The Big Trig - What Is It?

A rogaine is a navigational contest for teams on foot, with a fixed time limit. The "Big Trig" is Orienteering Hutt Valley's traditional rogaine for the year.

OHV ran NZ's first rogaine in 1991. Since then we've worked UP to the championship 24-hour rogaine (Tararua in 2006, Moonshine in 2010) and we've worked DOWN to afterwork 3-hour and even 1-hour mini rogaines. But each year we like to put on a "middle-sized" rogaine that appeals to all groups - tough adventurer racers to weekend warriors to family groups. It's usually between 6-12 hours long. Of course you can sample the area with a shorter option.

"The Big Trig" is our name for for it. Big means its bigger than our regular rogaines. Trig means there's some hills. The subtitle usually indicates where it is. We've got a huge amount of terrain all around us - the start is usually within an hour of downtown Wellington.

We've had middle-sized rogaines up the coast from Terawhiti to Reikorangi; various parts of the huge Akatarawa Forest; Remutaka Forest Park; and most of the regional parks. The 2017 BigTrig was a 9/6/3hr one in the Belmont Regional Park; in 2018 we offered 6 and 3hrs in the hills round Wainuiomata.

This year we head over to Porirua, overlooked by Rangituhi/Colonial Knob at 459m. The ‘Tour de Porirua’ course will see you explore tracks on the slopes of the peak, much of it clothed in native bush. There's a good network of tracks (Te Araroa passes through it) but there is plenty of passable untracked bush as well. And pest control lines, which are often challenging to follow. And farmland. You might even drop down into the Porirua City Centre. You can choose 3 or 6 hours. The 6-hour will run from 10am to 4pm, the 3hr event will run 12.30 – 3.30pm. (Actually 3-hour teams can do their 3 hours anytime between 10-4, we're flexible.) The base is yet to be nailed down, but there will be hot and cold water, toilets etc and plenty of parking.  If you're from out of town you can get there by public transport, but ask us to find you a lift with a local team.

The best rogaining maps in NZ. Developed from the LINZ topo, but the track network hugely improved over 28 years of rogaining, and laser-derived 10m contours. Rogaining - the original adventure race - the one with decent maps and controls in the right place:-)) 

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