Middle – Easter Sunday

See the Programme for full details about the event

Event type: Middle
Event date: Sunday 21 April 2019

Landowner: Danlu Forestry, Charlie Robinson
Jean Cory-Wright
Alistair Cory-Wright
Russell Higham
Technical Advisers: 
Jenni Adams and Carsten Jørgensen
Chief Organiser:
Julia Fettes

Map: Maerewhenua 
Map/Terrain Description: Maerewhenua (pr. my-ray-fenua) is a small map that that more than makes up in quality what is lacks in overall size. Old gold workings have changed the shape of the ground leaving intricate features that will test your navigation skills. Deep erosion gullies, earth towers, and narrow passages pepper the area, most of which is covered in mature pine forest. Wild gorse and broom reduce visibility in places and some short punchy climbs will slow the km rate. Competitors can expect fast and slow, with open, tangled, steep, rolling and flat terrain!

Location of Event Centre: West Maerwhenua Rd (44.914319S, 170.603176E)

Map scale: 1:7 500
Contour interval: 5 m

Registration opens: 9 am
Easter Egg hunt for kids: Sometime between 9 am and 10 am (starts at the Creche tent)
First start: 10 am
Prizegiving for Middle: Waitaki Boys High School Auditorium, 7 pm Sunday 21st April
Course closure: 3 pm
Relay team registration: All forms must be submitted to Registration by 3 pm

Travel Directions from Oamaru (allow 45 minutes): Updated 16/4/2019

  1. Take SH1 north out of Oamaru. At Pukeuri (8.7km), turn left onto SH83 (signposted Kurow, Omarama).
  2. After a further 34km look out for Orienteering signs and turn left onto the Livingstone-Duntroon Road.
  3. Follow this road for 8km to Earthquakes Road. Note: At about 4km along this road from Duntroon the main route curves left. Your route is straight ahead to Danseys Pass. GIVE WAY TO ONCOMING TRAFFIC.
  4. Turn right into Earthquakes Road and after the bridge follow the sign straight ahead on to Bushy Creek Road.
  5. From there, follow O-signs 2km on gravel road to the carpark field.

Travel Directions from Herbert (allow 45 minutes):

  1. Travel north on SH1 to Maheno (8.2km). Turn left onto the Tokarahi-Tapui Road and drive 33km to Tokarahi.
  2. Just before the village, turn left onto the Tokarahi-Duntroon Road and follow this for 6.6km to Earthquakes Road (Orienteering sign).
  3. See Step 5 of the directions above from Oamaru for the rest of the way.

Travel Directions from Danseys Pass (allow 50 minutes from the pass):

  1. Travel north to 4km beyond the Tokarahi Golf Club.
  2. Turn left into Earthquakes Road and after the bridge follow the sign straight ahead on to Bushy Creek Road.
  3. See Step 5 of the directions from Oamaru for the rest of the way.

NOTE: There is a dip and a hump to get off the road and into the carpark. Low-slung cars may not be able to enter. Please park on the grass verge.

Course Details:

Course Men Women Winning Time (min) Technical Difficulty Length (km)
1 M21E 35 Red  3.8
2 M20A
W21E 35 Red  3.0
3 M18A
33 Red  2.7
4 M50A W20A
33 Red  2.4
5 M16A
30 Red  2.2
6 M60A W18A
27 Red  2.1
7 M40AS M65A W16A W21AS W55A 27 Red  2.0
8 M70A
27 Red  1.9
9 M80A
W40AS W70A
27 Red  1.4
10 M14A
W21B 25 Orange  2.1
11 M40B W14A
22 Orange  2.0
12 M12A
21 Yellow  2.0
Open Easy
13 M10A
21 White  1.7
Open Very Easy

* Course 12 and 13 times are estimated median finish times for the A grade classes

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Local highlights: Maerewhenua homes a historic area with well known Māori rock art in Aotearoa inside a limestone shelter, some of which is believed to pre-date European contact. It is one of only two such sites in the South Island open to the public. As a goldmining district Maere-whenua dates from 1872, and there are a number of spurs and terraces on the west banks of the Maerewhenua river in bush gully where gold was sought. Maerewhenua has been described as having ‘golden hills’ as it has a gold digging past legend has it there may still be gold in the hills and creeks…

Māori tradition: This historic area has many early traditional stories associated with it, and the area is of highest cultural and spiritual significance to the Ngāi Tahu whānui.

A pronunciation guide for Maerewhenua – the ‘wh’ is an ‘f’ sound in Te Reo Māori. Whenua, is the word for word for land, and it also means placenta. All life is seen as being born from the womb of Papatūānuku, under the sea. The lands that appear above water are placentas from her womb. They float, forming islands. In another perspective, all life takes place within the womb of the world. The beginning of this local name is unknown exactly, there are two theories. It could have come from the word Maero (original inhabitants/mythical wild people)  or the other alternative is supported by the fact maru means shelter, and there are rock shelters with unusual Māori paintings in this area.

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