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Winter Racing Opportunities 2023

The summer season may be over but that doesn’t mean the racing has dried up. If that is what you are into, there are heaps of opportunities to line up all over the country to keep you race-fit, active and motivated over the winter months.


Here are some of the series and events coming up this winter, starting from the bottom of the south!


Dunedin Winter Paddle Series 2023

Run by Otago Kayak Racing Club at various paddling spots across Dunedin, this series is all inclusive, whatever craft you paddle or level of ability. Includes a recreational option for social paddling.

  • Sunday 2nd April- Race #1, OKRC Marina

  • Sunday 30th April- Race #2, Mac Bay

  • Sunday 28th May- Race #3, Taieri Mouth

  • Sunday 2nd July- Race #4, Henley Bridge

  • Sunday 30th July- Race #5, Carey’s Bay


Southern Lakes Multisport Club Winter Kayak Series

Five fantastic kayak races at different locations throughout the region. Catering to all abilities and classes of kayak, races are handicapped to give everyone a chance to win and ensure no one is left behind. There is a great social atmosphere, led by the camaraderie of being hard-core in the depths of winter!

  • Sunday 11th June- Race 1, Frankton

  • Sunday 25th June- Race 2, Cromwell

  • Sunday 9th July- Race 3, Wanaka

  • Sunday 23 July- Race 4, Lake Hayes

  • Sunday 6th August- Race 5, Clutha River


Topsport Pro-Am Winter Race Series The series consists of three kayak races on the Lower Waimakariri River in Canterbury, with the aim to cater for both new and seasoned paddlers. Each race has a different start location with the races increasing in length as the series progresses.

  • Sunday 7th May- Race 1 (15km)

  • Sunday 11th June- Race 2 (20km)

  • Sunday 9th July- Race 3 (30km)



Hello Winter series

To "celebrate" the shortest day and winter coming up, Wiki's Night Racing and Arawa Canoe Club are offering a short race series in June.

  • Thursday 15th June- Race #1 Time Trial

  • Thursday 22nd June- Race #2 Mass Start

  • Thursday 29th June- Race #3 Mini-marathon


Kupe Winter series

Starting at the end of April and running through to end of August, Kupe Canoe club run a fortnightly race on Saturday mornings (8am), starting and finishing at their shed in Evans Bay. On alternate weeks, they will run a group paddle. This is for craft where self-rescue is possible (eg Ski, waka) only.

  • Saturday 13th May

  • Saturday 27th May

  • Saturday 10th June

  • Saturday 24th June

  • Saturday 8th July

  • Saturday 22nd July

  • Saturday 5th August

  • Saturday 19th August


Takapuna Winter Paddling series

The Takapuna winter races are fun, casual races to help keep Auckland paddlers active and social over the winter. Held on Sunday afternoons monthly off at Takapuna Baoting Club, there are 3 course options to suit any level of paddler- 6-8km long course, 3-5km short course, and 1-2km sprint course suitable for juniors or newer paddlers. Open to oceanski/surfskis (or any other type of ocean-going kayak), SUP and Waka ama.

  • Sunday 28th May

  • Sunday 25th June

  • Sunday 30th July

  • Sunday 27th August

  • Sunday 17th September


Kayak Krazy 10km Winter series

The Kayak Krazy 10km series is made up club-run paddling races around New Zealand to keep all paddlers active and connected over the winter months. With something to suit for all ages and abilities in a fun, relaxed club environment, events are held between June and September/October every year, culminating in the 10km National Champs in Rotorua. 2023 Dates to be released in June.



Other Events:


Check out the Paddler.nz events calendar for more.


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