern regions and one team from Central region. 

After the the Sprint at UC on Saturday, the two Northern teams had a small lead over both Southern teams. The Long at Woodend on Sunday narrowed the lead with only a point between the top 3 teams. The event was decided at the Middle event on Sunday, with the Southern Hukarere (snow) pulling ahead to claim the victory. 

Summary of each day follows. For full breakdown by day see results pdf at bottom of page.

Sprint Results:

Team SBA SGA JBA JGA Sprint total
Southern Hukarere 5 2 3 3 13
Northern Kokako 3 5 5 4 17
Southern Whaitiri 4 3 2 2 11
Northern Hihi 2 4 4 5 15
Central 1 1 1 1 4

Long Results:

Team SBA SGA JBA JGA Long total
Southern Hukarere 5 2 3 5 15
Northern Kokako 2 4 5 1 12
Southern Whaitiri 3 5 2 5 15
Northern Hihi 4 3 4 2 13
Central 1 0 1 3 5

Middle Results:

Team SBA SGA JBA JGA Middle total
Southern Hukarere 5 4 4 4 17
Northern Kokako 3 3 5 3 14
Southern Whaitiri 2 5 3 5 15
Northern Hihi 4 2 2 2 10
Central 1 1 1 1 4


Place Team Team
1 Southern Hukarere 45
2 Northern Kokako 43
3 Southern Whaitiri 41
4 Northern Hihi 38
5 Central 13

Van Asch farm OY

Sunday 23 May 2021

Thanks everyone for coming along to this OY event. It was great to see so many young people and new families giving it a go. We hope you found what you were looking for!  It was very chilly at the base but perfect conditions for running up and down hills. Thanks also to all our wonderful helpers on the day.

MTBO #1. Spencer Park

Sunday 21 March 2021

A good turnout for the first MTBO since December.

I heard comments that this was the most interesting and challenging MTBO event we have had on this map.

There were lots of other park users so we need to make sure the map shows directional tracks and that we avoid narrow walking/horse tracks

A big thank you to all those who helped, particularly Chrissie who ran Sportident all day and did not compete herself.

Godley Head Score OY.

Sunday 28 February 2021

An interesting twist on a score event in a fun area. Sixteen of us lost count and punched more than 30 controls. Scores are adjusted to remove points from the extra punches.

MTBO Crocodile XC park

Sunday 22 November 2020

Many thanks to the organisers and participants who braved windy weather and quite a few rain squalls yesterday. Planner Kate Salmon and Controller Alister Metherall had us go down every track in the Crocodile MTB area. There was some route choices and it was a challenge to read the tracks on the map as they were so tightly packed in the forest. Many thanks to Josie Boland as organiser as well. It was a bit cool out there to be standing around, and the sunshine only appeared after pack down.

Random order course does not show correctly in Winsplits. Table below indicates the order of controls visited  


Bottle Lake MTBO OY

Friday 13 November 2020

Fab MTB orienteering today. We sprinted around in warm weather today at Bottle Lake. It was fast cross country cycling except for the patches of sand.
Many thanks to the Planner: Andrew Scott, Controller: Graeme Read, and Organisers: Frances & David Wall.

Van Asch farm. Score OY

Sunday 1 November 2020

Van Asch OY6

The event was held on the Van Asch Farm map which is an old map that hadn't been run on for a number of years. Ryan Moore spent quite a bit of time remapping so we could make the most of the technical northern slopes of the map which was great.
It was a beautiful sunny day with minimal wind (apart from at the event centre) and over 100 people enjoyed the courses. There were a number of positive comments about the adventurous white course. The only ones who struggled were the fathers who didn't appreciate what they were getting themselves into. 
The score event also caught out a number of competitors. One hour isn't a long time for a score O and it was hard to plan a good route, being ambitious enough to maximize your score while also planning well enough to be back on time. Looking at the results it seems like quite a few people were punished by being late back and being hit with 30 points per minute late penalty.
Congratulations to Sara Prince and Kaia Jørgensen for being house champions as well as the young ones who are now showing the older elites that they are past their prime. Finally apologies to those of you who felt 1hr was too short we probably should have had a 90min option too. Luckily the map will be used again next year so hopefully you'll get to the places you missed this time.

