Postponed due to COVID-19

Regretfully, Orienteering Wellington and Orienteering New Zealand have come to the joint decision to postpone the NZ Orienteering Championships 2020. We believe that this is in the best interest of our orienteering community at this time. The decision to postpone is due to the unfolding presence of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

COVID-19 is a highly communicable virus and has widespread implications for public health. You can find out more about COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation. Guidelines specific to New Zealand are provided by the Ministry of Health

We had always intended to take precautions but given the Government’s firm stance against indoor or outdoor gatherings of 500 or more people – around the level of previous Nationals attendance – we feel it is too much of a risk to proceed. We know that people have many concerns at this time and we wish to provide you with certainty. 


We will be in contact with everyone who has entered to date to offer a full refund using the email address provided when the entry was made. Please appreciate that contacting everyone and processing refunds may take some time. However, if you haven’t heard from us by Sunday 29 March, please let us know by contacting Gerald Crawford at

Looking forward

We hope that you appreciate our reasons for this decision and that we are responding to a situation beyond our control. We were all looking forward to getting the chance to run on some fantastic terrain this Easter. We had commissioned new maps and updates for these areas and we, along with Orienteering NZ, remain optimistic that we will be able to use these maps and courses later in the year. As such, the posted embargoes for Nationals areas remain in place beyond Easter and until such time as they are lifted by us.

We will provide more information here and via the Nationals newsletter when the situation changes.

Stay safe everyone.

Pictures from the forest, and a friendly embargo reminder

The controlling team were in the forest last weekend checking courses and found time to take a few picture for us to share. These are from the middle- and long-distance areas near Waitarere Beach and Scotts Ferry.

Our National Controller also reminds you to check the embargoed areas before venturing out into the forests around Waitarere or elsewhere in the Manawatū.

SI Air+ information

We’ve added some details about SportIdent Air+ contactless punching and how it will be used at the Nationals. Hopefully this helps answer some of your questions!

SportIdent Active Card

The basics:

  • SI Air+ is enabled for all events except the sprint, where it is only enabled for the elite M/W21E and M/W20 classes.
  • If you don’t have a SportIdent Active Card (SIAC) and enter the M/W21E or M/W20 sprint class, we will loan you one at no cost.
  • This is to ensure fairness, so all orienteers in your sprint class will be punching the same way as you.
  • You can enter the Nationals with a SIAC or a normal SI card, just enter your SI number on the entries page as usual.
  • If you don’t have an SI card, you can arrange to hire one during the entry process.

Entries are open

Entries are now open and close at midnight Friday, 27 March. Don’t leave it too late!

Orienteers set off into the forest

Discounts for volunteers

Orienteering Wellington invites members from Orienteering Wellington, Orienteering Hutt Valley and Red Kiwis to help out with start procedures, assisting at registration, car parking, collecting controls, and more. In return for your hard work, we can offer you a discount on your registration.

If you are happy to help—even if for only part of the weekend—then email us and we will send you a discount code for your entry. Thanks!


Orienteering Wellington invites you to the Manawatū for the Orienteering New Zealand National Championships at Easter 2020. 

2020’s events will offer world-class orienteering in the coastal dunes and pine forests of the Manawatū and northern Horowhenua, and a sprint event around an intriguing new area in Palmerston North. 

Check out the event information to find out more.

Club President Sarah O'Sullivan in action

“We’re delighted to host New Zealand’s premiere orienteering event in 2020. While there will be a competitive spirit, there will be courses for all ages and stages. Nationals 2020 is for everybody. Our emphasis is on having fun in the forest on some awesome courses.”

Club President Sarah O’Sullivan