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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

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Outdoor adventurers will get a chance to traverse the wilderness of Maniototo when the New Zealand Rogaine Championships take place next week.

The 24-hour national event, which is being hosted by Highland Events, will take place from November 23 to 24.

A three-hour beginners event will also be on the agenda, along with a six-hour recreational course.

Event organiser Terry Davis said while most participants would compete in the 24-hour event, the six-hour event would be a great option for people wanting to take part in a “mini adventure race”.

“It’s perfect for Spring Challenge teams to hone some navigational skills, to keep the team active until next [year’s Spring Challenge event],” he said.

The New Zealand Rogaine Championships will be based at En Hakkore and will take place in the Orangapai area, which features a lot of tussocks and rocks; and is rich in gold-mining history.

Terrain will be similar to that teams traversed during last month’s Spring Challenge, which was held in the Cromwell area.

Teams can be made up of two to five people, who will have to stay together for the duration of the event.

There are about 200 people registered so far over each category and a further 100 people are expected to enter before the start date.