Canterbury schools orienteering festival - Day 2

Sunday 13 September 2020

Kia ora,

Thanks everyone for a great weekend.

 It was awesome to see so many young orienteers out there giving it a go!

 I know there has been a lot going on behind the scenes to make an event like this happen. Thanks to all the parents and volunteers who made both days run so smoothly. We were lucky with the weather!

See you all at the next event.

Lisa & Jonathan

Castle Hill Village - OY 4

Sunday 6 September 2020

Kia ora,

Thanks everyone for a great weekend.

 Man that hail storm on the way home was fun...

 I know there has been a lot going on behind the scenes getting pre entries done and all the non-course planning organisation sorted. From my point of view the weekend seemed to come off very smoothly, so thank you for all your efforts.

See you all at Night Nav on Wednesday. 


McLeans Island Score/Rogaine event

Sunday 23 August 2020

Another great course, good turnout, average weather

The area to the west had lots of points for those able to cover long distances. Easy to overlook the 4km+ run back to the finish.

Sprint OY - South Brighton

Sunday 9 August 2020

Kia Ora all

Thanks so much to all the volunteers today who helped run a successful event in the sunshine sans Easterly today!

Well done to Katherine and Felix and Ayrton and Clayton for designing some great courses in a tight timeframe.

Particular thanks to Carsten for all his efforts in finishing maps and supporting the course planners and to Jenni for her efforts controlling.

Thanks to Lisa for her efforts with the pre planning even though she couldn’t be there on the day.

And final thanks to all those who turned up today.


Val and Scott

Note: If you have not yet renewed your membership, you may not earn OY points for your efforts today.


Sprint OY - Southshore

Sunday 9 August 2020

Kia Ora all

Thanks so much to all the volunteers today who helped run a successful event in the sunshine sans Easterly today!

Well done to Katherine and Felix and Ayrton and Clayton for designing some great courses in a tight timeframe.

Particular thanks to Carsten for all his efforts in finishing maps and supporting the course planners and to Jenni for her efforts controlling.

Thanks to Lisa for her efforts with the pre planning even though she couldn’t be there on the day.

And final thanks to all those who turned up today.


Val and Scott


-If you have not yet renewed your membership, you may not earn OY points for your efforts today.

-With the failure of control box 93, winsplits control numbers for some courses do not match control numbers on the map. Control codes are correct.

Leithfield OY

Sunday 14 June 2020

Great to see so many of you out on a sunny but cool day. Leithfield is one of our more interesting orienteering maps. Thanks to those who put so much effort into the running of our first event for 3 months.

Evening sprint - Nga Puna Wai

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Please check your belongings - a red sport ident from the Maze is missing, if you find it please e mail chrisrowe2000@gmail.com. to arrange return

Thank you for coming along to the last and windiest Summer Evening Series event for 2020.  Wonderful feed back on the courses for Daisy and Kaia. The Wright family did a great job setting up the maze which was enjoyed by many. Thank you.
A HUGE Thank you to the amazing team who have worked so hard each week to enable these events run smoothly.
See you all back in the forest at Leithfield, 29th March. Chris

Evening sprint - Cobham / Burnside

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Well done to everyone who came out for a run despite the rain showers.

Thank you to Felix, Katherine and Angus for planning the fast, furious and fun courses.

Last summer series evening event Tuesday 10th March on the new map Nga Puna Wai. Look forward to seeing you there.
From the sprint series team

Evening sprint - Halswell Quarry

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Thankyou to Toby and Fergus O Neil for their course planning and Katie for controlling at Halswell. 

Sorry for the delayed start, I am sure the courses more than made up for the wait.
Next week Cobham/ Burnside Primary- we look forward to seeing you.


Sunday 9 June 2019

Thanks for coming along today. 

Where we could determine the time taken for road crossings, we have deducted that from the total time.

Summer Evening Sprint 4 - North Hagley Park

Tuesday 12 March 2019

We hope you thoroughly enjoyed the 2019 Summer Sprint Series. Thank you for coming. I t was wonderful to see so many people taking part each week and enjoying themselves.

