Event Information


Final Instructions - share this information with all your team members.

Indemnity Form - be sure to bring a copy of the Indemnity Form to the event. You will not be registered until you lodge an Indemnity completed by all team members.

Event Options

In addition to the 24 hour championship there will be a "15 in 24 hour" non-championship event. The 15 in 24 competitors may spend up to a total of 15hrs out on the course in any chunks and at any time within the 24hrs


Within a 1hr drive from Blenheim. Detailed travel directions and other information will be in the final instructions emailed to the team contact one week prior to the event and will also be available on the website.

Terrain, Course and Map

Largely a variety of rolling land with some moderate and steep hills. A mix of mostly clean open grassland, tussock land, scattered scrub, native bush, pine plantations, matagouri - typical Marlborough farm land. Defined ridges, spurs, knolls, saddles, lots of gullies and water courses, interesting rock features, plenty of contours with good stock routes and lots of farm tracks. Elevation range of 635 metres between the lowest and highest contour/point. Weather permitting - spectacular views are assured.

Travel should be relatively quick and easy if you choose a good route! There will be some water drops and other sources of water such as at woolsheds.

The map will be prepared in OCAD and will be based on the Topo50 map series. Map scale will either be 1:40 000 or 1:50 000, contour interval 20m, and size probably A3. It is pre-marked with 75 (maybe more) checkpoint locations. Out of bounds areas are overprinted. Area of the map is approximately 130 km2 (at this stage). The map will not be waterproof.

Checkpoints will be marked with a standard orienteering control flag. Navlight electronic punching will be used. Instructions on the use of Navlight are available at http://www.rogaine.org.nz/, and anyone requiring it will be briefed personally at the event.

Event HQ/Hashhouse

The Event HQ/Hash-house is based at a large woolshed. Camping and parking will be available at the site on Saturday night only. Because of the limited area we would ask that only one vehicle per team is brought to the site.

Toilets and drinking water will be available. Shower facilities will not be available. A dip in a nearby stream (if there is sufficient water) could be an option.

There is plenty of under-cover shelter in the sheep yards, but limited space in the wool-room where administration and meals will be managed. You should be prepared to do your planning in your tent or vehicle if necessary.

During the event, food (soup and toasties) will be available at the HQ/Event centre from 21:00 on Saturday to 06:00 Sunday, and the main meal will be available from 12:00 until 13:30 on Sunday.

Fires, smoking, dogs, and guns are not permitted anywhere at the Rogaine venue, that is campsite, administration area, or on the course.


Depending on demand, buses or mini-buses will be organised from Picton. This is organised independently of the event.
    Update 4th March: Alan Wilson will run a bus from Picton and return. See the details.

There are also other buses/shuttle services between the ferries in Picton, Blenheim airport and Blenheim. top


Camping will be available at the hash-house site only on Saturday night. There is a variety of accommodation available in Blenheim.

Event Timetable

Both the 24hr and 15hr Rogaines start midday Saturday with maps issued at 09:00.

Friday, 18th March
18:00 – 21:00  Registration (venue to be confirmed - may be at a café or bar)
Saturday, 19th March
07:30  Registration opens (at Event HQ/Hash-house)
09:00  Maps distributed
11:45  Briefing – all competitors must attend this
12:00  Start
21:00  Hash-house food begins
Sunday, 20th March
06:00  Hash-house food closes
12:00  Events finish. Meal available until 13:30
13:00  Results and presentation
13:30  Hash-house closes
15:00  Bus departs for Picton (to be confirmed)


Weather and astronomical

The full moon occurs on Sunday 20th March 2011 at 07:11.

Sunset: 19:39 Saturday Moonrise: 18:55 Saturday
Sunrise: 07:25 Sunday Moonset: 07:39 Sunday

The weather in Marlborough is normally settled at this time of the year although nights and mornings can be cool. However, as usual the weather can quickly change and competitors will need to be equipped for anything from very hot with NW winds to cold southerly conditions. In some weather conditions rain, low cloud and mist can cover the high ground very quickly.


