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D’Urville Circumnavigation: 08


08 Circumnavigating D’Urville Island - 4 intrepid paddlers

take on the daunting French Pass.

24 Family Kayaking - Peter Townend begins to teach his

son, their friends & fathers river kayaking.

Sea Kayaking

06 Orca - Having had a close encounter, Robbie Banks

looks into their behaviour.

12 Motuora Antics - It happens to the best of us!

48 Stewart Island - Paradise in the south.

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16 Coromandel Classic 2009 Report

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25 Product Focus - Beachcomber Duo Release

26 Buyers Guide - Family Kayaks

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Spring has been stunning; wildlife

outstanding, the fishing the best I

have ever had. Spending time with

the Yakity Yak Leaders and Canoe &

Kayak instructors on the Professional

Development Training days has been

great fun and informative. The summer

is lining up to be a whopper too with

lots of fun teaching my son and a

bunch of his and my friends the joys of

river boating.

As the Christmas Season approaches

we start to get busier and stress levels

build. It is easy to lose patience on the

road. We can overtake with no spare

room for error and unwisely say things in

the heat of the moment. On the water we

are naturally much more relaxed. People

wave and share news and stories, taking

time to enjoy travelling. This relaxed

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to others to make their life easier, smiling

and saying “good day” and generally

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A big note for all club members. Please

thank your trip leaders. They put a huge effort

into organising and running the wicked trips

that you love. So you will be safe they commit

to an extensive training course and then

develop their skill and knowledge through

attending all manner of courses and ongoing

training. Club together and take the time to Professional Development Days

say thanks with a card, a box of chocolates, for Club Leaders and Qualified

a bottle of wine or an invite to dinner. A small Instructors.

thank you gives a leader a reason to come Please join me in the BOP on Sunday

back and do it again.

the 21st of February and in Auckland on

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Club cruise down the famous Whanganui River. pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz

We all chip in for the food etc. I take the head

chef role and everyone pitches in to help.

Paul Durrant a friend and keen

Eating roast beef and chicken, BBQ, corn beef kayaker based in the Hawke’s Bay ran

and mustard, hot scones, corn fritters and soup, our Napier Centre a few years back and

bacon and eggs. This is not a trip for the weight was an active member of the Hawke’s

watcher, it’s for the connoisseur of bush tucker. Bay Canoe Club. He always had time for

We meet on Saturday the 10th of April and get everyone, a fun sense of humour and

off the river on Friday the16th of April. Limited was an all round good guy. After a road

places are available so please book early

accident Paul passed away in October.

through your local Canoe & Kayak Centre. We will miss him greatly.

Peter Townend

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ISSUE FIFTY Three • 2009 5

Sea Kayaking

Orca Overdrive

- Inspired by a close encounter Robbie Banks needed to know more.

Heading towards Matawhauwhau Point on Great Barrier Island, less than 50 metres from shore a spout of water

shoots into the air! Dolphins was my first thought - then the Orca’s fin emerges heading straight for me. My pulse

is pounding as a black mass resembling a live submarine swims closer, the fin towering above me. Another Orca

is slapping his tail on the surface! What does this mean? Is he signalling ‘attack’? Munch munch - then he dives

under my kayak - I freeze as a black mass glides by. Since this encounter I have found some interesting facts

about the mighty Orca.


Orcas are identified by their distinctive black

and white markings.

Both females and males have similar markings except on the underside, where it is possible to distinguish male

from female. The dorsal fin also distinguishes male and female adults. In the mature male the erect dorsal fin

may reach a height of 5 1/2 ft. (1.7m) but the female dorsal fin only grows to an average of 3 ft. (0.9m)


Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family,

Delphinidae. Males grow to a maximum length of about

32ft (9.8m) and weight of 10 - 11 tons (9 - 10,000 kg) Females

are smaller growing to a maximum length of about 28ft ( 8.5m),

weighing as much as 7 - 8 tons (6,500 to 7,500 kg). Calves at

birth are about 8ft (2.4m) long and weigh about 400lbs (180 kg).

Sea Kayaking


Orcas are very social animals.

When large groups meet in the area there is often intense

vocal activity and great excitement, both for the whales and the

human listener. During the summer season, when they are most

often observed, they intermingle for many hours.


But why were they so close to shore?

I found two possibilities, feeding and back scratching.

When northern resident Orca resume travelling, they most likely

head for the Robson Bight area, British Columbia and the Rubbing

Beaches beyond.

These Rubbing Beaches are a unique feature of the area. Though

whales have been observed rubbing in other shallow areas, their

use of these particular beaches is consistent and well documented.

It seems to be important in their use of the Johnstone Strait area

where beaches are covered with small, flat or round smooth

stones. The whales dive, blowing out air as bubbles to lessen their

buoyancy, and then skim their bodies over the stones. Sometimes

several whales use the beach at the same time, but they may also

wait a short distance offshore for their turn. This activity brings

the whales very close to shore. Again, they may be vocal while


I didn’t find any documentation that Orcas, also referred to as

Killer Whales, have attacked sea kayakers.

It was an honour to experience the great Orca in its liquid

environment and I am happy to be able to share this priceless

wondrous encounter. From one moment to the next the ocean

offers so much pleasure.


Why tail slap?

Orca Whales may raise their tail flukes and then tail slap

as a visual and audio display during socializing, after resting, or

if disturbed.

Photos by Rod Voyce


D’Urville Island

by Carol Tweed

The wild waters of D’Urville are tamed with good paddle skills and even

better trip planning.

This wasn’t to be your ‘normal’ club trip! Four of us set out

to circumnavigate D’Urville Island, a round trip of 120+ kms

involving infamous seas, extreme camping, challenging

paddling and spectacular scenery.

For those who don’t know, D’Urville Island is named after the French

explorer, Jules Durmont D’Urville. It lies in the western Marlborough

Sounds separated from the mainland by French Pass through which

water rushes at 8 knots each tide creating eddies, whirl pools and

currents. A stretch of water to be respected!

Trip leader Andy made plans, phone calls and had numerous

conversations with other paddlers & boaties to identify best places to

camp, hazards to watch out for and tips for the forthcoming trip. The day

of departure loomed and the forecast was, you’ve guessed it, rain and

more rain! But who minds the wet at least the winds were light!

We drove through the mist and rain along the twisting, windy road to

Ngaio Bay punctuated by stops to recover from travel nausea. Our

reward was a beautiful tranquil setting at our B&B overlooking the sea

and D’Urville Island.

Day 1

We needed to be on the water at around 9.30 to get most benefit from

the slack tide and the journey up the East side of the island northwards.

Here was the first lesson of the trip for the Three of us (not Andy of

course!): Despite it being a 5 day trip, don’t take too much kit and

definitely don’t take too much food! So after a lengthy pack (and repack

and one more squeeze and shove) we managed to get onto the water

at 10.30. The rain started and a head wind blew but we were happy at

last to be on our way. The first break was after we had circumnavigated

Stewart Island (smaller than the one down south) and then on for lunch.

Feeling energy deprived and a little chilly, two of us had a large lunch of

tinned soup and noodles, which repeated all afternoon. Grotty weather

and hard paddling kept us going until 4.30 when we pulled up to our

first night stop. A camp spot is not quite the right term as there were no

French Pass through which water rushes at 8

knots each tide creating eddies, whirl pools

and currents.

facilities whatsoever, as indeed was the case for all the camping sites.

Fresh water was from a hole dug in the sand on the beach (purification

tabs a must) and_ no trees for hammocks or any other business! Andy

sprang into ‘Action Man’ mode and erected a shelter from driftwood and

a tent fly. But those who brought a tent benefited when the wind blew and

rearranged Andy’s shelter. Some of us had 9 hours of sleep, others had 2!

French Pass looks easy enough from here.

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Day 2

Packing was only slightly easier second

time around but we managed to get

onto the water by 9am. At least it had

stopped raining but we still had a

headwind. After a couple of hours we

reached our first real challenge: getting

around Stephens Island and the Twin

Sisters rocks. The sea became rougher,

bigger, lots of chop and converging

current, resembling vigorously boiling

water. This was coupled with a 5-6

metre swell. I wished my low brace

was more practised! “Exhilarating” was

how Grant put it: “scared S ***less”

was my preferred terminology. I had my

‘determined face’ on and paddled hard!

