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Down the Mekong 6

Kelvin Oram continues his quest to paddle 7 rivers

Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Taupo 8

A dream is fulfilled by Val Wallace.

Great Mercury Island - Great kayaking 11

Christine Watson tells of a marvellous experience

amongst a wonderland of Geysers, blowholes and

rock gardens.

Playboating 14

Get to Taupo, and throw down some moves.

Mayor Island 16

The Bay of Plenty Yakity Yak club have awesome

snorkelling, paddling and fishing.

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Biscuits to BBQ 18

An Exhausting Easter 19

Young Martyn Pearson gives us the low down on

a trip to Hokianga harbour.

The Challenge, the Obsession 22

Annabel Smith couldn’t resist the pull of the

Speight’s Coast to Coast.

The First NZKBGT 28

The DIY brigade shows off and try out each other’s

beautiful craft and paddles.

Yakity Yak 30

The Taupo club show us the lure of this region.

The Home Bay Experience 32

The comings and goings of twenty-six North Shore

Yakity Yak clubbies.

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2005 KASK FORUM 34

Paul Caffyn gives a report on the antics at Anakiwa

over Easter.

Cambridge to Hamilton Race and Cruise 36

Make a diary note now for next year! 7th May

Product Focus 37

Check out the Rasdex paddle jacket prize.

Marketing Man 37

Meet Steve Smith

A perfect day at Lake Taupo 38

Les Dollard reckons this is one of the most

beautiful spots on the planet, and with fish to


DVD review 41

What’s On - Intrepid Kiwis 41

Buyers Guide 43

Kayak tuition 48

Directory - accommodation,

tours and kayak hire.

Photography - How to get your photos

published 50

Front cover: Sam Goodall, Rangataiki River

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ANZAC Day, 2005 on the Whanganui River at

first light, 22 kayakers aged from 13 to 60 plus

joined thousands elsewhere in New Zealand,

bowed their heads and remembered those

who met the challenges thrown at them

and the sacrifices they made. It was a

poignant moment.

It seems to me that the soldiers, sailors,

airmen and others who protected and

improved our nation ‘gave it a go’ even when

they were scared and unsure, largely because

they were brought up to stand on their own

feet within their teams. Their youth was spent

outdoors. They were fit, mentally alert and

ready for anything.

Parents still encourage their children’s sports

and outdoor activities to give them an

experienced-based education. While

coaching my son’s soccer team I’ve noticed

that the youngsters are learning to deal with

success, failure, pain, hard work, practice and

patience. Most significantly they are more

confident in their own ability to succeed in

something new, and perhaps daunting.

But are we doing enough in these days of

home entertainment to bring up the next

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generation, and indeed ourselves do we

match the quality of those who gave us our

freedom to do as we choose?

Coping in the outdoor environment is one key

to individual, family and the nation’s

character and health and we have the best

country in the world to explore. So lets get

motivated and start encouraging friends and

family to get involved with our fun sport and

help to continue to full our little Nation with

great Kiwis.

An observation by an employer on two types

of employees!

‘A’ Unsure what is required they use prior

experience as a guide and adlib. They apply

basic common sense. The outcome is usually

satisfactory. When it isn’t the lesson is

chalked up to experience, they learn and

move on to the next challenge.

‘B’ Lacking detailed knowledge of the subject

or task they hide wherever they can to avoid

embarrassing failure.

“Lest we forget”

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Down the Mekong

Kelvin continues his quest to paddle 7 rivers and to raise

both awareness and funds for Save the Children.


The magical 5 weeks I spent paddling down the Mekong’s muddy, swirling

waters started in the Laos capital of Vientiane - such a quiet, relaxed place

that it feels more like a small town than a capital city. As I set off down the

1km wide river with Laos on my left and Thailand on my right, I knew that

communicating with the locals was going to be a challenge; then there were

the sections of rapids to negotiate in the south; the possibility of getting lost

and tossed over a waterfall in the 4000 islands and the incredibly hot and

humid climate. But even with these concerns, my general feeling was one of


My Laos phrasebook was on the whole flippin useless, I could tell people

that my room was flooded and I didn’t want MSG in my noodle soup but I

couldn’t ask what village I was in! Luckily, it did have the phrase for “can I

stay here the night please?” which, if you say it quickly enough sounds a bit

like “kick you in the balls!” This is difficult to forget and I got quite proficient

in asking people whether I could stay with them without referring to the


The only other phrase that I managed to learn by heart was “thank you”, not

just because it sounded like “gobshite” but also because the hospitality of

the Lao people was so overwhelming. Each evening, about an hour before

sunset I would find a small fishing village and ask if I could stay. The Mekong

is populated along virtually its entire length on fertile silt covered banks.

Generally the whole village (sometimes 150 - 200 people!) would rush out to

see the funny Barang (white guy) and his strange air-filled boat. They then

would help to carry all my gear up to a patch of ground in the middle of the

village where I could pitch my tent. THE CIRCUS HAD COME TO TOWN!

From then on I was the entertainment for the evening, everything I did from

clowning around with the kids to cooking my noodles and erecting my funny

little tent was followed intently by 100’s of eyes and accompanied by excited

ooh’s and ah’s. My favourite time of the day was swim time when all the kids

would run down to the river with me and the crazy white monster would

roar and splash and chase them around until he was totally exhausted!

Most of the time I was only able to communicate in sign language but

occasionally there would be an old man in the village that grew up during

the French occupation and thus could speak French. Sadly, I can’t speak

French either! OK, its better than my Lao and doesn’t involve kicking anyone

in the balls as I did study it for 5 years in school but it was still very frustrating

and our conversations were limited to the weather (tres beau!) and questions

about my family. Evenings spent in these small fishing villages were highlights

of my Mekong trip, but most of the time was actually spent paddling my canoe

(funny that).

As on the Murray I enjoyed the simple routine of the paddle strokes and let

my mind wander in any and every direction. The weather was less of a

concern than in Oz. I barely saw a single cloud for the entire 5 weeks on the

river and although the days were hot and sunny, there was generally a cooling

breeze to take the edge off. Another great thing about the Mekong was its

speed. It really shifted and helped me to do between 15 and 20 kms more a

day than the Murray. This meant that I could stop in small towns for a couple

of days at a time and see a bit of the countryside without worrying about

having to rush later on.

In Savannakhet (southern Laos) my arrival coincided with a full moon festival

at a Buddhist stupa and I spent a very surreal evening wandering around

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by Kelvin Oram

with 1000’s of other people amongst the bouncy castles, fairground stalls,

live music stages, fried frog sellers and Buddhist monks. It was a bit


After about 2 weeks on the river I had to face my demons. Ever since a neardeath

experience in Bolivia involving a whirlpool, an inflatable canoe and

me, I have had a healthy respect (buttock-clenching fear!) for white water

and strong currents. I had been warned that north of Pakxe the Mekong splits

into smaller channels around islands and rocks with sections of gentle rapids.

In my open canoe, low in the water I entered the first set of rapids with white

knuckles and a life jacket. They never really got above grade 2, fluffy, bumpy

- not life threatening in any way but I still got wet. After every fast section I

had to pull up, empty the water out and gather myself for the next bit. On the

second day of this I came to a gorge where the river was forced through a

narrow gap. It didn’t look very friendly. The high sides prevented a portage

(carrying the boat around). Eventually after a long pause and a series of highly

necessary sphincter exercises I went for it. A couple of fishermen scrambled

to a better vantage point to watch the entertainment. As I entered the gorge

huge whirlpools formed in front and to the side of me. I had never paddled

with so much enthusiasm. Through luck/desperation/sheer fekkin terror I

managed to avoid being turned into a Kelvin Mekong shake. Emerging in the

eddies on the other side of the gap I thought, “I didn’t enjoy that very much!”

A few km’s downriver I spoke to a French speaking restaurant owner. I didn’t

need my old French teacher to translate his words of advice about the next

section of the river; “tres, tres dangereux’ and “beaucoup de rapides!” That

night I stayed in the only guest house in town and the next day caught a bus

to avoid the ‘rapides terribles’! I was happy to be past the worst of the

whitewater in Laos but I couldn’t help thinking that I’d let myself and others

down in skipping a section out of fear.

The next challenge I faced was ‘Si Pan Don’ or ‘the 4000 islands’ on the border

with Cambodia. A fellow kayaker in Vientiene had warned me “Be sure to

follow the correct channel to the southern island of Don Det or you could be

swept into the grade 6 rapids and over a 10m (30foot) waterfall into


This seemed like sound advice and I tried to follow it...really I did! But I got

hopelessly lost in the maze of islands and ended up on the wrong side of

the wrong island in a channel (luckily very shallow) which flowed over a

30ft waterfall. I still don’t know how I missed the safe channel and just thank

the river goddess that it was the dry season and I could drag my canoe away

from the falls. It took me a couple of hours of sweating and swearing before

I could get back into my boat and paddle round to the right channel and by

the time I got to my riverside bungalow I was absolutely shagged (but alive!).


Here I heard about the terrible earthquakes near Indonesia and the

devastation that the tidal wave caused. What a terrible tragedy, like something

from a Hollywood disaster movie only infinitely more tragic with no hero to

save the day. Maybe with so many tourists killed the world media will be

more interested than past natural disasters and aid will reach the areas

affected quicker.

I paddled over the Lao border and arrived at the Cambodian border post.

The guards greeted me, shared their lunch and told me that between the

border and the next town were dangerously strong currents and

whirlpools...NOT AGAIN!

I reluctantly got into a motorboat with two guards who gave me a lift to Stung

treng (the next town). Each time we passed a particularly nasty looking section

I felt a tap on my shoulder and the guards would point at the swirling current,

laugh and draw their fingers across their throats and point at me and my

boat, hilarious! Seeing the size of some of the waves and whirlpools I knew

they hadn’t exaggerated.

Then I learnt that just north of Kratie, the next town, was a series of rapids

worse than anything that I’d seen so far! Resigned to my fate and still feeling

like I was cheating, I got another ferry to Kratie. Eventually I got back in my

own boat to enjoy the next 300km to Phnom Penh.

For the next week I happily paddled through the Cambodian countryside,

stopping in small villages and free camping on large sandbars. I paddled into

Phnom Penh (the final stretch being upriver as it lies on the Tonle Sap river!)

elated to have finished my Mekong journey but sad that I hadn’t been able

to paddle the whole way.

I will remember Laos and Cambodia, two of the poorest countries in the

world, for the unbelievable kindness of people who have so little. They

should be an inspiration to all of us in the west who have so much.

Next stop Borneo and the Kinabatangan!

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Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Taupo

by Val Wallace

I was attracted to kayaking as a sport

which, unlike my husband’s and son’s

hobby of motorcycling, didn’t involve

costs of petrol and speeding tickets,

and didn’t need an oil change every

few thousand kilometres. I am secretly

pleased that none of my family has

shown any interest in sharing my love

of kayaking.

