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Canoe Polo, join in on the fun 8

Waterfall Crawl, Park and Pray 9

Louis Trapper and friends, extreme white water

kayakers, tackle some big water.

The Murray Leg 14

Kelvin Oram continues his challenge, and fund

raising for ‘Save the Children,’ this time in

Australia.

Speight’s Coast to Coast 15

World team rivalry and results.

Surf Survival 18

Adventure Philosophy’s Mark Jones gives tips on

how to land in the surf.

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Kayak fishing in the Wild West 20

Nigel Legg is absolutely mad on fishing and knows

how to catch trophy fish.

Ben Fouhy interview 22

Rob Howarth chats to a champion.

With Love - Aroha Island 24

Ruth E. Henderson and 34 other Yakity Yakkers

fall in love with the magical spot.

A Dream Realised 28

Auckland Canoe & Kayak has new owners.

A Paddle in the Harbour 28

George Lockyer has a grin on his face, and the

wind on his back in the Lyttelton Harbour.

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Hamilton - it’s on the map 31

The newest Yakity Yak club and latest Canoe and

Kayak store have a home.

The Sea Going Kayak 31

Andrew Mount from AUT explores the options

available when selecting a boat.

Letter to Editor 32

Yakity Yak photo essay 34

The Taranaki club supplies this edition’s pictures.

What’s On 36

Press Release - Mokau is threatened 36

Taupo High School 41

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Buyers Guide 43

Kayak tuition 48

Directory - accommodation,

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New Zealand Kayak Magazine

Cool mornings, warm days, roaring bonfires and

stunning star filled evening skies are welcome

friends in to these stunning autumn days. It is the

time of year when I slip away down the majestic

Whanganui River for my annual holiday and

when work and social responsibilities slow down

to give more time with the family.

A heard a story recently which reminded me that

I have not written about a pet topic for some time.

This is the scenario -

A day trip: the weather got up and people

capsized, rescues were completed and

eventually, everyone reached the shore safety.

Near misses are common throughout our lives.

With a kayak, car, power tool or climbing a ladder

we have all had close calls. So what can help us

be safer?

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE

In a kayak the essential skills are -

• Forward and Reverse Power strokes

• Sweep strokes (for turning)

• Low Brace (for preventing a capsize)

• Self Rescue using a Paddle Float

• Team Rescues to rescue your paddling

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Essential knowledge is -

How to find and understand weather reports,

look at local conditions and correctly interpret

that information. You must know your ability

and the skills of your group to cope. You must

allow for a large safety margin.

Practice -

Learn from Courses, Clubs, Books, and DVD’s

etc and practise with a bunch of like minded

kayakers till your skills are ingrained to deal

with all likely conditions.

It is immaterial whether you are paddling a

‘Sit on Top’ or a ‘Sit In’ kayak. You will prevent

some problems and fix others with your

practised skills and knowledge. The advice

given “that anyone can go kayaking” is true

but should be tagged with the advice that

“you will only be safe if you learn how to be”.

Editor’s equation:

Skills + Knowledge + Practice = Happy Paddling

Yahoo for autumn ... See you on the water!

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KAYAK SPORTS

North Shore Canoe Polo 2005

by Rob Howarth

Canoe (or kayak) Polo is a great game,

which follows the same sort of rules as

water polo except you are chasing the

ball around in a kayak! It’s fun and it’s

a great way to improve your paddling

skills. Canoe & Kayak North Shore are

currently running two leagues at

Northcote College Swimming Pool and

we need more members!

Social League

Thursday evenings 7.30pm. This league is

designed to be fun and friendly and we want

inexperienced players. The rules are watered

down to make things easy and we have members

aged between 13 and 60+! So, come on down and

have a look one night. We’d love to have

you onboard.

B Grade League

Wednesday evenings 7.00pm. If you already know

the rules and want a serious game then the B

grade league is for you!

Interested in playing in either league? Contact

Rob Howarth at Canoe & Kayak North Shore

09 479 1002 or rob@canoeandkayak.co.nz or for

other areas contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak shop.

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WHITE WATER KAYAKING

Waterfall Crawl, Park and Pray

by Louis Tapper

“At the time of action, second-guessing

yourself is inappropriate. You’ve prepared

your body and mind in rehearsal, you’ll know

what to do at the instant where a decision is

demanded- trust yourself to make the right

one and commit yourself to doing it. Your job

is to be here now, focus on it.”

‘The Fear Book’, by Cheri Huber

The idea was simple. We would run nothing but waterfalls, safely, for the

three days of Labour weekend. We wanted to discover ‘park and pray’

waterfall spots around the North Island and try the new Bliss-Stick MAC1 and

Huka boats in some challenging water. The trip achieved these goals but

turned into a crawl in more ways than one for Shane, Quinny, reluctant late

starter Paul and myself.

The build-up had all the hallmarks of a classic trip. It did not disappoint. Ideas

from kayakers all around the country were posted on the Wellington Kayak

message board to supplement ours. During a recent trip to Norway I was

frequently regaled with stories of people injuring backs and ankles on

waterfall runs that had gone wrong, so the emphasis was always on safety.

Louis and Shane

Also fresh in our minds was the Palmerston kayaker who broke his back

landing backwards off a 24 m waterfall.

We spent the night at River Valley and rose early to pick up creek boats from

the Bliss-Stick factory. Richard kindly lent us two MAC1s and a Huka to try

out for the weekend. The outfitting of the kayaks was perfect, straight off the

shelf, so Shane and I quickly felt confident and at home in both boats.

Shepherd’s Falls was first on the list. At first glance it looked tricky to run. A

large log, which lay above the sweet part of the lip had to be avoided on the

way down. Everyone successfully negotiated the drop and went on to run a

small weir in Taihape.

Unfortunately because the land owner would not let us cross her land we

did not get to run the Hautapu drop. She made it clear in no uncertain terms

that she was unwilling to accept liability and a possible OSH prosecution for

any injuries received while we were on her property. The alternative of

walking down the railway line would take longer than we had counted on.

We moved to the Raukawa Falls where we paddled the top drop. It had a

clean take off and a pillow for a landing and was the ideal water we were

looking for. In my research I had not found anyone who had run the bottom

falls and it was obvious why. A quick peek over the lip of the bottom drop

revealed a significant drop with a potentially sketchy shallow hard landing.

Maybe this can be run during high flows when the pool at the bottom is

deeper. From the take out we scrambled up a bush covered steep bank and

the crawl part of the weekend started in earnest.

Tawhai falls is a classic 10 m drop near the Chateau. We ran it a couple of

times after making individual decisions about how it should be done. There

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was plenty of debate afterwards about the relative merits of the techniques

used.

Day two and it was time to check out the Huka Falls. Everything looked good

with river levels around 80 cm while we scouted it for over 40 min. After

warming up in the Huka hole, we did one last scout to check if the level had

changed before putting in. Shane put in first and made a relatively clean

solo descent. Paul’s unplanned exit via the cliff created some nervous

moments for both Quinny, myself and onlookers.

Aniwhenua Falls was an opportunity to introduce a couple of waterfall

virgins to the joys of kayaking. We made two upright runs in the Topo Duo

and headed down the river for the first real flat-water paddle of the trip. “It

was all over so quick” was the general response after running the waterfall.

Day three dawned and we headed for the release at the Lower Aratitia.

Although it isn’t a waterfall, Quinny, Shane and I had scouted it the day before

and were keen to run it. It is fantastic piece of pushy white water which had

us all satisfied and wanting more.

We had gathered only limited information about drops on the Potu river.

Everyone we talked to warned us that these drops were hard to find -and

how right they were! We discovered that this was the real crawl part of the

trip. An attempt to find the drop in near the top by the dam had failed on

day one. We put in below the Potu dam, floated and pushed our way though

this overgrown, low volume river.

After 30 minutes of paddling and portaging, we came to the top drop which

looked about 10-12 m with a sketchy take-off and a 1.5m deep pool to land

in. Disappointed, we launched our kayaks off the drop and walked around

the drop on the right hand bank. We continued down the river with the view

to getting out at State Highway 1. We were faced with an impossible entry

into a gorge. An hour’s intense bush bashing travelling only 800 m ended

when I jokingly confronted the group with: “do you want the good news or

the bad news? The good news is that I have found a way back down to the

river and there are two anchors and an old throw rope already in place. The

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bad news is we are going to have to abseil 15 m down into a gorge that none

of us has paddled and it is late in the day!” We made the obvious decision

and walked out to State Highway 1.

We met our shuttle drivers Kim and Rose, driving up and down, worried that

something had gone wrong, and the owner of the slings and throw rope, Phil

McIntyre, who happened to be driving past. He stopped for a yarn. He said

the run from the sling was ok but required caution. One of his team had

been caught in a sump. The Potou was an interesting adventure, but finishing

it will have to wait for another day.

Despite being tired and weary we were planning our next getaway as we

headed back to Wellington. Both the Huka and the MAC1 boats passed our

waterfall test with flying colours. I have since bought a MAC1 to replace my

Phat and Dagger Nomad.

It was a fantastic weekend with elements of adventure, near disaster, lots of

laughs and good memories, kept fresh by the superb photos taken by Kirsty

Monk and Rose Scheyvens. Luckily there were no injuries other than Paul’s

injured pride and there are

still plenty more North Island

waterfalls waiting to be run

during next year’s crawl.

More detail on the locations

and descriptions of the

drops can be found at:

http://kupe.org.nz

Photos by Kirsty Monk

and Rose Scheyvens

Graphic by Timon Maxey


Louis take off, Tawhai Falls

Louis landing, Tawhai Falls

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Shane - Huka Falls

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Quinny - Raukawa Falls


Henry - Shepard Falls

Shane - Taihape Weir

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INTERNATIONAL KAYAKING

The Murray Leg

Kelvin reports, “the longest river in

Australia has just been tamed by the

lanky Pom in his inflatable friend.”

That’s 1646 km in 46 days from Echura,

Victoria to Wellington, South Australia.

He’s raising money for “Save the

Children - to try and raise awareness

and funds for their projects around the

world” and generously allows us a

peep in his diary and an email to

friends..

What have I done? I am trying to paddle over

7000km down some of the largest rivers in the

world in a 10ft. glorified lilo designed for white

water canoeing.

I have only been paddling for a year and the one

time I attempted a long distance journey in a

canoe (across Argentinean Patagonia) I swore at

the end of it...”Never again!”

I am about as fit as my Dad (i.e. not particularly)

and my idea of daily exercise is changing from Sky

sports 1 to Sky sports 2 on the remote.

I have chosen a time to do my trip when George

‘W’ and our Tony have decided to declare war on

anyone with a bit of a tan. Those people who

regard this action as being a trifle excessive tend

to frown upon British passport holders.

Having watched the film ‘Deliverance’ recently, I

know that travelling down rivers through remote

areas can be a little risky even in ‘civilized’

countries. I have no desire to be made to ‘squeal

like a pig’ by some shortsighted yokel!

As you can see, I had a few doubts about the

whole adventure and my ability to complete it.

Having finished the first of the 7 rivers I am a little

more optimistic.

Apart from a few hiccups at the start my ’10ft lilo’

has been fine. It sank after only 3km paddling

when the outlet holes (designed for white water)

became inlet holes. I had to fill them in with glue!

At the caravan park where I performed this

operation, the Aussie owners found it highly

amusing that I was paddling around the world in

a rubber boat that had sunk on the first day! Ha

Ha Ha! After about 1000km my paddle

complained about the amount of work it had to

do and snapped in half. Over the next few days it

snapped into 3 then 4 pieces. It is being

ceremonially trashed here in Oz and I will get a

new one!