Capsizing wasn’t my game plan. But,

Grant is well practised at

there’s nothing like a good challenge,

packing the stores.

and having survived this, on we went,

this time aided by a tail wind. The two

guys put up their sails and we girls rafted Mill Arm—a scenic, bush clad tranquil spot

up. We arrived at Swamp Bay mid afternoon that was highly commended. BUT, despite

enabling Andy & Rachel to to catch our tea. best intentions we didn’t manage it. As we

The less said about this the better. Grant and approached we saw surf breaking and a

I started the fire and a nearby waterfall served rocky exposed sand bar leaving only a narrow

as our source of fresh water and showers. channel through which to paddle against

No fish but plenty of food, cooked around the a strong current. With the light fading, the

roaring fire. Andy’s shelter (again there were thought of a further 3 km of hard paddling was

no trees) endured torrential rain overnight. not enticing so, when we saw a distant light in

Some were now suffering sleep deprivation! a farmhouse, plan B came into action. What

Day 3

lluxury: a woolshed complete with electricity,

Swamp Bay to Owhai Bay.

toilet, hot and cold water and plenty of sheep

With tail winds we moved rapidly down the smells! But with good things always comes the

coast from Nile Head to Greville Harbour downside: a colony of nesting blue penguins

where we stopped for a wet and rainy lunch. underneath who chortled all night!

Andy, still keen to get his tea from the

Day 4

ocean, laid his cray pot off Two Bay Point To Andy’s dismay and despite the bait of an

whilst Grant, Rachel and I set off towards opened tin of Watties ‘Big Soup’ (we had

plenty spare you see!) and

some blue cod his craypot was

Who said it was winter? empty. However the day only got

better. With a steady northerly

blowing it was sails up and

time for rafting in the rolling 3 m

swells. The westerly side of the

island is rugged and spectacular.

Huge cliffs tower from the sea.

There are caves and a crashing,

rolling aquamarine sea. With few

places to stop, long time bladder

control was essential! We

hugged the coast playing in the

swell and around the rocks. All

great fun until Grant, following

Andy, mistimed a tricky gap in

the rocks. It was time for a real

rescue which all went to plan.

Grant still had a huge grin on his

face and all that was lost was

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millimetres of yellow plastic from

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The view from Catherine Cove

After lunch at Te Horo the weather was holding and with a good tail

wind we investigated paddock rocks, more caves, cathedral arches and

had great fun playing around. We were now nearly at the southern end

of the island and we hadn’t identified where we were to spend the night.

Manuhakapakapa Bay (don’t say that one in a hurry) with just enough

space for two tents, provided our overnight stop. Again a waterfall close

by provided us with drinking and shower amenities. Masses of drift

“Why had we felt so anxious about all the

horror stories about French Pass?”

wood fed our fire on what was now a clear, starry and cool night. As we

listened to massive surf pounding the beach we wondered whether we

would be able to leave in the morning!

Day 5

The day dawned bright and clear and the surf had almost disappeared.

Flat water made for easy paddling around the

southerly tip of the island and back up its eastern

side to the infamous French Pass. On a slack tide,

we felt as if we were paddling across Oriental Bay on

a summer’s afternoon. Adding to the experience we

were accompanied by a pod of about 30 dolphins. Why

had we felt so anxious about the horrors of French

Pass? Afterwards we were told that this is where whirl

pools can sink ships and the huge drop offs under the

water cause massive turbulence of the fast flowing and

huge volumes of water entering the area.

The trip almost over, Andy just had to try again for

a fish and this time SUCCESS!!!!! A large blue cod

hauled in, we stopped for lunch, lit a fire and shared

pan-fried cod, just divine gastronomic delight!

We went on to Catherine Cove Resort with the

promise of hot showers, non-tinned food (although I

can assure you we still had plenty left!) and a proper bed.

Day 6

We all thought it was going to be a deep, peaceful and well earned

sleep… Mmmm not so! The wind howled and blew all night and worried

Rachel and I so much that we got up at 1am to move the kayaks to a

more sheltered location. I guess the boys slept through that part. By

morning the wind was still gusty and strong and we set off for the final

paddle back to French Pass. We had to cross it again, hugging the

coastline and rocks to avoid strong wind gusts. When we had to face

the wind, now gusting 30 knots, and the tide, we dug in and paddled

hard across the Pass and into the shelter of the bay. Unpacking on the

beach the wind was whipping up huge clouds of spray and throwing

them into the rocks where we had just been. I was glad we were no

longer on the water. The trip was over and it was time to have one last

cold shower in the public facilities at French Pass. We were getting

used to them by now!

We had great fun investigating the cave, cathedral

arches and playing around at Paddock Rocks.

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The final words

This was an awesome trip. Magnificent and desolate scenery,

challenging but enjoyable paddling and great company. Special thanks

to Andy, our trip leader who spent much time beforehand planning and

ensuring we knew as much as possible to reduce risk.

This trip was definitely NOT for the faint hearted, loners or those who

are not confident. Good endurance fitness and a high level of paddle

skills (my skill set has improved!) was essential… Where and when is

the next trip??

Day 1—French Pass (F) to A (24 km)

Day 2—A to B (18.5 km)

Day 3—B to C (26.5 km)

Day 4—C to D (20 km)

Day 5—D to E (19.5 km)

Day 6—E to French Pass (F) (13 km)

Total 121.5 km

Map source: www.whareatea.org.nz

Stewart Island

French Pass beach… It looks serene, but look

closely and you can see the clouds of spray.


ISSUE FIFTY Three • 2009 11

Motuora Antics

- It happens to the best of us

by Diana Austin

Should you laugh when your trip leader

falls out? It really was funny!

An excellent safety brief – one of the best

we had encountered – started our weekend.

Russell asked “What’s the biggest safety risk?”

Some didn’t give the right answer, but yes it was

hypothermia. “ If anyone falls in the water get

them out quick. No fancy rescue methods that

may delay getting them out of the water!”

We had an easy going paddle to Motuora Island,

set up camp, had lunch then paddled round the

island. Russell, in his nice new Kevlar, mossied

around inside the swell.

Most of the group paddled well outside which

gave them a great view.

A wave rose. So did Russell. The wave broke

and so did Russell. Well, not quite, he was just

under water, swirling around, paddle in the air.

What was that safety message again? Yes,

‘get him out of the water quick’! “Not I,” said

the Austins,, “We’ve got children onboard.”

“Not I,” said Greg, “I’m taking the photos!”…

Up piped Russell, “It’s actually quite nice

in here”. Phew – had he noticed the lack of

enthusiasm? “There’s no need to come and

get me,” he said, “I’ve got it under control.

Just couldn’t roll it up!” “ Is that right Russell?”

Minus a hat and a drink bottle (you can ask him

about the bruises) and with his Kevlar intact, we

returned to camp.

A few phone calls back to mates, “having a

great time, standing on the beach with my shirt

off…” He’s obviously an engineer, they seem to

follow the principle, always the truth but never

the whole truth. So for all those who got that bit

of the truth, this article is for you!







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Enjoy the scenery in great company.

The only committee meetings we have

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So come and join our club. You will get

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The boys check out the rapids.


Coromandel Classic

by James Kuegler

Sam Goodall powers through the

kayaking section

Day 1

The Coromandel region is one of the New Zealand’s best

hidden playgrounds for multisport and adventure athletes.

The weekend of August 29 th saw the Coromandel peninsula

play host to the 10 th installment of the Coromandel Classic,

a two-day multisport challenge traversing both coasts of the

central Coromandel. It includes mountain biking, trail running,

road biking, and kayaking.

In the build up to the event it was expected that Carl Bevins, and

Carl Meyer would battle it out for supreme honours in the men’s race

with Louise Mark expected to dominate the women’s race. The event

is renowned as one of the tougher events on the multisport scene and

provides participants with a perfect lead in to summer.

