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Issue 46

Summer Satisfaction. 6

Lake Rotoiti - The South Island Version. 8

Loads on roof racks. 11

Surfing Ahipara. 12

Sensational Samoa. 14

Help Coastguard make your boating safer. 16

New Faces in Manukau. 17

Wild Water and fragile craft - Canoeing in the fifties 18

New Auckland By-laws. 20

New Waikato By-laws. 21

Mayor Island (Tuhua) Trip Report. 22

Mokihinui Magic. 24

Kayaking Mokihinui. 25

Discovering the ‘Lost Coast’. 28

Beijing Olympic Slalom 2008. 32

Products available. 40

Product release - S Wing from Prorack. 41

Buyers Guide. 43


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This premier North Island river race of approximately 23 kilometres is open to all types of canoes, kayaks and surf skis.

A short distance event of 11km from The Narrows is also available.

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12.30pm Juniors start at Acacia Reserve, just past the Narrows Bridge at Tamahere

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Hibernation! It is cold and wet out there! That’s one point of view, but it’s not mine.

I like to enjoy the stunningly still, short winter days and amazing water visibility to

the max.

Recently Mike took Julie and me out for a great day fishing, learning new soft bait

techniques off Kawau Island. As always I took multi-layers of neoprene, polypros

and a paddle jacket, but was more than comfortable in neoprene shorts and a single

polypro top and bottom.

We fished from 11am to 4pm, rewarded with a feed of Snapper and Trevally, a lunch

of hot fritters and a sunbath on a deserted beach. Winter yum. And an important

detail when people are feeling a bit jittery about the economy, it cost very little!

True the up front cost of buying a kayak, equipment and a course on how to be safe

is on a par with diving and skiing, but then kayaking, like tramping, offers great

holidays and adventures at no more than the cost of reaching the chosen site. Then

it is probably cheaper than staying at home.The fuel to paddle your kayak is food

that you would be eating anyway, the cost of cooking is offset by your power bill

saving. You enjoy stunning locations in very affordable tented accommodation made

comfortable by the huge amount of equipment you can carry. Easy conversation

while paddling side by side with your paddling mates is an agreeable bonus.

The back to basics of every day living, travelling between camp sites, pitching tents,

cooking and sitting around the camp fire at night, provide adventure holidays in

New Zealand’s wilderness you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Cheers and happy, safe paddling.

Peter Townend

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Summer Satisfaction

Lake Okareka offers solitude, beauty and trout, so I kayak

there each New Year to spend a week or so with friends.

But pesky ski boats, behaving as if they own the lake, wreck

the solitude, distract attention from beauty, and probably

scare the trout. They surely upset me.

One day this summer, I got my revenge. At 9 a.m., on water like glass there

was not a breath of breeze. Trout were rising everywhere. Speed paddling

around the peninsula to work off last night’s taste of Scotland there it was – a

disabled ski boat, a lady attempting to steer, one guy using a water ski as a

paddle, another doing nothing. I was no longer the victim! Oh no, I was in

charge. I sped to the rescue. “You guys ok”

The idle one, clearly an Aussie, replied, “The motor just

sputtered and stopped!”

I joked, “Tried push starting it”

He scowled. He obviously didn’t have a sense of humour.

I paddled to the ski boat’s bow. “Like a tow”

“What! With that thing You have to be kidding.”

The water ski paddler, perhaps sensing relief, more hopefully asked

“Do you think you can”

I hooked a tow rope to the bow ring, had a good work out, and in 30 minutes

we were back at shore.

She at the steering wheel exclaimed “I am sooo embarrassed!”

The Aussie said, “I ain’t going to tell any one about this!”

I went home for a well-earned coffee and smirked!

Two days later it was blowing a good South East’er 20 to 25knts. I thought

I could sneak around the shore to the top end of the lake and boy! what a

ride back under sail it would be. The sneaking paddle was just as hard as

I thought it would be and I hardly noticed a ski tug, slightly bigger than the

last, drifting and probably jigging for trout.

The first 200 metres back under sail was bowel slackening to say the least!

As I screamed past the ski tug I heard on the wind a plaintive “Can you

help us”

Sail down, I paddled back thirty or so metres. “What’s the problem

“We have run out of gas.”

I h o o k e d a t o w r o p e t o t h e b o w r i n g , h o i s t e d t h e s a i l

a n d p a d d l e d h a r d f o r s i x o r s e v e n h u n d r e d m e t r e s .

We found shelter from the wind amongst raupo reeds where a second fizz

boater, enjoying a relaxing smoke, turned up to fill the empty fuel tank.

“Cheers”, I was out of there as fast as my sail could get me!


No one acknowledged or appreciated being towed by a kayak.

But then I guess I was using their lake!

Nick Webb.


Auckland clubbie, 2 yrs

Getting a tow home.

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Lake Rotoitithe

South Island version

By Stephen Le Couteur

Christmas Day, paddling toward southern end

of Lake Rotoiti.

Christmas Day 2007, the skies have cleared blue and we’ve

just landed our double sea kayak on a beautiful small

pebbly beach shaded by native trees, surrounded by views

of mountains draped in pristine native forest and golden

tussock, topped by rocky ridges and a few pockets of snow.

This then, is definitely not the Lake Rotoiti known to most

North Islanders who’ve never been fortunate, or

motivated enough to explore that other, bigger island

just south of Wellington.

It’s the Nelson Lakes National Park version. After an easy one and a half

hour paddle we set ourselves up

comfortably for the afternoon under

the shade of a South Island beech

tree. I take a breathtaking dip in the

crystal clear lake water, dry off in the

sun and can’t suppress a grin of pure

delight. My partner Imelda, beams

a huge smile too. We seem to have

the whole lake and the mountains to

ourselves. Not another person, not

a kayak in sight, just an occasional

motor boat about half an hour apart.

We can’t help but wonder, why at

this time of year bother sea kayaking

Abel Tasman National Park along

with hundreds of others who endure

bun fights every night over a space

to camp on a beach or even a patch

of sand to laze in the sun. And apart

from all the water taxis, did you know

there are now also scenic helicopter

flights over the Abel Tasman bays As the writer of another article in this

magazine some time ago wisely suggested, forget Abel Tasman in summer,

kayak it in winter.

This, the very first day of our Nelson Lakes excursion, is pure bliss. The only

things missing, and it seems silly, given the huge amount of hatch space on

board our Sea Bear double, are a foldable table, white table cloth (make

that linen), champagne and glasses, and Christmas Turkey. But we’re not

complaining, especially after the long escape from Auckland by car and the

sea journey from Wellington to Picton on the InterIslander ferry. Surprisingly,

the friendly vehicle check-in lady waved us through without charging extra for

the kayak with its metre-plus overhang at the rear of our station wagon. We

had to book the return sailing back in August to get an ‘early saver’ type fare

Time to stretch those kayakers’ legs. View over Lake Rotoiti on the

way to summit of St Arnaud Range.

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totalling $540 for vehicle, two

passengers, and as it turns

out, got the kayak for free,

which was very nice.

Our totally compatible Thule

roof rack and kayak cradle

system combined with bow

and stern adjustable tiedowns

secured to tow-hooks

under the front and rear of the

wagon performs faultlessly.

For long journeys like this

you need a really good set up,

more so with a large and not

exactly feather-light double

kayak. The last thing you

want is to have to stuff about

tightening down every 100km

or so.

Getting ready to glide across crystal clear waters of

Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park.

It’s a pleasant one and a half

hour drive from Picton and

up the Wairau Valley to St

Arnaud, a delightful lakeside

village right on the edge of

Lake Rotoiti. That’s the great thing about getting to this destination- it’s so easy, sealed roads all the way to Kerr Bay where we launch our kayak.

There are DoC campsites next to the lake at Kerr Bay, St Arnaud, and West Bay at the western arm. Both come with complimentary sandflies, but we opt for

a cosy, reasonably budget-priced holiday cottage on an elevated site with a great view of St Arnaud Range, hardly any sandlfies and only a three minute

drive down to the lake. We had to book the cottage in July as we’ve learnt that accommodation in nice places next to the sea or a lake in the South Island

is snapped up early.

At 620m above sea level Lake Rotoiti has no humidity to speak of, even in mid- summer. Mornings are crisp and clear. That is, unless it rains.

Being a mountain and forest region it receives a fair bit of rain so a degree of good luck is involved. Most of the Park is sheltered from prevailing westerly

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weather by the Paparoa and Victoria Ranges but Lake Rotoiti still receives

about 2000mm per year. As it turns out, luck is on our side, helped by the fact

that this was the start of a near record summer that we’ve all enjoyed.

The other lake in the National Park is Lake Rotoroa. It’s larger and longer but

not quite so dramatic, receives twice the amount of rain per year as its sister,

and is accessed by a gravel road from the main Nelson- Buller highway. Our

intention was to kayak it but as Lake Rotoiti seemed such a really nice place

to hang out we didn’t quite make it..

Kayaking isn’t the only outdoor pursuit on the agenda. We chose a perfect

day to hike to the top of St Arnaud Range, walking through the shaded beech

forest then ascending onto tussock slopes above the bushline to reach the

rocky ridge at about 1750m. There we had fine views of the lake and endless

mountains to the east, west and south. It’s a five to six hour return excursion

on a well marked track.

Next day again dawns brilliant fine, so we make the most of it and kayak to

the very south end of the lake and explore the western arm. What pleasure

to sit back in the comfort of our kayak and admire the top of St Arnaud Range

where we had grunted by foot the day before. We spot a brown trout jumping.

Kayakers have a choice of two DoC huts at the southern end of the lake,

Coldwater Hut which sleeps 6, or Lakehead Hut (sleeps 30).

Lake Rotoiti doesn’t offer much of a challenge to a kayaker, unless there’s a

roaring southerly whipping up the lake. At less than 10km in length it is not

large enough for multi-day kayak touring, such as you would find on Lakes

Manapouri or Te Anau in the deep south ( but what a hell of a long drive that

would be for North Islanders) or Lake Waikaremoana in the North Island. But

it offers such easy access to lovely bays for launching your kayak, numerous

small pebbly beaches scattered along the eastern shoreline on which to enjoy

a stop off, and most of all the feeling of being right amongst the mountains

and native forests. And more good news: being a National Park, jet skis are

banned! Which means you can actually hear scores of tuis cavorting about

the tree tops.

We considered driving the two hours or so to Abel Tasman National Park for

a day’s kayaking but the tranquility of Lake Rotoiti wins over the thought of

peak holiday crowds at Kaiteriteri and Marahau, swarms of back-packers and

dozens of commercially guided sea kayakers. A shame that one of the most

outstanding kayaking locations in the country, if not on the planet, is just too

damned popular during the summer months.

Instead, leaving the kayak behind, we drive to charming Takaka for gourmet

pizza and then to Pohara beach, where we find at Totally Roasted café the

most delicious coffee we’ve just about ever had, anywhere in New Zealand.

It’s organic and Fair Trade coffee. We can just imagine how well it would go

down after a day or two sea kayaking.

Further on around the coast towards the end of the sealed road we catch a

glimpse of the northern/western end of Abel Tasman National Park coastline. It

sure looks alluring and, having walked the coastal track many yonks ago, I know

just how beautiful the beaches are. Sometime, maybe very early spring, or even

winter we’ll drive down to this part of the country again with our kayak.

We would though, also return to Nelson Lakes National Park without a second

thought. Dial up some nice weather and Lake Rotoiti is a truly rewarding

destination for relaxed kayaking, and walking in the mountains. There are not

many places offering such a special and satisfying combination.

Looking back towards the sun from

southern end of Lake.

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Loads on roof racks by James Fitness

Transport Authorities know that ever more kayaks are

being carried on our roads. This may cause you grief.

