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The only point to point (singe lap) marathon swim event in New Zealand


This iconic swim event uses the tidal currents to determine the course each year.  This year it is from St Heliers Bay around Browns Island - Motukorea - back to St Heliers.

When and where

The course

St Heliers Bay start next to the boat ramp out round the “White Stick” then around Browns Island anti-clockwise, back round the “White Stick” to the finish nest to the boat ramp in the middle of St Heliers Bay.


Marathon Swim Training Plan

Click here for the training plan

Kayak Hire 

Kayak can be hire from Fergs Kayaks, they come with paddle and lifejacket.  Fergs will deliver  to St Heliers and pick up at the end of the event for $TBA per kayak.

Single sit-on 

Double sit-on 

 Simon Hughes

Operations & Safety Manager
Fergs Kayaks
(09) 529 2230
021 461 535

The Logistics

Because of the big variation in swim speeds and the long duration of this event swimmers will be responsible for providing their own kayaker, paddle boarder, jet ski or boat for safety and support during the race.

Kayakers must have a means of communication in the form of a waterproof cellphone or marine VHF.

Kayakers should be experienced, conditions can be such that kayakers have difficultly providing the required support, please consider this when choosing your kayaker and the type of kay they will use.

Swimmers may elect to swim as a group with one kayak but must maintain that group for the full distance.

Kayakers must stay with their swimmer for the duration of the race.  Swimmers finishing without their kayaker will not feature in the published results.

Entry criteria

For the Marathon Swim you must have already swum the at least 5 km 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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