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9 June 2019

Thanks to everyone who entered the North West Orienteering Club Rogaine Series this year - I hope you all enjoyed the events and will be back again next year. A huge thanks to all the volunteers who put in many hours of work to make it all happen - the course planners and controllers (Darren Goss, John Barrett, Cameron Bonar, Heidi Stolberger, Dave Middleton and Tegan Knightbridge), event co-ordinators (Kay and Mike Knightbridge, Brigitte Bonar, Lisa Mead), computer whizzes (Annemarie Hogenbirk, Jan Jager, the Monckton Family), website and social media gurus (Owen Means, Jenny Cade, Jula McMillan), set-up and pack-down teams, the parking marshalls and the control collectors (too many to name!!). Thanks also to the landowners - without their generosity we wouldn't be able to enjoy our sport or some pretty amazing areas - Dave and Felicity Morgan for event 1, Grant and Karen Leighton for event 2 and Ngati Whatua O Kaipara for events 2 and 3. And of course, thanks to our sponsors - Bivouac Outdoors, Borics Orchards, Well Within, Ems Cookies and R-Line.

Results and photos for today are on the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz to take a look to see how you did. Thanks to Sportzhub for providing such great photos.

If you are interested in more orienteering, check out the events calender on the North West Orienteering Club website www.nwoc.org.nz. Regular events are open to all from complete newcomers to the experts, with courses to suit all levels of difficulty. The Auckland Orienteering Club is also holding a Winter Sprint Series during June, each Saturday afternoon at various locations in Auckland - see www.orienteeringauckland.org.nz for details.

For more rogaines, Lactic Turkey events have some longer rogaine events coming up - check out https://www.lacticturkey.co.nz for details.

Another good rogaine event if you feel like a mid-winter break in Rotorua is the Great Forest Rogaine to be held on the 27th of July - see http://www.obop.org.nz/great-forest-rogaine-2019.html for information. This is always a really fun day.

Hope to see you all again next year!

Rob Garden,
North West Orienteering Club.


7 June 2019

Thanks for entering the final rogaine in the North West Orienteering Club Bivouac Rogaine series, to be held this Sunday. The event venue is in Woodhill Forest, north of Rimmer Road. No farmland this time so it's OK to bring your dog but please keep them on a leash while at the event centre.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS Coordinates of the access point are 36°41.87 S, 174°21.19 E.
• From central Auckland take the North Western Motorway and SH16 towards Kumeu and Helensville
• 13km past Waimauku turn left into Rimmer Road
• Follow the orange/white orienteering signs for a further 19km to the event centre and parking

15km of this route is gravel road so please allow plenty of time - 70 minutes from central Auckland. Parking is along the access road so latecomers may have a bit of a walk - please follow instructions from the parking marshalls. There is plenty of space at the event centre so bring everything you need for the day along to registration. We will have tents for shelter if the weather looks dodgy (which it won't, because we have ordered a sunny day).

WHAT TO BRING

• Walking or running shoes, preferably with good grip.
• Comfortable clothes to walk or run in.
• Warm clothes to change into afterwards.
• A compass if you have one - we have a limited number available to borrow on a first-in-first-serve basis.
• Water and snacks.
• Some cash for the fundraising catering.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Registration opens at 9:30am. Maps are issued at 10:30am giving you 30 minutes to plan your route. There will be a short briefing before the start at 11:00am. Event finish is at 12:30pm and a lolly scramble, prizegiving and spot-prize draw will be held at 1:00pm.

Please come early! You need to allow time to park, register, and get yourselves ready to go by 10:30am. Registration can take up to 15 minutes. Registration will close at 10:45am.

COACHING

There will be free coaching available for anyone especially newcomers from 9:30am. This is a great opportunity to get some advice and tips on map-reading and rogaine planning from experienced orienteers - they will be wearing high viz vests. Check out the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz for tips on understanding maps and orienteering.

