Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge – Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 April 2021

Much like the city of Auckland itself, the Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge is big, bold and unforgettable! Spanning the Waitemata Harbour as one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is the most high-profile event location in the Series, drawing record-breaking number of swimmers and their supporters on both sides of the harbour.

There’s nothing quite like swimming across the most prominent marine highway in New Zealand, under the shadow of the busiest bridge, and emerging on the city side of the harbour to the roar of the finish line crowd to really make you feel like an absolute champion, especially wearing your exclusive finisher’s medal!

After a sell-out debut in 2019, our new Harbour Crossing™, this is the only two-day event on the Series calendar due to huge demand for the chance to take on a double-whammy of the ‘coat hanger’ and do both the 2km Double Crossing and 1km Single Crossing.  After the 2k Double Crossing on Saturday 17 you can join us for a well-earned beverage and Series Awards at the Ponsonby Cruising Club.

Swims on offer:

  • Double Crossing – 2km on 17 April
  • Single Crossing – 1km on 18 April
  • Do the Double – Single & Double Crossing

Cut off times for Harcourts Cooper & Co are strict due to needing to reopen the harbour.

  • 2km Double Crossing 1hr 10mins
  • 1km Single Crossing 35mins

Key Event Information

Course Maps

Pricing & Benefits

Start Times & Event Timetable

Event Day General Info

Event location

The event headquarters are located at Harbour Bridge Park, Curran Street, Auckland.

Swim pack pickup

2k Double Crossing Saturday 17 April 2021

Multi-Event Pass Holders. 

If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 16 April between 11:00 am -1.00 pm from the main event site at Harbour Bridge Park or on Saturday 17 April between 8:00 – 10:00 am from the long swim start line at Harbour Bridge Park.

Individual Event Entry.

If you entered Swim the Bridge as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event on Saturday 17 April between 8:00-10:00 am from the long swim start line at Harbour Bridge Park. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned).

1k Single Crossing Sunday 18 April 2021

All swim packs will need to be collected on the morning of the swim (Unless you are doing the double whammy, then you can collect this at the same time as your 2k Double Crossing Swim Pack) You can collect your pack on Sunday 18th April 9:00- 11:00 am from the start line at Northcote Point. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned).

Cut-off times

For safety reasons and to ensure the days run to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.

2k: 1hr 10mins

1k: 35mins

Age limits

2k Double Crossing: 12 years and above

1k Single Crossing: 10 years and above

Double Whammy 2k & 1k: 12 years and above

Swim caps & start groups

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

Post-event nutrition

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

BYO drink bottle

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

Spot prizes

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.

Water access 

There will be specially erected scaffold stairs for your convenience to enter and exit the water at the 2km double crossing start at Harbour Bridge Park and the 1km single crossing start at Northcote Point.

Travel & Accommodation


If you’re traveling from the South Island, our event partner Interislander can get you across Cook Strait with regular ferry crossings from Picton. If you’re traveling from within the North Island, why not make your trip to Auckland a journey and travel on the Northern Explorer?

If you are interested in attending Swim the Bridge and need assistance with your travel plans please email jeremy@youtravel.co.nz and reference the ‘Swim the Bridge’ in the email subject line.


If you’re traveling to Auckland 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 21 holiday homes to choose from in the Auckland 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.

Bag Storage

Single crossing – bag transfer service

Swimmers can have one small bag transferred to the event finish line. You will need to bring your own small gear bag along and label with your surname (Bag labels will be available at the bag truck.). Your bag needs to be placed into the appropriate area at the start line at Northcote Point prior to the event briefing. There will be event crew on hand to help you. Please note, our bag transfer service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items.

Main event site bag storage area

An area designated to store your gear bags will be available for all swimmers. This will be situated at the main event site at Harbour Bridge Park. You will need to bring your own small gear bag and label with your surname. Please note, our bag storage service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items.


We recommend you part in the Downtown Carpark. It is about a 2 min walk to the bus on Lower Albert St.