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

Evening Sprint (& sprint relay). University of Canterbury

Tuesday 28 March 2023

Evening Sprint. University of Canterbury. This will also include the option for a 2-person sprint relay. (Event rescheduled from 21/3/2023) more info

Van Asch farm

Sunday 2 April 2023

Van Asch farm Orienteering. The Van Asch farm above Halswell Quarry features steep farmland with rock detail. All courses start and finish in Haslwell Quarry. more info

NZ MTBO champs 2023. Middle distance. Bottle Lake

Saturday 29 April 2023

NZ MTBO champs 2023. Middle distance. Bottle Lake. more info

Latest News

2022 AGM minutes

31 January 2023

Have a read of last years' AGM minutes and see what PAPO are doing for you and the club.  It is in our best interest to hold orienteering events and encourage more get into navigation and map sports. Feel free to ask questions about the overall health of the sport in Canterbury, or suggest how... more info

PAPO Coach in residence - summer 2023

28 October 2022

This 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

Enter the schools festival now

02 September 2022

Haere mai! You’re invited to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival 2022. more info