So, when my family and I planned to move from

New Plymouth to our holiday home in Taupo, with

the month of January to settle in and look for new

jobs, I developed this dream of kayaking around

Lake Taupo on my own.

I was not in very good physical condition. I started

gym training months out, bought books, studied

the websites and marine forecasts until I drove my

family mad! I wrote lists and slowly gathered the

necessary items. I kayaked as often as I could, and

when we moved to Taupo, I kayaked for 2 hours

every day for 2 weeks, come rain, hail or snow!

By the end of the first week in January, I was

confident with my kayaking skills and my fitness

levels, but getting less and less confident about

the weather. I had envisaged the skies to be blue,

the sun hot and the water flat for the entire 7 days

I expected the trip to take. But it was still an

unsettled weather forecast. A ‘High’ was said to

last about 3 days. I made my big decision to go.

The skies were grey, but the wind was light, so

after a nervous family hug, set off from Four Mile

Bay beach to cross the 4kms to Acacia Bay. This

was the longest open water crossing of the trip.

Once I was across, my confidence grew and I

relaxed into an easy paddle. It was too choppy to

risk bringing my camera out of its dry bag so I

couldn’t stop to photograph the Maori carvings in

Okuta Bay.

I had marked distances on my map and places

where I could land for a stretch, or to camp. The

first day I only travelled about 18 kms, but I got to

my planned destination at the western side of

Whakaipo Bay comfortably and found a narrow

stretch of ‘beach’ with bush coming right down to

the water and a spot large enough for my tent.

The next day, I rounded the Whangamata Bluffs

into Kinloch. It was calm and raining softly. The

quiet was almost too loud! When I paused on

Kinloch Beach for morning tea, the wind picked

up. I paddled harder. Rain got heavier and

reduced visibility dramatically, so I cocooned

myself into paddle mode to get to my planned

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Swans in Stump Bay, Lake Taupo

destination of ‘Boat Harbour’ at the south western

tip of Kawakawa Bay. Wet, cold and tired after 24

kms kayaked, I found a tent site.

Sleep was more difficult than the first night. I was

closer to the lake edge and the waves crashed

rhythmically. I kept waiting to hear them ease off

to indicate that the wind had dropped, but they

were still just as loud the next morning. Even

though the skies were clear and blue I couldn’t

see what the water was like around the point and

felt uneasy. Round the point when I could see

where I was heading, I cheered up.

The wind eased and the lake surface became easy.

The cliffs and bush came right down to the water’s

edge. The water went from deep green to bright

sky blue, and I was in solo kayaker heaven!

Waterfalls cascaded into the lake, birds circled

above me, trout leapt from the water and the only

people I saw in the morning were trolling from a

boat. The long white sandy beach of Waihaha Bay

was popular for families and day tripping boats

enjoying a spot of fishing or cruising up the river

to see the waterfall. I had a long lunch break on

the beach, gave the waterfall a miss and paddled

on. On the cliff face a black beech tree forest dates

from before the 150AD eruption of Mt Ruapehu, a

reminder that I was kayaking on a crater lake. The

trees watched me in silence as I quietly paddled

by. It was almost scary!

I reached Cherry Bay easily and in perfect weather

decided to carry on to a likely camp ‘The Nooks’.

This was not as glamorous as it sounds, and my

book implied - just a little indent in the steep cliff

side with a public mooring buoy for boats. No

good for a kayaker who can’t sleep in her boat!

I managed to pull my kayak onto a dry rock and

climbed the bush clad hill to find a spot just (but

not quite) large and flat enough for a tent. I had

to avoid a big hollow under one end of my tent.

Even though I kayaked 24 kms that day, I felt great,

as this had been as perfect a day as any solo

kayaker could hope for!

Day 4 dawned cold in the bush and once again, I

was nervous of the weather. I was to take 1 1/2

hours kayaking around the Karangahake Cliffs

with no shelter if a wind blew up. But the sky was

bright blue, the water reflected the stillness of the

sky and it was just quiet. I sat in awe of the cliffs

which loomed above and went straight down into

the clear water. I almost got vertigo looking down!

Kayaking must be just the best way to experience

nature like this - just awesome!

But civilisation wasn’t far away and it came as a

bit of a shock. Passing Te Hape Bay and closer to

Kuratau, boat traffic increased so much that I had

to constantly watch for their wakes. I wasn’t too

impressed! The wind now created a lumpy lake.

I pulled up in the boat ramp in Pukawa for some

lunch and people watched for a change - but I felt

like the odd one out amongst all the powerboats,

biscuits, water skiers and jet skiers!

I had kayaked further than planned, and nearing

Waihi Bay, decided I had enough energy to kayak

the open water crossing to the Tongariro River

mouth and Stump Bay. By then the northerly wind

had whipped the waves up into white caps and I

Willow tree in Stump Bay

Val on beach before setting off

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had to talk to myself for the half hour strong

paddle. The river mouth also proved challenging.

I went very wide to avoid getting stuck in the

shallows but the wider I went, the rougher the

waves! It was a relief to reach a slightly sheltered

beach and set up camp. The paddle of 26 kms was

rewarded with a beautiful sunset.

Stump Bay is named for willow trees growing out

of the lake and is much more beautiful than its

name implies. When I set off early on Day 5, the

sky was so blue, the lake so still, it was difficult to

tell where the water became the sky. I felt I was

floating on the sky. There were fishing boats in

the distance and large numbers of black swans

closer to me, but it was difficult to tell which was

which, and if they were on the lake or in the sky.

A surreal start to the day! In the dreamlike state

Stump Bay Tent Site

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caused by repetitious paddling and continuously

bright blue I felt I’d been paddling forever when I

rounded the Motuopa Peninsula and was greeted

by the silhouette of Mt Tauhara with Motutaiko

Island in the foreground.

My adventure was almost over. From being a

million miles away, I could almost see Taupo town.

Lunch was in a crowded picnic spot on the edge

of State Highway one - I was joining the human

race again! I kayaked on past the crowded camp

at Motutere and camped at Halletts Bay. The

beach was crowded with swimmers, sunbathers,

water and jet skiers. I became one of the crowd

swimming and lazing away the afternoon. As the

evening drew in, the waves increased and the

crowds went home. I phoned home to say I was

only three hours paddling away and would be

home for lunch tomorrow.

On Friday morning I kayaked with one thing in

mind - to get home safely. This coastline had been

my training ground. I just paddled. The last half

hour into strong head wind and one metre waves

reminding me that the lake is master! Paul and

Wagg walked along the coastline for my last 10

minutes of padding, and Ryan was waiting for me

at Four Mile Bay. A very welcome sight. I was

suddenly very emotional!

5 1 / 2 days and 135 kilometres later, I had finally

done what I had planned to do so many months

before. That night, I could hear the waves

crashing on the pumice beach not far from our

house, and I felt very peaceful.

Every day I go down to the lake edge and think of

all the beauty that I have been privileged to see.

What a wonderful country we live in!!


Great Mercury Island

- Great for kayaking!

As moths are attracted to light, the

Mercury Islands, twinkling in sparkling

waters off the coast from Opito Bay,

five nautical miles off the Coromandel

Coast, attract kayakers.

To do the islands justice, trips need to be more

than an overnighter. Easter provided sufficient

time to explore the nooks and crannies. But, Great

Mercury is privately owned and the outer islands

are subject to Department of Conservation “no

landing” restrictions. A clubbie from the North

Shore Yakity Yak club resolved the dilemma. He

knew Robbie, the Great Mercury Island farm

manager, and asked permission for us to camp

over. Robbie made a counter offer of the shearer’s

quarters! Planning began in earnest.

Because the stretch of water between Black Jack

and the islands is well known to sailors,

fishermen and kayakers for its day breeze and

tides combining to turn glassy seas white capped

and choppy we limited the trip to 13 experienced


The forecast was for strong southwesterly winds

all weekend. Never the less we hoped to have the

Red Chasm

by Christine Watson

wind behind us on the way there; and that it might

swing round and push us home. We were all

strong paddlers. The talk was upbeat. It was

decided, we were going!

We launched from Optio Bay, our destination

Coralie Bay on the northern coast of Great

Mercury. The 15-knot SW wind meant a quick trip

across to Peachgrove Cove. We had a bite to eat

and stretched our legs investigating a

nearby waterfall.

Leaving Peachgrove, we headed east to find

shelter from the increasing breeze and quickly

passed Awanui and Awaroa Points. Finding flat

water we dawdled past magnificent towering

volcanic formed cliffs, slashed with colour. In a

head wind we pushed into Coralie Bay.

Landing on the golden sand, without so much as

a tin shack in sight, we wondered if there had

been a break down in communication. While

eleven enjoyed the sun and sand, two keen lads

were dispatched to investigate further. They were

soon back. “Buildings on the other side of the

island, no problems for those with wheels!” The

first bunch set off, taking a short cut through the

pig paddock.

We found a wool shed and sheep yards on the left,

two bunk houses with large decks on the right.

Although we would have been happy with the

wool shed, we tried the door of a bunkhouse and

we walked into a fantastic Lockwood lodge. We

had struck the jackpot! Three flushing loos, hot

showers, a dryer and washing machine, two gas

ovens, two fridges and bunk beds with

mattresses! For those of us who consider

ourselves spoilt when we get a bit of flat land, a

cold tap and long drop loo, this was ten star plus.

We unloaded, removed the wheels and went back

to Coralie Bay for the others. Some left their kayaks

for a quick get away the next morning and carried

their gear through the pig paddock. Pigs are

intelligent and they took off after the best looking

female of the group. It took the ‘mountain man’

of our team to come to the rescue by distracting

the pigs with a bag of lettuce.

When Robbie popped in to make sure we were

all settled, we conveyed our appreciation at the

luxurious accommodation and outlined our plans

for the weekend. As he left a wag asked “Any

chance of getting Sky hooked up for the footie

game?” Yeah right!

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Unfortunately that night two of us had severe food

poisoning so they remained in bed feeling weak

and weary. Their vigilant “Florence” who had

been on bucket duty, also opted for a lie-in.

Ten set off to circumnavigate the island clockwise.

We toured Huruhi harbour, staying close in to

explore rock gardens and caves, and visit the

Sisters and Sail rock. Just past Ururoarahi Point

we discovered two narrow parallel caves joined

deep in the bowel of the cliff. The adventurous

backed in one side and punched out victorious

from the other side. It was all in, literally for Phil

who left some orange plastic behind negotiating

the tight turn in swell. The only casualties were

Phil’s pride and a digital camera that fell off the

spray deck and went for a swim. This is a cave to

die for!

Further around the island steep cliffs and steep

stony beaches offered no easy landing place for

composite boats. However, cramped legs and

numb bums were forgotten when we rounded

Taiwhatiwhati Point.

