It's always exciting to see Auckland Grammar School rowers in action at regattas. Note that the list of who is rowing in which events is usually emailed to everyone 1-2 days before the regatta start date. For all regatta information and results, please visit the Rowit website.

During the season the boys will compete in up to 7 regattas in Auckland (Lake Pupuke) and Waikato. With the regatta season culminating with the Secondary Schools North Island Championships (NISS) on Lake Karapiro and the Secondary Schools National Championships (Maadi Cup regatta) held on Lake Karapiro and Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel, on alternate years.

Lake Pupuke regattas are quick and easy to get to, and generally have a smaller and more intimate feeling than the Karapiro regattas.

Regattas on Lake Karapiro are always fun and exciting, so it's well worth making the effort to come. Lake Karapiro is a beautiful setting - there's nothing nicer than sitting on the bank watching the rowing, and then getting lakeside to cheer on our boys.

It is about two hours from Auckland, so many parents just come down for the day. Lots of siblings swim in the lake so bring some togs and towels for them (and for yourselves if you think you'd like to wander away from the crowd and have a dip) as well as whatever your other kids like to do to pass the time because it can be a long day for them.

Stunning Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel is the setting for the Maadi Cup.

Always make yourself known to other Grammar supporters and please feel welcome to use the tent as your base for the day. It is a good idea to bring a folding chair, picnic rug and basket, sun block and a warm jacket. For safety and crew preparation reasons, parents are not permitted to visit the boat park. This is the domain of coaches and rowers only.

Lake Pupuke regattas

Available parking: Parking is usually available about 15 minutes' walk away around Milford Shopping Centre and Milford beach.

Arrival/departure time: rowers are expected onsite around 7am and are required to stay the full day.

Transport arrangements: no transport is provided to or from Lake Pupuke regattas, so parents will need to make their own arrangements.

Racing duration: racing starts around 8am, and finishes around 5pm.

Facilities: food and tea/coffee stalls, toilets, water tap at the back of the food stall.

Meeting point: The Rowing boats and athlete tent is located on the right hand side as you walk in from the Sylvan Park Ave entrance. Parents are welcome to come and have a look at the boat park, but please limit this to a quick look so that rowers and coaches can focus on the job at hand without ongoing distractions. Rowers are allowed to come and visit the parents' area on the supporter's bank in between their racing.

Where parents and supporters meet: parents will usually set up a number of Auckland Grammar Rowing Club umbrellas and chairs for all parents to use.

Warning: the boat park is a busy and often congested place with lots of boats being carried back and forth and many people moving around. Although rowers naturally take care to avoid colliding with onlookers when carrying boats, it's safest to assume they haven't seen you and to give them right-of-way!

End of day pack up: this can be a tiring job at the end of a long day, so we would appreciate some people committing to help with packing up the gear and taking down the tent. If both parents plan on coming, you might want to time your runs so that one parent attends the first half of the day, and the other parent the second half.

Lake Pupuke
Location of Sylvan Park Avenue, the entrance to Lake Pupuke
Lake Karapiro
Lake Karapiro, Cambridge

Lake Karapiro regattas

Available parking: there is parking behind the main event area, for $5 per day.

Where the team stays: the team usually stays at the Maungatautari Marae, past the start line up Hicks Road. There is a large kitchen and dining hall where meals are prepared for all rowers, coaches and parents who are staying that night and/or helping in the kitchen.

Accommodation options for supporters: Motel accommodation is available at Cambridge and Hamilton.

Racing duration: racing starts around 8am, and finishes around 5pm.

Facilities: food and tea/coffee stalls plus other stalls selling non-food items, toilets, showers.

Transport arrangements: students are transported to and from Auckland in vans driven by parent helpers/coaches. They are also driven between the accommodation and the regatta.

Where rowers meet: rowers meet in the boat park to rig and setup boats and the athlete tent upon arrival at the Lake. A supporters tent will be set up on the bank and act as a main base for all parents and rowers. Parents are not permitted to enter the boat park at Lake Karapiro regattas.

Where parents and supporters meet: parents and supporters congregate on the embankment nearby.

For more information visit the Lake Karapiro website.

Lake Ruataniwha regattas

Getting there: Fly to either Queenstown or Christchurch and drive 2-3 hours to Twizel. There is plenty of parking at the lake.

Where the team stays: the team will stay in a lodge in Omarama, about 20 minutes drive from the Lake. A number of parent helpers will stay at the lodge to ensure a well-functioning camp. There are a range of accommodation options for supporters in the area.

Racing duration: start and finish times vary but racing generally runs from around 8am-5.30pm.

Facilities: food and tea/coffee stalls, stalls selling non-food items, toilets.

Transport arrangements: all transport arrangements for rowers (air and van) are included within the Maadi Fees. Unfortunately we don't have sufficient funding to cover parent helpers' travel and accommodation costs, which must be paid for by the individuals concerned.

Where rowers meet: rowers are transported to Lake Ruataniwha for their races, then taken back to Omarama after racing.

Where parents and supporters meet: The supporters tent to Maadi Cup regattas, as our rowers are taken back to base in between races.


As one of the biggest high school sporting events in the southern hemisphere, the Maadi Cup is a fantastic event to be part of. Venues alternate each year between Lake Karapiro and Lake Ruataniwha at Twizel.

Getting our Maadi Cup crew, boats and gear to Twizel is a logistical feat, but well worth it - the scenery, atmosphere and excitement are second to none in high school sport.

Maadi selections are made after the North Island championships at Lake Karapiro in early March. The cost of competing in the Cup is additional to fees but we will provide parents with cost guidelines in plenty of time if their child looks likely to be a contender.

lake ruataniwha
Lake Ruataniwha, the location of the annual Maadi Cup