Event Details


Norfolk Ocean Challenge

22 Jan 2018 to 26 Jan 2018
NOC the Rock has returned to it's original dates

Click HERE for the race program


Spaces are strictly limited (with only 10 canoes) will be catering for 10 Mens crews, 10 Womens crews and 10 Mixed crews (with choice of one category only)


“The course was the best I have ever paddled in my life” - Pam Prescott, AOCRA Secretary and near 30 year veteran paddler after completing the 26km Norfolk Island Travel Centre Iron Marathon, January 2016.

2018 event dates have been set for 22 - 26 January, spaces are limited & crews have already started booking so get in quick to reserve your place. The one off race registration fee includes canoe hire & transport, entry to all 4 main events (V6 26km Round the Rock iron marathon, V6 12km Iron, V6 Pursuit Sprints & V1 Sprints), support boats including operators & fuel for open water race days, jetskis including operators & fuel for open water race days, crane hire for pier launches, event site fees, Opening Ceremony (includes event blessing, nibbles & transfers), Leagues Club theme party night with presentation, $20 drink voucher for use at the Norfolk Island Leagues Club, Closing Ceremony (includes presentation, 2 course Island style dinner, transfers & live entertainment), return Norfolk Island Airport transfers, NOC the ROCK souvenir shirt & NOC the ROCK bag. Race registration is AU$390 and payable direct to AOCRA.

The courses are very picturesque and our great coastline provides some fantastic vantage points for spectators. There's always lots of locals & visitors chasing the canoes by land in the Round the ROCK 26km marathon.

Norfolk offers lots to do if you're not paddling, plus it's very family friendly, so bring the tribe. Partners & kids packs are available to tag along to the social gatherings.

We look forward to welcoming you to Norfolk Island for the next NOC the Rock!

NOC - Norfolk Ocean Challenge and to all our wonderful sponsors who have made this event happen. Without the valuable sponsorship to purchase the canoes and the freight to get them to Norfolk Island, the NOC really would be still just a dream. We ask all paddlers, partners, family and friends to support our sponsors and assist in providing them a return on their generous goodwill.

Any crews who would like to register their interest can do so here

Important Crew information: AOCRA have advised that a crew of 6 to 9 names can be put down as competitors, this way the crews can be mixed up a little and you will also have reserves.

IMPORTANT: To qualify for race entry, paddlers must book through Norfolk Island Travel Centre and stay at one of the sponsor properties. If paddlers book your own flights and accommodation they will not be permitted to enter the race. These conditions of entry are in line with the sponsorship agreements the local NIWOC club has with their sponsors, all of which who have paid upfront over $10,000 to enable the purchase and import of canoes.

2017 Results are available on webscorer, links below

26km Round the Rock results

Mid Distance Men & Mixed results

Mid Distance Ladies results

Sprint results

2016 Results are available on webscorer, links below

26km Round the Rock results

Mid Distance Mixed results

Mid Distance Mens & Ladies results

Diamond Sponsors

Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Pacific Direct Line Shipping
MiniBar & Mokutu Chalets

Gold Sponsors

Aloha & Tudor Apartments
Norfolk Pines Group
Tropic Bird – arts and crafts
Geogas Trading S.A. & Norfolk Island Gas Centre
Varua Va’a Limited
Hibiscus Regal & Hibiscus Crown Apartments
Fletcher Christian Apartments, JCB Cabinets & Christian-Bailey Agencies
Norfolk Island Leagues Club
Baunti Escapes

Silver Sponsors

Aataren Villas
Aatuti Art
Wellbeing Industry: Therapeutic & Relaxation Massage, Bedrock Mind Body Spirit, Norfolk Island Fitness & Health and Expressions Day Spa
Likturk Transport

Bronze Sponsors

Computer Guy
NIBS & Pete’s Place
Therapeutic & Relaxation Massage
Lions Club of Norfolk Island & Lions Club of Arthurs Vale
Foodland Supermarket


Also proudly supported by Norfolk Island Government, Norfolk Island Tourism, Administration of Norfolk Island, Paddle Shop Pty Ltd, Stuck on a Rock Photography, Norfolk Plumbing & Gas, Frances Beecham, Hilli Restaurant, Wild Wood plus some wonderful private donations from interested Community Members.