HOW IT WORKS

The map will be at a scale of 1:10,000 which means 1 cm on the map is 100 metres on the ground, and the contour interval is 2.5 metres. There will be 10 easy checkpoints worth 30 points, that are the 130-139 range, 10 moderately difficult checkpoints worth 40 points (140-149) and 10 difficult controls worth 50 points each (150-159). If you are new please leave the difficult controls, as you could spend a long time trying to find them.

You have 90 minutes to find as many as you can. You don't have to stay out the whole 90 minutes but don't be late back! There are penalties of 20 points per minute or part-minute you are late.

CATERING

Cameron de L'Isle, one of our North West Orienteering Club members has recently been selected to represent NZ at the upcoming World Orienteering Champs in Norway. As a fundraiser, he is running a sausage sizzle so bring a few dollars to support this worthy cause.

SPONSORS

A big thank you to our sponsors for the series.

Bivouac Outdoors have several shops throughout Auckland to supply you with all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs. Check out their range at bivouac.co.nz . Apart from some great spot-prizes, they have supplied us with 20%-off vouchers - make sure you pick yours up when you register.

Borics Orchards have an amazing range of fresh produce including fruit, veges, meat and fish plus a whole lot of specialty food items. Their store is at the corner of SH16 and Coatesville-Riverhead Road and they are offering 10% off for all rogainers on Sunday - just identify yourself as an entrant to get your discount.

R-Line have supplied us with electrolyte drink for you to rehydrate with at the finish and also some product as spot-prizes.

Cherie from Well Within Posture and Movement Care has donated several discount vouchers for a massage therapy consultation. Check her out at https://www.facebook.com/wellwithinstudio.


20 May 2019

Thanks for coming to the rogaine event on Sunday, I hope you all enjoyed it despite the ill-timed rain shower during prize-giving! Results and photos are up on the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz so take a look to see how you did and whether or not you star in the photo gallery, there are some great images.

The 3rd event in the series will be on June 9th in Woodhill Forest an should be great finale. You can bring the dog this time but please keep them on a lead while at the event centre. If you haven't already done so, enter online at www.rogaineseries.co.nz

If you want to fit in another rogaine before the final event in this series, the Counties Manukau Orienteering Club is running an event this Sunday, 26th May near Port Waikato. Check out www.cmoc.co.nz/event-directory/ for details.

Thanks again to our sponsors Bivouac Outdoors, Borics Orchards, Well Within, R-line and Nuts about NZ.

Hope to see you all in 3 weeks,

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


18 May 2019

Thanks for entering the second rogaine in the North West Orienteering Club Bivouac Rogaine series, to be held this Sunday. The venue is a stunning farm on Wilson Road on the South Head Peninsula, well worth the drive! As it is a working farm, NO DOGS PLEASE. You can bring them along to the 3rd rogaine in Woodhill but not this Sunday.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS Coordinates of the access point are 36°35.19 S, 174°17.22 E.
From central Auckland
• Take the North Western Motorway and SH16 towards Kumeu and Helensville.
• Just before you get to Helensville, turn left at the roundabout towards Parakai
• Continue straight through the Parakai township.
• Continue along South Head Road for a further 15km then turn left into Wilson Road
• Follow Wilson Rd for another 3.8km to the farm entrance.
• Then follow the orange and white orienteering signs another 1km to the parking and event centre.
There will be signs from the roundabout before Parakai.
Allow 70 minutes from central Auckland.
Parking is adjacent to the event centre.

WHAT TO BRING

• Walking or running shoes, preferably with good grip.
• Comfortable clothes to walk or run in. Warm clothes to change into afterwards.
• A compass if you have one - we have a limited number available to borrow on a first-in-first-serve basis.
• Water and snacks.
• Some cash for the fundraising catering.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Registration opens at 9:30am. Maps are issued at 10:30am giving you 30 minutes to plan your route. There will be a short briefing before the start at 11:00am. Event finish is at 12:30pm and a lolly scramble, prizegiving and spot-prize draw will be held at 1:00pm.

