South Island Secondary School Orienteering Championships 2023

Welcome to the 2023 South Island Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships hosted by Nelson Orienteering Club.


Results will be available here as soon as possible after each event during SISSOC2023. During each event, unofficial results will be published in the event centre.

Urban Relay, Tahunanui, 8 July AMSimple reportUpload / watch hereFound here
Sprint, Founders Heritage Park, 8 July PMSimple reportView hereUpload / watch hereFound here
Long, Moturoa / Rabbit Island, 9 July AMSimple reportView hereUpload / watch hereFound here


South Island Secondary Schools Urban Relay Championships

Saturday 8 JULY 2023 AM – NELSON




1:3,000 / 2m contours




15 minutes drive from the centre of Nelson


Dune and estuary landscape

Start times:

Mass starts – directly after briefing at 10AM

See Bulletin 2 for more details

Course Planner:

Riley Croxford


Michael Croxford

South Island Secondary Schools Sprint Championships

Saturday 8 JULY 2023 PM – NELSON


Founders Park & Miyazu Park


1:3000, 2m contours


Founders Park


5 minutes from the centre of Nelson


Urban setting in park-like environment

Start times:

Allocated Start Times. First starts from 2.30PM

Course Planner:

Daniel Penney


Maegan McIsaac

South Island Secondary Schools Long Championships

Sunday 9 JULY 2023 AM – NELSON


Moturoa / Rabbit Island


1:10.000, 2.5m contours


Moturoa / Rabbit Island, Tasman


20 km from the centre of Nelson, 20 minutes car-ride


Forested dunes

Start times:

Allocated Start Times. First starts from 10.30AM

Course Planner:

Matt Ogden


Dougal Shepherd
Georgia Whitla

Recent Updates / News

Welcome to the website for the July 2023 version of the south Island Secondary Schools’ Orienteering Championship, also known as SISSOC2023. This website is the most up-to-date place to find information about the event as well as the entry-procedure.

  • Te Tua Ihu NavSport Festival

    The South Island Secondary School Champs are not the only navigation-based championships taking place during the upcoming school holidays. The video on the Nelson Orienteering FB page can supply you with all the additional events and event details! Alongside SISSOC2023, there are the National Secondary Schools Rogaine Champs on 11 July, as well as the…

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  • Entries for this year’s SISS Orienteering Champs now open

    Entries for this year’s SISS Orienteering Champs now open

    Entries are now open for the SISS Orienteering Champs 2023. Entries must be made using EnterO (click on ‘Entries’ in the menu tab above).  Pre-entry is essential.  Closing date for entries is Friday 23 June.  Note that this one week before the end of Term 2, so can be a busy time.  We recommend getting…

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  • SISSOC2023 – Website up and running…

    SISSOC2023 – Website up and running…

    Nelson Orienteering Club is welcoming South Island Secondary School students to come to beautiful Nelson and participate in the South Island Secondary School Orienteering Champs for 2023, held in Nelson on 8 and 9 July. This website will provide the latest information – please check back regularly for additional information which has become available. Online…

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Event Information

Event Bulletins and Programme

  • Event Bulletin One with the programme and locations of the events can be downloaded here (version 20230507).
  • Event Bulletin Two with course information and competition detials can be downloaded here (version 2, 20230702).
  • All competitors need to read or be aware of all the content within both Event Bulletins.

Start Times

For the Sprint and the Long events each student has an allocated start time.

Individual Sprint Championship: Startlist per competitor – Startlist per School (version 20230702)

Individual Long Championship: Startlist per competitorStartlist per School (version 20230702)

The relay uses mass starts – check Bulletin Two for these start times.


The event will be run under the NZ Foot Orienteering Rules as published by Orienteering NZ on its website, including the Special Rules for New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships where they deviate from the standard competition rules.

To help school sport coordinators and team managers, the relevant rules have been added below as a pdf for downloading:


To be confirmed: on Saturday 8 July in and around Nelson, on Sunday 9 July at Rabbit Island.

Health and Safety Plans

HARM forms for all three events are available for downloading.


Entries for SISSOC2023 have closed. There are no entries on the day.

Members of the public can also register for this event, also using EnterO, and participate in one of the public races for both the Sprint and the Long – deadline Tuesday 4 July at midnight. Volunteers helping out during both these events also need to register using EnterO for one of the public races if they like to have a go. As a small ‘thank you’ for their, they will run for free and can ignore the payment request automatically generated in EnterO.

Entry Form              

Closing date for entries is Friday 23 June 2023 (midnight).  Note that this is towards the last week of term 2, so can be a busy time.  We recommend getting entries in early. Participants entries will only be valid when both payment and principal’s permission have been received. If payment has not been received before the event takes place, participants can only run ‘non-competitive’, in other words their result will not be ranked.

The SPORTIdent (SI) punching system will be used for all events. Both standard SI cards and SI-AIR cards can be used, but AIR is not activated for any of the events. This means that both types of cards need to be inserted into the actual control. Competitors may use their own cards if they own one, otherwise standard SI cards will be available for hire at $3 per event.

Event Fees              

Sprint  $ 15
Urban Relay$ 20
Long$ 25


Sprint Distance and Urban Relay Classes

Y78B: Year 7/8 BoysY78G: Year 7/8 GirlsYear 7-8
JB: Junior BoysJG: Junior GirlsYear 9
IB: Intermediate BoysIG: Intermediate GirlsYear 10-11
SB: Senior BoysSG: Senior GirlsYear 12-13

Long Distance Classes

Y78BC: Year 7/8 Boys ChampionshipY78GC: Year 7/8 Girls ChampionshipYear 7-8Yellow
Y78BS: Year 7/8 Boys StandardY78GS: Year 7/8 Girls StandardYear 7-8White
JBC: Junior Boys ChampionshipJGC: Junior Girls ChampionshipYear 9Yellow
JBS: Junior Boys StandardJGS: Junior Girls StandardYear 9White
IBC: Intermediate Boys ChampionshipIGC: Intermediate Girls ChampionshipYear 10-11Orange
IBS: Intermediate Boys StandardIGS: Intermediate Girls StandardYear 10-11Yellow
SBC: Senior Boys ChampionshipSGC: Senior Girls ChampionshipYear 12-13Red
SBS: Senior Boys StandardSGS: Senior Girls StandardYear 12-13Orange
SBN: Senior Boys NoviceSGN: Senior Girls NoviceYear 12-13Yellow