The curvaceous coastline of Auckland’s North Shore boasts Pohutukawa-fringed cliffs and excellent swimming conditions and is home to our first swim of the Series.
This year sees the introduction of another amazing swim course: The Cable Buoy 2000m the perfect fit between the Full Taka 1000m and the 3.8km.
From the Ironman distance, 3.8km Narrow Neck to Takapuna swim along the coastline, to swims along the length of Takapuna beach (perfect for your support crew to follow you!), imagine yourself crossing the finish line with the dramatic backdrop of Rangitoto behind you, and the Harcourts Cooper & Co team putting your finisher’s medal around your neck…
Why not make a day of it with your mates and family and celebrate your finish line moment at Takapuna’s vibrant cafe and bar scene!
Swims on offer:
The event headquarters is situated at Takapuna Beach Reserve, The Strand, Takapuna.
Multi-Event Pass Holders (you have entered two or more swims in the series).
If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can collect your swim pack on Friday 26 November between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm from Takapuna Reserve or on Saturday 22 January between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm from Takapuna Beach. We recommend getting to the Friday afternoon pick up session to give you a relaxing start to the event day. You can collect packs for other Multi-Event Pass holders at the same time.
Individual Event Entry.
If you entered the Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Shore as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event from Narrow Neck Beach. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, sunscreen, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned). The swim distance you entered will determine where you will collect your swim pack from.
Narrow Neck to Takapuna 3.8km: Between 9:00 am – 11:00 am from the long swim start line at Narrowneck Beach.
Cable Buoy 2000m: Between 10:30 am – 12:15 pm from the main event site on Takapuna Reserve
Full Taka 1000m: Between 10:30 am – 12:45 pm from the main event site on Takapuna Reserve
Half Taka 500m: Between 10:30 am- 1:00 pm from the main event site on Takapuna Reserve
OceanKids 100m & 200m: Between 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm from the main event site on Takapuna Reserve
For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance.
Narrow Neck to Takapuna 3.8km- 2hr 30mins
Cable Buoy 2000m – 1hr 15 mins
Full Taka 1000m- 40mins
Half Taka 500m- 20mins
Banana Boat OceanKids 100m- 5mins, Banana Boat OceanKids 200m- 10mins
Narrow Neck to Takapuna 3.8km- 12 years and above
Cable Buoy 2000m – 12 years and above
Full Taka 1000m- 10 years and above
Half Taka 500m- 8 years and above
Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m – 7-10 year olds
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!
The 3.8km, 2000m & 1000m swim prize giving will be held at 2:05 pm at the main event site on Takapuna Beach. There are medals for overall winners male & Female and age groups. All swimmers, including Half Taka 500m swimmers, are welcome to stay around to celebrate and be in to win some awesome spot prizes including a blueseventy wetsuit. You have to be there to win!
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.
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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.
3.8k Narrow Neck to Takapuna.
Swimmers can have a gear bag transferred to the event finish line. You will need to bring your own small gear bag along and label it with your surname (we will provide you a label if you need one). Your bag needs to be placed at the bag truck at the start area at Narrowneck Beach prior to the event briefing. There will be an event crew member on hand to help you. Once you have finished your swim head to the bag collection area at the top of Takapuna Reserve and one of our friendly crew will help to find your bag – these are placed in alphabetical order by surname. The bag truck will close 10 mins before the start of the Compulsory Safety Briefing at 1:00 pm. This is to ensure we have all your gear back at the main event site before the first swimmers cross the finish.
Please note, our bag transfer service is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, so please do not pack valuable items
Main Event Site Bag Storage Area.
An area designated to store your gear bag will be available for all event participants. This will be situated at the main event site on Takapuna Beach. You will need to bring your own small gear bag. Please note, our bag storage is an ‘all care, no responsibility’ service, please do not pack valuable items.
One way swimmer only buses from Takapuna to Narrow Neck Beach
Bus 1: 8:45 am Depart Takapuna to Narrow Neck
Bus 2: 9:00 am Depart Takapuna to Narrow Neck
Bus 3: 9:45 am Depart Takapuna to Narrow Neck
Bus 4: 11:00 am Depart Takapuna to Narrow Neck (Only recommended if you have already collected your swim pack)
The bus leaves from Hurstmere Rd Takapuna (near The Strand) bus stop id 3271. Please note this is not a public bus and we will have a team member in hi-vis there to assist you.
Narrow Neck Beach
There is parking around the start line to drop off swimmers. We recommend parking in Takapuna and catching the bus to the start line.
There is pay and display parking on the surrounding streets and Wilson Parking buildings in close proximity to the main event site on Takapuna Beach.