My body has also protested at the sudden

inclusion of 50km paddling a day to its normally

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by Kelvin Oram

sedate routine. However it was the first couple of

weeks that were the hardest, and now I laugh in

face of physical torment and aching muscles

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

The biggest battle of the last 7 weeks has been

mental. I think that I have just about avoided

losing my faculties (it was a close run thing!). For

a while I became the singing canoeist. Then the

wind increased and made me really angry. It’s

hard to sing through gritted teeth! I spent many a

happy morning paddling to the sounds of 60’s folk

and motown hits. It’s strange but the river was

devoid of wildlife when I belted out ‘Feelin good’

by Nina Simone or ‘Mercedes Benz’ by Janis

Joplin! On very lonely days I talked to the birds

and convinced myself with a realistic imitation of

a pelican I could tell other pelicans not to fly away

when I approached (and sometimes they

didn’t...............honest!).

The wildlife was spectacular, especially in

reserves and National Parks. I often shared my

campsites with kangaroos and emus and

countless water birds. Tiny neon blue fairy wrens

hopped about right next to me. In the evenings

pelicans waited for me to throw them a carp while

I was fishing. Sometimes they waited a LONG time!

Where the river winds its way through very arid

bush it is like a giant, snaking oasis , which attracts

all sorts of visitors for a drink. In a canoe I could

sneak up and surprise little critters that live on the

river bank : baby darters hurled themselves into

the water, sometimes from alarmingly high up in

the trees; pied cormorants looked around

nervously then took off in a panic; pelicans

grunted as I got closer and reluctantly heaved

their bulk into the air. They flew about 50m

Kelvin with Rob Clampett and Rosie Marshall

downriver only to repeat the effort 2 minutes

later! Willie wagtails (that’s their real name!)

shook their behinds provocatively from side to

side as I went past, putting a smile on the man in

the funny little red rubber boat!

So, apart from the numb arse, calloused palms,

sunburnt arms (with fingerless glove ‘twat marks’

which I wore while paddling!), knotted back

muscles, tennis elbows, 40 degree heat, gale force

winds (gusting to 100kph), 2ft (60cm) oncoming

waves (on a bloody river!), lightning, broken

paddle, leaky boat and mental problems the trip

went pretty smoothly. BRING ON THE MEKONG!!

The thing that will stand out in my memories of

the Murray will be the generosity and kindness of

the people that I met along the way. I have been

treated to roast dinners, fed steak and sausages

from authentic Aussie BBQ’s, given beers,

showers, wine, cooked breakfasts, free

accommodation, tours of the local area, cigars and

good company all the way down the river. On a

houseboat I was even given a few ‘cowboy

cocksuckers’, a cocktail!. Being a ‘Pommie bastard’

didn’t affect the friendships formed. As long as I

gave as good as I got on the piss-taking front, I was

welcomed with open stubbies! Most blokes were

pretty worried that I didn’t have room for an eskie

full of beer in my canoe, but said that what I was

doing was ‘Fair Dinkum!’

Thank you Australia. I am now off to the pub,

called hotels here - (very confusing) to down a

couple cold VB schooners, about 1/2 pint of

Victoria bitter, actually it’s a lager, (also confusing)

and tonight I shall sleep in a real bed for the first

time in nearly 7 weeks WAHEY!


Trans Tasman

Rivalry set

for 2006

The Australian Team of Guy Andrews, Narelle Ash & Kris

Clausen took out the inaugural Speight’s Coast to Coast

World Teams Challenge amongst stiff competition

including a dominating first man and woman home from

New Zealand.

Seven international teams started the gruelling one day world

championship race from Kumara Beach, with only three complete teams

crossing the finish line at Sumner.

The World Teams Challenge is the latest addition to the Speight’s Coast

to Coast, brainchild of race founder Robin Judkins. Teams are made up of

two male and one female competitor all of whom must complete the

One-Day event. The team with the lowest combined time wins the World

Teams Challenge.

Hong Kong/China were the first casualties; unused to cycling on hilly

terrain the team struggled on the first leg. A good run from all team

members wasn’t quite enough to make it to the kayak stage before the

cut off time.

The main divide proved to be just that for the majority of the World Teams

Challenge field; the 33km mountain run, coupled with high temperatures

meant only three teams remained in contention at the Mt White

kayak transition.

Sweden was the first country to have all three team members cross the

finish line but the cumulative time of the Australians just bumped the

Swedes into second place. Team Jeep South Africa were the third and

final team over the line, reportedly humbled by the race and the calibre

of both the elite athletes and the number of average New Zealanders

who challenge themselves in the Speight’s Coast to Coast.

The World Teams Challenge is set to become the highlight of the Speight’s

Coast to Coast with the international athletes vowing to be back to

conquer the mountain, settle some scores and knock the Aussies off their

perch to take home the latest Trophy offered in premier international

adventure racing.

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MULTISPORT

World Teams

Challenge Results

Cycle 1 Mountain Run Kayak Cycle 2 Overall

Place No. Names City / Country Ev Sect Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl

ONE DAY WOMEN

6 209 KRISTINA ANGLEM NEW ZEALAND W W 1:51:11 13 1 3:42:15 14 1 5:01:11 7 1 2:05:59 6 1 12:40:34 6 1

19 174 SALLY FAHEY ALEXANDRA W W 1:51:39 33 3 3:55:36 23 2 5:23:14 21 2 2:14:26 23 3 13:24:54 19 2

23 172 EMILY MIAZGA CANADA W W 1:51:39 31 2 4:01:33 27 3 5:26:37 29 4 2:12:17 16 2 13:32:04 23 3

42 91 ANDREA HEWITT CHRISTCHURCH W W 1:52:53 75 10 4:01:55 28 4 5:41:49 73 11 2:21:26 46 5 13:58:02 42 4

63 82 ANNA BERTHELSEN TAURANGA W W 1:54:12 107 13 4:25:04 64 6 5:39:44 67 8 2:30:15 83 12 14:29:14 63 5

66 104 MEAGAN STEWART AUCKLAND W W 1:58:27 119 15 4:38:08 89 9 5:37:13 61 6 2:17:53 37 4 14:31:39 66 6

70 137 RACHEL CASHIN TAUMARUNUI W W 1:52:13 50 6 4:54:07 112 12 5:25:24 24 3 2:23:11 52 6 14:34:55 70 7

76 214 CLAIRE MUIR UNITED KINGDOM W W 1:52:31 61 7 4:37:29 87 8 5:41:55 75 13 2:29:31 78 10 14:41:26 76 8

79 203 SARA WALLEN SWEDEN W W 1:51:57 40 5 4:31:27 73 7 5:49:24 103 14 2:32:20 98 14 14:45:06 79 9

81 220 NARELLE ASH AUSTRALIA W W 1:52:44 71 9 4:20:47 55 5 6:03:50 132 16 2:29:52 82 11 14:47:12 81 10

86 125 RACHEL ROBERTSON CHRISTCHURCH W W 1:58:09 118 14 4:43:11 98 11 5:41:51 74 12 2:26:22 64 8 14:49:32 86 11

91 144 MITCH MURDOCH-GRAY QUEENSTOWN W W 1:53:04 83 11 4:59:05 114 13 5:35:36 54 5 2:26:20 63 7 14:54:04 91 12

106 26 NIC KELLY MAPUA W W 1:52:44 70 8 5:10:34 123 14 5:39:57 69 10 2:27:46 68 9 15:10:59 106 13

110 142 KATHARINE EUSTACE WANAKA W W 1:53:41 100 12 5:15:57 130 15 5:39:54 68 9 2:31:09 93 13 15:20:39 110 14

113 212 GINA TRELEAVEN SOUTH AFRICA W W 1:51:53 36 4 4:39:47 93 10 5:49:56 104 15 3:01:46 159 17 15:23:21 113 15

132 168 JENNIE BELL CHRISTCHURCH W W 2:12:24 159 17 5:32:55 151 16 5:38:19 62 7 2:34:22 107 15 15:57:59 132 16

152 81 KIRSTY GALLAGHER CHRISTCHURCH W W 2:01:04 141 16 5:44:12 158 17 6:20:43 149 17 2:35:38 115 16 16:41:36 152 17

163 GILLEAN HILTON AUSTRALIA W W 1:52:53 79 10

164 IRENE FIRESTONE AUCKLAND W W 2:35:14 182 20

206 MEI LUN YEUNG HONG KONG W W 2:59:35 187 21

216 RENEE KLINE UNITED STATES W W 2:09:47 161 18

Place No. Names City Cycle 1 Time RunTime KayakTime Cycle 2 Time TotalTime TeamTime

WORLD TEAMS CHALLENGE

1 219 GUY ANDREWS AUSTRALIA 1:57:07 4:06:05 4:56:12 2:12:58 13:06:21

220 NARELLE ASH AUSTRALIA 1:52:44 4:20:47 6:03:50 2:29:52 14:47:12

221 KRIS CLAUSON AUSTRALIA 1:50:53 3:32:20 5:08:20 2:09:02 12:40:34

2 201 FREDRIK LINDSTROM SWEDEN 1:51:38 4:03:51 5:32:26 2:28:00 13:55:55

202 ERIK WAHLUND SWEDEN 1:51:25 4:12:00 5:32:09 2:15:55 13:51:27

203 SARA WALLEN SWEDEN 1:51:57 4:31:27 5:49:24 2:32:20 14:45:06

3 210 SAKKIE MEYER SOUTH AFRICA 1:52:08 4:24:38 5:46:53 2:31:34 14:35:12

211 PHILIP HAYWARD SOUTH AFRICA 1:52:42 4:38:22 6:04:05 2:25:52 15:00:59

212 GINA TRELEAVEN SOUTH AFRICA 1:51:53 4:39:47 5:49:56 3:01:46 15:23:21

208 RICHARD USSHER NEW ZEALAND 1:50:52 3:05:56 4:42:49 1:45:52 11:25:27

209 KRISTINA ANGLEM NEW ZEALAND 1:51:11 3:42:15 5:01:11 1:49:04 12:23:39

207 GEORGE CHRISTISON NEW ZEALAND 1:50:56 3:46:27 DNF

213 GARY MACPHERSON UNITED KINGDOM 1:52:28 4:19:43 5:26:19 2:11:16 13:49:45

214 CLAIRE MUIR UNITED KINGDOM 1:52:31 4:37:29 5:41:55 2:29:31 14:41:26

215 ANDY BEALE UNITED KINGDOM 1:51:23 DNF

216 RENEE KLINE UNITED STATES 2:09:47 DNF

217 CORI JONES UNITED STATES 2:00:19 5:14:02 6:45:59 2:41:51 16:42:10

218 KYLE SEATH UNITED STATES 2:09:48 DNF

204 HING TONG (JIMMY) YEE CHINA 2:59:35 5:18:15 DNF

205 PING N MAK CHINA 2:59:35 5:19:34 DNF

206 MEI LUN YEUNG CHINA 2:59:35 DNF

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ADVENTURE PHILOSOPHY

Getting back again

- Surf survival Part Two

Surf survival Part One focused on

understanding surf and getting out

through it. Part Two looks at getting

ashore again. You can choose whether

to confront surf when on the beach, you

may not have a choice when you are

behind the waves staring wistfully

back to land.

You may have to land in marginal surf conditions.

Make no mistake about it, landing in such surf is

serious business. It can be an exercise in survival,

but knowledge, skill and good judgment will help

take the lottery factor out of it. The one big thing

in your favour is that you are going with the

energy of the waves and you can use this to

your advantage.

Coastal features produce different surf

conditions. A bay’s shape can focus or dissipate

waves. Headlands, reefs and islands can create a

wave shadow. In marginal surf, look for a landing

that will offer some advantage. Establish where

the line up is and stay sufficiently outside of this.

Observe carefully. Remember the biggest waves

will break deepest and a gently sloping surf zone

can break well out to sea. It is difficult to read from

behind, but you will be able to tell whether the

surf is dumping or spilling. The swells rolling in

beneath you will give you a fair indication of their

size. The face will be about twice the height of the

wave’s back.

Look for hazards such as reefs and rocks or other

people in the water. A kayak is a lethal weapon in

the surf zone. If you are part of a group, establish

some paddle signals. Landing one-at-a -time

means the first person in, the most experienced,

can then direct following boaters to the best line.