Starting from Thames, on a 22km mountain bike up the Kauaeranga

Valley Road, the first 3km was a controlled section behind a pace car.

Three toots on the horn signalled the start of racing. People were all over

the road in what could best be described as road-rage fashion. Highly

fancied rider Louis Crosby chose to ride a cyclo-cross bike, a gamble that

proved costly for him and his ‘Team Labyrinth’.

The 27km mountain run took competitors on a steep ascent to the top

of the pinnacles, followed by a rapid descent to Coroglen. Colin Earwaker,

and Darren Ashmore took control of the race for ‘Team Chicken Legs

and Friends’ and ‘Team Riverbuild Homes’ respectively. Colin recorded

2:17:55 to break the unofficial race record. By the half way point Bevins,

a few minutes ahead of Sean Donghue and James Kuegler, appeared to

be well in control of the individual race.

The kayak leg took paddlers from Coroglen out of the Whitianga

Harbour to Cooks Beach. Conditions continued perfect though the

incoming tide meant that there was very little water from Coroglen. Then

there was a fight against the incoming tide through the harbour mouth.

The temptation to stretch legs and join the scallop festivities at Whitianga

was strong, as was the smell. Confused chop around headlands provided

excitement. Jeremy Kuggelein, of ‘Team Riverbuild Homes’ fastest time

clawed back some in the teams race.

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The first day concluded with a 30km ride from Cooks Beach, over the

hill to Tairua. Carl Bevins was the only constant in the top three men

at the end of the day, leading Carl Meyer by 3:31 and Sam Goodall by

11:15. Louise Mark finished the day as the fastest woman ahead of

Emma McCosh. ‘Team Chicken Legs and Friends’ held a 4:48 lead over

‘Team Riverbuild Homes’.

Carl Bevins appeared to be well

in control of the individual race.



Day 2

Those familiar with the Tairua River will know that at low tide the mouth

end to win the individual race by 26 minutes. Meyer just held onto second,

of the river resembles a delta with vast sand banks and meandering with Sam Goodall storming home third on the final leg. Emma McCosh

channels. A dead low tide made for a hugely exciting start to Day 2. continues to move from strength to strength and comfortably won the

Kayakers, resembling an army of crabs, scuttled along the sand banks. women’s race ahead of Sonya Thompson and Joanna Perry.

The first 4km was a mixture of tactical portaging and kayaking. I can Congratulations to all who took part in one of New Zealand’s toughest

vouch for the fact that it is a lot more fun in daylight than it is in the dark. multisport races. Thanks must go to Media Unlimited for the fantastic job

Progress was easier when the river narrowed.

they did in organizing such a great race.

By the end of the 30km road bike over the hill to Whangamata,

Photos courtesy of www.InfoNews.co.nz.

‘Chicken Legs and Friends’ had further closed the

gap on ’Riverbuild Homes’, and Meyer had taken The author finishes the kayak leg on day one.

the 3:31 back from Bevins and added another

2 minutes.

The second day 21 km run was always where

Bevins had planned to make his attack. It is

more gentle than first days but it still involves

a considerable ascent. A nasty sprained ankle

ended Louise Mark’s race. On the rapid descent

we encountered a four-wheel drive club doing a

challenging mission up the clay tracks on which we

were careering down.

For many the hardest section of the race was the

final 30km road cycle from Maratoto to Thames.

The ride would have been rather easy if there had

not been an extremely strong head wind on the

Hauraki Plains.

‘Team Chicken Legs and Friends’ (Dennis Litt,

Mark Struthers, Colin Earwaker, and Paul Leitch)

finished first overall ahead of ‘Team Riverbuild Grant Donoghue

Homes’ (Darren Ashmore, Matt Milne, and Jeremy

Kuggeleijn). Bevins easily overcame Meyer in the

For all the boat specs. and stockists,

visit www.q-kayaks.co.nz or phone 06 326 8667

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Eddy line

Downstream ‘V’

Fastest line

Eddy line

Upstream ‘V’

Upstream Current

i.e. Eddy

Eddy line

Fastest line

River Flow

Fast lines for River Racing

by Peter Townend

To paddle a river fast you need to recognise where the river

current will help, not hinder, you.

It is natural to think of the river as a mass of water which reaches the

sea, but on the way it is a three dimensional, massively complex group

of currents heading in different directions. It only takes a quick look

in some eddies and you will see the same flotsam going around and

around for an age. Or look at a weir type obstacle. Flotsam will stay in

the wave area, sometimes forever.

Understanding what causes eddies is probably the first step to fast river


How do eddies form?

An eddy forms when flow is impeded by an obstacle such as a rock

or bank. Downstream the water level is lower than the water hitting

the upstream side. Some water flows around the obstacle and tries

to fill the downstream ‘hole’. Hence an upstream current forms below


How do you see eddies on the river?

The area where upstream and downstream currents meet is the ‘Eddy

line’. When the bow of your kayak enters the upstream you will slow

down and often spin 180 degrees. When looking down the river the

‘Upstream V’ is the shape that ‘Eddy lines’ make either side of an

obstacle. The ‘Downstream V’ is the shape ‘Eddy lines’ make between

two obstacles in a rapid.

What is the best line to take?

A beginner is told to aim for the ‘Downstream V’ to avoid obstacles and

the Upstream V. This is good advice. However it often means that you

will paddle in rougher water at the bottom of the rapid. Large waves

almost always lurk at the bottom of a big ‘Downstream V’.

A trick is two bits of advice. 1/ Start the rapid in the Downstream V on

the side from which you’ll exit the rapid. This sets you up for step 2/

paddle down the side of the waves at the bottom of the ‘Downstream V’

along the Eddy line. This allows for a faster more stable paddle.

Look at any moving water (picture is of a small stream) and you will

see these features. Spend the time understanding them and you will be

faster, happier, drier and enjoy your kayak racing a heap more.

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Competition winners from issue 51

Paul Bevan - Waikato won Sharkskin Long Sleeve Top

Terry Hvid - Wellington won Kayaka Polartec Long Sleeve Top

Ron Salmon - Manukau won a pair of Bodyline 3mm Boots

John Sargeant - Taranaki won a pair of Kayaka Paddle Longs

Al Rose - Bay of Plenty won a pair of Rasdex Pogies

Jude Sherning - Taupo also won a pair of Rasdex Pogies

Barbara Dillon of Auckland won a Rasdex Semi Dry

Paddle Jacket.

Professional Development

Days for Yakity yak Club

Leaders and canoe & kayak


Ruth Halliday proudly shows off

her new Kayaka Polartec Top

given to her by prize winner Terry.

Congratulations Terry & Ruth!

Bay of Plenty: Sunday 21st February, Auckland: Sunday 28th March.

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ISSUE FIFTY Three • 2009 19


BayTrust Motu Challenge

by James Kuegler

Richard & Elina Ussher comfortably defended their BayTrust

Motu Challenge titles in what many have dubbed the toughest

Motu Challenge yet. Torrential rain in the days leading up

to the race threatened to cancel the kayak stage. River

conditions, coupled with high winds and a polar blast made

for testing race conditions.

350 Mountain bikes graced the start line between the multisport race

and the inaugural Motu 160 cycle race. As is traditionally the case, the

intensity rose when riders reached the first of three climbs, an ascent

in excess of 1000m. Teams competitor Tim Wilding and Motu 160 rider

Dave Mann set a very hot pace throughout in conditions described

as “brisk and buffeting.” Wilding (‘Team Discover Health’) led the field

into the remote Motu settlement. Richard Ussher was the first of the

individuals, with a healthy margin over Dwarne Farley, Sam Goodall,

Carl Meyer, and Cam Durno.

You might have expected that competitors would escape the wind on

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Competitors in the

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the 17km run. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. Richard described it

as “one of those days where whichever direction you turned, it seemed

to be into the freezing wind.” The middle 7km track, saturated and

slippery, winding through native bush, meant it wasn’t going to be a day

for run records.