Please come early! You need to allow time to park, register, and get yourselves ready to go by 10:30am. Registration can take up to 15 minutes.

COACHING

There will be free coaching available for anyone especially newcomers from 9:30am. This is a great opportunity to get some advice and tips on map-reading and rogaine planning from experienced orienteers - they will be wearing high viz vests. Check out the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz for tips on understanding maps and orienteering.

HOW IT WORKS

The map will be at a scale of 1:10,000 which means 1 cm on the map is 100 metres on the ground, and the contour interval is 5 metres.

There will be 10 easy checkpoints worth 30 points, that are the 130-139 range, 10 moderately difficult checkpoints worth 40 points (140-149) and 10 difficult controls worth 50 points each (150-159). If you are new please leave the difficult controls, as you could spend a long time trying to find them.

You have 90 minutes to find as many as you can. You don't have to stay out the whole 90 minutes but don't be late back! There are penalties of 20 points per minute or part-minute you are late.

CATERING

Cameron de L'Isle, one of our North West Orienteering Club members has recently been selected to represent NZ at the upcoming World Orienteering Champs in Norway. As a fundraiser, he is running a sausage sizzle so bring few dollars to support this worthy cause.

SPONSORS

A big thank you to our sponsors for the series.

Bivouac Outdoors have several shops throughout Auckland to supply you with all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs. Check out their range at bivouac.co.nz . Apart from some great spot-prizes, they have supplied us with 20%-off vouchers - make sure you pick yours up when you register.

Borics Orchards have an amazing range of fresh produce including fruit, veges, meat and fish plus a whole lot of specialty food items. They are offering 10% off for all rogainers on Sunday - just identify yourself as an entrant to get your discount.

R-Line have supplied us with electrolyte drink for you to rehydrate with at the finish and also some product as spot-prizes.

Cherie from Well Within Posture and Movement Care has donated several discount vouchers for a massage therapy consultation. Check her out at https://www.facebook.com/wellwithinstudio.

See you on Sunday,

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


14 May 2019

Hi All,

Don't forget the second event in the Bivouac Rogaine Series is this Sunday 19th May. On-line entries close at midnight on Wednesday so if you're thinking of coming, get your entries in by then so we know how many maps to print. Enter here

The venue is the stunning Lake Kereta property on the South Head peninsula about 20 mins drive past Parakai. A mixture of farmland and forest, populated by a vast number of fallow deer, this area was one of the highlights of the series last year. I'm sure the weather will be as nice as it was for the first event (see photos on the website) so it should be a great day out. Due to the deer, there's a no dogs policy again sorry - you can bring them to the 3rd event.

Hope to see you on Sunday,

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


5 May 2019

Thanks for coming to the rogaine on Sunday, I hope you enjoyed the spectacular area and the weather! Many thanks to the landowners, Felicity and Dave Morgan, for sharing their amazing property with us.

Results are up on the results page, so take a look at how you got on. Apologies to those affected by the muck-up with control 47 - hopefully we have sorted it out in the results now but if you think you have been short-changed 40 points then let us know. There is also a link to some great photos taken by Sportzhub (some interesting fence-crossing techniques demonstrated in some of the photos!)

The next event in the series is in 2 weeks on May 19th - we revisit Lake Kereta on the South Head Peninsula, another spectacular farm and forest area with the added attraction of lots of wild deer. As it's a farm, please leave your dogs at home again sorry. You can bring them to the last event in Woodhill Forest. Don't forget to get you on-line entries in by Wednesday the week before the event.

Thanks again to our sponsors Bivouac, Borics, Well Within and Nuts About NZ.

Rob Garden


3 May 2019

Thanks for entering the North West Orienteering Club Bivouac 90 minute Rogaine this Sunday. The weather forecast looks great at this stage. Here's what you need to know.

NO DOGS. The event area is a working farm so sorry, no dogs are permitted.

