Schedule and Areas

First version 20 Dec 2011, some tweaks of the timings 22 Dec. 25 Jan, pre-ordered meals cancelled.

This version 30 Jan rounded out with more detail to help you find each rogaine and to enjoy it. Some slight changes 1 Feb but this is pretty much final. We'll put any significant changes from now on in a "last-minute" page under "what's new".

 

Summary of the Schedule. There's more detail below.

Rogaine #1 Downtown

Checkin opens 0900 Saturday at Oriental Bay. Briefing 0940, Maps issued 0950, Rogaine 1000-1100

Rogaine #2 Kaukau

Checkin opens 1200 Saturday at Nairnville Park, Ngaio. Briefing 1240, Maps issued 1250, Rogaine 1300-1600

Rogaine #3 Eastbourne

Checkin opens 1700 Saturday Muritai School Eastbourne. Maps issued 1900, Briefing 1940, File route plans 1950, Rogaine 2000-0300

Rogaine #4 Battle Hill

Checkin opens 1000 Sunday Battle Hill Farm Park, Pauatahanui.

Maps issued for 6hr rogainers (both foot and MTB) 1020, Briefing 1040, File route plans 1050, Rogaine 1100-1700

Maps issued for 4hr MTB rogainers 1120, Briefing 1140, File route plans 1150, Rogaine 1200-1600

Rogaine #5 Belmont Bunkers

Checkin opens 0900 Monday, Shearers Quarters via Hill Rd, Lower Hutt

Maps issued to all 0920, Briefing for rogainers 0940, File route plans 0950, Rogaine 1000-1400

Briefing for MTBers 1010, File route plans 1020, Rogaine 1030-1330

 

Rogaine #1 Downtown

WHERE

Mt Victoria, Wellington, starting from Oriental Parade near the Fishermans Table. We'll be on the beach. You "may" be able to find a park on Oriental Parade but remember it is Sevens Weekend; and other attractions may include sun, sand, and organised beach handball. 

 

WHEN

Checkin Opens 0900 Saturday. We will want to check that (a) your team is there (b) the people on your entry form are present and (c) you have the mobile phone you quoted. Please come to the tent on the beach. There are public toilets over Oriental Parade, near Oriental Terrace.

Briefing 0940, Maps issued 0950, Rogaine 1000-1100

WHAT

Mt Victoria overlooks downtown Wellington and consists of town belt reserve (mainly pine trees) and inner-city housing, much of it historic. The reserve is criss-crossed by a network of tracks which are continuously being added to by mountainbikers, with and without formal approval:-)) Elevation range 0-196m.

COURSE

Course planner Greg Thurlow. He has set 35 control points, ranging from man-made objects on tracks to orange ribbons on an off-track features. But on Mt Vic nothing is very far from a track. Most of the forest is passable but its quite steep; tracks, lanes and streets provide the fastest travel. A typical urban rogaine squeezed down into one hour, in fact no different from what orienteers call "score orienteering".

Oriental Parade may only be crossed at pedestrian crossings, and these are marked on the map. Cellphone coverage over the map.

MAP

The map will be an A4 at a scale of 1:12,000, with 10m contours. Those used to topo maps will find it very detailed, while orienteers will notice that not every track is shown. We have picked out the main ones - and probably gone a bit far:-))

AFTERWARDS
Big rogaines provide big meals afterwards. This is a tiny rogaine, each participant will get a Mars bar or similar:-))

 

Rogaine #2 Kaukau

WHERE

Western Skyline of Wellington, starting from Nairnville Park, Ngaio. Find this from Oriental Bay by getting onto the (old) Hutt Road (not the motorway) and turning left into Kaiwharawhara Road. After climbing through Nagio Gorge go right into Perth St, which morphs into Cockayne Road and continues to Nairnville Park. We have the use of the building there which means that parking should be OK.

WHEN

Checkin Opens 1200 Saturday. We will want to check that (a) your team is there (b) the people on your entry form are present and (c) you have the mobile phone you quoted. We'll probably do this inside. There are toilets there.

Briefing 1240, Maps issued 1250, Rogaine 1300-1600

WHAT

The Western Skyline is rugged farmland with spectacular rock outcrops rising up to Mt Kaukau (445m); with bush on the slopes facing the city. The map also includes part of Wilton Bush and Te Awakairangi (Tinakori Hill). The suburbs are less steep but the topography ensures that few roads are straight; walkways and bush tracks connect them.

COURSE

Course planner Rob van der Poel. He has chosen 29 controls, about 50/50 man-made objects and orange ribbons on off-track features. Some of the off-track ones are quite tricky navigationally, you need to be confident or you'll waste time. In the unlikely event of low cloud or mist up there, these would be extremely testing. There are easy ones too, and you can avoid climbing onto the skyline but of course you won't get the big-pointers. This is similar to the best of our 3hr afterwork rogaines, with the advantage of 100% daylight.