Like the other land stages, progress on the first half of the 55km road

cycle was challenging. Cyclists were greeted by a full-bore headwind

for 10km while on an uphill false flat from Motu – Matawai. Ussher

commented that he was pushing “300 watts and only managing a

miserable 23kph”. The second half, from the top of Traffords Hill was

a different story. For many, it was a case of self-preservation on the

descent through the gorge. Rounding each corner the swirling wind

made it impossible for cyclists to anticipate the direction from which they

would get slammed.

The usually pristine Waioeka River was a swirling brown torrent. The

high flow had washed out rapids and created an amazingly quick trip

down the river, The wind created carnage. Strong gusts blew a huge

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Richard (above)& Elina (right) Ussher crossing the line.

number of kayakers over. Dwarne Farley’s boat, blown into rocks,

was overturned and his rudder was damaged. The 8km ride and

3km run following the paddle stage were completed in spectacular

times. Speeds of over 60kph were achieved on the bike. Gordon

Walker, this year racing in the ‘Discover Health’ sponsored fourman

team of Wilding, James Kuegler, & Aaron Strong, broke Ben

Fouhy’s record with a time of 1 hour 53 minutes. Hannah Lowe

(‘Team Somerset Cottage’ ), and the Usshers also broke the Female

Team, Individual Female, & Individual Male paddle records.

‘Team Discover Health’ were first across the line in 6 hours and

42 minutes, a mere 5 minutes shy of the team’s record. Richard crossed

the line second overall to defend his individual men’s title. Bevans took

second with Durno snatching third from Goodall in the final kilometres.

‘Team Somerset Cottage’ (Ash Hough, Rick Lowe, Courtney Lowe, &

Hannah Lowe) were the best of the mixed teams, finishing third overall.

Elina smashed her own course record by 17 minutes to win the women’s

race, followed home by Rachel Cashin and Sophie Hart. It was great to see

so many ‘Yakity Yakkers’ taking part in what is always a highlight on the

multisport calendar.

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ocean rower

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From Tokannu to Taupo.

Solo and Team Categories.

Saturday 20th March 2010

Over 200 paddlers have now

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See www.dare2sweatevents.co.nz for more

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ISSUE FIFTY Three • 2009 21

Kayak Fishing

– it’s not just for the blokes,

by Karen Knowles


Kayak fishing with friends after work beats the gym any day!

Are you getting tired of the hunter gatherer of your house leaving

you at home while he heads out kayak fishing? Well, why not

join him? Karen Knowles spoke to Ashley Donacaster about

kayak fishing and found it’s a sport that many women enjoy as

much as the blokes.

Did your husband get you into kayak fishing or were you already a kayak fisho?

I’ve always fished, my dad taught my brother and me when we were young

and then I married a fishing nut and we have two young sons who seem

to be heading in the same direction, so I am surrounded. It’s wonderful to

hook a little snapper, let one of the boys “catch” it and watch their reaction

when they see it.

What do you enjoy about kayak fishing?

I enjoy being on the water, relaxing and spending time with my hubby. If

we take the kids too, they learn new skills. When they catch a fish, they

know Dad takes it gently off the hook and they release it again. They

already know to hold the fish gently but firmly and to keep their fingers

away from the teeth.

What do you dislike (if anything)?

Occasionally I have the desire to re-position my legs and we have so

much gear everywhere it gets a little tricky! You just have to

move carefully.

Do you fish year around?

I haven’t been kayak fishing for all that long – started at the tail end of

winter, when the water is colder and the feet and hands get cold, but I

think I would fish all year around when baby sitters are available. We

only take the boys with us in the summer.

Is there any special gear which makes your kayaking/fishing better or

more comfortable?

Shark skins I think work wonders – I know lots of people who use them

and don’t leave home without them.

Do you use your own kayak or a double?

A Tandem at the moment and will probably continue to use that with the

boys over the summer while Andy is in his own fishing geared kayak.

Which would you prefer (double or single kayak)?

Mmmmmmmmm, depends on if we are going fishing or paddling. I do

admit I like the comfort of having Andy close especially if I do happen

one day to hook a big fish, but I think I would cope just fine in a kayak

with him close by so that I could shout for help.

What do you get out of kayak fishing?

Mostly time with my husband, and I love the peace of being on the

water, it’s calm and relaxing and I love seeing the little penguins

occasionally too. Plus I love it that women and men are equal in kayak

fishing as far as skills required. There aren’t many outdoor activities we

can do together and be equal.

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Editors Note: A great range of

boats! The photo featured is

European. In NZ a buoyancy aid

must be worn.

What would you suggest to women who would love to get out kayak

fishing but don’t know where to start?

Get down to your local Canoe & Kayak centre and join a kayak

fishing group, give them your email and go out with them, they are

welcoming to newbies and very helpful.

Ashley has

been fishing

all her life and

now enjoys

her kayak


The Rasdex Multisporter PFD has

had another successful Speight’s

Coast to Coast, taking wins with

both Gordon Walker and Emily

Miazga. A good number of the

other top 10 finishers in all classes

also chose it. Why? Because it is

the most complete multisport

PFD on the market: quick

side entry, light weight,

plenty of pockets, comes

with bladder and routing

for 3 tubes via our innovative

block system. Why compromise

your race? Use what the winners use!

RRP $289.95

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

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

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side pockets which allow extra foam to be fitted

so it can be used for canoe polo.

RRP $149.95

Ashley and Andy Doncaster join Catherine Price (also

pictured above) for another successful day on the water.


ISSUE FIFTY Three • 2009 23


Kayaking the Mortar in a

Family. by Peter Townend

Tighe & Bryn working well together.

Getting wet is half the fun!

I t i s

often said by my

older friends and family “the way to keep a family

together is to play together”, and “keep the kids busy and

you will have few problems”. So with this in mind this

summer I am refocusing my normal busy working life to

slow down and spend more time with the family. I intend to

spend days and weekends teaching my son Bryn (11), with

a bunch of his mates and their dads, how to have fun on

our Cool rivers.

We will start in the local pool with ‘Confidence routines’ to build their

skills so when they capsize, they can Eskimo roll or make a controlled


It is then off to the sheltered waters of Browns Bay learning paddle

and boat skills. These are forward and reverse power strokes, sweep

strokes, low braces, stern rudders and rescues. Once these skills are

solid, we will progress to control of the boat rails (tipping the kayak on

its side) for playing on surf and entering/exiting eddies.

When confidence and ability have been achieved on flat water

we’ll move onto small surf and local tidal moving water, develop more

technical skills and use these in increasingly hard conditions.

Then excitement will build as we drive to beautiful Taupo to tackle

the Waikato and the Mohaka Rivers.

I’ll keep you informed of our progress.

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Thomas and Mark developing

new skills together.

Beachcomber Duo

Product Focus

by James Fitness

The 5.8 metre Beachcomber Duo is a fast,

light and comfortable kayak to paddle.

Weighing in at only 26kg, it must be the

lightest double Sea Kayak on the market. She

is easily lifted by one, so loading the car is a


She is surprisingly stable with a beam of only

700mm. The boat railed nicely and with the

right team was easily Eskimo rolled.

Ideal for the family paddler with a child,

couples and racing teams, the Beachcomber

Duo has a distinctive white hull with yellow

deck, which is nicely appointed with easy to

use features such as paddle parks, compass

mount and good sized carry handles.

Comfortable moulded seats and thigh braces

are standard and you’ll find that the ‘accessory

tray’ between your knees is extremely useful

for storing your camera or snacks. For those

who would like to go that little further, there is

the option to have an extra storage pod added

to the cockpits.

The Beachcomber Duo is now available from

all Canoe & Kayak stores.


ISSUE FIFTY Three • 2009 25

Buyers Guide







Family Kayaking

The best part of summer is spending time at the beach, on the boat or in

Please note: Prices do not necessarily include any of the

the water. What better way to enhance the experience than to take a kayak accessories, hatches, seats etc shown in the photos. The

with you.

prices were correct at the time of printing however due to

A kayak allows you to get away from the crowded beach and find a more circumstances beyond our control they may alter at any time.

secluded bay around the corner. The kids will love paddling, jumping off, or Please contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak Centre and

swimming around the kayak. Paddle around the rocks to get to your fishing they will put together a great package of the best equipment

spot, or explore the coastline, lakes & rivers.

available for your kayaking fun.

