Below are details from the 2023 event.  The 2024 event details will be updated early in 2024

The Auckland Secondary Schools Individuals event is anticipated by many college students around Auckland. This premier event is hosted by a different club in the Auckland region who chose to host it at various locations each year.

There are grades for all students from Year 7 to 13:

  • Year 7 & 8
  • Juniors (year 9),
  • Intermediate (year 10 and 11)
  • Senior (year 12 and 13)

This event is about challenging students orienteering skills in a competitive and demanding forest atmosphere. It is an excellent option for beginner orienteers to advance their orienteering skills and make the transition into forest terrain.

We hope to see you there!

North West Orienteering and Lactic Turkey Events will host the Auckland Secondary Schools Individual Orienteering Championship 2023 at Lake Kereta. There will be courses designed for all ability levels.  Please read the information below carefully and make sure each student is entered in the appropriate grade.

General Information

Event Auckland Secondary Schools Individual Orienteering Championship
Date Tuesday 30th May 2023
Organising Club Hosted by Lactic Turkey Events on behalf of North West Orienteering Club
Enquiries To Shaun Collins – Lactic Turkey Events
Location Leighton’s Farm, 380 Wilson Road, South Head 0874

Google link here 

Course Setter Madeleine Collins
Event Controller Shaun Collins/Mike Beveridge
Map Scale 1:10 000
Contour Interval 5 m


Entries must be received by 2pm, Tuesday 23rd May 2023
Start lists will be published by noon on Monday 29th May 2023

Entry fee $15 per competitor.

Secondary Schools will be invoiced by College Sport after entering using their online entry system…[HERE]

Year 7/8 will be invoiced by Lactic Turkey Events on receipt of the completed entry spreadsheet…[HERE]


From Parakai township, follow South Head Road north approximately 15.5km. Turn left into Wilson Road. This turn will be signposted with orienteering signs. Follow Wilson Road 3.7km. Orienteering signs will point you to turn right through a farm gate…[HERE]. Follow the dirt road and orienteering signs down the hill to the event centre and parking…[HERE]


  • From 9:30am Registration
  • 10:30am First start
  • 1:30pm (or earlier if everyone finished) Prizegiving (Medal Ceremony)


Start times will be allocated from 10:30am onwards.  There will be at least 2 minute gaps between runners on the same course and runners from the same school will be starting at least 6 minutes apart.

The start area is approximately 600m walk uphill from the event centre. Please follow the signs. Please allow at least 10 minutes to get to the start area.

The start triangle is 100m along a track from the start area.

Competitors should check and clear their sport ident at the start area.


Students should download their sport ident immediately upon finishing.   If you do not finish a course please report to the finish timing tent so we know you have returned from the course.

What to Bring

  • Whistle
  • Compass if comfortable using one
  • Sport ident if you have your own
  • Shoes that are robust, have good grip and are comfortable for running in
  • Raincoat or jacket
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes and shoes for afterwards as you will get muddy/wet
  • Water/lunch/snacks – there will not be any shops or vendors on site

Clothing and equipment

A whistle MUST be carried by all competitors. Competitors will not be permitted to start without a whistle. Competitors need to know that the whistle is for use in emergencies only when they are injured and unable to continue. The emergency signal is 6 short blasts on the whistle. Stop and then repeat. If any competitor hears this sound during their competition, they should stop their race and go to the assistance of the injured competitor.

Shoes with good grip are strongly recommended for all but the white course, as is body cover to protect from the pampas grass and trimmings on the ground.


Timing will be done using the SportIdent electronic punching system.  Students may use their own SportIdent  stick. An ident stick may be borrowed for the day if the student doesn’t own one. If providing their own ident the number must be given on the entry form. Loan idents must be collected from registration by each school on arrival.

Course Information

The technical difficulty of the championship courses will match those recommended by Orienteering NZ for the NZSSOC.

