Christchurch 19-21 July 2018

Welcome to the NZ Secondary Schools’ Championships 2018. We hope that you all have an enjoyable time and for those of you who are new to this sport that you will feel that you would like to take part in other events in the future.

These events, while incorporating Championship grades, are also designed for students to have a go at orienteering in the Standard grades. Experience is not required for these grades as the courses are set at easy, beginners’ levels although students need to be comfortable running on the courses without being accompanied by adults.

Every year we see new students and additional schools take part in these events. We incorporate years 7 and 8 and up to year 13 in this event. The event is officially sanctioned by the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council. We hope that you all have a lot of fun.

The organising committee of the NZSSC Orienteering Championships would like to thank the sponsors and landowners for their support in enabling us to host this event.

Preliminary information about this event is contained on this website. Further programme and start time details will be posted here as they become available.

Thursday 19 July 2018 - NZ Sec Schools Orienteering Champs Sprint
Friday 20 July 2018 - NZ Sec Schools Orienteering Champs Long
Saturday 21 July 2018 - NZ Sec Schools Orienteering Champs Relay

Competition rules:
This competition will be run in accordance with NZOF rules, unlike the Get2go Challenge that some of you may have experienced, the courses are done by individuals (or pairs in some grades) and the controls are found in the sequence listed in the control descriptions. Please direct any queries during the events to the Event Controller. 


Entry fees:



Long (standard and championship)



$15 (per runner)

SI Hire

$2/day SI hire and free for relay


Entries must be made on the online entry form - coming soon. Entries will be open from early Term 2 and will close on 7 July 2018. Each school must submit one entry covering all students participating from that school. Event payment will also be online.

Note: Because entries must be endorsed by the school principal, school principals will be asked to sign and return an acknowledgment of attendance form before the event. This form will be available to download from the website once entries open.


Schools are expected to provide transport for their own students to, and during, the events. Note: Unlike at the 2017 event, schools will be able to bring buses for transport.


Event grades:



Senior (Year 12-13)

Under 19 years old at 1 January 2018

Intermediate (Year 10-11)

Under 16 years old at 1 January 2018

Junior (Year 9)

Under 14 years old at 1 January 2018

Year 7/8

Year group at school


Course information:

Published closer to the time on event specific information pages.


Relay event rules:

The rules for official teams in the Relay event, as per NZSSSC, are:

  1. Students in an official team must be from the same school.

  2. Year 7/8 students cannot run up in the secondary school grades (this could disadvantage Year 9‐13 schools).

  3. Girls cannot run in the boys team and vice versa (this could disadvantage single gender schools).

  4. Within the secondary school competition, students of the same gender from the same school may run up a grade.

  5. All other combinations will constitute a non‐competitive (NC) entry with regard to points contributing to the Top School competition.

The rules for non‐competitive teams from the same school are:

  1. Girls can run equivalent boys grade or higher.

  2. Boys cannot run any girl's courses.

  3. Mixed boys and girls teams will run the ‘boys version’ of the highest grade runner in the team. E.g.: JB, IG, SG will run the SB relay – must be ‘boys’; and ‘senior’ is the highest grade runner.

  4. These teams should be entered as a ‘Full Team’ when completing the initial entry forms.

Individual students from different schools that have selected to run in a composite team will be placed in teams of the same grade and gender as far as possible. 

Schools competition:

A number of competitions are contested at the National Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships:

Top Secondary School Competition

This is the longest running competition and caters for the broadest spread of students. It is intended that the trophies go to the schools that display the greatest depth of orienteering talent at all levels. There are separate trophies for boys and girls.

Only 3 competitors in each age grade (senior, intermediate, junior) will contribute to the school's points. That is, a maximum of 9 competitors (3 at each age) will be able to earn points for their school.

In the individual (long) competition the best three results at each age grade, whether in the Championship or Standard event, will be counted. At least one of these results must be from the Championship level (i.e. a school entering all its competitors at the Standard level will be able to count only two results).

In the individual (sprint) competition the best three results at each age grade will be counted.

In the relay, only the highest positioned team from any school in each age grade will count. (Runners in composite teams do not count).

Points for the Top School Competition are as follows:

  • Individual (Sprint): 1st - 25 points, 2nd - 24, 3rd - 23, down to 25th - 1 point.
  • Individual (Long) - Championship: 1st - 25 points, 2nd - 24, 3rd - 23, down to 25th - 1 point.
  • Individual (Long) - Standard: 1st - 15 points, 2nd - 14, 3rd - 13, down to 15th - 1 point. Relays - 1st team - 60 points, 2nd - 54, 3rd - 48, down to 10th - 6 points.

SILVA Premier School Competition:
This competition is supported by the event sponsor, with boys' and girls' trophies. It is aimed at encouraging schools to support their top performing competitors at the national level. The winners are the schools that have the best performance by their top competitors at Championship level only. The results of one competitor from each school in each Championship age grade count, with points from 10 for 1st  to 1 for 10th.

Small Teams Competition:
This competition is to cater for schools who have insufficient numbers or an inadequate spread of students to compete seriously in the Top School Competition. It is restricted to schools that have entered 5 or fewer competitors. There are separate boys' and girls' competitions. Certificates are awarded to the winning school and the placegetters. This competition will be based on results in the Top School Competition.

A prizegiving will be held at the completion of the relay on Saturday. Certificates will be awarded to all placegetters and trophies to the winning boys’ and girls’ schools.

For further inquiries email NZSSOC2018@gmail.com