These fun rogaines on the Port Hills are suitable for gurus to newbies: 1-hour and 2-hour options are available.
Anybody that has a moderate level of fitness can participate. A high level of navigation ability is not required.
Wicked Kids Fun Rogaines will also be held to encourage kids - especially those under 7 years - to get outside and try rogaining. Kids and families are welcome to come and have a fun time.
- Wednesday 25th March 2020: Halswell Quarry Park;
- Wednesday 1st April 2020: Mount Vernon Farm Track; and
- Wednesday 8th April 2020.
Start Time: From 5.30pm for the Kids Fun event, and from 6pm for the other events. Maps available from 5.30pm.
Cost: $25 per adult and $20 for students. $20 per team for the Wicked Kids Fun Rogaine. Kids 12 years and under are free with one paying adult. Discounts are available if you sign up for the whole series. A $5 late fee will be charged for entries on the evening.
Find out more on the Wicked Rogaines website, including about training clinics for first-timers.
Rogaining involves teams of two to five members visiting as many checkpoints as possible in the time allowed. Checkpoints are scored differently depending on level of difficulty in reaching them; therefore teams choose a strategy (such as to visit many low score checkpoints) and route selection becomes a vital component.
Teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to hilly forest. Teams travel at their own pace and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at their own level of competition and comfort. Team members stay within earshot of each other.
The best thing about rogaining is the social aspect. Everyone starts at the same time, and generally finishes at the same time - it is just the amount of ground that has been covered by teams that differs. Rogaining can be held in city environments or in farmland and bush, and you get to visit parts of the country you never knew existed.
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