Are you looking for something invigorating to excite you this winter? Join us on Waiheke Island and celebrate life in New Zealand by wining, dining…and taking a refreshing mid-winter dip!
Bring your crazy friends and your best fancy dress to take a dive for charity in the Ice Splash, or push the barrow out and swim the Ice Cube 250m. If your competitive edge is busting to break the ice, take on The Icicle 750m or The Iceberg 2000m events! Embracing both Little Oneroa and Oneroa beaches, these 750m or 2000m swims will be enough to test your mettle.
Warm up quickly after your swim in a Hot Spring Spa on Oneroa Beach followed by a hot shower, change in heated change tents and then enjoy the carnival atmosphere with much needed L’affare coffee, food and music.
Commemorative completion medals*, fun spot prizes, and cash awards are all part of this winter spectacle! Stay the weekend to savour fine dining experiences at exclusive vineyards and explore the island’s magical sights, boutique shops and wonderful walking trails. Or, make it a fun-filled day trip – either way it will brighten up your winter!
Swims on offer:
*For participants of the 250m, 750m & 2000m swims only
The main event site is located on Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island opposite number 32 Beach Parade
Due to the event being held in winter and the water temperature being between 14-16 degrees, wetsuits are recommended for The Icicle 750m & The Iceberg 2000m swims. Short wetsuit or a full-length wetsuits can be worn for these swims. Wetsuits are not required nor are they encouraged for The Ice Splash or The Ice Cube 250m swims.
The water temperature on Waiheke in July ranges from 14-16 degrees and averages at 15.1. You know that is pretty much the temperature of the ocean in Christchurch in summer! Go on, you can do it!
You can collect your swim pack at either of the following times
Friday 2 July – 3-5 pm Oneroa Beach opposite 32 Beach Parade
Saturday 3 July – From 11am
Our swims have cut-off times for safety reason and often as a requirement of the Harbour authorities. If you are still swimming at the cut off time you will be tapped on the shoulder by lifeguards and asked to board an inflatable rescue boat and brought closer to shore to finish. Cut off times vary for each swim distance.
The Ice Cube 250m: 15 mins
The Icicle 750m: 30 mins
The Iceberg 2km: 1hr 15 mins
The Ice Splash: All ages. Parents are responsible for all children under 10 years old must they must be within arm’s reach at all times.
The Ice Cube 250m: 8 years and older
The Icicle 750m: 10 years and older
The Iceberg 2km: 12 years and older
If you are swimming the 250m, 750m or 2000m you will receive a silicon swim cap. We start swimmers alongside swimmers of similar ability. This is called your start group. 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.
Ice Cube 250m: 1 Start Groups
The Icicle 750m: 2 Start Groups
The Iceberg 2000m: 4 Start Groups
The 750m and 2000m swims will be timed. Live results for these events will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day
To refuel before and after your swim we’ll provide you a yummy Tasti protein bar with your event pack and a Banana when you finish.
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
Cash prizes and gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to overall winners and placegetters of The Iceberg 2000m swim. Cash prizes are 1st $300, 2nd $150 and 3rd $50. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to age group winners and placegetters of The Iceberg 2000m in the following categories; 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-29, 80+.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the overall winners and placegetters of The Icicle 750m with gold medals for the winners of the following age groups; 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Spot prizes are randomly drawn from the start list. You must be at prizegiving to claim your prize so, make sure you stick around!
We’ve teamed up with a number of accommodation providers on Waiheke Island to make finding your accommodation easy and rewarding! Use the promotional code THEICEBERG when you book with any of the providers listed below and receive a commemorative mug and a 200gram bag of L’affare coffee on arrival*
From family baches to vineyard villas, choose from over 45 Waiheke Island holiday homes for you’re Iceberg swim accommodation! Our dedicated team of local Waiheke Holiday Managers ensure your home is clean and ready for your arrival, and are always only a phone call away. Our instant online booking and 7 day a week customer support mean booking with Bachcare is stress-free, so you can focus on your swim (and relax afterwards!). Book now and use the code THEICEBERG.
Located adjacent to the stunning white sands of Onetangi Beach. Choose from 34 self-contained apartments, ranging from Courtyard studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, through to luxury two bedroom, two bathroom apartments with amazing sea views. Just 10minutes drive from Oneroa Beach. Visit www.onetangi.co.nz to book or phone 09 372 0003 or email email@example.com and quote THEICEBERG. You can also get the special deal of pay for 2 night stay for 3 nights at Onetangi Beach Apartments for the weekend of The Iceberg!
