schedule

FRIDAY 24TH MARCH

Registration and the safety brief will take place at the Lake Wanaka Centre

17:30 - 19:00 Registration, kit inspections
19:00 Safety brief

SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

07:20 Breca Wanaka athletes' coaches depart from the Edgewater Resort to Breca Wanaka start
07:50 Breca Wanaka teams fully assembled at start
08:00 Breca Wanaka start
12:50 Wanaka Sprint athletes' coaches depart from the Edgewater Resort to Wanaka Sprint start
13:20 Wanaka Sprint teams fully assembled at start
13:30 Wanaka Sprint start
19:00 Presentations at the Edgewater Resort


GETTING THERE

Getting to Wanaka is easy. It's a short, scenic 60-minute drive from Queenstown, the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wanaka throughout the day

How to get to Wanaka by Lake Wanaka Tourism is an excellent resource for exploring the available options.

WANAKA Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation in Wanaka, including apartments, motels, holiday homes, backpackers, hotels, B&Bs, camping and lodges. Wanaka Accommodation by Lake Wanaka Tourism lists all the providers.

ACCOMMODATION AT EDGEWATER RESORT

Edgewater Resort is hosting the race finishes, and have offered the following special rates to Breca Wanaka and Wanaka Sprint entrants:

  • Studio hotel room: King bed or 1 queen and 1 single bed, $210 per night incl. GST (rate based on 2, max 3)
  • One bedroom suite: King bed or 2 singles in separate bedroom, $290 per night incl. GST (rate based on 2 max 4)
  • Two bedroom apartment: 2 bedrooms, one with king bed, the other with 2 singles or 1 queen and 1 single bed, $495 per night incl. GST (rate based on 4 max 6)

Extra adult rate is $30. Children are complimentary under the age of 12 sleeping in existing beds.

Should you have any further questions about accommodation or would like to make a reservation please contact their reservations team on reservations@edgewater.co.nz and quote "Breca Wanaka" to receive your race entrants' rate.

Registration and safety brief

Registration and the safety brief take place on Friday 24th March at the Lake Wanaka Centre.

Registration takes place between 17:30 and 19:00. Please ensure you have photo identification and the Mandatory Equipment (as listed in the Rules). Teams will be issued with their race vests and swim caps during registration.

The Safety Brief takes place at 19:00 and will last one hour.

Getting to the race starts

The Breca Wanaka start line is at the Outlet Track, the Wanaka Sprint start is in West Wanaka. Athletes will be taken by coach from Edgewater Resort to the race starts. There are no changing facilities at Edgewater but you will be able to store drop bags. Please use the coaches provided as there is insufficient parking space for athletes and their supporters at the start lines.

The coach to the Breca Wanaka start leaves at 07:20, the coach to the Wanaka Sprint start at 12:50. Aim to be assembled on the coaches, changed and ready to race, 5 minutes before departure time. If you miss the coach you'll miss the event.

cut offs

We use cut off times to cap the time that each swim stage is open. Otherwise our water safety teams would be out on the water for too long and we'd risk people swimming after dark. Also we want to ensure that our entrants have a suitable level of fitness to safely undertake our courses. Consequently, cut off times will be strictly enforced. If you miss your cut off and continue to race you will be disqualified from this and all future Breca Swimrun events.

breca wanaka Checkpoints and cut offs

There are seven fully-stocked checkpoints on the Breca Wanaka course. The checkpoints are shown on the Course Map, we have listed the locations, distances and cut off times below:

Checkpoint 1: Farm Gate, Mt Burke Station | 7.2km from start | 09:40 cut off
Checkpoint 2: Track East of Stephenson's Island | 14.3km from start | 10:45 cut off
Checkpoint 3: Neck of the peninsula | 20.4km from start | 12:05 cut off
Checkpoint 4: Minaret Burn Track | 27km from start | 14:20 cut off
Checkpoint 5: Matakitaki | 33.5km from start | 15:20 cut off
Checkpoint 6: Millenium Track | 40km from start | 16:55 cut off
Checkpoint 7: Waterfall Creek Track | 46km from start | 18:25 cut off
Finish: Edgewater Resort | 50km from start | 19:30 cut off

Wanaka Sprint checkpoints and cut offs

There are three fully-stocked checkpoints on the Wanaka Sprint course. The checkpoints are shown on the Course Map, and we have listed the locations, distances and cut off times below:

Checkpoint 1: Matakitaki | 2.3km from start | 13:55 cut off
Checkpoint 2: Millenium Track | 8.6km from start | 15:15 cut off
Checkpoint 3: Waterfall Creek Track | 14.7km from start | 16:40 cut off
Finish: Edgewater Resort | 18km from start | 18:00 cut off

Course Marking

The courses will be fully waymarked. Swim transitions will be manned by volunteers wearing high-visibility jackets. The transition volunteers will direct teams to the next stage of the course.

Presentations

Prize giving will be held at the Edgewater Resort at 19:00

Post-race Party

The party will be held at the Edgewater Resort. All participants, volunteers, safety teams, supporters and spectators are invited to join us after the race.