Race Info

Race Packs+Rego

To be collected on race day
The 27th of September from 7.00am - 8.30am (rego will close at 8.30am to allow for safety briefings)

On the day entries only available between 7am-7.30am extra $10 fee applies.

At the Riverside Reserve,Dominion Ave,Cambridge.

Race Briefing

All paddlers must attend the 0900am Race briefing at Riverside Reserve, Dominion Avenue, Cambridge regardless of weather you are entered in the 23km or 11km.  If you are travelling south on SH1 there is no right turn into the Reserve. Instead travel through Cambridge on Victoria Street(main road through Cambridge, go straight ahead at both roundabouts), then turn left into Dominion Ave, just before the Victoria Bridge(High bridge).

Note: there is no race briefing at the narrows landing for those entered in the 11km. You must attend the race briefing at 09.00am at the riverside reserve in Cambridge.

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Race Start

The 23km event starts at 9.30am from the Cambridge Riverside reserve on Domain Avenue opposite the low level bridge. The aim is to get each category started 5minutes apart with everyone away just after 10.00am. All competitors must attend the race briefing to hear category start times. A list of start times will be available at the marshal’s tent.

For those entered in the shorter 11km event, the race starts at 11.00am from Narrows lane located just before the narrows bridge at Tamahere of Airport Road. Everyone will be started together unless advised otherwise at the race briefing.

The finish line for both events is the beach at the Waikato Sports Fishing Club/ Hamilton city Hawks Club rooms, which is situated on Grantham Street,Hamilton on the left side of the river. Competitors must leave their boat with a boat holder and run up the beach to the timing pad to receive there finishing time and hand in there transponder. 

Race Finish & Prize giving

This is at Waikato Sports Fishing Club/Hamilton City Hawks Clubrooms (same building - one club occupies upstairs and the other, the downstairs),Grantham Street,Hamiltonon the left side of the river. We will be using the down stairs space where there are toilet and shower facilities available.

Prize giving is planned to start at 2.00pm or 1/2hr after the last competitor.

Kayak Hire

If you need to hire a kayak or any kayaking apparel a range of sea and multisport kayaks are available through The Boatshed Kayaks Ltd. Contact us either via email theboatshed@xtra.co.nz or phone (07) 827 8286.

Paddle Board Hire

If you need to hire a Paddle Board a range of boards from the Boatshed please contact via email theboatshed@xtra.co.nz or there are boards available through Liquid Stixx. Contact Kirsten via email at info@liquidstixx.co.nz or 0272433011.

Information on the Cruising Division race

After the success of last year we have kept the cruising division. This is to encourage anyone who hasn’t paddled this section of the Waikato River before to get out and have ago .The cruising division will start ahead of the main field. There will be no timing provided for this group, hence the lower cost. This means no age group prizes, but you will be placed in the draw for spot prizes.

So if you know of anyone who would enjoy giving this paddle ago, this is the option for them .It will be a very safe time to explore this beautiful section of the Waikato river, with all of the other paddlers and safety boats out there, and provide a great Sunday activity. 


Other details

Bio security New Zealand reminds all competitors that it is expected they have cleaned all gear before leaving their base, in order to slow the spread of the invasive alga didymo. This means all boats and equipment used in the water (including footwear) must be cleaned either using a 5 percent solution of dishwashing detergent or any one of the other cleaning methods available on their website www.biosecurity.govt.nz/didymo. This is especially important if competitors are coming from theSouth Island, and is a requirement under the Bio security Act 1993.

Stop the Spread

Check Clean Dry is no longer just about Didymo. Unwanted aquatic plants and pest fish can be transported between waterways via plant fragments, unseen fish eggs and wet gear. Help stop the spread of freshwater pests between lakes and rivers through your actions, CHECK CLEAN DRY.

How to Check Clean Dry:

CHECK: All your equipment and remove any visible matter such as weed or algae.

CLEAN:  If your gear has not been dry for at least 48hrs then clean with a 5% detergent and soak for at least 1 minute. For example, a 5% solution is made by mixing 50 ml of detergent with water added to make 1000 mls (1 litre) total.

DRY: Drying is an acceptable alternative method, provided that all components are completely dry to the touch, inside and out, and then left dry for at least another 48 hours.


The Boatshed Kayaks - Richard Clark
RD2, 21 Amber Lane, Lake Karapiro, Cambridge, New Zealand
Phone: 07 827 8286 or Mobile: 027 275 8724 or Email us here
                               Operating hours: Wednesday to Sunday 9am - 5pm. CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS DEC 23rd - JAN 3RD
For after hours enquiries please email us and we will get in touch within work hours.

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