B-Max is our introductory formula for orienteering on a bike, see website below. The Wainui Trail Park contains a network of easy trails and we'll provide 3 courses. 1km round the open area plus we've been allowed to use the motorcycle zone; 2.8km round the wetland loop all on easy tracks; and 5km with some up and down and roundabout involved. The park is in native bush and sheltered in all winds.
Hard-core mountainbikers will not be challenged, use it to help family and friends into the sport. There are plenty more challenging trails nearby.
Foot-orienteers may ask "why on a bike"? Mountain-bikers may ask "why have checkpoints?" The answer is, the tantalising balance between brain and brawn. I can go much faster than my eyes can see the map, and my brain can think. Getting the right balance between speed and navigation is the essence of orienteering. Try it. Simple map-holders available for your handlebars.
Special attraction! As well as our orange markers we're using the free smartphone app "MapRun". Navigate to the feature and your phone will beep; at the end your time and track will be uploaded onto the internet. Before you come, download the app onto your phone. The play store may want to send you to "Mapmyrun" and this is not it. Try adding "orienteering" to the search. The app we use is by "FNE Enterprises" and it has a green "M" as the icon. We've tested the course with two cellphones and reception seems to be good enough, even under the trees. To take care of your cellphone on the move, an armband or a bumbag is a good idea.