Student entries

Details of the entry system will be available soon.

Principal’s consent

Details of how the principal will provide consent will be available soon.

Team manager

It is the responsibility of the school’s team manager to make sure every individual athlete is entered at each event at the right level: novice (if available), standard or championship grade (see information below). Although this event is not just for athletes at championship level, it is not an event for first-timers. All participants must have orienteered before, have the skills to read a map, understand the legend, and know how to orientate a map using a compass confidently. Additional notes on course levels and classes are provided later in this notice.

Casual entry

Members of the public can also compete each day immediately after the school competition. There will be a separate option on the entries site for public entries.

Event fees

Event fees are as follows:

LongSprintSchool Relay
StudentY7 – Y1330.0020.0020.00 (60.00 for a team of three)
Casual entrymember of the public15.0015.00N/A
  • All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.
  • SportIdent cards are available for hire at $3 per race. Lost or broken hired cards will incur a charge of $150 to cover the cost of replacement.
  • The entry fee does not include any form of insurance, including any medical or travel insurance.
  • Pre-registered members of the public can participate in this event as casual entries; this includes team managers, coaches, supporters and spectators. As NZSSOC 2024 is a Championship event and in fairness to all competitors, casual entries will only be able to start at least 30 minutes after the final school competitors have started. Results for these public races will be recorded separately, and will be published on Winsplits, but not on the monitors in the event centre.
  • Volunteers helping out who would like to take part in the event need to pre-register as a casual or public entry, but can participate for free. Please contact the event coordinator for a personal discount code.

Late fees

After entries closing date, entries will only be accepted at the discretion of the event coordinator. If accepted, a 50% late entry surcharge will be applied. In addition, late entries will most likely be allocated a start time at the beginning of the start list, prior to all standard entries.


A student eligible to compete officially in the NZSSOC must:

  1. Be enrolled as a bona fide (Year 9 or above) student in New Zealand at the school of representation and studying at least 80% of a programme that is part of the timetable provided by the school for at least four weeks immediately prior to the event.
  2. Have a satisfactory attendance record at the school. The final decision will be at the principal’s discretion.
  3. Be under 19 years of age at the first of January in the year of the competition.
  4. Year 7 & 8 students must meet equivalent criteria as bona fide students in Year 7 or 8. Younger children are not eligible to enter any of the events.
  5. Under School Sport NZ guidelines, home-schooled students that provide current evidence of Ministry of Education approval for home schooling may participate in an NZSSSC sanctioned event. However, home-schooled students are not eligible for medal placings although their placing in events will be recognised. The parent or guardian of the home-schooled student must sign off the registration document accepting full responsibility for their student including the event health and safety plans.

Where an ineligible or non-competitive student is participating (e.g. a student visiting from overseas), their performance may be recognised by organisers in prize-giving, but they are not eligible for an official placing.

Entry queries

  • It is expected that students will bring their own compasses.
  • If a student has to withdraw from or make changes regarding their entry information (changes to SI numbers, email address, grades or start time requests), please notify the organisation as soon as possible.
  • Please contact asap if a student has any special requirements, for example a map with adjusted colours may be provided for colour blindness. Requests will be discussed with the controllers for approval of any variation to the map.
  • Please also email with any additional entry queries or questions.

Information for team managers

This is a Championship Event and the championship courses are set to the difficulty levels as described within the guidelines to test the most able orienteers in each age group.

As team manager, please be responsible when choosing which competition grade to enter your students in. The purpose is to get as many students as possible running courses appropriate to their ability which improves overall event safety and timeliness.
Orienteering is difficult and not much fun when a participant can not complete a course because it is too hard.

As a rule of thumb, if a student has not completed a course at the championship level for their age group, then they should enter the standard grade. The standard grade courses still provide a good level of technical and physical challenge. We estimate that roughly half of the competitors should be running in the championship grade, with the rest running standard or novice grade.

The Novice grade is available for Senior students who are relatively new to orienteering, but have been participating in an orienteering event prior to NZSSOC 2024.

Grades offered

  • Competitors are divided into eight separate grades based on their current year level at school and their gender:
    • Year 7&8 Girls or Boys;
    • Junior (Year 9) Girls or Boys;
    • Intermediate (Year 10 & 11) Girls or Boys and
    • Senior (Year 12 & 13) Girls or Boys.
  • There are also maximum ages for each grade as follows:
    • A Senior student (Year 12 or 13) must be under 19 years of age at the first of January in the year of the competition.
    • An Intermediate student (Year 10 or11) must be under 16 years of age at the first of January in the year of the competition.
    • A Junior student (Year 9) must be under 14 years of age at the first of January in the year of the competition.
    • If someone is over the maximum age for their grade, they must run up a grade regardless of what year they are in at school.
  • Determining year at school:
    • Regardless of what level they are studying at, year at school should be determined by how many years the student has been at school. For example, if someone is in Year 11 but studying a mixture of NCEA Level 1 and 2 papers then they still compete as a Year 11.
    • If someone has skipped a whole year then they compete at their new year level. For example, if someone skips straight from Year 9 to Year 11 (missing Year 10) then they compete as a second-year Intermediate grade.
  • Classes for the individual Long-Distance event are further subdivided on skill into Championship, Standard and (depending on grade) Novice categories.

