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Entry information

Entry numbers for the week are limited to 200 people for the week with an extra 50 entries being accepted for the last three days. This is a result of Council/Department of Conservation requirements to be able to hold events on their land. 

Normal entries close on the 13th of December (if not full prior), although we will be accepting late entries at an increased price up until 3 January if numbers permit. 

Entry is done on the normal age grade levels. Provisional course/class combinations for the Long Distance and Middle Distance events are below, however these may be combined further depending on entry numbers. 

We will have Elite and Junior Elite grades (MW21E/MW20E grades). The Junior Elite grades will run the same course as the Elite grades for all events except for the Long Distance (as per below)

Parents entering children who need to be shadowed should be enter them in the Open White grade rather than the M/W10 grades.


An explanation of grades and the colour codes used to describe the technical difficulty can be found at the bottom of the page.


Otago Championships Long & Middle Distance events

Course Grades
1 M21E (Red)
2 W21E, M20E, M21A (Red)
3 W20E, M18A, M40A (Red)
4 W18A, W21A, W40A, M50A, M21AS, M16A (Red)
5 W16A, W21AS, W50A, M40AS, M60A (Red)
6 W40AS, W60A
6A W70A, W80A, M70A, M80A (Shortest Red)
7 M14A, M18B, M21B (Long Orange)
8 W14A, W/M16B, W18B, W21B, W40B, M40B (Short Orange)
9 W12A, M12A, W/M14B, W/M21C, Open Yellow (Yellow)
10 W10, M10, W12B, M12B, Open White (White)


Other Middle Distance events (Matukituki & Plantation)

Course Grades
1 M21E, M20E (Red)
2 M21A, M40A, W21E, W20E (Red)
3 M18A, M50A, W21A, W40A (Red)
4 M60A, M21AS, M16A, W50A, W18A (Red)
5 M70A, W16A, W60A, W21AS, W70A, M80A, W80A (Red)
6 M14A, W14A, all B grades aged 16 and above (Orange)
7 M12A, W12A, Open Yellow (Yellow)
8 M10A, W10A, Open White (White)

Sprint distance grades will be further combined. Teams for the sprint relay will be submitted at a later date, there will still be open courses to run on this day if you are not in a team.


Fee Structure

Southern O Week Entry prices Club member Non club member
Junior $80.00 $90.00
Senior $140.00 $150.00
Family $360.00 $380.00


Southern O Week Day prices Sprint (Day 2PM & Day 4)  Long Distance   All others
Junior $8.00 $15.00 $15.00
Senior $12.00 $30.00 $25.00
Family $30.00 $70.00 $60.00



Competitors are divided into classes according to their gender (Men "M", Women "W") and age.

Age is taken at the end of the calendar year.

For age groups under 21 the stated age group is the maximum age a competitor can be. Competitors are entitled to compete in older classes up to and including 21.

The standard junior grades are M10, W10, M12, W12, M14, W14, M16, W16, M18, W18, M20, W20

For example, W18 means for women aged 18 or under at the end of the calendar year.

For age groups over 21 the stated age group is the minimum age a competitor can be. Competitors are entitled to compete in younger classes down to and including 21.

The standard senior grades are M35, W35, M40, W40, M45, W45, M50, W50, M55, W55, M60, W60, M65, W65, M70, W70, M75, W75, M80, W80, M85, W85, M90, W90

For example, M40 means for men aged 40 or over at the end of the calendar year.

The main competition classes are W21 and M21, for women and men respectively. Competitors of all ages are eligible to enter the 21 year age class.

The classes are further subdivided on skill into E (Elite), A and B.


Technical Difficulty

Four colour codes are used to denote the technical difficulty of an orienteering course: White, Yellow, Orange and Red.



Courses must follow drawn linear features (tracks, fences, streams, distinct vegetation boundaries, etc).

A control site must be placed at every decision point eg. a turning point, a track junction or a change in the type of linear feature - from following a track to following a stream.

All control markers must be visible from the approach side.

Where the course has to deviate from the handrail feature (e.g. to cross through a forest block), the route must be marked all the way until a new handrail feature is reached.

Compass use is limited to map orientation only.

No route choice is offered.

Control descriptions in English.



Control sites must be on or near (less than 50m) drawn linear features (tracks, fences, streams, distinct vegetation boundaries, etc) but preferably not at turning points.

This gives the opportunity to follow handrails or to cut across country (i.e. limited route choice).

Control sites shall be visible from the approach side by any reasonable route.

Compass use is limited to rough directional navigation.

Contour recognition is not required for navigation but simple contour features may be used for control sites.



Courses have route choice with prominent attack points near the control sites and/or catching features less than 100m behind.

Control sites may be small point features and the control markers need not necessarily be visible from the attack point.

Simple navigation by contours and rough compass with limited distance estimation required. Use of a chain of prominent features as "stepping stones" is encouraged.



Navigation is as difficult as possible with small contour and point features preferred control sites (no obvious attack points, no handrails).

Control sites shall be placed in areas rich in detail.

Route choice shall be an important element in most legs.