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Issue 49


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Kayak Fishing

6 Bait versus Plastic

8 Taranaki Kayak Classic

10 Long Line Fishing from a kayak

12 Salt water Fly Fishing - Kayak Style

Sea Kayaking

13 Trans Taupo Race

14 Family Kayaking

16 Bruce’s Lake Challenge

18 NZKI is taken to the Solomans

23 Touring the Southern Lakes

28 Portaging Around Auckland


30 Speights Coast to Coast 2009

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34 Paddling in Africa

36 Nepali Girls Take To The Water


5 Editorial

38 Product Focus

40 Learn To Kayak

42 Kayaking Tours

43 Buyers Guide

50 Directory: Things To Do

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Advertisement in Albany Village.

‘Albany Toyota is not participating

in a recession’

I love it. It replaces doom and gloom and is

so refreshing.

This summer reminds me of my youth

when hot nights made a sheet too hot.

Every day swimming was essential rather

than an option and ‘out on the water’

kayaking, fi shing, swimming and snorkeling

were so much fun. Nights out under the

stars were like being on a tropical island.

40 years ago we were dominated by our

Life Style. Families spent every weekend

building, playing sports, on the beach,

and tending the garden. Kids played with

neighbours and evenings were for board

games and cards.

I can remember getting our fi rst TV and

Basil Brush’s ‘Boom Boom’. Was this the

turning point in our Life Style Historians will

probably show that it was.

The level of interaction with family and friends

has diminished over the years. Work takes

more time, computers and TV make life hectic,

and the media magnifi es troubles. There is

less time, more doom and gloom, more need

for our traditional life style.

For those of us lucky enough to be involved,

kayaking takes time, slows the day down,

allows for conversation, enjoyment of things

that matter and strengthens relationships.

People who ask, “Who is our competitor in the

Kayaking industry” are often surprised when

I answer “TV, Computers and the Web”. Trade

Me proves my point. There are forty to sixty

thousand people on line at any time. Are they

interacting with family and neighbours while on

the screen Spending more time in our private

electronic media world we risk losing touch

with the life style we once knew was the New

Zealand way.

A good look at what and how we spend our

lives is sometimes forced on us. We all know

people who, after accidents or illness, realize

that they are lucky to be alive. They gain a

new, healthier focus on what really matters

in their lives. Do the rest of us need a heart

attack to get healthier

This is one of the best summers I can

remember since I was that small boy and our

family has been enjoying the simple fun of

camping, kayaking, building huts, swimming

and watching the kids play with their mates

from next door.

How about giving doom and gloom a rest

Recover some of yesteryear’s life style and

enjoy this magical summer.

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Bait Versus Plastic

By Tom Hunsdale

Warren heading out

On a stunning Friday spring afternoon my workmate Warren

and I set out to fish off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. We drove

to Army Bay, the last place along the peninsula with access

to the water, and soon had the yaks off the roof. I intended

to practise for the first time with my new QK Torres. Warren

had his trusty Scrambler.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the water was like oil and the

temperature must have been 18 degrees. I had heard that the fi sh were

at the 35 metre mark, and seeing a few boats further out we paddled

in their direction to ‘borrow’ their electronic sounders! We went 2 kms

towards Kawau Island. Warren fi shed with bait while I had my soft

plastic rig, a little Abu Garcia set with 4kg braid. The fi sh bit straight

away. Lots of little tap tap taps signalled the end of my fi rst soft bait.....I

wound up and yep, tail gone, tiny teeth marks everywhere. It looked like

being one of those days, but "a bad day fi shing is better than your best

day at work!"

Warren spied some birds working a further couple of kms towards

Kawau. My Torres is a wee bit quicker than Warren's Scrambler so

I took off. I found more of a simmer than a boil but worth dropping a

line. Sure enough I hooked up almost instantly, the tell tale nodding

indicating a snapper. It wasn’t a huge fi sh but the sit-in is less stable

than the sit-on-top so playing it was interesting! Catching it felt like

juggling on a unicycle. I got the fi sh up without capsizing and checked

for legal size. Borderline! So back he went.

