Cook Strait

The Cook Strait lies between the North Island and South Island of New Zealand, connecting the Tasman Sea with the South Pacific Ocean. The strait is 22 km across at its narrowest point (between Cape Terawhiti and Arapawa Island), but “swims” a bit longer due to cross-currents.

Barrie Devenport completed the first Cook Strait swim in 1962, although there are Māori legends of earlier swims. Lynne Cox was the first woman, in a 1975 swim recounted in her memoir Swimming to Antarctica.

Philip Rush, who has crossed the strait eight times (including two doubles), offers piloting services and maintains a list of historical Cook Strait swims. The Cook Strait is one leg of the Oceans Seven.

Route Swims First Fastest
North Island to South Island 74 Barrie Devenport - 1962 Casey Glover - 04:37:00 (2008)
South Island to North Island 49 Perry Cameron - 1972 Denise Anderson - 05:04:00 (1986)
North Island to South Island to North Island 2 Philip Rush - 1984 Philip Rush - 16:16:00 (1984)
South Island to North Island to South Island 1 Philip Rush - 1988 Philip Rush - 18:37:00 (1988)

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Cook Strait route
Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
1962 Nov 20 Barrie Devenport M 27 North Island to South Island 23 11:20:00
1964 Feb 7 Keith Hancox M 25 North Island to South Island 23 09:34:00
1972 Jan 12 Perry Cameron M 30 South Island to North Island 23 09:36:00
1975 Feb 4 Lynne Cox F 18 North Island to South Island 23 12:07:00
1977 Feb 13 John Coutts M 19-20 North Island to South Island 23 09:25:00
1978 Feb 3 Meda McKenzie F 14-15 North Island to South Island 23 12:07:00
1978 Feb 17 Meda McKenzie F 14-15 South Island to North Island 23 11:23:00
1978 Feb 18 John Coutts M 21 South Island to North Island 23 06:46:00
1978 Dec 24 Chris Hurdley M 30 North Island to South Island 23 09:04:00
1978 Dec 24 Alan Christie M 28 North Island to South Island 23 09:05:00
1979 Feb 24 Pat Benson M 22 North Island to South Island 23 10:18:00
1980 Feb 24 Philip Rush M 16 North Island to South Island 23 08:56:00
1980 Feb 24 Mohamed El Meseery M 21 North Island to South Island 23 09:12:00
1980 Mar 10 Rhonda Smidt F 17 South Island to North Island 23 08:56:00
1980 Mar 24 Belinda Shields F 18 South Island to North Island 23 08:32:00
1980 Apr 8 Carolyn Wordsworth F 17 South Island to North Island 23 07:15:00
1981 Feb 1 John Koorey M 36-37 South Island to North Island 23 05:37:00
1981 Feb 14 Kristine Carr F 21 South Island to North Island 23 07:54:00
1981 Feb 28 Michael Quinlivan M 20 North Island to South Island 23 07:58:00
1981 Mar 14 Elizabeth Horner F 14-15 South Island to North Island 23 07:22:00
1981 Mar 30 Alan Vincent M 31 North Island to South Island 23 08:21:00
1981 May 10 Elizabeth Horner F 15 North Island to South Island 23 11:33:00
1982 Jan 17 Sheryl McLay F 21 South Island to North Island 23 06:59:00
1982 Feb 14 Karen Bisley F 15-16 South Island to North Island 23 06:46:00
1982 Feb 21 Wayne Jack M 14 North Island to South Island 23 10:02:00
1984 Mar 13 Philip Rush M 20 North Island to South Island 23 07:51:00
1984 Mar 13 Philip Rush M 20 South Island to North Island 23 08:25:00
1984 Mar 13 Philip Rush M 20 North Island to South Island to North Island 46 16:16:00
1984 Mar 26 Meda McKenzie F 21 North Island to South Island 23 11:27:00
1984 Mar 26 Meda McKenzie F 21 South Island to North Island 23 11:39:00
1984 Mar 26 Sandra Blewett F 34 North Island to South Island 23 13:30:00
