All the swims start and finish at Waterfall Creek either side of the rocky outcrop which forms the perfect natural Start / Finish beach area. The lake bed drops away quickly from here with it being covered in large, and it must be said, rather painful stones, so beware.  Admin will be in tents under the two large willows just back from the lake edge.


Event Day - Saturday 30th January 2021


• As previously there is NO On-The-Day registration (except for the 200m Little Gems & M!nt Gems). In addition:

• Due to the expected number of entrants increasing we need to have final numbers locked in by Thursday as per previous years.

• Registration by internet closes Thursday 28 January 4pm.

• The Friday afternoon, the 29th, at Kai Café is for cap and transponder pick up only.    No entry on Friday is available.

• Transponder and cap pick up on the Friday at Kai is to help minimise the transponder pickup queue on race day.

• We will be giving out spot prizes on the Friday afternoon as well as at prizegiving, again to shorten the time frames at the finish.

Race Start Zone


We will have 80 or more swimmers taking part in the  10km and 5km swims. Please enter the Lake through the The Start Zone. We will be moving the 'Separation Buoy' further across for 2021 in order to keep the flow of swimmers coming in and going out further apart.


In addition, to register actual swimmers in the lake, every swimmer will have to enter the Start Zone through a gate where we will check cap, swimmer number and that you are wearing a timing chip. We then count and double cross check timing chips upon swim completion.

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Race order and estimated timings:

Race Briefings:


The main event briefing will take place at 08.45am before the start of The Big Ruby. (There will be a shorter event briefing before the start of the Ruby10 at 6.50am). Quicker race briefings for each event will take place immediately prior to the timetabled start times as below. You should plan on being ready to go 15mins before your race. The venue at Waterfall Creek will be manned and prepped from 6.15am onwards.

Cap pick up On the day Opens 6.30am.

Prize Giving will commence approx 12.00 Noon or so...

The Ruby10 - 4 hours Starting 7.00am

      {Approx finish between 10.00 to 11.15am} 10.0km

The Ruby5 - 2 hours Starting 8.40am

      {Approx finish between 10.15 to 11.15am} 5.0km

The Iron Ruby - 1.5 hours Starting 9am

      {Approx finish between 10 to 10.40am} 3.8km


The Ruby - 1hr 10min - 2.5km

      Starting 9.15am  {Approx finish between 9.50 to 10.25am }


The Island - 15mins Starting 9.40am - 600m

     {Approx finish between 9.50am to 10.05am on Ruby Island. Water Taxi back to shore}


The Return of the Jetty - 30mins Starting 9.40am - 1.2km

     {Approx finish between 9.56am to 10.15am}


The M!nt Ruby - 10mins Starting 10.20 - 100m to 200m as req'd.

Little Gems - 10mins starting 10.30am - 200m

     {Approx Finish 10.45am}



Race Cap and Transponder pick up

is at the Kai Whakapai Cafe on the Wanaka Lake Front/corner Helwick St. from 2pm Friday 29th Jan 2021. Or on the day from 6.30am at the Waterfall Creek event site.

Please try and pick up your Race Cap and transponder prior to race day in order for us to be as efficient as possible on race day itself.