Ultralong. Hogsback

PAPO/UCOC Ultralong 2023

Saturday 13 May 2023
Event Type:
Ryan Moore
Fergus O'Neill

Hogsback Ultralong (organised by UCOC - University of Canterbury orienteering club). 

The Hogs Back map is a subalpine area with a mixture of mature beech forest and open tussock. The elevation ranges from 700m to 1200m above sea level. Large flat areas are dissected by steep valleys and ridges. The beech forest offers a range of runnability, from open mature forest with running speeds < 4min/km to extremely thick areas of regrowth. There are some isolated areas of limestone rock detail.

Bulletin & start lists:


This event is pre-entry only. 
Enter here: https://entero.co.nz/evento.php?eventName=chw-2023
Pre-entries close: Thurs 11th May.
Any queries on the entry system, please email PAPOentries@gmail.com
No enter on the day.


There are four Ultralong Elite courses: M21E, W21E, M20E and W20E.

There will also be Non-elite red and orange courses.

  • Long Red (same course as W20E)
  • Short Red 
  • Orange
  • No Yellow or White course 

See the event bulletin for details of course length, climb etc. 


Costs for the Saturday event (organised by UCOC).  

    Members * Non-Members

Ultralong Courses 
M21E/W21E & M20E/W20E

Seniors (over 21) $30 $40
Juniors & Tertiary Students $20 $24
Public Red and Orange courses Seniors (over 21) $25 $35
Juniors & Tertiary Students $15 $19

* For members of ONZ Affiliated Clubs and UCOC Members.
All entry fees are per individual, (no family or team discounts).


Credit card payments can be made from the entry system (EnterO). For bank transfers, please credit the PAPO bank account: 03-0823-04259310-00. Please reference your surname and "ULTRALONG"
PAPO VIP points cannot be used at this event.

Travel and Parking

From Christchurch, travel on State Highway 73 towards the West Coast. 2km after passing Castle Hill village, turn left onto Mt Cheeseman Ski Field road. Drive along this road until you reach the event centre at Texas Flat. This is a 100km, 1hr 30min drive from Christchurch, so leave plenty of time to reach the event for your start time in the morning..

Parking is at the Texas Flat car park at the head of the Hog’s Back mountain bike trail, and along the Cheeseman Ski Field Road leading up to this area.
The event centre is by the parking area, and the walk to the start is approximately 600m for all courses. Watch out for vehicles on the Cheeseman Road when walking to the start.

Event timetable:

Registration: From 9.30am
Start times: From 10.30am (allocated start times).
Course closure: 3.30pm
Electronic Punching: SI Air+ will be turned on for this event, bring your SI Air card if you have one. For those without an SI Air card (and anyone hiring a SI card) punch in the usual manner.


Sorry no dogs permitted.

Accommodation in Craigeburn

PAPO have booked the STAC Lodge (Castle Hill village) and the Canterbury Environment Centre (Broken River road) for the night of Saturday 13th May, providing a great opportunity for competitors to stay together and be social.
See https://papo.org.nz/series/view/29 for more details.