Luck was on our side; we had timed our arrival

with the tide creating the most spectacular

blowhole I have ever witnessed. A roar warned

that it was about to blow, and blow it did. The

spray came out like a horizontal geyser. Any

paddlers who went in for a close up were lost in

the mist.

We were buzzing as we continued on our way.

What a great spot - caves, blowholes and rock

gardens and this was only day one!

We awoke to a relatively still day and in the grey

light of dawn launched from Coralie Bay, scorning

the weather forecast and headed east for the

outer islands. The bay that had been deserted

when we arrived was full of boats, which had

sought shelter from yesterday’s gusty conditions.

Undeterred, we paddled off at a good pace.

Following the coast we punched across just past

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Te Whanga Point re-grouped behind a rock and

took stock. The wind was rising but we were too

close to the outer islands not to have a good look.

We postponed Stanley and Double Island

for another day but were confident that we

could manage Middle, Taiwhatiwhati and

Karapuki Islands.

The sea on the east side of the islands was calm

and flat and allowed rock gardening. We found

caves, a particularly impressive arch on the east

side of Middle Island and a large amphitheatre,

which may have been an old volcanic vent. The

rising swell did limit access to a couple of caves

but there were still plenty for everyone. We

chased each other in and out of lagoons and

marvelled at the clarity of the water, which

revealed a seabed almost as colourful as the coral

reefs of Queensland.

Since landing is not permitted on the islands and

the wind was rising we headed back to

Peachgrove Cove for lunch fighting into a 20-knot

plus north westerly. On the southwest side of

Great Mercury Island the sea was rough and the

wind blowing steadily at 25 knots with gusts of 35

or more. It was hard going around Bumper Cove,

Ahikopua Point and Pukekoromiko Point. Some

of us went point to point, the others hugged the

coast until too much wave refraction forced them

out. We took short breaks from the wind behind

rocks and headlands. We were pleased when our

bay with the windsock flying in the breeze came

into view. The day ended with great surfing.

That evening, options for the return trip home the

following day were discussed. The weather

forecast was for 20 to 25 knots, gusting 35 knots,

rising to 35 knots later in the day. Cell phone

conversations with boaties out in the thick of it

confirmed the weather lads were not being

conservative. But, we finally settled on our

favourite option: leave early before the wind

comes up.

Through the night the wind howled, with no sign

of blowing itself out. When morning came we

were a bit bleary-eyed. The windsock on the

brow of the hill spoke volumes, it was windy!

Departure was delayed as we vacillated between

gazing at the white caps in the bay, watching the

windsock, and listening to the VHF. Cabin fever

set in, nerves were frayed.

By 4.00pm the weather was still pretty rough. We

determined to stay another night. As if reading

our minds, Robbie appeared on his farm bike. He

kindly offered to take us back to Optio Bay the

following morning on the “big boat”. We were

pretty sure that wouldn’t be necessary but the

option came in handy when we called back to

Auckland to explain “We are stuck on an Island

and won’t be into work tomorrow”.

We were now on ‘emergency rations’, frustrated

by the interminable weather the mood over the

evening meal was subdued. I made a mental note,

next time bring something better to eat and

playing cards. One good thing, packing was going

to be easy: no food left and all clothing dry from

the blustery conditions.

Tuesday dawned calm and clear. We were

heading home. A quick call assured Robbie that

we were off and thanked him for his generosity.

The lodge burst into activity. Bustling bodies

swept floors, cleaned toilets, wiped out ovens and

emptied fridges. We split into two groups for the

trip back, one going via the outer islands, the

other taking a more direct route.

Glassy seas and blue skies belied the white horses

and howling winds of the previous day. The

phrase “we would probably have made it” was

banned from conversation. On landing we

reflected on what a marvellous experience we

had had. Great trip Charlie, and thanks Robbie,

we hope we haven’t ruined it for the next batch

of island trotters.

Photos by Guy Folster

Blow Hole

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by Nhoj Snikwad

Living in Taupo has its bonuses if

you’re into white water paddling. There

is a selection of rivers to run within an

hour or so from town to most put ins. A

quick rant to some drivers, “Quit

tailgating, this isn’t Bathurst. Relax a

bit and turn those spot lamps off if it

isn’t foggy. To get rid of your latent

aggression, try playboating around

Taupo. The local paddle posse think it’s

world class.”

Having earned my playboating badge here

( thanks Mad Dog, Grey Dog, Paul G, Crazy Colin,

Mike B, England #1, Tamela for looking after me

when I am swimming) let me share three spots on

the Waikato River with you.

The Crazy Wave

Park about 250metres up the road towards town

from the Huka Falls carpark. Pull well off the road

on the river side so you can then see your vehicle

from the river. Alternatively, there’s a big lay-by

on the other side of the road. The river level needs

to be 290cmecs or so before the wave forms.

300cmecs is full flow from the control gates. (The

other play spots around town are too high at this level.)

To get in take a steep track at the down stream

boundary of Huka Lodge. This brings you to the

front of the house by the lodge. Launch here and

paddle to the front lawn of the lodge. Don’t forget

to wave to the poor souls spending their hard

earned on being exclusive, only to have some play

boating grots in their front garden. Ferry glide over

the river to the eddy above the little island with

the cabbage tree. From here you get the best view

of the wave. To get on you ferry out and we think

that looking back over your left shoulder before

you drop in is the best way to catch it. You need

to paddle hard as you drop in or you will spend a

lot of time washing over the wave and re circling

around the eddy below.

If you miss the first eddy (river right) you can go

around the blackberry and pine tree point to a big

eddy (river right) and find your way into the side,

then out the boat on to the tourist track and carry

back up to the first eddy. This has only happened

to me a couple of times in about ten or so sessions.

Most times you’ll make the first eddy, and paddle

back up to the cabbage tree island where Colin

has put a rope on the cabbage tree for a pull back

up to the get on eddy. Cheers Colin! Simply lob

your paddle up, and haul away. Make sure you

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leave the rope in the water for your mates or they

will have to get out of their boats.

From the road you can see if it’s worth getting on.

Look for the small tail of water flowing around this

little cabbage tree island. You need water on the

track where you haul up. The wave forms where

the water flows off a ledge in the river, providing

about 4 metres of workable area. You can spin

both sides. When front surfing, the water is only

a couple of feet deep and you can get a good

reference point on the river bed. (If you fall into

the wave it’s hard to hit the bottom as you are in

deep water).

Bliss Stick RAD or similar seem to be the boat best

suited for this wave as they surf at slow speed and

spin fast. We have noticed Flipsticks and Wave

Sport T3 tend to wash off or you can’t catch the

wave as easily as in a RAD. Mind you, these were

paddled by 85kg or heavier paddlers. Lighter

people may get on better in boats other than a

RAD. Bliss Stick are going to be marketing some

different sized RAD. There’s enough room for two

paddlers on the wave at the same time, which

provides amusement. Bumper boats!

Safety and getting out...in the back of your mind

will be the Huka Falls, a few hundred metres down

the river. Keep a good eye on paddle partners to

make sure they roll up and get into the eddy. If

you miss the first eddy there’s still a way to go

before the falls. Make sure your mate knows

you’re ok to get the second eddy. The second eddy

is big. Should the worst happen and you swim,

then swim hard right, forget your boat and paddle.

Have your partner give you a tow into the river

right eddy, leg kick like a demon. Ring Huka Jet

jetboat operation and if you’re lucky they will find

your kit.

At this level the whole left side of the river is

moving, the willows are in the water and there is

the Huka Hole get out. It looks totally different

when Huka Hole is working when the river is on

the track! Bit close for comfort should you miss this

get out? Sounds a bit dramatic but if you have a

solid roll and switched on mates it’ll be fine.

You can get out by ferry gliding back over to the

lodge or go to the second eddy below the wave

(river right) then walk round the tourist track over

the Huka Falls bridge.

You’ll stand out like some freak in dribbly clothing

carrying a boat amongst the bus loads of loopies.

“Are you going to do the falls mate?” “Nah, where’s

the closest pub?”

Huka Hole

From the big lay-by car park there’s a new track

through the bush down to the river. From a small

pull out on the river side of the road, you can see

your wagon from the hole. The best flows for Huka

Hole are from 80cmecs to about 130. Below 80

you’ll hit the bottom, be held in the hole and when

you think you have had a good ride and want to

get out, roll, but still be in there. We have seen a

paddle snapped at this level. Above 130 or so it’s

hard to get on, wash off easy and there’s not much

of a rest eddy. There is a small wave just upstream

of the put in on river left with a channel below

the feature where you will hit the bottom rolling out.

At about 120cmecs the rock to the right of the hole

looking upstream is just out of the water and will

be washed over every few seconds. It looks small

from the road but once you’re in the water it’s a

bit different. This is the best level. It offers easy

spins, wheels and loops and the eddy is still good

enough to give a rest. Just above the hole is a wave

feature. Go into the hole, work over to river right

then pop out of the hole and work up to it. It’s

good for little circuits and dropping back into the

main hole.

If you miss the eddy on river left beside the hole,

go for the one on river right. It’s a bigun. Ferry back

up and over to the top eddy, no stress. Remember

to keep a really good eye on mates to make sure

they roll up and are heading to the eddy.

If you bail and swim, go hard right again and

donate your boat and paddle to the falls. Get a tow

from your partner too. A bomber roll and switched

on team are essential. One thing about this hole

is that the river level can change at any time from

ok to stonking. You have to be adaptable to the

conditions on the day! Huka Hole has a fast

recirculation back up the eddy so you get loads

of rides. Knackering!

Ngawaapurua, Fuljames

From Aratiatia Road go down Rapids Road past

the equestrian centre, hang a right towards Rapids

Jet boat operation then down the metal road to

the car park and camping area. The road veers off

to the right and gets close to the river bank.

Best play spot in the country? It can be used from

180cmecs to about 240. I have been caned, big

time, but wearing appropriate kit, with no real bad

consequences. In high cmecs swimming can be

scary and you go river right. The whirlpools can

pull you down a bit so fit air bags in your boat and

hang onto it. Swimming out of my RAD is fine. But

without airbags should the boat be flipped back

upright it fills up with water completely. You’ll do

the Kursk impression, resurfacing some time later

denying anything was wrong.

The wave is a bit tricky but with plenty of practice

you can get the hang of it. For me spinning to the

right is easier, there’s a bit more of a shoulder to

use, I am a bit heavy to stay on doing left turns.

At the recent Tompkins rodeo, the girls were doing

wicked upside down surfing. Some were rolling

back up onto the wave and carrying on playing.

Cool indeed with major eyelid, nose, ear flushing

and mega shoulder wrenching down there in the

deep fast stuff! Wish I was light enough to do that.