The minimum size for snapper, which I think is too small, is 27 cms.

Years ago on Great Barrier Island, I was told by a good fi shermen,

“If you have to measure, it must be too small, throw it back!” I have a

measure marked at 30cm on my Prowler 13 and that's as small as I

want to take. I didn't have anything on the Torres to measure with and

Fishing hard

The kayaks loaded and ready to go

caught another 3 before I questioned what I was throwing

back! Frequent fi shing near Great Barrier can spoil one’s

judgement. I remember one day throwing 3 or 4 back that

I presumed were too small, then making a quick check on

the next of similar size. It was at least 35cm! The next one I

pulled up was at least 30cm, so it too was a keeper. But while

I was taking it off the hook and putting it in the hatch behind

me it twitched like Michael Cullen announcing a tax cut and

it got away from me...........:( The next one was getting the

big icky fi rst!)

The work ups became more frequent and intense. I had a

ball. One decent kahawai twice leapt out of the water and

A perfect day!

End of the day

pulled me round before, under the yak. He threatened to broach

me! By now adrenaline had kicked in and I wasn't worried about

falling out! That fi sh escaped, but I quickly hooked up a second

which didn’t fi ght quite so hard. I pulled him on board, bled and

gutted him, left a nice berley trail for sharks, and dropped him in the

day hatch. Sweet, the Torres had her fi rst fi sh! I got another couple

of throwback snapper then two keepers, made two unsuccessful

casts into the workup and paddled over to Warren. He had one

kahawai in the bin and had thrown a couple of small snapper back.

The soft plastic had won over bait! Not conclusive mind you, we will

have to wait until we are both fi shing the same bit of water before

the jury can decide.

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Taranaki Kayak Classic

4 th & 5 th APRIL 2009


Oakura Beach Taranaki

Yes it’s not long to the 3 rd kayak classic, the leading kayak fishing competition in NZ.

The organisers, with some great sponsors, provide an event catering for anglers of all abilities. The prizes are again

awesome. The main entry prize draw is a new MISSION CATCH 390.

The early bird draw prize is a MISSION FLOW and there is an AIR NZ TRAVEL prize for the mystery weight snapper.

Are you thinking of coming to the Naki for the comp

Then check out our website www.kayakfi

Oakura Top 10 Holiday Park has a range of cabins and tent sites. They fill up fast so you’d be well advised to book early.

Don’t worry if you have never fi shed the NAKI before, the locals will always help and are happy to take visitors fishing.

There is always a safe place to launch.

What can you expect to catch Everything from Snapper to Tuna and even Hapuka and Kingfish.

Our club president Tony Hurring caught a nice Hapuka on 28 th Dec, and Martin Rook caught the first Tuna of the season

from his Maurauder on Dec 27 th .


COAST TO COAST invite you to experience our stunning coast and great fishing at the 2009 Kayak Classic.


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Bruce shows what can be done

Getting up & close

Tony shows off his Hapuka

Garry Harrison & his catch

Not too much clutter.

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Long Line Fishing

from a Kayak

Kitted up & ready to go

by Jason Milne

Whilst I have been fishing from kayaks for several years now

it is only recently that I have had a chance to try a form of

kayak fishing that has been in practice, long before dedicated

fishing kayaks hit the market. The benefits of kayaks, as a

fishing platform, have been recognized by long line fisherman

for many years here in NZ. As I was soon to discover this

style of fishing can not only be an extremely successful and

efficient way to catch fish but is also a very sociable and

family friendly option.

In the past two months of using a Kayakers Long line I have averaged

3 - 4 take home fi sh each trip (usually Snapper) which is far greater

success than I can claim when using rods! Don’t get me wrong I still

enjoy the fi shing with a rod. Spending long hours on the water trying

many different methods with varied success, but using the long line I

can be home with fresh fi sh within a 2 hour round trip and when you,

as do I, have 2 children under 4years in the house that counts for a lot!