Sit - on - top kayaks are extremely stable making them suitable for young

and old. Your options are endless. You can customize your kayak, to suit

your needs. Adding seats for comfort, storage hatches, anchor systems, rod

holders, and even GPS and Fishfinders! There is a kayak to suit all uses.

Grab a kayak that surfs well and the ‘older’ kids will have hours of enjoyment.

Fun for the whole family.

Unlike boating, there is no need to hunt down that boat ramp. Whip the

kayak off the roof rack and in she goes.











1 Firefly Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg $ 510

Width: 700 mm

2 Escapade Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg $1055

Width: 750 mm

3 Kiwi Length: 3.75 m, Weight: 20 kg Std, $1310

23 kg Excel & 18 kg Light Width: 740 mm

4 Play Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg $ 545

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5 Explorer Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.2 kg $ 850

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Width: 830 mm


White Water

Taming Jeff’s Joy

– Tony Barrett explains how getting there is only half the fun.

Wendy picks her line on Fantail

You know you’re getting near Murupara when most of the

vehicles on the road are utes with pig dog boxes on the back.

Strangest of all, causing us all to do a double take, one of

these passed us going the other way with a dog riding the

bonnet. Wow, they do things differently down here!

It’s early August as the car crunches over the frosty ground and stops

at the clearing which is the starting point for the Jeff’s Joy run on the

Rangitaiki River. The sun is out and warming the seven of us, as we do

the usual shuttle and wrestle our way into paddling gear.

At the river side, while waiting for the car to get back, Wendy

demonstrates some stretching exercises with the paddle. These mainly

consist of passing it from behind your back to the front and stepping

through it without letting go. There’s a lot of laughter as a few brave

ones give it a go and appear to narrowly avoid shoulder dislocations and


Getting on the river, we glide around a few corners and immediately

are into the hardest parts of the day’s run. You don’t get much of a warm

up at the beginning. Firstly, two rocks that have the main current flow

into them need to be negotiated. Imaginatively titled “Rock A” and “Rock

B”, these have the potential to pin kayaks (not to mention kayakers) and

indeed Rock A has killed people before.

have a quiet feeling of pride as I watch Zane who, although the youngest

amongst us, steps up to play a major role in sorting out all the protection.

It wasn’t that long ago that some of us were looking after Zane as a raw

beginner, and now he’s leading others. That’s my boy!

Jeff’s Joy is supposedly named after a guy called Jeff who rode an

My nose on attitude buried me nicely,

obscuring everything until I could see

again, and realise I was out the other side.

inner tube down the river. By the time he got to the bottom of Jeff’s Joy he

was beaten unconscious, and had to be revived by his mates. Basically

it’s a grade 4 rapid with a fast slide down onto a foam pile. River right

Jeff, of Jeff’s Joy, rode an inner tube

down the river. By the time he got to the

bottom he had been beaten unconscious.

A combination of the fact that we’ve only just started and its reputation

means I elect to provide throw rope protection rather than negotiate Rock

A. The same thing happens when we look at Fantail Falls, a grade 4 rapid

with a ramp pushing a current hard into some rocks on river right. I’m very

aware of the downstream consequences of getting the Falls wrong with

Jeff’s Joy rapid a short distance away. In retrospect, I think I could have

done it fine, but seeing it for the first time, I opt out and play it safe.

There’s some quick organisation, stationing throw-ropers below

Fantail Falls and a throw-roper and myself in the kayak below Jeff’s Joy. I

“How can we do this so we don’t end up like Jeff”

From left, Charlie, Sheree, Milos (obscured),

Darrin & Zane.

White Water

The adrenalin is pumping as Milos takes on Jeff’s Joy

Now where’s my G&T?

Participating in club trips has seen Zane’s skills grow at an

amazing pace. He’s now a leader amongst the group.

there is a nasty drop onto shallow rocks, and in the middle there is a rock

sending up a rooster tail of spray, so you have to run it hard river left. All

our crew looked very stylish, and honked down it in fine style.

When it was my turn I pulled out of the eddy above the rapid, ferry

glided hard river left, let my downstream blade catch the current to spin

the bow around, slid over the small drop at the top, then... pretty much

a blur. The ramp down is a fast slide right beside the rock wall. I heard a

“whack” as my paddle hit the wall then the Pyranha buried deep into the

foam pile. A slight angle to the right probably helps ride over this pillow,

however my nose on attitude buried me nicely, obscuring everything until

White Water

I could see again, and realise I was out the other side.

After Jeff’s Joy, the hardest stuff is out of the way and the river becomes

more or less continuous grade 3 boulder gardens. We all have great fun

bouncing around the rocks, slamming into eddies, and just enjoying the

day. Many of the rocks are only just under the water so continuous river

reading is called for.

There is a long flat stretch about halfway down this section, so a few

of us jumped out for a bite to eat. I’m standing there, commenting on how

isolated we are, in the middle of the forestry, maybe the only people for

miles, when a ute rumbles into view with pig dogs on the back. So much

for isolation! After a bit of conversation with the hunters while the dogs

try their best to steal Darrin’s lunch, we’re off again on the final run down

to the takeout. More bouncy boulder gardens, with the tree-tops painted

yellow by the last of the day’s sunlight.

As we reach the takeout I have mixed feelings. It’s time to get off but

I’m sorry the fun is ending. Getting into warm, dry clothes, I’m aware

of that immensely satisfying feeling of having had a great day out, with

challenge and fun, all in the company of great people sharing a common

passion. Driving back to Hamilton, everyone sharing stories, I think

to myself, there’s not much that beats this sense of achievement and

adventure. It’s what keeps me coming back for more.

Darrin and Tony (inset) on Jeff’s Joy rapid Waikato River.

For those times when you ‘run out of petrol’, you

need to have extra ‘fuel’ easily accessible, in your

life jacket pocket. Individually wrapped dried fruit

and nut energy bars that line whole shelves of

supermarket isles sort out the snack or scroggin

issue. Or do they? If on apprenticeship wages

or saving up for a Kevlar boat then bought

biscuits and energy bars could be regarded as a

luxury. The solution is as old fashioned as large

families: make your own health biscuits or try

these “Bumble bees”. Guaranteed to revive and

rev you up! Your cadence will increase so much,

you’ll look like you are a bee, just flying along.

Bumble bees

Makes approx. 36

1 tin sweetened condensed milk

200g shredded coconut

200g raisins or sultanas

200g dried diced apricots

200g pitted diced dates

100g walnuts

75g glazed ginger


Step 1 Preheat oven to about 180 0 C.

Chop up the apricots, dates, walnuts

into small chunks and slice the ginger

cubes into slivers.

Step 2 Pour tin of condensed milk into

a large mixing bowl. Gradually add dry

ingredients, turning them into the milk so

that everything gets coated and sticky.

Step 3 Roll the mixture into balls a bit

bigger than a golf ball. Lay the balls onto

a baking tray covered with baking paper.

Or use ‘patty pans’ or ‘baking cups.’

Step 4 Cook for about 15 minutes.

Other dried fruit and nuts can be

substituted and ratios varied slightly.

Basically use 900grams (or 2 lbs) of

fruit/nuts per tin of condensed milk, plus

half a packet of ginger.

In future batches, from a cost

perspective, with walnuts at $37 kg I would use

peanuts or leave nuts out all together. With pitted

dates at $21 kg I would use only a few and increase

the proportions of the other fruit using more sultanas

or raisins (at $8 kg) or apricots (at $10.50 kg) and

coconut (at $6 a kg).

With 36 Bumble Bees averaging 38 grams each;

using the exact ingredients and proportions/ratios

in the recipe they cost 41cents each.

