WELCOME to this local Orienteering site.
We are a small local group who have been working to get Orienteering back on the "map" in Northland. (pardon the pun). At present we run our own events up here, but remain affiliated to the Northwest Orienteering Club.A new calendar of events has been posted for the 2012 season. . Things start off with the Summer Pathfinding Series, which will be held every Thursday from the 9th of FEB until the 17th March. Then in April we will commence the Off-road Sunday Events.
Through this website we hope to keep you informed with upcoming Events, results and links to other sites.
WHAT IS ORIENTEERING?
Often described as "cunning running", Orienteering offers an intellectual challenge in addition to ordinary exercise.It is a sport for everyone regardless of age and experience.
It is a sport that involves finding your way across country with the aid of a map and sometimes a compass. Orienteers follow a course as accurately as possible between control points usually marked by orange and white flags, using their skill in map reading to choose the best route. For more info check out the NZOF webite .
Houtu -Sunday 28th September
Come and discover a special corner of one of Northland's forests. Multiple orienteering courses on offer, as well as a more trail run event.
The event will follow take on terrain through a private block of forest. Some gravelled tracks, firm 4wd tracks and even some muddy singletrack.
TRAIL RUN OPTION:
Runners and walkers will have checkpoints around the loop, but navigation will be only at a very basic level (as easy as turning left or right at a junction). Everyone starts at the same time, just like a running race, with a tail end runner to keep an eye on progress. An awesome intro to running in a more off road location.
Start for the trail run option is at 9.45am
Head towards Dargaville from Whangarei on SH14, after about 32km turn right into Kirkopuni Valley Road (this will be signposted), follow this road as it turns to gravel, take the next right into Houtu road (also signposted) and follow this uphill to the event centre. Allow 40-45 minutes from Whangarei.
Bring your running shoes and a change of clothes (things may be a little muddy!)
COST- $ 7 student, $10 adults per map ( team members can share )
if you would like more information on the trail run.
NEWS!!- PERMANENT ORIENTEERING COURSE-Parahaka
This is a joint project between Northtec, Whangerei Orienteering Club,WBHS and WGHS.
You can print the map and info sheet out from the "coaching resource" section above.But they will also be available from the Kensington fitness centre, local i-site and Stirling sports.
So now you can make your own course, collecting as many controls as you have the time/energy!. So get out have some fun with friends and family, or use it as a training exercise!. Enjoy.
Also check out the NWoC site for events in Auckland.