Nicholas reports an incident

We came back from Mt Maunganui carrying a Qk Tasman Express, a Perception

Eco Bezhig and a Bliss Stick MAC1 on my roof racks. With a flag attached the

load overhung the car’s tail by about 1 metre. But as usual with weekend

kayaking we were behind time and driving home in the dark. Leaving

Hunterville we were pulled over by a police officer for not having a light on

our overhanging load. Luckily for us the officer was in a nice mood and let us

off the $350 fine with a warning.

He suggested that all we needed was a bike light and, since our flag was faded

and thrashed from lots of use, we should probably get a new one.

Nicholas, finding no information on the regulations, asked NZ Kayak Magazine

for help.

The bare facts are;

Regulations on overhanging loads.

If a load extends more than one metre beyond the front or rear, or 200mm

beyond the sides of your vehicle, during daylight you must attach: flags

(coloured white or fluorescent red, orange or yellow, at least 400 mm long

by 300 mm wide)


Standard hazard warning panels (coloured yellow/green with an orange stripe,

at least 400 mm long by 300 mm wide).

During the hours of darkness, you must have lights on the load visible in

clear weather for at least 200 metres:

at the rear and facing backward, coloured red (if the load extends sideways

or to the rear)

at the front and facing forward, coloured white or amber (if the load extends

sideways or forwards)

(reference: www.ltsa.govt.nz/road-user-safety/motorists/glovebox-guide)


Before you buy a roof rack, check the weight your vehicle can safely carry

on its roof. (Look in the vehicle’s manual) Check the roof rack’s safe load.

Consult your roof rack specialist to find the system which best suits your

vehicle and the accessories needed for your specific load.

While weight will seldom be your problem, bulkiness and length are very

likely to cause trouble.

When a kayak overhangs, and regardless of the accessories used to mount

it, you must tie the bow to the front of the car and the stern to the back to

prevent the boat from lifting in the wind. There is huge leverage at the end

of a kayak which could well rip your roof rack off! And no, this will not be

covered by warranty.

The normal spacing of roof racks to suit the shape kayaks is about 700mm.

Any further apart and your kayak will touch the roof between the bars.

The accessories you’ll need will depend on the number of boats to be carried,

what the kayak is made of, and what else you are carrying.

If you are carrying composite boats you should invariably use a set of kayak

cradles. These 4 pads hold the kayak firmly in place without the need to overtighten

the load straps and cause compression cracks. There is often space

on the roof rack to fit two cradles alongside each other for two kayaks, or to

hold one kayak and a box and bike carrier for the multisporters.

Upright bars are more practical when carrying up to 4 boats. Stack them on

either side of the bars, with hulls facing hulls to prevent indentation from

the cockpit shapes.

Obviously, the more you have on your roof, the sturdier the straps will need

to be. Bungy cords are never substantial enough.

Remember that ...

the more weight on the roof, the less weight can be carried inside your


• roof racks increase wind resistance and buffeting.

• you may need to travel slower and your vehicle will use more fuel.

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Surfing Ahipara

by Catherine Price

Preparing for the surf.

Where’s Wally!

Easter 2008, we wanted to go to the beach to relax and maybe try some surfing. Ahipara, on the southern end of 90 mile

beach, was recommended by friends who go there often.

So the 4 of us headed up: Dave and I with kayaks and Maurits and Richard with their boards. Esther, their dog, was the fifth member of our group and was a

surprisingly good surfer (but she didn’t like the really big waves). The waves were a mixed bag from being very big to quite gentle, but there was something

there for everyone. Unfortunately I didn’t seem to have my kayak with me when the waves were right for beginner kayak surfers but Dave had a lot of fun

in the big surf. Will we go back Definitely, but next time we will remember that Kaitaia is the closest place for good coffee!

More lessons on the surf.

Everybody is ready to head into the surf.

The waves were a good size.

Another successful run.

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Kayak the Hauraki Gulf using

Island Passage as your home boat

Going out to catch a wave.

Sharing the wave.

For more information on all our cruises and

bookings contact Island Escape Cruises

on phone: (09) 358 1717,

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or visit www.islandescape.co.nz

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Sensational Samoa

by Richard Saysell

Approaching Namua Island

A flyer for a 4 night, 5 day, tropical Samoan Kayaking

holiday came the way of Yakity Yak North Shore member

Lesley. She and Richard, with Sue and Ian, and Jane from

North Shore, and Andrea and Nick from Auckland jumped

at the chance.

We arrived in Apia at the end of March. Here we spent a day shopping

and frolicking at the Papassea sliding rocks before going on the water at

Mutiahehele. Mutiahehele overlooks the Aleipata islands at the Eastern end

of the main island, Upolu. Our guide Morti, a ‘Samoanised’ Dane, provided a

fleet of Penguins and accommodation at a different resort for each night.

Sliding Rocks.

In temperatures which never dropped below 28C we experienced Samoan life,

Fale living in resorts which ranged from ‘the pipe through the wall showers

of Namua Is’ to the up market Virgin Cove Resort with its beautiful white

beaches. The coral formations at Lalomanu and the family atmosphere on

Manono Island were memorable.

And the food! Heaps of it, all locally produced. Beautifully prepared pork,

chicken, fish, coconuts, tropical fruits and vegetables formed the bulk of our

diet, washed down with coconut milk, Valima beer and duty free spirits and

liquors! Twice meals were cooked in an Umu, an above ground Hangi.

Kayaking kept the wow factor going. We will never forget a pod of 100 Spinner

Dolphins which surrounded us, or approaching the elusive turtles. And fish –

everywhere you looked, all shapes sizes and colours. Surfing through a small

opening in a reef as waves crashed on both sides was terrifying for some and

“lets do it again” for others. But just paddling through crystal clear water in

balmy tropical breezes, stopping to swim and snorkel amongst the stunning

coral, was a superb holiday.

We said “goodbye” to Morti and took a short ferry trip to the other main Island,

Savaii, hired a van and based ourselves at the beautiful resort of Tanu Beach on

the Northern Coast. A highlight was a traditional Fia Fia (Fire) dance show.

Touring around the Island we visited the tree hut in a huge Banyan tree

at Papa, marvelled at the south coast Lava arches, were awestruck by the

dozens of blowholes at Alofaaga, and experienced swimming with the Turtles

at Satoalepai.

We had a final fling at Aggie Greys, the 5 star resort, and it was back to NZ.

Was it worth it You bet it was, and by doing all the bookings ourselves

surprisingly cheap.

Would we do it again No way, not yet anyway – too many other Islands to

explore first.

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The blowhole.

Secluded Fale at Virgin Cove.

Ian dwarfed .

Tafua Beach.

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Help Coastguard make your

boating safer. by Don Scandrett

Coastguard’s primary role is to save lives at sea. To do

this it provides Coastguard Rescue Vessels, Air Patrols

and fully trained volunteers who can respond quickly to

incidents, Coastguard also has an extensive communications

infrastructure to make boating safer. Kayakers, probably

more than other sailors, are aware of how to be safe when

on the water, but here are some key reminders.

• Make sure your kayak can be seen. The Auckland Regional Council’s

new bylaw about visibility has highlighted this issue, and it really makes

good sense to make sure that you and your kayak are visible, At sea,

everyone must follow the Rules of the Road, and keep a proper look

out for other craft, but that won’t stop all accidents happening. Make

yourself more visible and you reduce the risk of not being seen. At

night display an all round white light which can be seen from a distance.

Good waterproof, pole mounted lights, specially designed for kayaks,

are available. You might be able to see where other people are at night,

but can they see you

• Know the conditions. Conditions on the water can change quickly

with the time of day, the tide and the weather. You may be familiar

with part of the coast during the day, but can you say the same thing

at night An offshore wind against the tide is particularly dangerous

for kayaks. Coastguard runs a network of Nowcasting automatic wind

stations throughout New Zealand which measure the average and peak

wind speeds and direction. This is broadcast continuously throughout

the day, along with other tide and weather forecasts, on marine VHF

channels such as Channel 21 for the inner Hauraki Gulf. The service is

also available by text message.

• Let people know where you are going. It is a good idea to let people

know where you are going and when your plan changes. Many kayakers

carry waterproof handheld VHF radios these days and lodge a trip report

with Coastguard prior to leaving. When you intend kayaking through a

particularly difficult stretch of water, Coastguard can maintain a SAR

watch over you. You make a trip report and if you have not reported back

by the predetermined time, Coastguard will provide assistance.

• Carry at least two communication devices. Coastguard, or anybody

else, can’t help you if they don’t know where you are. You should carry

at least two forms of communication devices so if one doesn’t work,

you have a back up.

By far the best form of communication is a VHF radio. A cell phone

is the next best. Make sure it is in a waterproof bag and the battery

is fully charged. In most cases cell phone reception is pretty good, but

there are places where reception is difficult. In an emergency Flares

are easily recognisable. To be of use you have to have them onboard,

know how to use them and be able to reach them easily. At night you

need a waterproof torch with batteries up to the job.

To find more out about Coastguard visit www.coastguard.org.nz.

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New Faces in Manukau

By Julie Reynolds

As this Magazine will be published and distributed

soon after we take over as the new owners of

Canoe & Kayak Manukau it seemed timely to

introduce ourselves.

Scott and I actually met through the Yakity Yak Club Manukau.

I’d been paddling for a number of years and had just relocated to

South Auckland and joined the Manukau Club. Scott was at the time

instructing Skills Courses for the club and we met in the car park,

outside Canoe & Kayak Manukau. I thought ok, he seems nice,

Scott no doubt thought; cool a single woman joining the club. Many

months later and after many paddle outings, club and otherwise

we went on our first date. Not great. He’d been playing backyard

cricket with mates and was sporting a fat lip and I chose the most

depressing movie possible to see. However all in all we’d got the

bad stuff out of the way by then, he already new what I looked like

in my paddle gear and that my taste in Movies wasn’t great so here

we are four years on buying the shop. Isn’t love grand.

We are looking forward to the adventure and to working with

Stephen Taylor who has thankfully agreed to stay on as the

Business Manager. Stephen will run the day to day operations and

Scott and I will focus on the business development.

Scott has his NZK2 star certificate and a real passion for Sea

Kayaking. With over 10 years of Kayaking and outdoors pursuits

experience he will be a real asset to this business. Scott did a

short stint working in the shop a few years back and has a really

strong relationship with Canoe & Kayak Manukau and its existing,

operators, members and staff. Scott’s into Nick Cave, long paddles

at sunset and quality wine.

Stephen is working his way to his NZK2 star certificate and has

been in retail for around 20 years. Stephen’s always been involved

in sports mainly tennis and rugby. A taste for Kayaking was first

discovered at Outward Bound and the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in

Turangi. He says it’s been a pleasure to discover an occupation that

combines retail experience with his love of sports. He love’s the

ability to get away from the City and experience the great Harbours

and waterways on offer around the Auckland Region. Stephen

loves food, wine, reading and experiencing new localities.

As for me, I also have over 10 years of Kayaking and outdoors

pursuits experience. Longer actually, but then that makes me sound

old. I’ve successfully completed the Canoe & Kayak skills course

and leaders course and have a four-year relationship with Canoe

& Kayak Manukau and the Yakity Yak Club.

I’m the newly elected KASK (Kiwi Association of Sea Kayaking)

President and this gets me involved with the National Pleasure

Boating Forum, Maritime NZ, Water Safety New Zealand and

Harbourmasters amongst other groups.

I’m fundamentally an administrator with again over 10 years’

experience in Sales Management, Business Development, General

Management, Human Resource and Employment. I hope all of

this will be of benefit too. I’m into classical music, long paddles at

sunset and quality Pinot Noir.

