The blue waters and native forest of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) makes the Generation Homes Legend of the Lake a very special experience for swimmers and spectators at our only fresh water event in the Series. Maximise your day and circumnavigate the Lake in our long swim or perhaps take on a swim plus the Amphibian to really challenge yourself and tick the ‘double-header’ box on your goal list.
We’ve condensed all the action into one day with the biggest line-up of swim challenges in the Series, so you’ve got plenty of extra time to explore the geothermal and adventure wonderland of Rotorua.
Swims on offer:
The event headquarters is located at Lake Tikitapu in Rotorua.
Multi-Event Pass Holders (If you have entered two or more swims in the Series).
If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 19 March between 3:00-5:00 pm from the main event site at Lake Tikitapu or on Saturday 20 March between 7:00 – 9:00 am from the main event site at Lake Tikitapu.
Individual event entry
If you entered The Legend of the Lake as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned). You can collect your swim pack Saturday 20 March from the main event site at Lake Tikitapu as follows:
Round the Lake 3.5km: 7:00 -9:00 am
RotoVegas 1000m & RotoVegas 500m: 9:00 – 12:00 pm
RotoVegas Amphibian: 11:15 am – 13:30 pm
Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m: 11:15 am – 13:30 pm
For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.
Round the Lake 3.5k: 2hrs
RotoVegas 1000m- 40mins & RotoVegas 500m- 20mins
Amphibian: 1700m Swim: 1hr 3.5km Run: 30mins 500m Swim: 20mins Total Time: 1hr 50mins
Banana Boat OceanKids 100m- 5mins, Banana Boat OceanKids 200m- 10mins
Round the Lake 3.5k: 12 years and above
RotoVegas 1000m- 10 years and above
RotoVegas 500m- 8 years and above
Amphibian: 1700m Swim: 12 years and above
Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m 7 – 10 year olds.
Please note: Amphibian combos have age limit of 12 years and above regardless of additional swim distance.
As part of your swim pack you will receive a silicon swim cap. Each start group has a different coloured cap. Start groups are determined by the speed group you selected in the entry form.
The start groups are calculated by our operations team and are organised by speed groups & entry numbers. These can vary from event to event and we are reluctant to change these as it can affect results.
Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day
Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with some SOS Hydration or water and a Banana. You will also receive a Tasti bar with your swim pack
As part of our goal to have a greener footprint, we will no longer be offering drinking cups so please remember to bring your own drink bottle. Thanks to the awesome team at SOS Hydration, you can fill your bottle with SOS or water. Look out for our new water station and stay hydrated!
There will be three prizegivings at this event and will be held on the main event site. Secondary Schools Champs prizegivings will be held directly after the main prize giving. There are medals for overall winners male & Female and age groups. All swimmers are welcome to stay around to celebrate and be in to win some awesome spot prizes including a blueseventy wetsuit. You have to be there to win!
Round the Lake 3.5k: 11:15 am
RotoVegas 1000m & RotoVegas 500m: 1:00 pm
The RotoVegas Amphibian: 4:20 pm
Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and go to the registration tent after your swim and collect your prize.
The Amphibian is back for 2021! This event gives you a new perspective of the beautiful Lake Tikitapu.
Collect your event pack from registration, which will include a small bag to place your running shoes, small towel and running shirt (if needed) for the first transition. There will be a designated area at the main event site to place your bag, then these will be taken to the first transition area at the top of the lake.
We recommend that you wear a swim/run suit so that you can complete the entire Amphibian wearing it saving you valuable time. You can wear a full wetsuit if you wish. All belongings will be brought back to the event site, once the transition area is cleared of all participants. Note: this will not be in time for your second transition.
The event sees you starting from the main event site with a 1.7km swim, straight up to the top of the lake. There you will exit the water to the transition area where you can put your running shoes on and head up the steps to begin the run. You will need to keep your cap and goggles with you. The course will take you around the lake, on a 3.5km run back to the main event site to a second transition. There you can ditch the shoes and run back in for another quick splash of 500m and then head through the finish line archway to the cheers of your friends and family.
If you’re traveling to Rotorua for this event, be sure to visit our series partner Bachcare for a holiday home rental.
Bachcare is New Zealand’s leading short term rental management company and is excited to be partnering with the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series!
Bachcare is proud to be 100% kiwi owned and manage nearly 2,000 holiday homes throughout the country and growing every day. They have a range of holiday homes from the basic kiwi bach, to luxurious stays for those who want to turn event weekends into a full weekend getaway! Bachcare have over 79 holiday homes to choose from in the Rotorua region. Book your swim weekend accommodation with Bachcare and save with an exclusive offer to Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim entrants.
Learn more about Bachcare here
Our talented support team from Surf Life Saving NZ will be on the water every stroke of the way and the team from St John on land. Find out more here.
An area designated to store gear bags will be available for all participants while you swim (or run!). This will be situated at the main event site at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake). You will need to bring your own small bag. Please remember, this is an ‘all care, no responsibility service’, please do not pack valuable items.
Parking on the reserve areas at Lake Tikitapu can be interesting if there has been rain in the lead up to the event. We urge you to take care and please drive slowly when entering these car parks. Always follow the directions of the event crew, they are there to assist you!
Please do not park down the drive near the toilet block. These parks will be used for emergency vehicles and disability parking.
The Generation Homes Legend of the Lake is proud to host the 2021 New Zealand Secondary School Open Water National Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) on the date of this event can opt to compete in these championships by selecting their school in the entry form. National Championship swim distances include a 500m, 1000m and 3500m. Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website. Enter by hitting the big yellow button top right!