Entries are now open! They will close midnight Friday 19th January or whenever we reach our cap of 250 participants. Please read the information below before entering.

Enter here now: http://oentry.javanut.net/sow-2018

Once you enter please follow the payment instructions provided. For international entrants, we are more than happy for you to pay in cash at the event rather than do an international bank transfer. Please email us (info@sow.nz) if you wish to do this. 


Entry Fees


Entry fees are a little bit different for this event as it's being run on a Entry Fee + Koha basis.

Southerly Storm Koha: Your entry fee only covers the direct costs of putting on the event. We are lucky that this year we have received significant support from Nelson Orienteering Club in way of use of their maps, which means costs are very low. We hope that you will consider giving a koha to the Southerly Storm (South Island) Orienteering Team on top of your entry fee.

The koha will go directly to help support team members (many of whom are students) compete in Super Series events, and will also recognise the effort these team members put in helping out at this and other events. We have put in recommended koha amounts based off last years entry fees. This is a koha of $5 per event for juniors, and $10 per event for seniors.

If you choose one of the koha this will be automatically added to your entry fee, although you can also change your koha amount when you pay us by bank transfer. We will ensure that all additional monies received above the entry fee go to Southerly Storm. Please feel free to donate what you are able to, Southerly Storm appreciate every little bit of support.



Entry Fees Junior Senior  
Middle  $6 $12  
Long $6 $12  
Chasing Start $6 $12  
Total $18 $36  


*There is no family entry fee this year 


Course Information


The winning times for each event:

Day 1 Middle Distance: 30-40mins for Red/Orange courses, 20-25mins for White/Yellow.

Day 2 Long Distance: Ranging from 45mins-90mins for Red/Orange courses (see below), 20-25mins for White/Yellow.

Day 3 Chasing Start: 35-45mins for Red/Orange courses, 20-25mins for White/Yellow


The same grade/course combinations will be used for each event (we reserve the right to change the course/grade combinations if necessary). We encourage you to enter the same grade for each day. Open orange, yellow and white courses are available for each day for all ages, and there is also the M/W21A grades which offers a shorter red course option. 


Course      Men Women Long Distance WT Difficulty
M21E, M20A   90mins Red
M18A, M40A W21E, W20A 70mins Red
M16A, M50A, M21A  W18A, W40A 50mins Red
M60A,  W16A, W50A, W21A 45mins Red
M70A W60A, W70A 45mins Red
M14A, Open Orange M  W14A, Open Orange W 45mins Orange
M12A, Open Yellow M W12A, Open Yellow W 20-25mins Yellow
M10, Open White M* W10, Open White W* 20-25mins White


* If you intend to shadow your child please enter them in the Open White grade rather than M/W10. 


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.