Permanent Orienteering Courses

A permanent orienteering course is a fixed orienteering course available for anyone to try or practice orienteering at any time of the year.

To find your nearest permanent course, check the map below. Clicking on the Orienteering Flag icon will display additional details on the course including the location of the course and how to obtain more information or a copy of the map. The permanent courses are designed for beginners, families, youth and school groups. They can also include options for more experienced orienteers. Contact your local orienteering club for more details and advice. Permanent orienteering courses are great for:

  • exploring, fun and exercise
  • introducing orienteering
  • school/group activities
  • training
  • visiting or travelling orienteers

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(Whangarei Orienteering)

Parahaka Reserve, Whangarei

The Parahaka Reserve map can be printed free from the Whangarei Orienteering website located at  Go to “Coaching Resource” on website.  The map is also available from the Kensington fitness centre, local i-site and Stirling Sports.

North Auckland

(North West Orienteering)

Atiu Creek Regional Park

Farmland and scattered bush. 40 controls.  Maps free and available at the noticeboard at the park.  Cabins and camping available.

113 km north of Auckland CBD.  In Wellsford, take Port Albert Road and follow the signs to the park.  The property lies on the Kaipara Harbour, on the Okahukura (Tapora) Peninsula.  Alternative route is through Helensville, up State Highway 16.

Mahurangi Regional Park

Steep farmland and scattered bush.  20 controls.  Maps free and available at the noticeboard at the park.  Camping available.

65 km north of Auckland CBD.  State Highway 1 6km past Wenderholm Regional Park, turn right into Mahurangi West Road then right into Ngarewa Drive and follow to the end of the road.

South Auckland

(Counties Manukau Orienteering)

Duder Regional Park

Duder Regional Park 30 km, south east from centre of Auckland, just south of Maraetai. Coastal farmland with patches of bush. There are 23 controls in the park, and 3 suggested courses are on the map ranging from 2.5 to 5 km in length. Maps available free at the entrance to park.  For large organised groups contact Auckland Regional Council.  Refer to

Awhitu Regional Park

There are two courses starting from the Regional Park. One is 3km and the other a 4km course.  The main purpose of these courses are to cater for the general public and take them around the Park to the special features while giving them a taste of orienteering.

The south end of the Park has a camp called Highwire.  They cater for school groups and train young people to advance in confidence.  Three courses from the Highwire camp have been established – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  The advanced is a challenging course.

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(Orienteering Waikato)

Hamilton Gardens

3 km south east from centre of Hamilton, off Cobham Drive Urban park with mixed vegetation and water features.  Maps $5 from the Information Centre (ph 07 856 3200) at Hamilton Gardens.  Refer to

Hamilton Lake Domain

1 km south from centre of Hamilton, off Ruakiwi Road Urban park with mixed vegetation and water features.  Revised maps will be available from café at entrance to Hamilton Lake Domain in March 2014.

University of Waikato

3km east from centre of Hamilton.  Urban park/campus.  Maps cost $5, available from the University Recreation Centre (ph 07 838 4177) via gate 1 off Knighton Rd.

Brook Park, Te Kuiti

Rural park with farmland.  Maps available from Bosco’s Cafe (ph 07 878 3633) off SH3 (Te Kumi Rd) at the northern approach to Te Kuiti.  Refer to


(Orienteering Bay of Plenty)

Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

3km east of city centre, off Tarawera Rd.  Maps cost $2.50.  Available at the Redwoods Visitor Centre on Long Mile Road, off Tarawera Road.  Refer to


(Taupo Orienteering)

Spa Thermal Park

3 km north east of centre of Taupo.  Rolling open park, pine/native trees, plus steep bush-covered slopes to river.  Refer to

Note: Temporarily out of service – re-mapping in progress.

Hawkes Bay

(Hawkes Bay Orienteering Club)

Sleeping Giant / Te Mata Park

Multiple options available. ‘Sleeping Giant’ maps include the lower half of Te Mata Park, Havelock North. ‘Te Mata Park’ maps include courses with more difficult navigation and more climb than the courses on the ‘Sleeping Giant’ map.
‘M’ courses start and finish at the Main Gates car park on Te Mata Peak Road.
‘T’ courses start and finish at the park boundary on the track in from the Tauroa Road car park.
Control markers include QR Codes for iOrienteering mobile app support.
Details and maps can be found at


(Red Kiwi Orienteering)

Bason Botanic Gardens

Entry from Rapanui Rd. Head north out of Wanganui on SH3.  Just after the 100km sign turn left into Rapanui Rd, opposite the BP service station.  The Gardens are approximately 7km from SH1. Refer to

Maps for the Bason Red Kiwi Orienteering Course are for sale from the Wanganui Information Centre and Westmere Garage or from

Palmerston North

(Red Kiwi Orienteering)

Victoria Esplanade

Entry from Manawaroa and Park Roads off Fitzherbert Avenue.

