21-30 April – World Masters Orienteering Championships (at World Masters Games)

Orienteering New Zealand is proud to host the Orienteering competition at the World Masters Games 2017 which is also the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Masters Orienteering World Championships.

All detailed information and the entry process for the World Masters Games 2017 is on the World Masters Games webpage but some high level information is below:



The World Masters Games 2017 Orienteering Sports Information Guide (Bulletin One) is available. It includes:

  • full details of competition dates and times;
  • events and format which includes a breakdown of age categories;
  • competition rules;
  • and venue detail

As further information comes to hand the Sports Information Guide will be updated so please make sure you check that you have the most up to date version.

Registrations opened on the 17th February 2016 – How to Enter / Register


Long Model, Long Qual and Long Final

Sprint Model, Sprint Qual and Sprint Final


Men and Women: 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+, 95+

The age category you will compete in for Orienteering will be determined as at 31 December 2017.

For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31 December, you would compete in the 40+ age category.


Long Distance – Woodhill Forest, located 47.5km North West of Auckland Central

Sprint Model – The University of Auckland (Epsom Campus), located just over 5km south of Auckland Central

Sprint Qualification – Auckland Waterfront, right in the heart of the city

Sprint Final – The University of Auckland (City Campus), also right in the heart of the city


  • Friday 21 April 2017 – Event centre opens and Opening Ceremony
  • Saturday 22 April 2017 – Model event – sprint
  • Sunday 23 April 2017 – Sprint qualification
  • Monday 24 April 2017 – Sprint finalPrize giving ceremony
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 – (Rest day) Model event – long distance
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017 – Long distance qualification #1
  • Thursday 27 April 2017 – Long distance qualification #2
  • Friday 28 April 2017 – (Rest day)
  • Saturday 29 April 2017 – Long distance finalPrize giving
  • Sunday 30 April 2017 – Closing Ceremony


Regrettably there will be no public races run in conjunction with Orienteering events at the World Masters Orienteering Championships, as part of World Masters Games 2017. The local organising team sincerely apologises for any inconvenience. The focus remains on planning a successful Masters event in Auckland in 2017.

If you are not entering the World Masters Orienteering Championships and hope to orienteer in New Zealand’s world-class terrain, we recommend you enter the Oceania and Middle Earth Orienteering Carnival to be run over the ten days preceding World Masters Games 2017. For more information visit www.oceania2017.nz.