University of Waikato Rowing Club

The University of Waikato Rowing Club is a student-only club based at the Waikato Rowing Club, with boat-sheds located on the Waikato River and at Lake Karapiro. Available to University of Waikato students, the club provides distinctive opportunities for rowers of all grades and also offers special programmes for first timers (novice).

Club members train hard during the season and compete in a multitude of regattas throughout the year, while also placing a large emphasis on club culture and social occasions. The club has a long-term goal of becoming the number one university rowing club in New Zealand and is consistently featured in the top end of teams at tertiary events.

There are no trials, everyone is welcome! Get in touch to find out about when training and events start!


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The University of Waikato Rowing Club is a member of University of Waikato Sports Clubs (UWSC)

Tertiary events

As well as attending regular club regattas throughout the season, the University of Waikato Rowing Club members also have the opportunity to join Team Waikato and represent the University at two tertiary rowing events:

Aon New Zealand University Rowing Championships

Held in April each year, the Aon New Zealand University Rowing Championships is the official New Zealand National Championships for university rowing teams and includes events for both championship and novice rowers.

In 2018, the regatta took place on April 21 at Karapiro in Cambridge.

Battle of the Bombays

This annual one-day inter-tertiary regatta will put the University of Waikato against rivals Auckland University, and Victoria University of Waikato on Saturday 18 August 2018. The event is held at home on the Waikato River, meaning students must navigate the river’s currents in order to finish the fastest. The event caters for both novice and championship rowers, and the team with the most points at the end of the day takes home the historic Battle of the Bombays Shield.

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High performance

The University of Waikato works in partnership with Rowing New Zealand to support talented rowers. Find out how the University provides athlete support.