Nelson Orienteering Club (NOC) is working hard behind the scenes to create a festival of quality orienteering during King’s Birthday 2024. The team of setters and controllers are planning to deliver great courses in one of the most beautiful locations of this already pretty stunning country: Golden Bay, off the beaten track one bay over from Nelson, in the northwest corner of the South Island of Aotearoa.
Golden Bay is a coastal area which is bordered by two national parks – the Kahurangi National Park in the southwest and the Abel Tasman National Park in the northeast. It has a total population of around 5,000 people and is loved for its natural beauty and the many outdoor opportunities, with safe swimming from golden sand beaches, rock climbing, fishing, kayaking and more. Main town Takaka is known for its alternative lifestyle, arts and crafts, galleries, shops and laid-back country lifestyle. It can be reached via a two-hour drive from Nelson Airport and also has its own airport with flights available direct to and from Wellington.
While waiting for the last permissions for the use of locations to come through, NOC can tentatively share the current schedule. King’s Birthday EMBARGO NOTICE is available via the link.
Saturday 1 June 2023 – Middle: the venue is Canaan Downs, located on top of the Takaka Plateau, on the way to Golden Bay, taking a right just below the Takaka Hill summit. Approximately 80 km away, please allow for a two-hour drive from Nelson Airport. The first starts are scheduled for 1 PM. With competitors during NZOC2022 raving about this location, KB2024 offers yet another opportunity to visit this amazing scenery, immortalised by Peter Jackson when Aragon helps the hobbits flee from the Black Riders in ‘Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring’.
Sunday 2 June 2023 – Long: the venue is near Kaihoka Lakes, a brand-new map on the West Coast, almost exclusively on private farmland near the Whanganui Inlet. Think karst rock formations and sand dunes, this terrain is unique in New Zealand. An hour’s drive from Takaka, the first starts are
scheduled from 10 AM onwards.
Monday 3 June 2023 – Sprint: the venue is ‘in town’, as locals would say: Takaka’s Golden Bay High School and Takaka Primary School. The start window will be between 9-11 AM, with course closure at noon.
Travelling and accommodation
For those of you lucky enough to come earlier or stay longer, Golden Bay has a lot to offer aside from amazing orienteering. For everybody else, we have tried to optimise start and finish times around the required travelling. As a matter of Fair Play to all competing, requests for adapted start times due to travel arrangements will not be taken into consideration. We trust that 6 months’ notice will be plenty of time to make all necessary plans. We would encourage participants to find accommodation in Golden Bay for both Saturday and Sunday night, to minimise travel times.
Hoping to see many of you in beautiful Golden Bay, NOC’s KBGB2024 team (email@example.com)