Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge

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For the first time ever, you can swim under the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge in our brand new Harcourts Cooper & Co ‘Swim The Bridge’ event, on Saturday 6 April 2019. That’s right, in addition to running and cycling over ‘the coat hanger’ at other major recreational sporting events, you’ll be able to experience the Bridge like never before – from the water.

After 14 years of harbour swims, with the former Harbour Crossing swim, we think it’s time to kick things up a notch and introduce Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim The Bridge, a whole new ocean swimming experience under one of New Zealand’s most recognisable icons.

Two awesome swim distances are on offer at the first ever event, giving you the choice to make the most of the epic open water and views of the Bridge’s underbelly.

The Single Crossing 1km starts from Northcote Point and takes you under the eastern clip on lanes, across to the finish line on the city side at Harbour Bridge Park.

If you’re a competent swimmer and keen for a unique challenge, have a crack at the Double Crossing 2km, taking you from the city side at Harbour Bridge Park across to Northcote Point then across the width of the bridge and back along the eastern clip on lanes.

Please note, there are no Banana Boat OceanKids Series events at Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim The Bridge – check out the six kids events around the country.




The Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge courses cross the Auckland Harbour directly underneath the Harbour Bridge.

The 1km and 2km events will be starting very close to the full tide (to minimise water flow) and cut off times will be in place for both courses to ensure you can safely complete your chosen distance before the current and water flow increases. The cut off time for the 2km course is 65min and the cut off time for the 1km course is 33min.

If you are unable to reach specific timing check points during your swim (at the half way mark in the 2km and approx. 200m from the finish for both 1km and 2km courses) you will be instructed by lifeguards to board an inflatable rescue boat (IRB) and transported to a larger support vessel for the remainder of the event, then dropped off close to the event headquarters in Westhaven.

In order to increase the chances of successfully finishing the 1km or 2km Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge courses, swimmers must be able to continuously swim 1km in the pool or ocean in no more than 33 minutes.

Key Event Information

Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge

Double Crossing

Distance: 2km Start Location: Harbour Bridge Park
Double Crossing

Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge

Single Crossing

Distance: 1km Start Location: Northcote Point
Single Crossing