Wellington Orienteering Club

Queens birthday 2019


Day 1

Day 2 - Morning Sprint

Day 2 - Relay

Day 2 - Afternoon Sprint

Day 3


 Lost Property

The following items were found at the QB weekend events.  If any of these items are yours and you want them back, please email secretary@wellingtonorienteering.org.nz and we will arrange to return them to you.

Green and Black Inov8 Mudclaw shoes, size UK10.

Black Kathmandu hoody - size S

White cap with New Zealand and fern

Blue/white glasses case left at start

Grey Design Apparel T-shirt with black carving motif on shoulder

Aquamarine blue Kathmandu merino top, size 12

Dark blue scarf with fringe

1 grey glove

Get ready for QB19! Wellington Orienteering Club and Red Kiwi Orienteers Manawatu are excited to host three days of top-quality foot orienteering. We're looking forward to welcoming more than 400 runners from all over New Zealand - and further abroad too!

When? Saturday 1 June – Monday 3 June, 2019

Where? Palmerston North and surrounds



QB19 v2 programme is now available (28/05/2019)

(pgm change log)

The QB19 bare essentials print option

Please continue to check the weather forecast leading up to the weekend and ensure you dress appropriately.

Levin 10-day forecast

Palmerston North 10-day forecast



Please note that the start list for classes Elites, Senior Boys and Senior Girls for day 2 afternoon event is dependent on who is running in the sprint relay. These classes has been omitted and will be published once the relay teams are known.

Day 1

Day 2 - Morning

Day 2 - Afternoon

Day 3



Saturday 1 June

Race: Multiday distance

First Start: 11 am

Map: Whirokino - remapped 2019, large areas last used in the 1990's

Location: Waiterere Forest

Planner: Stuart Engleback

Controller: Dick Dinsdale & William Power

Terrain: Sand dune pine forest with areas of good runnability and complex detail, combined with grassed open dune farmland.

Courses: 12 course long distance format.


Sunday 2 June

Race: Double sprint, including a sprint relay for school and elite grades in the afternoon

Maps: Morning -  Westend School and Awatapu College.  New map of two schools close to Palmerston North city centre.  First starts from 9.30am for Elite grades

Afternoon - IPU campus on the eastern side of PN.  Another new campus map with extensive open areas.  Relay teams start at 1pm and first starts for individual sprints from 2.30pm

Location: Palmerston North

Planner: Simon Teesdale

Controller: Malcolm Ingham

Terrain: School campuses with some gardens.

Courses: The morning event is an individual sprint event for all grades.  In the afternoon the sprint event will be a 4-person relay for M/W 21E, M/W20E and the SG/SB school grades.  The relays will be run in accordance with IOF rules, so the relay order must be W-M-M-W.  Women may run M legs in the relay, but Men cannot run W legs.  For all other grades, the afternoon event will be an individual sprint.  Sprint rules will also apply regarding uncrossable features, etc.

There will be 11 courses for the sprint events.  


Monday 3 June

Race: Middle distance length

First Start:  9.30am

Course closure: 3 pm

Map: Kaikokopu - remapped 2019, last major event Queen's Birthday 2012

Location: Himatangi

Planner: Tony Patterson

Controller: Graham Teahan

Terrain: Blocks of pine forest with complex contours with some flat open farmland in between.

Courses: 12 course middle distance format



The races at QB19 will double as:

  • Trials for the NZSS team to contest the Southern Cross Challenge in September
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Regional Challenge (see below for more information)
  • Pinestars/Bushrangers test match in the M/W 21 E grades
  • Junior Pinestars/junior Bushrangers test match in the M/W 20 E grades
  • Round 4 of the National Orienteering League



 There will cumulative point scoring for this weekend of events, with all events counting towards the final score.

Travel Information

The first starts on the Saturday morning will be from 11 am, and course closure on Monday will be at 3 pm.

If flying in to Palmerston North airport, allow at least 1 hour to get to the first event.

If travelling from Wellington please bear in mind that traffic between Wellington and Levin is notoriously bad on holiday weekends, with long delays likely, especially around Otaki in both directions and Paekakariki southbound. Allow plenty of time for this journey if travelling from or to Wellington airport.


Explanation for Secondary School competitors

QB19 incorporates the 2019 regional schools challenge, and the trials for the NZ secondary school representative team which will compete in the Australian schools championships at the end of September.

The grades for school students are different to those at other competitions. The M/W 14/16/18 grades will be replaced with Junior Girls/Boys and Senior Girls/Boys grades.

The Senior A grades will be running red level courses, the Junior A and Senior B grades will run orange level courses, and the Junior B grades will run yellow courses.

  • All races at QB19 will be trials for the selection of a NZ Secondary Schools representative team to compete in Australia from 28 September to 6 October, 2019.
  • Senior Boys/Girls A or B is for those born in 2001, 2002 or 2003
  • Junior Boys/Girls A or B is for those born in 2004 or later.
  • All students seeking selection for the NZSS team must enter the appropriate A grade event (and must be year 9 or above).
  • Regional schools teams may include year 8 students but year 8 students are not eligible for NZSS selection


Runners should allow up to 1 hour's driving time to get between Palmerston North and other event centres.

There will be pre-allocated start times and age categories. Entry on the day will be limited or unavailable.

Details will be updated here and at Orienteering NZ Events.

We recommend basing yourself in Palmerston North for the weekend. Palmerston North is the hub of the Manawatu region and has a wide range of accommodation and services. It is conveniently serviced by direct flights from Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Find out more.


Grades for day 1 and 3

1M21E Red
Senior Boys A
5 W17-20A
Senior Girls A
8 W40AS
9Junior Boys A
Senior Boys B
Men B

Junior Girls A
Senior Girls B
Women B

Junior Boys B
Men C
Junior Girls B
Women C


Grades for day 2 (sprints)



Senior Boys 

5 W40
Senior Girls



Junior Boys
Men B


Junior Girls
Women B




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