The Government this afternoon announced a directive to limit mass gatherings to 500 people or less.

Although it would have been possible to restructure the event day to meet this requirement, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the three remaining events in the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series:

  • Generation Homes Legend of the Lake – Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March
  • Generation Homes Sand to Surf – Saturday 4 April
  • Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge – Saturday 25 April


We felt the health and safety risks to continue would have been too great for you, spectators, partners and our event crew.

Thanks again for your support. We will be in touch with details in the near future for the upcoming Series.

Scott Rice – Event Director


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 – 1.5km 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 400m 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 here

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They were an absolute hit in our 2018 – 2019 Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series and now they’re a permanent fixture! Our Amphibian swim/run are an individual event bringing a new dimension to the Series. They’re a heap of fun, so if you haven’t tried one yet, you better at the upcoming Series. The Generation Homes Sand to Surf event will host an Amphibian consisting of a 500m swim followed by a 4.5km run around the base of Mount Maunganui. Rotorua’s Generation Homes Legend of the Lake will also feature an Amphibian with a 1.7km swim across the Blue Lake followed by a 3.5km run around the Lake’s edge then a final 500m swim.


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 are proud to support Sustainable Coastlines as the charitable partner for our Series. Their mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love, working to motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the beaches and rivers we love. Sustainable Coastlines also coordinates and supports large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. Learn more about Sustainable Coastlines here.


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 or first aid qualified personnel 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 start groups seeding you with swimmers of similar ability/speed. This is calculated by the start group 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 at different times during the day. The times are listed in the event day timetable on the website. 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 at the compulsory swim briefing before each event and can be collected onsite from the Registration 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:

  • Harcourts Cooper & Co King of the Bays 2.8km
  • Interislander Capital Classic 3.3km
  • Generation Homes La Grande Swim 5km
  • Interislander Big Tahuna 3km
  • Generation Homes Legend of the Lake 3.5km
  • Generation Homes Sand to Surf 2.6km
  • 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 Series Competition points rules and eligibility for the 2019/20 series have changed due to the cancellations of our final three events. The revised rules and eligibility are outlined below.

To be eligible a swimmer must have swum at least two of the four long swims staged in the 2019/20 season. The points from a swimmers two best results will be added together and those swimmers with the highest point totals will place in their respective age groups or the overall division. In the case of a tie, our standard rules apply. All other Series Competition rules remain the same.


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 will be ready to collect from our event registration tent – wear them with pride! For more information click here.