Some of the paddlers at the rodeo showed what

was possible here and there’s a long way for most

of us to go before you can say “I tapped this spot”

Richard biggin it up in Huka Hole

Then they will invent a new trick like a


(which I have been working on in the shower with

the soap on a rope). The waters are nice and warm

here. In the winter this makes for eerie misty

conditions - like spooky. Even the road is in the

best order I have ever seen it. The guys drilling

for steam in the power station next door do

some grading.

So what’s your excuse then? Get to Taupo, slap

yourself into a playboat and throw down, cos you

know you love it.

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Mayor Island / Tuhua

by Lesley Noel

After several aborted attempts the Bay

of Plenty Yakity Yak club finally made

it to Mayor Island via the Ali J 1. a

charter boat, skippered by Tony . The

trip normally takes fifty minutes as

opposed to the three hours the

Tauranga ferry takes, however our

trip was slightly longer as the seas

were massive and the bar raging.

Our fearless five were Roger McQuitty and Tony

Cox Smith from Tauranga, Peter Scammell,

Hamilton, Marama Clarke, Gisborne and myself.

Seventy minutes after take off we had our first

introduction to the Island. As we unloaded the

Puffin, Tui, Tasman Express, Penguin and Cobra

Tourer from the charter boat backed to the

beach, we all ended up wet to our waists. Zane

the Island’s caretaker was there to help. During

our stay he told us the history of Tuhua, their

plans for the future and gave us a map of

the Island.

We pitched our tents, unpacked, and then took

off in our kayaks from South East Bay for South

West Bay. The beaches looked benign but

within two to three metres of the shore you

register the swell. The sea breaks and drags you

away almost as fast as you can pull your deck

tag. We had a few laughs at our landings. Bodies

half in and half out of the kayaks were swept

seaward and then unceremoniously dumped

in again. A few bruised shins! Assisted landings

become the norm. Once landed we donned

masks and went snorkelling around the rocks.

The waters were fantastically clear and revealed

much sea life. Further around the coast we had

fun going through an archway at Turuturu rock.

That evening we walked to a massive

pohutukawa tree, then out to the lighthouse

and down to South West Bay . We skirted fig

and stone fruit trees ,evidence of past occupation.

The bush and pohutukawa trees were awesome.

There are cabins for rent with bunk beds, basic

but adequate. However we tented. The furnace

was firing all day making our evening shower

just off cold, but the dishwater was hot!

The following day in large swells we circumnavigated

the Island, anticlockwise. The first

third of the Island is bayed. We crossed from

headland to headland as the seas didn’t allow

for any rock gardening. Where the Marine

Reserve starts the seas got quite interesting.

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Two metre swells broke on the cliffs, one metre

swells retreated and a cross swell from behind

kept us on our toes.

The next third of our paddle was past huge

obsidian banded cliffs going straight down into

the sea. A puff of wind got up but died just as

quickly. Rounding Tumutu Point the seas were

calmer, a pleasant change after going every

which way for two and a half hours. Half an

hour later we landed on Oira beach. On went

the masks and snorkels for more awesome

underwater scenes in some of the clearest

waters I have experienced in New Zealand.

We rounded Tokimataa Point into South East

Bay. Roger wished to try Pete’s Cobra Tourer so

I gave him a hand line and a dead orange

roughy I’d picked out of the water. He paddled

out to the entrance, baited up and bang! Caught a

nice kingfish. All triumphant he paddled back

and was pounded on the shore amidst much

laughter and picture taking. We ate his catch

just before leaving the next day. It was delicious.

Our last day dawned just as beautiful as the

previous two. We set off decked out in sun tops

and t-shirts through dense bush and didn’t see

the sun until two hours later at the cliff top and

then very briefly. What an exercise though. After

forty minutes of a steep walk we came to

crossroads and had to decide whether to go via

the Devils staircase or come back that way.

Choosing the latter, as we preferred to go up

the tougher sounding stretch, we hit the crater

wall and thought they had their signs mixed -

but no. Up till now the track had been covered

in leaves and was quite slippery but this was

nothing. Going down in one spot on a sheer

cliff on a small ladder held in place with steel

rope made the legs shake. Our wonderful

native trees with their amazing root systems

were such a help. Once in the Crater Lake, Te

Paritu ( Black Lake ) became visible on our left

through overhanging trees. It was swampy and

covered with pollen so it looked yellow not

black. Some way past from another cross road,

five minutes takes you down to the Green Lake

Aroaritamahine. You can swim in this lake but I

chose not to. More pics and on to the Devils

staircase which started five minutes up the track.

This took us up to the cliff face overlooking

Taratimi Bay , awesome, and up a narrow windy

ledge. Great views. The last part of the tramp

was downhill and returned us to South East bay

where a swim was in order. From the calls we

could hear, bird life was abundant, but to see

them was a different story as the canopy was

very high.

Before the charter boat arrived to pick us up,

we had one last kayak around to Turuturu Rock,

a quick snorkel and more rock gardening as

the seas were lovely and calm.

Things to watch out for; bees and wasps. We

could have operated and given a tracheotomy

but had nothing in our first aid kit for stings!

Nor major bruises, but here the Island

provided leaves , which we steeped and bound

on to the affected part.

Mayor Island is a fantastic destination,

awesome paddling, snorkelling and fishing and

for those who tramp anything from a half hour

walk to six hours around the Island. I

understand there are some huge caves to

explore through the Marine Reserve area should

you be lucky enough to have the sea cooperate.

How to get there:

Waihi Beach Boat Charters, with Tony and

Robyn Prujean, phone 07 863 5385

Tony skippers the Ali J 1 which takes about

50 mins from Bowentown to Mayor Island.

Minimum of 4, Maximum of 6. Safe car

parking and shuttle service included in the

$70 return fee inc. kayak. Booking essential.

Camping - Phone 07 579 5655

Cost $ 6 a campsite or $10 a night for a bunk.

Photos by Simon Greig

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Biscuits to BBQ

- Tologa Bay

On Friday afternoon four Hawke’s Bay

Yakity Yakkers drove to Gisborne and

then 45 minutes on to Tolaga Bay. We

were to meet some of the Gisborne Sea

Kayak Network next morning.

Saturday was cloudy with SW winds of about 15

knots. A good swell in the bay made for a great

surf break.

We met up with the Gisborne group, of four

women and one male. Introductions were made.

We then shared their homemade biscuits before

helping unload their kayaks and to launch.

Despite some apprehension and nerves all made

it through the surf.

We set off for Pourewa Island past the Tolaga Bay

wharf, which opened on 22nd November 1929. At

660 meters long it is the longest in the southern

hemisphere. One hundred and thirty two vessels

were working it in 1936, but by 1942 only a handful

of vessels used it. By 1961 it was no longer in use

by shipping.

We passed a small group of Islands with arches

and caves that would have been great to explore,

but big swells made it too dangerous to get too

close. We headed seawards to get round surf

breaking over a reef and started to circumnavigate

the Porewa Island.

The seaward side was like a washing machine

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by Steve Bigg

from swells bouncing off the island. We were also

heading into the wind. About half way along the

Gisborne group were not too happy with the

swells and turned back. The four Yakkers carried

on to the inlet at the south end of the Island where

large waves threatened to smash us on the rocks.

We also turned back to round the Island from the

north end.

Again we passed the small group of islands. This

time Nick could not resist and without telling us

what he was going to do took his kayak through

one of the arches. He did not make it and was

smashed into the rocks. He came out of the kayak,

cut his legs and arms and bent his rudder. Jason

rescued him. He was lucky to escape the wave’s

power with scratches, a bent rudder, and

damaged pride.

We cruised into the sheltered bay of Cook’s Cove.

The story goes that Captain Cook parked the

Endeavour between Pourewa Island and the

mainland, and rowed into Cook’s Cove for fresh

water. We sat on the bank to eat our lunch and

admire the view. Then we carried on around the

Island through the still water where the

Endeavour is believed to have moored.

On our return to Tolaga Bay, the wharf got closer

and the waves got bigger. I let the others ride in

first, then picked up a nice wave, and rode it

textbook style all the way into the beach. The

Gisborne group met us and invited us back for a

barbeque that evening on Pauline and her

partner’s section overlooking Puatai beach with

views to die for. They also had fireworks, which

they mistakenly gave to Nick the pyromaniac to

let off. We had a good laugh as he, a few drinks

too many, pointed the fireworks in all directions,

and we ran for cover. Our sober driver Dean made

sure we got back to camp safely.

Next morning we woke to a lovely day, light winds

and calm seas. We had breakfast, broke camp and

drove to Gisborne. A paddle from Kaiti Bay to

Sponge Island took us thirty minutes. We

circumnavigated the small island quickly and had

a light sea breeze on the way back. Twenty

minutes later we packed up for our drive back to

Napier. A lovely little paddle!

This is one trip that must and will be repeated by

the Hawke’s Bay Yakity Yak Kayak Club.


An Exhausting Easter on the

Hokianga Harbour

Early morning at Rawene

by Martyn Pearson

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We, (Mum, Dad and I) set off for

Oponoi at about 9 with an Eco Niizh

and my Penguin on the roof. We went

through the forest on SH16 to avoid the

Easter traffic. That was the first bad

decision of the day. We arrived to see

everyone in their kayaks about 5

minutes from the shore. They were

crossing the harbour to boogie board

down the gigantic sand dunes on the

northern sides. I was really looking

forward to doing that. To make it even

worse everyone said they had a really

good time!

Oh well, if we missed it, we still needed to pitch

camp at Rawene Motor Camp. That kept us busy

until everyone returned. I didn’t know where

everybody had gone until I heard Christine’s

laugh. So I set off in that direction and arrived

about 10 minutes later! By the time I got to

Christine and Neil’s little room, a few bottles of

wine and beer were finished and a load of food

was on the table. I was happy!

On Saturday morning I was woken by an alarm

that got louder and louder the longer it was left. I

thought it was time to get up so I put some clothes

on, then I looked at my watch, 5:30!!!

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I later found out that it was Charlie Barker’s alarm!

He was one of a few hardcore kayakers setting off

from Rawene to paddle up to Mangamuka Bridge,

where we would join them on the river at

10.00a.m. At 9 we piled into our cars and set off

in convoy. We would have arrived a half an hour

earlier if Neil hadn’t missed one of the turns! Neil

decided to seal launch my parents in the double

kayak. I had a vision of it going in a bit wobbly

and then finally tipping. Unfortunately it didn’t

happen. In the end no one tipped.

The river was peaceful with birds and jumping

fish as we paddled in and out the mangroves.

What surprised me most was that there were two

cars resting near the riverbank in quite a bad state,

having literally fallen off the road. We paddled

to Horeke to have lunch at the 135 year old pub,

the oldest in NZ. It was also the first Post Office.

