Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

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Whether you want to get into open water swimming, or are looking for added motivation to maintain your fitness or simply enjoy swimming, the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is for you, it provides a stage to set yourself challenges and achieve your goals.

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There are different distances which means there’s the opportunity for almost all ages and abilities to take part.

‘I’m Going Long’ 2.6km – 3.5km
This is a great challenge for individuals who have trained or have swimming experience.
For 12 years old and over.

‘Step it Up’ 1km
This is ideal for those swimmers who would like a challenge but perhaps aren’t quite ready to enter the ‘I’m Going Long’ distance.
For 10 years old and over.

‘Give it a Go’ 500m
This swim is a great introduction to ocean swimming and is suitable for most swimming abilities and ages from young to old!
For 8 years old and over.

‘Banana Boat OceanKids’ 200m
This swim is a great ocean swimming event designed for kids wanting to get into ocean swimming, and for those who can swim 200m in a pool. The course is along the shore (sometimes over their heads) and heavily supported by lifeguards.
For 7 to 12 years old.


  • Harbour Crossing
    Saturday, 18 November 2017
    6.30am – 10.00am
    Main Event Site: Karanga Plaza, Auckland Viaduct (swim starts at Quinton Park, Bayswater)
  • Duke of Marlborough Hotel Bay of Islands Classic
    Saturday, 16 December 2017
    2.30pm – 9.00pm
    Main Event Site: Russell, Bay of Islands
  • Interislander Capital Classic
    Sunday 28 January 2018 8.30am – 2.30pm
    Main Event Site: Freyberg Beach, Oriental Bay, Wellington
  • Donelley Sawmillers Legend of the Lake
    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    9.30am – 3.00pm
    Main Event Site: Blue Lake, Rotorua
  • Generation Homes Sand to Surf
    Saturday, 10 March 2018
    9.30am – 2.30pm
    Main Event Site: Main Beach, Mt Maunganui
  • Interislander The Big Tahuna
    Saturday 31 March 2018 (Easter Weekend) 9.00am – 2.30pm
    Main Event Site: Tahunanui Beach, Nelson
  • King of the Bays
    Saturday, 14 April 2018
    10.00am – 4.00pm
    Main Event Site: Devonport, Auckland

There are plenty of awesome tips that the team from the Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series have put together so you can feel confident hitting the water this summer. For all their tips check out their blog.

Here’s just one of their handy tips - wear your goggles under your cap, that way they’ll stay put during your race!