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Issue 33

Kayaking & Fishing Lake Taupo 6

Andrew Canning circumnavigates Lake Taupo in

three days and still has time to catch a trout or


Coromandel Coastline 14

Ruth Hibarger tells of trip with the added

dimension of the laughter of the van Lith children.

Right place right time 24

AUT’s Matt Barker covers some ‘what ifs’ and

‘maybes’ of white water leadership.

Fishing in Taranaki 8

Bronnie van Lith persuades four keen fishermen

to part with some hints and tips on sea fishing

from kayaks.

First-timer but no Part-Timer 16

Grabbing life in both hands and going for it, in


What does a 180 degree spin look like? 17

Maree and Jim Downey prepare to open a

Wellington Canoe & Kayak shop.

Off-Road Running Shoes 28

Footwear for multisporters.

Waimakariri familiarisation trips 28

Product Focus - fishing gear etc. 30

Rakiura in rain and Red Bands 32

Bernie, Janette, Johnny and Silvia spend their

holiday paddling around Stewart Island.

Paddling at the end of the earth 10

The Antarctica Sea Kayaking Championships lure

Steve Camp to race in rather extreme conditions.

VHF Channel changes 17

Kayaking versus Legal Tomes 18

Irvin Openshaw the first person to kayak the Cook

Strait tells his tale to roving reporter Heather Hills

Casio Coromandel Classic 20

A two day multisport event is described by Team

PRO4 Nutrition

The unquenchable thirst 38

Kelvin Oram writes about his journey on the

Ganges with friend Doug.

Mohaka Adventure 12

We get two sides of the story when Steve Kittle

becomes a ‘Shuttle bunny’ for Nhoj and friends.

Winners of Rasdex paddle jacket 22

Potu Falls 23

Two staff members from Taupo Canoe & Kayak

drop over a local waterfall.

The birth of a kayak 41

The Dusky Bay Classic arrives.

Obscured by Waves - Book Review 42

Paul Caffyn’s book on his South Island Odyssey.

NZ Kayak Magazine’s Buyers Guide 43

Directory: Things to Do 49

Learn to Kayak and WIN a Skills Course 50

Front cover: Steve Knowles

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On Sunday the sun was out. I was too,

walking with the kids and dog, enjoying

a leisurely lunch and an afternoon on the

water. We had a family gathering at Dacre

Cottage to mow the lawns, paddle, swim,

BBQ and enjoy beach games.

I dare say that on most days you and I

over-tax our brains on ‘important things’,

so that the opportunity to relax with

neighbours, friends, and family, to chat

with strangers we meet is surely just the

‘bee’s knees’.

Our kayaks are more than valued boats;

they are tickets to shared activities or to

dream in pleasant solitude. They make it

possible to discover this great little

country, smile and think, “It doesn’t get

much better than this”.

As Christmas approaches we are

pressured to do even more. Over-taxing

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is almost universal. For some of us the

frantic timetable is an annual torment.

We know the answer - go paddling for

a few hours alone, mobile phone ‘off’,

or with friends. Smile and say

“Gidday” to anyone we meet. In

brightening other people’s we feel


Can you make time in your ‘frantic

schedule’ to say “Gidday” to store

owners Jim and Maree, who have

recently opened the tenth Canoe &

Kayak Centre in Wellington, or to

another Centre manager? You know

that the next best refreshing thing to

kayaking for a few hours is to talk and

plan an activity or trip with a fellow

enthusiast for a few minutes.

Happy paddling.

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ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 5


Three days kayaking and

fishing around Lake Taupo

by Andrew Canning

I have lived in Taupo for a few years

and have often entertained the idea of

a kayaking trip around the whole Lake.

A clear long range forecast and the “Go

for it”!! thumbs up from my lovely

partner Rachel, meant it was all on.

Pulling out of Whakaipo Bay at 5pm my Tasman

Express was very low in the water with enough

food for a week aboard!

The lake was like glass and it was an easy paddle

to Kawa Kawa before dark. It was a late start due

to a stag do the previous night. A tree ‘slightly

rooted’ to the cliff and hanging perilously out over

the water, reminded me how I felt. Monday

morning the welcome sound of the lake lapping

gently on the beach only metres from my tent

woke me.

My harling rod was quickly in the rod holder and

I was quietly cruising along. My senses dined on

a smorgasbord of natural sights and sound

including tuis, bellbirds and the occasional plop

of a trout. And then!! ZZZZZ—ZZZZZZZZZZ—!!!

Magic to my ears. Yee Haaaa. Numero uno. A nice

4lb rainbow hen, given the kiss of life and

quickly released.

When harling I find it helps significantly to

exercise some self- control by hitting the rudder

hard left or right before lunging for the rod. I can

then play the trout over the bow rather than

awkwardly back over my shoulder.

A quick stop at Boat Harbour and then off again

past the breathtaking scenery: native bush,

towering cliffs and waterfalls as a backdrop to the

deep green/blue of the flat lake.

About 2pm I discovered a little bay surrounded

by cliffs with a small stream, the Waikino flowing

into a sandy bay that dropped off deeply about

100m out.

After a quick lunch I was in my hammock: rod out

(heave and leave) and I was lost in the pages of

Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code oblivious to the

changing weather.

Alerted by the noise of my paddle washing across

the ledge I scrambled for my gear just in time to

stop it getting wet. Up the lake white horses were

building. Within an hour the lake had changed

from flat calm to very rough. Waves slammed onto

the ledge, but thankfully the wind leap-frogged it

before screaming up the towering cliffs behind

me. I was here for the night whether I liked it

or not.

Annoyed for dropping my guard I concentrated

on catching dinner and landed 5 trout, using the

waves to pull them over the 3m ledge. I kept one

and filleted it into steaks, rolled in flour, fried in

butter and served with asparagus and mash.

Despite the wind I had a very sound sleep, apart

from being woken twice by the noise of my reel

screaming out from my ‘heave and leave’ fishing


At sparrows fart the lake was virtually flat again. I

harled close in under the cliffs, enjoying the

sunrise and a cup of left over luke -warm coffee

from my thermos.

I landed a nice trout, keen to put in a big day,

stashed my rod and paddled past the lovely

settlement of Whanganui. Over the next few hours

trout broke the surface very near my bow.

Temptation got the better of me and out went the

weapon again, but to no avail. Rounding

Tangingatahi Point the Northeasterly wind and

waves rebounding off the cliff base (clapatis)

made me wind in my line to concentrate

on paddling.

After 7 hours paddling I pulled into Te Hapua bay

for lunch and a quick nap in my hammock. Setting

off into a southeasterly head wind and making

slow progress I decided I might as well be fishing.

I tried different flies and lures over the next few

hours without a catch. The weather deteriorated.

Consistent white caps encouraged me to put the

rod away and resort to paddling for distance.

Reaching Kuratau mid afternoon, the wind was

even stronger. I cut the corner and headed straight

over to the Tongariro Delta, landed, quickly

changed into dry clothes and attended to a king

size dose of the munchies.

Eating so much I was surprised to fit back into my

kayak! After a total of 11 1/2 hours paddling I

arrived at the Waiotaka River mouth where

Rachel, bearing fish-n-chips and a bottle of red,

joined me. After dinner we had a quick fly fish in

the river mouth and I couldn’t help but laugh at a

French fisherman who waded so far into the rip

that the trout were rising behind him. But we all

caught trout whilst enjoying a spectacular sunset.

Next day I hugged the shoreline most of the way

up the lake to Motutere Point, then paddled to

Motutaiko Island. Within 20 minutes I caught 4

prime trout in about 50 metres of water. I knocked

a 5 1/2 pounder on the head for dinner with

Rachel that night.

In a light Northerly, I paddled due north from the

island up to the middle of the lake. After a few

hours I passed well to the west of Horomatangi

Reef, - Rangatira Point looked barely closer. The

Northerly picked up and Rachel rang to warn that

the forecast had changed to “thunderstorms over

the central North Island”. They soon became very

obvious. Thunderbolts and Lightning - very

very frightening!

About 6 kilometres south of Rangatira Point a

swiftly rotating funnel of wind sucked water off

the surface of the lake. It sounded like a truck on

State Highway 1 at Hatepe. It grew louder and

louder and 200m away was coming straight for me.

I paddled rapidly in the opposite direction but ran

low on energy. Figuring that at worst it could only

tip me out, I sat and watched as it passed very

close by and disappeared. I drank a cup of coffee

whilst buzzing on the wow factor. I later

discovered that water- spouts are rarely seen on

Lake Taupo.

Carrying on almost to Rangatira Point before

heading east, I had a quick jig on Mine Point

where I touched a couple of trout but failed to

hook them. A strong South-Easterly set in and with

a tail wind behind me I paddled into Whakaipo.

My abdominals, shoulders and arm muscles were

aching after another 11 1/2 hours of paddling with

only 15 minutes out of my kayak all day. Rach was

waiting patiently on the beach. As I pulled in I

had a huge grin from ear to ear, let out a hoot of

excitement and was engulfed by a great sense of

achievement. Bring on the next adventure!!


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ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 7


Hints about fishing in Taranaki

by Bronnie van Lith

Fishing off kayaks is a growing sport in

New Zealand but especially in

Taranaki. The Oakura Surf casting club,

recognizing this fact, set up a ‘Fishing

off Kayaks’ section of their club, and

within the week had another 15 people

join to go fishing. So why all the fuss? I

approached a group of 5 fishermen

and asked why. Garry Harrison, Stefan

Martul, Wayne Hutchins, Gary Mc

Cracken & Bruce Howson wouldn’t tell

me all their secrets, but did let the

following hints slip out of the bag:

So let me start with the most obvious question,

why fish off kayaks?

• To fish the unfished areas, where most of the

fish are. Motorboats automatically head out to

the horizon, Surf casters can get only a short

distance off the beach, but there is a huge area

from the coast line to about a couple of kms out

that has never been fished. And kayaks can

get there.

• You can catch some really good fish in 7-15

metres of water.

• You are much smaller and quieter so you don’t

scare the fish off first.

• In Taranaki there are only a few spots where

you can launch motorboats and you are often

limited by the tides. We can launch our kayaks

anywhere at any time.

• Heaps cheaper. Fishing off shore is no longer

restricted to those who could afford a

motorboat or who have a Dad or a friend with

one. Kayaks make it affordable for anyone.

• You don’t have to worry about the cos of petrol,

maintenance, trailers, and cleaning the boat

down afterwards. Simply throw the kayak on

top of the car and away you go.

What sort of fish have you caught & what is

you’re biggest?

• My largest has been a 4 1 / 2

kilo trevally. It took

me for a bit of a tour around the ocean but it

was fun.

• My mate Nigel caught a 10 1 / 2

kilo snapper once,

but my biggest snappers have only been

3 1 / 2

- 4 kilos.

• You can catch anything. I normally go for

snapper & gurnard. If you go south you can

catch blue cod, trevally. John

Dory, spotty, dogfish shark, even

king fish.

• I spotted a marlin in the Nga

Motu harbour once. I think we

have the potential in Taranaki to

catch game fish, especially when

the blue water comes

in close.

• You could even catch Tuna, but

it would be a bit of a pot luck,

being in the right place at the

right time as they move so fast it

would be hard to keep up

with them.

• We catch Kahawai all the time,

whether you are trying to or not.

One day I caught a big one close

to the wharf in the harbour. It

then swam under the wharf. I

was still fighting when I heard a

voice from above... “ You do

realize you are not meant to be

fishing in here?” No, it wasn’t

God, it was the port security.