 Thank you to our great junior planners, Fergus, Jake, Alice, Rupert, Angus, Flynn, Beth and Ayrton who put on really cool courses under the brilliant, guardian angel eye of lovely Linley.
Thank you to Tim and Graeme our technical team for all your hard work and to the great team of helpers each week who so willingly helped and smiled throughout.
Please remember Olive Green on a sprint map is Out of Bounds.
By ignoring the Out of Bounds you jeopardise all future Orienteering events at that venue.
We would love to receive feedback for ideas, improvements next year - Chrisrowe2000@gmail.com

Christmas "O"

Sunday 9 December 2018

And just like that, another great year of orienteering year has almost gone. Last weekend, we celebrated all the successes at the Christmas 'O' event with a fab event planned and controlled by Stephanie & Tim Farrant. On the map you could follow an angel and Christmas tree course design, and yum, there were Christmas chocolates placed strategically on the course. It was all followed by a picnic lunch in the sunshine for the awards.

OY trophys:
Long Red Male =Joseph Lynch 
Long Red Female = Sara Prince 
Med Red Male = David Wright 
Med Red Female = Kaia Joergensen
Short Red Male = Flynn Hunter
Short Red Female = Claire McLennan 
Orange Male no winner
Orange Female -= Alice Egan 
Yellow Male = James Wright
Yellow Female =Juliet Freeman
White Male = Nicholas Freeman
White Female = Anna Wright

More awards:
Most improved Junior Girl = Isabella Zinzan -Dickie and Daisy York
Most improved junior male = Fergus O'Neill
Most improved senior woman = Sarah Wright
Most improved senior man = Tim Farrant

Canterbury Champs Open man = Nick Hann
Canterbury Champs Open woman = Sara Prince

Buchanan Trophy for Fastest kilometre rate at the Canterbury Champs (with adjustment for age and sex) went to Torun Joergensen (who apparently needed no adjustment and had the fastest km rate of any PAPO runner at the Canterbury champs)

President's Awards - both are well-earnt service awards:
Sarah Wright = Presidents award
Chris Rowe = Faulkner Trophy

OY6 - Godley Head

Sunday 11 November 2018

What fabulous weather we had yesterday for Godley Head.  Beautiful views, I felt like I did a nice amount of climb but then I had a look at the World Adventure Race that is on Reunion Island at the moment.  It looks like tough terrain and plenty of climb to keep them all on their toes.

And splits are available in both course or category


OY5 - Victoria Park

Sunday 14 October 2018

Cold winds greeted early starters but by the end of the event the weather was a lot more pleasant. At Victoria Park it's very hard to make interesting courses while avoiding lots of climb. The controller was eventually happy that the long red course was long enough and had enough climb, although Joe Lynch still managed to get under 60mins. Some of the courses were slightly longer and physically tougher.  Hopefully looking back on the event people enjoyed it even if they didn't while slogging up the hill to the finish.  The feedback on the white course was positive with several people saying it was the most adventurous white course that they had done in a while. The kids all seemed to really enjoy it and from what I heard they liked the off-track travel
Many thanks to Planner: Ryan Moore, Controller: Greig Hamilton and Organiser: Frances Wall

Canterbury Schools - Long

Sunday 16 September 2018

A great finish to the Canterbury Champs with more challenges in the forest. We were especially impressed with two of the girls teams on the White std course at the sprint. They spent 50+ mins on one control, they went way off course by all accounts but they made it back on track and sprinted into the finish still smiling. Totally oblivious as to concerned parents - and we were just about to send out a search party! What impressed us was that not only did they work out how to get back on track but they still finished the rest of their course, and raced into the finish. Many had a go, and will have improved and grown some confidence with their navigation. Hope to see you at some of our future events, check out our calendar.

Many thanks to Planner: Alan Moore, Controller: Al Cory-Wright, Chief organiser: Chris Rowe. Special mention to Graham Read for all timing and sport ident and Clememce Rolin for start lists for the whole weekend.

School team results here

Bottle Lake Adventure Rogaine

Sunday 16 September 2018

Hope you all had a super fun and challenging event. Nice to see the families out there as well. A few teams are off to do the Spring Challenge - enjoy!
Bike results HERE

Canterbury Schools - Sprint

Saturday 15 September 2018

A good turnout at the Canterbury Schools event today. It was great when the sea mist rolled away. 

A big thank-you to Planner: Nick Hann, Controller: Joe Lynch, and Chris Rowe Chris Rowe who is overall coordinator for the school champs events. 

Some photos will be posted on the PAPO facebook.



