Welcome to Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATS)

RATs is a triathlon and multisport club catering for all levels of ability and activity, from beginners to Olympic hopefuls.

Our training sessions are open to all and you can participate at your own level.

So if you’re not already a member, check out our Facebook page, try a training session or two, join up and get involved!

AGM – 8 October

Our club AGM was on Monday 8 October at 6.30 pm – At our fave AGM venue, the Pig & Whistle.

Our club is in great shape, and we now have some fresh committee members to take over the reins and help our club continue to move forward!!

Your committee for 2018 is: Graham Perks, Kiri Kepa, Shirley Day, Cheryl Kessack, Sharon Grinter and Catherine Olds as secretary. Lee Meijer will remain as treasurer.

Thank you to our out-going committee members Melissa Waller, Vicki Wheeler, Donna Dunkley, Carol Harwood and Nicola Muggeridge.

AGM minutes

Subs are now due for 2018/2019 Season

At the AGM, subs were discussed at agreed to be set at the following rates for the year 1 Nov 2018 – 31 Oct 2019:

Adult (23+): $45. Includes Tri NZ full or social membership
Junior (16-23): $30. Includes Tri NZ full membership
Child (up to 15): $10. Includes Tri NZ social membership

The subs have increased for the first time in a number of years. However this is due to the introduction of the compulsory Tri NZ affiliation for each triathlon club member.

Life Members
You will be emailed a promo code to use in the new system. Please contact us if you have not received this.

A full Tri NZ membership means you do not have to pay racing license fees for affiliated events.

Sign up here

RATs Club Nights – Summer 2018-2019!

We will be starting up our Monday Summer Club Nights with our now-traditional Blue Lake swim on Monday 22 October at 9.30 am. More details to follow shortly on this opening session.

We have created a Summer Club Night Calendar for you to view, print out, stick on the fridge, whatever. Check it out here.

Ecomist Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2019

26-27 January 2019

2019 information can be found here

Enter here.

GoPhysio Aquathon (5.5km run; 800m swim)
Lumberjax Mini Golf Kids Triathlon (100m swim; 2km ride; 1km run)
Swim T3 YHA Open Water Swim (750m and 2km options)
Cyclezone Sprint Tri (750m swim; 16km ride; 5.5km run)
Tikitapu Taster Tri (400m swim; 8km ride; 2-3km run)
Podium 5.5km Fun Run/Walk
or enter the Feed Your Fuel Mountain Jade King/Queen of the Lake series!

Ironman Aid Station

Many thanks to our Ironman volunteers! Another fabulous Bike Aid Station!
IM Volees

Wetsuit Hire

RATs has wetsuits in a range of sizes for our members to borrow. Cost is $100 bond which is returned to you when the wetsuit comes back. Great opportunity for those looking to get into open water swimming or triathlon but aren’t sure about making the leap to buying a wetsuit.
You will need to fill in this form and email Rats to arrange a hire.

RATS Club Champs -New Qualification System

We have rejigged our Club Champs so that members can look to achieve points at a range of events across the year, including RATs events.

These are still in draft format however we plan to progress with this or something very close to it. As a minimum, it will help you identify the events and sessions you can attend in order for your results to be considered in our Club Champs tally. Check it out here.

Financial Awards

A reminder that any RATs financial member can apply to the committee for a Financial Award. This is a way for members to apply for financial assistance to achieve their goal. More information can be found here.


The club is now on Instagram. Give the account a follow AND when you’re uploading your own relevant pics, use the hashtag #ratsrotorua

RATs Strava Club

We have set up a club on Strava – request to join! It is a good way to find other training partners or see where others RATs are running and riding to get some inspiration – and also we will be running a few Strava challenges for members over the off-season to keep you motivated.

Blue Lake Buoy distances

Blue Lake – Distances between buoys Updated 26/01/2016

Buoy number, starting at Ski Club end Distance between (m) Distance from beach (m), ONE WAY
Beach 0
1 50 50
2 92 142
3 108 250
4 100 350
5 90 440
6 80 520
7 110 630
8 90 720
9 130 850
10 100 950
11 80 1030
12 100 1130
13 80 1210
14 100 1310
15 60 1370
Far Beach 40 1410