Foveaux Strait

The Foveaux Strait lies between the South Island and Stewart Island (Rakiura), in the far south of New Zealand. The strait is 28.6 km wide at its narrowest, and is subject to unstable weather and strong surface currents.

John van Leeuwen completed the first crossing of the Foveaux Strait in 1963. Meda McKenzie was the first woman in 1979. The swim is one leg of the New Zealand Triple Crown.

Route Swims First Fastest
South Island to Stewart Island 6 John van Leeuwen - 1963 Todd Utteridge - 08:40:00 (1989)
Stewart Island to South Island 2 Chloe Harris - 2016 Chloe Harris - 08:30:00 (2016)
Foveaux Strait route
Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
1963 Feb 7 John van Leeuwen M South Island to Stewart Island 28.6 13:36:00
1979 Mar 20 Meda McKenzie F 15-16 South Island to Stewart Island 28.6 14:00:00
1984 Mar 24 Belinda Shields F 22 South Island to Stewart Island 28.6 09:53:00
1985 Feb 13 Michael Quinlivan M 23-24 South Island to Stewart Island 28.6 09:41:00
1988 Feb 11 Sandra Blewett F 37-38 South Island to Stewart Island 28.6 12:05:00
1989 Feb 15 Todd Utteridge M South Island to Stewart Island 28.6 08:40:00
2016 Feb 1 Chloe Harris F 22-23 Stewart Island to South Island 28.6 08:30:00
2017 Feb 19 Simon Olliver M 52 Stewart Island to South Island 28.6 08:53:00

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