Canoe & Kayak Manukau has been in existence for the magic

number of 10 years and is well established. We have some exciting

thoughts being worked on to develop the business further so the

best thing you can do is pop in and see Stephen and register on

our database so that all new news can be sent to you.

The Manukau Yakity Yak Club is

awesome with some exceptional

people in the club and going

forward we hope to see this grow

and for new members to be able

to experience the adventures we


Please come in and meet us, we’d

love to meet you.


A new shop layout too.

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Wild Water and Fragile Craft-

Canoeing in the Fifties

Part 2

Following our first expedition on

the Waikato, a year later there was

still canoeable river to be explored.

At Easter, aboard our trusty bus, we

headed for the Mihi Bridge on the

Rotorua Taupo road. We would use

one of the clubs dinghies, a very

acceptable alternative to paddling

canoes to the Whakamaru dam.

There is something to be said for dinghy travel.

Most of the time you don’t paddle furiously, just

lie back to watch the ever changing river scenery

glide past. You can gossip with the crew and when

you get hot drop into the chilly water and be ready

for the sight of wild white waves leaping above the

surface of the river heralding some more white

water excitement .

The first day finished again at Orakei Korako. Just

in time for lunch up by the hot pools,

Written By Doug Phillips

I stripped off and sat luxuriating in the milky

steaming thermal pool eating my sandwiches

and relaxing. And then, a ten year old Maori lass

perched on the edge of the pool and chatted.

Which was all right at first, the milky water covered

my nakedness. But soon I was starting to cook

and wanted to get out and recover my clothes. My

young friend may have not been embarrassed.

But I, sure as heck, would have been. So I stopped

talking and thankfully she went away.

We had an appointment with the mighty

Whakaheke rapids. Once again we headed down

river and once again we hurtled through the

blood tingling rapids. We pulled our dinghy out

and shouted. “That was just something. Let’s do

it again”

But this time we came unstuck. Near, the end of the

rapid our dinghy started to deflate and by the time

we were nearly through we were swimming and

guiding our sinking craft to the shore.

That was OK as we were safe and there seemed to

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e plenty of dinghies available for the remainder of the trip.

That night, rain was obviously threatening and we had nowhere to shelter.

But a part of the Orakei Korako tourist attraction includes a large thermal

cave. “That’s the answer. We’ll paddle across the river and camp in the cave.

Nobody could stop us. There were no fences and we had simply to paddle

across the river tramp though the thermal field and we would have shelter;

Pretty draughty shelter but a heap better than out in a downpour. The owner

was understandably concerned. He didn’t want twenty odd canoeists, messing

up his tourist cave. “I have a better idea” He quickly responded “How about

you bunk down in my tearooms” That was the answer. We were much better

off and Jack and I did even better. Somehow we were ushered into their lounge

to sleep on their sheepskin mats. The ultimate in luxury!

The next two days we drifted down towards the Whakamaru dam. Inky green

pines clustered down to the shore. The disastrous forest fires of the mid forties

were all healed up now with prolific re-growth. The placid river interspersed

with the occasional wild water.

“Watch out for the Rainbow rapids. You wouldn’t want to get caught in them.

They are pretty fearsome” advised one old hand. And they were and we didn’t

get caught. The river tumbled over a sharp ledge and the standing wave at the

foot was truly awesome, a six foot hill of water rearing up beside you in an

almost unbelievable mound. You felt tempted to reach out and touch what

appeared to be solid glass like water.

“Somebody did go through this rapid.” Jack commented with a chuckle. “They

were drifting down towards the initial broken water. The crew was getting

pretty apprehensive. “We’ll be right I have done this bit of the river before”

one bloke told the rest. “I know where the Rainbow Rapids are and this is not

them.” But he didn’t have a clue. By then it was too late. They were in the grip

of rapidly flowing water. Over they went and under the standing wave. Two

or three attempted breaths and they surfaced. Thankfully nobody drowned.

But it was one heck of a mistake to make”

It was our last day on the river and one more adventure awaited us. We drifted

to the lip of a major rapid and as we often did, landed to prospect our line of

attack. The consensus was “Do a portage”

Then it happened. Paddy and his intrepid crew paddled into sight. At the last

minute they saw us dancing about trying to warn them. But it was too late.

They paddled manfully towards the shore, got caught in the current, were

swept under a log and were trapped on a rocky outcrop on the very lip of

this huge rapid. They clambered out of their rapidly sinking dinghy, climbed

onto a log atop the rock and gazed despondently at the surrounding water,

all churned into white. If they tried to swim for it they would certainly be

swept over the edge into the rapid. It was a desperate situation. Thankfully,

we had a long rope with which to swing a canoe across to the stranded crew.

It wasn’t easy but after a few attempts and bumps it reached the log. In two

trips we brought the crew to safety. That left Paddy, the self appointed captain,

rightfully waiting till last.

Then disaster, the canoe refused to swing across. Again and again we tried.

The canoe drifted tantalisingly close then swept away. Paddy was frustrated.

He paced up and down on his log. It looked like he was in for a long stay

on his tiny island. He stopped and stared at the water. We all knew what

he was thinking.

“It looks like I am trapped on this wretched log. What are my chances if I swim

I’ll have to swim through the rapid and could very easy hit a rock and drown.”

Then he made up his mind. “This is it. I’m off.” He made a quick prayer for

deliverance, crossed himself, and dived in. In seconds he was through; wet

and safe, thankfully safe. We breathed sighs of relief, carried our craft round

the rapid and an hour or so later reached our destination, the Whakamaru

dam. With a whoop and a yell we swept through the diversion channel right

under the nearly completed dam.

We were probably the last to canoe this section of that river. Within months

the dam drowned the scene of our latest adventures. In a year or so whole

river valley was flooded and the challenge of these rapids was gone for ever.

This was my last Easter on the Waikato. In future years I spent my Easter break

at Bible Class camps which were exciting in a different way. But I will never

regret the wild adventure of canoeing the Waikato.

After this adventure Jack sold me his partly assembled collapsible canoe.

He had done the difficult part, which required precise measurements, of

constructing the frame. Dad and I did the straightforward, long and tedious

job of hand sewing the rubberised hull to the canvas. Then we were ready for

our next trip. I’ll tell you about it next issue.

Drawings courtesy of Jason Kyle.

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New By-laws now in

force on the Waitemata

& Manukau Harbours.

– by James Fitness

The ARC (Auckland Regional Council) have bought in a

number of law changes which affect all boaties in the

Auckland & Manukau waterways from the 1 st July 2008.

The changes that affect kayakers are Clauses 2.14 & 2.17.

(See clauses on page 21)The clause on naming your vessel is not a major issue,

put your name and contact number on your kayak and you comply. Fairly

sensible really and helps recover stolen kayaks. (I never got mine back!)

The clause that has caused uproar is 2.17.

The worrying thing here is that the ARC took recommendations from John

Dilley, the Auckland Harbourmaster, that no changes to the law regarding

kayakers were required. They then put out public notices to a large data base

(5 x A3 page contact list) on which there was only one kayaking organisation. As

this law affects us so much, surely more kayakers should have been contacted.

The meeting was held and new laws passed.

The law is ambiguous and badly written. What is the definition of a “high

visibility vest”. According to the Harbourmaster this can be any colour except

grey! Black vests are classed as high visibility in certain conditions.

Accusations have been made that these laws are intended to take

the blame off the boatie. But I draw your attention to the maritime

safety rule 22 amendment.

Reflective tape works well.

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Amendment to Maritime Rules

Part 22: Collision Prevention

Rowing - Power vessels must now give way to rowing vessels as well as

sailing vessels. (Every overtaking vessel always gives way to any vessel

being overtaken.)

I have come to the opinion that these rules, albeit badly written, are not a

bad thing.

We all know we should wear buoyancy aids, fly flags and at night we should

display a light.

Unfortunately few of us fly flags and use lights. The specification that a light

must be visible from 2 nautical miles in good conditions indicates the power

of the light and not necessarily a hard and fast rule. Will it be seen against

the Auckland skyline at night Probably not, but then on a dark night a ship

is difficult to see against all those lights.

This law has been designed to encourage education, rather than prosecution.

With this law in place the ARC & Harbourmaster can get funding for an

education program, similar to the ‘even blokes wear life jackets’ campaign.

Put yourself in the shoes of the boatie. You look out and see nothing. Next

thing you know you’ve run someone over.

Surely it is the responsibility of both parties The boaties to keep a

vigilant look out and kayakers to make themselves as visible as practically


Take courses on navigation, learn what other water users are likely to do

and try to keep out of their way. I have been under the harbour bridge in a

kayak with a racing fleet of yachts bearing down on me. It was only knowing

that they were likely to tack across the harbour to their finish line that I felt


I have been on the water all my life, as a yachtie, diver, fisherman, kayaker.

Everyone thinks that the other person is at fault. Yachties don’t like the wash

from Gin palaces. Who slows down for a dive flag No one likes Jet skis!

The reality is we all need to take responsibility for our own personal safety

and do our best to be seen. Who drives a car during the day with their lights

on to make sure they are seen I do (sad really).

As always, most of us are responsible. It is a case of

educating the remainder.

2.14 Vessels to be identified

1. The master and owner of a vessel shall ensure the vessel is marked

with its name or similar identifying marks. This shall be displayed, on

each side of the vessel. The number or name shall be a minimum height

of 90 millimetres and each character shall be legible.

2. Clause 2.14.1 shall not apply to non-mechanically powered vessels

of less than 6 metres in length. Such vessels should be marked with a name,

or the owner’s name or contact details somewhere on the vessel.

3. Clause 2.14.1 shall not apply to mechanically power driven vessels of

less than 4 metres in length. Such vessels should be marked with a name,

or the owner’s name or contact details somewhere on the vessel.

2.17 Visibility of kayaks and paddle craft

1. Every kayak and paddle craft that is navigating in waters beyond 200

metres from shore shall ensure it is highly visible to other vessels.

This shall include:

(a) wearing a high visibility vest or high visibility PFD; and

(b) use of reflecting tape on oars or paddles and also on clothing; and

(c) at night, showing a continuous white light visible in all directions

from a distance of two nautical miles.

This is all a boatie is likely to see!

Environment Waikato are reviewing

their rules too. – by Sue Tucker

During October and November this year 14 public

meetings have been scheduled to review Environment

Waikato’s navigation safety bylaw. The subject is ‘Safety

for all surface water activities’. Our contacts list includes

anyone who has submitted on the bylaw previously,

Iwi and those fishing/boating clubs, kayak clubs, water

skiing clubs, rowing clubs, boating retailers etc who have

requested inclusion. All will be advised by letter, and

public notices will appear in local papers.

Environment Waikato will repeat the ‘See and be seen’ campaign for

2008/2009, ‘Staying bright on top’. This ‘paddling to be seen’ safety

initiative has been developed by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) in

collaboration with the paddling community to encourage recreational

kayakers, canoeists and boaties in low profile watercraft to make

themselves more visible to others on lake, river or sea.

Skippers are required by maritime rules to keep a proper ‘look out’ and

maintain appropriate speeds near other water users, but it is difficult to

see kayaks and craft which sit low in the water. “The trick to being safe is

being seen. Use the right combination of colour, contrast and movement

to maximise your visibility”.

There are now more kayaks on the waterways and more complaints

about vessels failing to show lights. To avoid a collision, or being run

over, skippers need to know the rules... Maritime regulations require any

craft under oars/paddle to show a torch or lantern with a white light, in

sufficient time to prevent collision. Environment Waikato has produced

a card providing information about visibility ‘Day and night, keep it

bright’ ‘Out at night Show a light!’ Call our navigation safety team for

a copy: 0800 800 401.