“You tell that to the fish!” I

replied. I wasn’t going to let this

fish go for nobody.

Can you give me some hints on

fishing off kayaks in Taranaki?

• Using burly is essential in Taranaki, rather than

drift fishing. Then the fish come to us. The

anchors you sell in the shop work well.

• I click my burly onto the anchor chain. Makes

it nice and simple.

• I have my burly on a dropper line. I find I can

then make sure I am fishing in the burly trail.

• I tend to use shorter rods. Makes it a bit easier.

• I lost a rod going through the surf so I buy the

cheaper rods. They still last a couple of years.

• I like to use a good quality one. I simply make

sure it is tied onto the kayak well. I use a paddle

leash for this.

• The Fish n’ Dive is great for that problem. I store

away both my rods inside the boat before I

venture back through the surf.

• You need to use a boat reel or spinner.

• I made my own flasher rig. Have caught every

fish you could think of with it.

• The artificial squiggly baits work well too.

• The rod holders and Scotty holders work well.

I also use a fish finder.

• You need to think about storing the fish once

you have caught them. I simply throw a wet

towel over the fish in the tank well.

• I use a wet sack.

• I use the white fishing bag that fits perfectly into

the back of the Fish n’ Dive. Works wonders.

Can even put ice in it.

• Fishing on the northern side of the rivers is a

good hint. This is because typically the current

is always heading north.

So what made you take this sport up?

• I went fishing with some mates one day in the

Coromandel. We knew of a great fishing spot

off this ledge, so being keen fishermen, we took

ages scrambling over rocks to get there. It

wasn’t a good day, we caught maybe 3 snappers

between us, in the 3-4 hrs that we were there.

As we were packing up fours guys came

paddling around the corner with kayaks loaded

with fish! I asked them where they had been.

“Just around the corner” they said. A corner that

we couldn’t get to by foot. That annoyed me.

It also looked more fun than scrambling

over rocks.

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• I went on a charter fishing trip at Great Barrier.

They had three kayaks on board, so I decided I

would use one to get to some rocks not far from

the mother boat. Had a great day. Out fished

those on the boat by 10 to 1. Next day everyone

wanted to use the kayaks so we tied a rope to

the kayaks. Someone could use it to get to the

rocks then someone else would pull the kayak

back to the mother boat for the next person to

use it. Everyone had an awesome day fishing

that day.

• I simply bought a kayak to have fun in. It wasn’t

long before I worked out the potential it had

for fishing.

• I was thinking of my family when I bought my

kayak. The Fish n’ Dive has an awesome seat in

the front for the kids. They love coming out and

fishing with me.

• I really appreciate the local demo days you

guys at Canoe & Kayak, Taranaki have on the

lake, introducing people to different models. It

was great being able to try different boats &

gain the confidence to buy one.

• I don’t think you need to be a hard-out

fisherman when you buy a kayak. You can get

the boat for family fun & then take a simple

hand line out.

Can you give me some safety hints for fishing

off a kayak?

• Taranaki is a very beautiful but wild coast. Wind

can pick up very quickly, so it is important to

check out the wind direction & strength before

you go.

• I never go out in a strong offshore wind. When

it is not an offshore wind, I paddle into

the wind.

• Visibility is always a big thing. Wear bright

colours or/& buy a brightly coloured boat. I

have a bright coloured buoyancy aid, it’s great.

• Those flags are also a great idea. They help

boaties be more aware that we are out there

and show us some consideration.

• Never underestimate the value of doing a

course. Do that first off. Learn some basic and

effective paddle techniques so you are

prepared for when the wind gets up, and learn

the best ways of getting back on your boat.

• It is important to make sure you can get on the

boat again in case you do come off. Practise this

in a safe environment & with a friend before

you head out to the open sea. There are some

boats on the market where this can be very


• Always wear a buoyancy aid. I have a friend

( Herb Spanagal ) who was out fishing by

himself one day and fell asleep. Woke up in the

water, looking at the bottom of his kayak. He lost

a good rod & reel too.

Well thank you for your time. Can I squeeze

just one more story out of you before we end?

• Stefan and I (Gary) were coming back from

fishing when we took a short cut between the

breakwater & Motunui rock. We were heading

back when Stefan caught a kahawai right on the

breakwater, so we stopped and looked around.

To our horror and enormous swell had formed

behind us. I swear it was the 7th wave! I

paddled for my life, sure I was about to die.

Stefan still had this kahawai on his line and like

a true fisherman wasn’t going to give it up. He

jumped off his kayak hanging onto his line and

his boat with all his might. I’m not sure how I

kept on my boat but I did. When I turned

around to let out a trumpet roar... behind me

was 7th wave number two!

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ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 9


Paddling at the end

of the earth

by Steve Camp

The intimidating roar of a bull elephant seal broke

the stillness. We stopped paddling and listened.

The cacophony and smell of a gentoo penguin

rockery wafted over the still water. My eyes

watered in the crisp, moist sea air. We resumed

paddling and the fog opened. Suddenly,

apparition-like, forms of rock pillars and ice cliffs

filled the sky before us. Porposing alongside our

kayaks inquisitive gentoo penguins squawked

excitedly. I slid my hand out of my warm ‘podgie’

paddling glove and dipped it into the icy cold

water. I needed to reassure myself that this was

for real.

It had long been a dream of mine to explore the

bays and coastline of Antarctica. I had tasted the

paddling beauty of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska

a few years previously, now the lure of taking part

in the second Antarctica Sea Kayaking

Championships had brought me to the other end

of the earth. Held every two years (weather

permitting) to coincide with the Antarctica

Marathon, I was making this journey with 180

kindred spirited adventure sportsmen

representing 13 different countries. We had left

Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world, four

days before in a Russian icebreaker research ship

and anchored off the eastern coast of the

Antarctica Peninsula. The marathon successfully

behind us, we focused our minds on the kayak

championship, which lay ahead.

For safety and survival in this unforgiving

environment all competitors paddle in a dry suit

on top of at least two layers of thermal gear topped

off with gloves, balaclavas and booties. It’s a far

cry from the warmer conditions of the Hauraki

Gulf where I am more accustomed to paddling.

Unlike the marathon, which we had run a few days

earlier, where all runners were responsible for

their own running kit, the championship

organisers had to provide 20 single and double

kayaks, dry suits, paddles, set a suitable course

and hope for good weather. To squeeze scores of

paddlers into so few kayaks they ran a series of

time-consuming heats under crisp, clear, blue

skies, with only the top ten going through to

the finals.

We gathered on the stony beach littered with

blocks of ice, standing in groups waiting our turn

and checking the form of the other paddlers. The

course was two kilometres out and back sprint

between two Zodiacs.

I won my heat, securing a spot in the finals to be

held three days later. Some of the finalists were

keen to get the championships over and done

with sooner. I’d come a long way and was happy

to milk every extra moment in the cockpit of my

kayak, absorbing the stunning scenery. Antarctica

is simply one of the most humbling and powerful

places on earth and to see it by kayak is an

experience not to be missed. The following two

days on the water held new wonders, from faceto-face

encounters with humpback and minke

whales, to serene paddles through narrow fjords

dwarfed by enormous icebergs.

Race day arrived, as did steadily deteriorating

weather. It had been snowing on and off for the

last 24 hours. With the long range forecast looking

bleak, the race organisers weighed up their

options to race now or come back in two years.

There was a frenzy of activity, offloading the

kayaks and Zodiacs into the water. The poor

weather necessitated shortening the course to a

measured nautical mile sprint - out around a

Zodiac and back.

We left the safety and warmth of our ship in a

partial whiteout to paddle 100 metres to the

Zodiac - our start line. The wet snow congealed

on the sea’s surface like thick porridge. The race

itself was hard going. The snow blurred my

sunglasses. It was difficult to see. I found I could

bulldoze my way through the mush, but it was

indeed heavy paddling.

Between gusty snow squalls I could make out the

turning point. Going wide around the Zodiac I was

surprised to see I was in the lead. Unable to find

the path I had already cleared in the porridge, I

kept going. Nearing the finish line I could hear

the safety crew in the Zodiacs shouting. Shutting

them out I kept my head down, paddling hard. On

my left I saw what I had feared for the last two

hundred metres - a dark blur breaking out of my

wake and slowly getting larger. Gradually it pulled

alongside me, then slowly edged past to beat me

across the finish line! Like all races, it’s about

strategy. Maybe I should have held back and let

someone else clear the way through the porridge

mush, saving my strength for the end! But no

regrets, I’d had a fantastic experience just getting

to the start line. That’s what life is about.

It was a long way to go to get freezing cold in a

kayak but it is a unique event and the effort to get

there only makes it a lot more special. I will always

cherish my memories of paddling in this pristine

icy wilderness.

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ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 11


Mohaka Adventure....

Te Hoe to Willow Flats

by Steve ‘Shuttle’ Kittle and Nhoj Snikwad

“Hey bro, wanna be a Shuttle bunny!”

I thought for a moment and it clicked into place. I

was being asked to utilise my driving skills and

drive 4 gnarly white water dudes down to the Te

Hoe ‘put in’ for the grade 3/4 section of the

Mohaka River. They were (names changed to

protect the innocent) Dick Geoffrey, Nohj

Snickwad, River ‘where’s my hat’ Ron and the Dog

of Madness. It would be a jolly day out with the

boys. I thought, why not.

Had I known it would take over 9 hours, half of

which was over mountainous single lane

corrugated logging tracks with sheer drops

lunging down into huge ravines, I may have

thought twice and stayed in bed.

Ten minutes after dropping the lads off at the ‘put

in’ and cheerily waving goodbye, I experienced

the ultimate in free Adrenaline Sports that New

Zealand has to offer. A logging truck bore down

on me as my trailer slid perilously close to the

edge of an extremely big drop to the rocky splat

zone of the Mohaka River. Realising I had not been

dashed to a billion pieces by the truck or on the

rocks below, I opened my eyes, stopped swearing,

changed my undies and patted my dog, who I’m

sure was giving me a dirty look. I then continued

to the ‘take out’ at Willow Flat to greet the boys as

they paddled triumphantly home...

...shuttle drivers are great people. Especially when

the section of river you want to sink your paddle

into would normally be a 2 day driving epic - and

“See you at the take out” is your bag. The lower bit

of the Mohaka from the Te Hoe road bridge to

Willow flat is a quality run for the grade. Plenty of

bouldery rapids and a few that you will want to

scout properly before running. Take my advice and

get your creek boat fitted out properly so that

when you do get out for a rock scramble scout

mission your legs will work and are not completely

made of rubber. Anyhow, after Steve let us loose

on the water we were soon having fun finding our

way down this section. River Ron was a bit cagey

and admitted to not being able to sleep the night

before as his nerves were getting a bit on edge,

nothing to do with those funny pills and Barb eh?

Ron’s made more comebacks than Mohammed Ali

after telling everyone he’s not doing THAT river

again. The flow was very much lower than the last

time I did this stretch and it makes it a bit more

hazardous with some rock sieves you don’t want

to go near. The holes are smaller though and

there’s more boofy type drops which previously

were nice green tongues. Dick Geoffrey styled the

run as per normal and the ‘veterans’ walked

around a couple of bits. We have probably had

enough adrenaline in our systems for one lifetime.

I can’t get over Mad Dogs river knowledge.

Personally I have the memory of a lobotomised

goldfish when it comes to what’s around the

corner but M.D. was giving a running commentary

on what’s going to crop up in the next wee while.

Good to have someone like that on a trip if you

want to economise on time. Arriving at the take out

and seeing Hooba bouncing around and barking

on the bank was a great sight as you know the long

suffering shuttle driver is there too, even if his first

sentence is worse than the most chronic Tourettes

Check out the scenery down here

syndrome individual. But we all know sandflies

are there to remind us we are in paradise.....

...two hours later, I got to Willow Flats deep in the

Mohaka Forest and awaited their arrival. And I

waited, then I did some more waiting before

finally waiting a bit longer.

All the while I was being slowly devoured by the

bastards of the sky, your friend and mine, the

Sandfly. I was going insane with the relentless

biting, so much so that I went to the ultimate

extreme and put on the Dog of Madness’s soggy

long johns to cover my legs up. If you knew the

‘Dog’ you would appreciate why this was extreme!

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I was starting to think like a mum, “Where are

those boys, they should be here by now, I hope

they’re alright.” I was worried sick. Then I heard

the familiar manic laughing cackle of the Dog of

Madness. I was relieved they were alright and

looked forward to hearing all about their

adventure. I was more relieved that we were going

to leave the bite zone from hell and that since they

were all alive I would still get paid.

I must have looked tired on the drive home and

in need of a break, because as I got out of the van

at the summit kiosk for a stretch, Nohj clambered

out of the side window, Dukes of Hazard style and

jumped into the driver’s seat relieving me of my

duties. Gladly I slumped in the back and was

strangely satisfied with my own efforts. I was glad

I had got out of bed.

Nhoj Snikwad

River Ron

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Coromandel Coastline

by Ruth Hibarger

June on the Coromandel can be sunnier

than in December and the maddening

crowds are sure to be less. Peter van

Lith loaded his double canoe with his

three young children and launched

through the misty rain. Talitha (6 years,

32kg) Daniel (5 years, 27kg) and Ariana

(3 years, 20kg) gave him a total

handicap of 79kg. Bronnie van Lith had

a single kayak all to herself, lightly

loaded for quick get-a-ways. All

kayaking mothers dream of this.

Whining children? No problem just

paddle a bit farther from the noise.

That really wasn’t an issue with the van

Lith kids; noisy laughter was the

melody we paddled to on this trip.

Helen Lander, Les Dollard, Brendan

Hartigan, and myself from the Taranaki

Kayak Club and Rex Temm from

Te Awamutu were all keen to see

Cathedral Cove and the coastline north

of Hahei.

We launched from a sandy beach and paddled

past multicoloured cliffs. In this area monetary

penalties and jail sentences protect the fish and

crayfish! Lunch at Cathedral Cove fuelled the crew

for the paddle to the islands in Te Whanganui A

Hei Marine Reserve. If you’ve ever hiked down to

Cathedral Cove, you know how beautiful it is, but

only a small area is accessible on foot. To really

see this area, you must kayak.

The islands inside the marine reserve were

inviting. Rocky cliffs rise above waves which have

carved surprisingly deep caves. In pitch darkness

when surging swells threaten to damage rudders

a headlamp comes in handy . Two giant crayfish

and a stingray lurked unafraid of us, in the sunlit

entrance of a cave on Mahurangi Island. How

much was the fine for taking protected sea life? A

waterproof camera would have been handy.

Luckily Les had such a camera plus the laptop and

the know-how to provide a slideshow to the rest

of the Yakkers on Monday morning. Rainbows

reward paddling in the rain. A memorable one

glowed unobstructed across an expanse of New

Zealand Coromandel coastline. Short daylight and

long dark nights can put a real damper on a kayak

trip but the cabin at Hahei campground prevented

that. Peter not only paddled a kayak with three

non-paddling kids but cooked dinner for us!

Sunday’s plan to go from Simpson’s Beach north

of Whitianga to Opito necessitated shuttling cars.

This coastline impressed us just a much as the

previous day. Both our timing and the weather

were perfect. As the sun set we finished the 20-

kilometre paddle and approached ‘flash houses’

in the flawless bay. Dinner in Whitianga ended a

wonderful day. Weary paddlers sank into their

beds by 10:00.

Monday offered us a supposedly quick trip to Hot

Water Bay, but who could resist entering the coves

and caves, one after another? The finale, just shy

of the finish was the blowhole. Its sunlit, circular

enclosure was big enough for us all. The waves

washed us up on the beach with time to dig down

and soak in the hot water. So ended three very

memorable hassle free days on the Coromandel.

Photos by Les Dollard.

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ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 15


First-timer but no Part-timer

by Nadia Lehmann

“Grab life with both hands, hold on

tight and go for it.”

That was my motto as I prepared to leave Wales

and head to New Zealand. After frequent visits

over the past 10 years, and at least one paddle

outing each time, I had decided to pursue my love

for the more varied waters and go.

Arriving last December, and taking a while to settle

down, I decided that occasional day trips with

various organisations to more or less the same

places was not entirely satisfying so I went on a

Skills course with the North Shore Canoe & Kayak

shop and became a Yakity Yak Clubbie.

Beginners hick ups were encountered - the usual:

do not know anyone, have no boat, have no roof

rack or any gear for that matter, not sure of the

best paddle spots.

I went to my first club night and all the above

problems were resolved. As a newbie I was

welcomed and encouraged and given many

helpful tips.

My diary was filled with future trips. I made a list

of essential items needed, plus an additional list,

a wish list. Other members were very welcoming

and encouraging.

It took a few weeks to get my first essential item -

roof racks - then a week later I had booked my

first YY trip: Ruth and Ian’s Housewarming and

paddle trip at Kaukapakapa. Veronica, my skills

course buddy, and I collected all our hired gear

from the shop, and headed up to KKK.

We were first to arrive. As newbies we had been

hesitant about turning up to the party, but there

was nothing to worry about within this friendly

environment. Everyone was made to feel

welcome. We pitched our tents and the party

began with drinks and nibbles on the deck,

watching the last of the sun disappear over the

river, lazily running past the boundaries of the

Veronica trials out the carpet strip, under Brenda’s

watchful eye.

property - our watercourse for the next day. Duck

shooting had begun that weekend and our

tranquillity that night and the next day would be

marred (or was it spiced up?) by the sound

of gunshot.

More people arrived and so did the rain and cold,

but nothing dampened the spirits or froze the

enthusiasm. Several hours later, I dashed through

the rain into my tent, glanced up and in a gap in

the clouds saw the Southern Cross - a good sign.

There was an early wake up call, well, it is early

when you stay up late. Our group of 16 hardy

paddlers weren’t turned off by a little bit of rain -

or a little bit of torrential rain at times. We

launched at the Springs Road Wharf’s ramp, in

Parakai - on the incoming tide. It was tremendous

how everyone helped each other. We two ‘new

ones’ really felt part of the Yakkers group.

Off we went, a mixture of boats and paddles,

travelling downstream on the Kaipara River

through beautiful unspoilt scenery, bordered by

With only half the group making the return journey, there were plenty of boats to choose from.

thousands of mangrove bushes. Two fizz boats,

passed us, but otherwise the river was ours.

We reached the dredgers and turned right into the

Kaukapakapa River. A left, -and we would have

ended up on the Kaipara Harbour. The group

stayed together having a good yak and ducking

whenever we heard shots. We encountered quite

a few decoys on the river and occasionally

camouflaged heads and bodies would pop up

from the nearby mangroves. “ Do not shoot at

the kayakers”.

After a two-hour paddle we made it back to the

‘scene of the crime’ from the previous night and

tried out Ruth’s new landing ramp. This caused

much amusement and more teamwork. The tide

was high. What on earth were we landing and

stepping on?

Our arrival coincided with heavy showers. Under

the shelter of the veranda we warmed ourselves

up with hot drinks and barbequed sausages and

patties. Thanks Ian.

The weather turned for the worse. Some people,

perhaps a bit tired from the night before, or

deterred by the rain, decided to stay and help tidy

up. So only 8 did the return journey.

The relaunch was something of a challenge, as the

tide was going out extending our original landing

patch. The ramp was revealed! It was carpet

(recycled from the North Shore shop!) and was a

tad waterlogged and muddy. The river had

dropped 30cm below that. A few enterprising folk

decided to seal-launch from a section higher up

the paddock. That looked a bit risky, with the

chance of going head over heels. Luckily all was

well and the group staying behind waved us off.

The downstream paddle on the Kaukapakapa

River was quick. Our small group yaked less. Once

on the Kaipara river, and going upstream the

outgoing tide and wind did not allow for any

slacking in paddling and there was little shelter

along the banks. Exiting at Parakai was our last

challenge. The tide flow was strong and by now,

the ramp was no use to us. It had to be a threeperson

job at the Wharf’s pontoon. Team effort

once again prevailed and turned an impossible

one-person task, into a well-executed mission

each time someone came out of the water.

After a few helpful hints about how to secure my

kayak to the roof rack - we were off. I had a quick

stop at Ruth and Ian’s to say a big thank you and

to collect Veronica, and then we were homeward

bound - still enthusiastic, tired, happy and keen

for more. See you on the water very soon.

Photos by Ruth E. Henderson

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What does a 180 degree

spin look like? by Maree Downey

For some kayak enthusiasts, a 180

might well be the difference between

enjoying travelling on top of a rapid as

opposed to underneath it!

Our family has been sitting on top of a fast flowing

river for five months. It has deposited us in

Wellington where my husband Jim and I are the

new shop owners of Canoe & Kayak.

Jim comes from 5 years in the NZ Navy and 19

years in the NZ Police Force. I’ve had 18 years in

the Airline Industry. We were ready to jump at this

timely opportunity.

When a young boy Jim and his brother built a canoe

out of canvas and painted it yellow. They survived

the rigors of the Tauranga harbour and their fishing

expeditions. In recent years he has moved into

more reliable boating equipment and has become

a very keen multisporter. He has taken up sea and

river kayaking with great gusto and reckless

disregard (from my perspective) to hair raising

moments. He has also participated in 12 hour

events in orienteering, running, cycling, abseiling,

shooting, and kayaking.

I have no claim to fame in the kayaking world...yet!

My first introduction to kayaks was 6 years ago on

our honeymoon in the Caribbean. We anticipated

a great day kayaking and snorkelling around the

mangroves of St Thomas. However, it took on quite

a different twist due to our competitive nature. Our

double Kayak careered from point to point making

sure we weren’t out- paddled by the Aussies and

Americans in the group.

In recent weeks I have participated in several

Canoe & Kayak courses - a wonderful way to

develop skills and confidence and also to make

new friends.

Prior to the arrival of our 15 month old daughter

Emma (who is just wonderful), Jim and I planned

our own cycling trip through France. Our

preparation was a trip from Auckland to Thames -

over the ‘hills’ of the Coromandel to Tairua and from

there to Tauranga. After that I didn’t think I’d be able

to walk to the airplane let alone ride around France.

But it was a wonderful holiday - eating and paddling

our way through some fantastic countryside. We

haven’t quite braved taking Emma out on the bikes

or in a kayak yet but she has had her first swimming


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lessons so it won’t be long before she is out and

about with us.

It has been our privilege to travel to and

experience many countries in the world. We’ve

trekked on elephant back, canoed down a river

in the Chitwan National Park, and most magical of

all safaried through the Masi Mara in Kenya and

trekked with friends in the Anapurnas of Nepal.

We love life, the outdoors and making new

friends. We look forward to greeting you in the

brand new Wellington Canoe & Kayak shop. Make

sure you come and visit us sometime - we’d love

to meet you.

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Kayakers N.Z. Inc.


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throughout New Zealand

KASK publishes a 146 page

sea kayaking handbook

which is free to new

members: the handbook

contains all you need to

know about sea kayaking:

techniques and skills,

resources, equipment, places to go etc.

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ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 17


Kayaking Versus Legal Tomes

by Heather Hills

Even at 78 you never know whom you

are going to wake up next to and what

stories will unfold. Recently I was

parked up in my campervan at Parakai

Hot Springs next to Irvin Openshaw

and his wife Vivienne. Discussions

over a cuppa revealed some

interesting pieces of history.

In the 1960’s Irvin was working at Public Trust in

Wellington and studying law at Victoria University.

There was a battle on. Dusty tomes versus

kayaking and tramping. Kayaking won.!! He never

did finish his law degree.

He dreamt of paddling across the Cook Strait but

Mother said “Not on your Nellie, not until you are

21 son!”

In 1960 you couldn’t buy an off-the-shelf boat, so

the first step was to build his own craft. He and

his mate Alan Pearson laid their hands on a design

from ‘Tyne Boat’ in England. They each

constructed single folding kayaks 26 inches wide

and 14 ft long with 5/8 inch-dowel and1/2inch

marine ply for the frame. The skin fitted like a sock

over the frame. A 5-ply rubber bottom, with 10oz

canvas on top completed the construction of

the kayaks.

With the Gisborne Canoe and Tramping club Irvin

had many adventures including the first descent

of the Waioweka River. Other trips included the

Mohaka, Willow Flat, Wairoa, Rukituri, Waikareiti,

Hangaroa and in 1960, the rescue on the Motu

River when club members had run out of kai.

Exciting trips were made on the Waikato River

from the Mihi Bridge down stream, prior to the

Dam being built.

This was all good training and preparation to be

the first to cross the Cook Strait. The Mana Cruising

Club agreed to escort him once he had convinced

Bob Gouldie the kayak was OK. But was Irvin fit

enough? Irvin Openshaw proved that point by

taking on the 32-mile Wairoa River flat race, which

took 7 to 8 hours.

Then on the 23rd March 1962 he achieved his

dream. The kayak was launched at Makara with a

N/W fresh wind. Off the coast he successfully

negotiated the Terawhiti and the Karori Rips.

Point to point the trip was 22 miles N to S. The

crossing took five and a quarter hours, achieved

with a completely dry bottom! With the 32 ft Mana

Cruising Club launch escorting him, and Alan

Pearson accompanying him in his kayak, Irvin

touched just South of Brother’s Island and then

paddled to sheltered waters at Perano Head for

his pick up. The Dominion and T.V. hailed Irvin as

the first person to successfully paddle across the

Cook Strait in a kayak. Irvin remembers his

reaction on arrival. Firstly relief at being able to

get out of his kayak, away from the salt water and

sea spray, and secondly anticipation of a feast of

steak, sausages and eggs!

Irvin continued to escape dry as dust legal studies

by becoming deeply involved with Outward

Bound, Anakiwa. He attended the opening of the

school, then commenced as an instructor. Mana

Bay Cruising Club helped set up the school. The

All Black, Ron Jarden was one of the helpers and

Irvine was the ‘Gofer’. For

the second course, Irvin

helped set up a river

programme and took

Outward Bound students on

the Rai, Pelorous and Wairau

Rivers. He continued at the

Anakiwa school with Hamish

Thomas as warden and

Adrian Hayter who sailed

single-handed around

the world.

In 2001 Irvin announced to

his family that he wished to

embark on a fitness

programme so he could

attempt another crossing on

the 40th anniversary. Once

again he was told “ Not on

your Nellie” or in his words

“ My idea was met with

strong opposition.” These

days Vivienne puts her foot

down on extreme physical

sports and outdoor

activities. However, he does

escape along with his son

Troy on extreme 4WD

vehicle ventures.

Ruakituri River in The Kayak

used in the Strait crossing

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For Sale

Kayak Shops

Interested in

owning your own

kayak shop?

Canoe & Kayak Ltd is ready to

open Licensed Operations in new

centres and has the going concern

Hamilton Canoe & Kayak,

The Corner Greenwood St

& Duke St, State Highway 1

bypass for sale.

Phone: 09 421 0662

Peter Townend

Managing Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltd

and I’ll be glad to have a chat.

All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.

ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 19



Casio Coromandel Classic

by Phil White

The Casio Coromandel Classic is a

multisport event that covers some of the

best parts of the Coromandel in two days.

It has been designed to enable any skill

level to compete, yet provide a

challenging race for the fastest teams and

individuals. The first day starts from

Thames with a 22 km mountain bike ride

up the Kaueranga valley, then a scenic

but technical 27 km run past the

Pinnacles hut to the other side of the

peninsula, a paddle from Coroglen to

Cooks Beach, and a road bike to Tairua.

The second day continues with a kayak

up the Tairua estuary to the Pauanui

turnoff, followed by a road bike to

Whangamata, a run up the Wentworth

valley and over the Wires track to the

Maratoto valley, and a fast road bike

back to Thames.

This year in keeping with tradition, spectacular

weather and light winds marked the end of winter

and made for fast racing.

The event is open to teams, including relay teams

of 2, 3 or 4, and traverse teams who do the whole

lot together. There are also individual

competitors. Each stage (apart from the runs) is

fairly short, and achievable for novice racers to

experts and everything in between. This also

makes it easy to push to the limit. The best two or

three teams were stacked with expert runners,

cyclists and kayakers. The kayakers included

several of the best K1 paddlers in the North Island,

along with sea kayakers and multisporters of

varying ability.

As with all such events, preparation of body and

equipment make a huge difference to the outcome

and enjoyment. Little things like tyre choice and

tyre pressure for the mountain bike, aerobars on

the road bike, position of food and drink for easy

access in bunch rides, type of running shoes, the

type and rate of fluid and food intake. It is good

to learn from the experiences of others (good and

bad). Perhaps the most interesting lessons came

from the kayaking stages. With the large range of

paddling ability, a correspondingly large range in

kayak types was represented. Some had different

kayaks on hand so they could choose the best one

for each stage.

The first kayak stage meanders down the

mangrove-lined channels of Whitianga harbour

for two thirds of its length (i.e. dead flat), making

it ideal for tippy racing kayaks. Ideally, however

you need a boat that is also suited to the last part,

which goes between Whitianga and Cooks Beach,

past large cliffs which reflect the swells.

Accordingly, tippy racing kayaks are not ideal, and

most people take a more stable boat for this stage.

At least one person got it wrong, and had six swims

along the way. The next day he took a more stable

boat. There were a couple of K1 racing boats on

this stage, and no, they didn’t swim. However,

they were not necessarily the fastest option. One

of the K1 paddlers caught up to a Total Eclipse (an

intermediate level multisport boat), and then was

surprised to see it hanging on his wash, and even

more surprised when they took turns leading. Once

they were out to sea, the Total Eclipse pulled away

for good. The traverse teams could use double

kayaks, some of which are both stable and fast.

At the end of the first day, the results

were posted, so everybody knew

where they were relative to the other

individuals and teams.

On the second day, the kayak stage is

a deep-water mass start from the

Tairua wharf. This stage is entirely

within the Tairua estuary, so it is all on

flat water. This year, with the tide out, there wasn’t

much water so there was the option (or necessity,

depending on your route choice) of portaging

across sand banks. The following fleet could

observe and learn from the mistakes of the

leading K1 paddlers. Many people stepped up to

a lighter and faster boat for this stage, and with

shallow water, portages, and an opposing current,

it made a real difference. One traverse team went

from a reasonably fast adventure racing double

to a very fast K2. However, decisions such as

when to get out of the boat and run (or walk), and

which side of the channel to take were in the end

almost as important as boat speed.

The parade of multisporters and their caravan of

support vehicles eventually made its way over the

hill and back to Thames. Stories were swapped

on the sunny lawns outside the boating club until

it was time for the prizegiving, to be inspired, and

to look forward to the warmer weather and the

challenge of races to come.

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Winner of Rasdex - Paddle Jacket

Issue 31

Tim Kitt, of Ashhurst, married to Chris with two kids Simone and Dylan is the winner of one of

the Rasdex Adventure open neck paddle jackets in Issue 31. He works for Mainland products

in Palmerston North as a transport supervisor. When holidaying at Waitarere beach (Levin)

he got keen on sea kayaking.

He recalls “We had an old canvas over wood sea kayak built by Frank Herbert in 1948. It used

to take 4 people to carry it down the beach and 8 to bring it home. It was an amazing craft and

although it had no watertight compartments it was unsinkable and we used to set out with

longlines in some ‘adventurous’ conditions.

Tim decided to get back into kayaking for both fishing and fitness and after testing various craft settled on the Cobra Fish n’ Dive (mainly due

to stability).

He reckons “The boat sits nicely on top of the Hilux with setlines, longlines, rods and dragnet strapped to the top. We plan to tour around the country

with family to get at some better fishing spots. The kids are pretty keen so will be looking for a couple of boats for them. I can’t wait to try out the jacket!”

Winner of Rasdex - Paddle Jacket

Issue 31

Kay Raffell, who recently looked longingly at a paddle jacket whilst window shopping in

Taupo, and paddled down the Whanganui in a blue cape, is the second proud owner of a

Rasdex Adventure open neck jacket. She tells the tale of her kayaking journey to date.

“I was introduced to a kayak about 30 years ago in the north of Scotland. My partner of the

time was into sea and surf kayaking. He built his own fibreglass kayak and off he went... but

he did let me have a go first...on the calmest of lakes. I was terrified!

Fast-forward 10 years to New Zealand (minus the sea kayaking partner) where I found the

most delightful place to live by the sea - Okura. I bought a house and then a little yellow

play kayak for $50. I started going intrepidly where no Kay in kayak had been before...over the wild wavelets of the sandspit...then on the big ocean

voyage round the headland to Long Bay...on the calmest oily swell of days. I was so proud!

Pete Townend at that time had a small kayaking operation just up the street and I decided to do a skills course. I was, terrified of water...and especially

putting my head under. Pete was one of the kindest and most sensitive of teachers I have ever encountered...after several times of being tipped upside

down in the Okura river I came up...crying. Eager to get it over with I said...“I’m Ok. I’m just frightened”. But Pete looked at me and gently said “I think

we’ve done enough for today”. Taking me along at my pace...he got me through all the drills and wet exits etc over the next few days. Thanks Pete.

Soon after that I moved up to the Bay of Islands and with my new skills and confidence decided to buy a sea kayak. I can remember the trepidation

with which I drove off with it on the roof and the thrill of putting in on the Kerikeri Inlet.

Over the next 10 years I kept pushing my boundaries, until I was confident on the coast and round the islands, culminating in a solo four-day camping

trip round the islands. During that time I’ve done more all the safety gear and acquired a sail...the next best purchase ever, after the kayak!

A few months back I had the chance to join up with friends for the Whanganui River Trip for my first river experience. I’ve now moved down to the

West Coast of the South Island and on the trek down, with kayak on top...stopped to kayak on Lake Tarawera and in the Marlborough Sounds...where

the wind can be SCAREY.

Now I’m looking forward to just cruising on some of the beautiful lakes around here, with maybe a cruise up to Abel Tasman. I plan to join up with KASK

and hopefully meet some other West Coast paddlers soon. “

22 ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005


Potu Falls

by Richard Powell

Potu Falls is one of the many waterfalls around the Taupo

area, which very few people know about. The drop itself is

not too difficult, but as the pool at the bottom is not very

deep!!!! a certain water level is required to kayak it. Two

staff members from the Canoe & Kayak store in Taupo

decided it was their day to go forth and conquer ...(insert

fanfare) so..............

It was midday and there could be nothing

better for me to do than take a Potu virgin

off the Potu Falls. We collected our soggy

paddling kit, which (much to Freddy’s

disgust) was scattered around the premises

of the base and loaded the trusty paddle

wagon (along with kayaks Disco Stu and


RAD Rodger). After stopping for the

standard road-trip ice cream and caffeine filled ‘V’s we were on our way.

We parked as close to the falls as possible (not like kayakers are lazy or

anything) and began our ascent of the gravel track kindly put in just for us by

the local forestry company. Half of the next 30mins took us on a trek -

scrambling down steep muddy, bushy cliffs. However, it was well worth the

walk. The 7m-drop looked clean and easy - right into a nice big blue pool.

The walk to the top in itself was a mission! One of us had to scramble up,

followed by the paddles, then the boats and finally the second person.

Looking over the drop sped the heart up a bit. The lip had a big rock to the

right hand side, which caused a minor sieve. The native bush was kind, it

had grown just low enough so that we could get our hunched bodies

underneath the lower branches but unfortunately didn’t leave us enough

room to paddle. Never the less we had walked all this way and we WERE

going to paddle! I skirted up first and decided the best line would be right to

left trying to avoid the densest scrub and boof left over the lip. Right!

Onwards, soon I found myself floating down to the entrance... backwards!

Luckily I hit a rock, which spun me forwards

again... I tried to go right to left but instead

drifted down the centre underneath the

densest bush unable to paddle at all. The

lip of the waterfall was fast approaching so

I set up for my well-planned left hand boof.

Down the ‘v’ I went, into a buffer wave and

bugger it; there I was again; sideways. As a


last resort I put in a final sweep stroke

before plummeting uncontrollably to the

pool below. Surprisingly, this didn’t help very much. It simply caused me to

pencil vertically and smash the front of my boat into the bottom of the

supposedly deep blue pool. I surfaced upside-down with very sore feet and

a tender rib cage. I rolled up.

Not to be deterred by my spectacular exploits, the Potu virgin (Amy) was still

amping to go. She skirted up and paddled towards the lip from right to left.

Avoiding the dense scrub, she slid down the ‘v’ (straight I might add) and put

in a nice left hand boof which caused her to style the drop - without even

getting her hair wet!


Fuljames, Taupo

NZRCA asks kayakers to respect access closure

The Tauhara North No. 2

Trust has erected a

locked gate at the ‘Hay



the access road to

N g a w a a p u r u a

(Fuljames) rapids, on the

Waikato River. Access

(including foot access)

past this gate is not permitted.

The NZRCA understands that the landowners have closed access

because some people were being disrespectful of their land.

The landowners are concerned that people and large groups have been

camping without permission, with unsatisfactory toilet facilities, leaving

rubbish and mess. The landowners are also worried about their liability

for people’s safety, and have concerns about other non-kayaking related

issues - hunting, house truckers, dumped cars etc.

The vast majority of kayakers respect the land and don’t make a mess or

disrespect the area, but we ask that all kayakers respect the closure.

Anyone who trespasses may jeopardize any future availability of access.

The NZRCA will be exploring solutions for access and will be

communicating with the security company which is managing the access

on behalf of the landowners.

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Right place

right time by Matt Barker

In the huge grey area of ‘what ifs’ and

‘maybes’ white water leadership is

not easy.

Risk management plans and hazard maps are only

partly helpful in managing the day enjoyably and

safely. But a hazard map is flow dependant. Higher

or lower water levels will nullify some hazards

and expose others. Rivers can change overnight

and make your hazard map out of date before it

goes to print. How far do you go with a hazard

map, do you mark all deep water and slippery

rocks? How about the real killers, which are off

the line? Are they important to mark?

While the whole aquatic environment can be

hazardous it’s the probability and degree of

danger posed by each hazard which will concern

the leader. A big worry is that someone will

develop the mindset of “I have done my RAMS

form and I just have to avoid the hazards marked

X Y and Z on this map and my group will be

sweet”. This is a very wrong and dangerous

attitude to be lulled into. Only constant

observation, vigilance and appropriate

management on the day will keep your group

safe. Paperwork never physically got between

anyone and a strainer.

On site leadership starts by selecting a suitable

strategy or style, adjusting it for the specific

situation and then actively managing that

situation with the emphasis on ‘actively’. You

need to be constantly aware of the group’s ability

and the hazards. Keep them as separate as is

appropriate for the activity.

Rather than trying to cover all the possibilities (an

impossible task) the white water leader should

concentrate on the most likely and the most

serious issues. Delegate minor roles to more able

members of the group, who with suitable support

and supervision will develop the next generation

of leaders.

The table offers leadership styles and sets of

circumstances in which they are likely to be

useful. Few rapids allow any single pure

leadership style to be used. More often the leader

has to change leadership style part way through

Matt Barker has been coaching

white water kayaking for nearly 20

years. He holds a Coach Level 5,

the BCU’s highest award, and

NZOIA Level 2 Kayak. He works as

a Senior Lecturer at Auckland

University of Technology. AUT

offers diploma and degree level

programmes in outdoor

leadership and outdoor

education. For enrolment

enquiries contact Marilyn Squire

on 09 9179999.

to cover a particular hazard or likely incident.

Picking the line is especially important when the

technically easiest path through the rapid is not

necessarily the safest. It may be necessary to

suggest or insist on a technically harder line which

makes a capsize or swim more likely but is less

dangerous than an accident on the easier line.

Paddle every river, every time, like it’s a new river.

In the real world of earthquakes, landslips and

floods, it really may be quite different to the river

you paddled last week or last year.

Lead from the back

Indian file

River Leadership Styles

Style Pro’s Con’s Suitable situations

Lead from the front.

Alpine Blasting Indian file.

Whole group in view.

Able to unpin clients.

You pick the lines and set pace. The current

helps to bring swimmers and their gear to you.

Clients can be unprotected at the front. You can’t pick lines.

Takes time to rescue clients at the front. Watch for fish tail

effect. Hard to maintain communication and line of sight

with front clients. Group can get too spread out.

Can’t see group unless you paddle backwards. Hard to

unpin clients.

Short technical rapids with obvious end points or eddies. Where

pinning is major hazard.

Rapids with hazards that need to be avoided. Unknown rapids

Need to speed up.

Leap frog

Everybody gets a turn at leading.

Can be fast.

Lose sight of group members

Lack of control of where lead client eddies out.

Experienced small groups on rapids with lots of small eddies.

Buddy systems

Less units to look after. Clients can rescue each

other, or call for help. Improves self esteem.

Buddies can get in the way in rescues.

Needs careful pair selections.

Useful with large and mixed ability groups.

Eddy hopping

One At a Time

Lead from middle. Mother

and ducklings

Safe, everybody in a safe eddy. Clients only

move when you say go.

You only have to deal with one client at a time.


Pre-rig rescues.

You can show lines,

Maintain line of sight.

Easier to communicate with front and rear. You

can move to front or rear as necessary.

You can Shepherd into eddies.

Group has to be able to make the eddies.Can’t unpin clients.

Can lose line of sight with all clients.

Need to maintain chains of signals.

Very slow.

Physically separated from group.

Front person can still get away from you.

You don’t pick the lines.

Can give clients limited exposure to leading.

Useful for skilled groups in unknown technical rapids that

require boat scouting.

Pool drop situations.

Where there is a likelihood of more than one swimmer.

Crux rapids.

Good for wide open rapids with large or multiple lines.

When in doubt scout

Safe. Good to show clients the line from the

safety of the bank.

Slow. Some clients may psych themselves out by looking at

it too long.

When you can’t see the bottom of a drop or what’s round a

corner get out and have a look see.

Portaging The river will be there another day. Portaging is not without its own dangers, assess these. Any stuff that you don’t want the group to go down

Rafting up

No one swims may be the quickest way of getting

through a particular rapid.

Not particularly mobile to avoid hazards

Boily sections on large wide rivers.

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by Craig Taylor, podiatrist & co-owner of Shoe Science

An Off - Road shoe or Road shoe has one primary function

and that is to transport you in comfort from point A to point

B quickly and safely. Looking cool and groovy is important,

but comes second to avoiding slipping, falling and breaking

your neck.

Off-road terrains vary hugely, from boggy mud, to slippery boulders to deep

rivers. You need to visit a shop that stocks an excellent range and has staff

with expert product knowledge. A good store sorts everything out for you.

No one Off-Road shoe covers all conditions.

If you are an off-road nut tackling many different terrains and wanting to do

so at speed you will need several pairs of shoes.

Common Off- Road surfaces:

The most common surface is, surprisingly, a combination of tar seal and loose

trail. From the office or home, over a sealed road, to a park with groomed

trails, you need a shoe that has both on-road and off-road features. A heel

height of between 20 mm and 24 mm with cushion features and an outsole

which grips are important. Be careful to avoid shoes that will be slippery on

seal. A trail gripping outsole has a stud type pattern to penetrate soil, but

can be slippery and dangerous on the road if the outsole rubber is too hard.

A soft rubber outsole is required for the tar seal/ trail combo.

All Off-Road shoes provide good upper support in the arch and across the

toes. It is important that your foot does not slide from side to side in the

shoe. Road shoes do not have these upper features.

If river running, ensure that your shoes allow water to run out. No shoe is

waterproof. The water will get in. The trick is getting it out quickly.

If boulder running, your shoes should be lower in the heel and forefoot and

have a very grippy sole. This usually

means it is smooth, with a high soft

rubber content.

So you can see, shoes for

boulder hopping are very

different to the pair you

would use to run from the

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So it is pretty tricky to get

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Horses for Courses

by Nicholas Carman

Every Christmas for the last ten years, my family has rented

the DOC Lodge on Motutapu Island. This year was the same,

but this year I had a sea kayak.

At dawn on Christmas Eve my Uncle John, who was training

for the Speight’s Coast to Coast, and I launched from

Cheltenham Beach, chosen to avoid the strong winds, which

had plagued Auckland over December. John had hired an

ultra-light Tribear multi sport kayak, and I was in my brand

new Eco-Bezhig, a carthorse compared to his boat.

In his thoroughbred, John soon powered ahead of me, arms pumping. He

seemed to be in an awful hurry. This was not sea kayaking as I understood it.

Weren’t we supposed to loaf along the coast and take in the scenery, with

frequent breaks, and a lot of conversation? The only thing John said to me

was “Come on we need to keep moving.”

The wind was kind to us and the sun shone as we crossed the channel to

Rangitoto and paddled east towards Motutapu passing the spectacular

slopes of the volcano. I was all psyched up for a long trip, but it only took a

couple of hours to reach my favourite Christmas destination of Administration

Bay. We enjoyed a friendly swell once we reached Shipwreck Bay. Getting

there in this new way was a real thrill for me. John seemed pleased too. We

shook hands on landing.

On Boxing Day morning the weather was the best since Christmas Eve. Our

kayaks cut a trail through the still water around Motutapu. Fishing boats were

out in force in the Rakino channel.

Rounding Billy Goat point John raced ahead of me again. He wasn’t overly

interested in my comments on the local marine life! Being new to kayaking

I saw many birds I hadn’t seen before. I was particularly thrilled to see a

Little Blue Penguin floating in the water.

Heading towards Islington Bay John in training mode, became a dot on the

horizon. His aim was to get from A to B as quickly as possible. I wasn’t

interested in competing; I was just trying to keep to my own steady pace.

He did let me catch up from time to time - I was carrying his water and

snack bars!

At Islington Bay the tide had gone out. Gardiner’s Gap was high and dry.

The full implication of this immediately did not sink in. On the far side of

the bridge there was a portage over a kilometre of sand. The weight

difference between my boat and John’s became brutally obvious as my boat

nearly yanked my arms out of their sockets, whereas John’s lighter boat was

hardly any trouble at all. I felt rather stretched by the time I reached water

on the other side!

A mere three hours and fifty minutes all up, we were back at Administration

Bay. I spent the rest of that day in bed....

John and a partner did the Speight’s Coast to Coast in the two-day event.

They came 14th in the veteran’s class. I cheered him on at a safe distance

via email.

ISSUE THIRTYthree • 2005 29




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Rakiura in Rain & Red Bands

( Stewart Island Circumnavigation)

by Silvia Turner-Johnson

It was raining. Our trusty Red Band

gumboots were the last to be squashed

into the end hatch before we

launched our heavily laden boats into

the cold waters of Halfmoon Bay.

Stewart Island and gumboots, they just

go together.

us to paddle confidently in bigger seas, and to

have no weather enforced layover days.

We passed beautiful bays and great beds of kelp

as we headed towards our planned stop at Xmas

Village Hut. There was little let up in the weather

as we faced our first obstacle and an important

lesson. The realisation that we would be unable

to land our boats on this stony beach because of

the pounding surf was not lost on our tired and

weary bodies. Backtracking we found a small

stretch of sheltered sandy beach and welcomed

the New Year in the luxury of a hunter’s shelter.

A chance to dry gear and get warm after the cold

temperatures of our first day proved important to

group morale.

The boats sat low in the water and were sluggish

to respond as we negotiated our way through

the moored fishing boats. The local fishermen

shook their heads in disbelief. It was cold and

the rain was heavy and would continue.

Even the hardy fishing folk of Stewart

Island were taking the day off.

This was Rakiura, Stewart Island. In Maori folklore

Stewart Island was the anchor, which held the

canoe ofMaui as he fished up the North Island. It

is a land steeped in history. From the earliest

European settlers who built ships, hunted whales

and extracted tin and gold from the sparsely

vegetated hillsides of Port Pegasus to the fishing

and tourist operators of today, Rakiura influences

all who populate and frequent her shores. The

pace of life is quiet and unhurried. Only a few

kilometres of the island’s 1,600 km coastline are

touched by human habitation.

We had arrived the day before, crossing Foveaux

Strait on the 30th December 2004. Preparation

had begun months before, the idea hatched and

cemented between the 4 of us - Bernie, Janette,

Johnny and myself.

Wearing unseasonable layers of polypro, down

jackets and woolly hats we unloaded our sea

kayaks and 3 weeks of supplies onto the docks at

Oban. After intense scrutiny of the 10-day forecast

we decided to leave Oban a day earlier than

planned and pass the exposed western coast

before an expected window of easterlies in

otherwise southwesterly winds was lost. We were

keenly aware that sea kayaking attempts to

circumnavigate the island are often frustrated by

the extreme weather conditions.

As the noses of our boats pushed out of the

harbour into the large swells rolling onto the

northern coastline our initiation began. The girls

had commandeered the double. The boys were

in the singles.

This choice of boats proved successful, enabling

Paddling out of Halfmoon Bay along northern coastline - Day 1 cold!

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Johnny paddling past Kelp beds.

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We pushed on over the next 3 days to Doughboy

Bay, embracing the intermittent spells of blue sky

and sunshine, travelling close to the shoreline,

lucky to see close-ups of the varying shades of the

West Coast landscape. The towering cliff faces of

the Ruggedy Islands were magnificent. Jagged

rock edges stood raw and stark against the

turquoise blue of the sea. Our first introduction

to surf landings, ‘Stewart Island style’, was at West

Ruggedy Beach. The golden sands beckoned us

in for a lunch stop. In the surf the heavy double

proved herself every bit as capable as the singles.

We made our way down the coastline and into

Doughboy Bay, home to the most remote hut on

the southern walking circuit. The days had been

cool and the prolonged patches of rain had made

it difficult to dry gear. The hut’s warmth from the

fire and respite from the cold winds was a joy not

to be underestimated.

An easy day in preparation for the push around

the Southern Cape was favoured and we camped

on the opposite beach of Easy Harbour, fishing for

dinner among the inner Titi (Muttonbird) Islands.

A male sea lion, irritated at the impudence of our

camping on his beach, visited us frequently during

the evening, roaring his disapproval.

We launched early on the 6th day, a nervous quiet

enveloping the group, as we headed to our last

stop on the West Coast at Port Nicholson. Lunch

was brief due to the cold SE flow, which refused

to abate, and all too soon we were paddling

towards the SW Cape, battling current and

headwind. Closing on the Cape it seemed less

imposing than I’d imagined it to be, but any

momentary relaxation was short lived as I realised

the size of the waves crashing and rebounding off

the headland. The mixing of the tidal currents

from the great blankets of ocean, with the restless

swell and wind, created a cocktail of confused and

steep water. We inched forward around the Cape

and attempted to take a moment’s refuge behind

the small granite dome of Murphy Island lying just

off the Southern Coast.

South Cape lay ahead and we continued through

the heaving seas. The swells became steeper, with

irregular larger waves standing up and crashing

over our boats. I felt the fragility of our trusted

fibreglass vessels, and an awareness that we

hadn’t seen another human soul since leaving

Long Harry Hut four days previously. The pain and

cold were blocked out as motivated by fear and

determination we paddled strongly. Four hours

after leaving our lunch stop we dragged our weary

bodies onto the beautiful sandy beaches of

Broad Bay.

A rest day was our reward. We feasted on

pancakes and chocolate sauce, and later on

succulent crabs caught in the clear waters of the

bay. Escorted from BroadBay the following

morning by the resident sea lion, we rounded

Broad Head into the shelter of Small Craft Retreat.

The fishing again proved bountiful through South

Passage and into Port Pegasus. Pulling into the

beach at Islet Cove we were surprised to meet a

large group of sea kayakers who welcomed us into

their space for the next four days. We appreciated

the use of their hut as a southerly blast swept

through! A highlight of our stay at Islet Cove was

a close encounter with a kiwi. The Islet Cove long

drop offers its visitors a small view of the

surrounding landscape and it was from this

viewpoint that tuis were seen dive-bombing a

harassed looking kiwi. We then had an amazing

experience crawling around in the undergrowth

after him as the kiwi enjoyed his late

afternoon sojourn.

Launching empty boats to paddle up the tidal

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Gog and Magog made a pleasant change in

Packing boats at Doughboy - always a lengthy process fitting things in.

Johnny’s birthday feast - sushi0.

routine. These magnificent granite peaks stand

tall and all seeing over the scrubby valleys and

plains, and allowed us sobering views of our

journey down the West Coast. Johnny completed

what may well be the first ascent of Gog in Red

Bands. Other excursions were to Bald Cone,

Bulling Bay and the Tin Line. We camped finally

at Twilight Bay feeling a pleasant saturation, ready

for what Port Pegasus had to offer.

A light drizzle, combined with a strong

southwesterly flow pushed us through Whale

Passage and we began our run up the East Coast

of the island. We were resigned to the fact that

our next stop would be Big Kuri Bay with 35 kms

of rugged cliff and rocky terrain to bypass. Initial

boisterous cheers at the healthy tailwind became

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subdued as the wind and sea grew. The crew of a

lone fishing boat heading for the shelter of Port

Pegasus expressed their concern at our plan to

continue up the coast by telling us we were

‘Bloody mad’. What they didn’t understand was

that we couldn’t turn around in those conditions

and were committed to our initial decision. For

the next five hours the following sea became

unpredictable with varying two-three metre

swells and a 25-35 knot tailwind forcing us to

remain completely focused until we reached the

sanctuary of Big Kuri Bay. The double expressed

her discomfort in the conditions. She was picked

up by the waves and once surfing threatened to

broach side on in the trough of waves. Energy for

communicating was limited to a “We’re doing

great,” yelled to Janette as she braced yet again in

front of me. The albatross practised their fly-by

manoeuvres over our boats, and we appreciated

their graceful company.

The sight of Big Kuri brought tears to my eyes. I let

my body surrender to the feelings of complete

physical and mental exhaustion. It had been our

biggest day yet. We felt like true adventurers,

deserving of a DB, as we sprawled on the sun

soaked beach. Big Kuri was yet another tropical

paradise with white sandy beaches and clear

waters. A hunter’s bivvy stood, wrapped in layers

of black polythene and wool packs, testimony to

the toughness of its sporadic inhabitants. We

were thankful for its shelter as an escape from the

hungry sand flies, and the ‘interesting’ reading

material provided plenty of laughs.

The following day we explored the length of Lord’s

River in downpours of heavy rain and decided to

make camp at yet another hunter’s bivvy at the

entrance to the river. The shelter enabled us to

do some much needed drying of clothes and

Janette soon had the outside bath cranked up to

ease our paddle weary bodies. Heading out of

Lord’s River we made for our last destination of

Port Adventure. Spectacular fishing at the

Western Coastline - Ruggedy Mountains in distance

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entrance was closely followed by a large squall

which hit us head-on and stopped us in our tracks.

We sheltered as best we could and waited, heads

tucked down, for the blinding horizontal wind

and rain to ease. Port Adventure Hut was to be our

home for the next two nights and thanks to the

generosity of a couple aboard their yacht, we were

able to celebrate Johnny’s 33rd birthday with

some superb red wine, sushi and cheesecake.

The cold temperatures continued on day 20, the

last day of our trip. We rounded Buller’s Point and

headed into Patterson’s Inlet, slogging into a

strong headwind and crawling to the sanctuary of

Ulva Island, a refuge for native birds. We had

lunch with the birdsong of kaka, tui and

saddlebacks, and watched the antics of some of

the ‘locals’ on the beach - a bunch of brawling

wekas. The wind refused to ease and it was with

pained bodies that we made the final leg of our

journey around Acker’s Point and into Halfmoon

Bay. Beaching our boats in unison, it was

impossible to shake the smiles from our wind

burnt, salt encrusted faces. The South Seas Hotel

lay waiting with a well-earned shower followed

by steak, chips and a cold beer or two.

We had been a great team, drawing strength and

support from each other through the highs and

the lows and enjoying truckloads of laughs in

between. It had been an incredible adventure,

and one that wouldn’t have been as successful

without the help of many of the locals. A special

thanks to Liz and the friendly bar staff who

helped with transporting gear and offered

invaluable advice.

Great fishing - Trumpeter

Photos by Johnny Johnson

Lunch on top og Gog

The end of the journey. Day 21. Half Moon Bay.

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2006 is all GO

Coastbusters planning and preparation is well under way

for the event to be held in March 2006 - see website

What is it?

A Bi-annual Sea Kayak Symposium put on by recreational sea kayakers for

sea kayakers.

The highly successful last event was held at Orewa in March 2004.

Where is it being held?

Milford Primary School on edge of Lake Pupuke North Shore City Friday and

Saturday with speakers and workshops then Sullivans Bay Mahurangi West

for the Sunday mass paddle exercise.

When is it?

Friday evening, Saturday all day and the evening, Sunday, March the 17, 18, &

19th 2006.

Who can attend?

Any actively involved sea kayaker from any club or group or individual

How do I apply or get more information?

Watch the website for details. Entry information and fee will be posted later

in 2005.

Put it in your diary NOW.




- 12 March 2006

For the first time in fifteen years, the ThermaTech Head2Head will not

be held in the spring. The event is moving to the more competitor

friendly date of March 12th. The decision was not made lightly or

unilaterally. Race organisers had feedback from a wide range of past

competitors and sought comment from potential newbies. There was

regret that H2H can no longer be used as a benchmark for a Coast to

Coast build-up. However, other competitors polled had either a

neutral reaction to the timing, or an overwhelmingly positive one,

citing better weather for training and the event, and less pressure over

Christmas period.

Entry forms are available on

Team entry fees have been reduced, Individual entry fees held at last

years levels and the usual generous “Early Bird” discounts apply up

to the end of November.

Big Boys Toys

Why should I diary it?

‘Cos you’ll miss out otherwise.

Ask anyone who attended the last one. It was a highlight of the year.

New Yakity Yak T-Shirts

are here!!

Canoe & Kayak have commissioned a new Yakity Yak logo design

which will be featured on high quality New Zealand - made T-shirts -

now on sale in your local Canoe & Kayak store!

Be the first to pick one up by calling into your local store... the T-shirts

are a bargain and a must-have for all Yakity Yakkers.

Canoe & Kayak will be exhibiting at the Big Boys Toys exhibition, taking place

at Auckland Showground between 11-13th November.

We will be exhibiting on Stand 10. There'll be prizes, competitions, special

show deals - and we'll be on hand to advise on any aspect of kayaking, trips

or courses.

More information on Big Boys Toys will be available on TV, radio and press

campaigns run by the organisers.

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The unquenchable thirst -

Life and death on the Ganges

by Kelvin Oram

I met Doug when we were working in a

monkey sanctuary in the Bolivian

jungle. One night over a couple of

beers I mentioned my dream of

paddling down the Ganges in an

inflatable canoe. “Let me know when

you do it,” he said with a smile, “and

I’ll come along,”

The next time I saw him was two years later with

an inflatable canoe under his arm at Delhi airport.

For the next four weeks we were to paddle 1,000

kms down the Ganges River in North India from

Haridwar in the Himalayan foothills to the sacred

city of Varanasi.

We sought travel advice from rafting companies

in Rishikesh. “You must be crazy”; “It’s too

dangerous with just two of you”; and “It’s a very

long way” were words of wisdom from concerned

river guides. However, we hadn’t come this far to

be put off, and although Doug had a dodgy

stomach, known by expatriates as Delhi Belly, we

launched our little rubber boats.

On our first day we paddled through the foothills

and out into the giant floodplain which supports

India’s most populous State - Uttar Pradesh.

Doug’s condition didn’t improve. As a medical

man he described the state of his bowels

eloquently. “Now there is blood and mucus in it!”

Because it was tough for him in the afternoon heat

we stopped several times for him to rest in the

shade, drink, shit and gather his intestines for the

next few kilometres. He made little complaint and

had a grim determination to carry on. With

Haridwar well behind us we camped on our own

little sandbar and watched the sun set over

the river.

For the next few days we paddled happily through

rural India, catching glimpses of village life.

We waved like royalty at people working with

hand ploughs and sickles in the fields, crossing

the river in buffalo drawn carts and carrying water

on their heads in giant silver bowls. Bleary eyed

one morning I peered from my tent at three deer

hunters armed with hefty spears standing over the

boats and beaming at me. As neither of Doug or I

spoke Hindi they conversed in frantic spear

waggling. We understood that they didn’t fancy us

for dinner but wanted to know what we were doing.

By noon on the fifth day, battling the wind not the

sun had become our chief concern and we were

exhausted. We had reached Tigri, a village

inhabited by luminous pink and green folk who

smiled a lot. They were celebrating ‘Holi’, a festival

at which all India goes crazy. We needed a break

from paddling and asked about a hotel for the

night. “Sorry, no hotel, but you can stay in my

house,” came a voice from the crowd. That day

and night Anil and his family fed, watered and

entertained us. We were covered in pink and

green dyes and hugged a lot. Just what we

both needed.

The following day the wind had died away. Still

multicoloured we paddled on with renewed

energy and spent the night in a Maharaja’s ancient

palace with a troup of over-confident monkeys

and half a million mosquitoes. Sleeping in a

palace isn’t an every day experience with or

without such companions!

Our second week started with an army of kids,

eager to carry our gear to the far side of the huge

Naraura dam.This made the portage easy. The

Ganges had become a trickling stream in a bleak

and frustrating maze of sand dunes and

inhospitable scrub. We had to frequently drag our

boats back to ever shifting deeper channels.

At one point, an intimidating group of young men

with sticks shouted at us in Hindi and held onto

our boats (with us in them). When they let us go

we paddled well into the evening in case they had

designs on us that night. Two days later, after

stopping for water at a small village, two guys,

sitting by the river, grabbed Doug’s boat. They had

guns. I approached to see what the problem was

and suddenly the rifles were pointed at us with

demands for “Dollars, dollars !”

Fortunately my wallet was handy. I handed it to

them. They emptied it, pushed us off and ran

away. We paddled like men possessed for a few

minutes, and then started shaking. We were lucky

that they were content with a few rupees, for they

could have taken everything.

Ten minutes later a young man pursued us with

an armful of ‘green snakes’. Still shaking we

paddled hard until he caught us in some shallows.

“For your journey,” he said in perfect English as

he handed us a bundle of bendy green

cucumbers. We munched on them and pondered

the morning’s excitements with one practical

outcome: we determined to keep a small amount

of ‘bandit stashes’ on our persons to avoid delay

in satisfying robbers.

What a country!

We both needed a rest after our second week on

the river and intended to stop in Fateghar for a

hotel break, but we took the wrong fork in the

river. Instead we were paddling amongst half

submerged Hindu corpses delayed in the Ganges’

shallows on their way to heaven. We weaved our

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way through the macabre scenes of vultures and dogs picking flesh from

rotting bodies while the stench of decay hung in the humid air like a fog over

the living. It was foreign to our Western sensibilities to be surrounded by

death. But, the locals were unfazed, bathing themselves and watering

their buffaloes.

By week three it was clear that we weren’t going to be able to paddle to

Varanasi in time for Doug’s flight home. So, we decided to catch the train for

the 250 km section between Kanpur and Allahabad.

Back into paddling mode, the pre-monsoon heat was unrelenting. The sun

was a fiery dragon. By midday water bottles were hotter than a cup of tea

and we craved cold drinks. Drenched in sweat we pored over our road map,

which didn’t show bends in the river, to find any sizable town which might

supply a coke or cold water. It became a bit of an obsession. At each bridge

or village we put hand to mouth and called “Pepsi?” the international

river greeting.

Dolphins frequently accompanied us , showing us the main channel and

coming right up to us. It was reassuring to have these beautiful creatures

alongside. Every time they appeared we would drift for a while and watch

them play and chase fish a few feet away.

We reached Allahabad having survived being robbed at gunpoint, burned

alive, charged by buffaloes, assaulted by bendy vegetables, the rotting body

slalom and stench of death, Delhi Belly, the sand dune desert, the wind and

a less than healthy addiction to Pepsi. We were ready for a pit stop ! We

found it in the Hotel Yatrik with its lovely staff, swimming pool, room service

and ICE. We spent two splendid days there grinning a lot and sipping cold

ones by the pool.

We left the hotel for the final 300 kms to Varanasi. Paddling wasn’t easy, for

in addition to the scorching heat we were both sick with the runs and a chest

infection possibly caused by the hotel’s air conditioning. But we still had

the dolphins and a huge ice bucket which Doug had bought to be replenished

at every opportunity.

On our final day, as we rounded the last bend and passed under the huge

bridge just upsteam from Varanasi, a flying Indian, in a large urn accompanied

by a cloud of his charred remains, hurtled past me. We took great care to

dodge the stream of ash and bones at this popular departure point for

cremated Hindus on their way to heaven.

Emotion and thoughts filled my head as we paddled past the famous ghats.

My admiration for my friend and paddling buddy Doug, who had hardly ever

kayaked before and who had persevered in spite of his Delhi Belly discomfort,

was complete. I felt overwhelmed by the kindness of so many Indians who

had offered us food, tea, accommodation and friendship, and gratitude to

the guy who invented the screw-top ice bucket. It had enabled us to sit in

the middle of the Ganges with a cold Coke and think “Maybe this aint so bad

after all?”

Next stop the Nile. It doesn’t get that hot in the Sahara does it?

Editors Note - Kelvin isn’t paddling seven rivers ‘just for fun’ but to raise

awareness and money for Save the Children. Their website is

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The birth of a kayak

- Dusky Bay Classic


In 1992 the concept of manufacturing a

polyethylene kayak in two sections, then joined

in the centre to form a long sea going double, was


More than 10 years on Max had a new longer oven,

and finally the chance to get on with his double

sea kayak project.


Using the foundation of our composite 6.25mtr

Dusky Bay II, Max started on a shorter

polyethylene model which would cater for

weekend paddling in open waters, yet handle

changing weather and tidal conditions.

HULL: Much of the hull work was done, but in

plastic, large flat areas are a no-go area, so the

beautiful lifting rails, used in the elite ‘Torres’ sea

kayak, shaped the hull beautifully, giving it extra

strength, speed, and stability. Running the rails

all the way to the bow, enabled any wash to shed

early, making for a dryer deck.

DECK: Here is where the fun began! We wanted

good stowage in front and rear, without

compromising a good length between cockpits to

prevent paddle clashing. Could we fit a centre

hatch in? How to make the cockpits comfortable

for thigh and foot? There are similarities to our

other sea kayaks, but working out where it all sits

best, and then getting everything to the right

measure and level, certainly took time.


After months of moulding bog, fibreglass, foam

and sanding, the beast was ready for the Foundry.

With eight of the team to lift her onto the trailer,

by Sandy Wilson

she was off and away. At the Foundry, Brett was

not looking forward to the project. She was one

big girl. Within a few weeks we had the alloy hull

home. Many hours of sanding and sore hands

went into getting a smooth finish. Just when we’d

had enough, the deck turned up. The area was

not as big, but detail was more complex, so more

sanding, and more sanding .........

A heavy duty spider frame was made to lift her in

and out of the oven. Max progressed with the

seats, beefy rudder and all the finishing touches,

while the team sanded and sanded .............


Finally, a long time down the track, the

‘DUSKY BAY CLASSIC’ was ready to be loaded up

and produce.

You wait with baited breath at the first birth of a

new model. Did you get the shrinkage percentage

right, will the hatch rims come away, or will they

buckle with pressure? Is the plastic distributed

correctly, and is the thickness right in vital places?

It is fantastic to see a new project come to

completion. The process is long, and patience is

not every one’s virtue, but the first birth ............


So, once the fittings were complete - this was no

easy task either - the ‘Dusky Bay Classic’ was ready

to be paddled. Her hull design is smooth and fast

on the water. The seats/backrests are

comfortable, with ample thigh and foot room. The

sturdy rudder is easy to lift and drop, and the

footrests manoeuvre the boat effortlessly.

So, we’re more than pleased with her! We hope

you enjoy her too!

And it’s onwards and upwards to the next project

around here (but it won’t be quite so BIG!)

Dusky Bay Classic


544 cm


74 cm


39 cm


44 kg


685 Litres


71 x 44 cm

Accessories Paddles, lifejackets,

spray decks

Retail Price $2950


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Obscured by Waves

South Island Kayak Odyssey

By Paul Caffyn

Ian dropped the parcel onto the bed and asked what was I

getting from Kayak Dundee Press. As I ripped it open, I could

hardly contain my glee; it was the reprint of Paul Caffyn’s

first book about his South Island circumnavigation.

All thoughts of getting out of my sickbed and doing chores

vanished... Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code was cast aside...

I snuggled down, I had ‘work’ to do.

Half an hour later, I could tell I was definitely going to be ‘sick’ for the rest of

the day. I was captivated, enthralled, engrossed with the descriptive writing

“...the dark grey clouds in rolls and folds had ominously enveloped the

mountains...little did we know what was waiting for us in Acheron Passage...”

and nodding in agreement with the wisdom of “Although I sometimes

describe the sea as angry or friendly, it is in truth unemotional and has no

feelings; if we completed the trip the sea wouldn’t care; if we failed it would

merely cast our bodies onto the boulders as if to be rid of us.”

It was easy to be drawn into the adventures of Paul and Max Reynolds as

they paddled from Te Waewae Bay to Jackson Bay, to picture a youthful Paul,

his support crew and their antics: “We paddled through a dozen cans of beer

that were bobbing in the chop and powered onto the shingle beach.”

Passages such as “I glanced up over my shoulder and was horrified to see

the face of an eight to nine foot dumper about to break on top of me. Then

Isadora’s stern flicked up as though lifted by a giant hand. The bow dug in at

the base of the wave and as it broke the wave hurled the kayak stern over

bow...” had me wincing, shuddering, and shivering...imagining the cold, the

fear, and definitely not wanting to paddle with Mr. Caffyn.

Paul’s expedition may well have finished at Jackson Bay, but he was hooked,

and couldn’t settle down. “During the four weeks of the Fiordland trip, Max

and I fell into a very satisfying natural rhythm of life, rising with the dawn,

bedding down at dusk, an intensified awareness of the environment, the

tingling, excitement of discovery, the stomach churning of fear...”

Finding no one else keen on accompanying him on a long paddle he set out

solo, with a ground support crew from Jackson Bay to Greymouth, to Karamea,

to Nelson.........

I definitely needed another ‘sickday’, because I could not interrupt the story

of this journey for anything as frivolous or unnecessary as housework. It is

not often I can honestly say this: I did not want to put the book down.

Each chapter is sprinkled throughout with historical tit bits. Maps plot each

stage of the journey making it easy to follow. When registering distances,

first the reader needs to either think in land miles (Paul paddles at 4mph) or

multiply by 1.6 to get kilometres (10 miles = 16 km). To put the distances

covered into perceptive, Paul paddled as much before lunch as most of us

hope to achieve in a weekend, and then he did it again the next day and the

day after that...!!

The suspense, the thrills, the excitement, the fear, the intimacy with the

author and his support crew is carried through to the end of the book. The

details are never boring, just delightful: Paul Dale swam out to meet Paul

and to encourage him to

paddle a bit further

“...attached by a piece of

rope around his neck; a

thermos of hot sweet tea, the

next plastic-coated map of

the coastline...and a bag of


Is the book inspirational?

Yes, for more youthful

wannabe adventurers or those needing to break out of their existing unhappy

mould. Does the book inspire me to follow in his footsteps? Personally no.

But, I knew what I had to do. I had to read more about this remarkable man’s

adventures, get a cheque in the post and secure his two other books still in

print before the publicity from the release of this one drew attention to their

scarcity and they sold out.

Obscured By Waves is available from Boatbooks, Auckland or kayak shops,

or directly from Paul Caffyn, RD1, Runanga 7854, West Coast for $35 inc. P&P.

(100 hardback copies, numbered and autographed will be available at

$50 inc. P&P.)

And if you are quick, also available from Paul are - Cresting the Restless

Waves (North Island circumnavigation) $30, The Dreamtime Voyage

( Australia circumnavigation) $35, limp $45 hardback.

Review by Ruth E. Henderson

Paul Caffyn has been paddling since childhood, his first

boat a 17' Canadian canoe. The South Island trip marked

the start of a remarkable kayaking career. In the summer

of 1979, Paul paddled around the North Island, and in

August of that year, teamed back up with Max Reynolds for

a crossing of Foveaux Strait and a circumnavigation of

Stewart Island. Tragically, only months later, Max drowned

in a flash flood while paddling in the Aorere River, near


In 1980, Paul with Nigel Denis completed the first

circumnavigation of Great Britain by kayak, which was

followed by the big one in 1982, a solo paddle around

Australia. Japan followed in 1985, and in 1991, Paul

completed a 4,700 mile solo, unsupported paddle around

Alaska from Prince Rupert to Inuvik. Teaming up with

Conrad Edwards in 1997, they have since paddled around

New Caledonia, along the west coast of Greenland and from

Kuala Lumpur to Phuket.

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Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg,

Width: 915 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $1729.

Length: 4.2 m, Weight: 32 kg,

Width: 830 mm

Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35 kg,

Width: 800 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $3299.

Length: 4.5 m , Weight: 34kg ,

Width: 820 mm


A great multipurpose


boat for big kids

and small kids


Lots of fun this

summer at the

beach. (Hot


SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak

Package Deal.

Packages start at $739.



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.



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


Length: 2.5 m, Weight: 21 kg,

Width: 770 mm

Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg,

Width: 780 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $1225.

Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg,

Lightweight: 27 kg, Width: 610 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $2839.

Give your specialist kayak shop a call and talk to

one of our friendly team to help choose the best

kayak for you.

Easy finance available from

Conditions and

booking fee apply

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

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


A fast and stable

sea kayak

capable of

handling extreme


Huge storage and

lots of leg room.


start at



Fast, light,

touring kayak

suits beginners

through to


paddlers. The

hull design

allows for great

handling in

rough water.

Well appointed

and ideally

suitable for



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.



This kayak is

designed for day

tripping and light


expeditions. It’s

great fun to

paddle and

handles easily.

Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg,

Width: 790 mm

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 23kg kevlar carbon,

Width: 600 mm

Length: 4.93 m , Weight: 26kg,

Width: 580 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $2649.

Length: 5 m , Weight: 22kg, Width: 590 mm

(Freight charges may apply)

Prices start at


Length: 4.5 m , Weight: 26kg ,

Width: 640mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $2375.



An enjoyable sea

kayak, fast and

nimble with huge

storage, great

features and the

most comfortable

seat your butt will

ever meet.

SAVE with a

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Package Deal.

Packages start at $3039.




As per the plastic

model, the kevlar

Tasman Express

responds to

rough conditions

but its decreased

weight, and


stiffness, gives

even better



Has all the

features for


kayaking with

ease of handling

in all weather


With great


this kayak is

suitable for

paddlers from

beginner to


Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg ,

Width: 590 mm

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg,

Width: 610 mm

Prices start at


Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 25 kg,

Width: 610 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $2549.

Easy finance available from

Conditions and

booking fee apply

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

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



Is a roomy,


easy to handle

boat. A

channelled hull



tracking which

helps keep you

on course. Its

upswept, flared

bow makes

crossing rough

water a breeze.


565 XLT

This upgraded

model is proving

a hit with its new

lighter weight

and some


features. We

now have a

plastic double

sea kayak that is

great to use for

all those


expeditions and


Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg,

Width: 62 cm

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Packages start at $2499.

Length: 5.64 m, Weight: 45 kg,

Width: 760 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $4129.


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.

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak

Package Deal.

Packages start at $2049.



Flat water

cruising, well

appointed, a



backrest, an

access hatch

in the back

which is great

for carrying

your extra


Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 22kg,

Width: 610 mm

Length: 3.7 m, Weight: 20 kg,

Width: 7675 mm

SAVE with a

Canoe & Kayak Package Deal.

Packages start at $1575.






Weight: 11kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.65m

Price: $2995





16.5 kg


6.4 m

$3495 kevlar

& carbon

$2995 fibreglass

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

genders up to 75kgs.

At 5.65 metres long, the Rebel is half way between the length of the Swallow

and the Opus or Firebolt and is faster than them all.

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.

Easy finance available from

Conditions and

booking fee apply

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

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






Weight: 12 kg

Width: 455mm

Length: 5.9m

Price: $3045

Weight: 14.5 kg

Width: 540 mm

Length: 4.94m

Price: $2295

FIREBOLT This new, very user friendly kayak with its excellent

combination of speed and stability supercedes our very popular Opus. It is

suitable not only for the intermediate / advanced paddler, but also for the

busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.

INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner/entry level kayaker who is

looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability. Very suitable for first

time Coast to Coasters.

Weight: 12 kg

Width: 480mm

Length: 5.4 m

Price: $2795


19.09 kg


585 mm


5.03 m

Price: $1495

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

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

popular Coast to Coast kayak.

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.

Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg

depending on construction

Width: 510 mm

Length: 6.43 m

Price: $2980 - $3330

depending on construction

Weight: 21 kg

Width: 510 mm

Length: 5.29 m

Price: $1595

Includes rudder foot plate

and pedals as standard.

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.

SURF SKI An excellent training and competition surf ski, can be used with

under-slung rudder or rear mounted rudder.


26 kg Glass


24kg Width:



7m 7 m

Price: $4995 Glass - $5495

depending on $5495 construction


Weight: 22 kg

Width: 550mm

Length: 5.15 m

Price: $1495

Includes multisport rudder

and Ozo foot pedals and

foam pillars fitted as


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.

VIPER This boat is designed as an entry level alternative to expensive

composite crafts, has good stability and speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango,

White granite, Lime, Yellow.

Easy finance available from

Conditions and

booking fee apply

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

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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


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.

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

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

TAUPO Accommodation

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

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

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

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

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

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

Okura River Tours

Kayak Hire

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

Exploring Karepiro Bay and the Okura

Marine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip with

abundant wildlife and a stop at Dacre

Cottage, the historic 1860 settlers house,

which is only accessible by boat or a long


Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

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

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

Paddle to the Pub

Twilight Tours

Customized Tours

Join the Yakity Yak Club

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

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

• 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

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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Learn To Kayak



Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 2


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


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


A comprehensive course designed to

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


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 3

Stage 4

Stage 3

Stage 4


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


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


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


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

Stage 5

Stage 6

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


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


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 30 November 2005


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


valued at $295





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.

Ph: home



Please send me info. on:

Send form to: WIN A KAYAK COURSE; NZ Kayak Magazine,

7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Phone (09) 421 0662.

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502 Sandringham Rd

Telephone: 09 815 2073

Arenel Ltd

T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland










38 Nukuhau Street, Taupo

Telephone: 07 378 1003

Rees and Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taupo






Unit 6, 631 Devon Road

Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

Telephone: 06 769 5506

Peter & Bronnie van Lith

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taranaki





15 Niven Street

Onekawa, Napier

Telephone: 06 842 1305

CSJ Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Hawke’s Bay










Unit 2/20 Constellation Drive,

(Off Ascension Drive), Mairangi Bay,

Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002

Flood Howarth & Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak North Shore







7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale

Please phone for opening hours

Telephone: 09 421 0662

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Distribution









710 Great South Road, Manukau

Telephone: 09 262 0209

J. K. Marine Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Manukau







3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)

Telephone: 07 574 7415

Jenanne Investment Limited

Trading as Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty











The Corner Greenwood St

& Duke St, State Highway 1 bypass

Telephone: 07 847 5565

This shop is for sale








2 Centennial Highway,

Ngauranga, Wellington

Telephone: 04 477 6911







Conditions and

booking fee apply

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