Queens Birthday 2021

According to Buckingham Palace sources, three days of orienteering is a perfectly respectable way to spend the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend. Enjoy some of the best terrain Canterbury has to offer, with a sprint on Saturday afternoon, sprint relay on Saturday night followed by two day’s on our intricate sand dune maps at Woodend north of Christchurch. The weekend is sure to challenge your orienteering skills in every way and have have the press hotly debating what orienteering is all over again!

All competitors welcome, course options suitable for all ages and lineages.

The weekend includes the Inter-regional Schools Challenge, NZSS Orienteering Team trials and Canterbury Champs. It is also a National Orienteering League race for the elites and orienteering "Toffocrocy".

white QBW logo in crest shape w red arrow WEB2

Queen's Birthday 2021 - Bulletin 1

Queens-Birthday-Weekend-2021-Bulletin-1-2-May-2021-WEBSITE.pdf  [4.4Mb] 

Start Lists:

Start lists for the sprint, middle and long distance are here:

Sprint start list by Class.pdf

Long start list by Class.pdf

Middle start list by Class.pdf

Relay Teams:

Teams for the night  sprint relay at Ngā Puna Wai:

QB2021 Sprint relay teams.pdf

Event Programme:

Sat 5-June-2021 QB Sprint. University of Canterbury  Starts from 12 noon.  
Sat 5-June-2021 Night sprint relay -Ngā Puna Wai sports hub
Relay first leg start at 6pm.  
Sun 6-June-2021 QB Long distance - Woodend North Starts from 10.30am.  
Mon 7-June-2021 QB Middle distance - Woodend South Starts from 10.30am.  

Event Fees:

Standard entry fees for members (up to Sunday 16th May 2021):


5th June

Night Sprint
5th June

Long Distance
6th June

Middle Distance
7th June

All 4 races
Junior (MW10-MW20) $12 $12 $22 $22 $56
Senior $20 $20 $36 $36 $92
Family Maximum**         $240

Non-Members*: additional $10 Senior/$5 Junior per race.
SIAC hire: $6 per race.
Late entries (Monday 17th May-Sun 23rd May): Individual race entry fee +50% (no discount for all 4 races).

*Member fees apply to members of any orienteering club in the world.
**Family maximum for 2 Seniors and any number of Juniors normally resident at the same address.
All event fees are in NZ dollars and include GST.

COVID-19 and refund policy 

 See attached pdf for the policy on COVID-19 and event refunds: QB2021 & Covid 19 – Entry, cancellation and refund policy.pdf


The Queens birthday weekend will be pre-entry for all events.
Entries are now closed: Entries closed at midnight 23 May 2021. There is no entry on the day, and no exceptions.

For a list of entries see here: https://entero.co.nz/evento.php?eventName=qb2021&action=eventEntries

If you have want to change grade, SI number or start time, please report to the enquiries desk at the events.

For other entry queries, please email qb2021entries@gmail.com. 

Punching system

The SportIdent (SI) punching system will be used in all QB events with Si Air+ enabled. Both SI cards will be available for hire: regular cards at $3 per event, SIAC cards $6 per event. 

Event times:

See individual event pages for timings. All events will use pre-allocated start times.
The sprint will be held on Saturday afternoon, allowing competitors to fly into Christchurch on Saturday morning. The night sprint relay will start at 6pm.


High school students:

The grades or high school students are aligned to the Australian schools grades because the QB events are selection races for the NZ school teams to compete against the six Australian states and the Australian Capital Territory in October. For the selection notice see here: https://www.orienteering.org.nz/news/selection-notice-nzss-team-2021

To be available for selection, students must be at high school and enter the A grade as follows:

Female grade Male grade Age (at end of 2021) Navigation difficulty
Junior Girls A Junior Boys A Age 15 or under. Orange
Senior Girls A Senior Boys A Age 16 or over. Red

B grades are available for those high school students needing an easier navigational challenge:

Female grade Male grade Age (at end of 2021) Navigation difficulty
Junior Girls B Junior Boys B Age 15 or under. Yellow
Senior Girls B Senior Boys B Age 16 or over. Orange

Younger students:

Grades for younger students are as below. Students at intermediate school age that are too old for W12A/M12A should enter the Junior girls/boys grade. 
Students in these grades must run individually, for shadowed children or students in teams enter one of the recreation grades (see below). 

Female grade Male grade Age (at end of the 2021) Navigation difficulty
M10A Age 10 or under. White
M12A Age 12 or under. Yellow

Elite Grades:

Elites qualify for NOL (National Orienteering League) points in the following grades:

Female grade Male grade Age (at end of 2021) Navigation difficulty
W20E M20E Age 20 or under. Red
W21E M21E Any age Red

Age grades and shorter distance red courses:

Grades are in 10-year bands for over 40s. Shorter courses are available in AS grades including 21AS which can be run by juniors not wanting to run W20E/M20E. 

Female grade Male grade Age (at end of 2021) Navigation difficulty
W21AS M21AS Any age Red (short)
W40A M40A Age 40 or over. Red
W40AS M40AS Age 40 or over. Red (short)
W50A M50A Age 50 or over. Red
W60A M60A Age 60 or over. Red
W70A M70A Age 70 or over. Red
W80A M80A Age 80 or over. Red

Recreational grades:

For those that want an easier navigational challenge than the competitive grade.
Or for those going as a team or juniors being shadowed by parents.

There will be three courses available:

Grade Navigation difficulty Age/gender
MW10N White Very Easy navigation Any age/gender.
Rec Yellow Yellow Moderate navigation Any age/gender.
Rec Orange Orange Hard navigation Any age/gender.

To enter as a team, you will need one to hire one SI between the team. Enter the team captain and choose Hire SI; enter all other team members and enter 999 in the SI number box. Send an email to please email qb2021entries@gmail.com with the team name and list of team members.   

If you have not run a red course before, we recommended you do not try your first red course at this event as all maps are very technical.

Night Sprint Relay grades:

There are no grades selected at entry time for the sprint relay, just enter the event and teams will be formed later. The sprint relay will be set at "Orange sprint" navigation difficulty, those that normally run white/yellow are welcome to enter and be shadowed by an adult.
For details on forming a team in the relay see: Night Sprint Relay 

Queen's Birthday 2021 - Bulletin 1

Queens-Birthday-Weekend-2021-Bulletin-1-2-May-2021-WEBSITE.pdf  [4.4Mb]


Queens Birthday - Sprint.

Saturday 5 June 2021
University of Canterbury
Event Type:
Briana Steven
Al Cory-Wright
Katie and Digby Symons
Queens Birthday day 1 - Sprint distance - University of Canterbury
more info

Queens Birthday - Night Sprint Relay

Saturday 5 June 2021
Ngā Puna Wai
Event Type:
Night sprint relay
Briana Steven
Al Cory-Wright
Lisa Chubb and Jonathan Hunt
Queens Birthday day 1 evening event  - Night Sprint relay  -  Ngā Puna Wai sports hub
more info