It was the second time we had been to the pub;

the first was in a pre war Riley with the Vintage

Car Club. Unfortunately, there had been a power

cut and the L & P was warm. Dad & Mum were

happy though as the only thing that was cold was

the beer! We had a packed lunch because the

kitchen couldn’t cook, then we paddled to the café

at Kohukohu. I bet the café owners rubbed their

hands at the amount of berry smoothies sold!

Mum was delighted when a red mullet jumped out

of the water and smacked itself against the kayak

- if only she had been quick enough to catch the

stunned fish we could have had fresh fish for

dinner! We did eat next to the pool at the camp.

I slept like a log after paddling 25-30 km and I

could have slept for another few hours I bet.

Whilst the cars were being shuttled to Omapere,

the women had a coffee in the café. Marcel and I

looked after the kayaks on Rawene boat ramp.

We set off for the other side of the harbour, went

down to the harbour mouth then crossed back

again to Omapere. I was in the double with my

dad. At times it was tough, as we were going into

the wind but with the tide. The conditions were

interesting, smashing down into the waves. I was

in the front, so I got very wet. It was fun so I

didn’t mind.

For morning tea we stopped on someone’s land

and had a bite to eat, went into the bushes and

set off again. I don’t think any one was going to

use the long drop on the premises as it had old

toilet roll and had a sheet of metal over the hole!

Two hours later, about halfway apparently, we

stopped again for lunch. 30 minutes later we were

off again. At lunch Neil told us to “hurry up a bit”

or we would be very late reaching Omapere.

Along the way Mum got grounded on a rock, in MY

Penguin! Everyone put their boats on the cars and

most people went to the pub for dinner. We went

to the campsite and got ourselves a room so we

could have a good night’s sleep before being on

the road early in the morning.

Editors note - Martyn is 13 and one of our youngest

contributors so far. His friend Marcel is 15.

Photos by Ruth E. Henderson

Park up at the Horeke pub.

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The Challenge, the Obsession

- of Speight’s Coast to Coast

The Speight’s Coast to Coast has been something that I’ve

long intended to do “At some stage in the future”. I thought

I’d get around to it when I was a bit older, had better

finances, more chance to train. Then in November 2004 I

completed my vet degree at Massey University. While some

members of my former class dived enthusiastically into jobs

as new veterinarians, I didn’t feel remotely inclined to follow

them - at least not for a while. No, I preferred the thought of

a summer of sun and hanging out with friends.

Then someone planted the idea of entering the Speight’s Coast to Coast in

my mind, and suddenly I was obsessed. The concept terrified me, but I

couldn’t stop thinking about it. I sent off an entry to Christchurch, half

believing that by early December there couldn’t possibly be any entry places

left. There were, and before I really knew what was happening I was entered

in the 2005 Speight’s Coast to Coast Individual Two Day, with less than 2

months to train.

The course covers 243km of country between Kumara Beach on the West

Coast, and Sumner Beach in Christchurch. 140km is on a road bike, while

36km is on foot, climbing up a rugged river and over a pass, and 67km is in a

kayak on the Waimakariri river. I knew, from talking to people who had

previously competed, that it was a very good idea to run the mountain run

stage prior to racing. Paddling the Waimakariri was also strongly advised.

But I’m not always good at taking advice. I have competed in a few mountain

running races before - I’ve never been particularly fast, but I’ve done them

after looking at a map, and following other competitors. And as a tramper, I

wasn’t worried about what this leg would involve. I knew I’d get there


Kayaking is not a strong point of mine, so I used a plastic sea kayak. The

wonderful people at Quality Kayaks loaned me a red Tui, a buoyancy vest, a

spray deck and a paddle - free of charge. I’d never covered anything like

67km in a kayak before, but again I knew that I’d get there - eventually. I

didn’t create an opportunity for myself to cover either the run or the kayak

before the race swung around, and I knew that I was minimally prepared.

With my mother and brother I drove through to Kumara on the Thursday

before racing was to begin. A chain of vehicles loaded with bikes and boats

wound up and over Arthur’s Pass, making for slow going. Kumara Racecourse

was chokka block with a sea of tents and people - lots of fit, bronzed people.

The atmosphere around races like this is often buoyant and excited, and this

was no exception.

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by Annabel Smith

With registration, gear checks and pre-race briefing out of the way, I was able

to sit my long-suffering mother and brother down, to explain my equipment

and what I wanted them to do at the transition. Then, after basting myself in

anti-inflammatory cream, I tried to get to sleep.

I bounced up at 5 in the morning, extremely excited. I always feel a mix of

nervous energy before a race, but this was the Speight’s Coast to Coast! This

was huge! Pulling on my bib, I finally felt like a competitor. I walked off with

my bike to the start, and had to run back to ask my mum for a photo.

The morning was beautifully still, and the sun was just starting to lighten the

sky as I cycled down to rack my bike. I walked down to the beach with a pair

of fellow competitors, pumping them for any information on the run and

Photo by: Pauls Image Centre

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kayak legs. We lined up numerically on the beach, Robin Judkins counted

down and we were off! 550 people running for Sumner Beach. I was lucky

to have a low competitor number, so my bike was racked close to the beach

and I had a shortened run. After getting onto the bike we whizzed through

Kumara, to the cheers of locals. The 55km cycle leg followed the highway

towards Arthur’s Pass, gradually gaining height. At Aickens I dismounted

and ran into the transition, searching for my assistants. I tore off my helmet,

gloves, cycle shoes and cycle top, and pulled on my running gear and

backpack and raced out of the transition, leaving my somewhat bewildered

assistants to tidy up my mess.

Unfortunately, I hadn’t practised run-to-bike transitions, and my legs weren’t

particularly impressed with me tearing off. So I slowed to a walk, and

resigned myself to a long day. The mountain run follows the Deception River

almost to its source, turns and hops over Goat Pass, then descends via the

Mingha River to Klondyke Corner. The rough route calls for multiple river

crossing on the way up, which provides the opportunity to immerse oneself

and drink from the river. Probably not as agreeable in cold weather, but

very welcome on such a hot, dry day. Rock hopping and scurrying through

undergrowth makes the run rather tiring, and the boardwalks on the Western

side of the pass are quite welcome.

Coming into Klondyke Corner was a satisfying finish to the day, although I

didn’t quite know what to do with the can of Speight’s that Robin handed

me as I came through the finish chute. I felt surprisingly good, and took

advantage of an offered sports massage, before explaining my kayak gear

for the next day - it was concerning to have my brother hold up my buoyancy

vest and ask what I needed “this backpack” for.

The next morning my assistants left camp for Mt. White Bridge at 5am, while

I slept in. At 6am on another stunning day I took my bike over to the start

point. While we were waiting to start our second day, the One-Day

competitors were starting their long day at Kumara Beach. Again, having a

low competitor number paid off. I was in the second group of 10 cyclists to

leave, with only 15km to ride before Mt. White Bridge and the kayak transition

so I was one of the earliest competitors into my boat. But almost immediately

other people started passing me. I wondered how on earth I was going to

paddle so far, especially when everyone else had faster, fibreglass multisport

boats. But with my paddle skill level, a plastic sea kayak was stable. I

didn’t capsize at any stage, so avoided losing time, energy and rhythm. My

time wasn’t as slow as I feared. Ben Fouhy came screaming past me, before

the Wamakariri Gorge, on his way to the fastest leg time and a win in the

team section.

The other advantage of a larger, plastic boat meant that could I jump out of it

at the end of the leg, and run up the hill to my bike while my fellow

competitors hobbled around on numb, uncooperative pins. I’ve never been

so pleased to get back onto my road bike. I started the 70km ride to

Christchurch on my own, but was soon caught up by a group well suited to

my speed. Bunch riding requires concentration, which is difficult at the end

of two long days! I struggled a bit to keep my energy levels up, and with a

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concentrate instead on how I was riding the bike, to make sure I got there!

Arriving at Sumner Beach, handing my bike to a helper and running onto the

sand to the sound of my friends’ cheers was a huge buzz, and what I’d been

looking forward to for two days. The can of Speight’s Robin handed me was

very welcome this time.

Having finished, I rapidly changed from telling everyone that I was only doing

the race once, to setting my goals for next year. I know for certain that I will

be back, and I will be doing the run 2 or 3 times this year, and the kayak at

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The First NZKBGT

Well, the grins just kept getting wider all weekend.

Fine people, messing about in fine kayaks - who

could ask for more? The weather was perfect, the

Lakes sparkled and the sparkle on the varnish was

even brighter.

The first New Zealand Kayak Builders Get-Together (NZKBGT) on

Feb 18-20 was magnificent. Grant Glazer, Pete Notman & Graeme

Bruce had done a great job of preparation and the weekend ran

with the apparent effortlessness which points to really good


Thirty kayakers made the Blue Lakes campground (near Tarawera)

the base for the weekend. Saturday saw the group paddle on Lake

Rotoma - with a BBQ back at the campground.

Perfection in brightwork and elegant hand-made


It was a good thing that Saturday’s paddle was

of only moderate length, as it was hard to wait

until the lunch stop to start trying out the

amazing assortment of kayaks. There were ply

boats, cedar strip boats, baidarkas, modern

skin-on-frames and a 40 year-old canvas on

Tanekaha boat - just to remind us that these

things have been around for 5000 years...

Large people squeezed into small-volume

boats and the owners looked on and smiled.

Relative strangers jumped into gleaming,

many-hours-of-hard-work, pride & joys and

took them off the beach to see how they

rolled, tracked & railed. Or just to see if they

could remain upright in them...

Every time you looked down, you realised you

were using another variation on the

Greenland paddle - a bit longer, a bit wider,

or just a different shape. You shrugged and got

on with it.

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NZ design and superb craftsmanship

by Paul Hayward

Pirate Pete tries a not-so-fragile skin-on-frame

amongst the stumps and branches

Luckily, when the music stopped, there were still enough boats for

everyone to get back to the landing; but it certainly wasn’t the same

order of people in the same boats as it had been at the start of the day.

There were lots to look at and play with. There were Inuit storm

paddles, throwing sticks and Tuiliks, an all-in-one paddle jacket and

spray deck. If you paddle in Arctic waters, it’s a necessity. Wellington

paddlers like it and there’s even one on Waiheke. The NZ ones tend to

be of lighter-weight fabrics than the original sealskin or modern

neoprene - and we saw some very colourful Gore-Tex Tuiliks at the

NZKBGT- which any Inuit would have lusted after.

Considering the intensity of the discussions at the BBQ that evening, it

was a wonder that anyone ate anything. However, being a kayaking

get-together, the good food kept materialising and disappearing with

much the same smoothness as a good paddle stroke. Paua fritters vied

Jewel-like baby baidarka takes its first paddle

for space with scolleys, chops and steak on Graeme’s

compact-but-never-quite-too-small BBQ. Bowls of chips and

dips kept going off into the darkness, never to return. Plates

of cheese and chunks of veg came the other way.

