Swimming is invigorating, fun and extremely good for the mind, body and soul. Take your pick – the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series provides an excellent stage to set yourself challenges and achieve your goals. 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.



The events offer a range of achievable distances, with opportunities for almost all ages and abilities to take part.

2km – 5km swims

The longer swim distances are a great challenge for individuals who have trained or have swimming experience. The swim distance varies from 2km up to 5km – check event pages for distances in each location. If you have ever considered entering a longer open water swim, the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series provides an ideal and safe opportunity to do this. Age eligibility is from 12 years old and over.

750m – 1.25km swims

Ideal for those swimmers who would like a challenge but perhaps aren’t quite ready to enter the longer distance swims. This is a good swim distance for those with swimming experience that haven’t swum in open water before, are training for a triathlon or who have previously swum in a 500m swim. Age eligibility is 10 years old and over.

500m swims

The 500m swim is a great introduction to ocean swimming and is suitable for most swimming abilities and ages. The 500m course is typically a triangular course which is close to the beach. Age eligibility is from 8 years old and over.

Banana Boat OceanKids swims

The Banana Boat OceanKids swims are a great ocean swimming event designed for kids wanting to get into ocean swimming. There are three swim distance options, one for each age group within the Banana Boat OceanKids – 100m for 7 & 8 year olds, 200m for 9 &10 year olds and 300m for 11 & 12 year olds.  The courses are heavily supported by Surf Life Saving guards. Age eligibility is 7-12 years old. Find out more information under the swim event pages on the website.

The Jetstar Super Swim Squad has been an awesome fixture for the past 5 years as part of Jetstar’s sponsorship. Jetstar has chosen to move on this season so unfortunately there won’t be a Squad Camp but we still have loads of great rewards for swimmers in our Banana Boat OceanKids Series, with three swim options, finishers photo and video!

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Brand new to the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series for 2018 / 19, the Amphibian swim/run options bring a new dimension to the Series. The Generation Homes Sand to Surf event will host the very first Amphibian with a 500m swim followed by a 4km run around the base of Mount Maunganui, which can be done as an individual or as a duo. Rotorua’s Generation Homes Legend of the Lake also features an Amphibian with a 1.5km swim cross the Blue Lake, 3km run around the Lake’s edge then a final 500m swim, which needs to be done as an individual.


Our Facebook Group is a great way to chat with like-minded swimmers – find someone in your local area to swim with, ask for advice from our experienced swimmers and coaches, or simply just share news about the ocean swimming world – Join us today!


We partner with reputable events and clinics around New Zealand that we believe are great to aid your preparation for a Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series event. Training events and clinics give you open water experience and also help to build your confidence in the ocean. Take a look at events and clinics around the country here.


All Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series events are patrolled by trained Surf Life Saving NZ lifeguards who can assist you at any time. So that the events are safe and enjoyable for all swimmers, there are some rules for the event. Read more about Event Safety and Rules here.


Wetsuits are not compulsory but will provide warmth and buoyancy. Click here to find out more information about ocean swimming specific wetsuits and where to purchase/hire for an event.


All events are split into wave starts (start groups) seeding you with swimmers of similar ability/speed. This is calculated by the estimated swim time selected during your entry process. This means you shouldn’t have to pass or be passed by too many other swimmers, making the event more enjoyable for everyone!


All swim locations have a prize giving once the final event has been completed. Overall and age medals are awarded at this time. You can read more about this here.

Sponsor spot prizes are randomly drawn throughout the event day. These will be announced on the day and can be collected onsite from the Event Information Tent.


If you choose to take part in three or more of the following swims in one season, you will automatically be part of the Series Competition:

  • Duke of Marlborough Hotel Bay of Islands Classic 3.3km
  • The Gem 3.5km
  • Interislander Capital Classic 3.3km
  • Interislander Big Tahuna 3km
  • Generation Homes Sand to Surf 2.6km
  • Generation Homes Legend of the Lake 2.5km
  • Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge 2km

The points from your three best results will be added together and those swimmers with the highest point totals at the end of the Series will place in their respective age groups.

It doesn’t matter whether you have entered your three or more events through a multi-event pass or individual registrations, as long as your name and date of birth are the same across the individual event registrations, your points will be collated. Find out more about the Series Competition here.


The infamous HUUB Golden Goggles Club is back! If you swim in all seven events throughout the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, we think you should be recognised as a legend, and even better, as an official member of the HUUB Golden Goggles Club. You’ll need to enter all seven events in one registration transaction to be eligible. Your very own pair of golden goggles, valued at $75, will be ready to collect from our event registration tent – wear them with pride!