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Rangitoto Swim 

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The most iconic swim of the year, one of only 2 channel swim events (excluding Cook Strait) in New Zealand, the other is the Kapiti Island to Mainland Swim.



The course

Rangitoto Wharf to St Heliers Bay. Total distance 4.6km.


The iconic swim on Auckland Harbour just over 4½ km across the channel to be greeted by hundreds of supporters on the beach.

When and where

  • Date:                       Sunday 24 March 2019
  • Assemble:                6:00 am outside the Maritime Museum on the corner of Quay St and Hobson St
  • Embark:                   7:30 am on Fullers’ ferry at ferry terminal on Quay St.   
  •                                Sail for Rangitoto arrive 8:15m.
  • Start time:                9:00 am
  • Tide:                       10:53 am
  • Nominal cutoff time:  2.5 hrs
  • Prize giving:             Vellanoweth Green, St Heliers Bay

Rangitoto Island

Rangitoto Island is a predator free zone administered by DOC.  Ensure that your clothes/luggage es free of pests before you embark.

The Logistics

A van will be provided to transport swimmers bags from the registration to the finish.

Swimmers may take only essentials to the Island as everything must be returned to the mainland and we have one coastguard RIB to carry it.

We suggest the most you should take is what you are swimming in plus sunscreen, wetsuit lube, drink (no glass bottles) and t shirt if necessary.  Take a small plastic bag to put it in.  We provide numbered rubbish bags at Rangitoto, one per 15 swimmers.  Put your small bag in the rubbish bag corresponding to your start number and all will be transported to the finish

We will not allow luggage in excess of this on the ferry.  Excess baggage must be surrendered prior to boarding the ferry and It will be transported directly to the finish.

If you have a valid reason for more luggage please contact us before the event.

Entry criteria

For the Rangitoto Swim you must have already swum the Chelsea Swim or an equivalent distance (2.4km) in open water.

If you are 12 or under 16, you will need to confirm your parent or guardian consent when you enter 

ACM has the right to decline any applicant if there are significant doubts about the entrant’s ability to complete the course

For slower swimmers we have implemented a policy of transporting swimmers back up to the pack to reduce the spread, if you are asked please assist with this otherwise you will be asked to leave the water.

Entry fee and conditions

 Prizes and trophies

There will also be a spot prize draw for all those present at prize giving

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