Get ‘lean’ for the trip in. Stow anything that has

made it onto your deck throughout the day - map,

fishing-line, drink bottle...surf will claim these if

you don’t. Stow your hat and sunnies, detach

your paddle leash if you have been using it. I lift

my rudder up. A rudder down only slows a turn

from rest, and makes it more difficult to reverse

and is prone to damage if you broach into the

beach. Stern ruddering with your paddle and

being able to paddle straight without a rudder are

essential skills in surf.

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Mark Jones is a member of the Adventure Philosophy team and

Senior Lecturer on AUT’s Outdoor Leadership Programmes. Mark Jones

Once you have made all your observations and

have a sense of the timing of the sets, move in

closer to the line up. Don’t be half hearted. Choose

your moment and go. Edging indecisively closer

to shore only eats up precious time and increases

the likelihood of being caught by a breaker

from behind.

You have options in the impact zone. Which is

best depends on the type of surf and the landing.

Landing between breaks:

Essentially this is landing in a window between

sets of waves, more suited to a break close to

shore. Keep looking behind you and when the sea

looks flat the set will have finished - time to go for

it. To reach the shore before the next wave arrives

you need to paddle hard.

Between waves and broach:

If you are about to be caught up by the next set,

as a broken wave approaches, turn your boat

sideways with a sweep and stern rudder stroke,

then brace and rail into the wave as it hits.

Broaching in this manner means you won’t be

pitch-poled by the wave lifting the stern. It is

essential to lift the shore-side gunwale as you surf

sideways and get support off the wave with a low

brace. Failing to do this invariably results in a

rapid and violent capsize when the gunwale

catches the water while you keep moving shorewards.

If you get surfed right into the shallows

exaggerate your lean over your brace, then when

you bump the bottom you won’t be easily rolled.

Even an empty kayak hit by a wave has enormous

power so make a habit of getting out of your kayak

on the surf side to avoid being damaged by your

own boat.

Surf and broach:

This is a fast way through the impact zone using

the energy of the wave to your advantage. Often

the first of a new set will be smaller and break

closer in to shore, so when the sea looks flat is a

good time to go for it. Time your approach to catch

a wave as it begins to form. As the swell lifts your

stern lean forward and paddle hard with final,

rapid, powerful strokes. Once surfing, use stern

rudders to stay perpendicular to or maintain a

slight angle to the face of the wave. As the wave

steepens and is about to break, sweep stroke or

stern rudder the kayak into a broach position and

lean onto a low brace. This is a good general

technique for negotiating all surf except dumping

surf for which the following is the

preferred option.

Landing on the back of the wave:

To avoid the violent impact zone of surf dumping

on a steep beach stay on the back of the wave.

Position yourself just outside the impact zone. Get

a feel for the size and frequency of the waves as

they break beyond you. This technique requires

impeccable timing. Choose a moderate sized

wave and paddle onto its crest, paddling forward

and back-paddling as required to keep the kayak

horizontal, avoiding both falling off the back of

the wave and dropping down the face as it breaks.

Paddle hard to shore, and extra hard if the beach

is steep. Pull the spray tab as soon as you are

certain you won’t be dragged back toward the

waves, jump out immediately, drag your boat clear

and breathe a sigh of relief.

With skill and the right type of wave you can surf

all the way to the beach without broaching. Steer

away from breaking water beside you and surf

along the unbroken wall of water on the other side

of you. To prevent turning out of the wave you

will need to rudder on the downhillside while

tilting toward the wave.

With a rocky shore, backing in whilst facing out to

sea may be an option to give you greater control

and avoid being surfed into rocks.


Swell is difficult to forecast and sometimes you can find yourself returning

through surf you wouldn’t contemplate going out through. I’ve known the

West Coast swell go from a one metre no-brainer to very scary oceanic

monsters in two hours. Waiting behind such waves is lonely. Companions

are of little assistance, rescue is often impractical and dangerous. Alone you

must find a way through the aptly named impact zone. When faced with

that prospect, practising skills and learning how to stack the deck in your

favour is an investment you’ll be glad to have made.

Potential landing sites:

Areas in inside reef (A) and beaches

east of the point (B,C) are probably

fairly protected. The surf will increase

in size moving south along beach (D)

as protection from the point is lost.

Beach (E) and other areas north of the

point are fully exposed to the swell

and may have large surf. The steep

topography suggests a steep sea floor

so plunging surf can be expected in

areas exposed to the swell.

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KAYAK FISHING

Kayak Fishing in the Wild

Wild West by Nigel Legg

Absolutely mad on fishing, very, very

average at kayaking. I think this is a

pretty good description of my kayak

fishing exploits over the last year.

Having fished since I was a young fella

I consider myself a reasonable

fisherman. But boy was I in for a shock

when it came to kayaking.

I will never forget paddling back to a popular

Taranaki beach with a couple of mates in ‘tiny’

surf, being knocked over in no more than a metre

of water, and then rising to applause and raucous

laughter from my buddies and at least a dozen

boaties and bystanders. Being able to kayak

successfully, especially in surf requires practice,

technique, and often a bit of ingenuity.

The easiest way to learn is to just do it, get out in

the surf and try different things, try coming in

backwards until there’s a break in the wave sets

and then turn and paddle in.

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The wild Wild West refers to the west coast of the

North Island principally the Naki with its rugged,

rocky wind swept coastline. A labyrinth of reefs,

sandbars, cliffs and river mouths provides an

ideal habitat for a variety of sea fish, but most of

all it provides an opportunity. To me that

opportunity is the margin of water that is too far

for the surfcaster to reach and too close to shore

for the boat fisherman to worry about. The easiest

and most effective way to fish this water is by kayak.

Kayak fishing.

A variety of kayaks on the market these days are

specifically designed for fishing. They are

generally very stable sit-on-tops, providing

enough storage inside to cope with fishing rods,

burley and tackle.

Made of super durable plastic they are virtually

indestructible. There is no limit to the additions

and modifications which can be made to these

kayaks. For example depth finders, navigation

systems, and radios.

But realistically a good seat and paddle, buoyancy

aid or lifejacket, sharp knife, anchor and rope, rod

and reel and a method for distributing burley are

enough to get you started.

Safety should be paramount with kayak fishing so

safety flags, flares and a method of

communication, (even a cell phone in a dry bag),

are desirable.

Snapper

The main quarry for this kayak fisherman is

snapper. Kayaks are ideal for targeting the large

solitary snapper in our shallow reefs.

Nothing gets the heart pounding more than a

head-thumping run of a large snapper. Snapper

are deep powerful fish with large heads and

mouths. They have good speed but their strength

is their main attribute. Not only are they great

And for variety, a trevally.

sport fish, they are delicious table fish as well.

Surprisingly most fishermen know little about

their quarry. Here are some interesting facts:

1. All snapper begin life as females but by the

time they reach 3 - 6 years half have changed to

males.

2. Contrary to popular belief the greatest

abundance of snapper occurs over open mud in

less than 70 metres of water.

3. Snapper feed mostly during the day whereas

larger fish feed mainly in the morning.

4. Snapper reach maturity at approx 3 years, at 10

years old they are approximately 380mm long.

Only a few snapper live past 40 years. The oldest

recorded snapper in NZ was 63 years old.

5. The maximum weight recorded for a snapper

in N.Z. was 17.2kg and the maximum length was

1.05 metres.

6. Snapper spawn in water 20 -50 metres deep,

preferring large open bays. November and

December are peak months for spawning but this

can depend on the season with temperature being

the main stimulus. The threshold appears to be

about 15 degrees Celsius.

7. One of the most interesting facts about snapper

gained from the tagging programmes is that the

majority of mature snapper travel less than 10

kilometres in their lives.

To me kayak fishing is the ultimate. It connects

you to the sea, provides an opportunity to explore

and fish New Zealand’s truly remarkable coastline

and who knows it may even provide the

occasional trophy fish.

Most of the snapper facts are from ‘The Living

Reef’ (The ecology of N.Z.’s rocky reefs) published

by Craig Potton Publishing 2003.

Photos by Stefan Marpul.


Nothing gets the heart pounding more than a

head-thumping run of a large snapper.

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KAYAK INTERVIEW

Ben Fouhy

Ben Fouhy has become a household

name in New Zealand since winning

the World K1 1000m in 2003 and the

Silver in Athens in 2004. Sprint

kayaking has made him famous but

there is a lot more kayaking history to

Ben Fouhy than meets the eye. Canoe

& Kayak’s Rob Howarth caught up with

Ben to find out more.

C&K: So Ben, at what age did you start kayaking?

BF: The first time I was in a kayak I was 5 or 6

years old, my parents gave me $5 to have a go on

the Blue Lakes in Rotorua, I loved it although I

didn’t paddle again until I was 13. My brother and

I had a muck around on the river; we didn’t have

a clue what we were doing and very nearly got

into trouble! After that I started doing multisport

with Taumaranui High School at the age of 15 and

then in 6th form I got into white water slalom. I

competed for a good year before swapping back

to multisport and down river racing.

C&K: What was your first multisport kayak?

BF: A Quality Kayaks Venturer! Mum & Dad

strapped it to the roof of the Falcon with the straps

going through the windows.

C&K: So multisport racing became your goal?

BF: Yes I suppose, I started getting into longer

races and trained up for The Mountain to the Sea,

which has a pretty long kayak leg. I bought myself

a Sisson Evolution and really got into the longer

distance stuff.

C&K: And the adrenalin rush of white water

paddling didn’t grab you?

BF: I love white water paddling but I made a

conscious decision to leave it alone. Paddling

grade 4 is a great buzz but the more you paddle

the more you want to paddle harder stuff to keep

the buzz going. The risk of injury is fairly high if

you aren’t on top of your game so I decided to play

safe and concentrate on multisport and marathon.

C&K: Do you think slalom and white water

paddling has helped with your paddling career?

BF: Most definitely, especially slalom; it gives

you a really solid set of white water skills which

allows you to be a lot more relaxed on the river.

C&K: And you were pretty successful at

multisport and marathon?

BF: I guess I must have showed some promise

because one day I was told that if I got myself a

K1 and turned up at the National Marathon

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Champs I would be in with a chance of making the

team for the Aussie champs. I finished second in

the under 18s and headed off to Aus the following

year. It was exciting stuff.

C&K: So how did you go in Australia?

BF: The only DNF (did not finish) of my career!

I was totally dehydrated, it was 35 degrees and I

didn’t drink enough fluids. Our training advice

before the champs was to train with two

polyprops to prepare for the heat; I lived in

Taumaranui where we always wore two

polyprops! The advice came from Auckland -

enough said!!

C&K: And so you decided that marathon paddling

was for you?

BF: No, I got back into multisport for a while

until 2001 when I decided to give marathon a real

crack again. I went over to Aus to train and that’s

when I made a real jump in my performance. In

2003 I made the transition to sprint and competed

in the worlds.

C&K: Being world champ must have been a buzz?

BF: It was an amazing feeling!

C&K: And then the Olympics

BF: It was a hell of a couple of years.

C&K: So what have you been up to since Athens?

BF: I have had a pretty cruisy few months, which

has been really nice, a chance to get my life back

again and live like a normal human being. This

year will be pretty low key, I am keen to give

worlds a good shot, but this year is more about

getting set up with a good home and systems for

the next Olympic campaign.

C&K: You have just bought a house on Auckland’s

North Shore?

BF: Yes! Our first place, Katie and I moved in the

first week of March. At last I have a garage to store

all my kayaking kit and bike gear.

C&K: Presumably you are in full time training.

How are you surviving?

BF: I have a great new sponsor in Hasler. Hasler

came on board before Christmas and that has

made a huge difference. There is no cash prize

for an Olympic silver medal (or gold for that

matter) so without Hasler’s sponsorship I would

be taking a much longer break from serious

training. There are a heap of other sponsors too

so I’d like to say thanks to all of them.

C&K: You competed in this years Speights Coast

to Coast as a team with Jonathon Wyatt (World

Mountain Running Champion). How did you

enjoy it?

BF: I had a great time! I’ve done the Coast a few

times but the teams event is really good fun

(especially when you win!). When you do

individuals you get totally immersed in your own

event but with teams you can take a step back

after your leg and enjoy watching the race.

