Usually 3 hours but occasionally might be shorter.
Maps available 5:20pm, briefing 5:50pm, rogaine 6-9pm. For locations further out these might be half an hour later.
If you can't get there by then why worry - just rogaine for a shorter time. In fact if you want a shorter period tell the organiser and just do it!
As advertised. Usually urban, they will use a mixture of streets and bush tracks with the occasional off-track control. But we also have bush areas close to the city and these will have more challenging control points.
Rogaining teams are 2-5 but (a) organiser can allow solo for people known to them and
(b) there's nothing magic about 5, if you think that 10 of you can make
decisions together then go for it:-)) Mostly its 2-3.
- Entry fee
$20 per person, payable on the night. Less $5 discount for members of any orienteering club. OHV has a half-price introductory subscription which is only $12.50, find the subform here.
Secondary school students half price - rogaining with a friend is ideal prep for orienteering, Hillary Challenge, etc.
- Pre-registration Discount
A FURTHER $5 discount (half for students) if you register two business days prior. Preferably use the online form here, if your computer doesn't like the form use the email address there instead.
We ask for a home and cell-phone number, these are
for emergency purposes only. See "Safety" below.
The standard rogaine system is that each control point is worth the first digit times 10,
ie control 44 is worth 40 points. Get as much as you can in the time, lose 10 points
for each minute you are back late. With Q-and-A controls you need a pen/pencil to record
the answer to the (simple) question at each one. It will be about a distinctive feature in the middle of the circle.
- Ribbon Controls
Sometimes (eg in the bush) there's nothing suitable to ask a question about, and we tie a bright orange ribbon on a tree. The question will be "what are the code letters on the ribbon?" The ribbon location will be described, eg gully, spur, stream etc and the ribbon shouldn't be hidden.
- Limitations of Q-and-A controls
Sometimes the question isn't crystal clear - eg the feature that was obvious to the course planner doesn't stick out to you. Occasionally we even get the circle wrong. If you believe you're at the right place and you can't find the subject of the question, don't spend more than a few minutes. Write the answer as "Claim" and carry on. If a significant number claim, that's fine. If you're the only one, welllllll....
- Club Membership
ALL orienteering clubs and the NZ Rogaine Association extend "members rates"
to each other. But if you would like to join the club which pioneered rogaining
in New Zealand and has run way more than any other, you can't go past Orienteering Hutt Valley. Subs for first-time orienteering members are half-price, the sub form
is among the entry forms at enter.ohv.org.nz
- Mailing List
Reminders are sent to the Wellington RidgeRunners mailing list, which is a virtual club for off-road runners. To get on the list send a blank email to
They are also posted on the RidgeRunners Facebook group.