Schools should be responsible when choosing which competition grade to enter their students.  Orienteering is difficult and not much fun when you can’t complete a course because it is too hard.  This is the Auckland Champs and the championship courses are set as difficult as possible within the guidelines to test the most able orienteers in each age group.  If a student has not previously completed a course at the Championship technical level for their age grade, then they should enter the Standard grade instead.

The Standard grade courses still provide a good level of technical and physical challenge.  The Novice grade is available for Senior students who are new to orienteering. There will also be a white open course for any special circumstance Senior or Intermediate student.

Course Grades Distance Climb Technical Difficulty#
1 Senior Boys Ch (Y12/13) 5.5 km 250 m Red
2 Senior Girls Ch (Y12/13) 4.4 km 215 m Red
3 Intermediate Boys Ch (Y10/11),

Senior Boys Std (Y12/13)

3.8 km 185 m Orange
4 Intermediate Girls Ch (Y10/11),

Senior Girls Std (Y12/13)

3.3 km 150 m Orange
5 Junior Boys Ch (Y9),

Intermediate Boys Std (Y10/11)

2.4 km 105 m Yellow
6 Junior Girls Ch (Y9),

Intermediate Girls Std (Y10/11)

2.4 km 95 m Yellow
7 Year 7/8 Boys Ch, Year 7/8 Girls Ch,

Sen Novice Boys (Y12/13) , Sen Novice Girls (Y12/13)

2.3 km 90 m Yellow
8 Junior Boys Std (Y9),

Year 7/8 Boys Std

2.3 km 50 m White
9 Junior Girls Std (Y9),

Year 7/8 Girls Std

2.1 km 45 m White

 # See Appendix 1 for a description of the technical difficulty levels, and Appendix 2 for guidelines on appropriate choice of course.


Sand dune terrain with a range of vegetation including grass and native bush. Most of the area is fast run, with some areas of slower run or walk in the native bush areas. The area is comprises one large slope with detail and a broad flat area. Some parts of the map have scattered trimmings / branches on the ground. There are small patches of pampas grass. A series of lakes bisects the southern area of the map.


  • Typical forest and farm event hazards including rough ground, vegetation, and fences.
  • Possible vehicles and horses on tracks.
  • There are lakes, ponds and streams (including adjacent to the Event Arena); young children should be supervised at all times.
  • Deer roam on the eastern portion of the map.
  • Possible wasps and bees.
  • Recommended clothing: lower leg covering

Map Features/Hazards

The uncrossable fences marked on the map are 2 metre high wire mesh deer fences. These must not be crossed.

There are areas on the map marked with blue stripe which indicate marshland. Due to the wet weather, these areas are currently very full of water. Competitors SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS AREAS MARKED WITH BLUE STRIPE.

Areas of the map are marked with green stripe. Only orange and red courses have controls in there. These areas have high visibility but a lot of treefall due to recent storms. This means it can be slow to find a way through these areas.

This earth bank feature in the middle of the map is large and unstable. Competitors should avoid route choices that require them to traverse this feature.

There is a long impassable and unsafe cliff that runs alongside the main entry road into the event. It is marked as a solid black line without dashlines. It looks like a road. In this small image it is directly south of the marked road. Competitors should not cross this cliff.

Safety bearing

If you head south to the deer fence between the farm and the plantation forest.  From the deer fence come north a little to the main 4WD track that you drive into the event base on and you should find the event base.  You will not need to climb any deer fences on your courses.

Mapping Notes

The uncrossable fences marked on the map are 2 metre high wire mesh deer fences. These must not be crossed.

Green stripe indicates areas where lots of branches and/or tress have fallen in recent storms. Visibility is high but motion is slow.

Solid pale green indicates areas of young manuka and kanuka that is slow running and low visibility.

Solid darker green indicates areas of scrub. It is very slow running or walk and has low visibility.

Special course features

Courses 1 and 2 have a spectator control that is in the main event arena. This will be taped off from spectators so competitors have clear access to the control. Please cheer competitors on as they pass through and enjoy the fun of watching them in action.