  • Men – Open, Junior (under 23), Veteran, Superveteran
  • Women – Open, Junior (under 23), Veteran, Superveteran
  • Mixed – Open, Junior (under 23), Veteran, Superveteran


  1. In a Veteran team all members must be 40 or over on the first day of competition; in a Supervet team all members must be 55 or over on the first day of competition; in a Junior team all members must be under 23 on the first day of competition.
  2. Teams to consist of 2 to 5 people.
  3. All members of a team must fall within the team category
  4. Any team with a person under 14 must also have a person over 18.


These events will be run according to the standard championship rules available at the http://www.rogaine.org.nz/main/CompetitionRules.htm. A copy of the rules will be available at the event centre.


Online entries will open on 12th February and the closing date for entries is 5pm Thursday, 10th March 2011. Late entries will not be accepted.

The event fee, which includes food during the Rogaine and a post-event meal, is

  • Adult:  $90
  • Junior (under 23 on the first day of the event):  $45

No refunds after entries close on the 10th March. Please, no switching between the 24hr and 15hr events after you have entered.

Payment may be made either by direct credit to NZRA Bank Account No. 03 0674 0197735 00 or by cheque payable to the New Zealand Rogaining Association. If paying by direct credit please use the team contact’s name as reference and transfer the payment promptly after entering. Post cheques to:

NZ Rogaining Championships 2011
c/o Janette Holdaway
300 Vickerman St
RD 3
Blenheim 7273

Entries will be confirmed by posting them on the List of Entrants page after payment has been received. The entry list will be updated regularly. Changes and corrections to Janette Holdaway, e-mail nzra.entries@gmail.com, phone 03 578 7137.


Competitors must agree to abide by the NZRA Code of Conduct which may be viewed at the NZRA website.

Neither the organisers nor landowners accept liability for any accident or injury to participants during the event. The team contact on the entry form must ensure all team members are aware that they participate at their own risk. All team members will be required to provide a signed indemnity form at registration. In the unlikely event that conditions are extreme on the day the event may be shortened or cancelled. (No entry fee refund if the event is cancelled).

Safety information, clothing requirements and suggestions for equipment will be included in the information package emailed to team contacts about one week before the event.

Environmental and Farm Care

Please respect the landowner's property and privacy. Their support and cooperation for permitting access to their properties for hosting this rogaine is very generous. We do not in any way wish to jeopardise the positive relationship that we have established with the landowners and Marlborough farmers over the past several years. We have a positive reputation and relationship with them and the community which we wish to continue. To date we have received encouraging feedback from all concerned. This feedback is very beneficial when assessing potential new areas for rogaines.

Some key issues that have been expressed to us are:

  • Respect farm animals, fences and other facilities, and the right of landowners to operate their business, and lifestyle.
  • Privacy and security of houses and property.
  • Leave gates as you found them. If YOUR team opens a gate, YOUR team must close it SECURELY. Do NOT rely on people in another team to close it.
  • Spooking or cramping stock into fence corners.
  • Cross fences at a strainer post, or climb through. Climb gates at the hinge end.
  • Report any damage, or distress to stock, to the organisers
  • Remove rubbish - more importantly, don't create it in the first place
  • Bury toilet waste - better still, use the toilets provided at the START/FINISH where possible.
  • Keep streams clean

Access to any properties is only for the duration of the event. Possession of the map does not entitle access at any other time.



Note that the email addresses have been obfuscated to give the organisers some protection against spam. When emailing people using the addresses below you will need to copy and paste the address into your mailer, substitute @ for "at" and remove the spaces around the "at" and the dots.

General enquiries should be made to –
Mondo Kopua,
Ph (03) 579 4807 or email: mondo.enterprises at xtra . co . nz
Entry enquiries to –
Janette Holdaway,
Ph. (03) 578 7137, or email: nzra.entries at gmail . com

Further information, rules etc

For further information and explanation of Rogaining see the NZRA website – www.rogaine.org.nz