SwimT3 The Mount Swim – 19 April 2025

Dive into the Kiwi Summer at The Mount Swim!

Celebrate the stunning natural beauty of Mt Maunganui with an epic day of swimming, sun, and adventure!

Conquer the Waves and Explore the Islands

Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or just looking for a fun challenge, The Mount Swim has something for everyone. Take on the 2.8km swim around Rabbit Island, the 1250m loop around Leisure Island, or the 500m Main Beach course – each offering a unique way to immerse yourself in the breathtaking coastal scenery.

Thrill the Little Ones with the OceanKids Races

Get the whole family involved with the Banana Boat OceanKids races, where 7-12 year olds can showcase their swimming skills in the 100m and 200m courses. It’s the perfect way to inspire the next generation of water enthusiasts!

Explore the Vibrant Bay of Plenty

Make a weekend of it and discover all that the beautiful Bay of Plenty has to offer. From the stunning beaches and hiking trails to the bustling dining scene and endless outdoor adventures, there’s something to delight every member of your crew. This is the ultimate Kiwi summer experience you won’t want to miss!

Swims on offer:

  • Around Rabbit Island – 2.8km
  • Around Leisure Island – 1250m
  • The Main Beach 500m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m 7-12 year olds

Key Event Information

Course Maps

The Mount Swim

Banana Boat OceanKids

Distance: 100m & 200m Start Location: Mount Main Beach
Banana Boat OceanKids

Pricing & Benefits

Start Times & Event Timetable

Event Day General Info

Event location

The event headquarters are located at the Mount Main Beach.

Cut Off Times.

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.

Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 1hr 45mins

Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 50mins

The Main Beach 500m Swim: 20mins

Banana Boat OceanKids: 100m 5 mins  & 200m 10 mins

Age limits

Around Rabbit Island 2.8k Swim: 12 years and older

Around Leisure Island 1250m Swim: 10 years and older

The Main Beach 500m Swim: 8 years and older

Banana Boat OceanKids: 100m & 200m 7 – 12 year olds

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!



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.

Bag Storage

Bag storage area

An area designated for gear bags will be available for all participants to store your bags while you swim (or run!). This will be situated in your individual start area . You will need to bring your own bags along.



Car parking

There is plenty of car parking on the streets surrounding the main beach at Mount Maunganui, however these can go pretty quickly so be prepared for a short walk to get to the event site.

Aquaknights Zonal Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships


The Mount Swim is proud to host the 2025 Central Zone Secondary School Open Water Swimming Championships. All swimmers enrolled in a Secondary School (Year 9-13) within the Aquaknights 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 2.8km & 1250m. Swimmers will be eligible for both Secondary School and Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series prizes and medals. Entries close TBC

For more information visit the Swimming New Zealand website.

2025 Aquaknights ZSSOWS – Event Information Booklet coming soon

Enter by hitting the big yellow button top right!

Ocean Swim Series