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The Legend of the Lake, at Rotorua’s stunning Blue Lake adds a fresh new dimension to the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. Rotorua is the ultimate weekend destination and caters to the ‘Daring Adventurers’ and ‘Coffee Sippers’ alike. Make a holiday of it by booking in your accommodation early and you too can look forward to heading away for a weekend to remember! Consisting of four different swim events, the Legend of the Lake provides a swim event for all ages and abilities:
  • ‘I’m Going Long’ 3.5km – a swim around the perimeter of the lake
  • ‘Step it Up’ 1km – around a triangular course, an achievable distance for individuals with swimming experience
  • ‘Give it a Go’ 500m – around a triangular course, a great introduction to open water swimming
  • ‘OceanKids’ 200m – a swim for children aged between 7-12 years old, consisting of a 200m shallow water swim, lined with Surf Life Saving NZ guards.

Swim pack pickup

Multi-Event Pass Holders (If you have entered two or more swims in the Series). If you have a Multi-Event Pass, you can pick up your swim pack on Friday 19 March between 3:00-5:00 pm from the main event site at Lake Tikitapu or on Saturday 20 March between 7:00 – 9:00 am from the main event site at Lake Tikitapu. Individual event entry If you entered The Legend of the Lake as a single event you must collect your swim pack on the morning of the event. Your swim pack will contain a swim cap, timing chip & velcro strap (both must be returned). You can collect your swim pack Saturday 20 March from the main event site at Lake Tikitapu as follows: Round the Lake 3.5km: 7:00 -9:00 am RotoVegas 1000m & RotoVegas 500m: 9:00 – 12:00 pm RotoVegas Amphibian: 11:15 am – 13:30 pm Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m: 11:15 am – 13:30 pm

Cut-off times

For safety reasons and to ensure the day runs to schedule, our swims have a cut-off time. The times vary for each swim distance. Round the Lake 3.5k: 2hrs RotoVegas 1000m- 40mins & RotoVegas 500m- 20mins Amphibian: 1700m Swim: 1hr 3.5km Run: 30mins 500m Swim: 20mins Total Time: 1hr 50mins Banana Boat OceanKids 100m- 5mins, Banana Boat OceanKids 200m- 10mins

Age limits

Round the Lake 3.5k: 12 years and above RotoVegas 1000m- 10 years and above RotoVegas 500m- 8 years and above Amphibian: 1700m Swim: 12 years and above Banana Boat OceanKids 100m & 200m 7 – 10 year olds. Please note: Amphibian combos have age limit of 12 years and above regardless of additional swim distance.

Swim caps & start groups

As part of your swim pack you will receive a silicon swim cap. Each start group has a different coloured cap. Start groups are determined by the speed group you selected in the entry form. The start groups are calculated by our operations team and are organised by speed groups & entry numbers. These can vary from event to event and we are reluctant to change these as it can affect results.


Live results will be available as soon as you have crossed the finish line. The results link will be updated prior to event day

Post-event nutrition

Once you have crossed the finish line one of our awesome crew will be there to meet you with some SOS Hydration or water and a Banana. You will also receive a Tasti bar with your swim pack

BYO drink bottle

As part of our goal to have a greener footprint, we will no longer be offering drinking cups so please remember to bring your own drink bottle. Thanks to the awesome team at SOS Hydration, you can fill your bottle with SOS or water. Look out for our new water station and stay hydrated!


There will be three prizegivings at this event and will be held on the main event site. Secondary Schools Champs prizegivings will be held directly after the main prize giving. There are medals for overall winners male & Female and age groups. All swimmers are welcome to stay around to celebrate and be in to win some awesome spot prizes including a blueseventy wetsuit. You have to be there to win! Round the Lake 3.5k: 11:15 am RotoVegas 1000m & RotoVegas 500m: 1:00 pm The RotoVegas Amphibian: 4:20 pm

Spot prizes

Spot prizes are randomly drawn at each compulsory safety briefing. Listen for your name and go to the registration tent after your swim and collect your prize.

Amphibian details

The Amphibian is back for 2021! This event gives you a new perspective of the beautiful Lake Tikitapu. Collect your event pack from registration, which will include a small bag to place your running shoes, small towel and running shirt (if needed) for the first transition. There will be a designated area at the main event site to place your bag, then these will be taken to the first transition area at the top of the lake. We recommend that you wear a swim/run suit so that you can complete the entire Amphibian wearing it saving you valuable time. You can wear a full wetsuit if you wish. All belongings will be brought back to the event site, once the transition area is cleared of all participants. Note: this will not be in time for your second transition. The event sees you starting from the main event site with a 1.7km swim, straight up to the top of the lake. There you will exit the water to the transition area where you can put your running shoes on and head up the steps to begin the run. You will need to keep your cap and goggles with you. The course will take you around the lake, on a 3.5km run back to the main event site to a second transition. There you can ditch the shoes and run back in for another quick splash of 500m and then head through the finish line archway to the cheers of your friends and family.



Distances Offered

under 1k





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