Detailed Information 2007

Yes 2007 was last year, but this will be a pretty good guide. The start will be Queens Wharf and you can pick up your maps earlier this year. The 2008 details will appear here in plenty of time for the event.

Version Date: 14 May 07

Status: VERSION 2 (final)

Summary of changes from Version 1:

  1. Special controls for 3hr teams are now going to be lettered. Numbered controls may be scored by all teams.

We assume you've read the general information about the event in the entry form. If not then don't go any further: read that first.

This page contains the "rules of the game" and one or two details that weren't final when the entry form was completed. You'll need this to find the start for example.

And beyond the rules we've put together some general advice. If it seems a lot relax, most of the participants last time were non-orienteers, they managed just fine.

Start/Finish Point

The City Safari will start and finish in Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington. The venue has been chosen to be accessible to buses and trains, and the start times of 9:45 and 12:15 tie in with the maximum variety of departures.

$6 all-Sunday parking is available in the carpark under Frank Kitts Park, at the lagoon end; we strongly recommend this especially if the weather isn't great as its right next to the start. Other city carparks also have similar weekend rates. On-street parking is free on Sundays, but close parks will all be gone by the time of the 3hr start. We'll have a "City Safari" banner on the site, but note that there's no stopping on Jervois Quay which is a busy multi-lane road. Of course, you could always come by public transport:-))


Both the 3hr and 6hr events are preceded by a 10min prologue which is a mini version of the main event around the waterfront and civic centre. You will be able to score points at a faster rate in the prologue, so it will be worth your while to go as fast as you can for this 10 minutes.

The map for the prologue will be an orienteering map at a much larger scale that shows a lot more detail. But you'll only see your prologue map at the start time.

The detailed timetable for the 6hr event is as follows:

  • 8:45am maps available, you can start planning your route
  • 9:10am briefing
  • 9:20am prologue starts
  • 9:30am prologue finishes, hand in prologue control sheet.
  • 9:45am main event starts
  • 3:45pm main event latest finish without penalty, get time recorded on your control sheet
  • Work out your own score and hand in. No sheet, no result.

The detailed timetable for the 3hr event is as follows:

  • 11:15am maps available, you can start planning your route
  • 11:40am briefing
  • 11:50am prologue starts
  • 12:00noon prologue finishes, hand in prologue control sheet.
  • 12:15pm main event starts
  • 3:15pm main event latest finish without penalty, get time recorded on your control sheet
  • Work out your own score and hand in. No sheet, no result.

Rules of the Game

  • The objective is to maximise your score. The control points are marked on the map and have different values, being the first digit of the number multiplied by 10. That is, control 25 is worth 20 points, control 99 is worth 90. There's a penalty for returning late: 10 points per minute or part thereof. Highest score wins, in the event of a tie the earliest to finish wins.
  • There is a special set of controls which are LETTERED ie A, B, C etc. These are designed to give more possibilities for the 3-hour teams who won't get so far afield; they are worth 5 points for 3hr teams, and nothing for 6-hour teams.
  • The control points are shown on the map with a purple circle and purple control number or letter. The start/finish is shown by a purple triangle.
  • You prove your visit to each control point by answering a simple question on your control sheet which must be named and handed in at the finish. Swapping information such as the answers to questions , or guessing, is cheating. Obviously we can't police it, we rely on you to play fair.
  • Except in the case of emergency, team members must stay together, especially when visiting control points. You are not allowed to send the fittest team member up the hill to get the answer! If a team member has to drop out for any reason during the event you must tell us back at base; and from that time you are a new team starting with a score of zero.
  • You must travel on foot or (in contrast to most rogaines) on timetabled Go Wellington (formerly Stagecoach) bus, Stagecoach Flyer (between Lambton interchange and airport), Tranz Metro Johnsonville train services, the Wellington Cablecar, and the DominionPost ferry (between Queens Wharf and Seatoun). You may NOT use Newlands buses, or other forms of transport.
  • You must take the bus, train, cablecar and ferry services as you find them. You cannot for example ask a bus driver to stop at other than normal stops. If a bus or train service is late or early, that's tough; in rural rogaines unexpected conditions are often met.
  • Taking services as you find them includes MAXIMUM CAPACITY. A bus, cablecar or train has a maximum load though this is unlikely to be met. But the ferry to Seatoun which departs just after the 3hr start-time may well be oversubscribed. The operator will apply his normal rules for maximum capacity - and close the doors! That's life folks, take it on the chin and remember that there are paying customers on these services too. 3-hour teams, have a backup plan:-))
  • Your bus/train pass is a special issue, thanks to Go Wellington, Tranz Metro, Wellington Cablecar and the DomPost ferry. If your pass isn't recognised (remember these are large organisations with lots of staff) just pay up and give us the tickets later for reimbursement.
  • Electronic navigation aids are prohibited, such as GPS's and altimeters. This is a mapreading adventure! And spiked shoes are prohibited out of consideration for our bus and train sponsors.
  • Crossing Jervois Quay at street level is PROHIBITED during both the prologue and the main event, for safety reasons. This is the stretch of multiple-lane road from Taranaki St to the triangle known as Post Office "Square". You can use the two pedestrian bridges near the start.
  • We will issue each team with a lightweight breathable vest designed to be worn over the top of whatever else you wear. In adventure racing these are REQUIRED to be worn, we would LIKE one of the team to wear it as it promotes the event. Return them at the end.


  • Rogaines are run as team events for safety reasons. Although we start in downtown Wellington you could break your leg on a kerb! Responsibility for obtaining help is with the unaffected team members. Feel free to carry cellphones (for use in emergencies only.) An organiser cellphone number will be printed on the map.
  • Risk analysis. The most likely safety risk is crossing roads. All road rules apply. Stop, look, and listen.

These are the essentials, if you would like to know more about what to expect, using txtBUS, and what will be on the map, remember the Advice page.


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