Southern O-Week 2021

Southern O-Week 2021 replaces the Oceania carnival scheduled for Jan 2021. It will be held in the same week that was planned for Oceania and will feature a weekend of events in Marlborough at the start of the week and four days in Canterbury at the end of the week.  

Event Programme:

Sat 9-Jan-2021 SOW day 1 - Blenheim double sprint day
Sun 10-Jan-2021 SOW day2 - Weld Cone - Middle Distance. Ward
Mon 11-Jan-2021
No events. Travel to Christchurch, rest, have fun!
Tue 12-Jan-2021
Wed 13-Jan-2021
Thu 14-Jan-2021 SOW day 3 - Kairaki - Middle distance
Canterbury, close to Christchurch.
Fri 15-Jan-2021 SOW day 4 - Banks Peninsula double sprint day. Le Bons Bay (morning) & Akaroa (afternoon) 
SOW day 5 - Ara Sprint
SOW day 5 - Spencer Park evening sprint
Sun 17-Jan-2021 SOW day 6 - Bottle Lake - Long distance

Event Fees:

Member fees. These are available to members of any orienteering club in the world: 



Age 21+


Age up to 20
or full-time student

Family maximum

All Sprint events




All Long/Middle distance events




Series entry for all 3 events on 9th/10th Jan in Marlborough 




Series entry for all 6 events on 14th-17th Jan in Canterbury.

$60 $40 $160

Non member fees are the club member fees above plus $5 (per race). 

Family is up to two adults plus any juniors/children living at the same address.

For team entries, please create an individual entry for each team member. 


Pre-entry is required for Southern O-week. Entries now open.

  Enter here  

Entries will close on Dec 28th 2020.

Event times:

See individual event pages for timings. No start times will be allocated, all events will use a punch start within the defined start window.  


There will be six courses available at all events.

Navigation difficulty



Easy navigation

Any age/gender.


Moderate navigation

Any age/gender.


Hard navigation

Any age/gender.

Short Red

Very challenging navigation



Any age/gender.



Medium Red

Long Red

Camping, accommodation & food - Marlborough

Camping: For the Marlborough weekend, camping will be available at the Ward Domain. Camping is available from before the first event on Friday night (8th Jan, from 6pm) to Sunday night (11th Jan). Camping costs are $10 per person per night, families $20 per night, bookings available in the entry system. The money for camping is going to the Flaxbourne Settlers Assoc. 
Basic facilities - 4x toilets (maybe 6), covered enclosed large shed with power for shelter. No cooking facilities, water needs to be boiled, take own rubbish away. Please note that there is only one shower on site so please bring a solar-shower.   Access to the Ward Domain for the duration of the event shall be through the gate at the Ward Street/Tachall’s Road intersection at the SW corner
No dogs as livestock nearby.
Supplies: There are very limited supplies available in Ward. We recommend that you stock up with food, fuel etc beforehand and be prepared to be self-sufficient. Seddon has a small SuperValue supermarket and three cafes! Unfortunately there will be no Kai Kart at Ward.
Swimming: If you want to swim after the event there are a few options. Marfells Beach, Ward Beach and the Flaxbourne River is swimmable near the Ward Beach Reserve but water quality is not monitored. The Ward School pool is also available and a key will be in the care of a local person, a koha for each swim will be greatly appreciated or pay a lump sum to cover the weekend. The Seddon pool is open too.

Camping, accommodation & food - Canterbury

For the Canterbury long weekend, we recommend basing yourself at Spencer Beach Holiday Park ( This is the location for the Saturday evening sprint and long distance race on Sunday. PAPO has booked out the lodge at the holiday park for Thur-Sat nights, this has 6 bunk rooms sleeping 6 per room ( Bookings for bunks at the lodge at $20 per bunk per night are available in the entry system. If you prefer to camp, please book directly with the holiday park, let them know that you will be at the orienteering event and they will allocate a site near the lodge. There are also numerous cabin style accommodation options, book directly with Spencer Park.
For those wishing to camp on Banks peninsula, note that there is no camping available in Le Bons Bay for campervans or tents. If you'd like to camp on Banks Peninsula, there is camping available at Okains Bay (

Southern O-Week day 1 - Blenheim double sprint

Saturday 9 January 2021
Fultons Stream and Brayshaw Park (both in Blenheim)
Event Type:
Riley Croxford
Michael Croxford
Marlborough Orienteering
SOW day 1 - Blenheim double sprint day. Hosted by Nelson Orienteering.
more info

Southern O-Week Day 2 - Ward - Middle distance

Sunday 10 January 2021
Event Type:
Middle distance
Matt Turner (Marlborough)
Stephen Bradley
Marlborough Orienteering.
SOW day 2 - Ward - Middle distance. Hosted by Marlborough Orienteering. 
more info

Southern O-Week day 4 - Le Bons Bay & Akaroa

Friday 15 January 2021
Le Bons Bay & Akaroa
Event Type:
Double Sprint
Sophie Harrison
Jan Harrison
Viv Prince (am) Vivien Bloor (pm)
SOW day 4. Bank Peninsula sprints. Le Bons Bay & Akaroa.
more info

Southern O-Week day 5- Ara Sprint (morning)

Saturday 16 January 2021
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Event Type:
Jean Cory-Wright
Al Cory-Wright
Melisa Zinzan and Pete Dickie
SOW day 5 (morning). Ara Institute of Canterbury Sprint.
more info