Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour

The Vaikobi Auckland King & Queen of the Harbour is New Zealand's premier ocean ski event, showcasing the spectacular paddling available in Auckland.  It is also open to surfski, Waka-ama and SUP paddlers, of all ages and abilities. 

2023 date- Saturday 6th May

This race is proudly part of the Darcy Price NZ Ocean Surfski Series.

2022 Race report
2022 Results
2022 Photos

2020 Race Report
2020 Results
2020 Photo galleries


We have three possible long course options between 18-24km all finishing at Takapuna, designed to provide the best downwind run regardless of wind direction. The final course will be decided on the Wednesday prior to the race. 
A 6km short course will also be available, 

Shakespear Regional Park to Takapuna (20-22km) - Starting at Te Hurihi Bay at the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, paddlers will have a direct line down to Takapuna. In open exposed water, wind against tide should provide an exciting and technical paddle, and see everyone land on the beach with a smile on their face.

Waitemata Canoe Club (Te Atatu Peninsula) to Takapuna (22-23km) - If the westerly wind is blowing, this course will give us an awesome 15km run down the Harbour and under the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. Paddlers will go through the heart of Auckland city, before rounding North Head and onto the home stretch- a 6km slogfest up to the finish at Takapuna Beach. Outgoing tide will give paddlers a helpful push around the course.

Takapuna Rangitoto Loop (18-19km) -Starting at the event base at Takapuna Beach, paddlers will race out towards Rangitoto Lighthouse. A left turn around the lighthouse will see paddlers hug the stunning and untouched coastline of the northern side of Rangitoto Island, before swinging back around for a straight run home.

There will be trailers and shuttles available from Takapuna Boating Club to the start venue.

Short Course (6km) - Starting at the event base at Takapuna Beach, short course paddlers will complete an out and back loop(s). 

We have a limited number of beginner level surfski (Nelo 510s) available for any short course competitors on a first in, first served basis. These craft are suitable for juniors (12+ years) and adults. 


Further details will be released closer to the time. Race start will depend on the course chosen but will be sometime between 10am-12pm.

Compulsory equipment

The following equipment is required and will be checked before the race. You will not be able to race without it.

Long Course

  • Personal Flotation Device 
  • Leg Leash
  • At least one item of high-visibility clothing
  • Mobile phone in waterproof with Coast Guard SafeTrx app downloaded and tracking you
  • Marine Flare

Short Course

  • Personal Flotation Device  
  • Leg Leash
  • At least one item of High-visibility clothing

Enter online

Entries will open closer to the race date.

20% discount for paddlers 18years and under:
use discount code 18under when entering

Entry fees include event t-shirt and post-event meal. Additional t-shirts and meal tickets available to purchase with entry.

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Contact Danika Mowlem (Event director)
+6421 202 6154