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DESTINATION FOCUS NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND


Nestled on the same latitude as Chile and Argentina – and 1,491km to the south east of Australia – is New Zealand. It is a 30-hour flight from the UK but the rewards for swimmers are immense.





Although New Zealand is a relatively small country, it is bursting with scenery and landscape; fords and rain


forests, alpine peaks, rolling farm land, incredible ocean inlets, and picturesque lakes and beaches. If you love the outdoors New Zealand is a paradise – especially if you love water. With 15,000km of coastline there are plenty of beaches, not to mention the hundreds of lakes that dot the landscape.


KEY FACTS


○ Population: 4.4 million ○ Capital city: Wellington ○ Biggest city: Auckland ○ Biggest city on South Island: Christchurch ○ Average water temperatures: Between 10-22 C ○ Additional info: 90% of New Zealanders live within 30 minutes of the coast. The land mass of New Zealand is comparable to that of Great Britain.


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SWIM EVENTS


The national standard of open water swim competitions is the State NZ Ocean Swim Series (oceanswim.co.nz/events). This offers six swims at beautiful and iconic locations from across the country, from November through to April. For a longer swim, the State Epic (epicswim.co.nz) swim in January offers a 10km swim in the amazing 46km-long Lake Taupo. For a real marathon challenge, the legendary Phil Rush – single, double and triple English Channel swimmer – will guide you across the 26km Cook Strait (cookstraitswim.org.nz), which is one of the famous Oceans 7 swims.


PLACES TO SWIM In the far north, the Bay of Islands is renowned for its beauty and warmer waters. The further south you go the cooler the temperatures get. For beaches, it is hard to beat the east coast of the North Island. From Auckland as far south as Napier, the sands range from golden to pristine white.


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