New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

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New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - King of the Bays

7 beautiful beach locations around NZ

 Sat, November 19, 2016 - Sat, April 08, 2017

Where to stay:

Mount Maunganui 19th Nov 2016
Auckland 3rd Dec 2016
Wellington 29th Jan 2017
Rotorua 18th Feb 2017
Christchurch 4th Mar 2017
Paihia 18th Mar 2017
North Shore 8th Apr 2017


Swim at 7 stunning locations around New Zealand, with distances to suit all ages and abilities.

Swimming is invigorating, fun and extremely good for the mind, body and soul. Take your pick – the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series provides an excellent stage to set yourself challenges and achieve your goals. The events offer a range of achievable distances – from ‘Banana Boat OceanKids’ 200m to ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.6km – 3.5km.

Mount Maunganui - Sand to Surf - 19th Nov 2016

Ahh, Mount Maunganui. Sunny skies, bleached white sand, rich blue water and a big old extinct volcano perched at the end of the beach. For ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.6km swimmers it’s the only chance to swim out around picturesque Motuotau & Moturiki Islands with the confidence of professional local Surf Life Saving New Zealand guards alongside you every stroke of your journey.

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Auckland - Harbour Crossing - 3rd Dec 2016

Swimming across the Auckland Harbour is only possible one morning a year – don’t miss your opportunity.

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Wellington - Capital Classic - 29th Jan 2017

Open Water swimming in Wellington can be a daunting prospect, so take the opportunity to do it safely and in style with the country’s most experienced and well-resourced crew. Some people say Wellington is hard to beat on a good day. We say the Capital Classic in Wellington is hard to beat full stop.

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Rotorua - Legend of the Lake - 18th Feb 2017

Do you fancy a legendary challenge at the legendary Blue Lake, Rotorua? Of course you do because you are a legend who likes to go away for the weekend with friends and family to challenge yourself then celebrate and relax with other like-minded legends.

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Christchurch - Christchurch Crown - 4th Mar 2017

Set right on Christchurch’s doorstep in Lyttelton Harbour, the course has been designed to challenge and intrigue with its layout in the ‘I’m Going Long’ swim weaving swimmers in and out of some of Christchurch’s most picturesque bays.

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Paihia - Bay of Islands Classic - 18th Mar 2017

Enjoy a summer break in the ‘eternally sunny’ Bay of Islands with our crowd favourite ‘Bay of Islands Classic’ on Saturday 18 March.

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North Shore - King of the Bays - 8th Apr 2017

Are you a chlorine junky new to swimming in the briny blue ocean? This is the perfect time and place to dip your toes in the good stuff. A safe and reassuring environment will ensure your confidence grows and your personal challenge is ticked off in style!

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