Katoa Po 2021

Covid Protocols

The Programme

Saturday 13th March

- at dusk start of 41st Katoa Po Night Relay

- 8:30pm start of 1st Katoa Po Explorer Night Rogaine

Sunday 14th March

- 9.00am start of Katoa Po Explorer Daylight Rogaine

- 9.30am start of 90 minute Rogaine

See applicable event pages for further details


Katoa Po is a Maori translation for “all night” and the event is the annual interclub night relay hosted by the Taupo Orienteering Club. The first relay was held at the end of January 1981 but nowadays is usually in March when dusk is earlier but the weather still generally good. Teams are made up of seven members, of mixed ages and abilities who contest for the Owl trophy or five members who compete in the first five legs for the Po Kerukeru trophy.

The Katoa Po Explorer is a new teams event that has been designed for adventure racers wanting to practise their night navigation and teamwork. This event will comprise a three hour rogaine on Saturday night and a 90 minute rogaine on Sunday morning for teams of two or four. The course has been designed by experienced adventure racers, but will be set for a range of abilities, from beginners to expert.

Event Locations

Camp site - The event centre and camp site will be located near the centre of the map.
The camp site is a paddock adjacent to the event centre and start finish. There will be plenty of camping space for tents and campervans. There will be portaloos on site. There will be room for club tents overlooking the finish. You will need to be self sufficient for camping including water.
Note: There will be no vehicle access to the camp site during the events. There is alternate car parking available approx. 600m from the event centre.

The Map - All events will be held on the adjoining Hoanga and Milky Way maps. These are farm maps which have been created in conjunction with OBOP and have not been used for some time. They are located near Reporoa close to State Highway 5 between Taupo and Rotorua. The area mapped includes a large beef and dairy support farm (Hoanga map) with rolling to steep hills and patches of bush, and a dairy farm (Milky Way map) with more sedate contours.

Landowners: K&M Brennan, D&D Leslie, D&T O’Connor, Fonterra Ltd.

Mapper: Jim Lewis, updated Jan 2021 Rolf Wagner

Take the State Highway 5 from either Rotorua or Taupo end. The event centre is along Jay Road which is about 35 minutes north from Taupo and about the same time south from Rotorua.
The event will be signposted from the junction of Jay Road and State Highway 5.