HOW TO GET THERE

The event centre is at 144 Hellyer Road, near Kaukapakapa. GPS Coordinates 36°35.631' S, 174°31.088' E.

From central Auckland...
• Take the Northern Motorway north
• Take the Silverdale exit and turn left once you leave the motorway
• Travel a few 100m towards Dairy Flat then turn right into Pine Valley Road
• At the end of this road, turn right onto Kahikatea Flat Road
• Travel through Waitoki and continue until you reach a T-junction just before Kaukapakapa
• Turn right at the junction, travel through the township of Kaukapakapa
• Turn right into Kanohi Road
• Travel a further 1.8km and just before the second railway crossing, turn right into Hellyer Road
• Continue to the end of the road and the parking

From West Auckland...
• Take SH 16 and/or Peak Road to Kaukapakapa
• Follow directions as above.

The event will be signposted with orange and white orienteering signs from Kaukapakapa.

Allow 45 minutes drive.

WHAT TO BRING

• Walking or running shoes, preferably with good grip. They are likely to get wet and muddy.
• A second pair of shoes to change into after the event. (see section on Kauri Dieback)
• Comfortable clothes to walk or run in. Warm clothes to change into afterwards.
• A compass if you have one - we have a limited number available to borrow on a first-in-first-serve basis.
• Water and snacks.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Registration opens at 9:30am. Maps are issued at 10:30am giving you 30 minutes to plan your route. There will be a short briefing before the start at 11:00am. Event finish is at 12:30pm and a lolly scramble, prizegiving and spot-prize draw will be held at 1:00pm.

Please come early! You need to allow time to park, walk to the event centre, register, and get yourselves ready to go by 10:30am. Registration can take up to 15 minutes.

COACHING

There will be free coaching available for anyone especially newcomers from 9:30am. This is a great opportunity to get some advice and tips on map-reading and rogaine planning from experienced orienteers - they will be wearing high viz vests. Check out the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz for tips on understanding maps and orienteering.

HOW IT WORKS

The map will be at a scale of 1:10,000 which means 1 cm on the map is 100 metres on the ground, and the contour interval is 5 metres.

There will be 10 easy checkpoints worth 30 points, that are the 130-139 range, 10 moderately difficult checkpoints worth 40 points (140-149) and 10 difficult controls worth 50 points each (150-159). If you are new please leave the difficult controls, as you could spend a long time trying to find them.

You have 90 minutes to find as many as you can. You don't have to stay out the whole 90 minutes but don't be late back! There are penalties of 20 points per minute or part-minute you are late.

KAURI DIEBACK

There is an area of bush on the map which is known to have an infected Kauri Tree. This is marked as out-of-bounds on the map and there is no reason anyone would go in there. However, as a precaution there will be shoe cleaning stations for you to disinfect your shoes after the event. To help even further, please bring a second pair of shoes to wear after the event - remove your used shoes, take them home and scrub them thoroughly with soapy water before using them again. Please also arrive with clean shoes.

SPONSORS

A big thank you to our sponsors for the series:

Bivouac Outdoors have several shops throughout Auckland to supply you with all your outdoor equipment and clothing needs. Check out their range at www.bivouac.co.nz. Apart from some great spot-prizes, they have supplied us with 20%-off vouchers - make sure you pick yours up when you register.

Borics Orchards have an amazing range of fresh produce including fruit, veges, meat and fish plus a whole lot of specialty food items. They are offering 10% off for all rogainers on Sunday - just identify yourself as an entrant to get your discount.

Cherie from Well Within has donated some more vouchers for posture and movement care sessions. Fantastic for keeping you moving! See www.wellwithin.co.nz for details.

Nuts About NZ have supplied us with some extra yummy macadamia nuts as prizes. Grown locally, these are great quality macadamias which can be ordered on-line www.nutsaboutnz.co.nz or bought from Husk, their retail shop in Helensville.

AND THE WINNER IS...

