The annual orienteering-style fun run event is back for 2019!

What is Metrogaine?

Metrogaine (noun): A form of rogaining held in an urban area.

Rogaining: A sport of cross-country navigation, involving both route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a variety of map types.

Metrogaine is an annual University of Auckland event designed to link the four inner-city campuses and the highlights of Auckland city through urban navigation.

The event is for all fitness levels- you can run, jog or walk in your teams of four people. There are one hour or two hour options, as well as a new category for one hour walkers.

You will be presented with a map of the area a few minutes before the event starts, which shows checkpoints where varying numbers of points can be collected within the mapped area. The aim of the game is to collect the most points and still make it to the finish line within the designated time. It's up to you to strategise!

It's a great way to do some team building, explore Auckland and get your daily steps up. Dress ups are encouraged, plus there are prizes for our category winners, spot prizes and free food and drinks at the finish line chill-out zone!

2019 event information

Free team event open to all University of Auckland students and staff.

Date: Friday 29 March, 2019

Time: 4pm start for two hour event, 5pm start for one hour events.

Location: Starts at OGGB City Campus and finishes at the Newmarket Campus. Event map covers approximately 4km x 4km area of central Auckland.

Registration: opening here to teams of four from Monday 4 February, 2019.

Metrogaine participants

2018 event and photo album

We had a record of 45 teams participate with over 180 students involved. This year saw the inclusion of the Epsom Campus into the race map for the first time, to join the City, Grafton and Newmarket Campuses.

Teams travelled up to 20km on foot over Auckland city visiting prominent landmarks such as the Sky Tower, the Viaduct and Mt Eden. A chill-out zone including music, free hot food and ice-cream as well as some awesome spot prizes greeted participants at the completion of the event.

Thank you to all of the participants and we hope to see you next year!

For the full photo album, check out the Sport Facebook page.