Courses 1 and 2 also both have pivot controls. This means that competitors go to the same control twice with a loop in between. This may be a course feature many have not encountered before.

Courses 1-7 all have a common last control. There will not be any tapes from the last control to the finish chute. Courses 8-9 have a separate final control from the other courses.

Out of Bounds

All houses and farm buildings on the map, and all areas outside the map boundary.

Appendix 1: Technical Difficulty Descriptions

From the Orienteering NZ policy document section 16.9

16.9 The following colour labels shall be used to denote the technical difficulty:


Courses must follow drawn linear features (tracks, fences, streams, distinct vegetation boundaries etc).

A control site must be placed at every decision point (eg. a turning point, a track junction or a change in the type of linear feature – from following a track to following a stream). All control markers must be visible from the approach side.

Where the course has to deviate from the handrail feature (e.g. to cross through a forest block), the route must be marked all the way until a new handrail feature is reached. The Start Triangle shall be on a linear feature. If no such feature is available, then there must be a taped route all the way from the start to a linear feature (i.e. the first control).

Compass use is limited to map orientation only. No route choice is offered. Doglegs are permitted.


Control sites must be on or near (<50 m) drawn linear features (tracks, fences, streams, distinct vegetation boundaries, etc) but preferably not at turning points. This gives the opportunity to follow handrails or to cut across country (i.e. limited route choice). Control sites shall be visible from the approach side by any reasonable route.

Compass use is limited to rough directional navigation. Contour recognition is not required for navigation but simple contour features may be used for control sites. Doglegs are permitted.


Course shall have route choice with prominent attack points near the control sites and/or catching features less than 100 m behind. Control sites may be fairly small point features and the control markers need not necessarily be visible from the attack point. Exit from the control shall not be the same as the entry (doglegs are not permitted). Simple navigation by contours and rough compass with limited distance estimation required. Use of a chain of prominent features as “stepping stones” is encouraged.


Navigation shall be as difficult as possible with small contour and point features as preferred control sites (no obvious attack points, no handrails etc.). Control sites shall be placed in areas rich in detail. Route choice shall be an important element in most legs. Doglegs are not permitted. Note: It may be impossible to set RED courses on some maps.

Appendix 2: AKSS Qualification Guidelines

AKSS Orienteering Championship is recognised by Orienteering NZ, College Sport, and New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council as the Auckland regional inter-school/individual Championship event for Orienteering.

It is important that all competitors have the appropriate previous experience for the course that they enter to:

  1. a) Improve health and safety by ensuring students do not compete on courses too difficult for their skill-level.
  2. b) Enable Championship grade courses to be set to the maximum allowable difficulty levels for the age grade, in accordance with Orienteering NZ guidelines.
  3. c) Provide opportunities for students to gain important skills for forest/farmland orienteering, to become more confident and competitive, and have a more fulfilling time during their competitions.
  4. d) Over time, improve the quality and depth of competition in Championship grades.

Qualification for Championship Grade

All competitors aiming to compete in a Championship grade at AKSSOC should demonstrate that they have the navigational ability sufficient for the Championship course for their age grade (Red level for Senior, Orange for Intermediates, Yellow for Junior & Y7/8)

  • They should have completed at least one course of corresponding difficulty within a reasonable finishing time at a forest/farmland orienteering event.
  • Suitable forest/farmland events include previous AKSSOC events, Auckland Orienteering Series Club events, National Club events, North Island Secondary Schools Long event, NZ Secondary School Long event.
    • Results from AKSS Sprint Series are NOT applicable
  • Competitors are encouraged to complete more than 1 previous race at their age grade’s Championship level.

Individuals who do not meet the criteria set out above should be entered in Standard for their age grade.

A Senior (Year 12-13) who has not successfully completed any forest/farm event at a red or orange level or has performed very poorly on an Orange course (Senior-Year 12-13 Standard difficulty) should be entered in Novice.

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