Te Heke, the paddling endurance relay event around Waiheke island

Te Heke, the paddling endurance relay event will occur on the 23rd February 2019 at the height of New Zealand summer in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, just 15 km from the city of Auckland.

This is the inaugural race for the circumnavigation of Waiheke Island, and will be an iconic sports events on the Auckland calendar for many years to come

The racing vessels shall either be a one man waka ama (outrigger canoe), surfski, or a standup paddleboard (SUP). If you would like to use another type of paddle craft that is capable of making the finish cutoff time of 8 hours for SUP’s and novice teams, or 6.25 hours for surfski and outrigger teams, we welcome you. All teams are eligible for spot prizes, which include:

Olympic Pool and Fitness, Newmarket 6 months membership
2 nights accommodation at Onetangi Beach Apartments (the best beach in the Auckland region)
3wisemenmen classic mens Outfitters , shirt and accessories to the value of $150
Motu Hoe custommade waka ama paddle (value $380)
Lunch for 2 at Casita Miro restaurant recently voted the best destination restaurant in the Auckland area
A beautiful pendant from

Waka Ama teams are also eligible based on performance for cash prizes up to $600

The race will start and finish at Wharetana Bay, which is behind Te Whau Point. (1.5 km east across the inlet from the vehicle ferry wharf at Kennedy Pt.) To complete the race, Waiheke Island must have been circumnavigated. This will take approximately 5.5 hours for experienced fit paddlers. SUP & novice waka ama teams shall start at an earlier time, so as to meet the 4pm cutoff for finishing.

The creators of this event have ensured that that it has been planned to cover all perceived health and safety aspects on the day, to the extent that it has been sanctioned by the outrigger canoe association of New Zealand’s governing body.

To add a challenge for competitive paddlers, we have confirmed competing in the race, 7 of New Zealand’s top long distance paddlers including:

Sean Murphy (Surfski solo team)

Richard and Ngaire Rae Pehi (mixed waka ama team)

Nicky Kingi and Bernie Murch (women’s waka ama team)

Tupuria King and mystery teammate (men’s elite waka ama team)

The cost per paddler if your team has put in it’s intent to enter before the end of 2018 is $39. There will also be a charge for a support boat charge per team if you cannot organise your own.

The prizegiving will be held on one of the many hidden jewel locations of Waiheke Isalnd, the reserve at Wharetana Bay. There will be food vendors and refreshments available here after 4pm.

We are providing a barge with a loading ramp that will shuttle paddlers and their racecraft back and forth from Maraetai to the race venue Waiheke over the weekend of February 23, 2019, if paddlers would prefer to use this, over utilising the regular vehicle ferry service provided by Sealink.

For interested paddlers or bucket list crosser offers, all the details are on the website

JutsJust $39 per paddler to enter

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