Sunday 26 August 2018

We had 28 groups do the one hour score event, and 21 groups do the kids course. Many were new and were trying the course out for the first time - welcome!. We had lots of positive feedback, about how nice it was to have a fun course, that you could do in groups & with kids. And as a score event where everyone starts and finishes at the same time, it had a good sociable feel. 

OY1 - Tuhiatara

Sunday 18 March 2018

Great courses in some of Canterbury's best dunes.  Thanks for Andrew Johnstone as planner, and Carsten Jorgensen as Controller and Chief Organiser (with some help from Jenni Adam).  Thanks also to the other helpers on the day.

It was a great chance to put some of the learnings from the trainings that Carsten and Jenni have put on.

Summer Sprint 2 - Kirkwood/Canterbury Uni

Tuesday 13 March 2018

A chilly but wonderful way to end the Summer Sprint series, Thank you to Briana and Angus for the great courses, and to Bruce for controlling.
A special thanks to Graeme who each week tows the caravan  and spends many hours sorting the entries and results. Also Linley, Jean for their help each week and all the helpers each night.
Sunday 18th March we head back to the forest - Woodend Beach Domain, enter on the day, all members and non members welcome.

Summer Sprint 4 - Halswell Quarry

Tuesday 6 March 2018

The rain stopped and the orienteers came out to play.

Katie Cory - Wright , Ayrton and  Clayton Shadbolt did a great job planning the very well received courses. Huge apologies to Joolz for collecting the controls in too early.

As long as Cyclone Hola does not head our way, next Tuesday 13th March we will head to Canterbury University, Clyde Road, for the last Summer series Sprint event,  last start 6.40pm.

Summer Sprint 1 - Burnside High School

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Thank you to Marisol, Beth and Flynn for planning some interesting courses at Burnside High School. Thank you to the helpers on the night - a wonderful team.

It was great to see over 100 orienteers enjoying the perfect summer evening and fantastic to see plenty of new comers trying out the sport. Welcome. Check the calendar for upcoming events.

Christmas Event

Sunday 10 December 2017

Results from the PAPO Christmas event can be viewed below:

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Thanks to Viv for the photos!

OY-4 Kakahu

Sunday 13 August 2017

A beautiful sunny South Canterbury day.  Thanks to Stephen (planner) and Mike Harding (controller) for spending the week drying out the slopes so they weren't too slippery, and for Mel and her happy bunch of helpers.


Sunday 25 June 2017

Congratulations to everyone who came out today in the amazing weather to run over some pretty hilly terrain.  We hope everyone enjoyed their day in the hills and we only had to tow one car out of the Event HQ at the end!

Thanks to Marcus Diprose and Riki Cambridge for some challenging courses - we are sure the medium and long red runners loved the leg to the 2nd to last controls!  Thanks for all the helpers at the event and well done to Sophie Harrison first time chief organiser.

Queens Birthday Day 3

Monday 5 June 2017

How many events start with such a beautiful jog up a beach!

Thanks to Nick Smith and Jenni Adams for creating such enjoyable courses, and Mary Mackintosh for keeping a fantastic bunch of helpers under control.

Link to RouteGadget where you can load your route and see how others found the controls.

Queens Birthday Day 2

Sunday 4 June 2017

Well done to all those who survived the cooler temperatures, but you did miss the snow that started falling as the controls were being collected.

Thanks to Alister Metherell and Bruce Steven for the courses that went through the forest with amazing bird song, and to Iona Powell and her hardy team of volunteers who ensured the event ran smoothly.

Link to RouteGadget where you can check what routes people took. 

Queens Birthday Day 1

Saturday 3 June 2017

A great start to to the weekend, with fine weather and good running in the Leithfield forested areas.  Well done to all those who took the lake shortcut near the end!

A big thank you to Carsten Jørgensen and Peter Cleary for the courses and Vivien Bloor for organising all the volunteers and keeping everyone happy.

 Link to RouteGadget where you can load/draw your route and see where others went.

Victoria Park

Sunday 30 April 2017

The weather was definitely better for those who started early, but it was still good to get out.

A big thank you to Andy Buchanan and Dave Laurie as planner/controller and Clem Rolin as chief organiser, and all the helpers who stayed cheerful even in the cold rain!

Spencerville MTBO/Foot Rogaine

Sunday 9 April 2017

Great to have a different, fun, format!

