Arrival to the Island
The main race will begin at 9.45 am, Saturday morning. ( For standup paddlers, we intend to get them away at 8.00 am) We recommend you arrive at Kennedy Point on Waiheke, where the vehicle ferry docks, at no later than 8.45 am. The Sealink car ferry departs from Half Moon Bay (close to Buckland Beach) at either 6am or 8am on Saturdays, (or you may arrive on the Island on Friday night) arriving at Kennedy Point 45 minutes later ( From Kennedy Point, you may paddle the 1.5 km across to Wharetana Bay, and you also may launch your support boat, if you have towed it over with your vehicle, at a boat ramp adjacent to the ferry terminal.)
The alternative mode of arriving on the Island is to paddle your Waka and drive your support boat (with the other paddlers and skipper and any other passengers on board) from Maraetai or Beachlands. This is approximately 10 km form Wharetana Bay. However, please be cautious, as this channel known as Tamaki Strait can be quite a demanding stretch of water, especially if there are moderate to strong West to Southwesterlies. Please check the weather forecast if you plan to travel to Waiheke using this method.
Please click on the below link for accommodation options if you plan to stay the Friday night preceding the race or/and the Saturday night afterwards. Not included in this link is the Poukaraka Flats campground on Gordons Rd. in Rocky Bay, 5 km from the race venue. This is a very affordable ($15 per adult per night) and pleasant location for camping and just up the road is a site for campervans. It was rated the top campground 10 years ago in New Zealand, and Auckland Council has maintained the high standard of this campground since this time.
Cold outdoor showers - super refreshing! Bring solar shower if you’d like warm water. Nice toilet block with sinks and mirrors. Outdoor sinks with cold water for washing up. Campsite goes straight onto beach. fab views, amazing sunsets. You can walk out a long way out at low tide, lovely swimming at higher tides. Very safe and clean, lots of great little spots where you can pitch up and have your own space screened by trees.