WE LOVE DRAGON BOATING!

Collective of teams and clubs

We are more than a Regional Sports Organisation (RSO), we are part club, part fraternity but mostly a community.

We support all our teams so they can train, run events together, notably the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta and the Auckland Regional Dragon Boat Championships. We built our reputation on good sportsmanship and having a passion for making dragon boat racing available to everyone.  We have a great network of sweeps, paddlers, and coaches who help make this non-profit initiative fun and rewarding.

Dragon boating started in Auckland in 1988 with over 1,000 participants annually. ​We formally incorporated in 2008 (society registration number 2166967) and a registered charity (registration number CC44176) run by the paddlers for the paddlers, enabling us to key costs low and train all year round with regular racing. ​


Our goal

Our goal is to promote, facilitate and develop the sport of Dragon Boating within the Auckland region, by providing training facilities, equipment, support craft, rescue operators, mentoring and events.

Our teams are currently made up of:

  • Breast cancer survivor teams
  • Mixed - open ages
  • Womens - open ages and Senior A (40+)
  • Secondary School U19 Mixed
  • Secondary School U19 Girls
  • Secondary Schools U19 Boys

Our members range from the age of 12 to 88 - Dragon Boating is a sport for every age. 

We train in two locations in Auckland:

  • Westhaven Marina (All year)
  • Lake Pupuke (Jan - Mar)


Our vision 

We, the Auckland Dragon Boat Association facilitates a regionally based safe, supportive, fun and professionally focused sports programme aimed towards participation by community groups, youth and adult based teams.

Easy to join, accessible to both individuals and groups, catering for all levels from social to the competitive/elite sports persons and teams.

Feedback on how to make it better is always welcome so please email us at chair@adba.co.nz or alternative complete our feedback form.


Our policies

Make It Greener

We ask all participants to not only take out what rubbish they bring to training and races but pick up any extras left in the areas we use.  Lets make our universe a cleaner place every day.


Zero Tolerance to Alcohol and Drugs

Auckland Dragon Boat Association has zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and drugs.  World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules apply, please see IDBF website.

No alcohol is to be consumed within the 12 hours before the use of a Dragon Boat.


Our affliliation

Auckland Dragon Boat Association (ADBA) is the Regional Sports Organization (RSO) for Auckland, affiliated to the New Zealand Dragon Boat Association (NZDBA) who is directly affiliated to the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).


We are a registered charity

Auckland Dragon Boat Association is a community based sport and as such is run by volunteers, there is an amazing number of hours given to our sport each year by committee members to manage, run and facilitate the sport and by our leadership teams - our coaches, team managers, captains and boat steerers.  As such Auckland Dragon Boat Association is a not for profit registered charity (registration number CC44176).