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The NZ Ocean Swim Series is New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious ocean swim series. It provides an excellent stage to set yourself challenges and achieve your goals.

Whether you want to get into open water swimming, or are looking for added motivation to maintain your fitness or simply enjoy swimming, the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is for you.

There are seven swims in the series, that take you from the Bay of Islands in the north, to Nelson in the south.

Events include the: Harbour CrossingBay of Islands ClassicCapital ClassicLegend of the LakeSand to SurfThe Big Tahuna and the King of the Bays.

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April 2018

NZ Ocean Swim Series – King of the Bays

Sun, 8 Apr 2018
Takapuna Beach Auckland NZ
Takapuna, Auckland 0622 New Zealand

Regardless of whether you come in first or last in the seventh and final event of the NZ Ocean Swim Series, you’ll feel like royalty as you gracefully glide up the beach to the finish in the stately surrounds of Takapuna Beach.

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March 2018

NZ Ocean Swim Series – The Big Tahuna

Sat, 31 Mar 2018
Tahunanui Beach Nelson NZ
Nelson, 7011 New Zealand

Taking place off Nelson’s beautiful Tahunanui Beach, The Big Tahuna is the newest addition and sixth event in the NZ Ocean Swim Series, with the 'I'm Going Long' swim around the iconic Fifeshire Rock.

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NZ Ocean Swim Series – Sand to Surf

Sat, 10 Mar 2018
Main Beach Mt Maunganui NZ
Mt Maunganui, 3116 New Zealand

Take the plunge at one of New Zealand’s best destination surf beaches, the Mount is the perfect location to test your ocean swimming skills in the surf, and is the fifth of seven events in the NZ Ocean Swim Series.

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February 2018

NZ Ocean Swim Series – Legend of the Lake

Sat, 17 Feb 2018
Blue Lake Rotorua NZ
Rotorua, 3076 New Zealand

The Legend of the Lake, at Rotorua’s stunning Blue Lake adds a fresh new dimension to the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, and is the forth of seven events in the NZ Ocean Swim Series.

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January 2018

NZ Ocean Swim Series – Capital Classic

Sun, 28 Jan 2018
Freyberg Beach Wellington NZ
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand

An ocean swim hugging the Oriental Bay Beaches, with some of the best spectator vantage points around the Harbour, the Capital Classic is the third of seven events in the NZ Ocean Swim Series.

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December 2017

NZ Ocean Swim Series – Bay of Islands Classic

Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Kororareka Bay Russell NZ
Russell, 0202 New Zealand

Nestled in the stunning Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s first capital Russell will play host to this summer’s Bay of Islands Classic – the second of seven events in the NZ Ocean Swim Series.

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November 2017

NZ Ocean Swim Series – Harbour Crossing

Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 12:00 AM
Auckland Harbour Auckland NZ
Bayswater, Auckland 0622 New Zealand

This single distance 2.9km swim across Auckland Harbour, and the opening swim of the NZ Ocean Swim Series, has become one of the largest and most iconic ocean swims in New Zealand.

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