All times TBC

08:00 Board (optional) coaches from Paihia to Waitangi. Coaches are free and are for participants only
08:00 Registration, kit inspections, biosecurity check at the Copthorne Hotel Waitaha Events Centre
09:00 Race brief at the Copthorne Hotel Waitaha Events Centre
10:00 Board ferries for start. Bag drop on the ferry.
11:00 Breca Bay of Islands Sprint start, direct from the ferry to the water!
13:30 First competitors at finish at Otehei Bay Resort, Urupukapuka Island
15:30 Presentations and social at Otehei Bay
16:30, 18:30 (TBC) Ferries from Otehei Bay to Paihia



17:00 Registration, kit inspections, biosecurity check at the Copthorne Hotel Waitaha Events Centre
19:00 Race brief at the Copthorne Hotel Waitaha Events Centre

Add your name to this list if you would like to book a place on a coach to the registration and briefing; there will be a small additional fee.


All times TBC

06:15 Bag drop opens at Paihia Wharf. Board (optional) coaches to Waitangi. Coaches are free and are for participants only
06:30 Coaches depart: no waiting!
06:55 Teams fully assembled at start at Waitangi Treaty Grounds
07:00 Breca Bay of Islands start
12:30 First competitors at finish at Otehei Bay Resort, Urupukapuka Island
17:30 Presentations and social at Otehei Bay
16:30, 18:30 (TBC) Ferries from Otehei Bay to Paihia



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. 

Visit the 100% Pure New Zealand and Bay of Islands Travel Guide websites for links to accommodation providers and to make the most of your stay.


Registration will take place on Saturday 14th April at the Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi. We will be in the Waitaha Events Centre. Note this is NOT the same venue as last year!

Sprint distance registration is on Saturday morning before the race. Full distance registration is on the Saturday evening preceding the race on Sunday.

Either use our competitor bus service from Paihia (see the schedule above) 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.

What to Bring: Every competitor must present:

  • Photo identification
  • Whistle
  • Reusable cup or flask – read about our pioneering “cup free” race sustainability initiative
  • Wetsuit and running shoes: clean for biosecurity checks

IMPORTANT: Biosecurity

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.


For both races, the Race Briefs will be held after registration, at the same venue. You MUST attend the Race Brief, where we will give you vital information about the course and race logistics. 


The Breca Bay of Islands Sprint race start will take place directly from passenger ferries to the water! The ferries will depart from Waitangi following the race briefing.

The Breca Bay of Islands (full distance) race start is at Waitangi Treaty Grounds: note this is NOT the same place as the registration and briefing and is a bit further along the road.

See the schedule for boarding times for the free athletes’ coaches from Paihia to Waitangi. 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.


Both races will finish at Otehei Bay Resort, on Urupukapuka Island. We will have a BBQ and post-race social, and the resort has a restaurant and bar. There will be showers available.

Note that competitors will receive a free BBQ. Race supporters must book BBQ tickets here.

Ferries will transport athletes back to Paihia at intervals throughout the afternoon and evening. The ferries are free for competitors and do not need to be pre-booked. Race supporters must book their ferries to and from Otehei Bay; a special discount will be available.


You may leave a SMALL drop bag (i.e. a running day-pack) before the start and it will be transported to the finish for you. Sprint competitors will leave bags on the ferry to the start. Full distance competitors will leave bags before boarding coaches at Paihia Wharf in the morning.

Due to the strict biosecurity rules to keep the islands pest-free, we will not transport open bags. Your bag must be fully sealed or zipped. 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.


There are five checkpoints on the Breca Bay of Islands course and two on the sprint course, viewable on the Course Map. Details of nutrition and cut off times for the sprint course will be available soon.

Checkpoint 1: Omata Estate Vineyard. | 6.2km from start | Cut off 09:10
Hydration (water, PURE Sports electrolyte) | bananas | sweets

Checkpoint 2: Duke of Marlborough Hotel| 14.7km from start | Cut off 10:30
Hydration (water, PURE Sports electrolyte) | oranges | PURE gels | boiled new potatoes

Checkpoint 3: Cooks Cove, Motuarohia | 20.1km from start | Cut off 13:15
Hydration (water, PURE Sports electrolyte) | bananas | sweets

Checkpoint 4: Waiti Bay, Moturua | 23.9km from start | Cut off 14:40
Hydration (water, PURE Sports electrolyte) | oranges | PURE gels | EM's Power Cookies | boiled new potatoes

Checkpoint 5: Te Akeake Point, Urupukapuka| 28.6km from start | Cut off 16:25
Hydration (water, PURE Sports electrolyte) | bananas | sweets | boiled new potatoes

FINISH: Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka| 32.9km from start
Hydration (water, PURE Sports 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 full distance race 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.

The sprint distance race start will take place from passenger ferries and will not be accessible to supporters.

For both races, 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.

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.