Relay – Easter Monday

See the Programme for full details about the event

Event type: NZ Relay Championships
Event date: Monday 22 April 2019

Landowner: Alastair & Carrie Gibson
Planner: Carsten Joergensen
Controller: Jenni Adams
Mapper: Carsten Joergensen
Chief Organiser: Vivien Bloor

Map Name: Humpy Bumpy | Earthquakes
Map/Terrain description: This map was first used for Oceania in 2009 when it was called “Humpy Bumpy” by the owner and the mapper because the phrase aptly describes the land formations. Situated under huge limestone cliffs, this area has open farmland and big rock clusters to make things interesting.

Predominantly open farm land, with mostly good runnability, in some areas long grass or tussock, scrub and uneven ground make the runnability slower. There are some areas of matagouri which motivates full leg cover. The slopes vary from moderate to steep with some areas of intricate contour and rock features. There are two small areas of pine forest with very good runnability. Electric fences will be off during the event.

Location of Event Centre: Earthquake Rd, 44°53’04.4″S 170°37’33.3″E Rd

Map Scale: 1:7,500
Contour Interval: 5 m

Registration Opens: 9am
Briefing: 9:45am
Start Times for each Grade:
Mixed Open: 10am
Mixed Veteran: 10:05am
Mixed Masters: 10:10am
Mixed Short: 10:15am

Mass start for remaining second and third leg runners: 11:45am
Prizegiving for Relay: As close to 12:30pm as we can manage.
Course Closure: 1pm

You must use the same sportident that was used for the Long

Travel Directions From Oamaru  (allow 45 minutes):
Take SH1 north out of Oamaru. At Pukeuri (8.7km), turn left onto SH83 (signposted Kurow, Omarama).
After a further 34km look out for Orienteering signs and turn left onto the Livingstone-Duntroon Road. Follow this road for 8km to Earthquakes Road.
Note: At about 4km along this road the main route curves left. Your route is straight ahead to Danseys Pass. GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC.
Turn right into Earthquakes Road and follow signs 3km to the carpark field (mostly on gravel road).

Travel Directions From Herbert (allow 45 minutes):
Travel north on SH1 to Maheno (8.2km). Turn left onto the Tokarahi-Tapui Road and drive 33km to Tokarahi.
Just before the village, turn left onto the Tokarahi-Duntroon Road and follow this for 6.6km to Earthquakes Road (Orienteering sign).
Turn right into Earthquakes Road and follow signs 3km to the carpark field (mostly on gravel road).

Travel Directions From Danseys Pass (allow 50 minutes from the pass itself):
Travel north to 4km beyond the Tokarahi Golf Club.
Turn left into Earthquakes Road and follow signs 3km to the carpark field (mostly on gravel road).

Course Details:

Class Leg Allowed Classes Winning Time (min) Technical Difficulty Length (km)
Mixed Short



1 Up to MW16
All B & C Classes
25 Orange 3.1-3.2
2 Up to MW12
All C Classes
15 White 1.6
3 Up to MW14 20 Yellow 1.9-2.0
Mixed Open



1 Open 30 Red 4.9-5.0
2 Open 30 Red 4.2-4.3
3 Open 30 Red 4.9-5.0
Mixed Masters



1 MW40+ 25 Red 4.2-4.3
2 MW40+ 25 Red 3.8
3 MW40+ 25 Red 4.2-4.3
Mixed Veterans



1 MW60+ 20 Red 3.1-3.2
2 MW60+ 20 Red 2.9-3.0
3 MW60+ 20 Red 3.1-3.2

Team combinations:
Teams will be formed from the entries in the appropriate age grades by each club’s team co-ordinator (or we the organisers in the case of ‘spare’ runners in each grade) closer to the date of the Relays. If you are from a small club or overseas, we will look at the entries and help form teams using the email addresses in your entries from either your own clubs or states if possible, or even the whole of Australia or the UK if need be.  In other words, no matter where you are from – Whangarei or Wagga Wagga, we’ll do our best to make your day enjoyable. These teams won’t be able to take the titles, but will be noted in the final results. Who knows, we might even end up with some trans-Tasman teams with members of NZ’s smaller clubs or ‘spares’ from larger clubs if that is what it takes for everyone to get a run in as competitive a team as possible.

Notes about forming teams:

  • All relay teams must include at least one female who may run any one of the legs.
  • The length of leg 2 for red courses will be shorter than leg 1 and 3, because it will be planned based on the fastest woman’s expected time.
  • Small clubs with 30 or less members may combine with another club from the same region to form a composite team. The combined team will be an official entry in the New Zealand relay.
  • While the MW16 red level runners are not specifically catered for by this format, they still have the option of running in the open grade.
  • It’s important to note that unofficial entries are welcome in any grade where teams don’t meet the eligibility requirements – the aim being to get as many participants as possible. For example, an M16/W40/M55 combination may compete in the Mixed Masters as an unofficial entry.

The criteria used to determine eligibility for relay legs are as follows:

  • The eligible age grade for a competitor is their actual age grade. Eg; a 43 year old who runs M21E in the Long will be eligible to run as an M40A in the Relay.
  • The eligible race class (E, A, AS, B or C) for a competitor is the race class that the competitor entered for the Long.
  • A competitor who runs an A or AS class in the Long will not be eligible to run as a B class runner in the Relay.

This map brought to you with the generous support of our friends in Dunedin Orienteering.
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Background to this format:
In various forums throughout the New Zealand orienteering community, issues with attendance and satisfaction with the courses and competition at the NZ Relay Championships have been raised over the last few years.  In 2018, the organising committee of the 2018 New Zealand Orienteering Championships trialled a new format for the relay, and since a review of that pilot has not yet occurred at an inter-club forum, we, the organisers of the 2019 event, have chosen to repeat the same grade combination as was offered in 2018.

Locality highlights: Yes, Earthquakes is actually a place you can visit. The popular geological site in the Waitaki Valley that is remarkable for its huge limestone land formations that give rise to the name is a little further north along the road shown on the 2015 map above. It looks like it has been struck by a devastating earthquake that had ripped through the land, but in fact, the formations have been caused by a land slump thousands, maybe millions, of years ago. Earthquakes is a DOC reserve and attracts a number of fascinated geologists every year and makes up part of the Vanished World heritage trail.

Māori legend: According to Māori tradition, earthquakes are caused by the god Rūaumoko (or Rūamoko), the son of Ranginui (the Sky) and his wife Papatūānuku (the Earth). Rangi had been separated from Papa, and his tears had flooded the land. Their sons resolved to turn their mother face downwards so that she and Rangi should not constantly see one another’s sorrow and grieve more. When Papatūānuku was turned over, Rūaumoko was still at her breast and was carried to the world below. To keep him warm there he was given fire. He is the god of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the rumblings that disturb the land are made by him as he walks about.

Featured image: Similar terrain nearby at Elephant Rocks.

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