The South Island or Te Waipounamu is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. It is bordered to the north by Cook Strait, to the west by the Tasman Sea, to the south and east by the Pacific Ocean.
Open Water Swimming
- Barry Devonport was the first person to swim across the Cook Strait when he crossed from North Island to South Island on 20 November 1962 in 11 hours 20 minutes.
- Several dozens of channel swimmers have since successfully crossed between North Island and South Island, many under the guidance of Philip Rush.
- In February 2020, Rob Hutchings swam 256 km along the length of the Clutha River from the outlet at Lake Wanaka in the Southern Alps to the mouth at the Pacific Ocean, escorted by Sam Blummers and Laura Tomson over the course of 4.5 days.
Clutha River Adventure
- Andy Donaldson Sets Cook Strait Record In 4 Hours 33 Minutes
- Rob Hutchings to Release Downriver Nomad
- Facing Eddies, Undertows, Rapids With Rob Hutchings
- 10K Under 10°C, Ger Kennedy Joins Cold Water Swimming A-Listers
- Youth Is Served Again And Again And Again – Caitlin O’Reilly Completes NZ Triple Crown
- New Zealand Open Water Swimming Association Kicks Off With Record Swim By Jonathan Ridler
- River Rush: Fun, Fast Freestyle with Rob Hutchings
- Catalina To The Mainland Or Mainland To Catalina?
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
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