Check our website:www.ew.govt.nz/navigation.

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Mayor Island (Tuhua) Trip report

19th - 20th June 2008

By Robbie Banks (Hard Yakker) - Steve Knowles (Big Boss) - Warren Blundell (Wazza de Sea Dawg)

Three kayakers packing in the dark, made a final check

of essential equipment. Steve Knowles, responsible

for navigation and the weather , completed the G.P.S coordinates.

Robbie brought up the now casting report, Steve

& Warren confirmed the forecast suitable for departure.

On the dot at 7 a.m. we slipped out of Pilot Bay. My 83yr old mum & my daughter,

Jessie, tucked up warm in the car, watched three white lights disappear past

the Maori Chief & glide out of sight around the Mount.

We offered a traditional good luck koha to Kuia Rock – and in a Southeast

breeze of 10-15 knots, with a 1-2 metre swell, stopped at ‘A’ Buoy to assess

conditions. Big Steve sent a trip report to the Tauranga Coastguard, we took

photos and then, pointing our bows to the South East tip of Mayor Island 352

degrees magnetic north, the 38 kms adventure began.

With each paddle stroke the hum of Tauranga’s busy port weakened until only

the sounds of the ocean remained. Steve had said,“When we are far enough out

and the sounds of the city disappear, we will experience a Zen moment”.

Bow down on the swell, my kayak rode waves like a dream. Each paddle

stroke sliced through the water. I felt the power of the ocean. Then the waves

subsided and I looked back. The Mount has become hazy while ahead Mayor

Island was still a distant shadow. The isolation inspired awe, I was humbled

and excited.

Was this the Zen moment Steve talked about

A pod of dolphins, heading to East Cape, crossed our bows. They didn’t stop

to say hi, and neither did the container ship heading for Tauranga. We didn’t

even get a toot! 5.5 hours from Pilot Bay we dragged our kayaks up the beach

at South East Bay.

Sore bums soon forgotten we stretched our legs walking to the Crater Lake.

Then, with the Tuhua Trust’s, permission which Robbie had obtained, we

occupied one of their cabins for the night. In bad weather, hunkering down on

the beach while the surf thumped all night long would have been grim.

Next day, in unchanged weather we checked with the Coastguard and set off

on a roller coaster ride towards the Coromandel Peninsula. We had Gannets,

Fairy Petrels and Flying Fish for company. A broach/capsize & rescue in 2 metre

swells would not have been fun for anyone so, when Robbie felt a bump from

something below water, we stayed closer together.

After nearly 6 hours we reached the Whangamata wharf, to complete the final

36kms. The Whanga Sport & Gamefishing Club provided the beer.

See http://picasaweb.google.com/ksitmk for extra pix.

This is not a trip I would do alone, the team work is vital and reassuring, It is

important to know and trust the others.

Steve was the chief navigator & weather expert whom I trust and respect


Warren’s tactical approach and attention to detail, finely tuned from years of

advanced caving, are impressive.

The experience of regular paddling and extending myself for a year has

been empowering. A 9 day solo on the Coromandel taught me the speed I

can comfortably maintain in a loaded kayak over long distances. My muscle

memory maintains that optimum speed. The swell picks me up & I go with it.

Then commonsense kicks in & I wait to re- group.

Note:- The Dumb Numb Bums Award was given at the following B.O.P Canoe

& Kayak midyear dinner.

Robbie awarded the guys undies with smiling cushions sewed onto the butt,

& the Dumb award went to Big Steve & Warren for trusting Robbie & following

her up the big steep hill, across the ridge to the Devils staircase, on a mere 3

hour hike. It was good for stretching butt muscles.

Steve said, “I grade this trip off the charts!” Warren said, “The roar of a

prehistoric creature would not be out of place”.

And Robbie says, “When the guys dropped me off at home I joked, ‘Leave the

Stopped at A Buoy to assess conditions.

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oat on the truck I’m going kayaking tomorrow’. Everyone laughed, but it

wasn’t a comment made in jest. I have caught the adventuring bug.”

According to Graham Charles: - “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently

desire & enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass”. The words

written by Adventure Philosophy ring true - “An adventurous spirit lies at the

heart of a healthy society”.

Adventurous activity promotes & develops vital skills: self - confidence and

self- reliance, determination, initiative, and calculated risk taking. These are

the hallmarks of citizens in any progressive & healthy society.

Aside from the nurturing of skills & the potential to inspire, adventure is also

just damn exciting & satisfying!

“So what’s next guys”

P.S A big thanks to Irene for picking us up, without her we would’ve had a

long walk home.

Mayor Island (Tuhua) is a privately owned island. Permission to land

is essential, and we acknowledge & thank the Tuhua Trust for their coopertation.

Highlights of the trip: -

Experiencing the Zen moment.

Getting a primo ride on the waves, while doing a paddle twirl (Is that what

it is called)

Sharing my oranges and pikelets with the dudes.

My first step onto the island without falling over.

Having a dry cabin to sleep in.

Eating Steve’s chocolate.

Relief that the guys appreciated the view. After a hard slog up the trig.

Completing the trip & sharing a beer together at the Whangamata Sports Club,

while looking at the view of the coastline.

Challenges of the trip: -

Having a sore butt!

Paddling in the middle of nowhere heading up the coastline, rather than what

I instinctively wanted to do and head directly towards it. The mainland looking

hazy & unreachable.

No land in sight!

Bums up! We made it.

Triumph! Mega mission complete Ye ha!

We paddled how far !

Warren,Steve & Robbie

Ocean crossing complete.

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Mokihinui Magic

by Debs Martin

U n d e r t h e w e s t e r n s h o u l d e r o f

Kahurangi National Park, on the

West Coast of the South Island, water

cascades off the mountains through

steep-sided bedrock canyons and

stunning, dark green beech forest to

become the Mokihinui River. It rushes

through an earthquake-shattered

gorge, emerges at Welcome Flat and

charges on to the sea.

In the heavy downpours for which the West

Coast is notorious the water level in the gorge

rises to 6 metres. It thunders past tall climber

draped podocarps and blossoming ratas.Twenty

endangered species live here. A long-finned eel or

a curious weka may join a lunch stop. Bats, kiwi,

and our large land snails (powelliphanta) hide in

the bush. The blue duck (whio), one of our most

endangered species, calls the Mokihinui River

home. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse.

Kayaking or rafting the Mokihinui River is the best

way to experience the twisting, steep 14 kilometre

gorge. The crew I joined started from Welcome

Flat in a chopper, but an adventurous person,

prepared to spend 8 hours, might tackle the

ancient pack route to Karamea. Clinging to steep

valley sides it served the goldfield villages of the

1800s. Remnants can still be found in the bush.

An iron bridge, swept away in the massive slips

of the 1929 Murchison earthquake, is visible at

the confluence with the Rough & Tumble. The State

owned company Meridian Energy plans to build an

85-metre high dam to flood more than 330 hectares

within the gorge. It will obliterate the fantastic class

III & IV rapids, drown forests and river terraces,

and leave behind a rotting lake for electricity,

boaties and whatever can survive. It will destroy

rare wild life, deprive rafters and kayakers of an

outstanding helicopter/wilderness adventure, and

dismay Mick Hopkinson, NZ Kayak School, Hugh

Canard, NZRCA, and many others who support the

Rafting on the Mokihinui River.

campaign to Save the Mokihinui.

For information see Forest & Bird’s website

www.forestandbird.org.nz “Mokihinui”.

Debs Martin is the Top of the South Island Regional

Field Officer for Forest & Bird. In moments of sanity

away from the office she enjoys the wild rivers of

New Zealand.

Thanks to Graham Charles of Image Matters

for the photographs on pages 24 & 25.

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Kayaking the Mokihinui

by Ben Jackson

The Mokihinui River (pronounced mo-key-he-nui) offers two

sections for kayakers and rafters. The upper section known

as the North Fork, is fantastic for kayakers seeking 10 kms

of continuous class III and class IV rapids.

Portaging is easy around too adventurous rapids. The lower section,

known as The Forks, begins at the confluence of the North and South Forks.

At lower flows the river runs with pool drop rapids, half a dozen almost

class IV. These can be portaged if need be. At higher flows the rapids run

together and a lot faster. Big wave trains and sizable hydraulics keep you

focused and make for a wild ride.

The remote Mokihinui River, flowing through the most stunning native rain

forest on the West Coast of the South Island, offers a real wilderness river

experience for Kiwis, tourists and future generations. Its destruction, a

further savage rape of New Zealand’s wonderland, would be terrible.

For more information on flows and logistics check out Graham Charles’

‘New Zealand Whitewater, 125 Great Kayaking Runs. Ben Jackson often

spends the summer with the NZ Kayak School in Murchison looking for the

ideal run on the West Coast. Ben’s footage of the Mokihinui River can be

found on youtube.

White water play time.

Graham Charles.



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Discovering the ‘Lost Coast’

By Nathan Fa’avae

Tide, Jodie in the front with Zephyr and

Jessie in the back.

My three kids were born while I was a professional adventure

athlete, travelling to the far corners of 6 continents in search

of pristine wilderness to explore. Prior to that I had a career

in outdoor education and adventure tourism. Now I organise

adventure-sporting events. My work tools are bikes, kayaks,

rafts, kites, skis, maps and compasses. My office is strewn

with worn out bike tyres and running shoes.

Whether they like it or not (they seem to like it) adventure is what I know, enjoy

and probably the only thing I’m actually good at. So Jessie (5), Zephyr (3) and

Tide (1) get to go on adventures. Jodie my wife and I have had identical career

paths and we both place high value on adventure.

Our latest one was New Caledonia’s ‘La cote Oubliée ‘ (‘The Lost Coast’ –

sometimes referred to as the ‘Forgotten Coast’).

It is a 90km stretch of untamed coast between Yate and Thio in the South East,

and the only one not developed. There are no roads, very few scattered Kanak

Villages and one Nickel Mine accessible only by air and sea. It’s similar to the

Abel Tasman National Park but four times the size, ten times more remote and

with one million more fish … plus one shark – seen close up while snorkelling

with Jessie, my five-year old. Thankfully for us, the shark found the tuna more

to its liking.

The coastline is inside a barrier reef, a repeating pattern of paradise … golden

beaches, crystal clear coral reefs, scattered islands, tidal lagoons, river deltas

and marine life. Turtle and dolphin sightings are common most days, whales

if you’re lucky.

In planning, our main decision was what craft to paddle. Incept Marine at

Taihape make a whole range of inflatable boats and since I was aware they

have the best reputation for commercial white water rafts I had complete

confidence in their products. We were excited to discover they also made

inflatable kayaks and canoes. Scrolling through their website we found ‘Big

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Under kite power!

Jodie and Jessie reading, Tide and Zephyr playing.

‘Big Red’

Red’ (officially ‘Explorer C52T’), a 4-person inflatable canoe that at 5.3 metres

long easily had room for the 5 of us with gear – it was a beauty. The canoe,

rolled up into the size of a big suitcase and weighing 30kg, can be checked in

as baggage for the flight over.

We did a trial paddle before departing, loading our camping gear and using

our dog Sunny to simulate the weight of fuel we’d need for the 9-day voyage.

Pleasing outcome! The boat floated, Jodie and I could easily paddle it, and we

could eat the equivalent weight of a dog.

We’d never been to Noumea and were surprised to find it run down.

The service was poor. As we were only passing through on route to the Lost

Coast. It didn’t overly phase us. All we needed was food.

Walking off the graffiti splattered streets into the supermarket was surreal.

It was as if we were walking into a Super Mache in Paris. It was a delectable

delicatessen stocking all foods, fine cheeses, salamis, cured meats and

baguettes. That alone made the trip a success as far as I was concerned.