Although I could not compare kJ and nutritional

values, for fun I

did a price/weight

comparison of four

different packets of

supermarket energy

bars. A 35 gram bar

averaged out at 64

cents, over 50%

more expensive than

my very wholesome,

no preservative, and

no additives Bumble



Bumble Bees – energy to make you fly

by Ruth Henderson

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West Coast

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Phone 07 345 7647 or 021 898942 Fax 07 345 7657


Email: info@daytwo.co.nz

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Product Focus

Mission XStream 420

The Xstream 420 is Mission’s brand new, top of the line

cruising kayak that combines the reliability and stability of

a sit-on-top kayak, with the speed efficiency and comfort

of a traditional sea or touring kayak. The hull has been

extensively redesigned to allow smoother and faster

performance through the water making paddling far more

efficient. There is also plenty of storage space for cameras,

mobile phones, warm clothing and any other equipment you

might need.

Length – 4.2 m

Width – 730 mm

Weight – 28kgs

Max Load – 180kgs

RRP $1250

Mission Inspiration (Womens) PFD

No longer will female paddlers have to put up with ill-fitting PFDs.

Mission’s newly released PFD, the ‘Inspiration’ has been specifically

designed to fit the female shape, bumps curves and dips included!

Perfectly designed chest foam plates optimise flotation so you can be

confident you will be safe while the ergonomically designed shape and

six adjustment points ensure a comfortable secure fit. The ‘Inspiration

features an innovative internal buckle system which will take pressure

off the zip. This means that the jacket won’t burst open under stress

making it extremely tough and will keep you safer than ever.

Sizes – XS/S, M/L and XL/XXL

Colours - Available in Safety Gold and Blue

RRP $159

Advanced Elements

Single Advance Frame

Advanced Elements

Convertible Advance Frame

The Advanced Frame Single Kayak is a hybrid of a folding frame

kayak and an inflatable kayak. Its bow slices through water like a knife

and rivals the track-ability of hard-shell kayaks. The stern acts as a

skeg, increasing the tracking performance. It uses multiple air chambers

and is constructed of extremely durable materials with aluminium struts

and triple layer PVC tarpaulin. There is on-board storage room for

extended trips. It sets up in just a few minutes with a standard double

action pump and is compact enough to fit into a conveniently supplied

duffel bag (16kg boat and bag) to easily take along on a weekend

adventure or overseas destination. Ideal for launches, yachts, motor

homes, or kayakers wanting extra portability. No roof racks necessary.

This model can be fitted with a spray skirt (not included).

The Advanced Frame Convertible is ideal for couples or families.

It can be paddled easily by a single paddler, or by tandem paddlers

and some extra children along for the ride. The kayak can be set up

in three modes, open deck, closed single deck or closed double deck

(spray skirts and deck conversion kits are accessories). The open deck

is great as a fishing and dive kayak, due to excellent stability, flotation

and low sides.

It has the same construction as the Single Advance frame. The

Convertible sets up in just a few minutes with a standard double

action pump and is compact enough to fit into a conveniently supplied

duffel bag for a weekend adventure or overseas destination. Ideal for

launches, yachts, motor homes, or kayakers wanting extra portability.

No roof racks necessary.

Length: 3.12m

Width: 810 mm

Weight: 16 kg

MaxWt.: 136 kg

Color: Red/Gray

RRP $1399 incl Boat in Duffel Bag

Length: 4.5m

Width: 810 mm

Weight: 25 kg

MaxWt.: 249 kg

Color: Red/Gray

RRP $2199 incl Boat in Duffel Bag

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Mission Fishing PFD

The ‘Fishing’ has all of the storage space you could want plus loads of other

useful features like a knife holder. If you need to get hold of any equipment in a

hurry, it’ll be right there in front of you! It is also extremely comfortable with six

adjustment points so when you’re out hauling in your next big catch you won’t

even know it’s on! This PFD is so good it will suit any fishing context: fly fishing,

kayak fishing, or even big game Ocean fishing!

Sizes – XS/S, M/L and XL/XXL

Colours - Available in Safety Gold and Grey

RRP $185

Night Quest Compass

This deck mount compass offers unique

photosensitive switch that automatically

turns on a dim red LED light for easier

nighttime viewing. Large easy–to–read

compass markings stand out, and a

suction cup mount allows for easy and

secure placement anywhere on the deck.

RRP $119

Easy Load Kayak End Trolley

These ‘Peanut’ trolleys mount to your kayak

in under 10 seconds and are removed

almost as fast.

No more balancing your kayak on your

trolley, no more hassles with straps.

Just lift up the end of your kayak and

slide the ‘Peanut’ trolley over, put

your kayak down and hook the

single bungy to your cockpit. Light

weight aluminium and plastic

construction. Folds for easy

storage in your hatch.

RRP $189

Product Focus


Fisherman’s Pants

Designed especially for fishing,

made from 210D waterproof,

breathable nylon oxford

with all seams sealed. High

waist with 2 Velcro tabs for

adjustment ensures they

stay snug against the back

while sitting down, with

adjustable ankles as well.

Also suitable for general

boating & land use.

RRP $119.95

proud sponsors of

the speight’s

coast to coast

suppliers of spot prizes including the QK Hurricane, Cobra Tandem,

Seattle Dry Bags and NZ Kayak Magazine Subscriptions.

see us for all your training and equipment requirements.

freephone 0508 529 2569



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Roof Racks – Not just an add on

By Julie Reynolds

An excellent example of what can be done. Note the 3 tie downs and bow fastening.

When we’re purchasing our first kayak or getting ready

to go on holiday often the last thing we think about are roof

racks. Frankly, it’s probably the last thing we want to think

about. None of us enjoy spending money on the necessities,

we’d much rather splash out on the fun stuff such as the

kayak or the holiday and scrimp on something as dull as a

decent roof rack set up.

But be warned, the wrong roof rack system could spell disaster. So

here are some helpful hints and facts about roof racks.

First, don’t leave it till the week before Christmas to get one

organized. There are literally hundreds of different vehicles out there so

no Roof Rack Centre alive is going to stock every possible combination

of crossbars, foot packs and fitting kits. If you’re lucky you’ll wander in

and thirty minutes later drive away with roof rack fully fitted, very very

lucky. Ninety percent of the time the centre will need to order a part to fit

your vehicle specifically. This is an overnight delivery so generally within

two to three days you will in fact be sorted. But Christmas week is a

whole other story. Couriers fail and fittings are fully booked. Last year the

staff at Manukau Canoe & Kayak were fitting roof racks for customers

heading away on Boxing Day till ten pm most nights. Hint: plan ahead,

if you’re starting to plan your summer vacation now, then sort your roof

rack first.

Second, what will you be carrying on your roof rack? There

are three things to ask about, load capacity, crossbar length and

accessory compatibility.

Load capacity is the most important aspect when choosing your system.

Not such an issue if you are carrying one kayak, however if you are likely

Whatever your passion - We can provide the right roof rack and accessories.

MANUKAU: 09 262 0209

BAY OF PLENTY: 07 574 7415

WAIKATO: 07 847 5565

WELLINGTON: 04 477 6911

AUCKLAND: 09 815 2072

NORTH SHORE: 09 479 1002

TARANAKI: 06 769 5506

TAUPO: 07 378 1003

All other areas 0508 529 2569


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New Rhino -

- Canopy with a Difference.

2009 A.A.A.A Award Winner

to carry more than one kayak or a kayak and bike or a roof box or any

other combination then take load capacity seriously. An average weight

of a kayak is twenty five kilograms. A fold a pole or two sets of cradles

adds weight as well. Roof boxes themselves are very light but it’s what

you will carry in them that adds up. The sensible thing to do is have some

cushion in the load capacity especially for windy conditions. Most cheap

roof rack systems have considerably reduced load capacities due to the

quality of the fittings. It’s well worth looking into this before investing. At

the end of the day your roof rack will be carrying some pretty expensive

gear, you don’t want to lose that or cause injury if anything goes wrong.

Anything being carried on the roof of the car creates windage which in

turns puts strain on your roof rack.

The crossbar length is also something you want to consider if you are

carrying anything more than a singular kayak, bike or roof box. There are

two different styles of roof rack, a through bar (below left) and a flush bar

(below right). The first allows you to have a little width greater than your actual

car roof allowing comfortably for wider loads. The second actually reduces

the carry surface to slightly less than your car roof width. It often looks

smarter but can be a hindrance if you ever find yourself carrying more than

your one item.

