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

NightNav 3 - Spencer Park

Wednesday 27 September 2023

NightNav is one hour rogaine/score event in the dark. You can compete in teams or individual. Get some friends together and grab a headtorch to give it a go!There is a briefing at 6.45pm before the mass start at 7.00pm more info

Canterbury Champs - Relay. Castle Hill Village

Saturday 14 October 2023

Canterbury Champs - Relay. Castle Hill Village more info

Canterbury Champs. Long Distance. Hogsback

Sunday 15 October 2023

Canterbury Champs. Long Distance. Hogsback more info

Latest News

2023/23 AGM minutes

22 September 2023

It was a successful turnout to the AGM in August. We have a full  2023/24 committee - but there is always room for additional opportunities if you are keen. The PAPO committee positions nominated and accepted at the AGM: more info

2022/23 Event of the Year

16 August 2023

THE PAPO AGM had some great insights into the JWOC and WOC events . Slides were presented by half of the JWOC team: Fergus O'Neill, Ryan Moore, Felix Hunt, Kaia Joergensen Anna and Katherine Babington. more info

School orienteering training

16 August 2023

After school orienteering training sessions are designed for students in various locations around Christchurch from Monday 21 August to 7 September leading up to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival: Saturdau 9 & Sunday 10 September. more info