The next day, we made a two-hour jeep trip from Noumea till, while the kids

played with hermit crabs, we pumped up our canoe. Half an hour later we

were off, paddling northwest in search of marvellous adventure, fun and the

tribal village of St Roch. Minutes into the 90 kms trip there were flying fish,

massive displays of under water life around coral stacks and turtles sticking

their heads up to see what we were all about.

The prevailing South Easterly aided us for 15 kms until we stopped at camp

1; a stunning beach of undisturbed sand nestled between aqua blue waters

and protecting coconut trees. Our pattern started. Pull the canoe onto the dry,

pitch the tent, kids play, Jodie and I relax, dine under the setting sun eating

fine European cuisine. At least 5 times a day for the rest of the trip we had to

pinch ourselves – this place is simply too good to be true. As day one drew to

a comfortably warm 14-degree night, we agreed no matter what happened,

the trip was now an official success.

But it just got better and better. As if out of wounded pride nature seemed to

go on show. The water got clearer; the beaches got more beautiful; the sea got

warmer; the sun got hotter (average 25 degrees) and even the turtles stuck

around longer. One night we stayed at the mining village of Ouinne, hosted by

We’re off!

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Camp 1, Zephyr in the


a kiwi family who have managed aviation at the mine for over 20 years.

Karen, Tom and their son Liam treated us to a BBQ and gave us some

good local tips. Another special night we stayed at a Kanak village B&B.

They brewed coffee on the fire, took us for a bush walk and cooked local

food – complimented with wild passionfruit.

While we swam in the warmth of the tropics and absorbed the sun’s

life giving rays, New Zealand was getting a winter blasting of rain and

snow, again convincing us that winter trips to the Pacific have to be

good for you.

Regarding our choice of vessel, we could not fault the inflatable canoe.

Incept have created the perfect, portable family adventure boat. We are

now making a list of river and lake trips for this summer. Next winter

we will have another Pacific Island mission – either to Tonga or the

Solomon Islands. The C52T, keeping in mind it is an inflatable boat,

is rock solid stable, glides through the water at surprising speed and

is easily manoeuvred. We loaded up one seating compartment with

four Sealline Multiple tie-down dry bags. They were easily stackable

in the canoe and easy-to-carry on land. The bags are perfect for rafting,

canoeing, or lashing to the top of a vehicle. Because of their heavy-duty

scrim-reinforced vinyl construction, we packed all our gear into them

in NZ and checked them at the airport.

Not a lot of gear is required for the trip. We had one tent, 5 Thermarests,

one set of paddling clothes (shorts and t-shirt) and one set of dry land

wear. Added to that we had one blackened billy for cooking on the fire

and some utensils for meals, snorkeling gear and books that had been

waiting too long to be read. We slept in silk bag liners.

The only safety gear we took was a spare paddle and a first aid kit but

we agreed an EPIRB and a Sat phone would be taken in the future – we

felt very ‘alone’.

The Lost Coast was a brilliant trip. It had everything we wanted and was

much more than we expected. Free camping in the Pacific Islands with

no one else around is unique and a wonderful experience. For six nights

we saw no people, had beaches, rivers, swimming spots, campsites and

islands completely to ourselves. The sea for 8-days was mirror calm with

light tail winds most afternoons. It was idyllic, a superb mini-expedition

for anyone, kids included.

Swimming Stop

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There was plenty of


Tide is quite at


April through to October are okay months for the trip, but June, July and August

are best. November-March, when high trade winds thrash the Lost Coast,

should be avoided unless people are very experienced kayakers. Wild seas

and fierce gales are likely.

If you think the trip sounds like something you’d like, but think it may be

beyond you, my youngest daughter Tide will be 2 years old very soon and it

won’t be long before she can talk – I’m sure she’ll be happy to give you the

confidence and reassurance you need.

But for more information on the Lost Coast contact

Andrea at www.wild-side.co.nz.

The boat.

Reef Shark.

Award Scheme

The NZKI Award Scheme was formed in response to a

growing need in the Kayaking Industry to have more

people with Kayaking qualifications, to encourage more

kayakers towards expanding their skills and knowledge

and to continue to increase the safety of our sport.

The NZKI Award Scheme is structured around the

assessment of skills and knowledge that are required for

the type of activity to be undertaken by the Instructor

or Guide.

A star is awarded for each level achieved, starting off

with the NZKI One Star for personal paddling skills and

knowledge and moving up to the NZKI Five Star for

an Assessor.

For more information phone 0508 5292569


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Beijing Olympic Slalom 2008

by Andy Fuller

Luuka Jones has qualified to become the first ever New

Zealand woman to compete in Slalom kayaking at the

Olympic Games.

Following in the footsteps of Donald Johnstone, in 1992, and Owen

Hughes in 1996 Luuka will be proudly representing NZ slalom, aged only

19. She is from Tauranga but has spent the last 2 winters in Nottingham,

England for several months, in order to get training with top level

paddlers and coaches.

She qualified to race for NZ earlier in the year by being the top NZ

paddler at the Oceania champs in Australia. She won the national

champs for the first time in Kawerau and raced 2 world cup races in

Prague and Ljubljana justifying her inclusion in the NZ Olympic team.

The NZ Olympic Committee confirmed her spot on the 1 st of July to her

delight which made her the subject of quite a few news articles on TV

and radio.

Luuka’s goal is to win the 2012 Olympics in London. Realistically she

doesn’t expect to win in Beijing, but racing there will be a valuable

experience and huge step towards her goal in London.

The artificial channel built specifically for the 2008 Olympics provides

a continuous, very big whitewater course. Powering against the huge

waves and holes all the way down, there will be no opportunity to

ease off.

Luuka Jones winning the national

slalom champs at Kawerau, Easter ‘08

Luuka has been very lucky to secure some sponsorship to help her achieve

her dream. She would like to thank 1st Web Design who run her personal

website, Fulton Hogan for her shiny new Olympic kayak, MD Pool & Spas and

Cooney Lees and Morgan for all their help and DayTwo kayaking for a full set

of race gear for the Olympics.

The Olympic slalom races will be held from the 11 th to 14 th of August.

Whitewater Slalom NZ

by Andy Fuller

What is Whitewater slalom

Slaloms are held on grade 2 and 3 rapids for 150 to 300 metres. Paddlers

negotiate 18 to 25 ‘gates’ of 2 poles suspended above the river. 6 of the gates

are upstream. Races test paddling skills without experiencing dangerous

rapids. They usually take 2 minutes.

Where in NZ

The main centres for slalom in NZ are the Bay of plenty (with permanent sites

in Rotorua, Kawerau and Taupo), Napier, and Mangahao slalom course near

Palmerston North. In the South Island there are the areas around Wanaka,

Queenstown, Alexandra and Dunedin.

Besides these there are other great places for slalom. You can practise on

flatwater, testing yourself on hard gates, then progress to harder courses

on rougher water.


Most slalom races are held during the Summer with Nationals and the

secondary schools usually at Easter, the end of the season. However, camps

and races, held year-round, include ‘pool slaloms’ during

really cold weather.


Anyone! Come along and test your skills. Most of NZ’s top kayakers are slalom

paddlers or past slalom kayakers. They include Ben Fouhy, Donald Johnstone,

Mike Walker, Mick Hopkinson, Graham Charles, Gordon Walker, Andrew

Martin, Owen Hughes, Jared Meehan.

The skills slalom gives you will make you better at river running, polo, sprint,

down river and multisport. You’ll be more confident, skilled and better able to

handle moving water. ‘Easy’ slaloms are held at Reids Farm (Taupo), Kaituna

river (Rotorua), Hawea River (Wanaka), Waipori (Dunedin) and on one of the

easier courses in Kawerau. To test your skills further there are races at the

Wairoa (Tauranga), Tarawera river (Kawerau), Mangahao river (Palmerston

Andy Fuller

focuses hard!

North), Buller river, Kawarau river (Queenstown).

For further information go to www.slalomnz.org.nz and read the newsletters

under the documents area. There’s a pool slalom coming up in Rotorua on

23 rd August followed by races in Alexandra towards the end of September.

Also, if you want some top advice, members of the DayTwo team coach at the

Kaituna river on a regular basis. (e-mail: info@daytwo.co.nz).

Andy Fuller shepherds young Kelly Travers down the slalom

course in Kawerau.

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Successful Winter Fishing

by Jason Milne

Kayak fishing guru Stephen Tapp of Limitless Ventures

recently invited me to join him and friend, Shamus for some

winter fishing off Bland Bay, 45 mins North of Whangarei.

It was an opportunity to learn from the best how to avoid

winter’s normal hard going and ‘fish smarter’, and a great

chance to put my new Mission Catch 390 through its paces.

I should have guessed, having fished with Stephen on

several occasions that the ‘catch’ was rolling out by 4.30am!

Try getting a good coffee this early in Whangarei!

Starting early and paddling for 2 kms or so , our first baits went down just after

sun up when fish are feeding eagerly. Almost immediately I landed some good

snapper. I secured a couple to the fish stringer and placed them under the

insulated cover in the stern. However Stephen was pulling in 20lb + snapper

not far from me so I needed to find out how to get one of those on my line.

I stayed close to Stephen and watched intently as he repeated the process of

paddling over the fish watching his sounder, spotting a fish worth targeting

then dropping the sea anchor to slow the drift. The previously baited rig would

be deployed and the moment it got to or near the target Wham!! The rod bent

and he was into the fight, which repeatedly produced Snapper close to & over

20lb. He released all that were not gut hooked.

Applying what I had observed I used my fish finder to spot the target fish,

paddled over them, set the anchor running rig with sea anchor attached and

dropped the bait. My slowed drift back allowed time for correctly weighted bait

to reach the fish. Then Wham!! Off went my line, I quickly pulled on the running

rig line to move the sea anchor from the bow to the stern and played this fish

out of its depth of 45metres to alongside my kayak. Out quickly came the gaff

when I saw, coming to the surface what looked like, and later proved to be,

my first 20lb snapper! This fish was promptly attached to the fish stringer and

stowed in the rear tank well under cover. I continued to apply this technique

throughout the day to great success, I started the day with 25 Pilchards, landed

16 fish and had 6 baits left over. If my bait had failed to reach the target’s depth

at the right time I would either have lost it to other fish or caught nothing, which

was happening earlier before applying this technique.

During the 9hrs and 25kms of paddling/drifting we chased Snapper, Kawahia,

Trevally, Skip Jack Tuna and Kingfish. This hunter-gatherer was tired and very

satisfied. Moreover my new Catch 390 performed well and proved comfortable

for the whole trip. A well-designed practical deck for fishing made this day’s

outing run smoothly. I look forward to applying this style of fishing to the same

success in my local fishing locations on the Whangaparaoa coastline.

Useful tip

Watch the sounder (fish finder). Throughout this trip my eyes seldom left the

view on the sounder. This kept me aware of the environment below at all times

heightening the chances of catching fish and giving a sense of truly hunting

the fish. A GPS unit is an advantage as I could easily mark the fish and target

them effectively. More often than not we were heading for GPS mark but never

actually made it due to spotting fish worth targeting on the way. My unit is a

compact black & white GPS chart plotter fish finder, conveniently mounted

on the deck directly in front of me, using the attachment kit specially made

for the Catch 390. The transducer and power supply are mounted internally

using the mounts provided with the Catch 390.

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Take the Plunge: 1 st Weekend of the Grade

Two Certificate Training. By Craig Pritchard

Thoughts of cracking a thin layer of ice on the pool crossed

my mind as I drove down the motorway towards Northcote

College. The day was icy and miserable, but Sam from Canoe

& Kayak North Shore welcomed me warmly and led the class

to the pool for the start of Grade 2 Kayak training.

