Much like the city of Auckland itself, the Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge is big, bold and unforgettable! Spanning the Waitemata Harbour as one of the most recognisable landmarks in the country, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is the most high-profile event location in the Series, drawing record-breaking number of swimmers and their supporters on both sides of the harbour.
There’s nothing quite like swimming across the most prominent marine highway in New Zealand, under the shadow of the busiest bridge, and emerging on the city side of the harbour to the roar of the finish line crowd to really make you feel like an absolute champion, especially wearing your exclusive finisher’s medal!
Swims on offer:
Cut off times for Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Bridge are strict due to needing to reopen the harbour. If you fall too far behind the main pack our trained lifeguards may ask you to board the boat as this will stretch the resources for the rest of the field.
The event headquarters are located at Harbour Bridge Park, Curran Street, Auckland.
2k Double Crossing
Multi-Event Pass Holders.
If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 11 March between 11:00 am -1.00 pm from the main event site at Harbour Bridge Park or on Saturday 12 March between 11:30 am – 2:00 pm from the long swim start line at Harbour Bridge Park.
Individual Event Entry.
If you entered Swim the Bridge as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event on Saturday 12 March between 11:30 am – 2:00 pm from the long swim start line at Harbour Bridge Park. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned).
1k Single Crossing
All swim packs will need to be collected on the morning of the swim. You can collect your pack on Saturday 12 March 1:00 – 3:00 pm from the start line at Northcote Point. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned).
For safety reasons and to ensure the days run to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.
2k: 1hr 10mins
2k Double Crossing: 12 years and above
1k Single Crossing: 10 years and above
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.
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.
Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day
Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with some SOS Hydration or water and a Banana. You will also receive a Tasti bar with your swim pack
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
Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and go to the registration tent after your swim and collect your prize.
There will be specially erected scaffold stairs for your convenience to enter and exit the water at the 2km double crossing start at Harbour Bridge Park and the 1km single crossing start at Northcote Point.
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
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
Curran Street will be closed to all traffic from the Sarsfield Street intersection to the Westhaven Drive roundabout prior and during the event. Please note that any cars approaching Curran Street after the Sarsfield Street intersection will only be able to enter SH1 North over the bridge!
Roadworks are taking place on Sarsfield Street between Shelley Beach Road and Curran Street, resulting in NO STOPPING. We strongly recommend any drop-offs are done well outside the event site area/road closures. Please do not stop on any roads unless it is in a designated parking/stop area.
The city end of Queen Street in Northcote will be closed to all traffic, however a drop-off zone will be available just past the roundabout; there strictly is NO PARKING in this drop-off zone.
If you’re traveling from the South Island, our event partner Interislander can get you across Cook Strait with regular ferry crossings from Picton. If you’re traveling from within the North Island, why not make your trip to Auckland a journey and travel on the Northern Explorer?
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.
Swimmers can have one small bag transferred to the event finish line. You will need to bring your own small gear bag along and label with your surname (Bag labels will be available at the bag truck.). Your bag needs to be placed into the appropriate area at the start line at Northcote Point prior to the event briefing. There will be event crew on hand to help you. Please note, our bag transfer service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items.
An area designated to store your gear bags will be available for all swimmers. This will be situated at the main event site at Harbour Bridge Park. You will need to bring your own small gear bag and label with your surname. Please note, our bag storage service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items.
We recommend you part in the Downtown Carpark. It is about a 2 min walk to the bus on Lower Albert St.
We will be putting on charted buses for this event
Buses leave from Lower Albert Street & will drop you at the main event site at Curran Street. After the event the bus will take you back to the same bus stop on Lower Albert Street. You do not need a physical ticket for the bus as your name will be on the list and one of our awesome crew will be there to help you out. You can purchase a ticket for yourself and your supporters.
Pre Event Buses:
Bus 1 – 12:00 pm
Bus 2 – 12:30 pm
Bus 3 – 13:00 pm
Post Event Buses:
Bus 1 – 5:00 pm
Bus 2 – 5:55 pm
You can catch a 1 way Ferry to Northcote Point & a one way bus ticket to return you to the city after the event.
Ferry from Downtown Terminal – 1:15 pm
After event bus to Lower Albert Street
Bus 1 – 5:00 pm
Bus 2 – 5:55 pm