Event Calendar

Ski Orienteering NZ Champs 2024 - Day 1

Saturday 13 July 2024


Click HERE to Enter Ski O 2024

Ever tried ski orienteering before? 

It's a pretty unique sport combining the fun challenge of orienteering your way around a course to find controls (checkpoints) whilst skiing on tiny cross country skis! 

This event is suitable for all ages and abilities and is very family friendly. We have even had competitors tow their zero year olds around the course in a pulk (that might have been me).  We will have a range of courses to cater for children and beginner adults, so don't worry if you have never been on cross country skis before. It is also perfect timing for families living further afield as it is in the middle weekend of the school holidays. Our event also acts as the (unofficial) New Zealand Ski Orienteering Champs, (seeing as it's the only ski orienteering event in NZ) so it's an opportunity for glory if you take it out!

Directions:  Snow Farm NZ

Located high on the Pisa Range, the Snow Farm is accessed from the Cardrona Valley Road which connects Wanaka and Queenstown.  The road up to Snow Farm is not sealed but is suitable for most vehicles including 2WD cars.

All vehicles travelling to Snow Farm must carry chains in their car in the event it has or is snowing and the road conditions are such that chains must be fitted. Signage on the road will indicate where you should fit chains. These signs are there for your protection and must be obeyed.


This year we are hoping to use SI timing equipment kindly borrowed from CO orienteering club. You will be able to hire a chip for $2, please let us know on the entry form if you need one.

Event Info

Saturday - Ski Orienteering Event

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Long distance (winning time approx 1 hour) 

Medium distance (winning time approx 45 mins) 

Short distance (childrens/ easy beginner) (winning time 20 minutes)

Registration from 10.30am
Starts between 11am and 1pm.

Map scale 1:10000. Contour interval: 10m

These courses are fixed courses, which means you need to ski them in the correct order (eg. controls 1 through 15) and also register the start and finish punches to get an overall time. You will start in staggered time intervals.


The medium and long distance events will include a biathlon component again this year using the club's laser rifles. You will need to do a practice lesson in biathlon (10 mins) before you start your course. At some point during the course you will ski into our specially set up biathlon area and take your shots. If you miss you will need to ski a penalty loop for each missed shot. This will add to your total time on course.

Sunday - Score Event

1 hour or 2 hour score event (similar to a short rogaine, but can be done individually)

You plan your route! We will give you a short time after a quick briefing to plan out which checkpoints you will aim to collect. You can go as far or as not far as you want! Controls are worth different amounts (with the tens number in the control indicating it's value ie - 86 = 80 points). You are trying to collect the largest total control points in your allocated time.

Registration from 10.30am
Mass start 11am

Map scale 1:15000. Contour interval: 10m

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Please note, your entry fee includes a map, timing equipment and you can complete as many courses as you want, however, for official results your time will only count in the first course you do.

This cost does NOT include  trail fees and gear hire from the Snow Farm.

To receive a 50% discount off your trail pass from the Snowfarm you need to enter online by Friday 12th July. The password is SKIO. This does not include gear hire or any combo deals. It does work out cheaper to get this discount and hire gear separately than to get a combo deal.

Entry form here.

Also, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for updates about the event 

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