Orienteering Bay of Plenty is keen to track down new members and this weekend the club has organised an event for newcomers wanting to discover the joys of the sport.

Club secretary Darren Ashmore said Sunday's Rogaine was perfect for people who enjoyed exploring the outdoors and wanted a mental challenge at the same time.

He said women were increasingly taking up the sport and it was also great for families as people of all ages can take part.

"It's cheap, healthy and sociable. There has been a significant increase in women interested in learning navigation skills partly due to women's only adventure races in Rotorua Spirited Woman and Spring Challenge," said Mr Ashmore.

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Free coaching is offered before Sunday's event to give people the confidence and skills to complete events. The Rogaine format is especially good for beginners as they join forces within a team and can choose which checkpoints to go for.

Mr Ashmore was introduced to orienteering when he was 7 years old and 32 years later, he still loves it.

"I love exploring new areas. I love being outside in nature. I enjoy the balance of mental challenge with a physical component. And I have lots of cool friends in the orienteering club."

The club hasn't used the Ngahewa farm for more than five years and for many members the terrain will be new and exciting.

- See www.obop.or.nz to register.

Fact file:

* What: Rogaine Ngahewa

* Where: Ngahewa, 20km south of Rotorua on SH5. Look for signs.

* When: Sunday, 10am registration, 10.45am briefing, Rogaine opens 11am.