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Marathon swim courses

Marathon swim courses

This map shows the probable route of the first-known Cook Strait swim, which was made from Kāpiti Island to D’Urville Island in the mid-18th century by Hinepoupou. The much shorter route taken by Barrie Devenport in 1962 is also shown. New Zealand’s other major marathon courses, Foveaux Strait and Lake Taupō, can be seen on the background map.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Open water swimming - Early New Zealand swimmers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Feb 2016