Napier Port Ocean Swim

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About Our Event

Our Story

The Napier Port Ocean Swim is brought to you by the Napier Aquahawks Swim Club, in association with Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Sport Hawke’s Bay and TriHB.

We acknowledge the support and commitment of our main sponsor, Napier Port.

Saturday 17th Feb 2024

Ocean swimming has been growing in popularity over the last 20 years, with many thousands participating in events around the country. The Napier Port Ocean Swim will take its rightful place in the national calendar of ocean swims, and become an iconic event in the Hawke’s Bay sporting calendar.

Event Preparation

New to ocean swimming? Join a local training group or gain experience with Sport Hawkes Bay's Open Water Swim Confidence Series, held this summer at Ahuriri Beach, Hot Chick Carpark. Read more >

Event Venue

The Napier Port Ocean Swim is held in the relatively sheltered waters along Napier's Hardinge Road.  This allows a grand spectacle for supporters along the domain and walkways next to the course.  A carnival atmosphere will be created with support from the wider Ahuriri district with its many cafés and bars.


Individual Events

200m Pak n Save Napier Kids Classic

200m Pak n Save Napier Kids Classic

Take the plunge, learn about water safety and have some fun! This is a race just for the kids. Water safety will be controlled by members of Surf Life Saving New Zealand. Read more >

500m Individual Caroline Meo / Bayleys Dash

500m Individual Caroline Meo / Bayleys Dash

This is an ideal swim for those stepping up from the 200m Kids Classic and those new to open water swimming and just want to “give it a go”. Read more >

1km Individual HB Regional Council Classic

1km Individual HB Regional Council Classic

A great stepping stone toward the longer swim if that’s your goal, or just rejoice in the achievement of swimming 1km in the ocean. Read more >

2.5km Individual Arena Ultimate

2.5km Individual Arena Ultimate

The ultimate test of your ocean swimming ability – take the challenge! Read more

Team Events

500m Teams Kerry Geange / Bayleys Dash

The start of the 500m Teams Higgins Dash race is near the lighthouse. Spot prizes available. Read more >

1km Teams Napier City Council Classic

Challenge yourself and your friends and dive in to a 1km team swim. Read more >

2.5km Teams Arena Ultimate

The ultimate challenge for your team! Read more >