In the heated pool, covered from the wild elements, we paired up to learn

techniques for righting a capsized, still manned, kayak ; to relax under

water and give the distress signal , 3 taps on the bottom of your boat. We

covered basic paddling strokes with emphasis on the low brace position to

stop tipping out.

At Canoe & Kayak, North Shore lunch was hot tomato soup and freshly baked

bread rolls straight out of the oven. Hail pelted down. So much for choosing

warm Auckland for my first training weekend!

In the storm we drove down the motorway to Lake Pupuke, Takapuna, donned

gear and took to the water sharing it with indignant black swans and a little

man in a bright yellow jacket, who was fishing from a kid’s rubber dinghy.

Mercifully the weather cleared for Sam to coach us on forward and backward

paddling, T-Draw strokes, sweep strokes, stern rudder, the essential low brace

position and brace support. He also covered T and X rescues. Testing the true

extent of my Gladiators secondary in- stability I experienced an involuntary

and bone chilling wet exit in the lake that afternoon.

That night, while the storm continued to terrorize parts of the country, I was

sore but I hit the pillow satisfied by a great day in and out of it.

Rob instructing, 35 Knot gale force south easterlies were predicted for the

second day. In the Orewa bridge carpark the lads were in polyprop tights

talking of practising ‘fairy glides’. I was puzzled until Rob explained the

terminology new to me (ferry not fairy) and recapped on the previous day’s

training. He warned that if it chopped up too much we would abandon training

and reschedule.

But all was well. On a turning tide we hit the water under the Orewa bridge

to practise forward paddling and sweep stroke turning. Then it was eddy

entries, low braces and railing. We switched back and forth between fast

moving water and an eddy.

Down stream towards the estuary mouth the tidal flow increased and eddy

lines strengthened. In these more forceful conditions practising eddy entries

dunked 4/5 of us trainee paddlers. The importance of railing and having

confidence in the low brace was reinforced.

‘Ferry Glides’, forward and reverse, followed the eddy training. We had a

quick session on what to do in pins and wraps and a combat swim in fast

following water practising rope rescues. A paddle back up the estuary against

the tide with a decent head wind provided a final challenge before a snack

and change into warm gear.

It had been a fantastic weekend, enjoyed by all, conducted in a professional

and yet relaxed atmosphere. Both Sam and Rob were down to earth &

approachable. Adding to core training they provided good feedback and

general tips to improve our kayaking. Safety was paramount. Two experienced

paddlers, Brian and Jane, assisted the instructors and provided support over

the weekend.

From my experience I highly recommend the Grade 2 White Water course and

encourage you to take the plunge and enrol.

Grade Two River Certificates

Ask anybody who has competed in a multisport race and they will say

One or two weekends training

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We believe our comprehensive Grade 2 Training & Certification is the best you can get.

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Cambridge to

Hamilton 2008

by Su Sommerholder

The Cambridge to Hamilton Race was started 31 years ago

by Auckland Canoe Club.

Due to its suitability for most ages, kayak models, and kayaking abilities, it

has proved to be enduringly popular. Kayaks, canoes, sit-on-tops, outriggers,

surf skis and waka - in fact any craft which is paddled - were all welcome to


It has always been run over two distances. 23km from Cambridge to Hamilton

or 11km from The Narrows to Hamilton. Participants could either enter the

handicapped race or just cruise down. It was not unusual to find families of

three generations competing, sometimes stopping off on the way to enjoy a

picnic lunch.

Competitor numbers varied between 20 and 80. Most people knew each other

and enjoyed meeting up once a year. Participation was much more important

than winning. There were medals for the first three place getters of each age

group and chocolate fish for everyone else.

By the late 1990’s, numbers were growing and it was difficult to find volunteers

within Auckland Canoe Club who could dedicate enough time to organize

the race. In 2002, nobody was willing to take it on and it looked like the race

would end. To avoid this, Auckland Canoe Centre took it over, made it into a

commercial venture, and approached their suppliers for sponsorship.

Paddling Perfection immediately sponsored a multisport kayak and the

tradition of having one or more kayaks as spot prizes, began. Tremendous

support from kayak and accessory manufacturers as well as suppliers of

other interesting products saw the value of sponsored prizes rise to almost

$20,000 last year.

Four years ago when Canoe and Kayak purchased Auckland Canoe Centre, the

race was retained by race director Su Sommerhalder, who now organizes it as

Akarana Kayaks Cambridge – Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise.

The race continued to grow and in 2007 reached a record 350 competitors in

320 kayaks. Similar numbers are expected this year. Competitors come from all

over the North Island. The youngest competitor so far was three (he paddled

with his father) and the oldest eighty. The eighty year old even won a trophy

in the over-sixty age group.

Kayak shops hire kayaks to competitors who don’t have their own, and some

of them from New Plymouth, Auckland and Hamilton organize group trips to

the race. This ensures those with less experience can still join in the fun.

Launching kayaks at

Cambridge 2006.

A new experience is on offer this year. Donald Calder, of Rotorua has imported

two 15-20 seater canoes. He is taking these to the race and encourages people

to participate who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to paddle.

Bookings are essential and all the equipment is supplied. Text or phone Donald

on 021-343980 for more information.

The Race Briefing is at Riverside Reserve south of Cambridge, at 11am. The

first kayaks away at 11.30am. Hot showers are available at the race finish.

Lunch for the competitors will be ready on arrival in Hamilton. Trophies will

be presented at 2.30 pm followed by distribution of the major spot prizes.

The entry fee is $49 for adults and $25 for people under 18. This includes a

race pack with a drink, nibbles and useful gift; also a quality T-shirt and lunch.

Plus the chance of a valuable spot prize.

Major prizes this year include:

Q-Kayaks Kiwi Touring Kayak, $1250

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 with rudder and seat $1749 plus Carlisle Arctic

Carbon Paddle $250.

Sea Kayaking holiday in Fiji with Safari Lodge.

For further details and to enter on-line check out www.kayakrace.co.nz .

Entry forms can be collected from most kayak shops and canoe clubs, or contact

the Race Director, Su Sommerhalder on kayakrace@akaranakayaks.com

Phone/fax (09) 631-5344 or 0275-529-251 (0275-Kayak1.)

Katilla Kramer & Hedo Rientsma

Rex Barlow & Charles Hoy

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Canoe & Kayak BOP

is For Sale!

Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty benefits from a high exposure

site in Mount Maunganui with time to run on the lease.

It includes a specialist kayak store with retail and on water activities. It is the

Home of the BOP Yakity Yak Club, BOP kayaking school and is the specialist

BOP Roof Rack Centre. Above the kayak shop is a 65m 2 self contained unit,

currently rented to a small business.

Steve and Karen started the Centre in 2003. Since then it has been a tip top,

well regarded, profitable and growing business. It is now run by one owner

and one staff member.

BOP Canoe and Kayak Centre is one of 9 linked to the largest specialist Kayaking

Company in New Zealand. Licensed to Canoe and Kayak Ltd the owner enjoys

the Company’s proven business systems, purchasing power and on going

head office support.

To ensure continuing business success from day one, the Company provides

a comprehensive training course for new owners followed by bi-monthly

meetings of fellow owners to discuss and share strategies, marketing

and operations.

A rare opportunity to purchase a profitable life style business in this exciting

and growing industry.

Please call me on 0274 529255, for a chat.

Peter Townend, Managing Director,

Canoe & Kayak Ltd

Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty.

In store BOP

Taupo Canoe & Kayak For Sale.

The Castle

The Lodge Taupo

This fantastic lifestyle kayaking business is for sale. Canoe &

Kayak Taupo has been established for over 10 years and is

now in a superb location in the most recognisable building


‘The Castle’ is on one of Taupo’s busiest roads, with huge exposure.

The business - a specialist kayak store with amalgamated Roof Rack Centre - has

a healthy turnover and continues to grow. We also offer White Water, Multisport

and Sea Kayak instruction. Our guided trips on Lake Taupo and the surrounding

rivers are extremely popular. Hire of kayaks and equipment is also offered.

Above the shop is a 3 bedroom, 95sqm Flat. Open plan, 1 bed en suit, mountain

A Fantastic Lifestyle!

and lake views, currently rented out. Canoe & Kayak Taupo is 1 of 9 stores on

the North Island, part of a licenced operation. Income is approx 50% retail and

50% tourism and instruction.

At present it employs 3 full time members of staff and many ‘on call’ guides

and instructors.

Thorough training is given by Canoe & Kayak Ltd with plenty of on-going


Also there is the opportunity to buy the Kayakers Lodge, a 4 bedroom self

contained house on the banks of the Waikato River. 14 beds, a renovated, 1

bedroom sleepout (also rented out) and double garage. The house is set up

to accommodate clients while on kayaking courses, and and is shared with

the current owner.

This business is reluctantly for sale due to change in circumstance.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, live the dream...give me a call on 0274

529255 and I will happily talk to you.

Peter Townend, Managing Director

Canoe & Kayak Ltd

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Norway 2008 with Josh Neilson

Norway, a country of contrast, beauty and world class white

water, is slightly bigger than Germany but with 95 percent

less inhabitants. While learning to kayak I was drawn to the

photos and film of kayaking there and this would be my first

close up experience. On the plane to Oslo butterflies tore

around in my stomach. Rumours about thrashings, swims

and broken bones flew through my head, soon replaced by

excitement when I was met by fellow Kiwi, Sam Sutton, in

our brand new Renault rental car. With a few bits of wood

screwed Kiwi style to the roof for racks, a car full of food Sam

had brought from Germany, and our boats strapped down

we were off to Telemark, a few hours south.

Telemark holds some of Norway’s steepest white water. Within minutes of

arrival we were running a huge slide which we thought was a bit low. It turned

out to be on the high side, but still good fun!

We spent three weeks based on the lakeside at Austbygdai. This small town

sits right where the river meets the lake and at the base of some amazing

mountains. The Austbygdai River has a few sections of class 4-5 White water,

one where Sam, on a fine day, fired down a huge slide and off a 35foot drop.

It isn’t normally run! He styled it, but was glad to

reach the bottom! Right after this was the main

waterfall on the river, Spanemfossen, a cool drop

with a lot of water and a super soft landing!

The steepest river I have ever seen was

Husevollevla, which was on our must visit list.

The section called ‘project 2000’ had been run once, a few years ago, and not

been touched since, though many have looked. At the top is a plateau before

the river drops 400m in a stretch of only 500m! The run started well with clean

drops and slides. About half way down Tim Starr dropped into a slide, was

pushed left and his deck popped. He swam the slide and luckily made it out

before the next drop. When running white water this steep, safety has to be

paramount. Since just about every river in Norway has a road right alongside,

it’s easy for a last minute decision to pull over and start paddling. Tim ‘pulled

out’. The rest of the run was without fault and Sam was super stoked to get

on this one.

A few more cool creeks under our belts and we were off to the Voss region for

Voss Extreme Sports Week. This includes over 10 different extreme sports,

each sport with a few competitions. This year there was a head to head, time

trial and team’s race for kayakers. Right before the event two other Kiwi mates,

Mike Dawson and Bradley Lauder met us and travelled with us for the rest of

the trip. The time trial was on the first day. Mike Dawson took first place by a

huge margin. On the second day the team event on the same river included

a higher section. In about 20 minutes of racing class 4-5 drops and slides in

groups of three, First, Second and Third were taken by the Kiwi teams. Cool

on the podium! The final day was head to head racing. Mike, Sam and Brad

then stood on the podium. New Zealand 3 firsts, 2 seconds and 2 thirds!

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Kayakers N.Z. Inc.


