4th Katoa Po Explorer - 9/10 March 2024

Event Info

When - Saturday 9th March 2024

- 4:00pm Campsite opens
- 5:30pm Registration opens
- 8:00pm Briefing for all competitors, maps handed out
- 8:30pm Start of 3 hour Night Rogaine

- Sunday 10th March 2024
- 9:00am Start of 90 minute Daylight Rogaine

Where - Acacia Bay Road, Rangatira E Farm, Taupo

Organizer - Taupo Orienteering Club

Planner - Phil White

Controller - Chris Morris

Registration: - Online

Entry Deadlines

- Early Bird - before Sunday 25th February 11.59pm
- Final deadline - Sunday, 3rd March 11:59pm

• enquiries to entries@taupoorienteering.nz

Event format

Combination of 3 hour night rogaine plus 90 minute daylight rogaine on Sunday morning in teams of 2 to 5 persons.

Optional warm-up event: Park/town urban event at Three Mile Bay, starts 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Saturday 9 March.

See the supporting event page for details

Entry fees per person

  • Juniors (born 2004 or later)
    Early bird  $45 (by Sunday 25th Feb 11:59pm)
    Late entry  $60 (after 25th Feb and before Sunday 3rd March 11:59pm)
  • Seniors
    Early bird  $80 (by Sunday 25th Feb 11:59pm)
    Late entry $100 (after 25th Feb and before Sunday 3rd March 11:59pm)

What - The night rogaine will be in two parts, on two separate maps. You will have a total time of 3 hours for the two maps - you can take as long as you want on the first map, but will lose points if you are longer than 3 hours in total. You will have about 15 minutes before the start to plan your route on the first map, and when you return you will receive the second map. Any planning time for the second map is included in the 3 hours.
The Sunday morning rogaine will be on another map, and you will have 90 minutes for this.

Being a rogaine means that you can get as many (or as few) controls as you like, in any order. At the end of the 3 hour night rogaine, any teams that are late back will lose 10 points per minute or part of a minute that they are late back. At the end of the 90 minute day rogaine, the penalty will be 20 points per minute or part of a minute.

A prizegiving will be held as soon as results have been finalised after the Sunday rogaine.

The Terrain - The event is on the Rangatira E map, and will overlap with the area that was used last year. It has areas of farm with rolling hills and erosion gullies along with pine, eucalypt and manuka forest.

Compulsory Gear list

  Individual gear (must be carried by each competitor)

  • Fleece
  • Polyprop top
  • Water/wind proof jacket
  • Head torch (with enough batteries)
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Sufficient food and drink for the duration
  • Survival Bag

  Team Gear (may be carried by anyone in the team)

  • Cell Phone (for emergency use only)
  • Multi purpose knife (eg. Swiss Army)
  • First Aid Kit (minimum= plasters, small and large bandages, tape, paracetamol, crepe rolls, anti-histamine pills)
  • Compass

Camping Facilities

Access via a farm road that should be suitable for most vehicles in most conditions.
There will be a flattish grassy area for parking/camping, with great views and Portaloos.
Bring your own water (some water will be available for competitor hydration).
No fires or pets allowed.

Event Location

  • From Wairakei Dr at top of control gates hill turn onto Poihipi Rd (signs for Kinloch/Mangakino/Te Kuiti/Great Lake Trail)
  • After 350 m - turn left on to Acacia Bay Road
  • After 3 Km - turn right on to farm road to Event Centre
  • Event centre is approximately 2km up the farm road
  • Katoa Po 2024 event centre