C&K: Were you pleased with your kayak leg?

BF: Considering I hadn’t done a lot of paddling

over summer, yes. I probably chose too long a

paddle for the size blade I was using, I used 218

Andrew Martin Fusion Medium and I was a bit

sore. Ideally I should have had a smaller blade or

shorter paddle.

C&K: And did Jonathan enjoy it?

BF: Absolutely, although the mountain run is

very different from his normal racing, Jono is used

to running up steep hills on fairly even terrain

(they drive quad bikes up them to film!) boulder

hopping and river crossings were a different ball

game. He got lost three times when he ran off into

the bush following a dead end track! So to

concede only seven minutes on that course was

exceptional.

He had a great final bike leg however, pulling 1hr

48mins to get the fastest time. No one was

expecting that!

C&K: And will you be back next year to defend

your title?

BF: We’ll have to see how our training schedules

pan out.

C&K What advice can you give to new

multisporters giving the Waimakerere a crack next

year?

BF: Don’t underestimate the fatigue factor. It’s

a great river but four hours of pushy water takes

its toll on the body and the brain and with

previous stages on top it can be pretty tough.

Make sure your grade 2 skills are up to it.

C&K: Finally Ben, what are you up to over the next

few months?

BF: Well my training is going through a

developmental stage. I’m working with Darrell

Bonetti at the AUT trying to get the balance right

between aerobic and anaerobic training. I have

proved I can perform at top level so now what I

need to try and do is fine tune to optimise my

performance. If I had been 1% better at the

Olympics I would have won by half a boat length,

instead I got beaten by one and a half boat

lengths!

I’ve got the Australian sprint champs coming up

and then the marathon champs at the same venue

so I thought I’d hang around for that too. But as I

say, I’ve had a pretty relaxed summer so it’ll be

really interesting to see how I get on.

C&K: Well, good luck Ben and thanks for talking

to NZ Kayak Magazine.


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DESTINATIONS

With Love - Aroha Island

by Ruth E. Henderson

The instructions read, “Press buttons to

hear birdsong. Do not press more than

one at a time or the machine will get

confused.” I’d long been confused

between the sound of the weka (very

prolific and noisy around our place on

Kawau Island) and the more elusive

kiwi.

I was in ‘Opossum World’ on the Marine Parade

in Napier, a shop which much to my surprise and

delight, provided entertainment and education,

on things...possum. Almost incidental was the

retailing of possum fur product.

So, I did as bid. A dim light partially illuminated a

ground dwelling bird; the repetitive “Key wee, key

wee, key wee, key wee, key wee...” left no doubt

as to the identification of our national emblem.

And yes, I was sure I’d heard it recently, at Aroha

Island Ecological Centre. Aroha Island is reputably

“the most accessible Kiwi habitat in Northland,

and is probably your best chance of hearing and

seeing the Kiwi in the wild” says the blurb on their

website. Consisting of 12 hectares of regenerating

native bush and mangrove forest, Aroha Island is

a conservation and education project of the

Queen Elizabeth II Trust.

On Labour weekend, at the beckoning of our

leaders Dave and Jacqui, who had found this gem

in the NZ Camping guidebook, about 35 North

Shore Yakity Yakkers descended on Kerikeri. We

then drove east past the historic St James Church,

Stone Store and Kemp House, for 12km to the

‘island’ on Kurapari Rd, Rangitane. It is actually

joined to the mainland by a causeway but this is a

mere technicality, as the narrow jutting peninsula

is all but surrounded by water and has the

tranquillity, quietness, stillness, and isolated feel

of an island.

As a base camp and with such a big group it sure

was a perfect spot and location: catering for all

ages, levels of fitness, or inclination to explore

close to home or far afield, by kayak or foot, or to

just blob out, throw a frisbee and socialise in

Charlie’s communal tent.

As kayakers an obvious drawcard was rock

gardening the stark Black Rocks, which stand an

imposing 20m out of the water, with the islands

of Moturoa and Motupapa enroute. Another spot

to visit was the site where Samuel Marsden

preached the first Christian service on Christmas

day 1814. Alternatively if in a cruise mode, there

were trips up the Kerikeri inlet past the superbly

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Black rocks

Eliza Hobson

Charlie’s Communal Tent


Perfect place for a filter coffee and the morning paper...

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located homes (envy, envy) to spy the historic

buildings from water level. (N.B. Summer time and

holiday weekend business opportunity exists for

an ice cream vendor!) Then on the way back to

base, if wanting more, the mammoth mangrove

swamps with trees of incredible girth, provided a

maze-type experience and when the mud moved,

a suspicion of Gollum.

By night, management kindly provided red

cellophane to modify torches or headlamps so

that when kiwi spotting, night vision for both

parties was not affected. In small groups we

traipsed around the gravel pathways, but were

possibly not quiet or patient enough as no one

reported spotting a kiwi. However, once everyone

was cocooned in bed, their raucous screech

competed with the snorers.

Being not far from Kerikeri township proved a plus

for a few of us: the lure of watching the Rugby NPC

final on the box, while eating lamb shanks at the

Keri Club beat crouching over a cooker, on a rainy

night in Charlies tent, even for Charlie. By day,

spotted in camp was the NZ Weekend Herald and

Sunday Star Times, Pizza boxes...

All up, despite the gloomy weather, forecasts of

20 - 25 knot winds, and rain which did arrive in

fits and starts, at times being shrouded in sea mist

and drizzle, Aroha Island proved to be a stunning

camp site and could be a good base to explore

further within the Bay of Islands. Before heading

back to Auckland a few folk paddled to Russell

from Paihia. If more time was available, these

towns could be worthwhile destinations,

achievable from the island.

The amenities at the campsite included flush loos,

hot showers and a kitchen. For those not into

‘canvas’ there is a bunkhouse and a cottage and

power sites for campervans. Contact the hosts

Greg and Gay Blunden, phone 09 407 5243 or

kiwi@aroha.net.nz or visit www.aroha.net.nz for

further information.

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The new owners of

Auckland Canoe & Kayak

A Dream Realised

by Larraine Williams

Russell and I went in to Canoe and

Kayak Auckland to buy a couple of

kayaks, and bought the shop instead!

We have both been very active outdoors people

since childhood. Russ was a keen scuba diver and

an instructor for several years. When we met, I

caught his enthusiasm for the sport and got

involved too. We had many wonderful trips to the

Alderman’s, Mayor Island, and the incomparable

Poor Knight Islands. Russell’s dream was to own

a dive shop and charter boat so that he could take

people diving and fishing.

But when Russ got a position with Sasol in South

Africa, we were hundreds of kilometres from the

nearest dive spot, so we returned to another love,

tramping. (It is a memorable experience to come

over a ridge and see a herd of wild antelope

galloping off, or to detect the distinctive smell of

a leopard. It will be close, waiting in a tree for prey

to wander by).

With the birth of our daughter Katrina in 1981,

which prompted our return to New Zealand, Russ

was excited to get a job with NZ Synfuels in

Taranaki implementing new technology. Our son

Richard was born in 1983. I was experienced in

photography, encyclopaedia sales and horse

breaking and training. I now completed a NZ

Certificate of Horticulture and started working

part time for a local garden centre while both

children were at school.

We took up orienteering, or ‘cunning running’ as

it is sometimes called, competing in National

championships. I caught the competitive bug and

frustrated with a lack of fitness I started serious

running. Originally the intent was just to get fitter

for orienteering, but it took on a life of its own and

I ran my first half marathon at the age of 40, Round

The Mountain relay and several fun runs.

We had a 3-year stint in Canada where Russell

took up golf in the summer and downhill skiing in

the winter, and I enjoyed cross-country skiing.

Back in Auckland we have been active members

of the West Auckland tramping club and Russ has

continued his passion for golf at Titirangi,

maintaining a 10 handicap. I have completed the

Tough Guy Challenge and my first triathlon. (The

next tri is in April.)

On holiday in the Abel Tasman National Park we

discovered kayaking. We loved it.

Combined with tramping, it extended

our enjoyment of the outdoors. In

November 2004 we enrolled in a Sea

Kayaking Skills Course, intending to buy

2 kayaks to escape for the Christmas

holiday period. We did more, we bought

the shop.

We intend to grow the shop’s reputation

for service to the kayaking community

and to build a thriving club and kayak

school. Our learning curve is steep and

we welcome news and experiences from

all who call. We look forward to joining

you for club trips and activities.

Though Russ’ dream was to own and

operate a scuba charter business this

comes very close. His dream, our dream

has substantially come true.

We are about to “DISCOVER ANOTHER

WORLD”.

Auckland

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SEA KAYAKING

A Paddle in the Harbour

by George Lockyer

I’m very fortunate to live in

picturesque Governors Bay, on the

Banks Peninsula, only 15 minutes over

the Port Hills from Christchurch.

It’s only a five-minute trundle from my

house to Sandy Beach Rd and

the water.

After 17 years away from kayaking I purchased my

Q-Kayak’s Tui at Canoe and Outdoor World in

Christchurch, along with a two-wheeled trolley. I’d

taken it out half a dozen times and so far had been

very impressed. It’s a good basic, stable sea kayak

with plenty of room for storage if you fancy a

longer trip with camping in mind.

It’s morning when I launch. The right blade of my

paddle dips hungrily into the briny, powering my

kayak a little further onward. The left one rises

toward the blue sky as a few drops fall from it like

diamonds to merge once more with the ocean. My

back muscles bunch and relax and my breathing

quickens as I step up the pace. I can hardly keep

the grin off my face. Nothing exists but the sea, the

sky and my boat knifing through the slight chop

of the Harbour.

I turn slightly to cut through the wake of a

speedboat pulling a water skier. I must admit to

feeling slightly nervous. The last Eskimo roll I

attempted was in a heated pool a good 20 years

ago and 12 thousand miles away so I’m taking no

chances. I know I should have more faith in my

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abilities (albeit very rusty ones) and the

seaworthiness of my boat.

On my right I pass Governors Bay jetty, which

stretches 400 metres into the water and where last

summer my six-year-old son caught his first fish,

an unappetizing dogfish, at which even the cat

turned up her nose. A cormorant wheels overhead

and the wind blows spray in my face. On my other

forays into the harbour, the water had been as flat

as a millpond but a Southerly has gotten up and

things are getting a bit choppy.

I approach the tip of Mansons Peninsula and

maneuver the Tui through the narrow channel

between the mainland and Plum Pudding. This

tiny piece of land only becomes an island at high

tide. The other side is more exposed to the wind

and I really have to dig my paddle in to stay on

course for the tip of Moepuka Point. Then it’s a

short paddle, this time with the wind at my back

to Quail Island, where I pull the kayak up onto the

beach, get my flask out and sit down in the sun

for a welcome coffee break.

In front of me the steel ribs of a wreck point to the

sky. There are four shipwrecks, intentionally sunk:

nothing romantic I’m afraid. The island’s 81

hectares (or about 200 acres in the old money) sits

solidly in the middle of the ancient volcanic crater

that is Lyttelton Harbour. Captain Mein Smith was

the first European to set foot on the Island back in

1842 of the schooner Deborah. He named it after

the large number of native Quail encountered at

the time (though not surprisingly, now long

extinct). The Maori name, ‘Otamahua’ means, “to

gather sea-bird eggs”. The Island is administered

by the Department of Conservation and with the

Otamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration

Trust, they are embarked upon a project to rid the

island of pests and regenerate the native forest.

The History of the Quail Island is rich and diverse.

It was acquired by The Crown in 1850 from the

Ngai Tahu and sold into private hands soon after.

It was farmed until 1976 when it became a

Recreation Reserve. In 1987 administration of the

Island was transferred to DOC.

Both Scott and Shackleton quarantined their dog

teams here en-route to the Antarctic while their

boats were provisioned in Lyttelton.

Quail Island was first farmed by Edward Ward

who along with his two brothers, came out with

the Canterbury pilgrims in 1850 aboard the

Charlotte Jane. He herded his cattle from the tip

of Moepuka Point, past King Billy Island to Quail

Island. At low tide the water is only 600 mm deep

but the clinging mud would have made it an

exhausting business!

