Dunedin O Events

MAPPING DETAIL. These areas were selected and mapped in preparation for use for the 2018 Nationals, which has now been re-allocated to an Auckland club. We are pleased to be able to offer them instead for your use at the 2018 South Island Championships, and hope you'll enjoy what should be a completely iconic Dunedin orienteering experience.

Mapped by Bryan Teahan in 2016/2017 as one seamless map, as both events incorporate urban running, they will have the same ISSOM symbol set with 2.5m contours.

Dunedin Orienteering gratefully acknowledges financial support from NZ Community Trust and Bendigo Valley for the costs of making the maps.

'Long' Short Distance South Island Championships. Afternoon, Saturday 21st April 2018

Planner - Genevieve Webb

Controller - Nick Mortimer

New map - Dunedin Botanical Gardens has never been used for an orienteering event before, so this part of the whole map is completely new to orienteering. The University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic maps have been used in the past, but considerable infrastructure work has changed the face of the campuses, and the whole map now includes Halls of Residence, and stretches down to the waterfront, including Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Event Centre - to be advised, but near to the campuses.





 km (TBC)


 M/W18, M/W20, M/W21, M/W40, M/W50




 M/W16, M/W60, M/W70




 M/W14, all B grades




 M/W12, M/W10N (note due to traffic issues, these are shadowed grades only)



Mapper information about this urban area

The sprint map contains several different areas – botanical gardens from flat to hilly, native bush, open parklands, old cemetery, intricate university buildings with their iconic blossom trees. The campus is ranked as one of the prettiest in the world.

As always with urban areas, there is usually some areas which are out of bounds, due to gardens, private areas, and temporary construction. The botanical gardens provides extra variety with open areas with trees, open forest, intricate paths, and route choice paths through out-of-bounds bush.

The Water of Leith cascades over the whole map with uncrossable walls on each side and several bridge crossings. These crossings may provide some interesting navigational challenges. University buildings range from large to small, with landscaped areas, many paths with some old homes turned into classrooms and offices, and some student accommodation with the ubiquitous scarfie population sometimes providing a background cacophony while mapping.

A real treat for the mapper and it will be a real treat for the orienteer. This sprint area will provide a real (university) examination for the navigator.

'Long' -Middle Distance South Island Championships. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Planner - Jeni Pelvin

Controllers - Myles Thayer and Jim Cotter

Event Centre - somewhere near the campuses

New map - the entirety of Signal Hill has never been used for orienteering, but the lower slopes formed the extent of the former Logan Park club map, encompassing Logan Park High School and Dunedin Cemetery. These areas have now been completely remapped, and extended to include the whole of the Signal Hill massif.

A small model area map will be given to competitors on the bus ride up Signal Hill. The model area is to the north of the lookout road area. The competition area is to the south. Several practice controls will be placed within the model area, and will be marked on the map.


Note the juggle of some grades, to reflect the overall downhill nature of the event. Those Red level competitors nursing injuries or wishing to avoid racing downhill speed should consider entering their AS (A Short) grade.

  RedMonument 329m
 2 M20A, M21A, M40A
 W21E RedMonument 329m
 3 M18A W18A, W20A, W21A, W40A RedMonument 329m
 3A M50A  Red Monument 329m
 4M16A, M21AS
 W16A, W18A, W21AS
 RedMonument 329m
 4A M60A W50A Red Monument 329m
 5M40AS, M50AS, M60AS, M70A, M80A?W21AS, W40AS, W50AS, W60A, W70A, W80A? Red (with least possible steep descent)
 Pond 254m
 6 M14A, M16B, M18B, M21B, M40B
 W14A Long Orange
Monument 329m
 7 M50B
 W16B, W18B, W21B, W40B, W50B
 Short Orange

 8 M12A, M14B, M21C
 W12A, W14B, W21C YellowPond 254m
 9 M10A, M10N, M12B
(N grade is shadowed)
 W10A, W10N, W12B (N grade is shadowed) WhiteNear Event Centre

Mapper information about the Middle area

The Middle will be in Dunedin’s famous Mountain Bike park on the slopes of Signal Hill – through lashings of open pine forest amidst green areas (which orienteers won’t go through unless lost), native bush, regenerating bush plantings and a semi-open plateau with exotic plantings. There are some rocky pockets sprinkled throughout (one mountain bike track being called the ‘Rock Garden’).

Quote from Planner/Controllers after some test runs: ‘super technical in a different kind of way’.

To quote Alexander Graham Bell: ‘Leave the beaten path occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before’. Die-hard orienteers should be surprised at the tricky navigation required and will be treated to plenty of off-track/into the woods opportunities – away from the beaten paths.

The view from the top of Signal Hill is something to die for and a must for visitors to Dunedin – the twist for orienteers will be to navigate whilst hurtling mainly downhill through the fantastic scenery.

The icing on the cake will be the extra variety provided by getting lost amongst intricate school buildings at the bottom of the hill/map.

It should be an iconic area and event.

Because of intricate paths and buildings, the printed scales for the Middle will be larger than normal. 1:5000 could be an option for elites, 4000 for others, even 3000 for white/yellow.