Canterbury Schools Orienteering festival 2022

Haere mai! You’re invited to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival 2022.

If you are school aged and go to a primary, intermediate, high school or are homeschooled in Canterbury, you can enter this regional schools orienteering festival. Plenty of training opportunities to learn and practice your orienteering skills are available in the weeks before the festival.
This two-day competition has something for everyone. You can choose to orienteer on your own in a Competitive grade if you have orienteering experience; or compete with friends in the Fun competition. We welcome all students, from beginner orienteers to experienced orienteers and those who have never orienteered before. 

Bulletin and Start Lists:

Event Bulletin.

Saturday Park event start list.

Sunday Forest event start list.

Festival programme:

The festival programme for 2022 is:

  • Day 1: Saturday 10th September – Park/urban event. Orua Paeroa (Ascot golf course). Starts from 1.30 p.m.
  • Day 2: Sunday 11th September – Forest event. Spencer Park. Starts from 10:30 a.m.

You can enter both days or just one.
We are planning to have other activities in addition to the orienteering courses. Maze orienteering, orienteering string course for pre-schoolers, sausage sizzle, lolly scramble and more.

We will have a prizegiving at the end of each day with certificates for placegetters plus spot prizes!  

What you need

Sense of sportsmanship and fun.

Clothing according to the weather conditions, footwear suitable for activity.

A compass if you have one.

What we’ll provide

A Sport ident stick/dibber for using at each control/check point (no need to bring your own).

A map with the course marked on.

Descriptions of the location of the controls/checkpoints.

The best course for you?

Fun Grade:

If you are a beginner or want to have fun with friends! 

Never orienteered before? Want to orienteer with a friend or friends?  Would you feel more confident if someone followed you around the course?  All the fun courses are suitable for beginners.  There are three courses to choose from ranging in navigational difficulty. The definition for each course is detailed below

  • Very Easy. This course follows line features such as tracks, fences, streams and hedges. There is a control at every “decision point” so the runner just chooses which direction to run in. The course is very short between 800m to 2.0km. No compass is needed.
  • Easy. This course follows line features such as tracks, fences, streams and hedges. Some controls are on line features and some just off the line features. The course length is short and will range from 1.0m to 2.5km. A compass is not necessary but can be useful.
  • Medium. This course requires a basic level of navigation as the runner must make 2-3 decisions between controls, and some controls will be placed 10-20m off the line features. There is still a line feature between controls but there may be two options a runner can take. The length of this course is between 1.5 and 3km. A compass is not necessary but it is recommended.  

Competitive Grade: 

If you want to be competitive on your own.
Have you orienteered before and confident about completing a course on your own?

Then you can enter a Competitive grade according to your year at school: 

  • Years 1-6: Beginner (White level)
  • Years 7-8: Beyond beginner (Yellow level)
  • Year 9: Beyond beginner (longer) (Yellow level)
  • Year 10-11: Intermediate (Orange level)
  • Year 12-13: Experienced (Red level)

Cost and entries:

Cost: $10 per child per day. 
Includes hire of a Sportident stick/dibber for using at each control/check point (no need to bring your own)

Unless you have been told otherwise by your school, entries and payments will be done for each student by their family.

Entries: Entries are open. Enter here:
Entries will close on Sunday 4th September.

Payment: Via online banking or credit card during the entry process. PAPO bank account for bank transfers: 03 0823 0425931 00 in the name of Peninsula And Plains Orienteers Incorporated (PAPO). Please reference CSOF and your child's name.

Schools wishing to do a bulk entries and bulk payments should email for instructions. 


There will be after school training opportunities around Christchurch starting four weeks prior to the festival, to practice your orienteering skills.
These sessions run from 17th August - 8th September at a variety of schools and parks around Christchurch, there is also one training session at Bottle Lake Forest.

See for more details and all the dates and locations.


Final details: The final event programme and start times will be sent out to all entrants by email on the Wednesday before the festival weekend.

Questions?: Any questions regarding the festival please email

Training events for school students: 17th Aug - 8th Sept 2022

Thursday 8 September 2022
Various parks and reserves around Christchurch
Event Type:
Orienteering training and coaching
Coaching and practise is offered to all school-aged children at all levels.  No booking required for small group training, just turn up with your running shoes and a compass if you have one.  Bring your own Sport i-dent if you have one, otherwise we will lend you one (a Sport i-dent  is a...
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Canterbury Schools day-2. Spencer Park

Sunday 11 September 2022
Spencer Park
Event Type:
Schools orienteering
Clare McLennan
Al Cory-Wright
Lisa Chubb
Haere mai! You’re invited to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival 2022.
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