Thanks to Tim & Stephanie Farrant for planning/controlling the day.  Also to Tim Wright and Alister Metherell for the Sportident efforts.


OY-1 - Kairaki

Sunday 12 March 2017

Great to see so many people out braving the rain today and getting some fresh air.

Dominic Cleary planned some fun courses, with some good route choice options to try and avoid the green on the map.

Thanks to all involved in putting the event together.


Winsplits by course available here.

AGM Event

Sunday 19 February 2017

Thanks to Scott Smith (planner) and Nick Smith (controller) for setting a really interesting and challenging course on the very small part of Van Asch School we were able to use. For the map memory course people had to run to a central location then look at the map on the wall and memorise as many of the 4-5 controls on the loop they were doing, before setting off. After completing all 3 loops, competitors picked up a map to get them to the finish.

Some people had trouble trying to relate the map on the wall to the normal north/south alignment. The planner had also cunningly made 2 looks clockwise and 1 loop anti-clockwise!

Lots of fun.


Sunday 20 November 2016

Thanks to the team for putting on a great event in perfect weather, so close to home.

Jean Cory-Wright showed you can do a course on this map without too much climb. Great use of the valleys.


SI/Canterbury Champs Long

Sunday 23 October 2016

A fantastic day in the sunny Craigieburns.

 You can add your route to RouteGadget here (RouteGadget allows you to load or draw your route and so you can see where others went). Tim (the planner) is keen to see where people went to please fill in your route). 



Canterbury Agricultural Park Club Event

Sunday 31 July 2016

A crisp but clear day with brilliant sunshine and biting wind. Great to see some families out enjoying the winter sun, as well as some of the club members back from recent trips overseas.

Thanks for Marcus, Nick as planner and controller, and to all the helpers. Iona, Sarah L, Chris R and family, Linda S and Scott, and control collectors - Oliver, Issac, Amelia.

Richard Smith (coordinator)


Heights of Winter Rogaine

Saturday 25 June 2016

Results are now available for Heights of Winter. Thank you to all who helped or participated.

Click here for more in-depth analysis of the results.

You can check out the map from this year's event below:

Heights of Winter Rogaine 2016 Hakatere Course map

OY-2 Acheron

Sunday 8 May 2016

Great weather, great courses, and plenty of people out enjoying the day. Thanks Riki, Emily, Andrew, Frances and all the other helpers for putting together an awesome day out!

Bottle Lake MTBO

Sunday 17 April 2016

We had a lovely sunny Autumn day out at Bottle Lake with quite a few new-comers giving MTBO a try for the first time. The courses were long (and, hopefully, exciting!) with some tricky navigational challenges. Thank you to everyone who helped with the event and to all those who came and gave it a go, especially if it was your first time.

OY-1 - Orton Bradley

Sunday 13 March 2016

A beautiful day running in the sun. Great to see so many families and groups staying for a picnic.

Thanks to the Dave, Vivien P and Tane for planning and controlling the great courses. Thanks for Vivien B and all the helpers for making the day happen.

Summer Sprint 4 - Kirkwood

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Slightly cooler and damper than any of the earlier events but some great running.

Well done to Stephen Harding for planning a great course, and the Team Cleary for all the work on the night.

A special thanks also to Graeme Read who has been doing a great job sorting out the results for all the events.

CCC Orienteering Day - The Groynes

Sunday 28 February 2016

A fabulous day at the Groynes – well over 600 people enjoyed the sunshine.

Planner Graeme says he is surprised so many people found all of the controls and well done to you all. It was neat to see several students from the Tuesday night events come along and there were some interesting results within family teams.

PAPO hopes you keep coming along to Tuesday events and then think about the schools champs and our Sunday orienteering all over Canterbury. Check the website for upcoming events and entry fees.

The Hellers sausages were cooked to perfection by the Girl Guides (who also ran the course) and thanks to those who did CCC surveys while waiting for your sausages. The maps drawn by some finishers of your routes are interesting and we are going to put a couple of your maps up on the PAPO website later this week.

A huge thanks to the orienteering club members who helped before and during the event.

For the really competitive ones here's a list of points per minute for those who completed in under 1 hour. The 2 top place getters have both represented NZ in orienteering, so don't feel too bad when you see how fast they completed the course.