Maps for sale from Café Esplanade, and the Visitor Information Centre, the Square, Palmerston North.  Maps cost $2.00.  Map and instructions available on

Kapiti Coast

Waikanae Park

(Note: This permanent course is not currently maintained and is incomplete. An old 2011 map can be downloaded from Turn west into Te Moana Rd at traffic lights in Waikanae on SH1.  Turn right into Ngarara Rd, then left into Park Ave.

Hutt Valley

(Orienteering Hutt Valley)


Brookfield Scout Camp Moores Valley Road, Wainuiomata.  Laminated maps available from the warden or download at  Maps free.

Hutt Valley – Previous Event Maps

Orienteering Hutt Valley has an Any-time Orienteering section on its website  Maps from past orienteering events can be downloaded and the course can be run at any time.  The mini rogaines they hold are ideal for this, as the controls are question and answers, so no controls need to be put out.


(Wellington Orienteering)

Mt Victoria, Wellington

Four courses of different lengths and difficulty starting from Charles Plimmer Park at the top of Marjoriebank Street (off Courtenay Place in Wellington).  Maps and instructions are available on the Wellington Orienteering Club website (

Wellington Waterfront – Frank Kitts Park

Information board on Queens wharf. Start of permanent Orienteering Course around the cultural features of the waterfront. Free map from Wellington Orienteering Club website


(Nelson Orienteering)

Moturoa Rabbit Island

20 km west from Nelson.  Coastal park.
Map available for download from the Nelson Orienteering Club Website.
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1km east of Nelson town centre along Hardy Street. Hilly city park with bush and open spaces.
Map available for download from the Nelson Orienteering Club Website.
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Navigate around Kaiteriteri and Little Kaiteriteri. Further information available on the Nelson Orienteering Club Website.


(Peninsula and Plains Orienteers)

Cass Square, Hokitika

Parks and streets within the town boundary Map packs from Hokitika Visitor Information Centre (I-site) or Westland District Council.  Maps free.


(Peninsula and Plains Orienteers)

Victoria Park

7 km south from centre of Christchurch. Farmland/forest. Maps ($3.50) and full instructions are available at the Christchurch City Council Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo St. (Open normal business hours; phone 03 941 8999). The park offers 4 graded courses. All courses start adjacent to the main car park near the Port Hills Visitor Centre in Victoria Park. Course 4 is the easiest (1.5km), and course 1 the hardest (3.3km). ( Links: Council – Victoria ParkPAPO Permanent Courses).

Spencer Park

12km north of centre of Christchurch.  Coastal pine forest and park. Maps and instructions are available at the Spencer Park Camp Shop, $3 each. The park offers 4 graded courses (1-4) in increasing difficulty: White 1.1km, Yellow 2.0km, Orange 3.3km and Red 4.0km. (Links: Council – Spencer ParkPAPO Permanent Courses).

The Groynes

The park entrance is on Groynes Drive, off Johns Road (State Highway 1). Two courses available for download or purchased at the Rosebank cafe (near the entrance to the Groynes Park) for $4 each. White – 1.9 km, easiest navigation; Yellow – 2.6 km, slightly harder navigation. (Links Council – The Groynes,  PAPO Permanent Courses, school groups and corporate training Horizons Unlimited ph: 03 384-0384).


Lake Tekapo Regional Park, just east of the Tekapo township on the lake shore. Access is via Lilybank Rd. The maps are available for download from PAPO website or some hard copies are available at the following locations: Tekapo Information Centre (inside the Godley Hotel); Kiwi Treasures (next to the Four Square); Tekapo Camping Ground.  ( Links: Council – Lake Tekapo Regional ParkPAPO Permanent Courses).


(Dunedin Orienteering)

Ross Creek

4km north from centre of Dunedin, between the suburbs of Maori Hill and Glenleith. A forested reserve around a reservoir.

The map can be downloaded from Dunedin Orienteering website. Printed maps available for a nominal fee from the Dunedin i-Site, Princes Street, or the DoC Visitor Centre, lower Stuart Street.

Refer to and further information on the area

Chingford Park

4km north from centre of Dunedin, up North East Valley.

The map can be downloaded from Dunedin Orienteering website. Printed maps available for a nominal fee from the Dunedin i-Site, Princes Street, or the DoC Visitor Centre, lower Stuart Street.

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Naseby, Central Otago (Foot / Mountain Bike)

Produced on an MTBO map, four options are available to suit mountain bikers or walkers/runners, in course or rogaine-style. The maps can be downloaded from Dunedin Orienteering website. Waterproof printed maps available for $5 from the Naseby dairy and/or Info Centre.
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(Southland Orienteering)

Queens Park

Just north of the Invercargill city centre, bounded by Queens Drive and Kelvin, Gala and Herbert Streets.  Maps available from the i-Site office at the Museum, located in the park, or can be downloaded from the Southland Orienteering Club website at under Maps section.  Refer to