Our rowing crews have experienced success at a number of school regattas. We would love to continue this progress by recruiting more students to our rowing programme.

Rowing is a competitive and challenging sport that is raced on some of the most picturesque lakes in NZ. Commitment and respect for a demanding sport is needed. Along with rowing technique, we teach you time management, self-discipline and sports nutrition.

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Rowing is best suited to students in Year 9 and above. However, Year 8 students who are keen should still contact Mrs Rogerson to see if they are suitable. Year 8 students will focus on building up to racing in Year 9, with reduced trainings each week. Students in Year 9 and above train throughout the week in preparation for regattas over the summer.

We compete in both club and secondary school regattas with our goal to be highly competitive at the North Island Secondary School and NZ Secondary School regattas.

The Maadi Cup is the pinnacle event for college rowing and is the largest secondary school sporting event in NZ. Aquinas has had a proud history of students representing the school at this event. Television coverage of the event has made it one of the highlights of the NZ sporting calendar.



Boys’ and girls’ crews from Novice through to U15 and U18.


Is a combination of before school, after school and weekends. Students make their own way to the Tauranga Rowing Club.

In Term 4, students train and race with students from ACG Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Boys’ College and Otumoetai College. In the New Year and Term 1, students race for Aquinas College in the lead-up to Maadi Cup in March.


October – March: Regular Competition
North Island Secondary Schools Rowing (Lake Karapiro)
NZ Secondary School Rowing – Maadi (Lake Karapiro/Lake Ruataniwha)


For club regattas, students wear Tauranga Rowing Club rowsuits. For school regattas, rowers wear Aquinas College rowsuits. Casual sport apparel for trainings.


All equipment is provided by the Tauranga Rowing Club.


Fees for rowers is estimated at $1,800, with reduced fees for coxswains. If students comit for the season then withdraw they will still be required to pay eighty per cent of the fee. Payment plans are available.

There is an additional cost for crews that qualify for the NZSS Rowing Championship (Maadi Cup).