Permanent Courses

There are a number of permanent orienteering courses available throughout New Zealand. Click here for a map on the Orienteering NZ website. It is the perfect way to get active whenever you want, enjoy the scenery and get out into some green spaces with your family at a time that suits you.

There are 4 courses in Christchurch, and a day trip away could include one of the many permanent courses in Tekapo. They offer options to suit a wide range of abilities. There will be courses suitable for beginners, children, families, as well as, for experienced orienteers. 

Please note: Peninsula and Plains Orienteers Incorporated retains ownership and Copyright for these maps. The maps are made available for individual and school use only and not for business or commercial purposes unless permission has been granted by PAPO (Peninsula and Plains Orienteers) . Please contact the committee if you wish to use these maps in any other instance. Many volunteer hours go into making these maps so you can appreciate them and explore nature in a new way. We enjoy making every journey more interesting. 

Halswell Quarry

Three courses available; maps and instructions may be purchased at Te Hāpua Halswell Centre and Beckenham Service Centre (South Library), open normal business hours, for $3.50 each. 

Terrain is open parkland and some forested areas, 12 km south of centre of Christchurch. 

Maps and instructions:

The instructions for all courses and a form to write the answers on are here.

  • White course – 1.1 km, easiest navigation
  • Yellow course – 1.3 km, slightly harder navigation
  • Orange course– 2.1 km, more challenging with some uphill and route choice

Number/letter codes to check when you have finished the courses can be found hereYou can use these to check you found the right control. Match the control number to the letters you found on the control posts.

This permanent orienteering course has been jointly created by Peninsula and Plain Orienteers and the Halswell Quarry Park Rangers, with the help of a grant from the Rata Foundation.

The Groynes

Two courses available for download or purchased at the Rosebank cafe (near the entrance to the Groynes Park, 7 days a week) for $4 each.
Terrain is open park and forested areas, 12 km north of centre of Christchurch. 

Maps and instructions:

  • White course - 1.9 km, easiest navigation
  • Yellow course – 2.6 km, slightly harder navigation

Number/letter codes to check when you have finished the courses can be found here. You can use these to check you found the right control. Match the control number to the letters you found on the control posts.

For school groups and corporate training, contact Horizons Unlimited ph: 384-0384. Email: info@horizons.co.nz

This permanent orienteering course has been jointly created by the Kahikatea Adventure Education Trust, Peninsula and Plain Orienteers, and the Groynes Park Rangers.

Spencer Park

Maps and instructions are available at the Spencer Park Camp Shop, $3 each, the shop is open 7 days a week, 8am–6pm..  Maps also available for download here: The park offers 4 graded courses (1-4).

Terrain is coastal pine forest and park, 12 km north from the centre of Christchurch. 

  • White course - 1.1km, easiest navigation
  • Yellow course -2.0km, slightly harder navigation
  • Orange course - 3.3km, more challenging with some route choice
  • Red course - 4.0km, hardest navigation

Number/letter codes to check when you have finished the courses can be found hereYou can use these to check you found the right control. Match the control number to the letters you found on the control posts.

Tekapo

A number of maps based in the Lake Tekapo Regional Park which is just east of the Tekapo township on the lake shore. Access is via Lilybank Rd. The maps are available for download here or some hard copies are available at the following locations:

  • Tekapo Information Centre (inside the Godley Hotel)
  • Kiwi Treasures (next to the Four Square)
  • Tekapo Camping Ground

The white courses are the easiest, yellow a bit harder, followed by orange and red.

Maps & instructions:

Number/letter codes to check when you have finished the courses can be found here. You can use these to check you found the right control. Match the control number to the letters you found on the control posts.

Victoria Park

Maps are available for download here. Vic Park offers 5 graded courses from white to orange/red and one score / rogaine-style course.
Victoria Park terrain has forest and open areas, 9 km south from the centre of Christchurch. 

  • White course - 1.3km, easiest navigation
  • Yellow course - 1.6km, slightly harder navigation
  • Orange course - 2.4km, more challenging with some route choice
  • Orange/Red Short course - 2.9km, challenging navigation
  • Orange/Red Long  course - 3.8km, challenging navigation
  • Score/rogaine-style course. There is no course drawn on the map, but there will be a number of controls, and the aim of the score course is to visit as many controls as possible in a set amount of time. You can set a time of an hour and see how many you and your friends can find. 

Number/letter codes to check when you have finished the courses can be found here:  VP-PermanentAnswers2021.pdf
You can use these to check you found the right control. Match the control number to the letters you found on the control posts.