Harbour Crossing



This year sees us clocking up the 10th anniversary of the popular State Harbour Crossing, giving thousands of swimmers their annual fix of stopping marine traffic and being able to say, ‘I’ve swum across Auckland Harbour’!

From its inauguration in 2004 where the swim kicked off from Stanley Bay to the Viaduct’s Market Square, to the now improved course from Bayswater’s Quinton Park to Karanga Plaza in the Viaduct Harbour, this has become one of the largest and most iconic ocean swims in New Zealand.

Catch the optional competitor transfer ferry from the Viaduct to Bayswater for the 7.00am race start and have your friends and family make the most of the spectator vantage points around Viaduct Harbour to watch you enter the Harbour and cross the finish line. They can then join you afterwards for the prize giving and spot prizes.

The State Harbour Crossing on Sunday 17 November 2013 is a 2.9km ‘I’m going Long’ swim split into 6 waves, putting swimmers with similar abilities together in waves, seeded by their anticipated times. It is for individuals with swimming experience who have trained to complete this event.

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Swim Start & Safety Briefing Times

The ‘I’m Going Long’ 2.9km swim starts at Quinton Park, Bayswater at 7.00AM, with the compulsory safety briefing taking place at 6.30AM. The Swimmer Information Sheet with all your key event information will be uploaded to this page on Monday 4th November 2013.

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Swimmer Information Sheet

Click HERE for the State Harbour Crossing Swimmer Information Sheet. In it will be everything you need to know about the event (event parking, event site services and activities, prize giving information etc), helping to make it a better, more informed experience for you and your support crew!

Swim pack pick up / registration details

See below the details of the swim pack pick up / registration event for the State Harbour Crossing event this season. Note, this is usually more busy than normal at the beginning and end, so to avoid the queues, we recommend coming in the middle of the registration period. It is a 10-minute drive to Takapuna Primary from the city and there is heaps of free parking available, saving you money and time.

Date: Saturday 16 November 2013
12.00PM – 5.00PM
: Takapuna Primary School Hall, 23 Auburn Street, Takapuna, 0622 (best entrance off Anzac Street)
Googlemap: Takapuna Primary School
Map of school hall & FREE parking locations: Pre-event registration venue – Takapuna Primary School

If you can’t make the registration event – check out our swim pack courier service below.

All entrants will receive:

  • A timing chip which is loaned to you for the event
  • A swim cap that you must wear for the duration of the event
  • A State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series branded beach towel from our principal sponsor State insurance (one per season)
  • A personalised certificate that you can download and print at no charge from the results page
  • Other sponsor goodies
  • State bag transfer service from the start line to the main event site
  • State bag tent at main event site for competitors

Swim Pack Courier

If you can’t make the swim pack pick up event above, you can pre-pay for your swim pack (including swim cap, timing chip etc) to be couriered to you the week leading up to the event. In the interest in keeping your costs down, couriers are split into two zones at different prices. Note: couriers purchased with incorrect zones may not reach you in time. Please check here for more information about couriers and see which zone and price your courier will be.

Please note that swim pack courier orders for the State Harbour Crossing close at 5pm Wednesday 6 November 2013, so make sure you purchase yours before this date if you would like your swim pack couriered to you.

You can book and pay for this courier service when entering online or purchase from the ocean swim storeresults and photos

Important dates:

11:59PM – Saturday 21 September 2013 – Online Early-bird pricing finishes
5:00PM – Wednesday 6 November 2013 – swim pack courier orders close
11:59PM – Saturday 9 November 2013 – $5 late entry fee applies
11.59PM – Friday 15 November 2013 – Online registrations close
5.30AM-6.30AM – Sunday 17 November 2013 – Late entries accepted (additional $10) at the registration venue (if not sold out prior like it did in 2012).

The minimum age for the State Harbour Crossing is 14 years old. Guardians of swimmers wanting to participate, who are under this age, should email info@oceanswim.co.nz entry instructions. They should be able to demonstrate a high level of ability and fitness .

Event Day Transport

We have chartered one-way ferries for ‘I’m Going Long’ swim competitors only from Auckland Central Ferry Terminal to Bayswater wharf. Due to the very early start of the swim, we have tried to make ferry times as close to the swim as possible, whilst still leaving enough time to get ready for the swim when you arrive. Ferries depart at 5.35am, 5.50am and 6.05am sharp, please don’t be late. Note the 5.50am ferry and the 6.05am are now sold out.

Ferry tickets can be purchased for $7.50 each when you enter online, through the online store or at the registration event (if not sold out prior). Note – although we put on an additional ferry last year, they still all sold out, so book early. Swimmers bags will be transported back to the finish area at Karanga Plaza during the race.

