Orienteering in Canterbury’s finest crags

We all need orienteering adventures in new places. To try something different, have a change of scenery.  It’s important to have variety and new challenges.

Castle hill basin area

Pictured here are landscapes around the Prebble Hill area, where the NZ Oceania Champs middle event is planned. It is impressive terrain on the eastern ranges of the Southern Alps, an hour’s drive from Christchurch. Have a look at  Kura Tawhiti / Castle Hill which is nearby and rocks similar geological wonders to Prebble Hill. This is a place of natural, historical and cultural value, with a rich history for the Māori tribe Ngāi Tahu who collected food and created rock drawings around these giant rock formations. Hewn by eons of rain, wind and groundwater, this is an archetypal karst landscape where sheets of limestone have been reduced to isolated blocks, pillars and outcrops, that remind you of ruins of ancient castles. When you are driving on the Arthur’s pass road between Christchurch and Greymouth watch out for this spectacular area that was used in as part of a film setting for part of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

If you are coming to the Oceania Orienteering Champs in January 2021 you will enjoy this outstanding challenge requiring deft footwork and crafty map skills between the crags. Expect to hear: “This is the best orienteering event ever!”

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