You will be crossing suburban streets - take care. While the skyline is fabulous on a good day, it is very exposed to bad weather. Check the weather forecast, remember that we reserve the right to make the gear list compulsory if the weather looks bad. Cellphone coverage over much of the map

MAP

The map will be an A4 at a scale of 1:20,000, with 10m contours. Those used to topo maps will find it quite detailed. We have most of the tracks marked, but not the marked lines used by possum trappers. We have left off most of the fences that are on the topo map (because they are so unreliable) and just marked a few that are significant for controls.  We have shown some bush in a lighter shade of green but the standard medium green is highly variable. You would be wise to treat it as jungle except where a control point suggests we have been there. We have used dotty green for scattered scrub and gorse.

AFTERWARDS

As this is the same length as the Wellington afterwork rogaines, we'll do the usual pizza thing...


 

 

Rogaine #3 Eastbourne

WHERE

East Harbour Regional Park, starting from Muritai School, Eastbourne. To get there from Nairnville Park, head NE  and join the main drag towards Johnsonville. Follow signs through Johnsonville to get onto SH1 and descend Ngauranga Gorge. Left lane at the bottom so you can get onto SH2 to Lower Hutt. As Petone approaches leave SH2 and follow Eastbourne signs right round the harbour to Eastbourne. Pass the end of the single shopping street (Rimu St) on your right, then look for the school. Vehicle entrance is on the other side so go round the block.

WHEN

Checkin Opens 1700 Saturday (all campers must check in even if they are "accompanying persons"). We will want to check that (a) your team is there (b) the people on your entry form are present and (c) you have the mobile phone you quoted. We'll probably do this inside the school hall. There are toilets there.

Showers $1 with rogaine ID at Eastbourne swimming pool until 1900. Light meal: you didn't want it, cancelled.

Maps issued 1900, Briefing 1940, File route plans 1950, Rogaine 2000-0300

WHAT

This part of East Harbour Regional Park consists of a series of steep ridges about 300m high running N-S, with the start at sea level on the western edge. It is covered in beech/rata forest which is remarkably open even off the track system, especially on the ridges. Note this is open in the tramping sense, not the orienteering sense, you can't run except on the tracks.  It's pretty much all shown in medium green, those who are "bush-wise" will find the fastest routes.

COURSE

Course planner Jason Markham. 31 controls, a mixture of off-track, track and a few controls down on the flat. This will be quite challenging to navigate at night, there should be a 3/4 moon but it won't get down into the bush. This is classic rogaining - sometimes called "the all-night sport". Most of the controls are ribbons, plus they have reflectors on them. Nice touch Jason.

Getting misplaced on this map is entirely possible in the dark. The stream system drains to the south. This doesn't get you any closer to home, but the streams eventually converge at a well-known picnic area known as Butterfly Creek; from where there are easy tracks with signposting to civilisation. In the event of bad weather you will at least have forest cover. Cellphone coverage likely only from high points. The gear list is compulsory on this rogaine.

MAP

The map: an A4 at 1:20,000 with 10m contours. Even in the bush, these show more features than the topo contours did. As well as the track system which generally follows ridges, the possum baiters have established a number of straight routes marked with small coloured markers on trees and a number of these have been checked and shown on the map as very thin black lines; but by no means all. They are not "tracks" and will be difficult to follow at night, much less find. Fences not shown, there are hardly any, anyway. Most of the bush is shown as medium green, with a very few bits of light green (easily passable) and dark green (to be avoided!)

AFTERWARDS

We'll have farmhouse soup bubbling on the stove and buttered buns for your return. (We're sure you don't want to hang around chatting at 3am...) If you come back early we'll rustle up something but if its too early it might be instant soup. 

 

Rogaine #4 Battle Hill

WHERE
Battle Hill Regional Park and Puketiro Forest, starting from Battle Hill Park HQ, Paekakariki Hill Rd. To get there from Eastbourne find your way back to SH2 in Lower Hutt; travel up-valley to a major intersection and go left into SH 58; travel through lifestyle territory to a roundabout (Pauatahanui) and follow Battle Hill Park signs. From Wellington get to Pauatahanui via SH1 and SH58 and do likewise. Plenty of parking.

WHEN

Checkin Opens 1000 Sunday. (Muritai School Hall locked about this time for safety of camping gear.) We will want to check that (a) your team is there (b) the people on your entry form are present and (c) you have the mobile phone you quoted. We'll probably do this inside the woolshed. There are toilets there.

Maps issued for 6hr rogainers (both foot and MTB) 1020, Briefing 1040, File route plans 1050, Rogaine 1100-1700

Maps issued for 4hr MTB rogainers 1120, Briefing 1140, File route plans 1150, Rogaine 1200-1600

WHAT

Battle Hill includes a farm park of moderate contour, a steep face with mature pines rising 350m, and a rugged landscape beyond with a  mixture of dense native and production forestry. It's all criss-crossed with current and old logging tracks, and some narrower tracks made by trailbikes. A place of contrasts, eventually to be cut in two by the Transmission Gully highway. 

