Queen & King of the Bay 2019


Saturday 26th / Sunday 27th ,  January

Welcome to the 2019 event, the annual surfski race from Kaiteriteri Beach to Port Mapua. It is a 26km paddle along the coastline in Tasman Bay, past Motueka, Kina and Ruby Bay. The prevailing wind in the summer is a northerly which is a tail wind over the paddlers left shoulder. Sea conditions is typically wind generated chop, more like lake conditions as opposed to open ocean. Depending on the lines paddlers take, they can be up to 2.5km from shore during the race.
It is a race of the Gold Level events in the New Zealand Paddler Series

START: Kaiteriteri Beach

FINISH: Port Mapua


SATURDAY 26th or SUNDAY 27th January 2019
(closer to the event, we'll make a call to ensure we get the best surf conditions of the weekend)

Registration 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Kaiteriteri Beach)

Start Waves;

  • Division 5 - 1:00pm
  • Division 4 - 1:15pm
  • Division 3 - 1:30pm
  • Division 2 - 1:45pm
  • Division 1 - 2:00pm

Paddle times range from 1:40-3:00 hours.

Entry Fee; Entries open in December 2018
$30:00 via email before 2019
$35:00 after Jan 1st - 20th
Pre Entries Close Jan 20th
$40:00 enter on the day

Entry Package;
The entry fee primarily covers the cost of the safety vessel, race numbers, prizes, trophy engraving


  • first 3 female & male over the line
  • fastest time - female & male
  • fastest mixed double

Awards @ Mapua Wharf 4:30pm


  • Closer to the event entrants will be updated with weather information, if there are any route changes or if the race will be postponed until Sunday 27th for better weather and conditions. The back up course starts and finishes at Kaiteriteri Beach.
  • Water Temperature in January 18-20 degrees
  • High tide 4:00pm, January 27th

Best local weather information:


  • pfd must be worn
  • leg or body leash worn
  • 1 x communication device must be carried (epirb, phone, vhf marine radio)
  • 1 x signalling tool must be carried (whistle, mirror, flare - smoke is best in daytime)


It is 35km by road from Kaiteriteri to Mapua, allow 40-minutes. Those wishing to car pool should meet at Mapua Wharf area at 10:30am (depart for Kaiteriteri at 11:00am), at the car park on the corner of Aranui Road and Tahi Street. More details about ride sharing will be sent to the entrants the week prior to the event.

Ski Hire;

If you are wanting to rent a ski locally for the event, there are a lot of skis in Tasman Bay and chances are you'll be able to arrange something. The best place to start would be posting on the Tasman Bay Kayak Racing Club page, and feel free to contact me also.

 This race is part of the NZ Paddler Series, click on logo for more info or download an information page  HERE

This race is part of the NZ Paddler Series, click on logo for more info or download an information page HERE

  Kaiteriteri Beach - Start

Kaiteriteri Beach - Start

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