From April 14-30 2017, New Zealand will host an Orienteering carnival incorporating 2 major orienteering events run over consecutive weekends in terrain throughout the upper north island – the Oceania Orienteering Championships and the Auckland World Masters Games featuring WMOC2017.  Come and experience New Zealand’s best orienteering!

Check our the Promotional Brochure for the NZ Orienteering Carnival


All detailed information and the entry process for the World Masters Games 2017 is on the World Masters Games webpage but some high level information is below:


The World Masters Games 2017 Orienteering Sports Information Guide (Bulletin One) is available. It includes:

  • full details of competition dates and times;
  • events and format which includes a breakdown of age categories;
  • competition rules;
  • and venue detail

As further information comes to hand the Sports Information Guide will be updated so please make sure you check that you have the most up to date version.

Registrations opened on the 17th February 2016 – How to Enter / Register


Long Model, Long Qual and Long Final

Sprint Model, Sprint Qual and Sprint Final


Men and Women: 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+, 95+

The age category you will compete in for Orienteering will be determined as at 31 December 2017.

For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31 December, you would compete in the 40+ age category.


The week after Oceania Championships, Auckland hosts the 9th World Masters Games, which includes the WMOC for competitors 35 and over.  Oceania will be excellent preparation for the WMOC!

  • Sprint Model – The Massey University Albany Campus, located just over 17km north of Auckland Central
  • Sprint Qualification – The University of Auckland (Epsom Campus), located just over 5km south of Auckland Central
  • Sprint Final – The University of Auckland (City Campus), also right in the heart of the city
  • Long Distance – Woodhill Forest, located 47.5km North West of Auckland Central


  • Friday 21 April 2017 – Event centre opens and Opening Ceremony
  • Saturday 22 April 2017 – Model event – sprint
  • Sunday 23 April 2017 – Sprint qualification
  • Monday 24 April 2017 – Sprint finalPrize giving ceremony
  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 – (Rest day) Model event – long distance
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017 – Long distance qualification #1
  • Thursday 27 April 2017 – Long distance qualification #2
  • Friday 28 April 2017 – (Rest day)
  • Saturday 29 April 2017 – Long distance finalPrize giving
  • Sunday 30 April 2017 – Closing Ceremony


Regrettably there will be no public races run in conjunction with Orienteering events at the World Masters Orienteering Championships, as part of World Masters Games 2017. The local organising team sincerely apologises for any inconvenience. The focus remains on planning a successful Masters event in Auckland in 2017.

If you are not entering the World Masters Orienteering Championships and hope to orienteer in New Zealand’s world-class terrain, we recommend you enter the Oceania and Middle Earth Orienteering Carnival to be run over the ten days preceding World Masters Games 2017. For more information visit www.oceania2017.nz.


The WMG2017 website has details on accessing all the  WMG2017 venues here

For Gold and Silver registered athletes and supporters this includes details on Public Transport  to the Opening & Closing ceremonies and to the Sprint Venues. Additional details on the shuttles buses to the Long Venues in Woodhill Forest are also given.

For Bronze registered athletes and supporters there are details on how to purchase forest access and parking vouchers for the Long Venues in Woodhill Forest.

Athletes also competing at the Oceania Orienteering Events should also check the details on Oceania Event access details and Parking Vouchers by going here.


Click on the image link below to go to the interactive embargoed areas map.

Embargoed Areas

Full details of the embargoed areas are on the WMG2017 website


World Masters Orienteering 2017 is being organised by the three clubs in the Auckland Region – North West Orienteering Club, Auckland Orienteering Club and Counties Manukau Orienteering Club. It is with great pleasure that Auckland is able to host orienteers from all over the world.