A few beers or glasses of wine wetted the memories of all

the sanding dust that had been sweated away from the raw

hulls as they morphed into swans. Nobody minded too

much that they didn’t have to drive home.

Sunday began with the ceremonial launching of a newly

built baby baidarka - a true gem.

The fleet did a lap of Blue Lake - dodging a masters swim

event and most of the country’s water-skiers. Then it was

on to the beach for a cup of tea and a lot more kayakswapping.

By now, it was getting hard to remember who really

belonged in which boat. Both Warren and Christine were

caught trying to smuggle Grant’s Night Heron home. For most

however, a gleam in the eye was the only giveaway of their

Sleek lines and good performance - a beautiful yak Mike’s Tuilik (Iniot-style combined jacket &

spraydeck) lets him perform some Greenland manoeuvres in comfort

intentions. They knew exactly what they were in for - they’d

already built one boat - but they went away mumbling

designers’ names and models. The bug had bitten again.

Making your own kayak has a long and honourable

tradition in New Zealand, why in the 50s everyone made

their own. In places such as Greenland and Alaska of

course, the tradition is even longer.

While it’s certainly never going to appeal to everyone, the

range of happy builders at the NZKBGT was surprisingly

wide. Some were skilled wood-workers; one makes a living

at working with wood. Others were farmers, computer

geeks, students, managers, engineers and a professional

diver. Most started with a book or two on the subject, then

bought a set of plans and got stuck in.

Some built in garages, some in sheds or under a tarp. One

built in his lounge! Talk about a supportive spouse! Every

one had to learn new skills, correct a few blunders along

the way and put in the many hours to achieve the beautiful

results, of which they could justifiably feel so proud.

Light-weight and relatively quick to build - these

are only touring boats if you need take nothing

more than a toothbrush and an energy bar

This Get-Together, along with recent Coastbusters and

KASK events which hosted smaller gatherings of ownerbuilt

kayaks, allow builders a rare opportunity to share

their knowledge. Even if they normally paddle with others,

they usually build alone - so a chance to share experiences

is very welcome.

The Internet has had a huge impact on kayak building. It

has tied together this far-flung group of enthusiasts -

allowing builders in Europe, America and Oceania to swap

ideas and advice. An excellent starting point is Grant

Glazer’s web site on the local building scene at http://


It contains links to local and overseas sites which will keep

you busy for many an evening. Who knows, you might

catch the bug.

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Yakity Yak

There are so many great places you can

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The Whanganui River is something I’d been

wanting to do for ages....

And it was brilliant... good mates, good food,

good laughs....

And that’s when we thought about getting into

some serious kayaking...

and contacted the well chilled posse from the

Taupo C&K store

The manager was very helpful and after I’d

thrown the ball for him, rubbed his belly and

given him a piece of my chocolate biscuit, he

suggested I might like to try out white water (cos

it’s gnarly and the chicks’ll dig you...) as Taupo is

the perfect location...

To begin with... I wasn’t very good at it... it was a

tad harder than I thought...

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by the Taupo Gang

But I met these really cool dudes...

Some as mad as a toaster

Some young

Some old (by the way, has anyone seen Rons hat?)

Definitely Crazy - (who in his excitement forgot

his boat, paddle AND lifejacket)


Chicks too... yeah go Tam!!

They took me under their wing... and with a

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The Home Bay Experience

by Dave Evans

The thought of driving out of Auckland’s traffic during the

Christmas/new year holiday period was not appealing to say

the least. So I planned to paddle out to Motutapu Island in

Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and camp at Home Bay. It is a

picturesque campsite surrounded by hills and nestling in a

lovely sheltered bay. It is administered by the Department

of Conservation, has fresh tank water and flushing toilets,

all provided for a cost of $5 per person per night.

On Boxing Day 2004 nine kayakers from the Yakity Yak club met at Takapuna

Beach boat ramp and we set off for a leisurely paddle to Home Bay. Conditions

were marvellous with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze on our backs, a

complete contrast to the terrible wet and windy weather of the preceding

three weeks. We paddled around the eastern shore of Rangitoto Island and

came to Islington Bay. This is a favoured anchorage for local boaties. If you

paddle up to the end of Islington Bay you will find a narrow passage called

Gardiner Gap, navigable only at high tide. It separates the islands of Rangitoto

Island and Motutapu, and is spanned by a small bridge. The gap can still be

crossed at low tide if you take a set of kayak wheels for the 400-metre portage.

We stopped briefly at Islington Bay while Lou Farrant clambered out of the

Packhorse double she was paddling with Roger Crum, to harvest mussels off

the rocks. I think Lou had visions of a meal of fresh mussels with fresh basil

seasoning from a potted plant she had brought for the journey. However,

Lou was concerned that the basil needed a drink and proceeded to dunk it

Some of the twenty-six

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in the ocean...a note for all keen botanists...Basil does not respond well to

salt water!! Lou’s dinner that night consisted of mussels on their lonesome.

Poor Basil!

After a three-hour paddle we reached Home Bay. Graeme and Mandy White,

who had paddled over from Eastern Beach, met us. Steve Law had organized

a mate to ferry out a 10 x 10 tent, gas fridge, BBQ and various other surplus

items in his Fizz boat. With these luxuries at our disposal, we settled in for a

week of camping, paddling and camaraderie.

Monday dawned with sunny skies and a slight northeasterly breeze. We had

forgotten sundry items so we paddled for 90 minutes across to Oneroa Bay

on the northern coast of Waiheke Island passing some nice rock gardens.

The shopping expedition turned into a full outdoor lunch and latte experience

at one of the local cafes.

Tuesday was another gem. However the forecast warned of a building north

easterly and rain for later that night, so we decided on a four-hour paddle

circumnavigating Motutapu Island. The tide was perfect as we paddled into

Islington Bay and shot the channel at Gardiner Gap. We stopped for lunch on

a small beach sheltered from the strengthening northeasterly. The paddle

straight into the 15-20 knot north easterly continued to round Billy Goat Point

on the north eastern tip of Motutapu Island. Then we enjoyed the wind and

waves on our stern and explored the rock gardens and bays down the

northeastern coastline back to Home Bay.

Meanwhile Neil and Christine Watson paddled across the Rakino Channel to

circumnavigate Rakino Island. Lou and Roger had fossicked around fishing

near Home Bay and had set a long line in the hope of catching snapper. The

final tally was one snapper (thrown back...too

small), one sting ray and a kahawai, which was bled

and chopped up for bait. That evening a walk up

to the top of the island to catch the sun set over

Auckland City was a fitting finale for a great day.

We were joined by Steve and Sue Levett, who had

paddled over from Milford.

On Wednesday the rain and wind was back with a

vengeance. We spent the day making ourselves as

comfortable as we could. Neil and Christine had

to return to Auckland and set off in the morning.

Several of us walked across the island taking

photos of them as they paddled down Motuihe

Channel and into Islington Bay. We met them at

Gardiner Gap for a brief chat before they headed

off around the eastern coastline of Rangitoto with

the northeasterly going full throttle. On their

arrival at Takapuna, Christine sent a message

saying they were the @#%* biggest waves she had

paddled in her life!! Upon our return to camp, we

erected additional tarpaulins for shelter and

congregated for a day of eating, drinking, swapping

stories and reminiscing about previous trips.

Thursday dawned with more of the same weather.

Roger and Steve jumped in the Packhorse double

for a paddle straight into the 20-30 knot north

easterly, across to Rakino Island. Roger later told

us that sitting in the front cockpit, he was paddling

thin air as the bow of the Packhorse rose over the

big swells. They had a thrilling surf back to Home

Bay. Chris Dench and I took our Euro X singles out

to the head of Home Bay to surf in the 1-2 metre

swells. By the end of the day the conditions had

eased and Steve, Sue, Roger, Lou, Chris and Sharon

decided to return to Auckland before the next

forecast front came through. About an hour later

Gordon Daglish arrived and in typical style

promptly scavenged the leftovers of our

evening meal.

New Years Eve, Friday in gradually clearing

conditions we paddled to Rakino. The island has

120 properties ranging from Kiwi bach style to

impressive millionaire mansions, all run off solar

power. The northeasterly had dropped to about

10-15 knots, making for a slight workout going over

Rakino Channel. We paddled around the island

clockwise exploring the three bays on the western

side. At the top of the island we encountered a two

metre rolling swell coming in from the Gulf and

zoomed down the eastern side with the following

wind and swell. We stopped for lunch in the pretty

Sandy Bay, sheltered from the wind and basked in

the sun for a while. The return leg was exhilarating,

surfing the waves all the way back to Home Bay.

Our friend Janice intended to catch the ferry over

to Rangitoto wharf and walk into camp to join us

for New Years Eve. Jacqui and Brenda walked over

to meet her at Gardiner Gap but somehow the

planned surprise rendezvous went awry and

Janice walked into camp alone! Jacqui and Brenda

turned up some two hours later having walked/

jogged all the way to the Rangitoto wharf and back

in their search for Janice. The moral of this little

misadventure is...always take your mobile phone!

That evening we were joined by more

kayakers...Steph Easthope, Greg Dunning, Guy

Folster, Phil Oster and his partner Emma. Hard to

keep track of all the comings and goings! New

Years Eve was spent under the big tent with the

wine, snacks and beer flowing freely. Greg let off

extremely smoky sparklers in the tent. They were

interspersed with an array of gadgets playing

tunes of various origins. With Ian in full flight

under the influence of red wine and Phil chipping

in with his unique brand of humour, we enjoyed

much laughter and pranks. Everyone made it for

the midnight countdown, hoorays, handshakes

and snogs! The long awaited fire works display on

Waiheke Island turned out to be two big puffs of

multi coloured explosions and that was it! Wow!!

New Years Day for some of us meant hangover

headaches, a brief survey of the scene and back

to bed. Others were in fine form. We spent the day

in the big tent, playing cards, rambling over the

island or taking a short stroll along the beach.

Jacqui, Janice and I cleaned up the plastic lying on

the beach, coming away with two bags full.

Dave Evans enjoys a brew

Charlie’s tent, again.

On Sunday we packed for the trip back home. The

Fizz boat arrived at 9.00am, was loaded and on

it’s way by 10.00am. We hit the water and battled

into the 15-20 knot southwesterly, which had

blown up overnight to provide us with a workout

for the homeward leg. To provide the grand finale

for the trip, as we rounded the southeastern side

of Rangitoto Island, the Westpac rescue

helicopter circled above us and a Police boat

pulled up alongside. The officer on board asked

for two of the group members amongst us. They

identified themselves to be told that a relative

had contacted the Police to say we were running

late for our return to Takapuna! A slight

communication glitch provided us with a few

minutes of excitement but on a more serious note,

it was reassuring to know that the rescue people

can take such quick action to come to our aid.

