Peninsula and Plains Orienteering


Peninsula & Plains Orienteers (PAPO) is the Canterbury Orienteering club. Based in Christchurch with members as far afield as: Timaru, Ashburton, Geraldine, Rangiora and Hanmer Springs.  We are a friendly bunch of volunteers who aim to promote orienteering and encourage navigation using maps for fun and competition.



See Upcoming events for those events coming up soon or the Calendar for the full program for the year. These range from training and fun events to fully competitive events at the local and national level. The programme includes classic orienteering events, mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) and rogaines. Non-members are always welcome. 

PAPO events will continue to be pre-entry as this simplifies the event organisation and allows participants to pay electronically. See each event page for the event entry link for that event.


Interested in joining the club?  Join us

New to the sport? Some common questions:  FAQ 

Beginning of orienteering as a sport in Canterbury - Read more about the club background and PAPO history here 

Upcoming Events

Heights of Winter 12hr / 6hr rogaine.

Saturday 22 June 2024

Heights of Winter 12hr / 6hr rogaine. more info

Night OY. Spencer Park

Saturday 27 July 2024

Please note for the Night OY: more info

Double sprint OY am. Hillmorton High

Sunday 18 August 2024

Double sprint OY morning. Hillmorton High. more info

Latest News

Heights of Winter 2024

11 June 2024

Enter now for the South Island's biggest rogaine event. The Heights of Winter entry prices are going to stay at the early bird rate until Monday 17 June. So get your team together for a nav adventure and explore some new terrain in either a 6 or 12 hour event. more info

Summer 2024/25 Coach in residence application

29 April 2024

This coming NZ Summer PAPO is offering a scholarship for a Coach in Residence. The scholarship is aimed at University aged orienteers from outside of New Zealand who are looking to improve their Orienteering and Coaching skills. (p.s. NZ is way better than Australia ????!) more info

Summer Youth O camp

19 October 2023

PAPO parents are planning the Youth Summer O camp for young orienteers aged school years 5-8. Based at Spencer Park from 5pm Friday 15th December to 5pm Sunday 17th December. more info