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The Afterwork Navigation League

Organised by Orienteering Hutt Valley, pioneer of rogaining in New Zealand

The Rogaine Coordinator is Phone 027 717 5536.

This page has information about Standard Event Details, Safety, Getting Started, and How It All Began...

Link here to the event calendar listing All rogaines in NZ, or All mapsport events in the Wellington region.

Standard Info about the League

Safety Rules

The afterwork rogaines are not particularly hazardous, but some simple safety precautions are appropriate.

Getting Started

Some tips on how to get started on a rogaine if you have never done one before. Supplied by Mike Sheridan.
  • If you haven't got a good mate to go with, ask the organiser for a partner.

  • Arrive in good time to get the map as soon as its available

  • If you have any concerns, questions or you need some help – ask the organiser

  • Its all in the route planning... Try and avoid too many out and backs or dead ends. Look for loops.

  • On your first event or two – play a conservative game – try and work out how far you can go in the allotted time.

  • Don’t do all the close controls at the beginning. Leave those to the end, so you have lots of options to soak up any remaining time.

  • For your first rogaine or two – don’t worry about your score. Try things out, test yourself and learn some skills.

  • If you can't find a control, don't spend too long on it. Write it off and move on to another one. Even good rogainers sometimes have to do this!

  • Try and pick on one skill each event to focus on – for example: pacing, use of the compass, using your thumb as a pointer to stay in touch with where you are on the map.

Each year we run some very popular evening classroom sessions on the basic skills. if you are interested.

Or start off with a 1hr mini rogaine in the P-Max series. Or, don't wait for the next P-Max, go the the OHV Anytime Orienteering page

How It All Began...

Once upon a time, rogaines used to be all out in the country, miles from anywhere. Some rogainers thought they should do some practice for a big one, and they decided to meet after work at Belmont Regional Park. One of them arrived in his suit with some photocopies of the topo map, with some circles and numbers.

"These are all clear features (like Belmont Trig) but there's no control marker there. I haven't even been up there recently myself. Scoring is by honesty. I'll say go, and as soon as I can, I'll be out of this suit and out there myself."

So began the Wellington 3-hour after-work rogaines. They've been a HUGE success and have spread throughout New Zealand. At some stage honesty was replaced by question-and-answer controls - not so much for mis-trust but to enable everyone to know when they had found "it". Gradually the topo map was put into the computer and the missing tracks were filled in. (And the wrong ones taken out.) The Wellington RidgeRunners mailing list became the de facto advertising medium. Orienteering Hutt Valley (which had pioneered rogaining in NZ) was the organisational umbrella.

At some stage the occasional BBQ afterwards was replaced by pizza. Yay!

This page was updated 12 Apr 2016.

ORIENTEERING ON FOOT: "involves finding your way through unfamiliar terrain using a map." Competitions are usually individual, but groups are welcome too. Checkpoints may have to be visited in a certain order, or a time limit is set. Courses can take anything from 10 minutes up, with an hour quite common.
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ROGAINING: "a sport of long distance cross-country navigation", in which teams of two to five people visit as many checkpoints as they wish in a set time period. "Long" is anything up to 24hrs, but the skills can be practised over any period, such as three hours. There's even a popular series of 1-hour mini rogaines, called P-Max!
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