Harcourts Cooper & Co Harbour Crossing – 10 March 2024

Is your bucket list a little light, or heaven forbid, empty? It’s no coincidence the Harbour Crossing is a world renowned ‘bucket list’ event which attracts participants ‘the world over’ each year – this is one unique and jolly good swim!

Swimming across the Auckland Harbour and finishing in the bustling Auckland Viaduct is only possible one morning a year – don’t miss your opportunity. The perfect chance to set yourself a challenging goal that through training and the motivation to succeed – will have a hugely positive impact on your life.

Nervous about taking to the open water? Don’t be – we have an enormous and talented support team on the water who are right there with you for your every stroke from Surf Life Saving NZ to the Harbour Master, Coastguard, patrol vessels and the NZ Police, our safety planning will provide you piece of mind and confidence whilst in the water.

Set your challenge by entering today and feel the thrill of achieving this goal on Sunday 10th of March, it could very well change your life for the better!

Swims on offer:

  • Harbour Crossing – 3.2km
  • Harbour Cruise – 1.3km

Key Event Information

Course Maps

Pricing & Benefits

Start Times & Event Timetable

Event Day General Info

Age limits

3.2km Harbour Crossing – 12 years and above

1.3k Harbour Cruise 10 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. If you have swum with us already this season please bring your cap to minimise the number of caps you collect and reduce our environmental footprint.

The start groups are calculated by our operations team and are organised by speed groups & entry numbers. These can vary from event to event, unless you are a Multi Event pass swimmer, and we are reluctant to change these as it can affect results.

Speed 1 & 2 – Fastest swimmers

Mid 1 & 2 – Competitive but like a little bit more space on the start line

Comp 1 & 2 – Out there to challenge yourself and swim with friends and family


Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. If you can not see your result or think there is an error please come and see the team in registration as soon as possible and definitely BEFORE prizegiving.  You can find the results here. 

Post-event nutrition

Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with water and a Banana.

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 the hydration station, you can fill your bottle with  water. Look out for our water station and stay hydrated!

Bag Transfer & Bag Drop

Bag Transfer

3.2km Swimmers – We will transfer a small gear bag for you from Bayswater to the finish line in the Auckland Viaduct for you. Please label your bags. The bag drop will close just before the compulsory safety briefing to make sure we get your bags back before you!

Bag storage area

All other swimmers, there will be a designated bag drop area for you at the main event site in the Auckland Viaduct. Please note that this is an all-care, no responsibility service so please don’t pack valuables.

Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland

Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland


Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland is an urban oasis. It’s where sparkling waters and lush landscapes meet city sophistication.

World-class shopping and phenomenal dining are never too far from harbours, islands, native bush and black-sand beaches. Go sky diving or whale watching, hike an ancient volcanic cone, sip local award-winning wine, or star gaze from the International Dark Sky Sanctuary of Great Barrier Island.

A multicultural city bursting with life, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland offers a host of rich cultural, creative and sporting events, festivals and theatre productions

1. Shop up a storm

Spend time exploring the shopping precincts, offering a world-class collection of boutique and designer stores, alongside art, electronics, jewellery, homewares, and high street fashion.

2. Please your palate

Auckland’s thriving food scene incudes an abundance of seafood, fresh produce and distinctive wines. Delight your culinary senses at an uber-cool eatery or head to a lively night market.

3. Hit the beach

You’re never far from the sea, whether it’s the black-sand surf beaches on the wild west coast or urban beaches close to the city centre.

4. Discover island time

Auckland’s magnificent Hauraki Gulf has over 50 beautiful islands, most are just a short ferry ride from the city centre, including Waiheke Island.

5. Dine by the sea

Dine overlooking the water at Viaduct Harbour or Wynyard Quarter, or pop over the Harbour Bridge to Takapuna for a laidback lunch by the beach.

6. Get out on the water

Experience Auckland’s sparkling harbours by sea kayak, join a dinner cruise or take a spin on a high-speed jet boat.

7. Bottle your taste buds with Auckland’s wineries

Spend a few hours – or a few days – exploring Auckland’s wine regions, where every glass is matched with beautiful scenery.

For more great things to see and do in Auckland, head to aucklandnz.com/visit


All Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series events are patrolled by trained lifeguards and first aid qualified personnel who are present to assist you at all times.

So that the events are safe and enjoyable for all swimmers, there are some rules for the event. Find out more here.

Harlequins Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships

The Harcourts Cooper & Co Harbour Crossing  is proud to host the 2024 Harlequins Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) within the Harlequins Zone on the date of this event can opt to compete in these championships by selecting their school in the entry form. Championship swim distances include the 3.2km, 1300m  Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. Entries close Sunday 3 March 11:59pm

For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website.

2024 Harlequins ZSSOWS – Event Information Booklet

Enter by hitting the big yellow button top right!

"My sincere thanks for putting this fantastic event together. The pre-race information was very clear and the organisation on the day was excellent. For me, the event was a dream come true. I am still on a high two days after the event, even though the body is still pretty sore and tired."

Brett Warman

Ocean Swim Series