Orienteering Hutt Valley Inc.


Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO)

Mountain bike orienteering, or MTBO, involves riding your way through a network of singletrack, 4WD tracks, roads and paths using a map. Sometimes you can shortcut between tracks but it's mostly about choosing the best track route and then following it without delays. Most events are designed to take 1–2 hours, but there are shorter and longer variations.

If you haven't tried MTBO before, take a look at some of the Getting Started resources and see more About MTBO.

Start of Sprint Adventure Race chapter 4 at Upper Hutt

Wellington MTBO

Since 2000, Orienteering Hutt Valley has coordinated a series of MTB orienteering events in the southern North Island, and been a leader in creating MTB-specific maps. We started with events that took an hour or two; and we built a points system to find the best riders over the year. Then we introduced an all-day "extreme" event in the Akatarawas. Then we expanded downwards to short events suitable for kids and families. Which for big people corresponds to the "sprint" in athletics - it has its own challenges.

The mix of MTBO events has changed over the years, according to the interests of participants and what people have put their hands up to organise. We've not had a formal series of events (the "Welly MTBO Series") since 2016 but over the last couple of years there's been a series of mini-adventure races (combining MTBO with foot orienteering sprints) in various parts of the Hutt River corridor (image above), some beginner/sprint B-Max events, and there's been a good selection of standalone MTBO events too. The club has previously run an annual "extreme" event too — the Akatarawa Attack — that's a MTB rogaine event.

If you're an occasional rider note that we have an expectation to carry a cellphone in non-urban events; this is to hasten response to an injury incident. And you are now allowed to ride off-track on certain map colours — read the legend carefully!

Current MTBO Calendar

This is progressively updated as events are scheduled. Click on an event below to get its details or results:

Date Event Location  
7 Aug 2022 Return to the Bunkers Belmont Regional Park Results
20 Feb 2022 Return to the Tunnel Tunnel Gully, Upper Hutt Results
11 Dec 2021 The Big Trig, Adventure Rogaine section Lower Hutt circumnavigation Results
4 July 2021 Sprint Adventure Race, Chapter 6 (Repeat) Petone Results
20 June 2021 Sprint Adventure Race, Chapter 6 (Weather Affected) Petone Results
21 Mar 2021 MTBO Sprint Training Hutt river corridor Report
14 Feb 2021 The Baring Reprise East Harbour Regional Park Results
22 Nov 2020 Sprint Adventure Race, Chapter 5 Upper Hutt Results
13 Sep 2020 MTBO Wainui Waiu Park, Wainuiomata Results
14 June 2020 B-Max Hikoikoi Petone Results
15 Mar 2020 The Baring Breeze Baring Head Results
06 Feb 2020 Sprint Adventure Race, Chapter 4 Upper Hutt Results
15 Sep 2019 MTBO Queen Elizabeth Park Results
25 Aug 2019 MTBO Tunnel Gully, Upper Hutt Results
09 Jun 2019 Sprint Adventure Race, Chapter 3 Upper Hutt Results
19 May 2019 Kapiti Crews Mark III Waikanae Results
14 Apr 2019 B-Max Beginner Event Waiu Park, Wainuiomata Results
24 Feb 2019 B-Max Beginner Event Waiu Park, Wainuiomata Results