“Happy wife happy life”

How it works

There are many long line kits available on the market and I am using

one from Paul’s Fishing Kites, this is a kayak specifi c long line kit which

consists of a fl oat, weighted sinker, small sand anchor, a spool of

mono fi shing line est. 20metres and a 12 hook trace set (traditional 25

hooks sets are a little less kayak friendly but can be used). The relative

compactness of this kit means it can be stowed in most kayak hatches

and tank wells with ease.

As with any form of hunting and gathering from a kayak it pays to be

organized before getting out on the water. If I am using my Catch 390,

sit-on-top fi shing kayak, I will pre bait the hook trace set and stow it in

the rear tank well under the insulated cover. When heading out in a

sea kayak, to avoid unnecessary smell in my hatches, I prefer to have

the pre cut baits in a zip lock bag and bait up when ready to deploy

the long line.

Deploying the long line is quite simple but again it pays to be organized

and have your deck area free of clutter while deploying. The fi rst step is

to attach a weight to the start of the mono line then drop it over the side

and allow the line to run off the spool stopping only to attach one of the

pre baited traces. There are stoppers attached to the mono line spaced

roughly 1 metre apart, each trace is clipped on every 2 nd space. This

allows enough distance between the hooks to avoid tangles both when

deploying and when fi sh hook up. Once all traces are attached the small

sand anchor is then clipped on and allowed to run freely to the bottom.

With both the weight at the start of the line and this anchor placed after

the last baited hook all 12 hooks will now sit on or near the bottom

fl oating naturally with the current, the perfect position for bottom feeding

fi sh such as snapper. The remainder of the line is then let off the spool

and attached to the fl oat; the empty spool can then be stowed away on

the kayak. At this point you can do many things, go for a paddle, head

back to the beach and join the family or go and fi sh another spot with a

rod. I can speak from both experience and the expert advice I was given

from the guys at Paul’s Fishing Kites and tell you it is worth checking

your line after no more then 20-25 minutes as you will likely have either

had a hook up or your baits will be gone. 99% of the time that time is

long enough.

Setting & bait

Choosing the right spot to set your long lines is important both for

catching fi sh and for eliminating gear losses. A sandy bottom located

near a reef or weed bed is best, although I have dropped the long line

in areas I would normally have passed over due to the relatively barren

and lifeless looking bottom structure I see on my fi sh fi nder. Only to fi nd

I have caught some of my best snapper from these spots! Setting in foul

ground will only lead to one thing, snags!! It becomes both very diffi cult

and dangerous to try and free these lines from a kayak when a snag

occurs so I say “the best form of defense is don’t be there!” I have had

most success in water no deeper than 10 metres which means, at my

local beach, I don’t have to paddle for more than 10 – 15 minutes

before setting.

The long line can be easily be stowed in most

kayak hatches and tank wells

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Get the Kids involved

I get great reward from providing my family with fresh fi sh. I get

even more reward from sharing this experience with my oldest

son Milan (three and a half). Anyone who has taken their kids

fi shing will know that kids can lose interest very quickly so the

experience needs to be both interactive and short. Taking him

out on the kayak to set the long line is both quick and fun for both

of us and Milan looks forward to doing it again as much as I do

(Mum gets a well earned break also) my only problem is going

to be where to put his younger brother when he is old enough to

join us. Will have to trade the Contour 490 in for an Eco Niizh XLT

and use the center hatch as his cockpit, I don’t doubt that a tired

Mum will be in full support of that!

The fresher the bait the better! Fresh baits are less likely to be sucked

off the hook and result in a higher chance of a hook up. At present

I can’t say any bait has worked better than any others as long as it

is fresh. I have used fresh kahawai, mullet, bonito, squid and even

stingray, all with similar success. When a fi sh grabs the bait and tries to

run, it will only get as far as the next stopper before the tension goes on

and the circle hook sets itself in the fi sh’s mouth. Using circle hooks and

the unique system that the PFK has integrated into the hook 99% of

the time this will result in a lip hook, meaning I can release fi sh without

causing undue damage and stress.


