Plan to arrive in good time

The first starts for the sprints on Friday are from 4pm in Levin.

If you are considering flying in to Wellington or crossing from the South Island before driving north, be aware that Labour Weekend traffic can be heavy. Expect severe congestion at any time of the day, especially in the afternoon. If you’re flying from elsewhere in the country, it may be more efficient to fly to Palmerston North as congestion from there to the event sites is much less likely to be a problem.

Many participants will either be travelling through or beginning their journeys in Wellington. We strongly recommend that you leave Wellington at around 12.00pm. This will give you peace of mind that you will arrive in Levin in good time for your sprint. If your journey goes well and you end up with time on your hands, there’s plenty to see and do along the way.

Road trip resources

The NZTA journey planner is a useful resource when planning your trip, as is the real-time traffic information on Google Maps. And if you can car-pool with other orienteers and reduce the number of cars on the road, so much the better!

Alternative start times

As with all major events, you should plan your travel for the listed “first starts from” start times.

In accordance with ONZ Foot Orienteering rules, specific start time requests can only be considered for parents of young children who may need split starts, and event officials including volunteers.