As well as being farmed, the Island was also used

at one time as a leper colony.

Flask stowed away, life jacket on and paddle in

hand, it’s back into harness and I continue on. Last

year a pod of hectors dolphins was spotted on the

South side of the Island, being pursued by

something resembling a killer whale. I paddle to

the jetty where a scenic cruise boat from Lyttelton

docks and rest my arms for a few minutes.


Quail Island

Kayak in Channel

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DOC provides extensive signage and walking

tracks over the Island. The old farmhouse high on

the North side is used as an office.

I’m now approaching the more exposed North

side. Off to my right I catch a glimpse of the open

ocean between the heads. On my left, sea birds

nest on the ‘wedding cake’, so named because of

the varied strata of rock, testament to the volcanic

activity, marching up the cliff face. As I leave Quail

Island and strike out for home, a pair of paradise

ducks fly low overhead. There’s about six metres

of water beneath my kayak. From my low vantage

point the chop seems bigger than it probably is.

It’s amazing to think that I’m paddling across the

flooded crater of an extinct volcano. The complex

of Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes began, so

archeologists tell us, some 12 million years ago in

the Miocene period (I hope they were right about

the extinct bit).

The waves are directly behind me now and I pick

up speed, at times surfing. When I approach

Sandy Beach I reflect on the lives of Edward Ward

Day Two

Riot

and his brother who drowned somewhere close

by. They had rowed their homemade boat to

collect firewood and apparently a squall got up

and overturned the boat. The firewood had

probably crushed the two men. A storm raged and

almost a week passed before Edward Ward’s body

was discovered. His brother Henry was

never found.

To have endured the privations of the trip from

England and meet their end after only six months

in the new colony was tragedy indeed.

I pull my boat out and onto its trolley. My batteries

recharged and morbid thoughts out of my mind I

head up the beach road for home.

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Hamilton - It’s on the map

by Ruth E. Henderson

The newest Yakity Yak club has finally

gained a base, and the latest Canoe and

Kayak shop a location, in the pumping

heart of the Waikato: Hamilton City,

Waikato region, Auckland Province,

North Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Ocean, The Earth, The Universe....

Hamilton, the largest inland city in the country is

built around the Waikato River. The AA Visitor

Guide describes the general appeal of the region.

“The Waikato region is one of the world’s greenest

places and richest agricultural producers. Volcanic

activity has enriched the soil, producing lush grass

for raising dairy cattle, thoroughbred horses and

vast stands of exotic timber. At locations where the

underground rocks are still hot, mineral springs

often rise and are tapped for bathing and

drinking.” This statement immediately makes me

think Paeroa’s L&P, Te Aroha hot pools, Waingaro

Hot Springs...the green, green grass of home.

In real estate jargon, having grown up in the

Waikato and having lived in Hamilton for over ten

years I say, think Hamilton, think location,

location, location because the greatest thing about

Hamilton is its location. It is land-locked but so

central and within easy driving distance of

Auckland, Rotorua, Tauranga, Taupo, Thames,

Raglan. For kayakers there is much, much more

than green grass to camp upon and hot pools to

luxuriate in!!!

Lets look: first grab a map of the North Island.

Find a piece of string, put a knot at one end, and

pierce the knot with a pushpin.

Measure off on the map’s scale 100 km, and mark

this distance on the string starting from the knot.

Stab Hamilton, and with your homemade drawing

compass, draw a circle.

Within a 100km radius or within easy striking

distance there is the choice of two coasts, the West

Coast with Raglan, Aotea and Kawhia harbours or

the East Coast and destinations such as

Whangamata, Athenree, Mt Maunganui. If the surf

is too little or too large for what you have in mind,

on one coast, you have an alternative!

If you prefer fresh water, there are heaps of lakes:

Karapiro, Arapuni, Waikare, Hakamoa not to forget

the better known Rotorua lakes, with Taupo just

outside the 100km circle.

Then there are the rivers: the Waikato and Waipa

can provide sedate paddles or epic journeys, and

for whitewater excitement there are others such

as the Mokau and the Karangahake.

To find the new hub of

kayaking; whether you

want to hire a boat, go

on a guided tour, take

kayaking lessons, join

the Yakity Yak club or

purchase some gear:

check out the map on

the back page. Canoe &

Kayak, Hamilton is now

longer “opening soon” -

from the 11th April it will

be open and pumping!!!

Jo Anne Armstrong - Okete Falls, Raglan Harbour

Waiwhara Bay, Raglan Harbour

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OUTDOORS WITH

The Sea Going Kayak

The versatility of Sea Kayaks is one of

the great appealing factors for those

looking for fun and adventure on the

water. Sea Kayaks are craft that are as

much at home exploring inland

waterways as they are on journeys

along the rugged open coast. Only the

extent of conditions and the skill of the

paddler will limit the options for a

well-designed and maintained boat.

My first kayak was a ‘fabric on frame’ boat that my

father gave my brother and me one Christmas,

and from there our assortment of craft gradually

expanded. It includes a second canvas boat, an

18 foot open sea tourer, beautifully constructed

in moulded mahogany ply and known to us

as ‘KAOS’.

I now find that I am particularly at home in my

faithful and functional ‘Penguin’ which serves me

particularly well in both roles of recreational

paddler and Sea Kayaking teacher. Many other

boats that intrigue me, however my loyalty to my

existing boat and my deep pockets convince me

to stick to what I have.

What influences your choice of boat?

Stability

Stability is your friend, and whilst it is often

suggested that stability and straight-line speed are

inversely proportional, the difference in straightline

performance between most sea kayaks is

marginal. Yes, it is generally correct that longer

narrow boats can be faster than shorter boats, but

Hi Ruth

Greetings from the other side (of the world that is).

A couple of our Poole Harbour Canoe Club

Members have just returned after spending

Christmas in your wonderful country, bringing

back a copy of your mag for us poor people to

have an ogle at.

Looking through your mag, it seems that wherever

you go, kayaking brings out the same qualities in

people (or does the water just get to the same few

brain cells?) The main differences are the

spectacular rivers and coastline you guys have

(envy) and the aquatic wildlife around your coast

(no envy —you can keep the fish with the

big teeth!!).

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the physique and capability of the paddler are

more important.

Storage space.

A great appeal of sea kayaking is the ability to

carry more than just the essential items. Whilst

overall size of the boat will influence the scale of

decadence, it is worth keeping in mind that larger,

longer boats whilst giving extensive volume are

likely to be heavier and slightly less

manoeuvrable, particularly in rock gardens and

the surf.

Construction type.

Your choice of construction type is likely to be

influenced by the amount you want to spend, how

carefully you handle your craft and your creativity.

Current Options include roto-molded

polyethylene (plastic), or composite (fibre glass/

carbon/kevlar). Each has merits. Plastic boats are

durable and relatively cheap; glass boats are

lighter, rigid and able to be repaired with ease, but

they are more expensive.

Locally produced, vacuum formed ABS boats

plastic boats provide substantial weight

reductions; increased rigidity; the ability to make

repairs or modify using polyester resin or even to

customise by painting with readily available

automotive products.

As a truly dedicated individual you might wish to

create your own craft in wood. The most common

types of construction are plywood stitch and glue

or strip cedar. Both can produce strong, durable,

lightweight boats with monumental aesthetic

appeal. If you have the time and desire to produce

a unique vessel, this is a most functional and

rewarding alternative.

Letter to the Editor

We do get a regular number of people who

holiday in N.Z. and when they get back to the U.K.

having had a good time paddling on holiday, they

look up a club and take up paddling. Many thanks

for the recruits.

As a club, we are always keen to forge links with

people from other parts of the world. We have

even twinned with a kayak club across the

channel in Cherbourg. They have 2 junior kayak

champions and we have 1.

So if you have any readers coming to the U.K. who

would like to visit our little corner of the country;

they can look us up at www.phcc.org.uk

Here in Dorset we have the heritage Jurassic

coastline and not too far away there are some very

by Andrew Mount

Another option, fabric on frame, is closely linked

to traditional construction methods.

Contemporary versions are available but not

often seen in New Zealand. This type of boat is

light and uniquely can be folded away. It is

recognised and used by kayaking icons such as

John Dowd, a substantial endorsement in itself.

These boats carry a hefty price tag, which may

explain their scarcity in New Zealand.

If synergy were to exist between dreams and

technology, my perfect boat would have the

durability of plastic with the aesthetic appeal of

wood; the low weight of skin on frame and the

strength and rigidity of carbon/kevlar. To date

however it doesn’t, so I go by what serves my

priorities best.

If you who, like me, appreciate the shape and

lines of your kayak as much as its functionality,

try not to be too concerned to prevent scrapes and

grazes on your precious boat. It is after all a vessel

whose heritage is steeped in purpose, exploration

and survival. It is a craft that will serve you well

when conditions have become too extreme for

most other craft, if you have the skills to do it

justice. For some, this is when the fun begins.

I particularly enjoyed the last few sentences in the

chapter on finishing in Nick Schades book ‘The

Strip-Built Sea Kayak.’

“Carry it to the water and carefully lay the kayak

in. Paddle it from the shore with great care,

avoiding any potential hazard. Do this every time

you paddle until, eventually, the day will come

when, thanks to a lapse of attention, you will hit a

rock or stump that you didn’t see. The boat is now

scratched. Your kayak is now complete”.

good surf beaches. Our white water is mostly on

the rivers in Devon and Cornwall during our

winter (no glacial melt I’m afraid) and of course

we have our beautiful harbour. For the completely

potty there is the rodeo capitol of the U.K at Hurley

Weir on the Thames in London just 2 hr

drive away.

Finally a question. Why are almost all kayakers so

preoccupied with stuffing their boats with enough

food to feed a small army and then determined

to eat in the most out of the way place they

can find?

Happy Paddling

Geoff Goulden

Quartermaster for Poole Harbour Canoe Club


Andrew Mount and his father Maurice. Faithful ‘Penguin’ on left, with two canvas covered kayaks of unknown design.

They were recovered in the late 1970’s by Mr Pegram of Whenuapai. Both are still in good functional condition.

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PHOTO ESSAY

Yakity Yak

Win Win

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by Bronnie VanLith

Have you thought about trying something different? Joining

a sport that is fun and where you can meet new friends and

explore new places? Then why not give the Yakity Yak kayak

club a go. Some common concerns about joining the club are:

• I don’t know if I can kayak, I have never even sat in one before.

Answer, Most people who join the club are novices. This is why we put you

on a weekend long course first; to build up your skills and confidence while

giving you the opportunity to see if you think you will like it.

• I am not very strong or fit. I don’t want to be a liability.

Answer: You won’t. We have a huge range of people with different fitness

and strength levels. The club has a very supportive and nurturing culture. We

always paddle to the slowest person. When we plan a trip that takes a little

more fitness, we let members know.

• I don’t like camping.

Answer. Not all our trips are overnight stays. We do lots of day trips also.

• I am too old or too young.

Answer. Our youngest member is 13. ( Well actually I sometimes take my

children on the trips. The youngest being 3yrs ) Our oldest member is 82yrs.

You are only as old as you think you are.

• I haven’t got a kayak.

Answer. As a club member you can hire one at half price! You also get a special

club discount if you ever decide to buy one.

So come on, get out there and live life !! Give it a go!! Ask about the club at

any Canoe & Kayak store.

For more information on the Yakity

Yak Club - fill in the form and

receive an information pack and

Go in the Draw to WIN....

Prize drawn on 31 May 2005

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Ferry choc-a-block with kayaks

Phew it’s hot!

Have we got the energy left to smile?

Who is in for the morning shower?

Where is this club going to take us to next?

Can I paddle up here?

Kiwi Association of Sea

Kayakers N.Z. Inc.

(KASK)

KASK is a network of sea kayakers

throughout New Zealand

KASK publishes a

146 page sea

kayaking handbook

which is free to

new members: the

handbook contains

all you need to know about sea kayaking:

techniques and skills, resources,

equipment, places to go etc.

