Getting there

International travel

The North Island’s international airports are in Auckland and Wellington, and there are direct flights from most Australian airports to both. Travellers coming from further afield may need to change in Auckland, but it depends on your airline and route. Once you’re on the ground, you can take a road trip (more fun) or a domestic flight (faster) to reach the orienteering.

If you hold an Australian passport, NZ citizenship or permanent residency, you can visit New Zealand freely. Citizens of most other countries can visit by applying for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). Citizens of some countries may need to apply for a visitor visa. You can check your visa or NZeTA requirements at New Zealand Immigration.

Getting around Aotearoa

The warm-up events on the 18th and 19th are just outside New Plymouth, Taranaki, which is about half-way between Auckland and Wellington. Driving time is approximately 4.5 hours from either end, and domestic flights to New Plymouth airport take about one hour. After you’ve warmed up on Taranaki’s middle and long distance, it’s another 3 hours’ drive to the Oceania 2025 events in the ManawatÅ«. The programme allows a full day for this so you have time to enjoy the trip.

If you aren’t attending the warm-up events, driving from Wellington to the Oceania 2025 events and training map takes around 2 hours.

Where to base yourself

The seat of the ManawatÅ«-Whanganui region is Palmerston North, which is an hour’s drive (or less – the sprint is right there) from all Oceania 2025 events and training maps. Palmy, as the city is often known, has a regional airport and is about two hours’ drive from the nearest international airport in Wellington. There is a wide variety of accommodation and some great opportunities for eating out.

If you’re after something a little quieter, many of the beach townships west of Palmy have affordable holiday lets, campgrounds and holiday parks and are similarly close to the Oceania 2025 events.