What is MapRunners?

MapRunners (http://maprunners.weebly.com/) has a smart phone app “MapRunF” that competitors load onto their phones.

This software is the brainchild of Peter Effeney, an Orienteer from Brisbane. With a bit of funding from Orienteering Australia but mostly with a huge amount of enthusiasm, Peter has created this app which is now used in Australia and in other countries around the world.

How does it work?

MapRunF uses the GPS on your smartphone to track your location. When you get within a few meters of the control site, your phone beeps and vibrates to tell you that you that the app has registered the control. If it is a Rogaine, you are automatically allocated the control points and can keep running without a pause. If it is a linear orienteering event, the app ensures competitors do the controls in the correct order and allows for the normal complexities such as pivot controls. You can print out a paper map and keep your phone in your pocket, or use the map on your phone.

  1. Download MapRunF onto your phones. It must be MapRunF, not the other app MapRun, as the latter will become obsolete before too long.

  2. Fill in details in the 'Name' section. Once results are uploaded, this can be used for Contact Tracing.

  3. Go into 'select event', which will take you to a list of countries and scroll down to New Zealand.

  4. In New Zealand, select Dunedin and then a course.

  5. Press Go To Start, then make your way to the Start. Put Location Services on, if it's not on already. At the location, your phone will buzz and your time has begun. Do the course!

  6. At the Finish, you instantly see your time and result. If it has been off, put data or wifi on to manually upload your results.

Moss is our registered Club Administrator. Any questions, email him mosspelvin at gmail dot com or phone 473 7921.

Safe exercising at Level 2 or above

Maintain social distance. You may have to divert your preferred route choice to avoid people on narrow pathways, or wait until they have left the path.

Try not to get run over by traffic or bikers if you have your head down looking at your phone

Unlike our usual events, there isn’t a Controller overseeing road crossings. Some of these courses cross busy roads.

Please shadow kids younger than about high school age if they are doing the courses, especially if they are borrowing your expensive phone.

If you’re using a paper map, stow your phone in a zip pocket so it can’t slip out. Or if you’re using the phone to navigate, use one of those waterproof phone cases that have a cord that goes around your wrist.

General issues noticed with GPS/app

Can have trouble working on older phones. Note that MapRunG works on Garmin watches - see the MapRun website.

Sometimes need to slow down for controls and make sure phone has good view of the sky – some sites take a while to register (initially, someone checks the sites, so the controls are correct and functioning.)

Change your phone settings so that your phone doesn’t go to sleep between controls

The map does not rotate to align with north as you travel.

Different courses and phones have different proximity settings, as to how close you are when it beeps. It's usually about 10m.

Open the app before you get to the Start. If you only do it at the Start, you’ll waste seconds – as the course will have already started.

Map accuracy for BubbleRun courses

We started using MapRunner during Level 4, when we needed neighbourhood courses.

Map layout isn't great on the first BubbleRun courses - it was a learning curve! The lines between the controls on your digital phone copy are connected, but aren't on the PDF's.

We used free software Open Orienteering Map operating off a wiki system where the public correct and add information. It does not have the detail that our specific orienteering maps have, and there are no contours. There are a number of foot paths missing or not in the right place, or marked as paths when they are steps. Contact Fraser Stephens (fraser@pefe.co.uk) if you want a correction made to the map.

Real event maps & courses

After we got back to Level 1, we invested in the software that allowed us to create MapRun courses on high quality orienteering maps that we used for actual club events held on publicly accessible areas. These courses are in the Events folders. Their PDF's are not up on the website. Instead we can sell you for a koha / donation the leftover waterproof map that we used for the event. Some of the courses cover A3 size maps. You could try just using your phone to see the course, but the detail is so fine it would be awkward to keep running. If you want a map of these Dunedin based Event courses, come along to an event - they are in the club caravan.

Can you bike it?

Once you’ve run a course, you may realise it is also bikable. Let Moss know, and he can create a 2nd copy of it that is the Bike version of the course.

Available Events

Line Course

'Normal' orienteering course. If it's Start Anywhere, the course reconfigures, and you have to Finish at the same site.

  • Anderson's Bay/Shiel Hill (S/F Cameron Park) - Map

    • Anderson's Bay/Shiel Hill [MTBO] - Map

  • Calton Hill (Start Anywhere or at Riselaw Rd Playcentre) - Map

  • Dalmore/NEV (StartAnywhere or at Crusty Corner) - Map

  • Maori Hill (Start Anywhere or at Regent24 Dairy) - Map

  • Clyde Hill & Caversham (Start Anywhere or Kirriemuir Playground - Map

  • Opoho (Start Anywhere or at Opoho School) - Map

  • Opoho/NEV (original course - S/F Opoho Church, or same course but Start Anywhere) - Map

  • Ravensbourne (S/F Ravensbourne School) - Map

  • Wakari (Start Anywhere or at Wakari Dairy)- Map

  • Cromwell, McNulty (Start from McNulty Inlet toilets/carpark) - Long Map - Medium Map - Short Map


Gather as many points as possible in a time limit. These were initially held as an event, but are now available for anyone to do.

  • Balmacewan & Beyond ScoreQ45- Map - Results

  • Clyde (Lakeland OC50 in Clyde, ScoreV180), 3hrs to collect as many checkpoints as you can - Map - Results


Choose your own route (like a rogaine). If you Start Anywhere, at any control, the Start triangle will get renamed as an extra control. You have to visit the required number of sites in addition to your Start location.

  • Ross Creek Permanent Course (Start Anywhere or at Cannington Rd entrance) - Map

  • Macandrew Bay (Start anywhere or up Gorman St, visit 10 more sites, ie: skip 2 of 13 sites) - Map

  • FairfieldTwo (Start Anywhere or at the Fairfield Dairy, then visit all 15 other sites ) - Map

  • Octagon (Start Anywhere or at the Robbie Burns statue, visit 5 more sites, ie: skip 5 of 11 sites) - Map

  • Waikouaiti (Start Anywhere, then visit all 10 other sites) - Map

  • Lake Hawea township (S/F near Lake Hawea Dam lookout) - Map

    • Lake Hawea (MTBO) - Map

  • Butterfield, Albert Town (Start anywhere or at the Hawea River bridge, visit 13 more sites, ie: skip 2 of 16 sites) - Map

  • Alexandra township (S/F rail trail carpark, Little Valley Rd) - Map

  • Cromwell (S/F Swimming pool carpark) - Map (thanks to Joe for creating this course)

Document from Zoom meeting describing how to set up MapRunner events.

MapRun event creation.pdf