The practice of competitors “running up” a grade is not endorsed by Orienteering New Zealand. However it is recognised that in some cases this may be the best approach for a small number of top competitors with significant past experience. It is recommended that only those who have a chance of obtaining a podium place in the grade above consider running up.

Long: grade / course combinations

The following classes (grade / course combinations) are competing in the individual long-distance event:

  • Senior Boys & Senior Girls Championship (Red), Standard (Orange) and Novice (Yellow);
  • Intermediate Boys & Intermediate Girls Championship (Orange) and Standard (Yellow);
  • Junior Boys & Junior Girls Championship (Yellow) and Standard (White) and
  • Year 7 & 8 Boys & Year 7 & 8 Girls Championship (Yellow) and Standard (White)


The following classes (grade / course combinations) are competing in the Relay event:

CourseClassDifficultyControl descriptions
SBSenior BoysOrange (all legs)Symbol
SGSenior GirlsOrange (all legs)Symbol
IBIntermediate BoysYellow (all legs)Text
IGIntermediate GirlsYellow (all legs)Text
JBJunior BoysLeg 1 & 3: Yellow
Leg 2: White
JGJunio GirlsLeg 1 & 3: Yellow
Leg 2: White
YBY7/8 BoysWhite (all legs)Text
YGY7/8 GirlsWhite (all legs)Text

Colour coding

Orienteering courses are colour coded by difficulty. The skills required for each difficulty level are indicated below. We expect that many athletes will not securely have the requisite skills for the championship course at their age grade. We strongly encourage these less experienced athletes to enter the standard course for their grade. Competing on the right course will improve an athlete’s enjoyment and confidence in the sport.

Red: Red courses are set to make the navigation as difficulty as possible. They require competitors to be very competent at reading contour detail, using bearings and handling the full complexity of an orienteering map. Frequently fences are left off maps used for red courses, requiring greater dependence on terrain recognition for navigation. Control sites on red courses can be on small features with no catching or collecting features. Competitors should be experienced at running red courses and have good route planning skills. Inexperienced runners can find it difficult to relocate if they do not navigate successfully to a control.

Orange: Orange courses competitors must be competent at reading distinct contour features, very competent at reading vegetation patterns, watercourse, rock, track types and building features, and be able to set and follow a basic compass bearing and have some ability to judge distances in event terrain. The best route between controls will often be away from simple navigation features like fences and tracks. Competitors should have extensive experience in running yellow courses and have some experience at the orange level of difficulty prior to entering the championship. Orange courses are set so that there is a catching feature (e.g. a distinct track, fence or stream) some distance after the control. This means that inexperienced runners should be able to relocate if they overrun a control.

Yellow: Yellow courses follow linear features (e.g. tracks, fences, vegetation boundaries and streams), however controls are frequently sited off the route being followed. Competitors need to be able to orient their map using a compass in order to choose their direction to go in and be able to recognise features that will lead them from their linear feature and into the control. The fastest route between controls may be away from the network of linear features. Competitors should be confident running white courses and have run yellow courses successfully before entering the championships. The structuring of courses around linear features means that an athlete with good recognition of these features on the map and the ground should be able to relocate easily.

White: White course competitors need to be able to read basic map features, follow linear features (e.g. tracks, fences, vegetation boundaries and streams) to control points and use a compass to orient their map to north. There will be controls at each significant decision point around the course. The white course is designed to minimise the chance that a competitor will become lost and need to relocate.

Start times

  • Individual start times for the Sprint and the Long are allocated and published prior to the event.
  • To ensure fairness, a student’s start time in an event will be determined by the grade the students has entered.
  • Start lists will be available as soon as possible after entries close. Start lists will be published on this website.
  • Specific start time requests are only granted in exceptional situations, at the discretion of the event coordinator.

Refund policy

Individual participants

  • If a student or a whole school team needs to withdraw from NZSSOC 2024 for whatever reason, please notify the organisation as soon as possible via email. Notifications sent after the event will not be taken into consideration.
  • Refund of 100% of fees paid with withdrawals prior to standard entry fee closing date.
  • Withdrawals after 12/07/2024 will not be refunded.
  • All eligible refunds will be processed within two weeks after NZSSOC 2024 completion.
  • Marlborough Orienteering Club cannot take liability for any financial loss associated with travel or accommodation cancellation.

Event cancellation

(Partial) cancellation of the event will occur in conditions that are too dangerous for safe competition. Situations that might lead to cancellation are fire risk, extreme weather, loss of access, serious earthquake, or death of a competitor or spectator. Should any of the events need to be cancelled, this information will be posted on this event website as soon as possible.

An email will also be sent to all participants using the email address they provided as part of their entry as soon as practical after the decision is taken.

The organisers will endeavour to refund as much of the (partial) entry fee as possible, taking into account any sunk costs.


Orienteering Wellington’s volunteers aim to deliver NZSSOC 2024 in a safe manner. Key guideline is the safety of our volunteers, competitors, and supporters. Please operate within your own comfort zone, do not take unnecessary risks, and take responsibility for your own and others’ safety.