Katoa Po 2023

The 2023 Katoa Po and explorer weekend in Taupo is going to be a blockbuster because for the Katoa Po night relay and Explorer we have a wide variety of terrain with typical Taupo farmland as well as Pine, Eucalypt and even some Manuka forest to suit all skill levels and we will also have one of the rounds of the National Sprint League series for 2023 which will have courses also open to all.

The Program ensures a full weekend of orienteering that should satisfy the most ardent orienteer.

The venue and camping area for the night relay is close to the town - less than a 10 minute drive. The sprint events will be in the Town on local parks.

The Programme

Saturday 11th March

- First NSL sprint start 2:30pm

- at dusk start of 43rd Katoa Po Night Relay

- 8:30pm start of 3rd Katoa Po Explorer Night Rogaine

Sunday 12th March

- 9.00am start of Katoa Po Explorer Daylight Rogaine

- 9.30am start of 90 minute Rogaine

- Second NSL sprint start ~12.30 pm

See applicable event pages for further details

About the events

Katoa Po is a Maori translation for “all night” and the event is the annual interclub night relay hosted by the Taupo Orienteering Club. The first relay was held at the end of January 1981 but nowadays is usually in March when dusk is earlier but the weather still generally good. Teams are made up of seven members, of mixed ages and abilities who contest for the Owl trophy or five members who compete in the first five legs for the Po Kerukeru trophy. The legs are designed so that all ages, levels of fitness and abilities are catered for. The Rules and details of how Club teams are put together will be advised in a future Bulletin.

The Katoa Po Explorer is a teams event that has been designed for adventure racers wanting to practise their night navigation and teamwork. This event will comprise a three hour rogaine on Saturday night and a 90 minute rogaine on Sunday morning for teams of two or four. The course has been designed by experienced adventure racers, but will be set for a range of abilities, from beginners to expert. Secondary School teams have found this event to be an excellent navigation team exercise.

The National Sprint League sprints will have 2 courses for Men and Women open and 2 shorter courses to suit a wider range of orienteers.

The planners and controllers are very experienced in these events so you can be sure of great courses.

We hope to have each Club appoint a liaison person to gather together and arrange the Club teams for the night relay.

Entries will be via the EnterO website

Campsite and event centre area
Pine forest
Manuka forest

From Wairakei Dr turn onto Poihipi Rd (signs for Kinloch/Mangakino/Te Kuiti/Great Lake Trail)
After 2 Km - turn left on to Scoria Road (Private road to Seays quarry)
After 2 Km - turn left on to farm track to Event Centre