After being postponed due to Covid in 2020, the 2021 Waka Ama Long Distance Nationals are heading to Waitohi/Picton. Paddlers from around New Zealand are heading to Marlborough to take part in one of the largest events on the Waka Ama NZ racing calendar. This will be a spectacle you do not want to miss!
Approx. 860 paddlers are registered to compete over the two days with competitors ranging in age from 16 yrs to 70+ yrs.
Categories include Rangitahi/Youth, Female, Male, Mixed and Adaptive with 10km, 16km and 24km races.
Race start/finish line will be level with the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club.
- Due to the number of attendees, there is no parking available in Picton Marine. Parking at Memorial Park Reserve is for paddlers only. Members of the public are recommended to park in town and walk over Coathanger Bridge to Shelley Beach.
- Good viewing spots can be found at Shelley Beach, Bobs Bay Track, Snout Track, End of the Snout and Domain Lookout and Karaka Point.