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throughout New Zealand

KASK publishes a 200 page

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West Coast

Sam Sutton - Austbygdai - Photo Josh


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A great effort by our country!

Over the week we saw awesome displays by the BASE jumpers and Wing suit

fliers off huge cliffs, and freestyle big air skiing just out of town.

The festival wrapped up with a closing ceremony and a film competition. I

entered a short film which I’d compiled over the week. It contrasted the real

and unreal. Our film, shown to an audience of a few thousand people, took

second place. With everyone on a high from a week of excitement and success,

we celebrated and danced the night away.

The festival over and the town emptying out fast we turned to the guidebook

for more adventure. The weather cleared and now, free from the crowd of

kayakers, we paddled almost every super classic run in Voss. But we had

missed the prize run on Tiegdale River every time it came in.

So we loaded up the car and went north to find some new white water. Half

way up we paddled a small creek on the high side of good but took off early

when Brad was flipped in a hole and hit his head quite bad. The rivets on his

helmet, smashed right down, gave him a bit of a fright. We hiked to our car

where a txt message from a crew back in Voss was waiting. “Tiegdale River

back in. Good to go tomorrow.”

We aborted the north mission and headed back for a morning put in. Great

excitement at camp that night! At the put in, excitement turned to frustration.

The river was dry. We had missed this run for the third time. Sitting at the base

of the famous double drop, a clean 10m with a 2m pool then a 15m drop, we

planned to be back for a fourth attempt in 2009.

In six weeks Sam and I had paddled a huge range of creeks with a lot of cool

people. I left Norway thinking of Jens Klatt’s words in the Guide Book “Paddlers

come with high hopes expecting to run everything, time permitting. But even

after four weeks you only gain a rough impression. The gorges and rivers of

Norway provide the modern white water paddler with absolutely limitless

options. Let the power and beauty of Norway enchant you on your journey.

Enjoy the ride.”

Sam Sutton.

Could be NZ!

Frozen Lake.

Josh Neilson- Skogsaa Falls -

Photo - Sam Sutton

Josh Neilson homerun -

Photo Sam Sutton

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Rhino Folding Upright Kayak Carrier

Rhino rack produce the RX and RXX carrier system to contain a single boat or two boats together where

roof space is an issue. This system carries the boats securely and safely and can be folded down when

not used.

They are available for a variety of bars and include padded tie straps.

Roof Racks

for all


The Rhino-Rack

Multi Purpose holder.

The Rhino multi purpose holder is capable of holding a multitude of items

including fishing rods , skis or ski poles as well as kayak paddles. They fit

to many bar profiles with the included Rhino ‘ wrap’ fitting making these

a simple easy fit.

Only $52.00

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The World’s Quietest Roof Rack

Prorack has released a new design in Roof Racks. The S wing is an innotive

solution to an age old problem. When changing cars you need to replace

your roof racks too.

This unique system utilises the core foot pack and bar which can be upgraded,

at a modest expense, to suit all styles of roof. Unlike many other roof rack

systems, S-Wing offers a choice of bar style designed to suit different load types

and personal preferences. The European-style Through bar extends out over

the mounting foot to accommodate wide or larger loads. The Flush bar is ideal

for those looking for a more streamlined, ‘factory-fitted’ look. With the correct

fitting kit they will also fit the roof rails on your station wagon.

“S-Wing’s patented technology is the result of more than ten years of research

conducted with Canterbury University. Tested downunder in the adventure

playground of the world, this exciting new generation roof rack features

Whispbar technology which radically reduces roof noise and enhances

aerodynamics.” says Jonathan Hubbard of Hubco Ltd, manufacturer of


Innovative Whisbar noise reducing technology stops sound waves collecting

behind the crossbar. The wing-shaped design interrupts the vortex stream

that produces the annoying hum usually associated with roof racks and

makes S-Wing whisper quiet. The aerodynamic shape also reduces wind

drag – tests by Canterbury University show the S-Wing crossbar has 40 to

70% less wind drag than leading competitors’ roof racks, making for great

fuel savings..

Not only saving money at the fuel pump, but starting at $299.00, they’re easy

on the pocket too!

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Learn To Kayak Phone 0508 529 2569 to book

Sea Kayaking

white water

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 2


A comprehensive course designed to

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct and safe paddler.

The course progresses so you develop

techniques and confidence at an

enjoyable pace with great end results.

This course is run over a weekend or by

request in the evenings.

COST $399


This course covers the skills required

to become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. You increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions. Being able

to eskimo roll will make you a more

competent, safe and capable paddler.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200


A comprehensive course designed to

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct paddler. Starting off

in a heated pool and progressing through

flat water to moving water, it allows you

to develop techniques and confidence at

an enjoyable pace with great end results.

Course: Weekend

COST $349


This course covers the skills required

to become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. This will increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 3

Stage 4


Understanding the weather and ability

to navigate in adverse conditions is vital

when venturing into the outdoors. Learn

to use charts and compasses and forecast

the weather using maps and the clouds.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $150


An advanced course designed to build on

your skills. Covering paddling technique,

kayak control, rescues, preparation,

planning and decision making.

Course: Weekend/overnight.

COST $350


On this course we continue to build

on the skills gained on Stage One and

Two Courses. Developing your skills,

technique and confidence on the faster

moving white water of the Waikato

River and progressing on to a Sunday

day trip on the Mohaka River. Includes,

eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing

and building new skills in River Rescue

techniques and River Reading.

Course: Weekend • COST $349


During this course we build on the skills

gained on the Stage One to Three Courses.

Developing your moving water skills,

technique and confidence in your Multi

Sport Kayak. We start on the Mohaka

River on Saturday and progress to the

Whanganui on Sunday for some big

water paddling. River racing competency

letters are awarded to those who meet the

standard and criteria as outlined on the

Grade Two Competency Certificate. A copy

is available from Canoe & Kayak Centres.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 6

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 5


Surfing is heaps of fun when you know

how. We will spend the evenings starting

off in small surf and building up to one

and a half metre waves. We will use a

range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make

it fun and easy to learn. Skills to be taught

include surfing protocol, paddling out,

direction control, tricks and safety

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $349


You need rescue skills to look after

yourself and your paddling buddies in

adverse conditions. This course covers

towing systems, capsized kayaks,

T Rescues, paddle floats, stern deck

carries, re-enter and roll.

Programme One Evening

Cost $60


This course is designed to sharpen your

whitewater skills and start learning simple

rodeo moves. We will focus on skills

such as river reading, body position and

rotation, advanced paddle technique,

playing in holes and negotiating higher

Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are

feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

Ideally you should already be paddling the

mid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.

Course: Weekend • COST $349


This course is covers likely scenarios

on white water rivers. It is suitable

for paddlers who feel comfortable on

Grade One to Two rivers. You learn

rope skills, muscle techniques, team

control, heads up, risk management and

combat swimming. Also covered are

skills required in the following situations:

entrapments, kayak wraps, swimming

kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.


Contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak centre to develop a

personalised course to suit your needs.

For more information phone 0508 5292569


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The next step up from the entry level kayaks.

Fast with good stability. Medium skill ability is

required to enjoy racing this kayak. A very popular

Coast to Coast kayak.

Prices start at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar , Width: 480 mm


This kayak 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.

Prices start at $2460, $ 2740 Kevlar

Length: 4.94 m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar , Width: 540 mm

Available online at

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

This fast, stable kayak with its larger cockpit is

built for the bigger paddler looking for a longer,

stable kayak for Coast to Coast etc.

Prices start at $2860 Glass $3170 Kevlar

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5kg Glass, 13.5kg Kevlar, Width: 530



This new, very user friendly kayak with its

excellent combination of speed and stability

supercedes our very popular Opus. It is suitable

not only for the intermediate / advanced paddler,

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

Prices start at $2860 Glass, $3170 Kevlar

Length: 5.9m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12.5kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm




This lightweight, very fast and recently updated

Adventure Racing double kayak continues to

dominate adventure racing in NZ and is a great

recreational double.

Prices start at $5260 Glass, $5760 Kevlar

Length: 7m, Weight: 29 kg Glass, 24 kg Kevlar, Width: 550 mm


The Rebel is designed for paddlers of both

genders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long, the

Rebel is half way between the length of the

Swallow and the Opus or Firebolt and is faster

than them all.

Prices start at $3150

Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 11 kg , Width: 450mm


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.

Prices start at $3200 Glass, $3700 Kevlar

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 18kg Glass, 16.5kg Kevlar, Width: 500 mm


Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad

bow allows this kayak to ride over waves like

a surf ski without losing any speed and is easy

to control while surfing. A low profile reduces

buffeting by the wind in adverse conditions.

Prices start at $3620

Length: 6.43 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 510 mm


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

adjustable dry seat and a cool draining system.

Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work


Prices start at $1695

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

An excellent training and competition surf ski, can

be used with under-slung rudder or rear mounted


Prices start at $1795

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

This boat is designed as an entry level alternative

to expensive composite crafts, has good stability

and speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango, White

granite, Lime, Yellow.

Prices start at $1695

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




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 $1930

Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 24kg, Width: 620 mm


Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with

ease of handling in all weather conditions. With

great manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for

paddlers from beginner to advanced.

Prices start at $2430

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg lite ,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. Handles well in

rough conditions, a fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $2475

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 610

Available online at

Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile and

flared bow enable it to perform well in adverse

conditions. It is designed to give the paddler

maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests,

backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Prices start at $2695

Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg, Lightweight: 25 kg, Width: 620 mm


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 $4260

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


Sea K


The Southern Skua has a low deck profile enabling

it to perform extremely well in windy conditions,

while its longer hull gives it greater speed and

allows it to respond in a following sea to surf the

waves. It gives maximum stability in the open sea.

Prices start at $4235

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


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 $4160

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14.5kg, Width: 540 mm


A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling

extreme expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg


Prices start at $4320

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 23 kg kevlar carbon, Width: 600 mm


Increase your visibility in these yellow bouyancy

aids. They can be adjusted with side, shoulder and

waist straps. There is a pocket with a ring to store

keys, knife or whistle on the inside.


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.


The Camp Shower is great for washing.

It’s time to trade up! Constructed of durable PVC, it

has a separate fill cap, on/off valve and a hanging/

carrying handle. The Camp Shower is also great for

washing dirty hands and feet.





Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty

adjustable backrest, an access hatch in the back

which is great for carrying your extra gear.

Prices start at $1299

Length: 3.7 m, Weight: 20 kg std, Width: 680 mm

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

This kayak is designed for day tripping and light

overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and

handles easily.

Prices start at $2300

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 26 kg std, Width: 640 mm


Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat.

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




This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer with

the easy ability to do those weekend camping

expeditions. It handles well, is fun to paddle and

has well appointed accessories.

Prices start at $3199

Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35 kg std, Width: 800 mm


This model is proving a hit with its lighter weight

and some excellent features. We now have a

plastic double sea kayak that is great to use for all

those amazing expeditions and adventures.

Prices start at $4250

Length: 5.64 m, Weight: 45 kg std, Width: 760 mm

POINT 65 505

An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge

storage, great features and the most comfortable

seat your butt will ever meet.

The Point 65 Nemo is comfortable and stable

recreational kayak for the whole family. It is

designed for stability and comfort and is aimed

at entry level paddlers looking for an affordable

kayak easy to handle on and off the water.

A fully-fledged touring kayak designed for entry

and medium level paddlers, it is an affordable

and high-quality touring boat. At 505 cm it offers

great glide and tracking.

Prices start at $3199 Prices start at $1099 Prices start at $2299

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 27 kg, Width: 590 mm Length: 3.5 m, Weight: Std 22 kg, Width: 630 mm Length: 5.05 m, Weight: Std 25kg, Width: 580 mm




Cobra handheld marine VHF radio. Complete

with AC & DC charger. 1, 3 & 5W output. Instant

emergency channel access. Submersible to JIS7

standards. Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery.


