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Onetangi Beach Races

17 Feb 2019

  • Horses racing in the Onetangi Beach Races
  • Beachside crowd at the Onetangi Beach Races
  • Kidz karts racing at the Onetangi Beach Races

Sunday 17 February 2019, 10.00am - Sunday 17 February 2019, 4.00pm


Onetangi Beach, The Strand, Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island

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Michelle Barber

027 275 3717


We're looking forward to the 2019 Onetangi Beach Races being better than ever.

We welcome back our Platinum sponsor Sealegs who will dazzle us with the Sealegs races.

There will be horse races, kids cart races, tractor races, SegWai races, dog races by The Dog Depot and the ever popular Hospitality tent providing lunch by Urban Escargot and local wine, beer and soft drinks.

We’re thrilled to have Sealegs, Fullers, Waiheke Local Board, Gulf News, Sealink and Downer signed up as sponsors again this year.

Visitors to the island’s iconic beach races are being urged to book accommodation now, with the date set for Sunday 17 February 2019.

Onetangi Beach Races logistics coordinator, Steve Hall, says timing of the races is dependent on having a low tide around midday to allow the maximum beach area for racing, and sufficient time to set up and pack down either side of that.

“With the island nearing capacity during summer months, planning ahead has never been more critical for those who want to enjoy the weekend and stay on the island during the races,” he said. In 2017, over 125 launches were anchored in Onetangi Bay to view the event.

"The Rotary Club of Waiheke relies on the success of the Onetangi Beach Races and our other fundraising events to be able to contribute to the local community. We also assist youths to reach their full potential by way of Rotary’s many programs, including the science and technology forum, Rotary youth leadership awards.

"We also contribute internationally, particularly in the Pacific Islands, when there have been cyclones, tsunamis and other disasters. All these efforts cost money, so we really appreciate the contributions of the many sponsors and volunteers to ensure we can help out.”

Rotary Waiheke puts on the beach races each year. The aim is twofold. One is to provide a fun family day and the other is as a fundraiser for Rotary. In 2017, nearly $23,000 was raised and given back to the community. In 2016/17 the Rotary Club of Waiheke Island donated $78,458 under four main areas: Waiheke Youth, International Services and the Waiheke Community and the new AED Defibrillators project. For example, in 2017, Waiheke High School received grants for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, Robotics and Technology Forum plus more.

There is tremendous support from the local community. From businesses donating items for the Silent Auction, to Downer providing free traffic management. Also there are individual volunteers, last year we had 5 key clubs help provide 10 members each to help with safety and running the event.