Scheduled for the 2nd week of the NZ school holidays, incorporating the following;

Based entirely within North Dunedin suburban area, a 2-day, 2018 South Island Orienteering Championships, held on brand new or revised areas, mapped 2016/7 by Bryan Teahan.

Afternoon, Saturday 21st April. Urban Short Distance - a "long" Sprint event, in Dunedin Botanical Gardens.

Sunday 22nd April. Middle Distance - a "long" Middle Distance, where competitors are taken by bus to the top of Signal Hill at 310m, then race down through tight/technical/single tracked, open pine or native forested/tussock vegetation, into a multi-level high school complex, and finish at sea level in a stadium.

Spend a 2nd night in Dunedin and come to a low key social function, craft beer tasting / tour at Emersons Brewery, Dunedin, on the Sunday evening.

Travel through to Central Otago on Monday morning, for an event in Wanaka on the afternoon of Monday 23rd April, and during the morning in Queenstown Tuesday 24th April (these events will comprise the South Island Schools Orienteering Championships). Events organised by Chris Forne (Remarkable Orienteering Club, Queenstown) and Fraser Mills (Upper Clutha Orienteering Club, Wanaka).  See their websites for further detail.

Drive back to Alexandra on the Tuesday afternoon for the model event of the 2018 National Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship series.  This is a premium time of year in Central Otago for autumn colour, and pleasantly cooler-than-summer temperatures for MTB competing. Commemorate Anzac Day in Alexandra at dawn on Wednesday 25th April, and compete in the MTBO Sprint that afternoon. 20km north of Alexandra. Fast riding in undulating grassland, finishing near a pub.

Thursday 26th April. MTBO Long on the Linger and Die, Alexandra. Completely revised map and courses planned to minimise climb.

Friday 27th April.
MTBO Middle, near Alexandra. Very complex tracks in an old gold mining area.

Highland Events wish to hold a Rogaine on Saturday 28th April, somewhere near Twizel. They usually hold a format of 3, 6 and 12 hour events with an MTB option on the 6 hour.

Flying down?

Book to arrive in Dunedin at the latest on the morning of Saturday 21st April, and go home from either Queenstown, Dunedin or Christchurch airports on Sunday 29th April.