A zone competition is staged in each zone area during May before the WaiBop regional Cross Country event usually held in the first week of June. The Venues of which events are staged are selected on host tender process throughout the Waikato – Bay of Plenty. The New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships is held mid-June.
All events are open entry to all schools for the zone and regional championships.
The age grades for Cross Country are; Senior, Junior and Year 9