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The Bay of Islands is the perfect location for swimrun! Famous for its white-sand beaches, pristine islands, lagoons and turquoise waters - this is an awesome event!

The courses follow the classic island-hopping swim run format over the Bay's stunning islands, before the grand finish at the Otehei Bay island resort.

How to enter the Breca Bay of Islands

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    SwimRun: Swim 8.4km, Run 25km
    NZD $760–NZD $780
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    SwimRun: Swim 4.5km, Run 15.5km
    NZD $495–NZD $520
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Breca Bay of Islands routes


In 2019, for the first time, Breca will be offering two distances:

Breca Bay Of Islands - Full Distance

Date: 14th April 2019 | Run: 25km | Swim: 8.4km

Breca Bay Of Islands Sprint

Date: 13th April 2019 | Run: 15.5km | Swim: 4.5km

Event Details

What’s Included

The Entry Fee Includes:

  • swim cap
  • finishers’ hat
  • finishers’ medals
  • race timing
  • race nutrition and hydration
  • free event photography
  • Kiwi-style BBQ at Otehei Bay
Raceday Logistics

Breca Bay Of Islands Sprint

Saturday 13th April

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 the finish at Otehei Bay Resort, Urupukapuka Island
15:30 – Presentations and social at Otehei Bay
16:30, 18:30 – Ferries from Otehei Bay to Paihia

Breca Bay Of Islands

Saturday 13th April

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.

Sunday 14th April

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 –  Ferries from Otehei Bay to Paihia

Kit List

Each Team Must Have:

  • Either two wetsuits or two sets of neoprene shorts and vests
  • Two whistles
  • Two reusable cups or flasks – any kind will be accepted, as long as they are genuinely reusable

Teams may also use tow ropes, paddles, pull buoys and fins (no longer than 15cm, measured from the toe), but they are not mandatory.


Do something different. Be inspired. Meet likeminded people. Become part of the swimrun community. Explore amazing places. Have fun! Our volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.

Breca Swimrun events are not just for athletes - volunteering is a great way for the local community, budding swimrunners and supporters to share the fun and experience what swimrun is all about (without getting your feet wet)!

Volunteers who help on our full courses will receive a free race entry, volunteers on our sprint courses will receive a 50% discount on their race entry.

After you have volunteered you will receive a discount code to use during registration for an event of your choice, either this year or next.

You can also use your volunteers discount code for any event you have already registered and paid for. For example, some of our events have races on the Saturday and Sunday. You can race and volunteer on the same weekend (race for free!) by claiming a refund using your discount code after you have volunteered.

Use the link to register your interest:


What is swimrun?

Swimrun is an adventure race, comprising a series of run and swim sections staged continuously as a race in rugged environments, normally held over “ultra” scale distances. You run in your wetsuit and swim in your shoes. The race is run in pairs: courses have to be completed in their entirety with a teammate at your side. Races unfold quite differently to other formats you might be used to. You don’t change your equipment as you work your way through the course, everything you start with, you finish with. Transitions refers to either a water entry or a water exit. When approaching a swim leg, ensure that your wetsuit is fully zipped up, your shoes are tightly fastened, and that you are wearing your race vest and swim cap. When finishing a swim, exit the water together at the transition flag. Teamwork is particularly important on technical, rocky transitions.

Do I need a teammate or is there a solo option?

All of our swimruns are completed in pairs, we do not offer a solo option. While the concept of doubling the workload may sound daunting, having a teammate to share in your successes, urge you on when times get tough and check up on you when you start to flag adds to the exhilaration of the day.

There is also a practical reason for racing with a teammate: safety. Swimrun water entries and exits take place in open water and are not as controlled as in triathlon. They are often technical – on rocks and other slippery surfaces - so it is important to have a friend on hand to help support you through the challenges you'll face.

This also means you need to find someone at a similar level to you, or be prepared to adjust your speed accordingly.

How do I train for a swimrun race?

Swimrun sounds like it should be straightforward to train for: a bit of swimming and bit of running… simple right? But with its paired buddy system and unique equipment requirements there are several techniques you can employ in your training to ensure you are getting the most out of your time and are well prepared for your swimrun adventure.

One of the most important aspects to master in training is the team dynamic. It’s likely that in any swimrun pair there will be a mismatch between running and/or swimming ability so although it may be cliché to say “you are only as strong as your weakest link”, this is especially true in swimrun.

Find a training location to replicate race length transitions. Racing for several hours with more than a dozen transitions between swimming and running is a feeling no amount of big swim sets or long training runs can prepare you for. To help your body adapt, find an outdoor training environment where you can easily switch between disciplines. For more ideas on how to prepare for your next Breca adventure check out the TRAINING TIPS

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Imagine a sport that takes you to beautiful, wild places; over craggy hilltops, through mountain tarns, along rugged coastlines and across glittering lakes. Now picture doing all of that with friend by your side - two trailblazers together in the world of endurance sport. Welcome to Breca, a series of extreme SWIMRUN adventure events. Join us to swimrun in some of the most challenging landscapes in the UK and New Zealand.



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