Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand. The long axis of the lake (NE / SW) was first swum by Margaret Sweeney in 1955. A slightly longer route, 40.2 km between Taupo and Little Waihi, was subsequently established as the canonical lengthwise route. Philip Rush and Sandra Blewett are the only swimmers to complete two-way lengthwise crossings (80.4 km).

An unofficial list of Lake Taupo swims is maintained by Anna Marshall - see FortyPointTwo. Lake Taupo is one leg of the New Zealand Triple Crown.

Route Swims First Fastest
Little Waihi to Taupo 26 Philip Rush - 1985 Philip Rush - 10:14:58 (1985)
Taupo to Little Waihi 3 Jason Papps - 2008 Eliza Cummings - 11:49:49 (2019)
Taupo-Waihi-Taupo 2 Philip Rush - 1985 Philip Rush - 23:05:00 (1985)
Lake Taupo route
Date Name Gender Age Nation Route Km Time
1955 NA NA Margaret Sweeney F Stump Bay to Taupo 35 13:29:00
1977 Jan NA Patrick Cox M Lake Taupo: S-N NA 12:54:00
1977 NA NA Bill Rout M Lake Taupo: S-N NA 11:31:00
1978 Feb 25 Chris Hurdley M 29-30 Stump Bay to Taupo 35 10:47:00
1978 Feb 25 John Coutts M 21-22 Stump Bay to Taupo 35 10:47:00
1978 Feb 25 Pat Benson M 21-22 Stump Bay to Taupo 35 10:47:00
1978 Feb 25 Sandra Blewett F 27-28 Stump Bay to Taupo 35 10:47:00
1980 Feb 16 Mohamed El Meseery M 20-21 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 12:43:00
1980 Feb 16 Philip Rush M 16 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 12:52:00
1980 Feb 16 John Coutts M 22-23 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 12:55:00
1980 Feb 16 Carolyn Wordsworth F 16-17 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 14:08:00
1980 Feb 16 Rhonda Smidt F 16-17 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 15:18:00
1980 Mar NA Belinda Shields F Lake Taupo: S-N NA 15:58:00
1981 NA NA John Coutts M Lake Taupo: N-S NA 11:39:00
1983 Feb 12 Sheryl McLay F 22 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 11:58:00
1984 Feb NA Michael Quinlivan M Lake Taupo: S-N NA NA:NA:00
1984 NA NA Karen Bisley F Stump Bay to Taupo 35 10:40:00
1985 Jan 14 Philip Rush M 21 Taupo-Waihi-Taupo 80.4 23:05:00
1985 Mar 10 Philip Rush M 21 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 10:14:58
1986 Feb 27 Sandra Blewett F 35-36 Taupo-Waihi-Taupo 80.4 33:21:00
1987 Jan 14 Ingrid Greenslade F 14-15 Lake Taupo: S-N NA 11:52:00
1988 Mar 20 Stephen Rainbow M Lake Taupo: S-N NA 11:42:00
1990 Mar 15 Kaine Thompson M Lake Taupo: S-N NA 11:13:58
2002 Feb 8 Trish Coley F Lake Taupo: S-N NA 18:39:51
2002 Feb 9 Corry Decker F Lake Taupo: S-N NA 13:19:25
2007 Jan NA Blain Cox M Stump Bay to Taupo 35 16:01:00
2008 Feb 24 Jason Papps M 28 Taupo to Little Waihi 40.2 12:38:10
2008 Mar 11 Anna Marshall F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 11:26:58
2009 Mar NA Ben Campbell-MacDonald M Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 11:45:00
2010 Apr 2 Stephanie Bennington F 16 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 11:54:00
2011 Mar 2 Pam Dickson F 56 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 13:54:00
2013 Feb 25 Casey Glover M 26 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 10:52:48
2014 Feb 16 Katrina Price F 40 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:45:46
2015 Feb 22 Simon Olliver M 50 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:50:00
2015 Mar 21 Heather Osborne F 51-52 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 15:37:45
2016 Feb 8 Holly Cassin F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 15:51:15
2016 Feb 22 Mike Cochrane M 34 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:29:53
2017 Feb 15 Kim Sherwen F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 12:31:00
2017 Feb 26 Samuel Muir-James M 31 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:58:03
2017 Dec 22 Chloe Harris F 24-25 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 13:49:00
2018 Jan 20 Hannah Drury F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:19:00
2018 Jan 30 Gabrielle Gunn F 61 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 16:31:00
2018 Feb 4 Alice Sagar F 37-38 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 12:35:00
2018 Feb 15 Hayley Underwood F 43-44 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:13:00
2018 Feb 18 Angela Moir F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 15:38:08
2018 Mar 6 Vicky Tate F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 15:04:00
2019 Jan 27 Mike Cochrane M 37 Te Papa Bay to Waitahanui Beach 30.1 10:48:00
2019 Jan 27 Alice Sagar F 38-39 Te Papa Bay to Waitahanui Beach 30.1 10:48:00
2019 Feb 4 Helen Conway F 42-43 Taupo to Little Waihi 40.2 14:43:00
2019 Feb 9 Steve McKain M 49 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 13:00:53
2019 Feb 14 Caitlin O'Reilly F 13-14 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 13:27:00
2019 Feb 19 Andrew Powell M Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 16:30:00
2019 Feb 27 Bronwyn Copeland F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 11:59:05
2019 Mar 6 Jacquelyn Schirmer F Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 15:18:00
2019 Mar 12 David Edgar M 46-47 Little Waihi to Taupo 40.2 14:59:00
2019 Mar 19 Eliza Cummings F 23-24 Taupo to Little Waihi 40.2 11:49:49

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