COURSE

Course planner Gordon Balfour has set 45 controls (we couldn't stop him!) Most of them are pink ribbons, a different colour from the orange used on other days. MTBers - a significant number of controls will be off-track or on unridable track, and you may leave your bike. It will be up to you to choose biker-friendly controls vs doing some walking. Footies, the mature pine that you can see to the east is generally easily passable, but it is split up by thick native bush in the valleys. Further east the pine forest is generally slow although there are some good bits. Native bush is slow.

We have considered the possibility of a biker (or any) injury far from base. You will be out of cellphone coverage for most of the time, and more importantly coverage at base is dodgy too. We do have a landline at base, so get a message to us by whatever means possible - phone, text, another team, unaffected team member, etc. Once we get a message, we can get onto many parts of the course by vehicle. Note that the gear list is compulsory for bikers, and we reserve the right to make it compulsory for others if the weather looks bad.

MAP

The map is an A3 at 1:20,000 with 10m contours. We haven't distinguished passable and impassable forest here, except for some little bits of really dark green to indicate that a couple of tempting valley routes are inadvisable. We have used dotty green for logged-and-replanted forest, but the debris and undergrowth means they are not advisable either. Fences are selectively shown, mainly to indicate some private land which must not be used post-event without permission.

For bikers we are showing some "possible routes" with green equivalents of the track symbols. These do NOT necessarily mean you can ride, it just means we have taken a bike there, it is physically possible. In some cases they let you reach a ridable track; in the farmland they represent recommended routes. Also for bikers only, there is a well-established one-way system up and down the main hill. This is to be respected and is shown on the map by purple arrows. Footies can ignore both the green lines and the purple arrows. Everyone must keep out of purple stripe areas.

AFTERWARDS

The post-race snack will be a selection of goodies from the baker and the fruiterer. The pre-ordered meal deal is cancelled but there are plentyof options in Jackson St Petone. For campers on their way back to Eastbourne you can shower $1 with rogaine ID at the Petone swimming pool until 1900. And we'll unlock the Muritai School Hall for those who have stashed their gear inside.


 

 

Rogaine #5 Belmont Bunkers

WHERE

Belmont Regional Park, starting from "Belmont Bunkers". Get there from Eastbourne by getting onto SH2 in Lower Hutt, head up-valley, and find the "Hill Road" turnoff. This takes you beyond suburbia and into farmland to "The Shearers Quarters". Note: Hill Rd is narrow in parts, take your time. And there isn't very much parking at the quarters, please park as far off the road as you can and as close to the next guy as you can.

WHEN

Checkin Opens 0900 Monday. We will want to check that (a) your team is there (b) the people on your entry form are present and (c) you have the mobile phone you quoted. We'll probably do this inside the shearers quarters. This doesn't have power or toilets but there will be a portaloo nearby

Maps issued to all 0920, Briefing for rogainers 0940, File route plans 0950, Rogaine 1000-1400

Briefing for MTBers 1010, File route plans 1020, Rogaine 1030-1330

WHAT

This part of Belmont Regional Park is the divide between the Hutt Valley and Porirua basin with an elevation about 400m. The land falls away quite steeply on either side but there are stunning views from the relatively level tops. Mostly farmland, with some bush in the headwaters of the Korokoro Stream. Many farm tracks, and also some MTB singletrack. A distinctive feature is about 50 disused concrete ammunition buildings built in WW2.

COURSE

Course planner Michael Wood has selected 34 control points in the same area that was used for the first rogaine 21 years ago. About a third of them are ribbons, the rest man-made features. MTBers - a significant number of controls will be off-track, and you may leave your bike. It will be up to you to choose biker-friendly controls vs doing some walking.

Like the Kaukau skyline, this area is wonderful on a good day, but being high and open it is exposed in bad weather. We reserve the right to make the gear list compulsory, come prepared. The area is compact and cellphone coverage is good over most parts of the course and we should be able to receive messages

MAP

The map is slightly larger than A4 at 1:20,000. Contours are 10m. Most of the green you wouldn't want to go in but there are areas of light green which are passable. The dotty green (scattered gorse mapped from the aerial photo) is probably OK with some weaving around. Fences are generally not shown (there are lots, and the topo ones are sooo out of date).

For bikers we are showing some "possible routes" over farmland with green equivalents of the track symbols. On this map you can PROBABLY ride these, especially downhill, so they have the meaning of recommended routes. Also for bikers there's a one-way track near the airstrip; a purple arrow indicates uphill only. Footies can ignore both green lines and the purple arrow. Everyone must keep out of purple stripe areas.

AFTERWARDS

The post-race snack will be the traditional barbeque, augmented with some other goodies mainly so we can serve it up faster. Not sure if we had any food at the very first rogaine, but this is the birthday after all.