KASK publishes a bi-monthly

newsletter containing trip reports,

events, book reviews, technique/

equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’

file. KASK holds national sea

kayaking forums.

Website:

www.kask.co.nz

Annual subscription is $25.00.

Kask

PO Box 23

Runanga 7854

West Coast

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What’s On

Kids Holiday Programme

10-16 year olds

A great way for your kids to get into the safe fun

sport of kayaking. We will teach them to be safe

The Cambridge to Hamilton Kayak Race and

Cruise is New Zealand’s longest running kayaking

event. Started over 25 years ago by Auckland

Canoe Club, this was a social event which, while

catering for the fast paddlers always included a

cruising option for those who wanted to paddle

the picturesque Waikato River but not compete.

It was an event, which frequently attracted family

groups, and three generations paddling together

were not uncommon. Average numbers

competing were usually around 120.

Press Release

By Ruth E. Henderson

Whilst on a quest for a new Coromandel

campsite for a future Yakity Yak Club trip, Ian,

Mum and I stopped at the tranquil farmland

setting of Colville Farm Holidays. At 4pm I saw

a bubbling brook, swimming hole, expansive

views over lush pasture to the hills and

mountains beyond; facilities of hot showers,

flush loo, power for Mum’s campervan, dogfriendly/tolerant

rules, flat land for my puptent,

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competent kayakers over three half days with a

full day adventure to finish off.

Once this initial training is complete they can

experience an overnight kayaking trip with the

Yakity Yak Kayak Club.

The cost per child is $195. This includes Yakity Yak

Club membership, transport, food and kayak

gear hireage.

Ask your local Canoe and Kayak shop for

more details.

1st May 2005 - Cambridge to Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise

Located about 30 kilometres south of Te Kuiti, the

Totoro Gorge section of the Mokau River offers

excellent Grade 3+ white water as the river

tumbles over a series of bedrock formations. The

run starts below the existing power station at

Wairere Falls.

Unlike most Taranaki Rivers, which are fed by rain

from Mt. Taranaki, the Mokau flows from the north

and has a large catchment. This means that the

Mokau provides summer kayaking - an important

asset when other ‘naki’ rivers are suffering from

dehydration.

King Country Energy (KCE) wants to dam the river

approx 4.5km down from the put-in. This means

that instead of awesome white water rapids in

bedrock formations we will have an oversized,

weed-infested goldfish pond.

KCE have grossly understated the amenity value

Silent Night

Three years ago, organizing this race became too

time consuming for volunteers and it seemed that

the Race was doomed to slip into oblivion.

However, Auckland Canoe Centre took it over,

turned it into a commercial venture and started

getting sponsorship from most of the kayak

manufacturers and importers. The number of

competitors has continued to grow and this year

it is estimated that there will be 250-300.

Auckland Canoe Centre has been sold and is now

called Auckland Canoe and Kayak, but the

Cambridge-Hamilton Race and Cruise continues

to be organized by former Auckland Canoe

Centre owners, Su and Peter Sommerhalder

under the name of Akarana Kayaks.

Entry forms will be available soon from most

North Island Kayak shops, otherwise email

Akaranakayaks@slingshort.co.nz

or kayakrace@slingshot.co.nz and a copy will

be sent to you.

Damming the Mokau River in Totoro Gorge

will kill the white water rapids

of the white water on this river and their plans will

be strongly contested by kayaking interests.

The existing power station at Wairere Falls is a run

of river, which spills at a very low flow and does

not store significant amounts of water. This station

for me and my pup...idyllic.

In the adjacent backpackers, reading the ‘Clear

file’ stuffed with things to do, my brain failed to

translate “On Friday night, homeless bands in the

area, practise in the house over the road, you are

welcome...” into NOISE. This was not the only

brain failure and the band was the least of the

disturbances.

The last of the Auckland evacuees must have left

at about 9pm. By 1am the traffic stream slowed

and finally was silent. Some travellers decided to

join us. The ladies from Lebanon or was it Lisbon?

is kayaker-friendly but the new proposal with its

large dam and storage reservoir spells death to

the famous Mokau white water rapids.

For more information updates etc keep an eye on

www.rivers.org.nz

Alan Bell.

spoke excitedly, loudly and laughed long into

the night, then coughed for the remainder.

The man and his daughter argued so angrily

when she refused to

‘take her pills’ that I

popped my head out,

thinking I could be

witness to murder most

foul. Cows bellowed,

horses tore at the grass...

and an old dog WAS

taught new tricks!!


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TRI/SEA VEST

The most popular vests for multisport, touring and

cruising. The rear pocket on this jacket has been

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reflective tape has been put on the top of the vest

for better visibility. The front pockets have been

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in the event of a capsize. Colours, red, blue or gold.

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Keep your phone free from water, dust and

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BILGE PUMPS

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Essential safety

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watch out!

$74.95 RRP

PADDLE

FLOATS TO

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Essential for all single

sea kayaks. “This is the

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RIVER KAYAKING

Taupo High-School Trip to the

Whanganui River

I had come a long way from Germany -

hoping to find a nice sports company

for work experience. I ended up

working for the new Canoe & Kayak

Centre in Auckland and had a great

time. Especially because I got the

opportunity to join a five-day

Whanganui River Trip, which was just

overwhelming! Thanks Pete!

It was a nice and sunny Monday when the Canoe

& Kayak team of Pete, Peter, Mike, Tam and I met

the 18 high school kids and 3 adults at the school

grounds in Taupo. Everybody was excited, looking

forward to their Whanganui River Journey. My first

impression was that we would never get all the

piled-up gear into the kayaks, but I forgot about

the four Old Town Canoes we had on the trailer,

mainly to carry all the barrels and bags. Lucky us!

Fortunately we did not lose any of the vans, boats

or gear on the 35 km of unsealed and bumpy road

to our starting point Whakahoro, where we

unloaded the vans and trailers and packed all the

gear into the boats. The canoes must have looked

like swimming donkeys with their heavy load, and

at 2.30 pm we finally made it onto the water.

The sun burned and the clear water looked

tempting to jump in. Although most of the kids had

never paddled before and some got stuck or

turned without intention, we survived the first day

without a single capsize! Well done kids!

We spent our first night at Mangapapa campsite,

where two other groups had already put up their

tents. Some kids jumped off the cliffs and went

for a swim before sunset. We spent a pleasant

evening under the stars and shortly after dinner

everybody disappeared into their tents. For the

inexperienced outdoor traveller from Germany

(me) it was the first night in wilderness with

collected rain as drinking water, a sleeping bag to

keep warm and even worse, a long drop as a toilet.

But as I was told “it’s great fun” and most people

in New Zealand really like camping, I thought the

spoiled German girl would survive this trip, too.

And that’s what I did - as you can see - and I did

not even complain at all!

Tuesday morning we were on the water at 9am.

The weather forecast was not good for the next

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by Rhena Landefeld

three days, but apparently you cannot predict the

weather on the Whanganui River! We were in a

good mood. We paddled 16 km along the winding

river with sun and clouds alternating. The first

boats became victims of rapids and the

passengers were helped to an unintentional

swim. We reached Tamatea Cave and the opposite

campsite Ohauora at lunchtime and decided to

spend our second night there.

It was a good decision because minutes after we

had put up our tents it started raining.

Nevertheless we had a fun afternoon and evening

sitting under a shelter with a bonfire in front of it,

talking, eating (Pete made some of his famous

banana fritters), singing and playing games.

Interesting how grown ups can become children

in the wilderness, playing “I spy with my little

eye...” not to get bored! “Want another Tim Tam,

Tam?” On the second night on the river, I learnt

that it is not a good idea to choose a loamy soil

for camping when it’s raining... When we wanted

to return to our tents it was so muddy, we had to

be careful not to lose our shoes or get stuck in the

slippery ground. Another obstacle was provided

by a big group of kids who had arrived in the

afternoon. Their tents now blocked the entry to

ours, and we had to fight our way around their

‘buildings’.

Another experience occurred to the ignorant

German visitor this night. At 2.30am Pete blew the

emergency signal and we had to come down and

pull our boats further up the bank. Because of the

steady and heavy rain, the river had risen and our

boats were now endangered. At this time of night

we were not even sure if we could carry on the

next day, because you’re not allowed to paddle

the river while the water level is rising. It was an

exciting night! We went back to sleep and when

we woke up in the morning raindrops were still

falling on our tents. We spent an easy-going

morning with bacon & eggs for breakfast under the

shelter, watching the river, which fortunately did

not rise any more. Our leaders decided to move

on and so we left Okauora at about 10.30am.

In Germany we have a saying that translates as

“When angels travel, the sun will shine...” and so

it happened to us. Once we launched, the rain

stopped and at times the sun guided our way.

Today the water was murky and the river ran

much faster than the days before. We did not need

to paddle at all; the river did all the work for us.

We leaned back and enjoyed the landscape.

Because of the heavy rain, many pretty waterfalls

had magically appeared at the riversides. Some

of them went straight down the cliffs, others came

down in steps or even in a cave so that you could

only hear it splash. We saw goats climbing on the

cliffs and disappearing between the trees.

Floating timber was probably the only danger we

had. Most of the rapids were easier to negotiate

with the higher water level.

We arrived at John Coull Hut at lunchtime and

again decided to stay. The weather was quite

good, so we had the chance to dry our wet gear.

Even if most of us would have liked to move on at

first, again the decision made by our leaders was

right. The kids enjoyed sleeping in a hut and the

adults enjoyed the free afternoon drying tents and

gear, reading and relaxing. Some of us stayed

active and learned ferry gliding on the river with

Tam and Mike in open canoes; others sat in the

sun and watched wild pigeons playing in the trees.

The evening and night were very cold and shortly

after dinner everyone disappeared into warm

sleeping bags - softly rocked into sleep by

constant snoring from a certain neighbour’s tent.

After three short days we had to paddle a long

distance of 29 km on Thursday. We got up early to

be the first on the water at 8am. It was misty and

the clouds were hanging low in the river valley,

which usually foretells a good day. And that was

exactly what happened. We had the most

beautiful and lovely day on the river; the sun was

burning hot, the river was still fast, we paddled

easily - simply enjoying the day. Big tree ferns

which clung to the steep riverbanks moved in the

wind, birds were singing and amazing waterfalls

were a benefit for the eyes.

At lunchtime we arrived at Mangapurua campsite

opposite the walkway to the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’.

The canoes brought us to the other side of the

river where our explorer group started to make

its way through the forest. The ‘Bridge to Nowhere’

is one of the most famous features of the river. It

was built in 1936 as part of a road from Raetihi to

the river, but unfortunately has never been used.

Life in this area had become too hard, so the

farmers there were forced to leave. In 1946 the

bridge was re-discovered, overgrown with grass

and scrub. It got cleaned up, signposted and it now

stands as a mute testimony to the failed effort to

settle the region. Very impressive! The track from


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the landing to the bridge is signed to take 40

minutes. But I tell you, it’s not a big deal to make it

in 30 minutes with a bunch of energetic kids!

Back on the river after lunch we paddled on to

Tieke Kainga. The sun was still hot and so the kids

decided to have a cool down with water fights.

Mike and Pickles made an impressive seat change

on the railing of one of the canoes. Pete and

Lauren, who tried to copy them, ended up having

a swim. But no matter, they got rescued...! And the

sun quickly dried them again.

Our destination camp for the last night, Tieke

Kainga, has been revived as a marae about ten

years ago. Now everyone is welcome on the

marae, but you are asked to observe protocol. So

it happened that when we arrived on the

riverbank, we were asked, and explained how, to

participate in the Powhiri (welcome). A Maori

school group, already staying at Tieke, called us

onto the marae and gave us a traditional welcome

with singing, speaking and showing the Haka (war

dance). We laid a gift on the ground and finally

greeted everyone in the traditional form, by

pressing noses (Hongi). It was a very special,

amazing and impressing experience. Afterwards

Maree at Tieke Kainga

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some of us even got the chance to listen to the

historical story of the marae and the explanations

of the pole carvings. Wonderful!

