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Association (Inc)
Christchurch, NZ

Click the tabs to see Aoraki regatta in the 2016-17 season (plus NZDBA Nationals). That is:
21-Aug ... 25 Sep ... 11-Dec-16 ... 22-Jan-17 ... 26-Feb ... 25-March ... and 7, 8th-April-17

Pre-Season - Winter/Spring of 2016.

Before the official training even starts, Aoraki provides a chance for teams to get an early taster.

There are two 'winter' events in 2016.

Polar Blast on Sunday 21-August-16. See Facebook Event.

Teams entered: AGHS, Airways Paddlateers, Northern Phoenix, ABOL x 2, Sampan, Ridge Riders, Waimak x 2, Tu Meke x 2, Otautahi, and South Dragons Life Savers. Winners: South Dragons. Second: Ridge Riders. Third: Tu Meke.

Cobweb Blaster on Sunday 25-September-16

Don't forget to email your intention of whether OR NOT you will be entering.

See all Off Season history.

Ice Breaker 2016

Most teams start training after Labour weekend (that is, late October) although some teams get onto the water earlier. The first formal race day for the season in the South Island is the "Ice Breaker" (following on from the off-season race days at the end of August and the end of September).

Last year the format included the 250 metre Sprint and the 700 metre Turns Race. There was als a (land based) Tug of War, Women's Grade and Mens Grade.


Likely venue is Lake Rua (off Greywacke Rd, via Sawyers Arms Rd on the north side of Johns Rd, Russley). It is part of the Roto Kohatu lakes (the western half is used for Jet Ski) and it is a good way to start the season, with 250 metre sprints. The racing may also include some form of Turns Racing.


Sunday 11-Dec-2016 (the day after the Kaiapoi Carnival).


The General Schedule (to be confirmed):

  • 9:00 am Nominated teams assist with boat unloading, heads tails etc
  • 9:15 am Captain and Sweeps Briefing
  • 10:00 am - 250m Sprint Heats (see below)
  • 11:45 Tug Of War (and lunch)
  • 1:00 pm 250m Sprint Final
  • 2:00 700m Turns Race, Two flights.
  • 3:00 Prize Giving at Race HQ by the finish line

See all Ice Breaker history.

Super 10 Festival 2017

Date: Sunday 22-Jan-2017

Sadly, the 2017 Akaroa event had to be cancelled at the very last minute due to strong winds and rain in the Harbour.

Apologies to all disappointed paddlers.

But it would not have been fun out there.

2017 was to be the fifth year of racing Super 12s in Akaroa - in 2010 and 2011 we ran it at Lake Pegasus.

Note that following the 2015 racing where we found that boats were running aground in the Le Mans Race, Aoraki reviewed the schedule. Thus the 250 metre will be run FIRST with two Heats (on the incoming tide) and then the Le Mans (while tidal flow is slower) then the 250m Finals (on the outgoing tide). Captain's Briefing is 30 minutes before the First Race.

Location: Akaroa

See all Super 12 Summer Sizzler history.

Aoraki Open 2017

Date: Sunday 5-March-17


Lake RUA (shifted at the last minute, since Lake Pegasus is not available due to toxic algal bloom) and delayed by one week due to a clash of bookings at Lake Rua.

2011 South Island Champs

Coffee and food (muffins, scones, sandwiches, rolls, pies etc) available from "The Naked Baker" van (mobile EFTPOS available).

See all Aoraki Open history.

South Island Champs 2017

Aoraki's main Dragon Boat Regatta.

Date: Saturday 25-Mar-2017

Venue is Lake Hood.

This event is Sanctioned by he NZ secondary School Sports CouncilThere are thoughts of running the Nationals (when they are in the South Island) at other locations (maybe Ruataniwha, Wanaka or Queenstown) but to do that we need to first prove that we can do the set up, logistics, moving boats to the venue and so on. And that generally means that we trial it at South Island Champs. Therefore there is more work to be done to make that happen.

Other events:

No known conflicts.

Location: Lake Hood, Ashburton.

See all South Island Champs history.

NZDBA National Championships 2017

Nationals were in the North Island this season, and will again be a two day event - and for the first time it was Friday/Saturday racing instead of Saturday and Sunday.

NZDBA confirmed that the date is Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April 2017, and the venue is Lake Karapiro!!

The format was 500m Championships racing [Standard Boat in the morning then Small Boat in the afternoon] on the first day of racing, then 200m Sprint Championships [again, Standard Boat in the morning and then Small Boat] on the second day, and finishing with the 2,000m Turns Race. See Nationals.

Other events:

See NZDBA and all NZDBA Nationals history.

At the major South Island events (except Akaroa) Aoraki expects to have "The Naked Baker" van (Mobile EFTPOS is available) providing Coffee and food. This includes:

  • Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Long Black, Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Chai Latte, Espresso etc priced from $2.80 (small espresso) to $6.80 (Xtra large)
  • muffins, scones, buns, slices
  • sandwiches, and savouries
  • ham or chicken rolls,
  • pies and sausage rolls
  • Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Lasagna
Affiliated to NZDBA updated: 13-Nov-2017 :: (c) Noel Anderton