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Entries to NZOC 2020 close at midnight Friday!
By WgtnOC - Tue 6 Oct 2020 2:37pm
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NZOC 2020

Entries for the NZ Orienteering Championships (‘Nationals’) close at 11.59pm Friday 9 October 2020. That’s just a few days left to get your entries in! So, here are a few of the things that you’ll need to know:

  • Nationals will be a 3-day event (24-26 October) with long distance on Saturday, middle distance on Sunday, and sprint on Monday.
  • People will be assigned to ‘travel groups’, according to their club or where they are travelling from. 
  • Elites will be allocated their own time block, regardless of travel group. 
  • World Ranking Event status still applies for long- and middle-distance events. 
  • No food, coffee or water at the event centre, and limited other facilities—so come well prepared! 

COVID Tracer QR codes for contact tracing, good hygiene practices, and physical distancing where possible are all an expectation of participation at Nationals 2020.

We know that things will look and feel a bit different, but you’ll appreciate that we are here to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun competition. 

You can find out more about what we will do, and what we need from you, as part of our Level 2 plan. We will also soon be releasing some FAQs about the finer details and queries we’ve received along the way. 

Find out more and enter the Nationals.


Have this week’s announcement on alert levels changed anything?

No, not for Nationals.

The Government has confirmed on Monday that Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand at COVID-19 Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm Wednesday 7 October 2020 —but nobody can guarantee what alert level any part of the country will be in at Labour Weekend. We have earlier committed to providing for an event that enables that Nationals at Alert Level 2 and, with less than three weeks to go, need to proceed as planned.

Now, we hope that we all stay at Alert Level 1 come Labour Weekend so that we can all enjoy the best event possible! If that turns out to be the case, you will see a more relaxed approach at event centres—but one that conforms to the expected public health practices of that alert level. 

For detail about what happens if alert levels anywhere in New Zealand exceed Level 2 as of 23 October, see our decision criteria.


Everyone must register to enter

Entries for Nationals close on midnight Friday 9 October 2020.

All entries from April were voided, so anyone who intends to come and join the forest fun needs to re-enter the Nationals. Until your name appears on the list of confirmed entries, you are not entered. Further, you are not automatically entered, even if we have your entry fee.

Speaking of which, we will also be getting in touch with people whose money we have to ensure that they receive the correct reimbursement in light of our moving to a three-day event. We are also in touch with our volunteers to reconfirm their arrangements for helping.

We appreciate your commitment to attending Nationals—make sure you’re entered by midnight Friday 9 October.

Find out more and enter below.


Bring your ONZ trophies

Please bring your trophies to Nationals. If you aren’t planning to attend this year then pass them on to someone who is planning to attend, or return to Christo Peters at Orienteering NZ.


Event sites

The map below shows the location of the event sites.


Embargoed areas

The following areas are embargoed for orienteering until after Labour Weekend. No training is within this area shown with a map of any sort, to test route choices or take part in any activity that may give a navigational advantage.

Sprint Embargo Area Map
Sprint: The area in Levin bounded by Beatty Street, Trafalgar Street, Weraroa Road, Victoria Street, Tiro Tiro Road and Collingwood Street encompassing Horowhenua College, Horowhenua Showgrounds and Event Centre, Levin School and Levin Intermediate School, and including the south-eastern part of Donnelly Park as shown in the image above.
Nationals 2020 Middle Embargoed area map
Middle Distance and Relay: the area highlighted in the above.
2020 Nationals Long Distance Map Embargoed Area
Long Distance: the area highlighted in the above.

Get Social

Follow Orienteering Wellington on Facebook and Instagram, or link to our website. We’ll be posting regularly about Nationals.


Sign up to event information to stay in touch. 

Ngā mihi
Nationals 2020 Organising Committee


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