32nd Annual Motorway Classic


Mar 17


Honiana Te Puni Reserve, Petone

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Shane Ross

Mana Kayak Club invites you to register to take part in the 32nd Annual Motorway Classic on Sunday March 17th 2024.

The race starts from Honiana Te Puni Reserve in Petone and travels alongside SH2 between Petone and Wellington.

Choose from 3 course distances; 14km, 7km and 3.5km

The event is open to the following craft:

  • All Waka ama
  • All multisport kayaks & adventure racing doubles
  • Sea kayaks 
  • Surf ski
  • SUP 
  • Prone paddle boards & kneeboards.

This course is not suitable for K1, K2 or K4’s or Ocean Rowing Craft…sorry!

The event categories are:

Single Paddler Craft:

  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Junior Men (under 19)
  • Junior Women (under 19)

Multiple Paddler Craft:

  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Mixed
  • Junior Men (average age under 19)
  • Junior Women (average under 19)
  • Mixed (average age under 19)

The courses are sheltered from the fiercest Wellington Northerly, as you can paddle all courses between 2 metres and 20 metres from the Motorway Coastline.

If you feel a little tippy in your craft, then being nice and close to the shoreline is the easiest most confidence-boosting part of the course to paddle on.

Both the long and short courses are easily paddled close to the sheltered shoreline so if you are not a confident paddler, please heed this good advice.

*** Please note if you are reasonably new to paddling or do very little fitness paddling, we recommend that you enter the 3.5 km or 7 km… rather than the 14 km ***

Race fees are as follows:

14 km long course

    • $35.00 – singles ($20 for U 18 & 60 +)
    • $60.00 – doubles
    • $90.00 – W6
    • $140.00 – W 12

3.5 km & 7 km short courses 

    • $10.00 – singles
    • $20.00 – doubles
    • $30.00 – W6
    • $60.00 – W12

Please register here

On receipt of your registration we will issue payment and race day information. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Please message with questions and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We look forward to seeing you on the water in March!