End to end swim New Zealand

By Fiona Miller

I'm getting active in support of the Neurological Foundation! I am swimming the length of New Zealand as the crow flies, 1402km, in swimming pools over the next 2-3 years.

On 8 June 2020, after collapsing at home, I attended Emergency Department at Wellington Hospital where I had an MRI scan. The scan showed up a 2.5cm brain tumour. I was immediately admitted to the neurology department. On 11 June, I underwent brain surgery when the grade 4 cancerous tumour was removed. Thereafter, I underwent 30 days of radiation therapy, completing it on 1 September 2020. Since the removal of the tumour, I have maintained good health, swimming regularly. 

I've created this page because I want to raise hope for the 1 in 5 Kiwis affected by neurological conditions. I'm inspired by the research that the Neurological Foundation funds and want to help ensure that they can continue with this research and continue saving lives. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Donate’ button.

My Updates

First 50km completed!!

Saturday 19th Dec
In just over a month and a half, Fiona has swum 53.3km, or about 1.5 times the width of the English Channel, nearly 3 times the width of the Cook Strait!!  Her end to end swim in New Zealand has her about 1/3 the distance between Bluff and Dunedin, which she is hoping to reach by Easter 2021.

And we're off!

Saturday 21st Nov
Fiona's end to end swimming challenge began on 6th November, and as of today (21st November), she is now 11km north of Bluff!  Her latest day saw her swim 110 lengths in one go (2.75km), more than she ever swam as an 18 year old swimming club member.

Only about 150km to go to get to Dunedin!

Thank you to my Supporters


Tom & Mary Kirkwood

Keep on swimming - Be a trans-world end-to-ender!! Love Mum & Dad


Yesim Morice

I love you my dearest friend!! I will row alongside


Solf & Amelia Maifea

All the best Fiona. Enjoy the journey and all the joy that comes with this important task. Kudos 😁 Love Solf and Amelia Maifea


Lyncia Podmore

Watch out for web I g of the toes!!


Jane Cawley

Love you Fiona


The Gibson’s

So proud of all that you continue to accomplish! Love Cory, Amy, Maya and Elliott


Campbell And Jane Miller

From top to bottom that's so cool In many a New Zealand swimming pool Well cheer, applaud with lots of fuss But thankful that it's you not us!


Kathleen Kidd


Margaret Powell

What a swim!


Ann Harkness

With your amazing determination you’ll get to that goal I have no doubt!


Sarah Gilbertson

Kia kaha Fiona! You're an inspirational wahine toa x


Ann And Duncan Miller

Awesome!! We are so proud of you and all the family. Stay well and happy.💕


Richard Greenwood

You go Aquawoman!


Anona Cranston

You will smash this Fiona, it’s amazing how these ideas just pop into your head. Good luck and lots of love Ian & Anona


Pat Porterfield And David Scott

We are inspired by your commitment to this challenge!


Rachael Dewar

Wow! You are fabulous Fiona (see what I did there?). You can't keep a great Scot down! So proud of you. X


Malcolm Palmer

Dear Fiona, Duncan and Ann keep Malcolm and I current on happenings in the Miller household in New Zealand. The latest news has been wonderful! Good luck on this monumental swimming undertaking that you are going to do and that we are delighted to support. Best wishes to you, Chris, Cameron and Ross for a safe and joyous Christmas season and a promising 2021...Roberta and Malcolm xx


John Cawley And Theresa Coffey

Cheering you on all the way! Love John, Theresa, Patrick and Caroline


Roger Chiasson

As we say in Nova Scotia, "Give'er"! What a great goal to set for yourself. All the best to you and your family?


Brit Schlagowski

Enjoy the challenge fiona. Try thorndon pool for a session. It's my happy place. Brit


Jordan, Caitlin And Oliver

Way to go Fiona!


Susan, Martin, Tom And Eva

Gie it laldy Fiona! Here's tae a big toast at the end!


Fiona Miller


Davis Living


Ottawa Millers

We love you Fiona!!!! Amazing. Cheering you on from Ottawa xo


Antonia Milkop

Awesome effort 👏


Susan Perkins

This is amazing Fiona! All the best for your pool journey!!


Lisa Armstrong

Great effort. I heard about it from my niece Susan Perkins. Wishing you all the best.


Doron & Bev Nussbaum & Girls

An admiral goal! So happy to hear you are doing so well. We will look forward to updates and cheer you along the way!


Adrian Thompson

Awesome work!



It is so great what you are doing Fiona and awesome you've made such a good recovery x


Carran/smith Wh?nau




Keep going Fiona! You're an inspiration


Margaret And Gordon Davis

Nova Scotia strong


Catherine Mcculloch

Wow Fiona, what an amazing feat. I’ll be cheering you on from the stands.


Aaron Graham


Kate Wilson

You are an inspiration girl. Go for it!


Barbara Franks

So happy to support this adventure Fiona! Be like a fish!!


Jim And Pat Gibson And Girls

Just keep swimming! Thinking of you Fiona and sending many well wishes your way from Nova Scotia.