Always carry at least 2 sharp knives with you (one as a back up in case

you lose one). By sharp I mean sharp enough to cut the heavy mono

line used in the long line without effort. The two situations I encountered

where a sharp knife was most benefi cial were when my line became

snagged to a point where I could not release it, this was the fi rst and

last time I set over foul ground!

The second situation occured when I hooked something undesirable

like a stingray, which is not uncommon and can make a real mess of


Pre baited and all


Milan fi shing from the

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Salt Water Fly Fishing – Kayak Style

By Mick Forrest

You don’t have to paddle far to be into great fishing. Find about Rod Care – Rinse in fresh water, dry with a soft cloth and spray

5ft of water and give Salt Water Fly Fishing a try from your with inoxs.

Reel Care – Immediately after fi shing, rinse your reel under a low

kayak. Easily done close to shore in safe waters and action

pressure fresh water tap. Remove the spool, take off excess water and

packed it’s a great way to get kids into kayak fishing!

leave it to dry before reassembling. Spray with inoxs.

For about 14 years my favourite spot for this is Fergusson Park in Fly Lines and Backing – Before salt and dirt from your day’s fi shing start

Tauranga Harbour. My best catch was 10 kahawai in one afternoon! to dry, rinse in fresh water. Never use detergent. It changes the surface

They were all pan size but I returned 9 to live another day. I’ve also tension of the fl y line and reduces its ability to fl oat. If you need to use

caught kingfi sh and trevally with my fl y rod.

soap, choose a natural hand soap or baby shampoo.

The Gear

Happy fi shing – Mick

First, for a good cast you need a stable kayak. I paddle various kayaks F Spot Fishing, Tauranga ph 07 576 0357

but when Fly Fishing I use the Cobra Fish N Dive. It’s so stable that I

can even stand up and cast! I use a basic 9 weight trout fl y rod with a

sinking line and smaller saltwater fl ies. I’ve had a lot of success with the

The Catch 390 works well too.

Blue Pillie, plus some custom made by my fi shing mate in Whakatane.

My buoyancy aid, small landing net, hat and polarized sunnies are the

only other things I need. Easy.

The Technique

Cast a short to medium length line out into the shallows. Let it sink and

retrieve it back quickly through the current. If you are new to casting,

practise on the beach fi rst or on your back lawn. Consistently casting a

long leader in a straight line will increase your catch rates signifi cantly.

Salt Water Fly fi shing is as easy as that, just start pulling them in!

Look After your Gear

It’s important that your day’s kayak fi shing doesn’t end with cooking

your catch. Use these tips to make sure you gear lasts and is ready for

your next fi shing adventure:

My buoyancy aid, small landing net, hat and

polarized sunnies are the only other things I


ISSUE FORTYnine • 2009 13

Sea Kayaking

Trans Taupo Race - 28 th March 2008

A very sociable way to race

Photo courtesy of

Pre - start 2008. Photo courtesy of

Enjoy the crystal clear waters

Photo courtesy of

The second Trans Taupo race, ideal for Sea Kayaks,

Waka ama and Ocean racers, is on!

100 competitors last year included lots of Yakity Yak members who

reported “what a great race/paddle”

You can race or cruise, and either way you’ll enjoy the opportunity to

paddle our crystal clear waters for the 44 km length of world famous

Lake Taupo.

We hug the coast from Tokannu, paddle via safety check points at

Mission Bay Reserve, Hatepe Point and Wharewaka Point, to Taupo.

With fellow club members from around the country it’s a very sociable

and easy going ‘race’ for those who like it that way, or you can become

a new record holder. The choice is yours.

There’s plenty of accommodation at Taupo, overnight boat storage at

Tokannu and a bus service from Taupo to Tokannu in the morning.

Contact your Canoe & Kayak Centre to fi nd out more.

Mist clears in Tokaanu Bay

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A fun event for all

Photo courtesy of

2nd annual

surf ski

sea kayak

waka ama

ocean rower

The pinnacle of open fresh

water paddling.

A 44km paddle race across the pure

crystal mountain fed waters of

New Zealand’s (and Australasia’s)

largest freshwater lake.

