Orienteering is a sport, which combines outdoor adventure with map reading and navigational skills. It involves navigating though the bush, parks or streets with the aid of a specially produced map and orienteering compass, with the aim being to locate checkpoints (controls) on various natural and man-made features along the way, such as a boulder, track junction, bench seat or street lamp. Controls are generally represented by distinctive orange and white flags.
The skill in orienteering is in choosing the best route between controls, perhaps over a hill or a longer route which goes round it. It is this stimulating mental challenge as well as the physical activity that makes orienteering so popular. Each event may have a number of courses of differing lengths and levels of difficulty occurring at the same time.
There are different types of events that you can do on foot, on a bike, in a kayak or on skis.
Bike Orienteering is, orienteering on a bike! It combines trail riding and navigation, using specially prepared maps, riders navigate along a network of tracks to checkpoints (controls). Each rider decides for themselves, the route they will take to visit each control in turn. The person who completes the course the quickest is the winner. You can be as competitive or as social as you like, with riders of all ages able to participate.
Orienteering is traditionally an individual sport but participation with a partner or in small groups is encouraged, particularly families. Course lengths vary from around 5 to 40km. Each event will have a number of courses, so you choose one to suit your level of ability. Terrain varies from predominantly flat pine forest to undulating natives forest.