Swim the Lakes Rotorua 2017

Swim the Lakes Rotorua

Welcome to Swim the Lakes Rotorua 2017

The aim of this series of swim events is to get you out onto the lakes and enjoying the pristine water that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep in Rotorua.

To do this we have a series of open water swims taking place across three of Rotorua’s stunning lakes - Rotoma, Okataina and Tikitapu (Blue). Each event covers a variety of swim distances that are suitable for swimmers of all levels, beginner to elite and are designed to be achievable and fun for the whole family, with really easy kids events included throughout the series to get them comfortable in the water.

4 events over 3 stunning lakes

Blue Lake Swim SeriesHinemoa once swam across Lake Rotorua. The Blue Lake is different but the feat is the same. Swim the length 2km or width 750m of Lake Tikitapu at the Blue Lake Multisport Festival this January. These events are suitable for first timers and beginners through to experienced swimmers. The first male and female non-wetsuit-wearing swimmers in the 2km event win the Hinemoa Swim Trophies. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 male and female swimmers in the 2km swim.

Merit prizes are awarded to the top 3 male and female swimmers in the 750m swim. All entrants will go in the draw to win one of the many spot prizes up for grabs.

Entry options
750m or 2000m


Online entry
Register now

Nic Muggeridge

6 February  -  Lake Rotoma Kiwanis Open Water Swim

Rotorua Swim the Lake Summer SeriesThe Lake Rotoma Swim has been run annually on Waitangi Day since 1979 with 20 events open to all ages and abilities with events ranging in distance from 100m – 15km. swimmers wear colour coded Kiwanis caps so the participants in the several races that occur at the same time can be identified.

The triangular course is the only buoyed barrage swim course in the world with a 1500m rope suspended below the lake surface by orange buoys and droppers every 10m.

Larger buoys mark the corners and finish line. First place in each race receives a medal, with both wetsuit and non-wetsuit class categories.

Entry Options
20 entry options ranging from 100m to 15km

Results www.kiwanis.org.nz/dv09roto.htm

Leigh Baker
Ph +64(7) 308 7086 or mobile 027 495 9571

18 February - Legend of the Lake

Do you fancy a legendary challenge at the stunning Lake Tikitapu? Of course you do because you are someone who likes to go away for the weekend with friends and family to challenge yourself then celebrate and relax with other like-minded legends. With its inaugural event in February 2016, the ‘Legend of the Lake’ quickly became a highlight of the New Zealand Swim Series and the first and only fresh water swim on its calendar.

The event offers swimmers a full range of distances including the ‘Ocean Kids’ 200m event, the ‘Give it a Go’ 500m, the ‘Step it Up’ 1000m and the ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.5km swim – there really is a swim (or two!!) for everyone. Download your FREE swim training program to get prepared, get more info and ENTER at www.oceanswim.co.nz . Spaces are filling up fast, and remember, the earlier you enter the less you pay.

Entry Options
Enter at the website: www.oceanswim.co.nz

12 March - Rotary Rotorua Open Water Swim - Lake Okataina

Back for the fourth year, this open water swim is the last event on the in the Swim the Lakes series calendar and takes place on the shimmering water of Lake Okataina.

The water here is crystal clear, the scenery is beautiful and the family friendly atmosphere makes for a very special day in Rotorua. Choose between the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3km and 6km distance. There are a variety of options on offer for the novice to the experienced swimmer – there’s something for everyone. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity organisation.

Entry options
400m, 800m, 1500m, 3km & 6km

Register Online:

Info Sheet (PDF)
View Rotary Rotorua Open Water Swim event poster

Katrina Allison
027 603 9784



To encourage you to give more than one event a go, we have put together a few goodies to give away once you register for one or more events in the series and you will also go in the draw to win a spot prize just for registering. For the really courageous, challenge yourself even more by completing 11.5kms throughout the series and receiving super star status along with Swim the Lakes branded apparel to celebrate your achievement.

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