1984 Mar 26 Meda McKenzie F 21 North Island to South Island to North Island 46 23:06:00
1985 Mar 29 Scott Barry M 18 South Island to North Island 23 07:51:00
1985 Mar 29 Karen Bisley F 19 North Island to South Island 23 11:11:00
1985 May 1 Donna Bouzaid F 22 North Island to South Island 23 08:15:00
1986 Jan 20 Denise Anderson F 21 South Island to North Island 23 05:04:00
1986 Feb 18 John Koorey M 42 North Island to South Island 23 06:59:00
1986 Mar 30 Helen Barrett F 16 South Island to North Island 23 06:34:00
1987 Feb 25 Ingrid Greenslade F 15 North Island to South Island 23 07:18:00
1987 Mar 23 Jeffrey Reid M 14 South Island to North Island 23 07:10:00
1987 Mar 23 Philip Rush M 23 South Island to North Island 23 08:27:00
1988 Feb 9 Philip Rush M 24 South Island to North Island 23 09:05:00
1988 Feb 9 Philip Rush M 24 North Island to South Island 23 09:32:00
1988 Feb 9 Philip Rush M 24 South Island to North Island to South Island 46 18:37:00
1988 Feb 12 Richard Davey M South Island to North Island 23 07:17:00
1989 Feb 18 Karena Doig F 15 South Island to North Island 23 08:31:00
1994 Feb 5 Myra Willianson F 19 North Island to South Island 23 08:01:00
1996 Mar 25 Taranath Narayan Shenoy M 36-37 South Island to North Island 23 07:46:00
1996 Mar 26 Jo Kane F 40 North Island to South Island 23 10:52:00
1998 Mar 9 Romdas Rupali F 16 South Island to North Island 23 19:44:00
1999 Feb 8 Thomas Pearson M 42 South Island to North Island 23 06:50:00
1999 Mar 10 Tammy Van Wisse F 30 North Island to South Island 23 06:49:00
2001 Mar 6 Grainne Moss F 31 North Island to South Island 23 12:25:00
2001 Mar 16 Kate Johns F 14 North Island to South Island 23 07:06:00
2001 Mar 17 Yvonne Merrill F 39 North Island to South Island 23 11:05:00
2003 Mar 25 Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty F 33 North Island to South Island 23 09:04:00
2003 Apr 11 Jeremy Gray M 21 North Island to South Island 23 07:25:00
2004 Jan 16 David Yudovin M 52 North Island to South Island 23 09:38:00
2004 Mar 5 James Pittar M 34 South Island to North Island 23 08:31:00
2004 Mar 15 Chris Hains M South Island to North Island 23 07:24:00
2004 Mar 25 John Gatfield M 13 South Island to North Island 23 08:08:00
2005 Feb 20 Aditya Santosh Raut M 11 North Island to South Island 23 09:09:00
2005 Mar 4 Cara Sibtsen F 17 South Island to North Island 23 05:48:00
2005 Mar 4 Tania Hockings F 17 South Island to North Island 23 05:48:00
2006 Feb 10 Robert Binney M 43 North Island to South Island 23 07:11:00
2006 Apr 5 Penny Palfrey F 43 South Island to North Island 23 08:26:00
2007 Feb 8 T Scott Coleman M 52 North Island to South Island 23 10:27:32
2007 Feb 25 Jei Zhang F 19 South Island to North Island 23 08:03:00
2007 Mar 10 Daniel Kennedy M 45 South Island to North Island 23 11:00:00
2007 Apr 9 Hana Wolzak F 46 South Island to North Island 23 08:44:00
2007 Apr 22 Stephanie Bennington F 13 North Island to South Island 23 08:10:35
2008 Jan 31 Forrest Nelson M 42 North Island to South Island 23 11:56:00
2008 Apr 13 Casey Glover M 21 North Island to South Island 23 04:37:00
2008 Apr 14 Susan Freeland F 43 North Island to South Island 23 11:09:00
2009 Feb 18 Andrew Rowan M 30 North Island to South Island 23 07:29:08
2009 Mar 20 Pam Dickson F 55 North Island to South Island 23 09:23:10
2009 Apr 3 Peter Cook M 39 North Island to South Island 23 08:52:35
2010 Mar 8 Michelle Macy F 32 North Island to South Island 23 08:02:00
2010 Mar 8 Stephen Junk M 49 North Island to South Island 23 08:08:00