Mudbrick’s luxury accommodations are all completely unique, boasting their own character, location and features. On-site at Mudbrick Vineyard our properties are nestled among the vines, our Oneroa cottages boast stunning views or you could choose to stay beach-side at Circular Bay or The Beach House. Each property has open fires, spa pools and luxe features to create a perfect stay whatever the weather. To book phone +6493729050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote THEICEBERG
Waiheke Unlimited have a range of premium accommodation options from one bedroom villas, to luxury estates. From Oneroa to Onetangi and everywhere in between. Book online or email their team on email@example.com or phone 09 372 7776 and don’t forgot to use the code THEICEBERG.
We are almost smack bang in the middle of the island making it very easy to use as your base, with ease, convenience and access to all the island has to offer. It’s close to the bus stop and shopping centre. Christina and Kelly bought the motel business in October 2016, and rebranded as the ‘Waiheke Island Motel’ (formally the Midway Motel) has been on Waiheke Island for over 40 years and is “midway” between Matiatia and Onetangi. Book online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 372 8023 and don’t forgot to use the code THEICEBERG. You can also get the special deal of pay for 2 night stay for 3 nights at the Waiheke Island Motel for the weekend of The Iceberg!
The Waiheke Island Punga Lodge is centrally located overlooking native bush, three minutes walk to Little Oneroa Beach and a 12 minute walk to Oneroa village. En suite B&B rooms or self contained units, children and pets catered for. Enclosed spa pool available for private bookings. Hospitality plus with complimentary homemade afternoon teas each day. 0800 3726675
The Waiheke Island Tawa Lodge is on a hill top location with panoramic views over Oneroa Bay, eight minutes walk to Little Oneroa Beach, 12 minute walk to Oneroa village. A romantic escape in Aroma Del Mare honeymoon cottage; plus studio and house and budget accommodation in a wing of three bed and breakfast rooms with shared facilities.
*One mug and L’affare coffee gift per booking. Code must be added to a promotion box when booking online or provided to the accommodation provider via email or by phone at the time of booking.
You can buy discounted Fullers Ferry tickets when you register online for this event. Please note these tickets can only be used for travel from the Downtown or Devonport ferry terminals to travel to Waiheke Island for 2021 The Hot Spring Spas Iceberg mid-winter swim event. Travel is valid on any scheduled Fullers ferry from 1 July to 6 July 2021 inclusive.
Alternatively, you can purchase them separately at a discount through our online shop here.
Please be aware that the ferries will at or near capacity during the peak sailings times of 9am, 10am & 11am on Saturday July 3. We strongly recommend taking the 6am, 7am or 8am sailing to have a relaxed start to the event day.
If you would like to bring your vehicle to Waiheke for the event weekend you can book and travel with SeaLink. This service departs from Half Moon Bay or Auckland City.
You have the option of catching a Fullers 360 chartered bus to and from the Oneroa event location on event day Saturday, July 3. Buses will operate in a loop pre and post event.
Pre Event: Bus from Matiatia Ferry Terminal to Oneroa Village (bus stop 5min walk to the event)
The first bus will depart the ferry terminal at 6:45am and will run on a loop until 12:00pm. Please check what time you will need to arrive at the event by checking your event start and briefing times on the Start Times & Event Timetable tab on this webpage.
Post Event: Bus from Oneroa Beach to Matiatai Ferry Terminal
The first buses will leave Oneroa Village from 4:00pm and will run on a loop until 8:15pm.
NOTE: Outside of these times, you can walk (30min/2.6km), catch a taxi to the terminal to catch the ferry.
Our talented support team will be on the water every stroke of the way and the team from St John on land.
If do not have a family or friend to look after your bag on event day, you can store your gear bag at our designated bag drop on our main event site on Oneroa Beach. Please note, our bag storage service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items and ensure the bag tab we provide you is attached to your bag with your surname written on it.
The 750m and 2000m start lines are a 15 minute walk from the main event site. We encourage those wearing wetsuits to leave their bag in the above bag storage area on the main event site and walk over. If you are not wearing a wetsuit for these swims, you are welcome to wear some warm clothes as you walk to the start lines and then place these in a small bag for us to transfer back to the main event site after you start your swim. This bag must have a bag tag attached (provided) with your surname written on it and not contain valuables. Our bag transfer service is an ‘all care and no responsibility’ service.
There is parking on the streets surrounding the main event site on Oneroa Beach. Please be prepared for a short walk from your car to the event site.