Detailed Information 2011

Version Date: 11 May 11

Status: VERSION 2

It is possible that there might be additions and changes before the event. Please check back shortly before the event. If we update this we'll list the changes so you know where to look.

All changes since Version 1:

  • Parking details updated under "Start/Finish Point".
  • Some words added about roads that you cannot use on foot under "Rules of the Game".

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 in the past were not orienteers, they managed just fine.

Start/Finish Point

The Metlink City Safari will start and finish at Queens Wharf, off Jervois Quay, Wellington. This is the area between the TSB Arena and its sister building to the north, under the sails. 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.

Here are some parking options: Pay and display on nearby streets is free, but since last year WCC has brought in a 2-hour time limit at the weekends. If you have supporters they will be able to drop you off and watch the prologue, but you won't be able to park your car on-street for the duration of the event. So you'll be looking for pay parking unfortunately. These figures were collected onsite, in some cases parking company websites give different details!

  • Waterloo Carepark, on the wharf, entrance opposite the railway station. $8 for 12 hours.
  • Kumototo Carpark, on the wharf, entrance opposite the Shell service station. $14 for 12 hours.
  • Under the TSB Arena and its sister building, entrances from Kumototo Carpark or northern end of Frank Kitts Park. $16 if in by 9:30am, otherwise $5 per hour.
  • Under the southern end of Frank Kitts Park near the lagoon is $4 per 6 hours or part thereof.
  • Carepark in Willeston St. $4 for 12hrs. This looks too good to be true but we asked the attendant!
  • James Smiths Carpark in Wakefield St near the Michael Fowler Centre. $6 for 12 hours.
  • Lombard Carpark in Bond St. $6 for 12 hours
  • Te Papa carpark. $20 for 4.5 hours and over, until 5pm, $20.
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:

  • 8:30am maps available, you can start planning your route
  • 9:10am briefing
  • 9:15am prologue starts
  • 9:25am 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:

  • 11:00am maps available, you can start planning your route
  • 11:40am briefing
  • 11:45am prologue starts
  • 11:55am 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 with a circle and a number. Controls 1-9 are worth 5 points each. The rest are worth the "tens" digit multiplied by 10. That is, number 25 is worth 20 points, control 101 is worth 100. We've had to make up lots of artificial numbers, eg 1A, 1B etc are part of the 10's, 2A, 2B etc are part of the 20's. The start/finish is shown with a triangle.
  • 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.
  • You prove your visit to each control point by answering a simple question (on the back of your map) and writing it on your control sheet which must be named and handed in at the finish. Your TEAM NUMBER must also be on the sheet, this is the number on your race vest, see below. If your team gets more than one vest, the lowest number is your team number. 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 bus, Newlands bus, Valley Flyer and Airport Flyer (Petone south), Tranz Metro Johnsonville train services, Tranz Metro Hutt Valley line as far as Ava (Petone), the Wellington Cablecar, and the DominionPost ferry (between Queens Wharf and Seatoun). You may NOT use 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 may well be oversubscribed. The ferry service will control this by requiring you to get a boarding pass from the ferry office which is in the Meridian building near the ferry. If the limit is reached, 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, Newlands Coach Service, Valley Flyer, 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 (named) 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.
  • We will issue each team with one or more lightweight breathable vests designed to be worn over the top of your clothes. The vests are numbered - your TEAM NUMBER is the lowest vest number in your team. In adventure racing these are REQUIRED to be worn, we would LIKE you to wear them as this promotes the event. Return them at the end.
  • 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 Queens Wharf. Near the Civic Centre there are two pedestrian overbridges, so you may wish to cross there.
  • From Queens Wharf to the Railway Station the multiple-lane road becomes Customhouse and Waterloo Quay. When you cross you must of course obey road rules which may mean waiting for the traffic lights.
  • SH1 from the Terrace Tunnel north through Johnsonville is out of bounds; and also SH2 from Ngauranga north through Petone. This means you can't use them on foot, and only cross them via bridges or underpasses. You may wish to know that you can travel alongside SH1 at Ngauranga where the off ramps are transitioning into non-motorways. There are legal ways of getting from the Ngauranga commercial area to bus and train stops. If in doubt ask us.


  • 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.
  • We will have a bus on Queens Wharf to signify what the event is about and it might seem a good place to leave gear while you're out on the course. While there will be someone there all the time we cannot run a "coat check" system and gear is left at your risk.

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


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