Karakia 7:45am

Race start: Opua Bay Saturday 2 November 2019

Start 10:00am

Leg 1: Run: 2.0 km

From Malaahi Cafe to Taheke Rd, aid station (Bike chnageover)

Leg 2. Bike 39km

From Taheke Rd Aid station to Horeke wharf via the Pou Herenga Cycle way.  

Leg: Paddle 10.5.km

From Horeke Wharf to Rawene boat ramp on the esplande, Rawene.

Leg 4: Run 1.0km

Follow foreshore onto board walk and return to finish line.


Event Rules

This is a teams event for students, Intermediate and primary school age.

No individual entries unless approved by race management.

All teams must be accompanied by adult/s over 18 years of age who will need to sign the event waivers.

Important Items


Water. Food

Changes of clothes, Towels

Medical Conditions and Treatment

All competitors with existing medical conditions that may affect them during the Challenge must notify officials in writing before the Challenge begins. The official doctor or any other Challenge official shall have the absolute right to withdraw any competitor they consider unfit to continue. Participation in the Challenge constitutes consent by each competitor to receiving any medical attention that organisers or officials may consider necessary or desirable in the case of apparent illness, injury or accident.


No refunds will be issued for withdrawals; however, under exceptional circumstances and at the race director’s discretion, an entry may be deferred to the following year.   Please contact the race organisers for more information.

Event cancellation or change of course

In the event of any ‘Act of God’ causing a cancellation of the event, the total entry fee is non-refundable.  The event may take place in all weather; however, a course change may be made at the discretion of the race director.  This decision will be made in the case of poor weather or other circumstances beyond the control of the event manager and associated organisers.

Race Number

Competitors must wear the issued bib in all stages of the race and it must be clearly visible at all times. Bibs must be worn on top of all garments and other equipment (e.g., life jacket, water pack, windproof jacket, etc.). The wearing of a bib with the number partly or wholly obscured will result in the competitor or the competitor’s team being disqualified. Team members must not remove numbers until they are inside the transition area. Kayak stickers are compulsory.

Bike Stages

Competitors on any bike stage may use any type of road bike/mountain bike. No pods or fairings are allowed. Competitors must obey the road code at all times. All competitors must dismount their bikes before entering transition areas. All competitors must make their own repairs; no outside help is permitted. Competitors should have bunch-riding experience. Bike helmets must be worn in all bike stages, and must be NZ Safety Standards approved or USA Z 90.4 Standard.

NO Road Closures

The cycle sections and run sections will cross public roads you must obey all road rules.  We will try to limit vehicles on course but authorised safety and news media vehicles will be allowed. Competitors must be aware that the road closure applies to non residents within the closed section but the race organisers have no control over anyone who chooses to disobey the road closure so competitors must still be alert for unauthorised users.

*** No Support Cars will be allowed down Imms Rd ***

Run Stage

For safety reasons, watch for other track users, and participants, both run sections use public road (that are not closed) check and ensure your safety and others.

Rubbish must not be dropped on any of the run courses, any competitors found littering will result in disqualification / penalties.

Kayak Stage

This section ,ust be completed in approved waka, waka ama / Tangata and must have kaiako / adults on board. Competitors should be competent paddlers to a minimum Grade 1 standard, be water confident and capable of self-rescue. Competitors must wear approved helmets and buoyancy vests, and display a kayak sticker. It is recommended a full set of polypropylene and booties are worn. Competitors will not be allowed to change kayaks during this stage. All kayaks must contain some form of floatation e.g. airbags & all kayaks must have front tow loops. The committee strongly recommend that competitors paddle this sea/ river section prior to race day. Swim Marshall and Rescue crews will be in place.

Cut Off Point

All competitors must be in kayaks and on the water at  by 4.30pm. Due to operational and safety requirements, competitors will not be allowed onto the water after the cut-off time. You will be instructed to drive to Rawene and complete leg 5. For all teams from 3.30pm please report to the kayak marshalls at Horeke we will mass start kayakers at 3.45pm to ensure leg 4 can be completed. This kayak times will be recorded seperately and amended accordingly to overall times

No Pacing

Competitors are not permitted to receive any form of pacing at any time during the event.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be in place at all transitions, key points on both run legs (approximately halfway).  About every 20km on the cycle legs.

Run Aid Station is opposite the Bay of Islands Marine Centre, on the road from Opua to Kawakawa, this is where team runners can change. There will be water availiable. There is limited parking here.

Cycle Aid Stations –

Ngapipitoa Rd (Forestry Gates approx 20km mark)

Kaikohe (Taheke Rd  approx half way)

Harrisons Farm, Utakura (approx ¾ point)

These stations will have, water, electrolyte drink, scroggin, fruit and muffins.

Injuries and Replacements

A team member may be replaced before the start of the Challenge provided written notification is given to the organisers.  Should a team member not finish a stage, the team will be allowed to complete the course but not qualify as a finisher, therefore being ineligible for placing prizes.  The race bib must still be worn and the timekeeping marshal must be told.


Any competitor who intentionally drops rubbish on any stage will be disqualified.


All lost property will be taken to the race finish and if not claimed it will be kept for six weeks then given away.  Contingency plans have been designed in case of inclement conditions. Competitors and support crews will be informed of any changes at the full race briefing.  It is the competitor’s responsibility to have safe equipment and the Race Director strongly advises all entrants to have their equipment serviced and checked by a qualified technician before the race.

Assistance to Other Competitors

In an emergency situation competitors must render assistance to any other competitor and alert safety personal of the situation.


All participants receive race “goodies” as part of their race entry, these are supplied by sponsors and the race management does not guarantee that all will receive sponsors products due to supplied amounts. All event shirts will be supplied as ordered.

Promotional Material  

Participation in the E Wha Multisport Challenge constitutes consent by each competitor to each competitor’s name, and photos and/or videos of competitors, being taken and used by the organisers, officials and sponsors for promotional purposes.

Following Instructions

All competitors must follow all instructions of organisers and officials including medics, and the judges’ / race directors decision on any matter is final.

Alternate Course

If on the day due weather the swim and or kayak sections need to be altered or changed, it will be at the discretion of the race director and advisory panel.

Designated Swimmer

Will will introduce the “designated swimmer” for those of us who don’t like to swim but the rest of the event appeals, we have a nominated person and his/her time will be added to yours , this allowing you to continue on your challenge and participate. This is for the participant section of Te Rima Multisport Challenge only.

Key Contact Numbers

Frank Haimona 027 2222932 Event Director

Rodney Behan Kitto Bentley Pre-Race Director

Kingi Petersen – End race Director

Chelse Rudolph Registration / Timing

Margaret Haimona Merchandise

Traffic Management – Wayne Stokes

Police 111

Medical team Barb Hawea