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Event type: Sprint Distance
Event date: 19 April 2019
Landowner: Waitaki District Council
Planner: Mike Harding
Controller: Bruce Steven
Mapper: Linley Earnshaw
Chief Organiser: Sue Unsworth
Map/Terrain Description: Ōamaru is the venue for the Sprint race. The city centre has everything from planted gardens to wild hillsides, old and new buildings, railway lines and coastlines. There is not much change in elevation unless your planner sends you for a circuit out to the east and then it will be steep! There are cut-throughs and tunnels and route choices, and plenty of opportunities to stop for good coffee along the way. Be on the ball and be ready for quick decision making.
Embargo: There is an embargo in place for this event in the Ōamaru city centre, please study the map on the update page here.
Location of Event Centre: Eastern end of Wansbeck Street (45.1049S, 170.9722E)
Map scale: 1:4,000
Contour interval: 2m
Registration opens: Midday
First start: 1 pm
Prizegiving for Sprint: As close to 3:30 pm as we can manage.
Course closure: 4:30 pm
Travel Directions to the Event Centre:
From Severn St turn east onto Itchen St (just south of the rail crossing at the bottom of the hill). Travel east along Itchen St and turn right into Tees St (at the end of Thames St).
Travel south down Tees St and turn left into Wansbeck St.Travel east along Wansbeck St and park in the carpark on the right just before Scotts Brewery.
The event centre is 150m east of the carpark in the foreshore reserve area.
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Local highlights: Ōamaru has been described in a New Zealand Geographic article as a “concrete emblem of fleeting wealth. This monument to Victorian high spirits. This enclave of hewn stone.” Vaughan Yarwood writes that it is “the country’s most complete Victorian townscape, as well as the most intact Victorian/Edwardian deep-sea port in the Southern hemisphere.” The coastal port town of Oamaru is centred around this historic precinct defined by grand Victorian-era whitestone buildings, including an imposing Grand Opera House. The public gardens are also of New Zealand’s oldest, they opened in 1876. The 34-acre gardens feature the Ōamaru Creek meandering along its length. The town is also home to the quirky annual Steampunk Festival every winter.
Māori background: We have found one grisly meaning for the place name of Ōamaru. It has been found to be “the place of flesh left to dry”. Which would be OK if it was fish caught in the port, but no, it is written as “the flesh of conquered warriors were brought here to be preserved”. Beware!
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