We reached Takapuna Beach at 2.30pm. Chris and

Sharon were waiting to welcome us back. A

fantastic week of stress free camping at Home Bay

had come to an end. Twenty-six clubbies had

joined us for varying lengths of stay. Next

year...Great Barrier Island....watch this space!

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2005 KASK forum

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The Anakiwa Outward Bound School,

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proved to be an ideal venue for the

2005 annual KASK Forum.

Situated right on the edge of the sound, and

almost hidden from view by tall trees, the school

has a large main hall which doubled for meals and

evening slide shows, numerous bunkrooms

scattered around a central paved courtyard area,

and two smaller lecture rooms which were

excellent for indoor workshops. The cold shower

regime for Outward Bound course attendees was

a concern; cubicles had only a cold tap. But

thermostats must have been tweaked for the

Easter break, as there was plenty of hot water.

Large drying rooms next door to the bunkrooms

proved a boon for those paddlers involved with

on-the-water practical sessions.

Paddlers began registering at 10am on Easter

Friday and were welcomed by KASK President

Susan Cade and forum organiser Helen

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Woodward, then the rain set in and a show and

tell session was postponed. I presented a slide

show on the influence of historical Greenland

kayaks, which was followed by Australian keynote

speaker David (Crocodile Winky) Winkworth who

presented a marvellous insight into paddling -

and how to plan a trip - in the tropical regions

of Australia.

David Winkworth lives on the south coast of New

South Wales, where he commercially builds a sea

kayak called a Nadgee. In 2000, with two other

paddlers, David kayaked the North Queensland

coast from Cairns to Cape York. They stopped for

a lunch break on Macarthur Island, in Shellburne

Bay, and Arunas Pilka waded into thigh deep water

to cool off. The very small island is surrounded

by a large fringing coral reef. As David set up a billy

to brew a cuppa, he heard a shout and was

shocked to see Arunas being rolled in the sea by

a large crocodile. The croc had pinned Arunas

around the thigh. David raced to his mate, jumped

onto the back of the croc, and tried to get his arms

under its belly. Fortunately the croc let go and

Dave managed to get Arunas back to the sandy

KASK president Susan Cade with keynote speaker David Winkworth

beach. They staunched the bleeding, and set off

an EPIRB. Two hours later, Arunas was flown by

rescue helicopter to the hospital on Thursday

Island, where he eventually made a full recovery.

The forum’s catering was superb. Outward Bound

School cooks certainly know how to staunch the

appetite of ravenous paddlers. After dinner, Peter

Simpson presented a PowerPoint slide show of a

Wellington group of paddlers on a two-week trip

to Preservation Inlet in southern Fiordland.

Photos of early gold mining sites at Te Oneroa and

Wilson’s River, stamper batteries, pelton wheels

and berdans (crushing bowls) remarkably

preserved. Peter was followed by Conrad

Edwards who showed slides of his Christmas trip

along the coastline of Cambodia.

On Saturday morning the wretched drought

breaking rain continued. I held indoor lectures on

tidal streams and Nick Woods on leading trips and

risk management. However, the bulk of paddlers

took to the water for the water training sessions

coordinated by John Kirk-Anderson. These

continued during the afternoon while Carl Brown

talked about Greenland paddles, Dave

Winkworth discussed boat handling without a rudder, and Diane Morgan

demonstrated how to dehydrate food for trips.

Following the KASK AGM and a sumptuous dinner, David Winkworth

presented a second slide show of paddling in the tropics, which concluded

with saving his paddling mate, Arunas Pilka, from the jaws of a 4m croc. Such

was the retelling of the story, you sense Dave was back on the island. The

final slides showed Dave being presented by Australia’s Governor General

with that nation’s highest award for bravery.

Drizzle and wind persisted through Sunday morning. Most paddlers took to

the water for practical sessions on rescues or silly strokes. Iona Bailey and

Cathye Haddock ran an indoor session on ‘when things go wrong - are you

prepared?’ - using unforeseen dramas from their recent Fiordland

kayak expedition.

After lunch, paddlers separated into pods for the trip to the DoC campsite at

Mistletoe Bay, on the north side of Queen Charlotte Sound, for the overnight

campout. In this huge campsite, 70 paddlers created a colourful spread of

tents and kayaks, with a delicious aroma from all sorts of evening meals.

Although drizzle persisted through the evening, broad tent flys

accommodated relaxed paddlers for a marvellous night of wining and dining.

Monday morning dawned with a clear blue sky and a mirror calm sea.

With no urgency, pods of paddlers departed from the bay for a leisurely

return to Anakiwa.

Cathye Haddock and Alison Turner invigorated after a silly strokes session

Alan and Pam Hall demonstrating rescue skills

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Cambridge to Hamilton Race

and Cruise

by Su Sommerhalder

The 29th annual Cambridge-Hamilton Kayak Race and

Cruise, took place on Sunday 1st May 2005. 185 competitors

in 170 kayaks, open canoes or surf ski’s covered the 26km

distance in times ranging from 1.34.20 achieved by John

Sokolich and Oskar Stielau on a double surf ski, to 2.44.55

by a veteran woman in a sea kayak. She wasn’t exactly

racing! As an editor of this magazine she was taking heaps

of photos...

People, whose ages range from 3 to the late 70"s, who prefer to cruise at their

own pace, join the racers in the after race lunch and prize giving. Frequently,

3 generations of the same family participate!

It is held annually on the first Sunday in May. In 2006 this will be 7th May.

For 25 years volunteers from Auckland Canoe Club organized the event. Four

years ago, there was a lack of willing volunteers, so Auckland Canoe Centre

took it on as a commercial event. Kayak and paddling accessory

manufacturers and suppliers became generous sponsors, and this year there

were over 120 spot prizes valued at more than $14,500. Top prizes included

2 sea kayaks valued at over $2000 each, a sit-on kayak and accessories worth

$1000 and a three-day sea kayaking holiday in Fiji worth $995.

In September 2004 my husband Peter and I sold Auckland Canoe Centre to

Canoe & Kayak, and moved to Fiji where I manage a Watersports Adventure

Company. Our other company, Akarana Kayaks retains the Cambridge-

Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise.

Next year the Cambridge-Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise celebrates it’s 30th

anniversary, plan now to join in the festivities. Do make a note of the date in

your diary - 7th May 2006. Nearer the time this magazine will advise where

to register for the event.

Photos by Ruth E. Henderson

Bruce Ross and Jason Crerar enjoying the race.

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John Sokolich with his prize a Challenge Kayaks Sequel sea kayak.

Julia Kuggeleijn with her prize, a Perception Contour 480 sea kayak.

Sam Goodall streaks past in his Ruahine Swallow.



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winter, under a helmet or hat or just on its

own. Fantastic stretchy fabric with a fleecy

lining and a matt black waterproof

outside, and cut to keep your ears

covered nicely. RRP $29

Marketing Man



3mm neoprene pogies. These

Velcro fit over your paddle shaft to

keep the wind and rain off your

hands but still give you the normal

feel of the paddle shaft in your

hands. Perfect for those windy or

cold mornings.

RRP $60


This system can easily be adapted to more than one vehicle

by simply changing the module length.

Extremely quick and easy to mount.

Integrated Lock System.

Micro-ratchet system with

release mechanism. High tensile

strength stainless steel.

Lighweight 6061 T6 Extruded Aluminium. RRP $440

Keen diver and golfer Steve Smith,

contemplating an early retirement in

New Zealand, chanced to meet Peter

Townend on the Okura beach. He is

now a keen novice kayaker and the

marketing man for Canoe & Kayak Ltd!

His wife Gini, a pharmacist is also a

newbie kayaker. It is not unusual for

strangers to catch Peter’s enthusiasm,

and for people to bring a wide array of

considerable skills into the company.

Despite having a degree in Chemistry, he has

always been in Marketing. Initially, with a small

publishing company producing books and

software for the printing industry and latterly, in

the electrical switchgear industry.


Great for all year round kayaking.

3mm warm and comfortable back

panel and lightweight 1.5mm front.

Another 'must have product from

Day Two.

RRP $95



When speaking with Steve you’ll gather by his

accent that he is a Pommie and if you’re good, that

he’s from Shropshire. Cheshire, to be exact.

I look forward to learning from his publishing

experience, and hearing some of his adventures

abroad, including a 10-year stint in Saudi Arabia.

Canoe & Kayak folk join me in welcoming Steve

and expect the he will greatly assist us to work with

manufacturers, importers and kayakers to mutual


See you on the water Steve and Gini!

Ruth E. Henderson.

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A perfect day on Lake Taupo

by Les Dollard

I met Jenny through the Yakity Yak

Kayak Club - it was worth joining just

for that. She is my No 1 choice for a

paddling buddy. It’s not that often that

you meet someone that you feel

immediately relaxed with, sharing

many interests - and even rarer to find

that they also love paddling kayaks on

beautiful lakes. I guess a kayak club is

a good place to look though! We are

both shift workers, so can enjoy

outings mid-week from time to time,

avoiding the crowds. A day in her

company is always good, so when

Jenny decided to have a go at trout

fishing from her kayak, I was delighted.

When our days off coincided, we

travelled to Turangi. That evening we

had a quick practice session on the

water; how to get the line in & out, what

to do when a trout struck.

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We made an early start the next morning at the

Kuratau Spit on Lake Taupo; I’ve found the best

fishing is usually at first light at this time of year.

But fishing between the spit and Omori, we caught

nothing for a few hours. We stopped for a coffee

at our launch spot. I was feeling a bit

disappointed, Jenny however was still full of

enthusiasm and suggested we try around the

corner, heading past the Kuratau river towards


The cliffs by the Kuratau river mouth are small

versions of those on the Taranaki club Western

Bays 3 day trip a year or two ago. But they are still

impressive, and lovely with the Kowhai trees in

bloom. The southerly breeze died away to

nothing. I thought Jenny had lost interest in

fishing; she was happily exploring the shoreline

in close, checking out the cliffs and cave.

I put my line out again and fished on, the calm

bright conditions didn’t look promising, but there

was still the odd fish breaking the surface as they

pursued smelt. Suddenly I caught one. So much

for my theory that it was essential to be on the

water at first light! This was a big, strong, healthy

Taupo trout, jumping spectacularly, leaping 2 foot

clear of the water several times, twice close to the

kayak. Then it sounded, beneath the kayak, into

the dark blue Taupo depths. I felt sure it was going

to work the hook loose before I could net it, but it

held. It fell out once the fish was on board.

