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Welcome to the Home of South Island Rowing

South Island Rowing Inc. are a voluntary organisation that operates and maintains the Meridian Rowing Centre on the shores of Lake Ruataniwha in the South Island of New Zealand.

Interested in becoming a volunteer with South Island Rowing?

We have many roles suited to all levels of ability. From boat holding on regatta days, to winter working bees – every pair of hands is valuable to our rowing community. If you are interested, contact our secretary or facilities manager.


Meridian is the long-standing principal partner of South Island Rowing.

The rowing facilities on beautiful Lake Ruataniwha were developed as part of the upper Waitaki hydro project in the 1970s and 1980s. Find out more about what Meridian are doing to help us and our community here:


South Island Rowing Inc. would like to thank all of the following race sponsors who helped us make the 2024 New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Championships such a success.  We look forward to hosting the event and having you involved for the 2026 Maadi Regatta.

South Island Rowing Inc. are continually working to upgrade and maintain our incredible facility so that we can support and promote the sport of rowing and our extended community. None of this would be possible without grant funders. We would like to acknowledge to following funders for 2023-24.

Laundry upgrade project

Barge Boat motors

Timing technology upgrade project

PA System Upgrade

First Aid Services for the 2023-2024 Rowing Season

Custodians salary support

Branded Marquees for volunteer shelter at regattas

Header image courtesy of Rowing Picture Show