What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is an adventure sport whereby you use a compass and map to navigate your way around a course from point to point in the fastest time.   The maps used are very detailed and usually cover farmland or forest terrain.  Typically the courses are 2-5km in distance.  It is a bit like doing a cross country run but having to stop and work out where you are and where you are heading along the way.  Although it is a year-round sport, most of our school orienteering will take place in term 1.

Where do we practice?

We are very lucky to have five handy locations which have been mapped for orienteering.  Two are on farmland near Rainbow Mountain, two are on farmland at Jay Road (only 5mins drive from school) and the fifth covers the entire Reporoa Village.

Major Competition Events

For the last four years the College team has competed in both the North Island and NZ Secondary School Champs as individuals and relay teams.  They have done very well considering most had only just begun learning the basics of orienteering and were on the start-line against 400 other students from around the country.  These 3 day events, usually held during school holidays are the highlight of the year!

Local Races

As part of our training, we try to support local events put on by either the BOP or Taupo Orienteering Clubs. The popular ‘Summer Series’ is held on Wednesday evenings at various locations around Rotorua in Feb/March.  Suitable for beginners.


As far as equipment goes all your child really needs is a pair of running shoes…..preferably with some sort of grip.   The College does have some compasses to borrow if you don’t have your own.

Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.  Parents are welcome to watch or help out.

For more info on Orienteering have a look at www.orienteering.org.nz or www.obop.org.nz

Kyle Brennan – Reporoa College Orienteering Coach -Phone 3338664 – 0279040133 kyleandmadelein@xtra.co.nz