Again, we had a very nice evening with cooking

next to our tents and the kids playing rugby

against some Maori boys. Later on we were

invited to join the Maoris in the hut, watching

school performances and talking. But our journey

was not supposed to end as comfortable as

this day...

In the evening clouds had already covered the sky

and at night it started raining again and became

colder. Once we woke up the rain was still steadily

banging onto our tents. This morning nobody

really wanted to get up, but we had to carry on

because we were to be picked up at Pipiriki at

2.30pm. We put on all the warm clothing we could

find but by the time we had taken down our tents,

loaded our boats and were on the water we were

soaking wet and cold. Pete explained the risks of

this weather when you are on the water, so we

paddled on, hoping that we would survive the last

day without any complications. The wind was

strong and made us feel the cold even more. We

had 21.5 km remaining for our last day and spent

most of it freezing, not noticing the landscape

around us. Tam and Mike tried to keep the kids

happy with singing. That’s how it happened that

the song “100 bottles of beer on the wall” was

counted down to zero.

As we reached Ngaporo campsite nobody really

wanted to get out of their boats, but it was more

than time to have a break because most of us had

already started shivering. Even in the rain Pete

managed to start a fire, put up a tarpaulin against

the wind and insisted on warming up and eating -

no matter how long it took. Good on him, we all

felt much better when we carried on. The rain had

stopped but the wind was still strong. As the

landscape changed and the riverbanks got flatter,

we really had to fight against the wind and the

waves pushing us up stream. It might have been

quicker to walk the rest of our way than to paddle

against the wind! But finally we made it to the

landing at Pipiriki, where we got picked up. We

were one hour late, wet, cold and exhausted - but

as Pete would say, “It was just another day in

paradise!” And don’t forget, “If you’re happy and you

know it, clap your hands!” Thanks Pete for taking

me along and making it a unique work experience!


Moody river

Kids plus kayaks equals fun

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SWING 400 PLUS

Sit-on-top

Kayak, paddle

and seat and

2 rod holders.

$1299

Interest free finance available

only $25 per week (approx).

Conditions apply.

PENGUIN

Sea Kayak,

paddle and

spray skirt

Interest free finance available

only $48 per week (approx).

Conditions apply.

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FISH N DIVE

Sit-on-top Kayak,

paddle and

backrest and 2

rod holders.

$1350

Interest free finance available

only $26 per week (approx).

Conditions apply.

INTRIGUE

Multisport Kayak,

paddle, spray

skirt and

buoyancy aid.

$2499 $2849

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only $55 per week (approx).

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NEW ZEALAND KAYAK MAGAZINE’S BUYERS GUIDE

Weight: 21.77 kg

Width: 597 mm

Length: 5.046 m

Price: From

$1995

EXPEDITION is designed to go fast. It is built to accelerate quickly and get

to its top speed in a short period of time. This boat has lots of storage and is

ideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking and

long distance cruising.

Weight: 22.68 kg

Width: 711 mm

Length: 4.55 m

Price: $1195

(x A hatch and tank straps

incl.)

TOURER This kayak has it all, even an adjustable leg length rudder

system. The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage,

enabling paddlers to maintain high speed and straight tracking with easy

handling in all conditions. The integrated keel provides stability and

efficiency.

RECREATIONAL AND SIT-ON-TOP

KAYAKS SPECIFICATION KAYAKS

SPECIFICATION

Weight: 34 kg

Width: 83 cm

Length: 4.70m

Price: From

$1349

ACADIA 470 A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard allowing for

a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly and

has excellent stability. Dry storage compartment.

Buoyancy

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Weight: 17 kg

Width: 68 cm

Length: 2.8 m

Price: $819

ACADIA 280 A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for the

whole family in sheltered waters.

Weight: 23.5 kg

Width: 62 cm

Length: 4.5m

Price: $1360

SWIFT The swift is an easy handling and stable sit-on-top, with a hull

shape similar to that of a sit-in kayak to give it greater speed. The standard

Swift comes rigged with a rudder and storage compartments, making it the

ideal craft for those longer trips or a day out fishing beyond the breakers.

Weight: 27 kg

Width: 750 mm

Length: 3.46 m

Price: $910

ESCAPADE Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving and having

fun in the sun.

Easy finance available from Conditions and

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We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.

THE EXPLORER is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one of the

driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies

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RECREATIONAL AND SIT-ON-TOP

KAYAKS SPECIFICATION KAYAKS

SPECIFICATION

Weight: 18.18 kg

Width: 790 mm

Length: 3.43 m

Price: From

$895

Weight: 25.90 kg

Width: 915 mm

Length: 3.81 m

Price: From

$1095

THE TANDEM ‘two person’ is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring with

great hatches for storing your adventure equipment. Now available with

three person option. It is often used by one person.

Weight: 17.27 kg

Width: 710 mm

Length: 3.10 m

Price: From

$649

THE PLAY is great for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and flat water

kayak. Kids love this Sit-on as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yet

very stable.

Weight: 34 kg

Width: 840 mm

Length: 4.75 m

Price: $1459

SWING 470 PLUS A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stable

and fast. It has plenty of storage and great features to make your

adventures fun.

Weight: 25 kg

Width: 780 mm

Length: 4.01 m

Price: $1039

SWING 400 PLUS Flat water cruising, well appointed with gear storage

inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that detaches, which is great for

carrying your fishing gear to your favourite spot. The pod can also be used

as a seat.

Weight: 14 kg

Width: 700 mm

Length: 3 m

Price: $710

SPRITE ONE A kayak for the family, able to seat an adult and child.

Easy paddling, adjustable seat back and clip down hand grabs, paddles

well in a straight line and is very stable. Suits flat water conditions.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.

Weight: 36.36 kg

Width: 915 mm

Length: 5.03 m

Price: From

$1295

THE TRIPLE is an excellent performing family Sit-on. The centre seat area

is dry with heaps of room so the kids can move and fidget without causing

the adults any concern. The centre space also allows for storage of heaps of

camping equipment.

Weight: 25.85 kg

Width: 914 mm

Length: 3.81 m

Price: From $995

(hatches & accessories not

included)

FISH ‘N DIVE The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located in

the stern and holds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat and

a smaller companion seat near the bow. It can also be fitted with an optional

motor bracket for an electric trolling or small outboard engine.

Weight: 15 kg

Width: 780 mm

Length: 2.7m

Price: $469

SQUIRT A Sit-on-Top for the family. Able to seat an adult and a small

child. It is easy to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried by one adult or

two kids.

Weight: 23 kg

Width: 750 mm

Length 3.3 m

Price: $770

ESCAPEE Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that

does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling.

Weight: 22.7 kg

Width: 810 mm

Length: 3.12 m

Price: $889

TORRENT FREEDOM Great for the surf and the river with awesome

manoeuvrability. Excellent finish.

Weight: 32 kg

Width: 830 mm

Length: 4.2 m

Price: $1160

DELTA DOUBLE Fun for the whole family at the beach or lake.

Plenty of room and great stability.


We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.

Weight: 21 kg

Width: 770 mm

Length: 2.5 m

Price: $630

WHIZZ A great multi-purpose family boat for big kids and small kids alike.

Lots of fun this summer at the beach. (Hot surfer!)

Weight: 35 kg

Width: 800 mm

Length: 4.87 m

Price: $2579

CONTOUR 490 This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer with the

easy ability to do those weekend camping expeditions. It handles well, is

fun to paddle and has well appointed accessories.

RECREATIONAL AND SIT-ON-TOP

KAYAKS SPECIFICATION KAYAKS

SPECIFICATION

Weight: 27 kg

Width: 67 cm

Length: 470 cm

Price: $1260 (Std)

$1490

(Expedition)

NAPALI 470 The Napali 470 has been loaded with lots of technical

features. It is a stable sit-on-top, and as efficient as a standard-size touring

boat.

Weight: 16 kg

Width: 685 mm

Length: 2.92 m

Price: $795

COBRA STRIKE A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantastic

in the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

LAKE AND SEA KAYAKS

Weight: 45 kg

Width: 760 mm

Length: 5.64 m

Price: $3379

ECO NIIZH 565 XLT This upgraded model is proving a hit with its new

lighter weight and some excellent features. We now have a plastic double

sea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions and

adventures.

Weight: 27 kg

Width: 62 cm

Length: 480cm

Price: $2039

CONTOUR 480 Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. A

channelled hull provides outstanding tracking that helps keep you on

course. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.

Weight: 32 kg

Width: 820 mm

Length: 4.5 m

Price: From

$1170 to

$1590

SPRITE TWO Two person cruiser, comes with dry gear storage. Fast,

stable and easy to use. Adjustable back rest. Suits flat water conditions.

Weight: 32 kg

Width: 74 cm

Length: 520 cm

Price: $1499 (Std)

$1899

(Expedition)

NAPALI 520 We took the lines of the Napali 470 and stretched them out

to nearly 5.2m and added another seat. The result is the Napali 520, a most

efficient tandem sit-on-top.

Weight: 20 kg

Width: 710 mm

Length: 2.98 m

Price: $849

Five O Amazing surf sit-on-top. Fun, agile and performance orientated.

Your height, weight and paddling

ability will affect the type of kayak

best suited for your needs. Ask for

advice at your specialist kayak shop.

Weight: 20 kg

Width: 675 mm

Length: 3.7 m

Price:

Tourer $1229

Expedition $1429

ACADIA 370 Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustable

backrest, an access hatch in the back which is great for carrying your extra

gear.

Weight: Std 22kg

Width: 610 mm

Length: 4.4 m

Basic $1410

Excel $1750

Excel lightweight $1920

TUI EXCEL A versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea. Stability,

speed and easy tracking make for an enjoyable day’s paddling. A larger

cockpit allows for easier entry and exit.

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We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.

KAYAKS SPECIFICATION KAYAKS

SPECIFICATION

We recommend that everybody who uses a

kayak should participate in a training

course. This will ensure your enjoyment and

safety. Ask at your nearest kayak shop.

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LAKE AND SEA KAYAKS

Weight: 22 kg

Width: 610 mm

Length: 5.3 m

Price: $3980

TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlar

Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, and

increased stiffness, gives even better performance.

Weight: 26kg

Width: 640mm

Length: 4.5 m

Price: $1889

CONTOUR 450 This kayak is designed for day tripping and light

overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily.

Weight: 23kg

kevlar/carbon

Width: 600 mm

Length: 5.6 m

Price: $4110 Kevlar

TORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling extreme

expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Weight: 22kg

Width: 590 mm

Length: 5 m

Price: $3110

(Freight charges may apply)

CHALLENGE 5 Slightly larger volume than the Sequel and lighter at 22kg.

A fast and stable touring sea kayak well appointed and featuring a great

rudder/steering system.

Weight: 26kg

Width: 580 mm

Length: 4.93 m

Price: $2099 North Island

$2195 South Island

SEQUEL Fast, light, touring kayak suits beginners through to advanced

paddlers. The hull design allows for great handling in rough water. Well

appointed and ideally suitable for multisport training.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.

Weight: 27 kg

Width: 610 mm

Length: 5.3 m

Price: $2550

Lightweight $2820

TASMAN EXPRESS Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile and

flared bow enable it to perform well in adverse conditions. It is designed to

give the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, side

seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Weight: Std 26 kg

Width: 590 mm

Length: 5.4 m

Price: $2559

ECOBEZHIG 540 An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge

storage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will ever

meet.

Weight: 25 kg

Width: 610 mm

Length: 4.8 m

Price: $2250

Lightweight $2520

PENGUIN Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease of

handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is

suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.

Weight: 22kg

Width: 600 mm

Length: 5.4 m

Price: $3960 Kevlar

SOUTHERN SKUA Fast, stable sea kayak. Great in the rough and in the

wind. Well appointed for expedition and day trips.

Weight: 34kg

Width: 820 mm

Length: 4.5 m

Price: $1690

WANDERER EXCEL A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This is

an enjoyable kayak for all the family.