Congratulations to Vaughan Taylor who is the winner of the backpack from Bivouac, drawn from the first 50 entries to the whole series.

See you all on Sunday,

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


30 April 2019

Thanks to all those who have already entered the Rogaine Event coming up this Sunday - for those of you who haven't yet and plan on coming, please get your entries in by tomorrow night. The weather forecast is looking perfect so it should be a great day. Entry on the day will be available but at a higher entry fee than in previous years.

The area we are using is a new map, a mixture of farmland and native bush and the course planners tell me there are some stunning views to be had. There are photos and map snippets on the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz so be sure to take a look. The website also has some tips and advice for newcomers to the sport which is well worth reading if you are new to rogaining. And you can also see who else has entered by going to the entry tab and then entry list.

We'll send a final email to entrants with detailed driving directions on Friday and this information will also be on the website www.rogaineseries.co.nz

Hope to see you on Sunday,

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


18 April 2019

Easter is upon us and that means it's only 2 weeks until the first event in this year's Rogaine Series! Planning is well under way for the events and with a new map on offer for race 1, the spectacular Lake Kereta venue for race 2 and classic Woodhill in an area most of you won't have been to before for race 3, you don't want to miss out! See www.rogaine.co.nz for details and to enter. Don't forget there is a discount for entering all 3 races at once, and on-line entries are cheaper plus they help us out considerably in knowing how many maps to print.

We also have a new sponsor! Welcome and thanks to Em's Cookies who have provided some extra yummy cookies which will be handed out at prize-giving. Take a look at their website www.powercookies.com for more info.

Bivouac have also joined us again and we have some quality outdoor gear as spot-prizes, including an Osprey Daylight backpack that will go to one of the first 50 entrants. There are just a few places left before we reach 50!! See www.bivouac.co.nz for what they have to offer.

Boric's Orchards will make sure you have a healthy snack on the finish line and have also provided plenty of their ever-popular apple juice.

And last but not least, Cherie at Well Within has provided some vouchers as spot-prizes - these are well worth winning, giving you a 50% discount on a posture and movement care consultation. Proven to keep you moving and active! Check out her website at www.wellwithin.co.nz

Have a great Easter and hope to see you in a couple of weeks, and don't forget to enter! www.rogaineseries.co.nz

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


18 March 2019

The North West Orienteering Club Rogaine Series is all set to go again. There are 3 events throughout May and June and entries are now open! The first 50 entrants go into the draw to win an Osprey Backpack from Bivouac Outdoors and discount rates are available if you enter the whole series at once, so check out the website and get your entries in now.

There are two new areas for the series this year, which will make it more of an adventure for you all. Hidden Valley has never been used for orienteering before and is a mix of farm and native forest, while Hedley Road is classic Woodhill, reasonably flat with some great contour detail and good track network.

Once again, we have the support of Bivouac Outdoors, Boric Food Market and R-Line all of whom will be providing some great products as prizes and on-the day recovery fuel. Make sure you mention the Rogaine Series when you purchase from them!

Rob Garden
North West Orienteering Club


10 March 2019

Entries for the 2019 North West Orienteering Club Rogaine Series are now open, online entry is available here.

Remember that the first 50 people to enter all three races in the Rogaine Series go in the draw to win a fantastic new pack from Bivouac Outdoors.


23 February 2019

Dates and venues for the 2019 Rogaine Series are now published (see the panel to the right)

Dates of 2019 Events:

5th May - Hidden Valley

19th May - Lake Kereta

9th June - Hedley Dunes

Thank you to our sponsors:

The main Series sponsor is
Bivouac Outdoors

Thanks also to
Boric Food Market
R-Line

ORGANISERS:
North West Orienteering Club

Very Affordable Entry Fees!

(listed Senior / Junior)

90min Single Event:   $20 / $10
90min All 3 Foot Events:   $55 / $25
Under 10* - FREE
* = born in 2009 or later

Late Entries / Enter on the Day:   90min $25 / $12 (cash only please)