General Info

This iconic open water swimming event caters for a wide range of swimming abilities!

This iconic Taupo event is organised by the Lake Taupo Rotary and any proceeds from the day will go towards community projects in the region.

Quick Facts

  1. Online entries and payment are encouraged, you can do this now - REGISTER NOW.
  2. Late Registrations cost an extra $20 and can only be done online. No cash or EFTPOS Registrations can be accepted at Registration on Friday.
  3. There is strictly NO entry on the day!
  4. Entry Fee includes transport from Three Mile Bay to Acacia Bay and a well deserved post event soup & bun.
  5. Transport: For the 4.2km swim, you can leave your vehicle at the finish line at Three Mile Bay and catch the free bus by Nimon to the start at Acacia Bay.
  6. Drop bags will be transferred from Acacia Bay to the finish at Three Mile Bay.
  7. Lake conditions in February are typically around 15 deg C but swimming conditions on the day may vary depending on weather.
  8. Swimming time for 4.2km is typically between 55 to 90 minutes apart from a few swimmers who in the past have taken 2 hours.
  9. Medals are awarded for 1st place in Men, Women, Male Youth and Female Youth categories. Other categories may be included at the organiser’s discretion. (i.e. Veteran / Masters Section).
  10. Medals will be presented after the final swimmer has left the water and the results have been collated.  Spot prizes will be given if present at prize giving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the 4.2km event have a cut-off time?

The total cut off time is 2 hours.  All swimmers must make the half way buoy (2.1km) in a time of 60 minutes and finish the swim in 2 hours.    The Event Director reserves the right to let a swimmer continue if they are very close to this cut off time.

Is the swimmer on their own?

The 4.2km event is  supported by safety vessels, kayaks, marker buoys and numerous officials and event personel.  If you are at all nervous, please let an official know at the start of the event or arrange for your own personal kayaker to stay with you.  Above all else - Don't panic!

What if I don't have a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are compulsary for this event.

What if I lose my transponder in the Lake?

You will be given a transponder at registration that you are responsible for.  If you lose this before the start of race and issued an replacement, you are still liable for the replacement cost of $50.   Please take the time to ensure it is fitted correctly before the event, placing your wetsuit over to safe guard as well.  If this does come off in the lake, please notify the finish officals as soon as you cross the line.  The replacement cost will still stand.