Katoa Po 2022

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All Spectators and Supporters at the Katoa Po 2022 event must register (at no cost), to help ensure that this event is able to be run under the Covid framework.
Book a space here in the appropriate Covid Bubble before Wednesday, 9th March 11:59pm

The Programme

Saturday 12th March

- at dusk start of 42nd Katoa Po Night Relay

- 8:30pm start of 2nd Katoa Po Explorer Night Rogaine

Sunday 13th 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 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

Kaiapo Faultline extended

Camp site - The event centre and camp site will be located near the western side of the map, just off Tukairangi Road.
There will be plenty of camping space for tents and campervans, and for club tents near the finish. There will be portaloos on site but you will otherwise need to be self sufficient for camping, including water.

The Map - All events will be held on the Kaiapo Faultline map, which has been extended to the north, south and east for this event. This is a farm map located just a few km west of Taupo. It is mostly a sheep and beef farm with patches of recently logged and replanted pine forest, and a block of mature pines that has never before been used for orienteering. The topography is mostly gentle to rolling, with a few steeper areas, and incised watercourses.

The Kaiapo Fault is an active faultline which has moved in historic times. This fault extends for almost 15 km from the shores of Lake Taupo to the Wairakei geothermal area. It runs from the top to the bottom of this map, but you probably won’t notice it. In addition to a faultline, the map has a volcano – a scoria cone that erupted about 150,000 years ago. That is a working quarry, and so is out of bounds. There is a pumice quarry too (also out of bounds), which extracts pumice from the large Taupo eruption of about 1800 years ago.

From Wairakei Dr turn onto Poihipi Rd (signs for Kinloch/Mangakino/Te Kuiti/Great Lake Trail)
After 4.1km - turn left onto Tukairangi Rd
After 6.9km - turn left into Event Centre