SUP Team Challenge - Kai Iwi Lakes
10-11 March 2018

The event

The first North Island SUP Team Challenge will be held at the beautiful Kai Iwi lakes, just north of Dargaville. The racing will happen on the lake right next to the camp site, which will be the base for all the competitors (plus family, friends) to stay, which should make fo a fabulous weekend! Racing right outside your 'front door'...



We have detailed a few of the events but not all, as we want you coming prepared for anything! Teams can expect to be confronted with a wide variety of challenges, all of which will involve the paddleboard, and each member of the team will be the 'team champion' for at least one of the events... Beyond that, we're saying no more!

Friday 09 March

Arrivals, set up camp. Early registration from 6pm-8pm

Saturday 10 March

0800 Registration
0830 Briefing
0915 EVENT 1: ???
1015 EVENT 2: ???
1100 EVENT 3: ???
1215 EVENT 4: Problem solving challenge (All team members involved)
1315 EVENT 5: ???
1400 EVENT6: Treasure hunt. (All team members involved)
1530 free time
1800 Social event.

Sunday 11 March

0900 EVENT 7: ???
0945 Novice and junior race (for family youngsters etc, hangers on, team cooks, anybody not already in teams who hasn’t had a go. Not scoring.)
1030 EVENT 8: ???
1200 EVENT 9: ???
1300 EVENT 10: Team relay race (All team members involved)

1400 - ‘No Holds Barred’ Open Race, if there is the demand. Not part of team champs, but for those who want to burn off any remaining energy. To include a surfboard class, so the event boards can be used too. More info here.

1500 Prize giving


The Location

The Taharoa domain is a 538 ha recreation reserve containing three freshwater lakes known as the Kai Iwi Lakes; crystal clear freshwater lakes created more than 1.8 million years ago.

The lakes have shallow water at the edges, making them absolutely perfect for easy paddleboarding and the fun events of the Team Challenge.

The base for the competition will be at the Pine Beach campsite right there at the water's edge, and all the challenges will happen just out in front of the competition area.


The Event Board

All boards will be supplied!!! (Other than for the full-on open class SUP race at the end, if there are enough people wanting this). The world's best selling inflatable board brand Red Paddle Co, along with their NZ distributor Paddleboarding NZ is very kindly sponsoring these events with a fleet of Voyager 13'2s, the perfect board for this challenge. Fast, yet stable and easy to paddle, and with enough volume to float several riders, it's a super versatile platform that you're just going to love riding.

There will also be paddles available but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

red paddle co


Getting There

The Kai Iwi Lakes are situated 35km northwest of Dargaville. The domain can be reached by travelling along State Highway 12 to the junction of Omamari Road which is well signposted. It is a further 11km along Omamari Road and then Kai Iwi Lakes Road to the domain.


Accommodation & Facilities

The Pine Beach campsite has wash and shower facilities, two flushing toilet blocks, and playground. In the summer there are seasonal services including a mobile shop, and camp staff are on site. Most of the camping are is non powered, but there are a limited number of powered sites, at an extra charge of $10 per night. (Please note that the campsites have a strict no-pets policy).

Please note also that there is a strict no-fires policy in operation all around the domain. Cooking must be with gas only. No Webbers, braziers, BBQs etc.

Camp Ground Bookings and Prices Contact the Kai Iwi Lakes Office
Ph/Fax: (09) 439 0986
E-Mail: (please tell them that you will be part of the SUP Team Challenge competition).

For those not keen on camping, there is plenty of accommodation of all types in Dargaville, but half the fun of the weekend will be the onsite activities and cameraderie

Other Attractions

The Taharoa Domain reserve's beautiful crystal clear Kai Iwi Lakes are ideal for safe kayaking, windsurfing, boating and water skiing. (Please note that normal Maritime Rules apply on all waterways - boats are restricted to a speed of no more than 5 knots within 200 metres of the shore.). The fishing is spectacular; as well as succulent rainbow trout the lakes are teeming with koura, crabs, freshwater mussels, native and exotic fish. And the swimming is awesome, especially for youngsters, as the lakes are rimmed by warm shallow water just perfect for splashing around in.

Explore and enjoy bush and open country walking and cycling tracks. The native wildlife and revegetation programme make this a premier Northland reserve close to surf beaches, Waipoua Forest and other Kauri Coast and Northland attractions.An extensive walking track system has been developed within the reserve. Sheltered camping and picnic facilities are also available for visitors to the area. The Taharoa Domain is 2.5 km from the Tasman Sea. Walkway access to the coast is available though an adjoining farm property west of the domain. The nearest road access to the coast is at Omamari 8km to the south.


Our grateful thanks to our event sponsors!!