For a Rhino Sales Centre near you phone -

0800 866322

Roof rack accessories are in the most part transferable between

brands, for example Thule Cradles will fit Rhino and Prorack and vice

versa. However we have had some very unhappy customers who have

opted for a factory mounted roof rack at point of vehicle purchase to find

that no accessories can be fitted. Here’s a hint: if the car dealer offers to

throw in the roof rack as part of the deal, you’re better off without in most

cases. Again think about what it is your roof rack will be doing for you.

Get the professionals to fit your roof rack and

accessories for a good job and piece of mind.

The best thing you can do is visit a Roof Rack Centre and talk to

us. We seriously know what we are doing and will recommend the best

possible solution for you. We’ll often fit it at no charge and give you some

instruction on maintenance.

If you are considering a second hand roof rack then stop and think

about these points to check out. What has the roof rack been used to

carry? Carrying items above the load capacity could damage the fittings.

How were the items tied down? Again carrying a kayak or similar item

without tying it down at the front puts extra strain on the rack and could

have damaged the fittings. Is there a warranty? Is it the correct roof rack

for your vehicle? How old is it? Do you know how to fit it correctly? Are

all the items in the system the original? Is the manual and list of all bits


Finally consider the accessories you might need to make transporting

your items easier. For example, if you are carrying two sit - on - top

kayaks you will find it so much easier to use a fold a pole. With a fold a

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pole you strap your kayaks on their sides

to the centre pole which gives a solid

support to them. Two sit - on - tops will

inevitably be wider than your crossbars so

carrying them this way is the best option.

If it’s only one sit - on - top then upside

down on your crossbars is good but

look to purchase a set of canoe carriers

to wedge it in one spot and eliminate slide. If

you’re loading your kayak on your own then

look for kayak cradles that load from the back

with easy glide surfaces. Again any of the staff

at a Roof Rack Centre will assist you with this.

You want to be able to undertake your

activity or go on holiday with peace of mind

that your items are secure and your travel will

not be anxious. It’s worth the investment to

preserve your state of mind, your property

and others on the roads this summer.

From top:

Hydra Glide, Kayak

Stackers, Fold a poles,

Kayak Cradles.

With a good set of roof racks you can really

get away from it all and take your toys too!

Discover the World with...


Introducing Prorack’s Whispbar TM .

The most innovative, technically

advanced roof rack system that

will radically reduce drag and fuel

consumption. Now that’s brilliant

Kiwi ingenuity!

Now available from your local

Canoe and Kayak store.

Visit www.prorack.co.nz to see it on your car

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Join Us For A Summer Of Fun.

Taupo Maori Carvings

Waikato River Discovery

White Water Paddling

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 kayak it is imposing.

$85 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...

Need some excitement? Take a kayak

down a wicked Grade 2 river run... this is

a whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down some of New Zealand’s best rivers.

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.

Adult $45, Children $25

Special group and family rates.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details. Call 0508 529 256 for details. 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 Canoe & Kayak Centre

for more information.

Call 0508 529 256 for details.

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 Road

Bridge where we will stop for a snack.

Allow 2 hours paddle only.

Priced at $70.

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 $250.00

One day $80.00

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.

$70.00 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.

Have some paddling fun on the beach or

let us run a tour for you and your friends

and explore beautiful areas.

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

A great progressive way to become a

kayaking instructor or guide.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 529 256 for details on 0508 529 256 for details

Phone 0508 529256

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.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 529 256 for details

Departs from one of your local beautiful

beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun

setting as you paddle along the coastline.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 529 256 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 529 256

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!

So give your local Canoe & Kayak

centre a call or better, come and

see us.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 529 256 to find out more.


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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



An advanced course designed to build on your skills. It covers paddling

technique, kayak control, rescues, preparation, planning and decision making.

Duration: 1 Weekend/ Overnight

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

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1. See Kayak Flag & Light $155.00

2. C&K Kayak Trolley standard $199.00

3. Mission Fisherman PFD $185.00

4. C&K Tie Downs $49.95

5. Seattle Deck Bag $119.90

6. Cobra Play $549.00

7. Seattle Pump $59.90

8. Night Quest Compass $119.00

9. Seattle Paddle Leash $34.90

10. Mission Insulated Cooler Bag $175.00

11. Seattle Omni Dry Bags from $39.90

12. Seattle Delux Deck Bag $149.00

13. Mighty Mite Kayak Trolley $145.00

14. Mission Insulated Tankwell Cover $99.00

15. Day Two Kiwitea PFD $149.00

16. Seattle Super Latitude Dry Bags from $87.75

17. Great Stuff Safety Flag $45.00


Summer Gift

Ideas for the Paddler

in Your Life


















Products not to scale

Also: NZ Kayak Magazine Subscriptions, Yakity Yak Club Membership, Eskimo Rolling Courses,

Kayak Tours, Books/ DVDs. See www.canoeandkayak.co.nz/xmas for more.

Product Focus


By Karen Knowles

As a sea kayaker I have for some years thought inflatable

kayaks slow and cumbersome, but oh boy have they


Advancement in materials, hull design and rigidity through the bow and

stern make inflatables compatible in performance to rigid kayaks. They

are now available as singles, doubles with or without rudders and even

as convertibles which can be paddled as a single or double kayak:

something that traditional kayaks can’t do to solve the old problem of

“do we need two singles or a double?” You can have two in one.

We have found our ‘so stable’ inflatable is perfect for young kids who

can move around without falling off, and they often fall asleep on the

comfortable, inflated floor. We have gone kayaking just to get them

to sleep (and it works). Our inflatable is great for fishing and there is

ample room for stowing gear. Being so light, they are a dream to carry

from the car to the water.

Good quality inflatable kayaks have three individual main air

compartments. This means that they are buoyant, even if you puncture

which, with modern fabrics, is hard to do!

An inflatable kayak packs down so small that you can throw it in the

boot, camper, boat or even aeroplane and be off discovering a whole

new world of paddling. It only takes around 5 minutes to inflate a single

and 8-10 minutes for a larger kayak. So if space is at a premium or you

want to avoid having roof racks, take a look at inflatable kayaks. Like

me I am sure you will be surprised.

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Buyers Guide







When storage is an issue, you can’t beat an inflatable. Inflatable

kayaks can be stowed in a cupboard or locker in the apartment, on

a yacht, motorboat or camper van.

There is no need for a roof rack, as you can transport it in the

boot. They are light and easy to handle, you can even take them in

an aircraft. Inflation only takes minutes with a good pump.

Modern inflatables are surprisingly rigid, easy to paddle and very

stable. Fun for the whole family.

Please note: Prices do not include accessories.


1 Advanced Frame Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 16 kg, $1399

Single Kayak Width: 810mm

2 Helios II Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 17 kg $1995

Width: 750mm

3 Safari Length: 3.04 m, Weight: 12.5 kg, $1895

Width: 720 mm

4 Whakapapa Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, $3087

Width: 1025 mm

5 Helios I Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 13.5 kg, $1695

Width: 710 mm

6 Advanced Frame Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 25 kg, $2199


Width: 810mm



Buyers Guide









For a healthy body and mind, multisport racing gives a well

rounded exercise regime for the variety of disciplines required.

The extremely sociable events circuit has a variety of achievable

goals where a stepping stone approach can be adopted to reach

your pinnacle. This may be the Motu Challenge or the Speight’s

Coast to Coast. You are in control, you choose your goal.

The kayaks are fast and fun. You’ll easily find the right boat to suit your

experience level. Remember stability is the first step towards speed.

Please note: Prices do not include accessories.

7 Viper Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 22 kg, $1695

Width:550 mm

8 Hurricane Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 12 kg, $3040

Width: 490 mm

9 Gladiator Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5 kg, $2860

13.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mm

10 Swallow Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14 kg, $2710

12 kg Kevlar, Width: 480 mm

11 Duet Length: 7.0 m, Weight: 29 kg, $5260

24 kg Kevlar, Width: 550mm

12 Firebolt Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, $2860

12.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm

13 Maximus Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16kg $3730

Width: 510mm










No engine to maintain, no boat ramps required, and quiet to boot.

