Centrally located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island high country, Waikaia is a relatively short drive from localities such as:
- Gore - 54km - 40 minutes approx
- Invercargill - 120km - 1 hour 30 minutes approx
- Queenstown - 160km - 1 hour 55 minutes approx
- Dunedin - 205km - 2 hour 30 minutes approx
Queenstown is the closest international airport and there are frequent flights from Australia and the North Island. There will be transport provided both to and from the event.
There will be basic camping available at the event headquarters. Motel accommodation is also available at Gore and Lumsden.
There is the usual hill-climbing which we expect in NZ but many of the climbs, although sustained, are not steep. Altitude on most of the course ranges from 190 metres to 700 metres, but there are some places closer to 900 metres. There is a range of farm tracks which will help speed, but the checkpoints are so well arranged that you will be off-track for most of the time. The lower country is mostly grassed but with pockets of scrub and native bush, and streams which can be open but often have scrub. The higher country is less developed and has a cover which includes open tussock and some small scrub patches. This will make a slower running speed but does not affect walking speed.
Sharpen your navigational skills before the rogaine champs by competing in the Waikaia Orienteering 3-Day 4-6th February 2017. Waikaia Forest is one of New Zealand’s most treasured orienteering areas, with miles of beautiful native beech and contour detail. Extend your South Island visit for these not-to-be-missed events!