SATURDAY 14TH APRIL
Registration and the Race Brief will take place at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Learning Centre.
16:45 Bus to Waitangi Treaty Grounds (ticket holders only)
17:00 - 18:45 Registration, kit inspections, biosecurity
19:00 Race brief
20:00 Return bus to Paihia (ticket holders only)
SUNDAY 15TH APRIL
06:20 Bus to Waitangi Treaty Grounds (ticket holders only)
06:30 Drop bag store opens at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
06:55 Breca Bay of Islands teams fully assembled at start at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
07:00 Breca Bay of Islands start
12:00 – 17:15 Competitors at Breca Bay of Islands finish at Otehei Bay Resort, Urupukapuka Island
17:30 Presentations at Otehei Bay, followed by post-race party
18:30 first ferry from Otehei Bay (ticket holders only - free for athletes, discounted rates for spectators support crew)
20:30 second ferry from Otehei Bay (as above, ticket holders only)
Car: The Bay of Islands is about 3 hours' drive from Auckland. Follow State Highway 1 north to Whangarei (165km) and then Kawakawa (a further 60km). From there follow the signs to the Bay of Islands and Paihia (15km).
Coach and bus: Intercity operates a regular bus service to Paihia from Auckland
Plane: the nearest airport is Kerikeri. Air New Zealand operates direct flights from Auckland. You can book a shuttle bus to Paihia from Kerikeri.
We suggest that competitors book accommodation in or near Paihia. Registration, the race brief and the race start will be in Waitangi which is accessible from Paihia, and there will be ferries from the finish at Otehei Bay to Paihia.
Please book accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
What to Bring: Every competitor must present:
- Photo identification
- Reusable cup or flask – read about our pioneering “cup free” race sustainability initiative
- Wetsuit and running shoes: clean and dry for biosecurity checks
Registration will take place between 17:00 and 18:45 on Saturday 14th April at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We will be in the Learning Centre. Either use our competitor bus service from Paihia (a booking link will follow shortly) or make your own way to Waitangi; a 25-minute walk along the beach or a 5-minute drive from Paihia (2km).
Please register with your partner.
We are working with the Department of Conservation and Project Island Song to help keep the pristine islands free of plant and animal pests. You MUST present your wetsuits and running shoes totally CLEAN at registration, where they will be checked. We recommend machine-washing your shoes to remove all dirt and seeds, or you will have to clean them at registration.
If you do not bring these items with you, you will have to go and get them. You will not be allowed to register without them.
You will be issued with your race vests and swim caps during registration.
The Race Brief will be held at 19:00 on Saturday 14th April at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (directions as per registration). You MUST attend the Race Brief, where we will give you vital information about the course and race logistics.
The race start is at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We do not recommend leaving a car at Waitangi because you will have to return to collect it after the race. Please leave your car at your accommodation or park in public car parks in Paihia.
The Breca Bay of Islands finish will be at Otehei Bay Resort, on Urupukapuka Island. We will have a social zone set up and the resort has a restaurant and bar. There will be showers available.
A Kiwi-style BBQ will be provided both for competitors and spectators at a cost of $25 per person. Tickets will need to be pre-purchased, menu and link to follow.
Ferries will transport athletes back to Paihia at intervals throughout the afternoon and evening. Participants and spectators must book their ferries, the ferries are free for athletes and discounted for spectators and supporters, link to follow.
You may leave a drop bag at Waitangi Treaty Grounds before the start and it will be transported to the finish for you.
Please follow this guidance on ensuring that your bag does not accidentally transport a pest species to the islands!
Please do not leave valuables in your bags; there will be event staff in the area but bags will not be attended at all times and you leave them at your own risk.
We use cut off times to make sure that everyone completes the race safely and before dark. Cut offs are also critical for our safety plan for boats and the medical team. Consequently, cut off times will be strictly enforced. If you miss a cut off and continue to race you will be disqualified from this and all future Breca Swimrun events.
Cut off times are enforced at checkpoints and at swim entries. Times are listed below.
CHECKPOINTS AND NUTRITION
There are five checkpoints on the Breca Bay of Islands course, viewable on the Course Map:
Checkpoint 1: Omata Estate Vineyard. | 6.2km from start | Cut off 09:10
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | bananas | sweets
Checkpoint 2: Duke of Marlborough Hotel| 14.7km from start | Cut off 10:30
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | oranges | boiled new potatoes | gels
Checkpoint 3: Cooks Cove, Motuarohia | 20.1km from start | Cut off 13:15
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | bananas | sweets | cake
Checkpoint 4: Waiti Bay, Moturua| 23.9km from start | Cut off 14:40
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | oranges | gels | boiled new potatoes
Checkpoint 5: Te Akeake Point, Urupukapuka| 28.6km from start | Cut off 16:25
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | bananas | boiled new potatoes | gels
FINISH: Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka| 32.9km from start
Hydration (water, electrolyte) | hot soup
The course is fully marked.
Supporters are more than welcome to attend the event and we hope to see you especially at the finish line and the post-race social at Otehei Bay. We have produced a Spectators Guide that you can download and print.
We ask that you observe the following advice:
Please use designated public car parks and don’t park on private property or roadsides.
The start is within the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. You are welcome to attend the start but please remain in our dedicated area and leave the Treaty Grounds promptly after the start, which will be before the grounds open to visitors at 09:00. Please purchase a visitor’s day pass (discount available) if you would like to explore the Treaty Grounds.
You can watch the race all along the waterfront and Ti beach from Waitangi to Paihia.
There are regular passenger ferries from Paihia to Russell where the race passes the charming waterfront with its numerous cafes and boutique shops.
If you would like to visit a vineyard and cheer the competitors on a great option is the Omata Estate, best accessed by car via the Opua ferry, or water taxi. A special Breca visitors package will be available.
From Paihia or Russell you can book a passenger ferry to Otehei Bay resort on Urupukapuka, to watch the finish and attend the post-race party, or go early to spend the morning exploring Urupukapuka’s many stunning walking tracks. From the Otehei Bay ferry you have a good chance of seeing swimmers crossing to the islands – and dolphins are a regular sight as well. Explore Group are offering a discounted package for spectators and support crew, the booking link will follow shortly.
Moturua Island and Motuarohia Island also have lovely Department of Conservation walking routes and beaches which will be used by the swimrunners, and they have fewer visitors than Urupukapuka. You can reach them by private water taxi transfer. Please note that the western part of Motuarohia Island, where the swimrunners come ashore, is privately owned and not accessible to spectators.
If you are visiting the islands, please read the guidance on helping to keep them pest free.
The remaining islands on the Breca Bay of Islands course are either special Maori sites or privately owned. We ask that spectators respect these areas and visit only the recommended locations described above.