A top selling member of the Cuda family for it’s

great on-the-water performance and value! 4”, 4

level greyscale screen. 200kHz transom mount

transducer. 168x132 resolution. Fishtrack & Fish

symbol I.D.


Comes with Porta-Power Pack case and portable

200kHz Skimmer transducer with suction cup

mounting bracket. (Batteries not included)





Stable and easy to paddle, it handles surf with

ease. Simple to use for the beginner, yet exciting

for the more experienced paddler.

Prices start at $879

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


Fishing, cruising, well appointed with gear storage

inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that

detaches, which is great for carrying your fishing

gear to your favourite spot.

Prices start at $1199

Length: 4.0 m, Weight: 24 kg, Width: 760 mm


Features to satisfy the keenest angler. Ideal for beginners

& experienced fishermen alike. Front & rear bulkheads.

Watertight fishing rod chute. Flush mount rod holders

behind the seat .

Prices start at $1650

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

Available online at

A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stable

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

make your adventures fun.

Prices start at $1399

Length: 4.7 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 830 mm

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

third person sitting in the middle. The kayak has

ample stability and speed and performs well in

the surf.

Prices start at $1299

Length: 3.90 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm





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

and a small child. It is easy to paddle and is very

stable. Easily carried by one adult or two kids.

Prices start at $449

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


A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable

paddling for the whole family in sheltered waters.

Prices start at $799

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 17 kg std, Width: 660 mm


A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard

allowing for a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered

water exploring. Paddles quickly and has excellent

stability. Dry storage compartment.

Prices start at $1599

Length: 4.7 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 830 mm


Compact splash proof protection for all your

valuables and electronics. Constructed with 70D

Hex rip-stop nylon with an easy-to-use three roll

closure system.


Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’s Safety Flag,

LED light unit. Comes complete with Rod Holder

or alternative deck fittings. A must for all open

water kayakers.


These Flag & lights have a rigid fibreglass pole

that threads into a surface mounted bung. The

waterproof safety light runs on 2 AA batteries and

is visible for up to 3km in good conditions.

Deck flag $75.00, Deck light $125.00

Deck light & flag $155.00




Here is a little cracker! The Firefly is designed so

the kids can have some fun. Little and light. Easy

to handle and nice and stable. Here is a kayak the

kids will love, if they can get Dad off it!


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

info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

Probably the closest you will come to finding one

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

Prices start at $810

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


An extended Escapee for the larger paddler to fish,

dive and have fun in the sun.

Prices start at $1020

Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mm




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

an enjoyable kayak for all the family.

Prices start at $1695

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 820 mm


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

exploring. It has room for great hatches to store

your adventure equipment. Available with three

person option. It is often used by one person.

Prices start at $1295

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mm


Great for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and

flat water kayak. Kids love this Sit-on as it is not

too wide for them to paddle and yet is very stable.

Prices start at $749

Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mm


A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy.

Fantastic in the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrable


Prices start at $895

Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg std, Width: 686 mm


Ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one of

the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for

storing your goodies are available.

Prices start at $995

Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg std, Width: 790 mm


The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down

on windage, enabling paddlers to maintain high

speed and straight tracking with easy handling in

all conditions.

Prices start at $1295

Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg , Width: 711 mm

The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is

located in the stern and holds up to three tanks.

There is one centrally located seat and a smaller

companion seat near the bow.

Prices start at $1195

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

The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman.

Fast, stable and loads of deck space. Excellent

performance in surf.

Prices start at $1395

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




A must for any boater. Our 36 litres per minute

Bilge Pump features an easy-grab handle,

super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact

resistant plastic.

Two chamber float for added safety. A 2nd

chamber for use when you need extra buoyancy

or if one chamber is accidentally punctured.

Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allows

paddle to be quickly & easily attached/detached

to/from leash. Constructed with a heavy-duty snap

hook for maximum durability and an internal Kevlar

cord filament for maximum breaking strength.

$59.90 $84.90 $34.90



Available online at

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 heavy-duty vinyl ends, Latitudes are built

to perform, but at a value price!

10Ltr $54.90 - 21Ltr $64.90 - 51Ltr $99.90


Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature

the great wide mouth-lateral design. Slides easily

into kayak hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge

valve automatically purges the air as the bag is


10Ltr $69.90 - 21Ltr $79.90 - 51Ltr $119.90




The Opti Dry is super-tough and super-clear.

Constructed with heavy-duty clear vinyl and an

abrasion resistant bottom.

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


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.

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


140 litres

Huge says it. We put a guitar in one last weekend,

huge storage. A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system



Our new Mighty Mite Cart is small enough to fit in

most Kayak holds, With pneumatic wheels, anodized

aluminium frame, a single tie-down, and a stand, this

cart offers great features at a low price.


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.


Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded down with

all your gear! Heavy duty stainless steel

constructions. Wheels fold down conveniently to

fit in a back hatch.





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. Designed to work both as a

sea brake while drifting, and sea anchor.

300mm dia. opening 580mm length


info @canoeandkayak.co.nz

The Sea Rover features a large compass with easy

to read markings—no squinting here to read where

you’re going! With a simple, yet elegant base, the Sea

Rover attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely on

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

easy attachment.



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.






Our Standard 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.



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.



Join the club. You will get a weekend skills course

to teach you techniques and safety skills and a

year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more

there is a bunch of courses which teach everything

from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor.



Unit 2/20 Constellation

Drive (off Ascension Place),

Mairangi Bay, Auckland

PHONE: 09 479 1002


502 Sandringham Rd


PHONE: 09 815 2073



6 Tavern Road, Silverdale

PHONE: 09 421 0662


710 Great South Road,


PHONE: 09 262 0209


The corner Greenwood St &

Duke St, State Highway 1

Bypass, Hamilton

PHONE: 07 847 5565


3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off

Hewletts Rd)

PHONE: 07 574 7415


15 Niven Street

Onekawa, Napier

PHONE: 06 842 1305

What a great way to earn a living. Working in a

recreational retail business with heaps of time

outdoors, floating on the sea with great company.

Phone Peter Townend on 0274 529 255,

James Fitness on 0275 414 474 or

email info@canoeandkayak.co.nz

for more information.


Unit 6, 631 Devon Road

Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

PHONE: 06 769 5506


2 Centennial Highway

Ngauranga, Wellington

PHONE: 04 477 6911


77 Spa Road, Taupo

PHONE: 07 378 1003

6 issues for only $40, saving nearly $5.00 off

the news-stand price, delivered free. This great

magazine will give you heaps of information and

ideas to make your kayaking more enjoyable.

Subscription price to anywhere in NZ


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.

Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River Discovery

Mohaka Whanganui River Trips

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

$90 per person (bookings essential).

Call freephone 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...

Price: $45 adult $25 children Special

group and family rates. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Need some excitement Take a kayak down

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

whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down the Mohaka River.

Price: $125 per person. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003,

Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Interested in a great adventure on this

Magnificent River

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Price on application.

0800 529256

TAUPO Accommodation

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

Accommodation available to Yakity Yak

club members and their families... Ideal for

sport and school groups... Situated on the

banks of the Waikato River our Kayakers

Lodge accommodates up to 15 people, is

fully furnished, with plenty of parking and a

quiet location.

$30 per person per night.

Phone: 0800 529256 for details

For those who are slightly more adventurous at

heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement of

grade two rapids. Midway down, we paddle

under the historic Betran Rd Bridge where

we will stop for a snack.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50.

Phone: 06 769 5506

Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which

winds through some of New Zealands

lushest vegetation. Camping overnight

and exploring some of New Zealands

pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Two day trips $230.00 or

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 Taranaki

scenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer to

the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony

and experience the thrill of close up views of

these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$55.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Glow worms Cruise

Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake

McLaren and into the narrow canyon 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 $65 per person.

Phone Canoe and Kayak BOP for

bookings. 07 574 7415

River Tours

Exploring beautiful estuaries. Enjoy a scenic

trip with wildlife and great views.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Kayak Hire

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Long Bay, Auckland - by

appointment only. Have some paddling

fun on the beach or let us run a Tour for

you and your friends and explore these

beautiful areas.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fun and easy to do.

Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 now

Paddle to the Pub

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.



Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Twilight Tours

Departs from one of your local beautiful

beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun

setting as you paddle along the coast line.

Group discounts available!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Customized Tours

• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a

full days frolic or a wicked weekend

adventure we can take you there.

If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle

we can provide you with experienced

guides, local knowledge, safe up to date

equipment and a lot of fun.

Contact your local store

on 0508 KAYAKNZ

Join the Yakity Yak Club

Want to have fun, meet new people, have

challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn

new skills

PLUS get a regular email newsletter and

this magazine! Also, get a discount on

kayaking courses and purchases from

Canoe & Kayak Centres.

Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more

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with Aquatx Cobra Kayaks and

enjoy high performance fun, riding

the foam, fishing or just paddling!

The Aquatx range of Cobra Kayaks meets the full

range of on-water paddling needs from surfing fun,

serious fishing, diving and touring, to multi-sport high


Aquatx Cobra Kayaks all feature polyethylene hulls for

super tough performance, with a 10 year guarantee

to prove it. The self draining reinforced scuppers

throughout give unparalleled hull rigidity and a drier


Aquatx Cobra Surf & Fun Kayaks are specially

designed for family fun at the beach or on the river.

The light-weight but strong design means they can

be easily mounted on roof racks or trailers and then

simply carried to the water.

The ‘sit on top’ design with self draining scuppers

means a drier, safer ride.

Aquatx Cobra Touring and Fishing Kayaks

are unique because they offer a range of specialist

accessories to configure your kayak to your own needs

for sports fishing and distance touring.

All Aquatx Fishing and Touring Kayaks can be fitted

with a motor bracket for an electric trolling motor.

Plus with the largest hatches on the market, there is

still plenty of room left for rod holders, scuba gear, the

battery, tackle box, bait tank, and much more.

Aquatx Cobra High Performance Kayaks

are the kayaks of choice for low-cost, robust training

gear. Designed for both speed and distance, Aquatx

High Performance Kayaks offer a great deal whether

you are new to multi-sport kayaking or you are an

experienced veteran seeking a training boat.

Aquatx Cobra Kayak Accessory System is a

completely configurable system with a huge range of

custom options.

Call 0508 AQUATX or visit www.aquatx.co.nz

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Call us now for our

dealer locations or

visit the Canoe and

Kayak dealer nearest

you and find out how to

make your dreams a reality

on the water this summer.











502 Sandringham Rd

Telephone: 09 815 2073

Arenel Ltd

T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland










77 Spa Road, Taupo

Telephone: 07 378 1003

Acme Kayaking Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taupo






Unit 6, 631 Devon Road

Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

Telephone: 06 769 5506

Peter & Bronnie van Lith

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taranaki



15 Niven Street

Onekawa, Napier

Telephone: 06 842 1305

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Hawke’s Bay










Unit 2/20 Constellation Drive,

(Off Ascension Drive), Mairangi Bay,

Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002

Flood Howarth & Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak North Shore












The Corner Greenwood St

& Duke St, State Highway 1 bypass


Telephone: 07 847 5565

On Water Adventures Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Waikato





6 Tavern Road,


Telephone: 09 421 0662

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Distribution









2 Centennial Highway,

Ngauranga, Wellington

Telephone: 04 477 6911

J & M Downey Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Wellington









710 Great South Road, Manukau

Telephone: 09 262 0209

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Manukau










3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)

Telephone: 07 574 7415

Jenanne Investment Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty

These Kayak


Available Now!


Peter Townend 0274 529 255




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