Kayak fishing is becoming a very popular way of getting out on the

water. Certainly much cheaper than buying and maintaining a boat.

Kayaks are used to access those out of the way rocks for surf casting

and for a quick and easy access to the sea. No crew required. Even the

smallest car can transport them, with the correct roof rack.

Nothing beats the hunt for the big one. The stealthy kayak easily

approaches fish without alerting them to your presence. Each kayak

can be decked out to suit the paddler’s needs, whether that be rod

holders, comfy seats, anchor systems, fish finder, GPS, VHF radio.

Your imagination is the only limitation.

Please note: Prices do not include accessories.


1 Marauder Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, $1195

Width: 780mm

2 Catch 390 Length: 3.9 m, Weight: 28 kg, $1650

Width: 850mm

3 Fish n’ Dive Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, $1095

Width: 915 mm

4 Tandem Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg $1095

Width: 915mm

5 Escapade Length: 3.5 m, Weight: 27 kg, $1055

Width: 750mm

6 Water Strider Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 15 kg $1872

Width: 730mm






Sea Kayaking

Getting away from the madding crowds and close to nature is one of

the most common reasons given for taking up Sea Kayaking. There are

innumerable stories told of getting up close to wildlife while kayaking.

Imagine paddling with dolphins, penguins and even orca!

Sea kayaking is the maritime version of tramping, but you can take the

kitchen sink. There’s lots of storage in a kayak allowing you to carry more

than you could on your back. What a way to see the country, exploring

all our wonderful lakes, rivers and coastline, while getting exercise and

socializing with a great bunch of friends.

Please note: Prices do 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.












from from

1 Eco Niizh XLT Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 45 kg $4250

Width: 760 mm

2 Contour 490 Length: 4.90 m, Weight: 35 kg $3199

Width: 760 mm

3 Beachcomber Duo Length: 5.80 m, Weight: 26 kg $4300

Width: 700 mm

4 Incept Pacific Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 22 kg $3591

Width: 670 mm

5 Shearwater Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, $2545

23 kg light, Width: 610 mm

6 Beachcomber Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 17 kg, $2950

Width: 600 mm

7 Eco Bezhig Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 27 kg, $3199

Width: 590mm

8 Contour 480 Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 27 kg, $2550

Width: 620mm

9 Tasman Express Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std, $2775

25 kg light, Width: 620mm

10 Penguin Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg, $2500

Width: 600 mm

11 Southern Skua Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, $4400

Width: 600mm

12 Foveaux Express Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, $4280

Width: 600mm

13 Torres Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23kg std, $4400

Width: 600mm

14 Incept Tasman Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 17 kg, $2970

Width: 670 mm


Sea Kayaking

Kayaking Stewart Island

Nic Johns discovers this paddling paradise in perfect conditions.

In August five Wellington Yakity Yak Club members packed up

the van and set sail for Stewart Island on the way collecting

five more paddlers who had flown to Invercargill.

We soon became very close friends, as all ten of us squished up

together in the van heading for Bluff. Our sailing across the Foveaux

straight was a little bumpy, but nothing could dampen our spirits, eager

to get on the glorious waters of the deep, deep south.

Liz, the owner of Rakiura Kayaks and Bunkers Backpackers, greeted

us at Oban wharf and helped us store our kayaks by the beach and

transport our gear to the Backpackers. She was outstanding. We even

scored crayfish tail for later on in our journey! We enjoyed a few drinks

at the local pub and then settled in for an early night.

We woke to a fantastic day and began our journey by rounding Ackers

point and stopped on Ulva Island, a bird sanctuary, for lunch. Cheeky

wekas enjoyed the prospect of eating our food as much as we did and

eventually they chased us off their land. We paddled around the Island,

and crossed to Golden Bay. Mid-afternoon we reached a small Bach on

Stewart Island weka, the smallest of

the four weka subspecies.

Bravo Island, kindly provided by Liz, and used the remaining daylight to

fish, explore the coastline and collect mussels for supper.

The early birds got to see a seal playing on the sandbar and basking

in the morning sun. After listening to the morning weather report, and

continuing fantastic weather, we headed west along the inlet out of the

Time to reflect on the beauty of Stewart Island

A quick check of the kayaks at Lake Tekapo

marine reserve. The keen fishers dropped their lines and we enjoyed

the company of dolphins, more seals, oyster catchers, and a shark.

We arrived at Fred’s Camp Hut mid-afternoon and were delighted to

find the hut to ourselves. The toilet was up 50 steps, and we wondered

whether anyone would actually make that journey in the night?

And whether we should step very carefully around the hut the next

morning! The next day there was a beautiful sunrise over the inlet and

the sparkling water reflected the rolling hills. Our surroundings were

stunning. Freshwater Hut, up the northwest arm, was only accessible

on the 2 pm high tide. Until then, a few of us explored the south-west

arm of the Inlet.

Once in the northwest arm we were careful to avoid the shallows

and find the right channel. This was all too much for one member,

who soon became ‘beached as bro’. Some of us spent the night at

Freshwater the rest took a four hour tramp across to Mason Bay

Hut. Time allowed a look around Mason Bay the next morning, about

a 15 minute walk from the hut, before setting off back across to

meet the rest of our group. We arrived back just in time to catch the

turning tide, making our trip back down the river that little bit more

comfortable. We paddled across to North Arm Hut and were greeted

by an overly-excited sea lion who took quite a fancy to one member’s

boat. In fact, it stayed at the back of her boat following it around

(similar to their behaviour with sharks, in which they stay outside their

prey’s peripheral vision). This caused great amusement for those of

us safely on shore. That night we had a briefing for the final day’s

paddle, which soon turned into a hut talk as other trampers became

intrigued by our kayaking journey.

The last day, the wind finally caught up to us. However, heading

in the same direction as us this made for easy paddling. We

meandered along the coastline, stopping to check out the historical

Whalers Base in Prices Inlet and arrived back just in time to

experience a traditional Sunday Night Quiz Extravaganza on Stewart

Island! Our two teams did not escape the notice of the rather

enthusiastic quiz master, and I think we will all remember that the

primary use for pig’s fur is in fact to keep a pig warm.

For our final day on the Island we split up to do various activities,

such as exploring around Oban, Ulva Island Bird sanctuary,

checking out the museum and taking a scenic flight over the island.

I opted for the latter experience and it was surreal to see the

unspoilt beauty of miles of rugged coastline, some of which we

had been paddling the last few days. Some of our members used

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this opportunity to strategise a circumnavigation of the Island next year,

making me realise that the possibilities of where kayaking can take you

really are endless.

Believe it not, this was my first club kayaking trip and I can see why

people say that winter is the best time for kayaking. Beautiful, calm,

crisp mornings and settled weather. The water was so still and glassy, it

felt more like paddling in a lake than being on the open sea. Club trips

are also a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from different

backgrounds, with the common interest in kayaking. It’s also a chance

to develop kayaking skills under the watchful eye of more experienced

paddlers. With Stewart Island’s amazing rock gardens, bush, inlets

and more, there’s something for everyone. So, if you’re

looking for a fun filled adventure holiday next

winter, I’d recommend a trip to

Stewart Island.

Although often called Whaler’s Base, Prices’ Inlet was a shipyard

and no whales were brought into this area.

My Stewart Island Experience

Sea Kayaking

One of the things that always sticks in my mindis

the friendliness of the Stewart Island locals.

People say hi and smile as you pass them on the

street without awkwardness and there is a feeling of

belonging that is lost in so many places now.

Liz and Heath from Bunkers Backpackers were

incredible hosts who along with their local knowledge

and kayaking ability welcomed us like “old friends”

Liz had paddled around the Island on a number of times

and was great to talk to about our future Stewart Island

trips. “Great local knowledge”

On the other hand, Heath was a fisherman with excellent

weather and sea information on the area.

I would advise any kayakers planning any trips on Stewart

Island to call Bunkers Backpackers and begin their trip from

there. It was a very rewarding trip for me to plan.

Andy Blake

Andy never misses a chance to chat to the locals.

A successful end to hugely successful

Stewart island experience.

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