Six days of top quality orienteering and two training days spread across ten days of glorious New Zealand summer. And you can earn precious world ranking points while you’re at it. What could be better?

If you are an elite athlete, please enter through our entry system as normal. You will need to provide your IOF number.

18th January 2025Middle distanceTOPEC, New PlymouthWarm-up organised by Orienteering Taranaki
19th January 2025Long distanceRatapihipihi, New PlymouthWarm-up organised by Orienteering Taranaki
20th January 2025Rest/travel dayRoad trip!
21st January 2025TrainingHydrabad, Waitārere BeachFlexible training on model map.
Organised by Hawke’s Bay Orienteering Club
22nd January 2025TrainingHydrabad, Waitārere BeachFlexible training on model map.
Organised by Hawke’s Bay Orienteering Club
23rd January 2025Rest dayBeach day! Or kick back in Palmy?
24th January 2025Oceania 2025 sprintMassey University, Palmerston NorthA level event
25th January 2025Oceania 2025 middle distanceKoitiata, Santoft ForestA level event
WRE for 21E
26th January 2025Oceania 2025 long distanceKnottingly, Santoft ForestA level event
WRE for 21E
27th January 2025Oceania 2025 relayParewanui, Santoft ForestA level event

About the races

We start with a return to New Plymouth for those who attended Oceania Sprint Championships 2024. But don’t expect an easy time on familiar maps, your bush navigation skills and climbing legs will definitely get a workout.

The Oceania 2025 sprint is at Massey University—a rolling parkland campus with just enough climb to be fun. The map has a mixture of fast open areas with complex path and stairway networks set among formal plantings and mature trees.

The middle and long are World Ranking Events for the elites, and for everyone a great chance to run and compete on top quality dune maps very much worth of a WRE. Knottingly in particular is a real treat—our mapper describes it as primo—with good visibility and minimal undergrowth broken up by a network of forestry access tracks. So expect some interesting and testing long course legs!

The relay rounds off the series at Parewanui. Pines and dunes as with the previous maps, with generally excellent runnability and complex contour detail. There is a network of twisting 4×4 and dirt-bike tracks, with different styles of forest block requiring a variety of orienteering techniques.

Training highlights

Organised training/model maps

The 21st and 22nd of January offer two days of training on Hydrabad, a lovely area of coastal pines on steep complex dune contours which is representative of the style of terrain you’ll encounter in the Oceania 2025 races. We will provide all-controls maps and suggested courses, with SportIdent timing for start and finish. It’s up to you if you want to follow the suggested courses or make your own fun.

Hydrabad is right on the beach, so ideal for a post-race dip or beach picnic, and the local dairy (corner shop) makes good coffee.

Self-guided training

Waitārere Beach and Foxton Beach are great places to go for a run on the sand. Closer to Palmy there’s the Manawatū Gorge Track, and for urban training, Victoria Esplanade right in the city offers lovely views of the Manawatū River and a surprisingly complex and varied track network to explore.

And if you’re thinking about a longer visit to New Zealand, check the Orienteering NZ event calendar to find more orienteering opportunities around the country in January.

Previous maps

Previous maps of the Oceania 2025 areas are available to download here. Please don’t forget about the embargoes.

Social highlights

In between the races, Oceania 2025 is a great chance to explore new areas, hang out with your orienteering mates, and enjoy the NZ summer. If you’re in New Plymouth for the warm-up events, take the time to check out the award-winning Festival of Lights. Further south, the training and middle maps are right on the beach, so you can have a dip and unwind afterwards. And Palmy has some great places to eat and socialise.

Foxton Beach

Brew Union