Event centre locations
The closest regional airport is Palmerston North (1 hour from event centres, by car) and the closest hub is Wellington (2-3 hours from event centres, by car). If you are considering flying in to Wellington or crossing from the South Island before driving north, be aware that Labour Weekend traffic can be heavy. Expect severe congestion at any time of the day, especially in the afternoon. If you’re flying from elsewhere in the country, it may be more efficient to fly to Palmerston North as congestion from there to the event sites is much less likely to be a problem.
Many participants will either be travelling through or beginning their journeys in Wellington. We strongly recommend that you leave Wellington at around 12.00pm. This will give you peace of mind that you will arrive in Levin in good time for your sprint. If your journey goes well and you end up with time on your hands, there’s plenty to see and do along the way.
Road trip resources
The NZTA journey planner is a useful resource when planning your trip, as is the real-time traffic information on Google Maps. And if you can car-pool with other orienteers and reduce the number of cars on the road, so much the better!