Harcourts Cooper & Co Harbour Crossing – 19 October 2024

Dive into the Adventure of a Lifetime

Conquer the Harbour Crossing and Elevate Your Bucket List

The Harbour Crossing is a world-renowned “bucket list” event that attracts participants from all over the globe. This unique and exhilarating swim across the Auckland Harbour, finishing in the bustling Viaduct, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Challenge Yourself, Transform Your Life

Setting and achieving this challenging goal will have a profoundly positive impact on your life. Through training and the sheer motivation to succeed, you’ll push your boundaries and unlock your true potential. Whether you choose the 3.2km Harbour Crossing or the 1.3km Harbour Cruise, this is your chance to create a lasting memory and cross an extraordinary feat off your bucket list.

Safety First, Adventure Guaranteed

Nervous about the open water? Don’t be! Our dedicated team of Surf Life Saving NZ experts, the Harbour Master, Coastguard, patrol vessels, and NZ Police have your back every stroke of the way. With our meticulous safety planning, you can dive in with confidence and focus on the thrill of achievement.

Enter Today, Change Your Life Forever

Set your challenge, feel the rush of accomplishment, and let this experience transform you. Enter the Harbour Crossing or Harbour Cruise today and get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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.

"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