Bulletin Zero – Oceania NZ 2021 news | January 2020

A new decade brings on fresh terrain and new adventures. Now is the time for yourself, for another big goal. It is time to build on your experience.  It’s time:

to explore more, to increase the clean run count, to get fitter, to have more fearlessness, to trust yourself, to be comfortable with where you are at…

Where ever you are,  this is your chance to travel and bring on a brand new challenge.

Oceania NZ 2021 has now published Bulletin Zero with more information about the event [2.3MB pdf  file]. Read the Bulletin Zero info here, or download the pdf link below.

Bulletin Zero

Oceania NZ 2021 news   | First edition | January 2020

Kia Ora and Greetings,

After achieving a record number of entries and overwhelming success for the 2019 NZ Nationals, Peninsula and Plains Orienteers are planning another festival of orienteering fun. And then just like that, it’s 2020, so we are now working steadily on a much bigger and better event – The 2021 Oceania Champs.  

NZ is made for outdoor adventure

We would love you to join us in New Zealand for a series of events that start at the top of the South Island at Marlborough and travel down to Oamaru, with Christchurch as the main base for the Oceania events.  In January we have long, warm days with lots of terrain to explore. From greenery in a truly alive forest, to rocky outcrops in the alpine foothills and coastal forest sand dunes to explore. The Canterbury region as a base for Oceania has it all –  from the mountains to the sea. 

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand within the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area is situated on the NZ South Island’s east coast, nestled between the alps to the north and the stunning Banks Peninsula in the south. There is no better time to experience NZ outdoor than January when the days are long and the weather is at its best.

A challenge to rumble your map skills in new terrain

Book your time away and plan for early next year. There some out-of-bounds areas that you must take note of, so please take notice of the embargo in place. See more info here.

Even though this will be a large international event with a festival atmosphere it is still a family-friendly and beginners are very welcome. Out of the multiple courses on offer each day,  there will be a map that fits your challenge level. We just know you’ll love getting outdoors and testing your navigation in new locations.

We have rolled out a brief calendar of events check it out here: Programme 

Oceania NZ 2021 championship event detail

Oceania Day 1 | Monday 11 January : Sprint event @ Lincoln

Location: 22 km,  approx 25 mins from central Christchurch  
Terrain: Irregular buildings provide good opportunities for multiple route choices. Decision making on the run will require close attention to the map. There is an area of mixed grassland and clumps of scrub that will require a “change of gear” as you adjust to another terrain.

Oceania Day 2 | Tuesday 12 January :  Long event @ Laidmore

Location: 66 km,  approx 1 hour 10mins from central Christchurch
Terrain: Mature pine forest with mostly beautiful clean running peppered with some challenging areas with low visibility. A series of gullies and spurs will provide twists and turns, sloping ridges and interesting contours to navigate with.  

Woodend Terrain Oceania Day 3 | Thursday 14 January  Relay event @ Woodend

Location: 55 km,  approx 1 hour from central Christchurch
Terrain: A long narrow strip of sand dunes with detailed and complex contours which include knolls, depressions and many small features. Some patches of dense pines and overgrown trails in a complex dune area with plenty of detailed navigation. 

Prebble Hill Oceania Day 4 | Friday 15 January : Middle event @ Prebble Hill

Location: 110 km,  approx 1 hour 40mins from central Christchurch
Terrain: Open grassland with numerous limestone outcrops bounded to the west by a river. A section of rock lies on the slope of a large amphitheatre with rock extending to a steep escarpment. 


Other events
Sprint Double | Saturday 9 January : Picton and Middle Distance Sunday 10 January : Marlborough area

Events organised by Nelson Club noc.comms@gmail.com and the other day by Marlborough Orienteering marlboroughocnz@gmail.com. Both events will be in the Marlborough area. 



Follow-on events | Saturday 16 January & Sunday 17 January:  Kuriheka

Location: 40 minutes drive inland from Oamaru.
Map:This map has been used only once for the 2019 Nationals Long Distance event. Mapper – Russell Higham, 2018/2019.
Terrain: The Kuriheka map has flat-topped farmland between gullies with mature manuka and pineforest. The open land is well-grazed with short grass and is fast running under all the trees, except in a few areas where the light has penetrated to allow vegetation tangles. The streams vary from a trickle to a wade, and the sides of the gullies can be steep in places with occasional rocky outcrops.
Organised by Dunedin Orienteering www.dunedinorienteering.org 

What’s on it’s way…

We are just nailing down the entry form the event entries to be open from June 2020.. 

Make sure you sign your mates, as well as yourself, up for the news on the Oceania 2021 website


Quotes from past participants:

Orienteering testimonials from Nationals 2019:

And now for the rilly essential info you have been waiting for:

New Zild 102: How to speak in New Zillund 

What you are saying? New Zild 
How are you going? Air goin?
Bad manners Bed Menace
All Blacks All Blecks
Prime Minister Pry Meeneesta


Printout/download this Bulletin ZERO information [2.MB pdf file]:

Bulletin ZERO _ Oceania NZ 2021 news _ January 2020


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