Aoraki South Island Secondary Schools Dragon Boat Cup


Sun 24 Mar 2024 08:30 — 16:00

Event information

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The Aoraki Secondary Schools Dragon Boat Cup brings together students for a day of racing on Lake Rua (part of Lake Roto Kohatu group), off Sawyers Arms Rd, Harewood.

Teams race each other over 250m sprints, a 500m Turns Race, and a 1,000m “Chase-race". See Drone footage of the day's racing and see the results on Season information > Regatta Results.

As per the update Panui sent by Development Director, Teagan Killock on 3 March, here is the information you should require for the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to  At Lake Rua - look out for a PINK hi-vis if you have any questions - Teagan will be wearing pink and roaming around on the day.

Schedule for the day

8.30am Teams Arrive
9am Sweeps Briefing
9.15am Team Briefing

Racing Begins:

  • 1km Three-Turns Race (multiple flights)
  • 500m Heat (one Turn)
11am Lunch Break
  Chant Off - Prepare your best chant as a school
  • 500m Final (one turn)
  • 250m Heats (2 heats each)
  • 250m Finals
2.30 pm Prizegiving, then Final Pack Up

Parking and Vehicles

Parking for the event is available in the Lake Rua carpark, and also on Outlook Place with a walk through the pedestrian access way. We are highly recommending teams carpool.
Parking is limited.

Tent set up:

Teams bring their own tents/ gazebo/ shade for the event. It can get hot, or cold, depending on the weather. We have sent a map for where your school can
be set up - Note there are no allocated spots. Please be mindful of the teams around you as space is limited.

First Aid:

First aid services will be available on the day. If you have any injuries during the day, please visit the Paramedic, Stuart Cooper.

Food and Water:

There will be a food truck, coffee van and an ice cream vendor for spectators and participants. There is a drinking fountain/ refill tap available by the toilets. Please bring your own bottle, filled from home. We recommend Isotonic drinks such as Powerade (NOT the no sugar variety)


There is a toilet block for use during the event, plus portable toilets.


The water is fresh and suitable for swimming. We ask that no students or spectators swim during the racing. If your school allows, swimming can occur AFTER the racing and prize giving has finished.  This is solely at your school's discretion.


  • Gazebo or other shade for your team
  • Water & Food - snacks and high energy
  • Sunscreen - Ensure your team members all SLIP, SLOP, SLAP. Be Sun Smart!
  • Warm clothes
  • Towel
  • Jandals or shoes you are happy to get wet