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Association (Inc)
Christchurch, NZ

Click these tabs to see different Aoraki regatta on this season (plus NZDBA Nationals).

That is: 7-Dec ... 18-January ... 22-February ... 14-March ... and 28, 29-March

Ice Breaker 2014

Most teams will start training after Labour weekend (that is, late October 2014) although some teams are getting onto the water earlier this season.

The first race day for the season in the South Island is the "Ice Breaker". Click the tabs above to see the other race regatta for this season.

For more details see the Ice Breaker Regatta Page.

Date: Sunday 7-Dec-2014 (the day after the Kaiapoi Carnival).

Note, Waka Ama races (Nationals Qualifier, and NZ Post Corporate races) are at Lake Pegasus on Saturday 6-Dec.

2011 South Island Champs

Location: Lake Pegasus

As per

See all Ice Breaker history.

Super 12 Festival 2015

Date: Sunday 18-Jan-2015

Racing at Akaroa is, of course, dependent on the tides. The weekend of 10th or 11th January is generally too early (too many people are still on holiday), plus the tides are all wrong.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th are looking better. From we have high tides at 1:45 pm or 2:33 pm. (Low tides are around 8am both those days). The week after (24th and 25th Jan) the tides are totally wrong - low tide is early afternoon.



Tide Height



2.07 m



0.53 m



2.02 m



0.39 m



2.19 m



0.44 m



2.10 m



0.28 m



2.30 m



0.33 m

Location: Akaroa (maybe at Lake Brunner next season?)

See all Super 12 Summer Sizzler history.

Aoraki Open 2015

Date: Sunday 22-Feb-15.

Location: Lake Pegasus. NOTE this was changed at last minute to Lake Rua.

2011 South Island Champs

See all Aoraki Open history.

South Island Champs 2015

Aoraki's main Dragon Boat Regatta .

Date: Saturday 14-Mar-2015

Location: Lake Hood, Ashburton.

See all South Island Champs history.

NZDBA National Championships 2015

Nationals are due to be in the North Island this season, and will be on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March-15 (which is a week before Easter weekend).

Chch Girls High at Lake PupukeFrom NZDBA: "Well folks we have listened to you, and we thought long and hard about how we can improve the experience of the National Champs for paddlers. We have also been looking at how we can encourage greater participation from the Auckland based teams in attending the Nationals. So we are very excited to bring New Zealand's peak event back to Auckland City."

The NZDBA Nationals 2015 (incorporating the Trans-Tasman/Oceania Competition) will be held over two days, on Saturday the 28th and Sunday 29th March 2015 at Lake Pupuke, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland. This makes it the week after the Auckland Regional Champs at the same venue.

There will be two days of racing, along with a number of elements to the day to give more paddling time on the water. The championship event will incorporate Adults and Schools racing over the two days. 

Day One will features 500m racing for 20-paddler crews, with the inclusion of 10 man/woman crews. If we have a full paddling timetable for the day NZDBA may introduce repechage races for those who do not win their heats. This encourages teams to achieve their best times in all heats.

2008 in AucklandDay Two will consist of 200m Sprints and 2 km Turns racing.

Because of the extra costs of running a regatta at Lake Pupuke (esp setting up loading pontoons) NZDBA has had to slightly increase the entry fees.

Aoraki hopes that by taking the racing to Auckland it will make it financially more viable for our South Island teams to make the trip.

So mark the dates and venue in your diaries - we look forward to seeing you at Lake Pupuke in 2015.

Back in Auckland (Lake Pupuke) for the first time since 2008!

See NZDBA...

See all NZDBA Nationals history.

Aoraki also runs a Corporate Give-it-a-Go day at Lake Pegasus on Saturday 22-Nov-14. Other (out of Christchurch) Dragon Boat events your team might be interested in: