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Getting Kids into Kayaking

Tips for getting started and great destination ideas for your


Wasps, Wakas & Wallabies

Some unexpected discoveries while paddling the lakes.

Nepal Update

You won’t believe what these ladies have achieved!

The Buddy System

Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide

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Issue 52


Kayaking With Kids: 20




6 The Perfect Family Tonic - Introducing your family to



kayaking has many benefits.

20 Kayaking With Kids - Paddling together is a great way

to build confidence.

24 Panmure Playground Paddle - When the kids aren’t

paddling, there’s plenty to do.

Canoe Slalom

15 Kiwi Slalom Team European World

Cup Series Report - Kiwis become superstars.

Quick find from the cover

Getting Kids into Kayaking

Tips for getting started and great destination ideas for your


Wasps, Wakas & Wekas

Some unexpected discoveries while paddling the lakes.

Nepal Update

You won’t believe what these ladies have achieved!

The Buddy System

Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide

tips for taking a newbie kayak fishing.

I S S U E 5 2

Sea Kayaking

8 Wasps, Wakas, Waterfowl & Wallabies - It’s like

you’re in another world.

Kayak Fishing

28 Success on the Manukau - The perfect way to

spend the day.

30 The Buddy System - Taking a learner fishing.


32 2009 Multisport Challenges - 6 Events left

on the calendar

White Water Kayaking

36 White Water NZ - new name same commitment.

48 Himalayan River Girls - Nepal update


5 Editorial

14 Product Focus - Beachcomber Duo Release

25 Recipe - Barbequed Banana

33 Technical - Professional Development for

Kayak Leaders & Instructors

38 Learn To Kayak

40 Your Adventure Starts Here - listings of

excursions available.

41 Buyers Guide

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• Multisport events for 2009

• Kiwi Canoe Slalom Team

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Front cover photo: Inka and the Nepali girls in the famous

Sun Kosi waterfall- Photo by Anna Brunno

Photo above: Anita Austin enjoying L. Rotomahana -

Photo by Diana Austin

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• Winter woolies. What’s available

• White water paddling

• Fishing in Taranaki

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Tale of the tuna, shark and me.


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• Trans Taupo Race results

• White water paddling Aratiatia

• Taranaki Fishing Contest

• Anakiwa Forum Review

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• Saltwater Fly Fishing

• Speight’s Coast to Coast 2009

• White Water Paddling in Africa and Nepal


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We have received loads of great feed back over

the last month regarding the New Zealand Kayak

Magazine. We thank you for your open and honest

opinions which have opened plenty of pathways to

make the magazine a better read for all. Based on

your feedback we are committed to bringing you more

technical articles, great paddling destinations, great

photo’s and less ads (oops sorry can’t do this one).

The New Zealand Kayak Magazine was and still is a

kayaking community magazine telling the real stories

of paddlers passionate about their sport. Exploring

faraway places or local hide-a-ways, getting an

adrenaline buzz, holidaying with friends and family,

catching fish, multisport and kayak races are all stories

people want to read. We want you to tell your story,

and we don’t mind if you are not a writer and need

some help. (You should see how much my Editorial

changes once the proof readers have had a go or ten

at it). So come on readers, send in your ideas, stories

and photos to entertain and motivate others.

At last month’s Professional Development Session I

was asked “Why should we put the effort into leading

trips?” My response was: “Do you like what you got

out of the sport, camping, boating and exploring,

Pete travelling light!

(With 40 to feed on the Whanganui!)

developing friends, skills and knowledge?” If you did, how

do those things happen? I bet that it was because some

keen person who had put lots of effort into developing

their skills said “Come on, follow me and we will have

some fun”

Sharing of our passion and abilities gives uss a feeling

of involvement and value along with the reward of seeing

the positive outcome we have on the people we lead. It is

also great to pay back those that have helped us.

Cheers Peter Townend

Our special thanks to

Barbara Dillon for the

photo we used in this and

the last editorial.


Peter Townend

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Email: pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz


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ISSUE FIFTY Two • 2009 5

The Perfect Family Tonic

Carol Tweed explains how introducing her son to sea kayaking has

led to exciting family adventures and lots of laughs as they continue to

learn new skills together.

Just how many kids can stand up on a kayak? – Easter fun in the Abel Tasman

About 2 years ago my boys, Nick (10) and Jon (12), and I

wandered into Canoe & Kayak to enquire about learning to

sea kayak and were soon booked on the Sea Kayak Skills

Course. The course was exciting but fairly tiring too, as not

only was I learning, but also keeping my eye out for two daredevil

boys. But above all it was really good fun. All credit

to our instructors for their enduring patience balanced with

making it safe but still enough of an adventure!

Having undertaken a skills course is

one thing and like most things, the

more experience you gain, the more

you realise how much more there is

to learn! Jon soon didn’t want to get

wet anymore and found the whole

sea kayaking thing boring (I think

perhaps it was more to do with being

with his Mum and brother…not cool!).

However Nick took to it like a duck

to water and soon we were regular

Yakity Yak clubbies. Initially we took a

double and have done some fabulous

trips both around Wellington and also

further a field.

One unforgettable trip saw us

launching from Eastbourne heading

into a fairly brisk southerly. It was

Waitangi Day and our destination was

out to the harbour heads and return.

Those who know Wellington Harbour

will know that the closer you get to

the Cook Strait, the larger the swells

become. It didn’t disappoint us! Some

of the group managed to get wet, but

two in a double kayak is stable and

fun, especially when you can ride the

surf on the return trip.

Another memorable day trip was

in October, we were in a hired double again and the paddle was from

Balaena Bay to Lyall Bay. We were treated to a perfect mix of calm, flat

water and no wind followed by 2 metre rolling swells as we exited the

harbour. Finally at Lyall Bay there was some exciting surf to greet us.

The adventure wasn’t over yet.

Tuesday evenings at Titahi Bay in the summer are a regular feature on

our calendar. When the wind is in the right direction, this is a great place

to learn to kayak surf. Nick loves to use the Flow sit on top kayak and has

learnt some valuable skills. He has also perfected the art of how to hang

What a smile! Kayaking is a fantastic way

to build kids’ confidence.

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Bring it on! Nick waiting for a

good wave at Titahi Bay.

on for dear life on the front of a sea kayak whilst it is being rolled

(not by me I hasten to add) and also how to use the bilge pump to

squirt and soak unsuspecting adults!

Since those early days in Wellington we have done numerous trips

to other fabulous places including Abel Tasman (now done three

times together!), Nelson Lakes, Marlborough Sounds…we’ve lost

count of the times we’ve been there! Nick now kayaks a single and

is a good as most adults.

Nick took to it like a duck to water and soon

we were regular Yakity Yak clubbies.

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Kayaking with your child is such a fun thing to do. We have learnt

things together, tackled challenges together, fallen in together and

helped rescue each other. Lots of laughing and no real ‘strops‘

either, this really has been perfect for mother and son bonding


My challenge this summer is to get more kids and teenagers

involved in kayaking, my other son included! Let’s get them out

there experiencing our beautiful scenery and learning new and

exciting life skills together.

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Nick and Carol seal spotting

in the Abel Tasman.


ISSUE FIFTY Two • 2009 7

Wasps, Wakas, Waterfowl and

Wallabies by Susan Pronk, Pictures by Susan Pronk and Tony Saxton

The cockpits of our kayaks caught the heavy

Rotorua rain as they lay on the car’s roof rack, ready

for our week away in the sun. The silence in the motor

camp, in which we were staying, was interrupted only by a

tui as it left its perch in a sodden kowhai tree. The sun rose

over neighbouring Lake Tikitapu, and the mist released

its clutch on the vegetated hillside. After a good fry up of

bacon and eggs in the hope of a good physical day on the

water, we decided the rain had eased enough to at least

undertake the 5 km walk around the lake so off we set,

umbrella in one hand and camera in the other.

The walk was picturesque and even though there was not a kayak to be

seen on the water, we did catch a glimpse of a bright yellow amphibian-like

vehicle leaving the roadside and plunging

Nature’s beauty on the L.

Tikitapu walkway.

into the very deep blue waters. The

air was so still the

commentary of the

driver could be heard

from several hundred

metres away as he told

tales of the lake’s history

to his devoted audience.

The mechanical duck

then revved up its engine,

blew a plume of smoke

and waddled its way out of the water. The momentary disturbance gone,

we oohed and aarghed over Lake Tikitapu’s beauty as we continued with

our walk around its perimeter, and decided to waste no more time in

getting our kayaks launched.

Faces plastered with sun-block (ever hopeful the sun would come out),

we paddled away from the waters edge. The water was glass-like and

somewhat startling if one was to catch a glimpse of one’s reflection in

it. You know the vision – battered hat, tousled hair, PFD that balloons

the size of your chest to unfavourable proportions. That aside, being out

on the water with no one but your partner, nothing to hear but the lilt of

the bird song, the buzz of the wasps and the raindrops plopping on the

brim of your hat, dissolved away the tensions of living in JAFA country.

We looked like participants in “Dancing

with the Stars,” limbs moving in all


It was unfortunate that the wasps wanted to act like a guard of honour

and accompany us on our journey. Seeing many of them floating belly-up

met with loud cheers as more and more were encountered. Nearing the

back of the lake, another host of flying pests decided to try their skill at

annoying us and plunged down the back of our PFDs in vast numbers. As

Duck with a difference, Lake Tikitapu

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Sea Kayaking



the flying ants nibbled away at our flesh we looked

like participants in the programme, “Dancing

with the Stars,” limbs moving in all directions in

an effort to still the biting. The following day we

graduated to a greater body of water,

Lake Okareka,

which provided

a wide array of


Some of the local

youths launched a

rather impressive

waka and were

practising their

paddle techniques –

somewhat different

from the ones we were

using and accompanied by various

Maori chants. A group of school

children clustered around us weaving

in and out of the various inlets as

they learnt to manoeuvre their craft

on the weedy water. We paddled

away from the activity towards

the outlet at the top of the lake,

beaching the kayaks alongside

a walkway strewn with attractive

wooden seating overlooking the

lake. Lunch was retrieved from the kayak

The lodge is the only building

on secluded Lake Okataina

Susan enjoys the sunshine on Lake Tikitapu after

a misty start to the day.

The wetlands project on L. Okareka has

made this a bird watchers paradise.

Bush to the water line makes L. Okataina

a truly special place.

hatches and gobbled

down before the

wasps beat us to it.

Yes, they were on

this lake too.

A p p e t i t e s

satisfied, we

paddled toward

a waterfowl

w o n d e r l a n d

in amongst

the reeds


at the water’s edge.

Hundreds of

Canadian geese

sat with us


ISSUE FIFTY Two • 2009 9

View from the lookout between Lake Tikitapu (Blue) and

Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake)

on the water, shags perched on strategic structures, the brilliant blue

plumage of a pukeko pierced the green vegetation where

it ran to seek refuge. Swans herded cygnets

into a protected cluster as we came

too near for comfort and a

lone heron retreated from

our advance, only to meet

with us again as we emerged

unexpectedly from among the

lake vegetation. There were many

more bird species to be admired,

and later we viewed them from a

different aspect as we expended

the little energy we had left walking

along the Lake



Unloading our kayaks at The Landing

on Lake Tarawera the following day, we

were advised by the locals it would take

us 45 minutes to get to Hot Water Beach,

and that if we kept turning right we would eventually

find it. One and a half hours later we arrived having

had a good workout battling cross winds and open

water. Hugging the coastline looked like a much

longer journey and we were both tired from the

day before so avoided that choice. A passing

yachty kindly pointed us in the direction of our

own private spa – private for a while anyway.

Shrouds of steam veiled the approaching

shore as we trailed our hands in the water testing its temperature.

Having decided it was safe to disembark, we dragged the kayaks

Tony’s in hot water, L. Tarawera

Lakeside sauna at Hot Water Beach, L. Tarawera

far enough inland to hopefully prevent

any melting and leapt into the water.

Leaping was no understatement –

the water at the shores edge was

scorching, even through our boat

shoes. We managed to find a

comfortable pool of water, which

was quite intriguing to sit in. It

was very hot on the surface,

cool in the middle and changing

from tepid to skin blistering as

it percolated through the sand

beneath my tender derrière.

Sauna complete, stomachs

full of scroggin and sandwiches, and

kayaks that were warm enough to

be remoulded, we headed back.

Somehow, we managed to

add at

least half

an hour

to our

j o u r n e y

home. We


strong head

winds as

we left the

sheltered bay.

And we were

transfixed as

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ISSUE FIFTY Two • 2009 11

Stunning beauty is revealed as the mist lifts off Lake Tikitapu

huge trout leapt out of the water only feet

away from our kayaks.

Lake Okataina was our last

point of entry on our quest to

navigate the waters of Rotorua.

Although there was starting

to be a feeling of sameness

from one lake to the other,

with similar vegetation and

contained expanses of

water, they all exhibited

something of interest.

This lake was more of

an irregular shape with

many inlets that were

at first intriguing, but

after five hours had

me wondering how

many more we

were to encounter

before we’d

completed the

circuit. And

after having

dined with

more wasps

than there

were people

on the water, dry

land was holding a greater and

greater attraction - as picturesque as this

lake was with its white beaches and fishing

boats cradled in every bay.

Walks abound around the shores of Lake

Okataina. We found one of the shortest ones

that were described on a display board as

being an old pa site that one should not disturb.

Where all the archaeological treasures we

were supposed to nurture were, we

never did ascertain, but

we found


we were

totally not

e x p e c t i n g

– wallabies.

Quite a number

of them curiously

peeked at us from

behind screens of

manuka twigs as

they followed our movements.

Wasps, wakas, waterfowl and wallabies - a

real pot pourri of New Zealand’s heritage, and

overall a kayak trip well worth repeating.

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Lake Tikitapu, also pictured above is a popular destination for water

skiers in summer. In winter kayakers have it all to themselves.

Product Focus

The team at Barracuda test paddle the ‘plug’

during development. Once ready for production

the mould is made and production of their

trademark yellow kayaks can begin.

The C&K Team are looking forward to

paddling the first boats. Look out for

our product review next issue.

Barracuda have done it again.

After the huge success of the “Beachcomber”,

Barracuda is just releasing a new breakthrough, the

“Beachcomber Duo” for those of you who like to have fun

with a friend.

The “Beachcomber Duo” has great lines, looks fantastic, and

performs unbelievably well. Its low windage design offers a fast,

easy to control double kayak. Its 5.8 metre length by 700mm

width delivers fast hull speeds and excellent tracking. The kayak

has ample storage with the expedition model even offering extra

storage compartments between both paddlers’ legs.

The “Beachcomber Duo” has used all the features people rave

about on the “Beachcomber”, with super light weight, durable

plastic construction, internal glove boxes, Barracuda’s balanced

rudder system, paddle holder recess, built in thigh braces, paddle

float rescue slot, flared bow and round bilge hull.

The “Beachcomber Duo” comes standard in bright yellow, the

ideal colour to improve your visibility.

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14 ISSUE FIFTY Two • 2 0 0 9


Kiwis at the World Cup

– Lost bags and long days in a Ford

Escort don’t discourage our Kiwi

Slalom team in Europe.

Canoe Slalom

Aaron Osborne Training in Prague.

Photo by Mike Dawson

by Aaron Osbourne

Canoe slalom, is a sport for which you need courage and no

fear. Although renowned for providing 90 seconds of whitewater

madness slalom paddlers must have precise technique,

power and skill. In slalom, paddlers are categorised by how

they are positioned in the boat; kneeling with a single paddle

(C1) or sitting with a double paddle (K1). Plus, adding to the

excitement is the boat with 2 paddlers kneeling (C2).

Canoe slalom is a race against time, with one canoeist racing at a time

on the white water slalom course. The slalom comes from the various

upstream (red gates) and downstream gates (green gates). There are 20

or more gates to navigate in the white water and if the gate is touched

with the boat or paddler, there is a 2 second penalty. If the gate is missed

completely, a punishing 50 second penalty is given.

There are heats, semi finals and finals, a system most are familiar with.

Starting with the heats each competitor takes two runs, the better time

counts towards a placing in the semi-final.

As part of the Kiwi World Cup Team, I arrived in Barcelona, my first

European destination to find I had no luggage. Helplessly I tried to

explain to the Spanish-speaking airport staff that my bags and paddles

(the latter probably more important) were nowhere to be seen. This was

followed by an episode of deep breaths and counting to ten. There was

more to come though; doesn’t bad luck always come in threes? Losing

your luggage is one thing but to get out of the terminal to find out your

ride hasn’t arrived, midnight is approaching and the airport information

centre is closed, is another!

Days moved on without any training, but eventually my luggage and

paddles turned up. It was a huge relief as now the training could finally

begin. Trying to book a bus ticket was the next mission. With a little help

from a local the trip could now begin as I was on my way to the training

camp in Spain.

The venues which host the European World Cup Series are home to

slalom canoeing super powers. France’s Tony Estanguet is a 2x Olympic

Gold Medallist while Slovakia is home to Michal Martikan 2x Olympic Gold

Medallist and also the Hochshorners, 3x C2 Gold Medallists. Germany

brings Alexander Grim, the K1 Gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing

Aaron (in blue boat), Training at Pau

World Cup.

Olympics. At each of these

venues their names were printed in bold on posters around the cities,

representing their level of popularity amongst the locals. Local school

children would shout their names: these paddlers are real celebrities.

Even some kiwis were asked for autographs by the young fans, a rather

foreign situation for us.

The first World Cup in Pau, France, was an amazing course that had

just recently been built. Everything was top line and the organisation

was pristine. The day brought hot sun and plenty of top paddlers to see.

Two massive live TV screens and numerous scoreboards added to the

atmosphere. The kiwis had mixed results at this race; Luuka Jones paddled

the best she has ever done to finish a career high in 19 th . The men’s racing

couldn’t have been any tighter (at least

we thought not); there was 10 secondsseparating

1 st to 50 th . Mike Dawson and

myself were punished heavily by touches

finishing down the order in 46 th and 53 rd .

The next World Cup was in Bratislava,

Slovakia. Getting there was a journey

every single member of the New Zealand

team will fondly (or not so fondly)

remember. After 24 hours of nonstop

driving the team arrived. It was a smooth

ride in an ex-work van that has a perfect

engine and interesting interior. Also a

Ford Escort, a common car you may see

in New Zealand, which the team thought

was a brilliant wee number. However

what seemed like a lifetime of driving may

have not been worth it after all. On arrival

we found out the course was flooded and


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Canoe Slalom

the race may not go ahead! Everyone was waiting for the

officials to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the second series of the World

Cup. Contrary to the massive thunderstorms over the next

few nights, the answer ‘yes’ was eventually given two days

before the race. This didn’t leave much time for training on

the course, but as the students in high school do, cramming

was in order.

Race day brought out the locals (who by the way, seem

to wear little clothing), sunshine, sunburn, chicken burgers

and kofolas all round. Two smooth runs from Luuka

Jones and Louise Jull kicked off racing. Then it was Mike

Dawson next up paddling a super efficient first run, putting

him in the top 10. I was pleased with my form with no gate

touches; a clean time put me in 15th position after the first

two runs.

Second runs for the Kiwis however proved how tough

the new rules are, letting semi-finals for the entire team slip

away so easily. There were just milliseconds separating

the men’s field. By the end only three seconds separated

3rd to 40th position in the men’s, a very competitive field!

The end results saw Luuka Jones in 30th, Louise Jull

32nd, Mike Dawson 22nd and me at 28th. Mike and

I were disappointed with our results but also really

encouraged as many top names fell behind us.

Next stop was Augsburg in Germany, home of the

bratwurst sausage, beer and rain! The 3 rd World Cup is

always a test for the athletes; trying to keep motivation,

determination and strength up after many hours of

travel, many places of accommodation, different foods

and training facilities.

The Augsberg course is rather unique looking and

even more so to paddle on. The grass stands surround

the course making it ideal for spectators to rant and

rave on. The 1972 Olympic course is known for its

inconsistent water levels. It was thought that this

inconsistency may separate the men, however with

only 1 run counting, racing was very tight.

Qualification day was a rather disappointing day for the NZ Seniors

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but had trouble around gate 14, loosing valuable time and picking up

a 2 second penalty, finishing in 48 th . Mike Dawson also had a touch

finishing in 39 th out of an 80 strong field. Second runs from the boys

pushed too hard and picked up 50 second penalties.

A man that enjoys his training.

Aaron in Prague.

Photo by Mike Dawson

The girls also had a bad day at the river,

both collecting multiple 50’s. Louise Jull finished 44 th and Luuka

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White Water

Join Your Local

The whole family can get involved. Fun in the sun and on the water!

The Yakity Yak

Kayak Club

R Fun

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Come and explore our beautiful

country’s tranquil waterways ...

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Would you like to spend time with

a bunch of mates exploring New

Zealand’s beautiful coastline and


‘Too old’ you say or ‘not fit enough’

or ‘don’t like clubs because of the

dreaded committees!’ Well guess

what, you are never too old for the

gentle motion of kayaking. Anyone

with average fitness can paddle.

Enjoy the scenery in great company.

The only committee meetings we

have are wine and cheese evenings

to plan our kayaking trips. No

secretary, no treasurer, just show up

and have fun. That’s our motto.

So come and join our club. You will

get a weekend skills course to show

you paddling techniques and safety


Don’t worry if you don’t own a

kayak- we have heaps. Once you

have completed the weekend skills

course, come along on any club

trips you like. We can hire you a

kayak for these if you need.

There is something on nearly every

weekend year round. Sometimes we

go away camping; or we just cruise

around the harbour stopping on

beaches for coffee and chocolate, or

our legendary club pancakes!

We’ll even send you the New

Zealand Kayak Magazine and

there are loads of in store benefits

for our club members.

All training is provided,

just come and have fun!

So take a look at page 52 and give

your local Canoe & Kayak centre

a call or better come and see us.

We’d love to tell you more and get

you hooked on the wonderful sport

of kayaking and probably the best

kayak club in the world!

Your friendly team at the Yakity

Yak Club and Canoe & Kayak.



The boys check out the rapids.

Kayaking With Kids

– tips to get your kids started and loving it.

By Karen Knowles

On board together is a great way to build confidence

in young kids. Karen and Jessica (3) Knowles enjoy a

day at the beach, Mount Maunganui.

There aren’t many sports a whole family can enjoy all together

without someone being left out because they are too young

or too old. Kayaking is a sport your 6-month-old will enjoy

nestled safely between the legs of his Grandad , while the

school age kids revel in the independence of their own

first kayak. Exploring deserted beaches are family days to

treasure which your kids will never forget. Our children were

introduced to kayaking on their first summer and through a

gentle introduction have grown to love the sport and look

forward to kayaking summer and winter. The trick to their

enjoyment is making sure their first experiences are good

ones and their confidence is built up slowly.

On the beach we used the kayak as a cot to

keep baby and toys off the sand

Kayak Choice

Sit on top kayaks are great for kids. Their stability is excellent for

new paddlers and Mum or Dad can easily jump on board with the very

young ones. If you are a confident sea kayaker a double sea kayak is

perfect from about 3-4 years on. We have also used an inflatable very

successfully when the kids were very young. The higher sides kept

From around 3 years onwards, kids make great co-pilots

in a double sea kayak. Bronnie and Ezra (3) van Lith

explore the caves at Tongaporutu.

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Disappearing for a few days on a family adventure. Ariana (then 6)

and Daniel (then 8) Van Lith on the Tangarakau River.

everyone safe on the water while on the beach we used the kayak

as a cot to keep baby and toys off the sand and provide a comfy

place to sleep. A Canadian Canoe would work the same way.

Pick your day and time

The very first time you take the kids paddling make sure it is

a really nice day. Don’t be put off if the young one is scared at

first, or didn’t enjoy a cold splash of water, sitting on the bank and

watching the family enjoying themselves will encourage them to give

it another go. It may take a few sessions of watching for them to

become self motivated. You could even try having the kayak on the

waters edge with Dad holding it and child on Mums knee and then

gradually let the kayak drift out.

Estuaries are a great starting point especially if your child is

paddling their own kayak. In the shallow water you can walk

What age can

I start the

kids out?

0-3 years – keep them on your

knee on a sit-on-top.

3-4 years – on a sit-on-top single

but stay close or perfect for the

front of a double.

5+ years – single sit on tops

kayaks should be fine.

7+ years – single sea kayak

9+ - start them on small rapids.

I have seen a six year old fall asleep mid

paddle stroke in the front of a double

alongside for some distance. To get the kids used to paddling under

their own steam tie a long rope to the kayak and let them paddle

away. You can pull them back if necessary plus, this method saves

quite a bit of back ache for the parents.

It is a good idea to choose a destination no more than about an

hour away for the first paddle. Even though your kids may love the

outdoors if kayaking is a new experience an hour may still be long

enough for them. The ideal situation is to be back at the beach and

the kids ask to go out again; you can then gauge how to plan future

trips. My advice is to always plan a shorter trip and extend this if

everyone is happy.

Take along a few things to make the paddle fun for the kids (and

adults) such as water pistols, water bombs, toy fishing rods, even a

stick to drag in the water can amuse for a long time. Take a snorkel


mask and let the kids hang their heads overboard.

This is great fun especially in marine reserves. In winter we look for

estuaries full of mangroves. Weaving in and out of the mangroves looking

for treasure and sunken boats is a real adventure for the kids.

Sleepy Little Monsters

Paddling may well put your kids to sleep which can be a great thing. If you

are planning a longer paddle time it for the kid’s usual sleep time, then you

may get another hour or so under your belt. Just be aware that even older

kids may also fall asleep. I have seen a six year old fall asleep mid paddle

stroke in the front of a double sea kayak, so it’s important make sure the

Editors Note: A great range of boats! The photo featured

below is European. In NZ a buoyancy aid must be worn.


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Kayaking With Kids continued

Kids having fun in our great outdoors.

Ariana van Lith (7) on a camping holiday to Hot Water

Beach on Lake Tarawera. (also at right)

other paddler can handle the kayak and conditions alone.

Safety and Gaining Confidence

There is nothing more important than making sure your child’s

buoyancy aid fits them correctly now. To check this, do the jacket up

and then lift the child up by the shoulder straps. If it pulls up over their

head, this is what will happen if they fall in the water and panic will

ensue. Invest in a good quality buoyancy aid that fits correctly now

and will grow with your child for a couple of years. For the under five’s

make sure there is a crutch strap. All buoyancy aids lose buoyancy

over time so be careful of 2 nd hand or hand downs. Bronnie and Pete

van Lith have raised five budding kayakers, they advise parents to take

their kids swimming in their buoyancy aids at the local pool. They will

get used to wearing them in water and can learn to dog paddle in them.

Next take the kayaks down to the pool and let the kids practise jumping

off and back on again and grabbing the kayak when they ‘fall off’. If

your local pool doesn’t allow kayaks, ask your kayak shop if you can

come down during an Eskimo rolling session and use the pool. From

here progress to paddling into deep water on a calm lake or harbour

and practise everything again.

Take kids swimming in their

buoyancy aids at the local pool.

Have Fun

Just remember the aim is for the kids to love it. Keep them warm in

winter, cool in summer, well fed and watered. If they want to stop

paddling, let it be. Just make sure you are capable of paddling by

yourself or if they are in their own kayak have a quick release tow

system ready to go. It won’t be long until the kids are begging you to

get outside kayaking and a lifetime of family adventure will begin.

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Great Places to Get Kids Started

Here are some ideal sheltered and safe locations to

introduce kids to kayaking.

North Shore: All of the East Coast beaches and

estuaries are great, Long Bay & Okura would be pick

of the bunch.

South Auckland: Maraetai Beach is perfect. Plus there

is a great playground and ice cream shop.

Some Awesome Adventures for

Kayaking Kids and Their Families

North Shore: From Sullivans Bay in the Mahurangi

you can choose a short paddle to Big Bay or Te Muri.

For a real adventure, camp at Motuora Island. The

kids will love to explore the shipwreck at nearby

Moturekareka Island.

Tauranga: Both Fergusson Park and Tye Park are very

shallow. Just choose which ever has the most shelter.

Rotorua: Boyes Beach at Lake Okareka is a safe place

with few skiers around. Great playground too.

New Plymouth: Lake Rotomanu, Fitzroy. Safe area

where ski boats are not allowed and a river to explore

behind the lake.

Hamilton: Paddle downstream on the Waikato

River from the Grantham St boat ramp to Swarbrick

Landing on River Road. The kids love passing under

the bridges and waving to people on the walkways.

This paddle is best for confident kids over 10 years.

Mokau River: The river has some little rapids so we

suggest an experienced kayaker leads the group.

The river is very beautiful and full of history. Drop

into Canoe & Kayak Taranaki for advice on the river,

camping and parking.

Waitara: Nganga Lake (Trout Lake) is very sheltered

with a great little beach for launching. There’s a nice

walk around the lake too.

Taupo: Main beach of Lake Taupo is safe and close to

lots of amenities.

Wellington: Pauahatanui Inlet. Paddle on the northern

or southern side depending on the wind. A great place

to have a picnic.

Mount Maunganui: From Pilot Bay there are great

rock gardens around the base of the Mount, paddle

on to Rabbit Island and keep an eye out for seals.

You can get out at Leisure Island and walk back to

Pilot Bay to keep the paddle short or return via the


Miranda: This area is a bird sanctuary. Paddle along

the shore line and up the river near Miranda, past

mangroves and then through farmland with heaps of

birds. Stay overnight in the nearby campground with

hot pools.

Hannah Nathan (8) gets up close and personal

with dolphins at Cooks Beach, Coromandel.

Purangi Estuary, Cooks Beach: The headland at

the entrance has some small caves and one small

beach has a great swing. In the estuary snake

through the mangroves to find old boats, jetty’s and

even a waterfall.

Matakana River: Leave from Sandspit and cruise

through the mangroves to Matakana for an icecream.

This is a great adventure for kids paddling

their own kayaks.


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great base for a family

Panmure Playground Paddle

by Diana Austin


The lagoon makes a

day out. When the kids

aren’t kayaking there is

plenty to do.

Who can resist a ride on the train?

Rochelle when she

was three.

Lagoon Reserve with skateboard park

Very few young children (and some not so young) will say

no to a trip to the playground. The Panmure Basin, in central

Auckland, provides the opportunity to paddle to three parks

on its circumference. With each leg of the journey only

taking about 20 minutes it is well within the attention span

of a toddler. If all is going well you can venture out into the

Tamaki River a little way, under the bridge, to where the boats

are moored. On Sunday afternoon the steam train enthusiasts

are working their miniature steam trains between 1- 4pm,

depending on the weather. Both kids and adults can ride.

The Panmure Basin is the mouth of a volcano and it was also recently

found to have a volcano buried within it when geologists were drilling

from a barge. Both date back about 28 000 years, this is long before

nearby Mt Wellington erupted.

The lagoon is tidal so make sure you have timed the venture right

otherwise the big person organising the trip will be looking really silly and

the kids are guaranteed to remember that particular detail.

Launch your boats at any of the three parks around the basin: Peterson

Road Park (location of model railway), Panmure Basin Park (next to

Panmure Lagoon Sailing club, 100a Ireland Road), or at the Lagoon

reserve where there is also a skateboard park and the Lagoon Leisure

and Fitness Centre with hydro slides in summer.

As all Yakity Yak clubbies well know food is important on any trip. We have

a family tradition that the preparation for outdoor adventures involves the

purchase of a few treats, not normally in the pantry.

Now that our girls are a bit older they are able to identify potential paddling

spots and recently Panmure Basin by night was suggested – that trip will

definitely require hot chocolate and marshmallows.

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Banana Desert

Peel a banana place into tin foil and wrap the foil

around the banana.

Pour over your favourite liquor and some shredded

coconut and close up the foil. Baileys is nice.

Place on bbq for a few minutes and serve.

Other toppings can include chocolate & nuts, maple

syrup or wrap the banana in bacon and cover with

maple syrup on serving.

Submitted by Ross and Louise Hamilton

Pictured clockwise from top.

Banana coated in chocolate spread,

cooked and then topped with nuts.

Two parcels just starting to ooze


Bananas wrapped in bacon & topped

with maple syrup (Emelie’s favourite)

Emelie tucking into her afternoon tea.


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ISSUE FIFTY Two • 2009 27

Success on the Manukau

Harbour by Scott Challenor Photos by John McKinley

A perfect day on the

Manukau Harbour

Fishing from kayaks has such a huge following

it is inevitable that Kayak Fishing Clubs are

now very popular. It’s a great way to learn

new techniques, see new gear and of course

meet other mad keen fishermen and women.

For people either new to kayaking or new to

fishing, clubs are the perfect way to up skill

and have a great day out.

Scott Challenor is one of these mad keen fishos

who has started the Manukau Kayak Fishing

Club. Here is Scott’s account of a typically

successful day kayak fishing on the Manukau.

Finally a great forecast for the last weekend in July and a

chance for the Manukau Kayak Fishing Club to get out on the

water. Sunday dawned bright and the trip was on. I sent out a

text to members and soon we were headed to our destination of

Matakauwau on the Awhitu peninsula.

Up till this weekend the weather had delayed many of our trips so our

fledgling club had been a bit slow getting off the ground but is building

strongly now. Manukau Kayak Fishing Club is run along the same

guidelines as the Yakity Yak Club. When you join we take you through our

Boys and their toys. The lads take

a break and compare catches.

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fishing kayak skills course. The skills course teaches members rescues,

paddle technique and safe practice. The course helps you to paddle

confidently and safely, by doing the skills course everyone is starting off

with the same knowledge and confidence to join in on all the trips. We

have a planning meeting once a month, to plan trips and tell stories, not

many stories yet but we’ll get there.

We chose our spot, taken from the Manukau Harbour SPOT X map

and quickly loaded our gear. Matakauwau has a great boat ramp that is

accessible even at low tide. We had parked at the top, so used trollies to

take our kayaks down.

Our Spot X was about 500 metres off the boat ramp but there were

10 power boats already sitting there so we anchored 200 meters behind

them on the incoming tide. I was using two rods, one with a Squidly Black

Magic flasher rig which I have used successfully in the past and the other

was a Manukau Harbour running rig with about 6 oz of weight to get it to

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the bottom in the strong tidal flow. For bait I was using Squid, Bonito and

Pilchards. After about 15 minutes of sitting quietly I felt the sinkers lifting

off the bottom, I started to take up the slack and BAM a nice strike which

felt like a good sized fish. I felt the weight coming on so I tightened the

drag on my new Penn 460 Slam and pulled my first Gurnard for the day

which measured in at around 41 cm.

Things after that went a bit quiet for a while but this spot was meant

to fish better on the out going so we had about half an hour to wait. Lee

Fresh gurnard is on the menu tonight. Another

successful day out with the fishing club.


was having no luck just ahead of me while John 50 metres behind me

was getting bites but couldn’t hook up. John, on his Explorer, was using a

new Rocker Rig on his Penn Sea Boy rod with a Penn 360 G.T reel. Just

as the tide changed John hooked on to his first fish, also a Gurnard and

for the next hour he seemed to keep reeling them in, three more before

my next one.

Poor Lee, on his Catch 390 hadn’t even had a bite so up anchored and

moved closer to the shore, I picked up my second Gurnard, also on the

Manukau rig, it was well over the 25 cm limit, then quickly hooked up a

third fish which I thought was an absolute monster or a sting ray being on

the Manukau. My drag on the trusty old Penn Long Beach was set to full

and I started heaving it in, finally getting it to the surface only to find it was

a foul hooked Gurnard which had also tangled my other line. I released

the fish, as one likes to be sporting and pulled in the tangled lines only to

find another good sized Gurnard hooked there which I kept. The next half

an hour was spent untangling Flasher Rig from Running Rig, in the end I

chopped the Flasher Rig off just to get fishing again. I set a Running Rig

on the Penn Long Beach as well.

We didn’t fish for much longer but just before upping anchor I hooked

another good sized Gurnard, this one measuring 42 cm. Time to go

home, the Cobra Marauder again proving a dream to paddle and a great

stable base to fish off.

All in all a great day, fantastic weather and good company. In the end

John came home with 5 gurnard, I nabbed 4 and Lee didn’t get a bite.

For the record I caught all my fish on the Running Rig using salted bonito

or pilchards, the Flasher Rig and squid as bait was mostly ignored, John

caught all his fish using pilchards on a Rocker Rig. Lee was fishing with

Ledger Rigs.

Good thing when we rocked up to the beach, fisheries officers

inspected our catch commenting we had done better than

those in the power boats. So if you are interested in kayak

fishing and don’t know how or where to start or want to meet

other kayak fishers for regular trips come in and talk to us at a

Canoe & Kayak Store (Phone 0508 KAYAKNZ) and join the club.



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The Buddy System

– Scott Challenor and Steve Knowles provide tips for taking a

newbie kayak fishing.

You only have to show friends your morning’s catch

from kayak fishing and quickly the inevitable question

comes: ‘Can I come too?’ ‘Of course you can!’ So you

beg, borrow or hire another kayak and you are off. But

what if your new fishing buddy has never kayaked or

even been fishing before? Here are some ideas to

make sure your newbie is safe, having fun and above

all you get them hooked (yes, that’s figuratively and


• Quick Skill and Gear Check

Borrowed gear will usually do the job for your buddy but

the one thing that must fit correctly is the buoyancy aid.

Bending the rules on this one could be a decision you

regret. If you have a novice paddler on your hands, spend

a couple of minutes on the beach going over their paddle

stroke. It’s very common for new paddlers to slice the paddle blade

through the water on their left hand if right handed and vice versa for left

handers. This will cause the kayak to go in circles, drive you mad and

take up precious fishing time! It’s also a good idea to fully explain all the

fishing gear before you leave the beach.

• Tackle – keep it simple

Take only the basics to keep things simple. Generally a 5’6” rod and a

A group of new kayak fisho’s head out after work with Steve off Rabbit

Island, Mount Maunganui.


reel is a good

start for new kayak fisho’s, but just like

buying a kayak, visit a specialist fishing shop for the most

suitable fishing gear and advice. Soft baiting is ideal for beginners and

you can set up the rods before launching. If using bait, cut and prepare it

before leaving the beach and have your traces set up. Once you are out

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there, it’s then just a matter of threading the bait on the hook.

• Keep In Touch

Your kayak choice can help here. A double keeps your fishing buddy close and

is a safe option with a nervous kayaker. But be warned: like bananas on boats, chit

chat is seriously disruptive to fishing. If fishing with your wife, take single kayaks.

If you are on a date...well, that depends if you are angling for a second date (well

actually if your lady has agreed to go fishing on a date, marry her quick - she’s

definitely a keeper).

It’s a good idea to tie single kayaks together so you can talk easily and provide

any help required. About 20m of rope will do the trick, but if using this option you

must have an anchor running rig and quick release system to separate the kayaks

quickly in an emergency. Anchoring up together means you can share the burley

trail, catch bag and bad jokes.

So just keep it simple, have a great time and send your fishing buddy along to a

kayaking course and soon they’ll be a seasoned pro like you.


If tying two kayaks together, make sure

the rope has a quick release mechanism.

Scott on the Manukau Harbour.

Stay in touch using a double kayak. Andy Doncaster

helping out newbies on the Hauraki Gulf.

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- 6 events to focus your

training on.

Baytrust Motu Challenge

Saturday 10 th October

The Motu Challenge is a gruelling event held in and around

Opotiki, in the Bay of Plenty and has traditionally been the

first big showdown of the multisport season. The race is run

through native bush clad gorges, valleys and hills and down

the Waioeka River. With over $50,000 worth of prizes the Motu

Challenge is regarded as the North Island’s Premium Multisport

Event. The event web site offers a ‘Get Teamed Up’ service, for

those seeking team members.

For more information see: www.motuchallenge.co.nz

Stage 1 - 65 km Mountain Bike Stage 3 - 52 km Road Cycle

Stage 2 - 17 km Run

Stage 4 - 27 km Kayak + 8 km

Road Cycle + 3 km Run

Rodney Coastal Challenge

Sunday 8 th November

Starting at Muriwai, north of Auckland, the Rodney Coast

Challenge is run by the Kaukapakapa Scout group as a

fundraiser. With over 500 entrants the Rodney Coast Challenge

is a well-known event on the multisport calendar. Many athletes

have ‘cut their teeth’ on this ideal entry-level multisport event

before progressing on to longer multisport events.

For more information see: www.rcc.org.nz

Stage 1 – 10 km Run

Stage 3 – 24 km Mountain Bike

Stage 2 – 30 km Road Cycle Stage 4 – 8 km Kayak

Waiuku New World Steelman Iron Maiden

Saturday 14 th November

The Steelman Iron Maiden is a fun, challenging multisport

event, covering a variety of terrain including sealed road,

forest tracks, farmland and a section of the Waikato River.

The new Castaways Adventure Corporate Section, hopes to

encourage companies to enter teams of four.

For more information see: www.steelmanironmaiden.co.nz

Stage 1 – 34 km Road Cycle Stage 3 – 33 km Mountain Bike

Stage 2 – 12 km Kayak Stage 4 – 14 km Run

Off-Road Raglan

Sunday 15 th November

2009 will be the inaugural Off-Road Raglan Challenge, an

exciting addition to the multisport calendar. The event coincides

with the opening of Raglan’s first public mountain bike track.

Off-Road Raglan has been designed to be achievable as an

individual or with a group of mates. A single transition point

means no hassle for support crews.

For more information see: www.seatosand.org.nz

Stage 1 – 10km Kayak

Stage 3 – 10km Run

Stage 2 – 30km Mountain Bike

The Genesis Energy Lake to Lighthouse Challenge

19-21 st November 2009

Now in its second year, Lake to Lighthouse has been described

by Sportzhub’s Steve Knowles as the “best new event (2008).”

The event circumnavigates the stunning Lake Waikaremoana

in the Urewera National Park, on the East Coast of the North

Island by mountain bike, kayak and on foot before descending

via back country roads, farmland and by river on the second

day to the coastal township of Wairoa. Lake to Lighthouse has

a unique family atmosphere and is extremely well supported by

the local communities.

For more information see: www.laketolightouse.co.nz

Day One – Friday 20 th November:

Stage 1- 15 km Mountain Bike Stage 3 - 25 km Run

Stage 2 - 14 km Kayak

Stage 4 - 20 km Run + 6 km

Mountain Bike.

Day Two – Saturday 21 st November:

Stage 5 - 23 km Mountain Bike Stage 7 - 21 km Kayak

Stage 6 - 43km Road Cycle Stage 8 - 16km Run.

Scott Wild Moa

Saturday 12 th December

The Wild Moa is more than a multisport event, it is an

adventure through Rotorua’s scenic wonderland. The mountain

bike stage has been designed to make the most of the fun

following single tracks of the Whakarewarewa Mountain Bike

park. In 2008 an off-road triathlon was offered in conjunction

with the multisport event.

For more information see: www.lacticturkey.co.nz

Stage 1 – 4 km Run + 7 km Kayak + 1 km Portage + 9 km Kayak

Stage 2 – 30 km Mountain Bike

Stage 3 – 15 km Run

Ruahine Kayaks

The Firebolt is faster and more stable

in white water and less vulnerable to

strong winds in open water. This is a

very user friendly kayak with excellent

combination of speed and stability.

Designers & Manufactures of Multisport & Adventure Racing Kayaks

P O Box 11146 Hastings

Phone 06 875 0043 E-mail:- kevin@ruahinekayaks.co.nz www.ruahinekayaks.co.nz

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Professional Development for Kayak

Leaders and Instructors By Peter Townend

Anyone leading others in outdoor activities knows the

importance of continually upgrading skills, testing yourself

and gaining knowledge. The hard part has always been

finding a group of people to achieve this with who have

the same goals and attitude towards learning. To support

the indispensable work of kayak instructors and leaders,

Canoe & Kayak instigated Professional Development

Sessions just over a year ago where the focus is on

sharing knowledge and skills covering both sea kayaking

and white water. Instructors and leaders from both sea

and river backgrounds are encouraged to attend all

sessions so we all broaden our ability to deal with the

ever changing situations we encounter.

The sessions to date have all been well attended and not just

because of my legendary lunches. We often invite a guest who

has expertise in areas we wish to focus on which has been

very beneficial in broadening our knowledge and building new

relationships in the kayaking community. Our latest session in

August consisted of two days in Taupo reviewing river skills on

the Waikato followed by another two days in grade two rapids

on the Mohaka. The white water paddlers exchanged ideas

in instruction whilst the sea kayakers enjoyed pushing their technical

skills to the next level. From the sessions completed to date, everyone

has agreed that paddling in each other’s ‘territory’ has provided new

experiences that can readily be crossed over to their more usual paddling

Sea kayakers and river paddlers join

forces at ‘the Organs’, Mohaka River.


A personal example of how Sea Kayaking skills can be used on a river

was a rescue I performed early in my instructing career.

I was leading a group on a North Island river when a young paddler was

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caught in a tree. To perform a rescue we first had to remove the kayak

from the middle of a strainer (a tree that acts like a net in the current). I

tried the standard rope systems and in doing so pulled the ten year old

pine tree that I had used as an anchor down a 4 metre slope. It was clear

to me at this point that all the river rescue systems I had been taught

could not deal with this situation. “What can I do now?” I asked myself

My thought process went along these lines.

1/ I need some way of exerting enormous pulling pressure on this trapped


2/ I have already spent too much time using the only type of anchor point

available and risk pulling another tree down. What’s more, most of my

rescue gear is hopelessly tangled under a ton of tree and pumice.

3/ The water is moving fast and there is nothing dangerous downstream.

4/ If I attach my last throw rope’s end loop to the kayak and trail it

down stream how can I get the weight of the moving water to pull on

it as if we had a large sea anchor?

I have held onto both ends of many throw ropes during rescues

in the past. If you have ever done this, you will know the amazing

amount of pull that is generated. So the answer was to get the rest

of the kayakers who were at this stage watching the rescue from the

opposite bank to jump into the river and grab the rope attached to

the kayak.

With 15 people on the rope the kayak tore free of the tree and allowed

me access to where the kayaker was trapped and to continue with

the next stage of the rescue (which ended successfully).

The end result was using knowledge I had picked up from general

boating and sea kayaking combined with my knowledge of river

rescue systems - a successful rescue.

Take 5 Check List

During the Professional Development sessions in August we

worked on the draft “Take 5” check list. This has been developed

to encourage a more robust process/debate when embarking on

a kayaking activity.

Stan Lemmon, a Kayak Instructor from

Canoe & Kayak Hamilton and ‘Kermit’

The Take 5 check list translates as, “Take five minutes before you start to

assess safety”. In this context it works as a final checklist by listing areas

the group needs to discuss during the briefing to plan their safe trip. It

worked well while trialed during the Professional Development sessions,

feedback was incorporated and Take 5 forms are now available from

your local Canoe & Kayak shop. Drop in and grab one, trial it and any

ideas you have on improvements will be gratefully received.

I am running the Professional Development training days for Canoe &

Kayak’s Yakity Yak Club Leaders and Instructors year round. If you would

like to attend them please contact me at pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz or

by phone on 0274 529255.

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Jane Brockies a trip leader from the North Shore Yakity Yak club extends her skills

with a seal launch on the Professional Development training on the Waikato River

Photo by Peter Townend

Whitewater NZ

White Water

They’ve changed their name but

not their determination to save our

whitewater rivers.

NZRCA - Now Whitewater NZ

After two years of engaging with members

and discussion in the Executive, we’ve decided

to change the name – the NZRCA has become

Whitewater NZ.

Whitewater NZ is what we are – we work

to protect and conserve our whitewater

resources, and represent paddlers who get out

on whitewater. If you’re a person who needs

definitions – take a look at the international

grading system for kayaking. We’re here to

conserve whitewater and opportunities to enjoy

rivers safely on rivers from class I–IV. You might

enjoy floating down your favourite class I-II

fishing creek on an inflatable – or charging down

a steep class IV-V creek in the latest creek boat.

Whitewater NZ is engaged in conservation and

access work on untouched wild rivers and the

highly modified stretches of lowland rivers.

Facing Page - Gavin Lodge on the Waiho River, beneath Franz Joseph

Glacier. Photo by Stu Daniel

Facing Page (Inset) - Waiatoto River. Photo by Tony Ward - Holmes

This Page - Olly Yeoman on the Nevis River. Photo by Glen Murdoch

Whitewater NZ has successfully worked to save whitewater

rivers throughout the country; from remote steep creeks

to gentle class II float trips. Here are just a few of our

success stories:

When necessary we go to the Environment Court to protect our rivers –

when Tranzrail threatened to take the boulders out of the lower Clarence

we went into bat to ensure that the last day of this classic multiday trip

remains the bouncy fun class III trip it’s always been.

We’ve supported Water Conservation Orders to protect our most

wild and scenic rivers such as the Buller, Motu, Mohaka, Rangitata and

Kawarau Rivers. Recent applications made by Whitewater NZ for WCOs

include the Hurunui and Nevis Rivers.

When we can’t save a river, we do our best to ensure that kayakers

receive appropriate mitigation when a river is dammed or diverted,

for example:

The recreational releases on the Tongariro, Whakapapa, Waikaretaheke,

Mangahao, Pukaki and Tekapo Rivers were all negotiated by Whitewater


The slalom course at Tekapo, the Wairehu playhole and new slalom

courses planned for the Arnold and Hawea rivers are examples of

negotiated solutions where a whitewater river is lost.

Our network of volunteers under the direction of the Whitewater NZ

Executive is working on over 50 rivers across the country. To find out

more information about our work in your back yard go to our website



8th November 2009

For pre-race information send your name and address to:

Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge,

PO Box 160, Kaukapakapa or email: ghounsell@xtra.co.nz


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Start Your Adventure Here

Sea Kayaking


A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a

competent and safe paddler. The course develops techniques and confidence at

an enjoyable pace with great end results. It runs over a weekend or by request in

the evenings.

With this course you become a Yakity Yak member with access to lots of trips and

activities around the country.

Duration: 1 Weekend



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.

Duration: 1 Session


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.

Duration: 4 Sessions

You’ll learn the skills required to become a competent Eskimo Roller.

You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle safely in more

challenging conditions.

Duration: 4 Sessions



Duration: 1 Weekend/ Overnight

An advanced

course designed

to build on

your skills. It

covers paddling

technique, kayak

control, rescues,


planning and

decision making.

Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. You will

spend the evenings starting in small surf and building

up to one and a half metre waves. We 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.

Duration: 4 Sessions

Phone 0508 529 256 for more info & booking.

White Water Kayaking


A comprehensive course designed to cover the

skills required to become a competent 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.

Duration: 1 Weekend



On this course you continue to build on the Intro

to White Water course, developing your skills,

technique and confidence on faster moving

white water and progressing to a Sunday day trip

on a Grade 2 river. It includes eddie turns, ferry

gliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills in

River Rescue techniques and River Reading.

Duration: 1 Weekend


A comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed to

progressively build your kayaking skills to NZKI 1 Star & Grade 2 Racing

Certificate level. Run over three weekends you are introduced to white water,

develop water confidence, river reading and white water skills. You’ll enjoy

river running instruction on the fastest lines and rebooting all the other skills

we have taught you during your first two weekends.

Duration: 3 Weekends


Suitable for paddlers who

feel comfortable on Grade

1 to 2 rivers, you learn rope

skills, muscle techniques,

team control, heads up,

risk management and

combat swimming and

skills required to cope with

entrapments, kayak wraps,

swimming kayakers and

their equipment.

Duration: 1 Weekend

Sharpen your white water skills and learn simple

rodeo moves. We 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

already feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

Duration: 1 Weekend

Join Us For A Summer Of Fun.

Taupo Maori Carvings

Waikato River Discovery


Taupo Adventure Tours

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

A leisurely paddle of about 3 km to the rock

carvings. The largest is over 10 m high and

from below in a small boat it is imposing.

$90 per person (bookings essential).

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

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...

Adult $45, Children $25

Special group and family rates.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Need some excitement? Take a kayak

down this wicked Grade 2 river run...

this is a whole day of thrills and fantastic

scenery down the Mohaka River.

Price: $125 per person.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

We can organize specialized kayak tours

to suit any budget.

From helicopter access, white water

paddling to extended cruises aboard a

mother ship.

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Canoe Polo

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

A great game for young and old.

A fast, furious and fun way to improve

your skills.

There’s a league to suit you.

Contact your local centre for more


For those who are slightly more adventurous

at heart, this is a scenic trip with the

excitement of grade 2 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 $60.

Phone: 06 769 5506

Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which

winds through some of New Zealand’s

lushest vegetation. Camping overnight

and exploring some of New Zealand’s

pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Two day trip $230.00

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 scenic &

rugged Taranaki 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.

$60.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Glow Worm Kayak Tour

River Tours

Kayak Hire


Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake

McLaren to view glow worms by night

or beautiful waterfalls by day. This trip

takes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable for

paddlers with no experience. All gear, hot

drinks and nibbles are supplied.

Price $75 per person.

Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings

07 574 7415

Exploring beautiful estuaries.

Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife and

wonderful views.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Have some paddling fun on

the beach or let us run a tour for you and

your friends and explore these beautiful


Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0800 KAYAKN for details

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

Become a kayaking instructor and guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fauna 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.

• Price: $70.00pp

• Group Discounts Available!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.

Departs from one of your local beautiful

beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun

setting as you paddle along the coastline.

Group discounts available!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.

• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a

full day’s 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?

And get a regular email newsletter, this

magazine and get a discount on

kayaking courses and purchases from

Canoe & Kayak.

Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more.

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Selection - Knowledge - Experience

You’ll find it all at Canoe & Kayak

SwAllow iNtriguE glAdiAtor

The next step up from the entry level racing

kayaks. Fast with good stability. Medium skill

ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak. A

very popular Coast to Coast kayak.

Priced at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14 kg Glass, 12 kg Kevlar,

Width: 480 mm

Intrigue is ideal for the beginner/entry level

kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak

with great stability. Also suitable for first time

Coast to Coasters.

Priced at $2460, $2740 Kevlar

Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg Glass, 12 kg Kevlar,

Width: 540 mm

Gladiator with its larger cockpit, is built for the

bigger paddler looking for a longer, fast and

stable kayak for Coast to Coast etc.

Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5 kg, 13.5 kg Kevlar,

Width: 530 mm



This very user friendly kayak with an excellent

combination of speed and stability is suitable not

only for the intermediate/ advanced paddler, but

also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.

Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, 12.5 kg Kevlar,

Width: 455 mm

rEbEl KEvlAr

The Rebel is designed for paddlers of both

genders up to 75 kgs. At 5.65 metres long,

the Rebel is half way between the length of the

Swallow and the Firebolt and is faster than both.

Priced at $3150

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 11 kg, Width: 450 mm

AdvENturE duEt

Adventure Duet is a lightweight, very fast and

recently updated Adventure Racing double kayak.

It continues to dominate adventure racing in NZ

and is a great recreational double.

Priced at $5260, $5760 Kevlar

Length: 7.0 m, Weight: 29 kg, 24 kg Kevlar,

Width: 550 mm


The Ocean X is 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.

Priced at $3200, $3700 Kevlar

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 18 kg, 16.5 kg Kevlar,

Width: 500 mm


The hurricane gives you the very best balance of

speed and stability. The sleek deck is less vulnerable

to strong cross winds, while the raised bow provides

lift to prevent the front of the kayak being submerged

in rapids and small waves.

Prices start at $2950

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 12 kg, Width: 490 mm


Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad

bow allows this kayak to ride over waves like a surf

ski without losing speed and is easy to control while

surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in

adverse conditions.

Priced at $3730

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 510 mm

ElimiNAtor Surf SKi vipEr

A fast stable racing and training ‘Sit - on - top’. It

has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining

system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good

fitness work out.

Priced at $1695

Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 584 mm

An excellent training and competition surf ski,

can be used with under-slung rudder or rear

mounted rudder.

Priced at $1795

Length: 5.3m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 510mm


This boat is a great training/ racing, rota-moulded

alternative to expensive composite crafts, has

moderate stability and good speed.

Priced at $1695

Length: 5.2m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 550mm


Selection - Knowledge - Experience

fiSh n’ divE maraudEr tourEr

Fish n’ Dive is the ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A

large well located in the stern holds loads of fish.

You can customize it with hatches, fish finders

and rod holders.

Prices start at $1095

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 914 mm

The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman.

It is fast, stable with loads of deck space. Performs

excellently in surf. Also available with an optional


Prices start at $1195

Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, Width: 780 mm

The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts

down on windage. Paddlers maintain high speed

and straight tracking with easy handling in all


Prices start at $1295

Length: 4.6 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 711 mm

catch 390

Catch 390 features satisfy the keenest angler,

beginners & experienced alike. Front & rear

bulkheads. Watertight fishing rod chute. Flush

mount rod holders behind the seat .

Prices start at $1650

Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm

linE 280

The ‘pimped’ Angler edition of the Access. The Line

280 is ready to go fishing when you are. Anchor running

line is already fitted. There are rod holders, and paddle

parks to store your paddle while you fish.

Prices start at $1095

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 730 mm

WatEr StridEr

The open floor design allows you to propel and steer the

Water Strider raft with fins on your feet while your hands

are free for fishing. In shallow water you can stand up

and wade while the Water Strider floats around you.

Prices start at $1872

Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 1245 mm

hElioS i hElioS ii baraKa

This kayak is designed for cruising on protected

waters, moderately flowing rivers, lakes and

bays. It has considerable storage space in the

bow and stern.

Prices start at $1695

Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 13.5 kg, Width: 710 mm

Helios II is a double inflatable kayak with the same

features and stowage as the single.

Prices start at $1995

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 750 mm

This self-bailing inflatable is an ideal canoe for rivers

and moderate white water. The extra compact hull

has excellent riding characteristics, especially when

in rapids, and an extra large storage space.

Prices start at $3795

Length: 4.1 m, Weight: 23.5 kg, Width: 1.05 m

tWiSt i

The Twist I is an economical choice of inflatable

canoe. It comes with a comfortable backrest and

grab handles for easy handling. The tracking fin

helps to keep you on course.

Prices start at $995

Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 6 kg, Width: 790 mm

inflatablE tWiSt ii 1

The Twist II is the double version with the same

features of the Twist I. Both kayaks come with

shock cord on the stern for storing gear.

Prices start at $1295

Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 9 kg, Width: 830 mm


The Incept Whakapapa is a heavy-duty Canadian-style

inflatable canoe for rivers, lakes and sheltered marine

waters. It’s very stable and an absolute delight to paddle,

giving little drag and excellent manoeuvrability.

Prices start at $3087

Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 1025 mm


You’ll find it all at canoe & kayak

FireFlY escApee escApAde

Here is a little cracker! The Firefly is designed

so the kids can have fun. Little and light, easy

to handle and stable. The kids will love it, if they

can get Dad off it!


Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 700 mm

Probably the closest you will come to finding one

kayak that does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling.

Escapee is stable and easy to paddle.

A boat the whole family can enjoy.

Prices start at $830

Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 740 mm

An extended Escapee for the larger paddler.

You’ll fish, dive and have fun in the sun. There’s

a storage hatch behind the seat for easy access

and wells at the front and rear.

Prices start at $1055

Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mm

Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mm


The fantastically stable and manoeuvrable

Kiwi has two dry compartments for gear. Light,

super comfortable and fast for its length. It’s an

awesome, all round kayak.

Prices start at $1310

Length: 3.75m, Width: 740 mm

Weight: 20 kg Std, 23 kg Excel & 18 kg Light.


Play is great for the paddler who wants a fun fast

surf and flat water kayak. Kids love this Sit-on- top

as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yet

is very stable.

Prices start at $545

Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mm


Explorer is ideal for fishing and exploring and

one of the driest ‘Sit-on- top’ you will find. Great

hatches for storing your goodies are available.

Prices start at $850

Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.18 kg, Width: 790 mm


A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy.

Fantastic in the surf, Strike is a fast and

manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

Prices start at $895

Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 685 mm


A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing and

exploring. Tandem has two 6” hatches to store

your adventure equipment. Room for three, often

paddled by one.

Prices start at $1195

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg, Width: 915 mm

Access 280

Access 280 is a nimble performer that turns really

easily. The open cockpit houses a comfortable moulded

padded seat, an adjustable backrest and an easy to

reach, under deck tray for all your necessities.

Prices start at $879

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 18 kg std, Width: 730 mm


A Sit-on-top for the family. Able to seat an adult

and a small child. The Squirt is easy to paddle

and is very stable. Easily carried by one adult

or two kids.

Prices start at $449

Length: 2.7 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 760 mm


Stable and easy to paddle, Flow handles surf with

ease. Simple for the beginner to use, yet exciting

for the more experienced paddler.

Prices start at $879

Length: 2.95 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 750 mm

0508 kAYAkNZ


A fun double sit-on-top kayak with the option of a

third person sitting in the middle. Surge has ample

stability and speed and performs well in surf.

Prices start at $999

Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm

Selection - Knowledge - Experience

tui PEnguin ShEarwatEr

This is 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.

Prices start at $1990

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: Std 24 kg, Width: 620 mm

Penguin has as all the features for multi-day

kayaking with ease of handling in all weather

conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is

suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.

Prices start at $2500

Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg light,

Width: 610 mm

A comfortable performance orientated sea kayak

which will suit all sizes of paddlers with plenty of foot

room for the bigger ones. The Shearwater handles

well in rough conditions. A fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $2545

Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg lite,

Width: 610 mm

taSman ExPrESS

Its low profile and flared bow enables the Tasman

Express to perform well in adverse conditions. It gives

the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests,

backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Prices start at $2775

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std, 25 kg light,

Width: 620mm

fovEaux ExPrESS

Foveaux Express, is a very responsive and playful

sea kayak. Comes with a moulded thigh brace.

The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift in the ocean

swell. A fun, nimble kayak.

Prices start at $4280

Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 600mm

taSman ElitE

As per the plastic model, the Kevlar Tasman

Express responds to rough conditions but its

decreased weight, and increased stiffness, gives

even better performance.

Prices start at $4400

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 600 mm

SouthErn SKua

The Southern Skua has a low deck enabling it to perform

extremely well in windy conditions. Its longer hull gives

it greater speed and allows it to surf in a following sea.

It gives maximum stability in the open sea.

Prices start at $4400

Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mm


Torres, a fast and stable sea kayak, capable of

handling extreme expeditions. Huge storage and

lots of leg room.

Prices start at $4400

Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23kg std, Width: 600mm

SEE KayaK flagS

Flags & lights on a rigid fibreglass pole are easily fitted

to any kayak . Available as flag only or light/flag combo.

Two styles of lights both visible for up to 3km in good

conditions. Tektite light provides the brightest light.

Flag on pole $75.00, Flag & C-Light $155.00

Flag & Tektite Light $190.00

Standard dEcK bag

Our Deck Bag offers exceptional value!

The entire bag is radio frequency welded to

keep waves and rain out. Our splash proof,

HydroKisscoated zip is sealed in with no

excessive needle holes for water to find.


dElux dEcK bag

The Deluxe Deck Bag offers a unique window view

access, high capacity and light reflectivity.

A clear window allows for easier gear location and

a higher profile for better gear storage.


canoE &KayaK buoyancy aid

Increase your visibility in these yellow bouyancy

aids. They can be adjusted with side, shoulder

and waist straps. There is an inside pocket with

a ring to store keys, knife or whistle.



You’ll find it all at Canoe & Kayak

CoNtour 480

A roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat.

The channelled hull provides outstanding tracking

which helps keep you on course. Its upswept, flared

bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

Prices start at $2550

Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 620mm

eCo beZhig

Eco Bezhig is an enjoyable sea kayak, fast and

nimble with huge storage, great features and the

most comfortable seat your butt will ever meet.

Prices start at $3199

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 27 kg, Width: 590mm

iNCept tAsmAN

These inflatable kayaks have a stiff frame,

excellent speed, high stability and good handling.

The Incept Tasman kayak will handle big seas and

survive impacts which would break rigid hulls.

Prices start at $2970

Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 670 mm

five- o- five

Five- O-Five is a fully-fledged touring kayak for

entry and medium level paddlers. A high-quality

touring boat. At 505 cm it offers great glide and


Prices start at $2299

Length: 5.05 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 580 mm


The Point 65 Nemo is a comfortable and stable

recreational kayak for the whole family.

Prices start at $1099

Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 630 mm

iNCept pACifiC

The Incept Pacific inflatable sea kayak is perfect

for spur-of-the-moment day trips or multi-day

expeditions. The deck covers and sprayskirts are

easily removed, giving easy access to gear.

Prices start at $3591

Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 20 kg, Width: 670 mm

Coming Soon


The Beachcomber combines the latest design

with cutting edge technologies to create an ultra

light, thermoformed, manoeuvrable sea kayak,

perfectly suited to New Zealand conditions.

Prices start at $2950

Length: 4.88 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 600 mm

beAChComber duo

The “Beachcomber Duo” has used all the features

people rave about on the “Beachcomber”, with super

light weight, durable plastic construction, internal glove

boxes and Barracuda’s balanced rudder system.

