Tikitapu 1 Sprint Regatta


Dec 02 - Dec 03

08:00 am - 05:30 pm



Karen Simpson-Warren

This is the first of two Canoe Racing NZ Canoe Sprint regattas held at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) in Rotorua each summer season.
Catering for all age groups, this event will race distances of 100m, 200m, 500m and 1000m depending on age groups. Racing will include K1, K2 and K4 crafts.

500m / 1000m will be raced on Saturday and 200m  mainly raced on Sunday.
Sunday will also feature a 2.5/5/10km race, which is the  rescheduled final race in the Kayak Krazy winter series, as well as the CRNZ 10km Champs- https://www.canoeracing.org.nz/events/kayakkrazyfinal/

Club Relay:  6 members per team must consist of at least 3 females; 2 x U16 or younger, 2 x U18, 2 x Open.  The mix is up to you.  In all cases, younger paddlers are permitted but not older.  Each competitor races a 100m leg.  The next person may start once the nose of the predecessor passes the nose of their boat.

Mixed K2 (Junior and Open): The Junior mixed K2 must consist of one male and one female aged 16 or under.  The Open Mixed K2 must consist of one male and one female aged 17 or older.

Mixed 12&U and 14&U races:  12&U – Any combination of male/female paddlers is allowed.  14&U just need at least one paddler of a different gender.


Tikitapu 1 Lane Draw-V4 updated after TM meeting 29/11/23

Tikitapu 1 2023 Programme -4   updated after TM meeting 29/11/23

Tikitapu 1 Event Guide

ROSTER Tikitapu 1 – Saturday

ROSTER Tikitapu 1 – Sunday

Quick Rules

Team Manager form

Protest form

Remember to download the Canoe Racing NZ app for up to the minute progressions and results.

Gold Clam- Prevent the Spread
There will be increased biosecurity measures in place to ensure we meet protocols set out by the Ministry of Primary Industries to safeguard against the Gold Clam. We require and appreciate your support and cooperation to ensure we do our part to stop the spread.

Waikato Boats

As a condition of entry and in alignment with Ministry for Primary Industry and Biosecurity NZ guidance (guide link below), we require all participants arriving from the Waikato River waterway between Port Waikato and Lake Maraetai to have:

  • ‘Blasted’ their boats and paddles with water, and
  • Spray skirts (and any other absorbent materials) should be hot washed in the washing machine (>60 degrees Celsius for at least one minute), and
  • All equipment must be dry for more that 48 hours prior to entering the lake.
  • Completed the online declaration confirming compliance.

 All Other Boats

Boat Control will be conducting compliance processes on ALL boats entering the waterway, and endorsing boats to enter the water way by placing a new and specific boat control sticker on each vessel prior to its first entry onto the lake. Please ensure you have people available to assist with spraying all boats on arrival at the lake.  Equipment will be provided and staff on hand to check each boat.

The lake will be CLOSED for all vessels until 3.00pm on Friday 1 December. No paddlers are permitted onto the lake until this time and they must have fulfilled the compliance process! There will be staff at the lake checking boats and applying stickers from 10.00am.

2023 CRNZ Sports and Recognition Awards
The 2023 CRNZ Sport and Recognition Awards will be held on Saturday 2nd December following the days racing at the Tikitapu 1 canoe sprint event.

We encourage all paddlers and supporters to stay after racing to recognise and acknowledge the awards winners and their achievements and contributions to our sport. This will include a sausage sizzle for everyone.

Entry Information:

Entries open 1st November.
CRNZ-affiliated club members can  be entered by their club manager  using the Online Entry System. 
Contact your club manager/coach if you wish to race.

Non-club members can enter by completing the online entry form or contacting karen.simpson@canoeracing.org.nz 

Entries close 19th November

Entry Fees

DivisionCRNZ Club Member feeNon-club member Fee
Novice, 12&U, 14&U

16 &U, 18&U








Any queries can be directed to karen.simpson@canoeracing.org.nz 

Race Schedule and Draw

Provisional Race programme and lane draws will be published 5 days prior to the event start.

Anti-Doping- It’s more fun when it is fair

Canoe Racing NZ is committed to clean sport. We believe in protecting the health of our athletes, the integrity of our sport and the spirit of clean competition in which the best succeed.

Sports Anti-doping rules apply to all competitors, regardless of skill or ability level.

We are encouraging all entrants to get the 101 on clean sport with Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ). Clean Sport 101 is an award-winning e-learning module that takes you on a journey through key clean sport concepts in just 15-minutes. Find out what ‘clean sport’ means and what YOU can do to support it. Explore now at drugfreesport.org.nz/e-learning.

To ensure you are up to date on antidoping rules and regulations find out more at https://www.canoeracing.org.nz/performance/drug-free-sport/