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2016 Epic Swim

Lake Taupo 9 - 10 January 2016

Online Entries Are Now Closed.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE - COURSE CHANGES: Please be aware that due to expected whether conditions and advice from local authorities the course for the 2016 Epic Swim has been moved to Acacia Bay North.

Updated information on the course, parking, feeding and race briefings can be found here.

Make sure you are in Taupo on the 9 January 2016 to be part of the 2016 Epic Swim. Take the opportunity to swim alongside some of New Zealand's best open water swimmers, enjoy the idyllic setting of Lake Taupo and get yourself some excellent practice on the same course as the New Zealand Ironman.

NZ Open Water Championship

The New Zealand Open Water Championship races are for registered Swimming New Zealand members only. To enter these events SNZ members can do this through their member portal here.

Prize Money.

At the 2016 Epic Swim there will be prize money of $500 presented to the first finishing male and female swimmers in the 2.5km, 5km and 10km races.

10km Feeders Information.

Key information for feeders of swimmers in the 10km epic swim and the New Zealand Open Water Championship can be found here.


Online Entries are open. Online entry payment can be made by Credit Card. Online entries will close at midnight on Thursday 7 of January 2016.

Late entries can be made at registration on Friday the 8 January at The Great Lakes Centre or at race day registration on Saturday 9 January from 7am until 1pm. Cash, cheque and electronic payments will be accepted.

 Masters Classic.

The 2.5km Masters Classic event will be swum on Sunday the 10 January. You do not need to be a registered Masters Swimmer to participate in the 2.5km Master Classic. Entries are open to anyone 25 years and over and there are medals presented to age place getters.


Wetsuits can be worn in all Epic events, but are not compulsory. Wetsuits may not be worn in the New Zealand Championship races which are run under FINA rules.

Swimming New Zealand would like to thank the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board for providing access to Lake Taupo. Please help us protect the future of Lake Taupo from Didymo and other pest. Wetsuits can very easily carry the Didymo disease and other pests picked up from other water ways around the world. Lake Taupo is currently Didymo free and with your support it can stay this way for many more years. With the support of the Department of Conservation all athletes must have their wetsuits dipped prior to registration.

 Revive & Restore Massage.

Once again in 2016 Revive and Restore Massage will be onsite to provide massages to competitors prior to and following races. The charge is $1 per minute. Massages can also be received at The Massage Clinic, 30 Heu Heu St, Taupo on the Friday preceding the Epic Swims. To make a reservations call or text Paulette on 027 241 8586027 241 8586.

Teamline Event Merchandise

Teamline are once again providing event merchandise for the Epic Swim. Merchandise is now available for pre-order and can be found here on the Teamline website. Orders WILL NOT be sent to you, they will only be available to be collected from the Teamline tent at the event. Make sure you also follow Teamline on Facebook for the latest deals.

 Hilton Lake Taupo

Looking for accommodation for the 2016 Epic Swim? Bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of Taupo from Hilton Lake Taupo. Visit their website to make your booking.



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