If you need another way to get to Quinton Park, you can either taxi or drive. If you opt to drive to Bayswater, you can park on the street and get a 9.10AM / 11.40AM public ferry back to Bayswater from Auckland after the event (check out Fullers website for details – sailing times may change). Note – street parking is limited around Bayswater – allow yourself time to walk to the event start from your car park.

Bag Transfer Service and Bag Tent

State provide a Free Bag Transport service for ‘I’m Going Long’ competitors from the Bayswater start line to the Karanga Plaza finish line in the Viaduct. Bags will be left in the State Bag Tent at Karanga Plaza event site for competitors. Please use the numbered State swim pack provided. This is on an all care and no responsibility basis.

Finish Area

The State Harbour Crossing finishes at Karanga Plaza part of the new Viaduct Events Centre and North Wharf area. Swimmers will step out of the water up the steps and across the finish line. The finish of the swim is up the Karanga Plaza steps – so please be aware of this.

Pre-event Swim Training Sessions

Want to hone your ocean swimming skills before the Harbour Crossing event? Jump onto the State Beach Series Website from 21 August and enter one / some of their Tuesday evening 1000m or 1500m swim events to get some valuable ocean swimming experience. You’ll gain experience in ocean swim starts with other competitors, strategies for effectively rounding marker buoys and swimming in various conditions. All valuable stuff to help make your Harbour Crossing event, the most enjoyable it can be!


The State Harbour Crossing starts in the water at Quinton Park, Bayswater and follows the line of the Marina breakwater before the course leads swimmers across the Harbour and finish at Karanga Plaza next to the Viaduct Events Centre. The Bayswater Marina pathway provides a great view for spectators to cheer and watch the action in the water.

The Karanga Plaza is the location of our finish line with plenty of space for spectators to watch and cheer for friends and family literally stepping out of the water and completing their personal challenges.

Prize Giving & a HOT brekkie!

Prize giving will commence at 9.05AM, shortly after the cut off of the State Harbour Crossing swim at the Auckland Fish Markets – 22-23 Jellicoe Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland.

Join us at the Auckland Fish Markets for prize giving and re-fuel after your swim with a delicious HOT roll & drink meal. All meals are $9.00 each and come with either a piping hot coffee / tea or orange juice. Choices are;

- Bacon & egg roll
- Sausage & egg roll
- Tomato & egg roll (vege option)

Pre-order tickets with your online entry (supplied in your swim packs), on the online shop or at the pre-registration event.

Public Transport

Citylink runs from the newly developed Wynyard Quarter, along Queen St, up to K-Rd and then back down Queen Street (Return). On the Sunday of the State Harbour Crossing the CityLink will run every 20mins from 7:00am to 11:00pm

The closest stop to the Karanga Plaza is 185 Fanshawe Street. From here Karanga Plaza is a 5 minute walk down Halsey Street. For information about Buses to surrounding areas visit Maxx www.maxx.co.nz

From Britomart, Karanga Plaza is a short 5 minute walk down Quay Street, on to Te Wero Island and across the new Te Wero bridge.

From Fanshawe Street take either Halsey or Beaumont Street onto Jellicoe Street.

If you’re coming from Downtown Auckland, Viaduct Harbour or Te Wero Island, Downtown car park is the most convenient.

  • Downtown Carpark, 31 Customs Street West. $2 / hour on weekends (10 min walk to main event site)
  • Wynyard Quarter Carpark, entrance off Beaumont Street and Madden Street. First hour free – $2 / hour following that.


Check out the Millennium Hotels’ page for great accommodation deals at the Copthorne Hotel Harbour City – right on the doorstep of the State Harbour Crossing event. Price includes a free pair of swim goggles and a liquid breakfast drink to get you going in the morning! This offer is especially for State New Zealand Ocean Swimmers, friends and families. Get in quick though as rooms are limited. results and photos

Cut off times

The cut off time for the 2.9km State Harbour Crossing swim is 1 hour and 50minutes from your wave/group start.

Contingency Plan

1.5KM-Contingency-Course-2013In the event of weather that prevents the State Harbour Crossing from being able to cross the Harbour safely the swim will move to
If conditions change significantly on event day morning, a text message will be sent out to all swimmers and we will have event crew stationed in Bayswater sending swimmers back to the Viaduct on our chartered ferries. The event will start 1 hour later at 8:00AM.the contingency course starting behind the Maritime Museum next to Princes Wharf (see below map). All swimmers will be briefed at the event finish site in Karanga Plaza at 7.30am. Swimmers will be advised prior by email, text message, on the State NZ Ocean Swim Series Facebook page and website.

Safe Swimming Tip from Water Safety NZ

Know your limits and stay within them.

Inspirational Story

“First time ocean racer; infact, this was the first competitive sporting thing I had done in 25 years!” Jeff Whiting

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The State Harbour Crossing is proudly supported by Auckland Council.