SKI NZ - Are you ready for the challenge?

  • 15.November.2018

2 March to 9 March 2019

"Ski-NZ is an adrenalin packed adventure on a PWC, travelling via some of the most amazing coastline & scenery that New Zealand has to offer".

Participants will experience an action-packed and fun filled week as they navigate the Coromandel coastline south from Tutukaka to Tauranga.

Along the way, riders will be taking in amazing sights & raise funds for a chosen charity. Participants can expect to ride to many iconic spots along the way with a like minded group of adventurers....all in the name of fun & fundraising.



Raise funds and join Ski-nZ to experience over 700 kms of New Zealand’s coastline in the best possible way. If you’re an adrenalin junkie or just love a good adventure then this is 2019’s must do event. Lock it in today!


Sat 2nd March: Scrutineering & registration at Tutukaka followed by briefing & dinner
Sun 3rd March: Tutukaka to Omaha via Hen & Chickens
Mon 4th March: Omaha -Little Barrier-Great Barrier and return
Tue 5th March: Omaha to Auckland via Puhoi
Wed 6th March: Auckland to Coromandel via Waiheke
Thu 7th March: Coromandel to Whitianga
Fri 8th March: Day off in Whitianga
Sat 9th March: Whitianga to Tauranga

Please note: ‘The plan’ is always subject to weather. Ski-nZ has so far been lucky in the past with weather, losing only five days out of 38 planned. It is always possible that a particular event could be quite adversely affected by weather. The decision to ride or not on any given day rests with the Event Director and his management team. Safety is critical to each individual participant and important to the success and longevity of this event. In the event that a ride is cancelled on any given day, other activities will be planned and there may be an option to make up for lost time on the following days.


Ski-nZ will be held each year to raise funds that will help the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ achieve its goals. Participants will need to raise a minimum amount in tax deductible sponsorship to enter. Those amounts are:
Whole event: $1000
Casual Day Rate: $265
Application fee: $95

OTBT entry fee: $600
Participants are encouraged to compete with fellow participants to see who can raise the most sponsorship. 


Safety is the first priority for Ski-nZ. Travelling with you on Ski-nZ will be an experienced team, including medical support, mechanics, PWC experts and on-water recovery crews. A support boat will be provided when it is thought necessary for safety and at other times if one is available. In keeping with the high safety standards participants will be required to wear a life jacket, full face helmet, eye protection, gloves, shoes, and a full length rash suit or wet suit for sun protection. Carriage of an individual Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) or a satellite based tracking system is mandatory. New participants will need to provide details of their PWC riding experience. Riders with minimal experience may be asked to attend a registered PWC licensing course. The Event Director will make the final decision as to whether a rider may or may not ride in the event.


One of the benefits of Ski-nZ is that it gives PWC riders the ability to view New Zealand’s amazing coastline and waterways from a perspective that is unavailable to most people. This brings with it a responsibility to preserve this treasured environment and leave it as we found it. Ski-nZ acknowledges and applies the values of the Department of Conservation in all it does. Ski-nZ pledges to be conscious at all times of the local wildlife and their habitats and to leave a good impression on all we come into contact with.


To be eligible for the Ski-nZ event, personal water craft must be sit down, not stand up and must be newer than 2010.  Download the Event Guide and Rules

PWCs will be required to pass a scrutineering check at registration prior to the event commencing. Download the Scrutineering Form as guidance for this and bring the form and your PWC with you to registration. 


Each day riders will ride their PWCs from A to B to C etc. After each day's ride the PWCs will be retrieved from the water and refueled. They will remain on trailers over night then will be launched again the next morning for that day's ride. This means that a driver, vehicle and trailer is required to accompany each rider. Entrants who may have difficulty with this can usually share logistics with other riders. The use of tandem or larger trailers is popular on the event. Spaces are normally available on these trailers. Drivers are available for a small cost. You can also rent a PWC on a trailer for the event. Contact Jeremy at to discuss.


There has already been strong interest from riders from other countries. Please be assured we will make you most welcome in our beautiful country. Please contact the Event Director at to discuss the logistics of bringing your PWC to NZ or of renting a PWC and trailer for the event. Contact us for our international package deal & terms & conditions for overseas participants. 


Please contact the Event Director on to discuss how this could work for your team.


You will need to raise a minimum, fully tax deductible donation of $1000 as mentioned above. Download the fundraising page for ideas on how to raise this. It’s actually not that difficult. Check out the Prostate Foundation of NZ page to see who & why you are fundraising for.

A $95 application fee must be submitted with your application form. A $600 entry fee is to be paid to OTBT & a provisions and merchandise levy is payable by all riders and ground crew. The cost is to be advised and will be set to cover costs only. 

The levy for Ski-nZ will likely cover the welcome/briefing dinner in Tutukaka on Saturday 2nd March and then lunch and dinner every day through to the Saturday night final function in Tauranga. Breakfasts are not normally included. Breakfasts will be at the discretion of each participant. Lunches are not normally provided on days off.

Included merchandise will consist of an event t-shirt. A rash shirt will be available for purchase by pre-order at an extra cost.

Dinners will usually be at a set venue. Lunches may sometimes be high quality box lunches while on the go. Ski-nZ will work to ensure that all dining experiences are of a very high quality. Ski-nZ will not be profiting from the provisions and merchandise levy. The levy will only cover the costs to Ski-nZ of providing the meals and merchandise. 


You will need to book your own accommodation. A list of negotiated accommodation recommendations is provided. See Accommodation list


See the Gear List for compulsory & recommended gear required for the trip


To register for Ski-NZ, simply complete form online or download and fill in one Rider Application for Entry form per ski entered and return with a $95 entry fee. Ground crew members will need to fill in a Ground Crew form.

If not completed online, please return completed forms to the OTBT by post or email to:

Postal Address: TBA
Phone: 021-405-753 (Melanie)

Numbers may need to be limited, so register soon.

Download the Event Guide and Rules

Contact Jeremy Burfoot on or 021 213 2056 with any queries 

Keep updated with event details by joining our Ski-nZ Facebook Page


OTBT is seeking sponsors for their Ski-nZ event. Please contact us to see our Sponsorship Proposal & for more information

OTBT NZ & Ski-nZ 2019 Proudly supports the Prostate & Testicular Cancer Foundation.

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