• No drainage hole

• Strengthening under flange

• Only 3 rivets for mounting,

less holes in your kayak

• Fits Great Stuff safety flag


Available at all good Kayak stores

email: greatstuff@woosh.co.nz

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My activity revived Jenny’s interest in fishing. She

paddled over to watch the last stages of my fish

encounter and have a go herself. She soon had

one. “Don’t panic, just stow your paddle and grab

the rod”, I said when her reel screeched. She

looked at me as if to say - “Do I look like I’m

panicking?” She is a registered nurse, dealing with

life & death emergencies on a regular basis. It was

most unlikely that she would panic over a fish. But

she didn’t say it. She just laughed at my

excitement over her first trout, and calmly

followed my advice on how to play the fish. It was

a nice fat maiden hen rainbow, and at 46cm length

it was just big enough to keep. We doublechecked

it to make sure. I knocked it on the head

and stowed it with mine.

With a couple of nice fish in the bag, it was time

for an early lunch on a beautiful beach. There are

several little beaches between Kuratau &

Whareroa that you can only access from the water.

They are picture perfect. North towards and past

the Whareroa Road end, heading for the point at

the north end of the bay it was dead calm. I tried

to capture the amazing reflections on camera.

I’m not completely sure what Jenny thought of

fishing, something different to try I guess. She

mentioned that it might be a handy survival skill

one day. Perhaps she was just being diplomatic

and didn’t get the thrill from it that I do. But as we

now had a trout each to take home, she said she

preferred to switch to paddling and exploring. So

we did. It was a gorgeous day, and I was delighted

with our fishing success after an unpromising start.

A northerly breeze kicked in as we reached the

point. We certainly covered a lot more water than

I do on a regular fishing trip, I was impressed

when we turned back and could see how far we

had come.

At the point, we could see in the distance - the next

point, beckoning us on. But after looking around

the rock gardens, we instead turned south and

headed back to Kurutau and the car. The kayaks

came to life in the mild following sea (or should

that be following lake?) It’s amazing how quickly

the mood of the lake changes, I kept a look out

over my shoulder in case the wind & waves really

picked up. But conditions stayed just fresh enough

to be interesting without being threatening. We

enjoyed the lumpy section where the waves were

bouncing back off the cliffs. The wind died away

as we reached the spit.

After that, a soak in the hot pools at Tokaanu and

then dinner in Turangi - at the Truck Stop. We had

big appetites. It wasn’t huge fishing-wise, but it

must be one of the most pleasant days I’ve spent

in the Taupo area. I guess fishing isn’t everything,

perhaps it’s best in small doses like this,

contributing to the day but not dominating it. I

read an article recently which highlighted how

unique Lake Taupo is, and urged that we should

appreciate and care for it. On a day like this, I think

it is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.


Review by Neil Watson

Hosted by John Dowd and based on

programmes developed by John

Dawson and Dan Lewis with guest

authors Shelley Johnson and Lee

Moyer. www.seakayakvideos.com.

Copyright 2004.


‘Intrepid Kiwis’

Intrepid Kiwis have sought adventure

as kayakers or solo sailors,

circumnavigators or ocean rowers.

They have journeyed 100 000 nautical

miles in Chinese junks, rowboats,

kayaks, motorboats, traditional ocean

going canoes and small yachts.

Mark Jones was a guest of honour and a keynote

speaker at the recent opening of the New Zealand

National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition -

‘Intrepid Kiwis’.

Mark peppered his highly entertaining speech

with scary stories, extraordinary tales of survival

in icy seas and hilarious reminiscences. He

illustrated his extraordinary world first kayaking

journey around the Antarctic Peninsula with

memorabilia of the “uncompromisingly and

unapologetically wild environment of Antarctica.”

Throughout his life Mark Jones has shared his

passion for adventure. He was a senior instructor

at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre

and Deputy Director at Tihoi Venture School.

Currently he lectures on Outdoor Leadership

programmes at AUT. His adventures in New

Zealand and overseas include caving, whitewater

rafting, sea kayaking, mountaineering and

rock climbing.


Getting There (and Back).

This is the second of John Dowd’s kayaking DVDs

I’ve watched. Greg Dunning in Issue 28 of this

magazine reviewed the first, ‘Getting Started’.

Have you ever scratched your head when

paddling companions with a yachting or armed

services background mysteriously arrive at your

destination before you do, even though they

failed to take the direct route? How did they know

there was an island ahead when you couldn’t

distinguish it against the backdrop of the

mainland? How dare they tell you the bearing to

get to a distant beach you can’t see and then head

off to an alternative destination leaving you to it!

How did they know to change the trip plan when

2 hours later the decision was obvious? How did

they get you through the reef that night without

parting the gel coat from your boat? How did they

know that the night lights over a kilometre away

did not belong to a couple of yachts but the rest

of the group you were supposed to rendezvous

with at 0400?

On this remarkable Antarctica adventure, Marcus

Waters and Graham Charles joined him. The

journey began from the Argentinean research

base at Hope Bay on 15 January 2001 “ the

dreaming was over and reality smelt like penguins

and old socks”. They were delivered to the frozen

waters of Antarctica where they spent the next 35

days sea kayaking and surviving the rigours of this

harsh environment. They lived off porridge and

freeze-dried foods cooked on a little white

spirit stove.

Avalanches spontaneously occurred immediately

in front of them. Winds of phenomenal velocity

forced them to find shelter on barren rock faces

or perish. Despite dangers Mark said “at the end

of each day we finished with a song in our hearts”

and his greatest memories aren’t of danger or fear.

He recalls the breathtaking beauty and colour of

brilliant sunrises and sunsets, the majestic

mountains, the Jurassic Park-like leopard seals,

50-foot whales, and penguins, comic masters of

the scene.

Would they do it again? “You bet”.

The exhibition also features:

Paul Caffyn the first person to kayak around New

Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Japan, New

Caledonia and along the coast of Alaska.

Andrew Fagan, 20 years ago sailed the smallest

yacht - Swirly World - in the Solo Trans Tasman

Yacht race.

Rob Hamill (with the late Phil Stubbs) won the

Trans Atlantic rowing race in record time in 1997.

They rowed ‘naked’ virtually non-stop for 41 days.

The rowboat, KIWI CHALLENGE, is a dominant

presence in the exhibition.

John Dowd describes navigation as “knowing

where you are and systematically moving to

where you want to go”. The DVD starts with

beginners paddling along the shoreline using

landmarks to navigate a route (piloting). It is soon

apparent that navigation is not just about using a

compass. Variables such as weather, currents and

paddling ability are progressively introduced

along with the methods available to help you

tackle more ambitious routes.

The value of the DVD is in the understated savvy

born of years of kayaking shared by John and his

colleagues. The delivery is as succinct as the title.

The infamous Motley Crew continues to parody

the approach most of us take to getting there and

back. The structure and content of the

presentation beg you to laminate a bit of chart,

grab a compass or shout yourself a GPS unit, and

get out there and do it!

Available at all Canoe & Kayak stores. $39.95

Brian and Louise Pearce - crossed the Tasman

Sea in their small motorboat.

Donna Hammond and Ross Hickey -

circumnavigated Stewart Island in a double kayak.

Brian Clifford, accompanied by a crew of 3,

sailed a Chinese junk from Hong Kong to New

Zealand in 1961.

The late Dr. David Lewis - researcher and

adventurer who completed the first

circumnavigation of the world in a multihull.

Adrian Hayter who sailed solo around the world

in both directions.

‘Intrepid Kiwis’ is at the Entrance Gallery of the

Maritime Museum, Auckland.

The exhibition runs till Sunday, October 9.

Rob Hamill

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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

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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





Weight: 34 kg

Width: 83 cm

Length: 4.70m

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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.




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Weight: 17 kg

Width: 68 cm

Length: 2.8 m

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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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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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Weight: 18.18 kg

Width: 790 mm

Length: 3.43 m

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Weight: 25.90 kg

Width: 915 mm

Length: 3.81 m

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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

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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.

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Weight: 36.36 kg

Width: 915 mm

Length: 5.03 m

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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

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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.




Weight: 27 kg

Width: 67 cm

Length: 470 cm

Price: $1260 (Std)



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


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.


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


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.

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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)



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


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


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 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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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


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.

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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


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


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




Weight: 11kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.65m

Price: $2995

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for paddlers of both

genders up to 75kgs.

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

and the Opus and goes faster than an Opus.

Weight: 12.5 kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.89m

Price: $2995

OPUS This popular ‘user friendly’ kayak, with its excellent balance of

speed and stability is designed for the multisport paddler moving up to a

faster kayak from a Swallow or similar.

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


24kg Kevlar

Width: 550mm 550 mm

Length: 7m 7 m

Price: $4995 Glass - $5495

depending on $5495 construction


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 /


Length: 6.2 m

Price: $3095 Kevlar

$3295 Carbon /


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

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Stage 1

SKILLS COURSE 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


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


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


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


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


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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Learn To Kayak

Stage 2

Stage 4

Stage 6

For more information on any of these

courses or tours - fill in the form and

receive an information pack and

Go in the Draw to WIN....

Prize drawn on 31 July 2005


Stage 1


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


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


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




Stage 3


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


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


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 wraps,

swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

An adventure open neck

paddle jacket valued at $225


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Magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale or phone (09) 421 0662.

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


$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


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.



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 - by

appointment only. 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


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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How can

you get your

photos in

this magazine?

We are always looking for

great front cover shots, and

always need pictures to

illustrate articles.

Digital photography being relatively new to most of us

- here’s a few pointers:

Set your camera on the highest possible resolution, and

superfine compression. At this setting with a 256 MB CF card or

equivalent (about $100) you can take oodles of photos before having to

edit and delete. When out snapping, turn your camera ‘on its ear’ and take

some photos in ‘portrait’ format. Kayaks being long, do not lend themselves to

this format, but if you want a front page shot, or full page photo, this is what is

needed. Who says we need to see all of the kayak anyway? An ‘in your face’ shot is

more likely to be chosen over a passive scenic shot. Do not ‘play around’ with your

photos. Resist the temptation to do any image altering or enhancing. Leave that to the

professionals. The old rules still apply - to get better pictures: move your feet (or kayak) to avoid

the power pole or to get in closer; notice where the sun or shadow is, use the early morning or

evening light; shift the offending rubbish bin, errant twig or paddle; frame the shot - create a picture.

Download your best images onto a CD, at 300dpi at maximum size or get your friendly Chemist/

Photography shop to do it for you. Do not send 107 shots. Pick your top ten! Post CD’s, (or transparencies

and prints - which will be returned) to NZ Kayak magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Don’t forget to include

your name, address, phone number and captions for your photos. Who knows........ your artwork may be on

the cover of your magazine (and we’ll give your Mum, sister, girlfriend... copies).

Ruth E. Henderson

Sam Goodall, Aniwhenua Falls.

Photo taken by Dylan Quinell using burst mode

to get this multiple frame image.

Watercolour effect by Brochures Unlimited.

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