Your place in the sun.

Welcome to Taitonga SIOC2023

Nelson Orienteering Club invites all orienteers to celebrate high quality summer orienteering on the top of the South Island of New Zealand for the 2023 Taitonga South Island Orienteering Championships, the weekend of 28 & 29 January 2023! We look forward to welcoming fellow orienteers from the South and the North Island of New Zealand, and hopefully also old and new friends from overseas!

Many thanks and acknowledgements are due all around for those volunteers contributing a great deal of time to plan, control and organise these events.

This website is the best place to be for everything you need to know about Taitonga SIOC2023, and any updates / changes.

The same information is available in pdf-format:

  • Bulletin 1, published latest by 01/12/2022
  • Bulletin 2, published closer to the event, but no later than Monday 23 January 2023


The programme consists of three A-grade level orienteering events. The SportIdent (SI) punching system will be used in all events with Si Air+ enabled. Competitors may use their own or hire from the SIOC2023 organisation via the entry process.

MiddleSaturday 28/1Moturoa West / Rabbit IslandForested dunesAmelia HorneMatt Ogden11 AM
SprintSaturday 28/1Nayland College, Stoke, NelsonSchool campusDaniel Penney,
Eddie Swain
Callum Coombs6 PM
Teetotal / West Bay,
St. Arnaud,
Nelson Lakes
Alluvial plain with
moraine features
Riley CroxfordMichael Croxford11 AM

While in the Nelson area…

The Nelson region is famous for its year-round sunshine, long golden beaches, national parks, locally grown produce, freshly caught seafood, and a large creative community of working artists. While participating in SIOC2023, why not add a few days before or after, and visit:

  • Nelson is surrounded by not one, not two, but three National Parks right on its doorstep: Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi. Whether your preference is to walk, run, kayak, cycle or fly, there is something for everyone here.
  • Walk the sun-drenched sands of Golden Bay or head inland to Takaka and see the impossibly clear waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs at Te Waikoropupū Springs. Walk the recently restored multi-day Abel Tasman track or, for a different view, take a sea kayaking tour around the coast and see a seal colony and little blue penguins bobbing in the water.
  • Taste your way around the region by bicycle on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail or get your daily dose of adrenaline with a visit to one of the region’s world-class mountain bike parks.
  • With one of the largest numbers of working artists and galleries in New Zealand, you’ll find a wide range of craftspeople living in the region. Visit their studios, explore the famous Nelson Saturdaymorning craft market, taste the delicious locally made artisan products and find something extraordinary to take home with you.
  • Alternatively, just relax: sit in the sun, sipping a wine from one of the local vineyards…

For more information, and the latest information about tracks damaged by the September storm, please visit one of the local visitor information centres or the Department of Conservation (DOC) Nelson page.