2010 Mar 9 Emily Morris F 27 North Island to South Island 23 09:58:00
2011 Feb 24 Andrea O'Fee F 23 North Island to South Island 23 07:08:00
2011 Feb 28 Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica M 36 North Island to South Island 23 08:49:00
2011 Apr 12 Emma Aitken F 23 North Island to South Island 23 09:31:00
2012 Jan 17 Tom Hecker M 60 South Island to North Island 23 10:36:00
2012 Feb 17 Stephen Redmond M 46 South Island to North Island 23 12:19:00
2012 Mar 5 Kimberley Chambers F 34 South Island to North Island 23 08:26:00
2013 Feb 18 Jason Coombe M 42 North Island to South Island 23 10:32:00
2013 Feb 19 Mark Krynen M 53 North Island to South Island 23 12:32:00
2013 Mar 21 Darren Miller M 29 North Island to South Island 23 10:42:00
2013 Mar 21 Craig Lenning M 33 North Island to South Island 23 10:52:00
2013 Mar 22 Daniel Abel M 37 South Island to North Island 23 06:15:00
2013 Apr 8 Anna-Carin Nordin F 42 South Island to North Island 23 08:18:00
2013 Dec 10 Phillipa Wrenn F 26 South Island to North Island 23 08:42:00
2014 Mar 11 Simon Olliver M 49 North Island to South Island 23 08:36:00
2014 Apr 22 Adam Walker M 35 North Island to South Island 23 08:36:00
2014 Dec 16 Anna Plunkett F 17 North Island to South Island 23 07:43:45
2015 Mar 3 Toshio Ogawa M 60 South Island to North Island 23 11:51:59
2016 Feb 3 Patti Bauernfeind F 49 South Island to North Island 23 08:09:28
2016 Mar 18 Marilyn Korzekwa F 58 South Island to North Island 23 11:34:08
2016 Apr 16 Tim Robinson M 41 North Island to South Island 23 09:42:22
2017 Jan 23 Steven Kennedy M 26 North Island to South Island 23 08:45:32
2017 Jan 23 Zoltan Boros M 38 North Island to South Island 23 08:45:32
2017 Feb 19 Marty Filipowski M 53 North Island to South Island 23 09:06:14
2017 Feb 20 Kevin Cassidy M 56-57 South Island to North Island 23 09:07:34
2017 Feb 24 Caitlin O'Reilly F 12 North Island to South Island 23 07:19:56
2017 Mar 10 Jim Barber M 57 North Island to South Island 23 06:27:41
2017 Mar 19 Antonio Argüelles M 57 North Island to South Island 23 11:22:17
2017 Mar 23 Chloe Harris F 24 North Island to South Island 23 07:17:24
2017 Apr 22 Attila Mányoki M 43 South Island to North Island 23 06:57:49
2018 Jan 27 Ion Lazarenco Tiron M 40 North Island to South Island 23 11:06:59
2018 Feb 8 Paul Feltoe M 43-44 North Island to South Island 23 09:04:11
2018 Feb 9 Rohan More M 32 North Island to South Island 23 08:37:54
2018 Feb 9 Julie Isbill F 43-44 North Island to South Island 23 08:43:10
2018 Feb 11 Royce Evans M 32 South Island to North Island 23 06:13:48
2018 Feb 24 Anthony McCarley M 58 South Island to North Island 23 11:23:00
2018 Feb 24 Abhejali Bernardová F 41 North Island to South Island 23 13:09:48
2018 Mar 11 Steve Walker M 50 South Island to North Island 23 12:17:00
2018 Mar 11 Cameron Bellamy M 35 South Island to North Island 23 12:44:00
2018 Nov 14 Lynton Mortensen M 54 North Island to South Island 23 14:14:00
2018 Dec 14 Thomas Pembroke M 29 North Island to South Island 23 06:57:00
2019 Jan 29 Kieron Palframan M 44 North Island to South Island 23 NA:NA:00
2019 Mar 15 Sarah Thomas F 36 North Island to South Island 23 14:09:00
2019 Mar 30 Nora Toledano Cadena F 49 North Island to South Island 23 09:54:00
2019 Mar 30 Elizabeth Fry F 60 North Island to South Island 23 09:54:00
2019 Mar 30 Mariel Hawley Dávila F 51 North Island to South Island 23 11:45:00
2019 May 2 André Wiersig M 46 South Island to North Island 23 08:02:00

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