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Programme update

We’ve just published a small update to the programme to add driving and parking directions for the Sprint Distance event on Monday.

Before you set off

We also thought it would be a good time to remind you of a few things before you finish your packing and get underway.

QR codes: While the recent events in Auckland are a concern, the advice at the moment is that we can proceed as planned. To make fast contact tracing possible, we will display NZ COVID Tracer App QR codes, and you must scan these at each event you attend. This is an easy thing to do which makes a big difference to the speed and quality of the public health response. Thanks!

Masks: It isn’t compulsory to wear a mask at the event as we’ll be outdoors and pretty spread out, but wearing one if you’re travelling by public transport (including flights) or carpooling is recommended.

Water and Food: As we won’t be providing water or food at the events, you need to bring your own supply sufficient for your whole party for the whole day. It’s likely to be warm, many of the courses are long and you’ll be losing a lot of water as sweat, so don’t underestimate what you’ll need. Especially if you have hungry teenagers in tow.

Sunblock: It’s still spring, but the forecast is for fine weather and MetService recommends sun protection from about 9.30am to 4.30pm.


You might have seen the Orienteering Family on the recent ads for the Interislander – I know I was excited to see our beloved but admittedly somewhat esoteric sport mentioned in big letters in public – and Jane passed on some even more exciting news:

Stop Press! Interislander have come on board with a couple of prizes which we’ll be giving away during the weekend. Keep an eye out!

So even more reason to run your hearts out come the weekend!


If you’ve volunteered to help, many thanks, we really appreciate it! Please check in with the registration desk when your shift starts and we’ll point you in the right direction. The latest volunteer briefings are available here.

Start lists and programme now available

We’re thrilled that so many people have shown such strong support for the Nationals in what has been an eventful and difficult year. We’re looking forward to hosting more than four hundred orienteers in the forests for the Long Distance and Middle Distance events, and nearly that many for the Sprint Distance on Monday. 

The start lists and programme are now available. Please take the time to read them carefully so you can arrive prepared for a great weekend of orienteering.

If you have any questions, please contact the Orienteering Wellington secretary at Otherwise, safe travels and we’ll see you at the weekend!