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, starting from the top of the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, going through the University of Otago/Otago Polytechnic campuses, finishing down towards Dunedin waterfront.

Sunday 22nd April. Middle Distance - a "long" Middle Distance, where competitors are taken by bus to the top of Signal Hill at 393m, 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.

Travel through to Central Otago on Monday morning, for a couple of events in Queenstown or Wanaka on the afternoon of Monday 23rd April and during the day Tuesday 24th April (possibly these events could comprise the South Island Schools Orienteering Championships). Events organised by Chris Forne (Remarkable Orienteering Club, Queenstown) and Fraser Mills (Upper Clutha Orienteering Club, Wanaka).

Commemorate Anzac Day in a Central Otago township at dawn on Wednesday 25th April, and drive through to Alexandra for 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 competing.

Thursday 26th April. MTBO Middle, near Alexandra. Very complex tracks in an old gold mining area.

Friday 27th April. MTBO Long on the Linger and Die, Alexandra. Completely revised map and courses planned to minimise climb.

Saturday 28th April. MTBO Sprint, 20km north of Alexandra. Fast riding in undulating grassland, finishing near a pub.

Highland Events provisionally wish to hold a Rogaine on Sunday 29th April, somewhere in Central Otago. 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 or Dunedin airports on Sunday 29th April.






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