Prices start at $4300

Length: 5.8 m, Weight: 26 kg, Width: 700 mm

sAfetY flAg & light

Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’s Safety

Flag, LED light unit. It comes complete with rod

holder or alternative deck fittings. A must for all

open water kayakers.


foAm pAddle floAt

A paddle float you don’t have to inflate!

The reflective webbing trim and a metallic chrome

front panel enhances visibility. Deployment is easy

with a large pocket for your paddle blade, and a

wide adjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.

fishermAN’s seA ANChor

A great small-craft safety accessory.

These heavy duty sea anchors are built in tough

PVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn in,

they stay open to deploy quickly. 300mm dia.

opening 580mm length.

seA rover CompAss

The Sea Rover features a large compass with

easy to read markings. With a simple, yet elegant

base, it attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely

on top of a deck bag. Quick-release buckles allow

for easy attachment.





Selection - Knowledge - Experience

SEattlE bilgE pump

A must for every boatie. Our 36 litres per minute

bilge pump features an easy-grab handle,

super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact

resistant plastic.


paddlE float

Two chamber float gives added safety. A 2nd

chamber for use when you need extra buoyancy

or if one chamber is accidentally punctured.

There’s a clip on safety tether to eliminate loss

in windy conditions.


paddlE/ rod lEaSh

Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allows

paddle to be easily released from leash. It

comes with a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum

durability and an internal Kevlar cord filament for

maximum breaking strength.


latitudE Stuff SacK

With full horizontal access, our Latitudes eliminate

the hassle of having to dig vertically to get at what

you want. Built with a polyester body and heavyduty

vinyl ends, Latitudes are built

to perform, but at a value price!

10 Ltr $58.50, 21 Ltr $72.00, 51 Ltr $85.50

SupEr latitudE

Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature the

great wide mouth-lateral design. They slide easily

into kayak hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge

valve automatically purges the air as the bag is


10 Ltr $87.75, 21 Ltr $101.25, 51 Ltr $143.85

camp SinK

Our 15 litre capacity square camp sink can’t be

beat. The Pack Sink’s unique square shape makes

cleaning larger items simple and it folds flat for

easy (out of the way) storage when not in use.


opti dry bagS omni dry bagS omni dry bacK pacK

The Opti Dry is super-tough made from superclear

heavy-duty vinyl. It has an abrasion resistant


These all-purpose bags are great for any

adventure. The Omni Dry Bag features a

waterproof 3-roll closure with D-ring, vinyl body

and heavy-duty abrasion resistant bottom.

At 140 litres you can fit all your wet gear in one

bag, or keep all your gear dry!

A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and adjustable,

padded shoulder straps makes for easy use.

10 Ltr $29.90, 21 Ltr $34.90, 41 Ltr $44.90

10 Ltr $39.90, 21 Ltr $44.90, 41Ltr $54.90


mighty mitE cart

Our new Mighty Mite Cart is small enough

to fit in most Kayak holds, With pneumatic

wheels, anodized aluminium frame, a single tiedown,

and a stand, this cart offers great features

at a low price.


Standard trollEy

These wheels are the step down from the heavy

duty version. Large wheels still make any terrain

a breeze, while a pin holds them in. They still fold

away into your back hatch. A lighter weight trolley

for moving mainly empty kayaks.


hEavy duty trollEy

Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded down with

all your gear! Heavy duty stainless steel

construction. Wheels fold down conveniently to

fit in a back hatch.



You’ll find it all at Canoe & Kayak

boDYliNe polArteC top

Polartec Power Stretch fabrics feature body-hugging

4-way stretch and are very breathable. They keep

you dry when you sweat and provide warmth without

weight. These are the most versatile outdoor and

fitness apparel fabrics available today.


boDYliNe boots

When its cold your toes are the first thing that

really feel the pinch. These boots are soft

enough to wear all day, strong enough to wear



Please Note:

For the kayaks advertised, the

price is for the kayak only. It does

not necessarily include any of the

accessories, hatches, seats etc shown

in the photos. The prices were correct

at the time of printing however due

to circumstances beyond our control

they may alter at any time. Please

contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak

Centre and they will put together a

great package of the best equipment

available for your kayaking fun.

shArKsKiN ClimAte CoNtrol

Sharkskin Climate Control comes in both short and

longsleeves. Sharkskin’s three layer fabric protects

you from the elements with a protective outer layer,

a windproof middle layer, and a polarfleece inner

layer to keep you toasty warm while paddling.

$269.00 short sleeve, $315.00 long sleeve

rAsDex pADDle jACKet

This cag suits multisport paddling in particular, with the

opening mesh neck for ventilation and a lightweight fabric.

The long sleeve version will suit those who prefer to keep

their arms covered for sun protection, and also makes it

suitable as a lightweight windbreaker when training.


rAsDex hYDrA pfD

The new Hydra PFD has been tested to NZS 5823:2005.

It is also approved for night time use. Available in high

viz yellow and red, in 2 sizes. Features large front pocket

and key clip, plus hidden side pockets which allow extra

foam to be fitted so it can be used for canoe polo.


DAY two KiwiteA pfD

A versatile starter buoyancy vest with five way

adjustments to fit children and adults. More

than 55N of floatation made from very soft and

comfortable foam. Large front pocket. Reflective

tape on the rear. Comes in red, blue or gold


DAY two NeopreNe sprAY DeCKs

This deck is snug fitting and warm for all kayak

conditions. ‘Diamond’ neoprene deck section and

stretchy neoprene waist. Comes in small to XL

waist and 5 cockpit shapes.


rAsDex CombiNAtioN DeCKs

The deck most used by multisport paddlers - also

used by sea and touring paddlers. The deck has a

neoprene deck section but with a nylon body tube

which allows good freedom of movement.


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is a bunch of courses which teach everything from

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What a great way to earn a living. Working

in a recreational retail business with heaps

of time outdoors, at sea with great company.

Phone Peter Townend on 09 476 7066 or email

pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz for more information.


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White Water

Himalayan River Girls

– Showing power!

Susmita learns raft guiding

skills on the Seti river, Nepal

by Inka Trollsås

It has now been a year and a half since I met Sita and

Mona next to Fewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal. They had never

been in a kayak before and I can not believe how much has

happened since that day these Nepali girls asked me to teach

them kayaking.

Paddling Means Freedom

Thirteen Nepali girls are now employed with local white water rafting

companies. Becoming a river guide in Nepal is very hard work,

challenging and possibly dangerous. Not only do guides bring tourists

safely down big and technical rapids, they spend day after day in wet

clothes, setting up camps in rainstorms and carrying heavy equipment.

But what kayaking ultimately means to these amazing ladies in Nepal

is freedom.

Girls in Nepal want to do so much but just don’t get the opportunity

growing up in a totally male dominated country. Through paddling these

girls get a chance to get a profession, a chance to become independent,

make choices about their own future and to enjoy life!

So How Did It All Happen?

Well, a lot of hard work and incredible help from the fantastic whitewater

community around the world! Wonderful people such as kiwi Sophie

Hoskins who came to Nepal with equipment and woman-power last year

and helped achieve results we could only dream of:

The Results

Three girls competed as the first female competitors in the


Peak UK Himalayan White water Challenge.

4 One girl, Susmita Rai, is going to the world championships in

Europe, competing in freestyle and slalom in Sep 2009.

4 A full five-week guide training program for 10 girls has

been accomplished.



A kayak club has been set up in Pokhara.

We have proven to Nepal and its rafting industry that girls can paddle and

can become appreciated river guides and do well in competitions.

The United Nations of Kayaking. Girls from all around the

world join together to share paddling skills and knowledge.

The Struggle Continues

Despite these amazing results, in reality we are also struggling with the

club in Nepal. We are dependent on donations to keep the club going

which more and more girls want to join. We must cover the costs of

club house rent, training, transport and more. This autumn season we

will look at renting out kayaks and other gear to provide some income

for the club.

10 Girls Competing In The Next Himalayan Challenge

I am organizing several girls’ trips this autumn season with ladies

from western countries and the Nepali girls. These trips will provide

an amazing opportunity for the girls to learn new skills. We will have a

WRT course, first aid, as well as a freestyle and slalom training for 10

girls before entering the Himalayan White water Challenge at the end of


Inka Trollsås

Inka is a Swedish independent woman and a devoted

white water kayaker with a very different kind of

lifestyle. At 34, she is living half the year in Nepal

and half the year in Sweden. She has lived this way

for nine years trying to make a living out of her own

adventure company through which she brings tourists

from Sweden to Nepal as well as working as a kayak


For any other info contact:


For more info, check out the website


And join the facebook group and see all new pictures:

Himalayan River Girls

What you can do to help:

White Water

• Come paddle with us! Either you come and help the Nepali

girls, or you LEARN kayaking with us in Nepal on the 20th

October we have a “chick kayak clinic”! Join us!

• Donate money or equipment. We need funding to pay

the club house rent and organise professional training.

Equipment-wise, any kayaking gear, thermals, sheewees

and moon cups will be useful.

If you would like to send something over, contact Squirrel

who will be coming over from New Zealand to Nepal this fall

season to help with the training:


Squirrel Main

Outward Bound School, Private Bag 403,

Picton 7250 New Zealand

03 520-8512 (+64 3 520-8512)

Kaji and Rupa practise new skills on the lake.

Inka, Sophie Hoskins and Radha paddling

together on the Sun Kosi

Three happy Himalayan River Girls

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