Weight: 22kg

Width: 600 mm

Length: 4.5 m

Price: $1785 North Island

$1903 South Island

BREEZE Fully appointed sea kayak. Light weight and agile with a long

waterline giving good speed in a smaller sea kayak. Designed with the

lighter paddler in mind. Suitable for day or overnight trips. Fun in a compact

package.


We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.

MULTI SPORT AND RACING SEA KAYAKS

KAYAKS SPECIFICATION KAYAKS

SPECIFICATION

Weight: 11kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.65m

Price: $2995

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for the smaller

paddler in the 50 to 70kg range.

It is 5.65 metres long, which is half way between the length of the Swallow

and the Opus and it has a maximum beam of 450mm.

Weight: 12.5 kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.89m

Price: $2995

OPUS This kayak is for the competitive multisporter who has mastered the

mid range kayaks like the Swallow and is paddling the river with skill and

enjoyment. Advanced paddling ability is required to enjoy racing this Kayak.

Weight: 12 kg

Width: 480mm

Length: 5.4 m

Price: $2795

SWALLOW The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with good

stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak.

Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg

depending on construction

Width: 510 mm

Length: 6.43 m

Price: $2980 - $3330

depending on construction

MAXIMUS Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allows

this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed and is

easy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in

adverse conditions.

Weight: 26 kg Glass

Kevlar/Carbon

24kg Kevlar

Width: 550mm 550 mm

Length: 7m 7 m

Price: $4995 Glass - $5495

depending on $5495 construction

Kevlar/Carbon

ADVENTURE DUET This lightweight, very fast and recently updated

Adventure Racing double kayak continues to dominate adventure racing in

NZ and is very suitable as a recreational double.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.

Weight: 16.5 kg

Width: 500mm

Length: 6.4 m

Price: $3495 kevlar

& carbon

$2995 fibreglass

OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the ‘Length

of New Zealand Race’ and built around the safety criteria drawn up for that

race. The Ocean X is also very suitable for kayak racing in the many

harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the

kayak sections of many multisport races.

Weight: 14.5 kg

Width: 540 mm

Length: 4.94m

Price: $2295

INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner kayaker who is looking for

a quick, light kayak with great stability.

Weight: 13.5 kg Kevlar

12 kg Carbon /

Kevlar

Length: 6.2 m

Price: $3095 Kevlar

$3295 Carbon /

Kevlar

F1 This innovative new multisport kayak is designed for the advanced and

elite paddler. This radical kayak is fast with considerable secondary stability

and is fitted with our new “bikini” seat. It will accelerate with ease, cutting

wave trains and eliminating rocking.

Weight: 19.09 kg

Width: 585 mm

Length: 5.03 m

Price: $1495

THE ELIMINATOR is a fast stable racing

and training ‘Sit -on’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining

system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.

Give your specialist kayak shop a call

and talk to one of our friendly team to

help choose the best kayak for you.

Easy finance available from Conditions and

booking fee apply

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SEA KAYAKS, TOURING AND SIT-ON-TOPS

Stage 1

SKILLS COURSE ESKIMO ROLLING

A comprehensive course designed to

A comprehensive course designed to

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct and safe paddler. The

course progresses so you develop

techniques and confidence at an

enjoyable pace with great end results.

This course is run over a weekend or by

request in the evenings.

COST $295

Stage 3

WEATHER & NAVIGATION

Understanding the weather and ability to

navigate in adverse conditions is vital

when venturing into the outdoors. Learn

to use charts and compasses and forecast

the weather using maps and the clouds.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $150

Stage 5

KAYAKING SURF COURSE

Surfing is heaps of fun when you know

how. We will spend the evenings starting

off in small surf and building up to one

and a half metre waves. We will use a

range of sit on tops and kayaks to make it

fun and easy to learn. Skills to be taught

include surfing protocol, paddling out,

direction control, tricks and safety

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $349

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Stage 2

This course covers the skills required to

become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. You increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions. Being able to

eskimo roll will make you a more

competent, safe and capable paddler.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200

Stage 4

OCEANS COURSE

An advanced course designed to build on

your skills. Covering paddling technique,

kayak control, rescues, preparation,

planning and decision making.

Course: Weekend/overnight.

COST $350

Stage 6

RESCUE COURSE

You need rescue skills to look after

yourself and your paddling buddies in

adverse conditions. This course covers

Towing systems, Capsized kayaks,

T Rescues, Paddle floats, Stern Deck

Carries, Re-enter and Roll.

Programme One Evening

Cost $60

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WHITE WATER AND MULTISPORT

Stage 1

INTRO TO WHITE WATER

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct paddler. Starting off

in a heated pool and progressing

through flat water to moving water, it

allows you to develop techniques and

confidence at an enjoyable pace with

great end results.

Course: Weekend

COST $349

Stage 3

RIVER SKILLS

On this course we continue to build on

the skills gained on Stage One and Two

Courses. Developing your skills,

technique and confidence on the faster

moving white water of the Waikato River

and progressing on to a Sunday day trip

on the Mohaka River. Includes, eddie

turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and

building new skills in River Rescue

techniques and River Reading.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 5

ADVANCED WHITEWATER

This course is designed to sharpen your

whitewater skills and start learning simple

rodeo moves. We will focus on skills such

as river reading, body position and

rotation, advanced paddle technique,

playing in holes and negotiating higher

Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are

feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

Ideally you should already be paddling the

mid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

INTRO TO ESKIMO

ROLLING

Stage 2

This course covers the skills required to

become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. This will increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200

Stage 4

MULTISPORT

MULTISPORT

During this course we build on the skills

gained on the Stage One to Three Courses.

Developing your moving water skills,

technique and confidence in your Multi

Sport Kayak. We start on the Mohaka River

on Saturday and progress to the

Whanganui on Sunday for some big water

paddling. River racing competency letters

are awarded to those who meet the

standard and criteria as outlined on the

Grade Two Competency Certificate. A copy

is available from Canoe & Kayak Shops.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 6

RIVER RESCUE

This course is designed to cover likely

scenarios on white water rivers. The

course is suitable for paddlers who feel

comfortable on Grade One to Two rivers.

The areas covered are rope skills, muscle

techniques, team control, heads up, risk

management and combat swimming. Also

covering skills required in the following

situations: entrapments, kayak raps,

swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

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Accommodation available to Yakity-Yak club

members and their families... Ideal for sport

and school groups... Situated on the banks

of the Waikato River our Kayakers Lodge

accommodates up to 12 people, is fully

furnished, with plenty of parking and a quiet

location.

$25 per person per night.

Phone: 0800 529256 for details

Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River Discovery

Mohaka Whanganui River Trips

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

$85 per person (bookings essential.

Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for

details.

TAUPO Accommodation

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

A guided kayak trip round the safe waters of

the Inner Harbour, while learning about the

history of the area. During this stunning trip

around the beautiful Napier Inner Harbour

of Ahuriri, we stop to share a glass of fresh

orange juice, local fruits and cheese platter.

All this for $40 per person.

Phone 06 842 1305

Paddle to the Pub

Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way of

spending an evening, bringing your group of

friends together by completing a fun activity

before dinner and making a memorable

experience. These trips are available to

Riverhead, Browns Bay and Devonport Pubs.

COST: $59.00 each • GROUP DISCOUNTS

AVAILABLE!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the

magnificent upper reaches of the mighty

Waikato River - soak in the geothermal

hotsprings - take in the stunning

environment... a perfect trip for all the family...

Price: $40 adult $25 children Special

group and family rates. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Waitara River Tours

For those who are slightly more adventurous at

heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement of

grade two rapids. Midway down, we paddle

under the historic Betran Rd Bridge where we

will stop for a snack.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50.

Phone: 06 769 5506

Okura River Tours

Exploring Karepiro Bay and the Okura

Marine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip with

abundant wildlife and a stop at Dacre

Cottage, the historic 1840 settlers house,

which is only accessible by boat.

Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Twilight Tours

Departs from one of The East Coast Bays

beautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip

with the sun setting over the cliff tops as

you paddle along the coast line.

COST: $49.00 • Group discounts available!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Mobile: 025 529 255

Need some excitement? Take a kayak down

this wicked Grade II river run... this is a

whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down the Mohaka River.

Price: $100 per person. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003,

Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Mokau River

Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which

winds through some of New Zealands

lushest vegetation. Camping overnight and

exploring some of New Zealands

pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Two day trips $220.00 or

one day $70.00.

Phone 06 769 5506

Kayak Hire

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Long Bay, Auckland - open

on weekends and by appointment. Have

some paddling fun on the beach or let us

run a Tour for you and your friends and

explore these beautiful areas.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Customized Tours

• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full

days frolic or a wicked weekend

adventure we can take you there.

If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle

we can provide you with experienced

guides, local knowledge, safe up to date

equipment and a lot of fun.

Contact your local store

on 0508 KAYAKNZ

Interested in a great adventure on this

Magnificent River?

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Price on application.

0800 529256

Sugar Loaf Island

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out

to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf

Island Marine Reserve. View the Taranaki

scenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer to

the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony

and experience the thrill of close up views of

these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$50.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

NZKI

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fun and easy to do.

Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 now

Join the Yakity Yak Club

Want to have fun, meet new people, have

challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn

new skills?

PLUS get a regular email newsletter and

this magazine! Also, get a discount on

kayaking courses and purchases from

Canoe & Kayak stores.

Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more

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NZ Distributors: Southern Extreme Ltd. Ph 03 360 2550 Fax 03 360 2499 e-mail thule@irl.co.nz


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CITY

DISCOVER ANOTHER WORLD

NORTH SHORE

UPPER HIGHWAY (16)

AUCKLAND

DOMINION ROAD

BALMORAL ROAD

502 Sandringham Rd

Telephone: 09 815 2073

Marine Retail Developments Ltd

T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland

NORTHERN MOTORWAY

Unit 2/20 Constellation Drive,

(Off Ascension Drive), Mairangi Bay,

Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002

Flood Howarth & Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak North Shore

HAMILTON

DUKE STREET

NORTH

CONSTELLATION DRIVE

KILLARNEY ROAD

SH1

BYPASS

KAHIKATEA DRIVE

NORTH

GREENMOUNT ST

DUKE STREET

SANDRINGHAM ROAD

KAHIKATEA DRIVE

ASCENSION PL

SOUTH

ST LUKES RD

The Corner Greenwood St

& Duke St, State Highway 1 bypass

Telephone: 07 847 5565

This shop is for sale

NORTH

NORTH

SILVERDALE

EAST COAST ROAD

S.H.1

TONGARIRO ST

NUKUHAU

Easy finance

available.

Conditions and booking fee apply

SPA ROAD

MAIN NORTH HIGHWAY

LAKE TERRACE

TAVERN ROAD

ANVIL RD

FOUNDRY RD

7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale

Please phone for opening hours

Telephone: 09 421 0662

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Distribution

TAUPO

38 Nukuhau Street, Taupo

Telephone: 07 378 1003

Rees and Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taupo

FIRST

DRIVEWAY

TARANAKI

Unit 6, 631 Devon Road

Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

Telephone: 06 769 5506

Peter & Bronnie van Lith

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taranaki

www.canoeandkayak.co.nz

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NORTH

MANUKAU

GREAT SOUTH RD

TOYOYA

BRONCOS

WIRI STATION ROAD

SOUTHERN MOTORAWAY

710 Great South Road, Manukau

Telephone: 09 262 0209

J. K. Marine Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Manukau

WAIWHAKAIHO RIVER

DEVON ROAD

SMART ROAD

NORTH

JOIN THE

YAKITY YAK

CLUB

BAY OF PLENTY

TO TAURANGA BRIDGE

MACDONALD STREET

MAUNGANUI ROAD

3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)

Telephone: 07 574 7415

Jenanne Investment Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty

HAWKE’S BAY

TARADALE ROAD

PHONE YOUR NEAREST

SHOP

NIVEN STREET

HEWLETTS ROAD

LIQUORLAND KFC

NORTH

15 Niven Street

Onekawa, Napier

Telephone: 06 842 1305

CSJ Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Hawke’s Bay

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