Sea Kayaks, Surf Ski’s, Waka

ama and Ocean Rower.

From Tokannu to Taupo.

Solo and Team Categories.

Saturday 28th March 2009.

Over 100 paddlers took

part in the inaugural event.

See for more

information, results, video footage and photos.

14 ISSUE FORTYnine • 2009

Sea Kayaking

Family Kayaking By Diana Austin

Anita, Rochelle & Luke in triple at Urupukapuka

Preparation for the Austin family’s latest self sufficient venture

to Urupukapuka Island in a triple Chesapeake and single,

started way back…

Believing that having kids requires only a modifi cation of usual activities,

rather than stopping anything, we hired a double kayak from Canoe &

Kayak to test the waters when Anita was nine months old. She admired

the view for a short while and fell asleep and we, her parents, thought

this was great.

When number 2 came along we purchased a double sit on top, which

became known as the Tug, stable yet slow. Over the next couple of

years we conquered many local rivers. The Waiwera, Puhoi, Mahurangi

and Matakana Rivers and Auckland estuaries provided picturesque,

sheltered waters.

A small girl between the legs works well with only an occasional bang

on the head. When the banging becomes regular she does, however,

protest and we revised our paddling arrangements. A single sit on top,

often towed, for each girl over seven was the solution. They are great

fun for ‘lighter’ adults also.

We ventured overseas in 2003 and took the girls on a 4 day paddle

Kayaking on Lake Mapourika with Franz Joseph back drop

around Moso Island in Vanuatu. Despite the photo Rochelle (4 years)

didn’t paddle but sat on the front of my kayak talking incessantly

all the way.

Luke, however, continued to dream of our family paddle with Canoe

and Kayak back in 2000 when a club member lent us a Sea Bear

Packhorse. It gave us a much easier paddle than the Tug. Looking

for a new ‘project’ he searched for a kayak plan to build his own. His

wife, that’s me, got the selling spiel about it being cheaper to build

than buy, will easily fi t in our garage and won’t take that long. In 2004

a Chesapeake triple kitset arrived from America. It could just fi t in the

garage on a diagonal, took 2 years to build and the lower cost is still up

for debate!

During its construction we paddled locally and during most holidays.

This included a gorgeous evening paddle on Lake Mapourika with the

Franz Joseph glacier in the background. In 2007 we took the girls on

a kayaking tour with Friendly These Islands are Kayak the best Company size for around eating. Vava’u

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2008 Luke and I repeated our kayak skills course with Anita and

Rochelle. Both girls found that with the right technique they could

rescue their parents. I just hope they want to! The ‘ship’ received a

trailer for Christmas and we were ready for our self-suffi cient trip to

Urupukapuka Island. Eight days of brilliant weather gave us a perfect

holiday. Luke now has a great crew who have progressed from little

Luke building the ship with a little assistant

Lake Taupo in borrowed Sea Bear Packhorse

dippers. As for me I still have issues with power and control so I’ll stick

with my single for now.

PS You may ask do the girls enjoy the paddling We arrived back from

the Bay of Islands, packed away our kayaking gear and the next day

they saw an evening club paddle to Rangitoto and asked to go. They

put on a pretty good display of paddling coordination that evening.

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Sea Kayaking

Bruce’s Lake Challenge by Bev Robitaille

Bruce on calm waters.

Photo by Warwick Rule

When a bloke’s recovering from a particularly

nasty bout of cancer, the last thing you’d

expect him to do is to set off on a vigorous

kayaking session across fi ve North Island

lakes. While recuperating, Bruce Rule, 48 and

father of two, decided to paddle fi ve lakes in

seven days to raise money for CanTeen. He

chose this charity because he has a nineteen

year old daughter Nina and sixteen year old

son Kelly and he hoped they’d never have to

experience cancer treatment.

So what makes a man who’s undergone

intense radiotherapy and chemotherapy

treatment, drag himself several months later

into a strenuous fund-raising venture that

would daunt the rest of us Wasn’t he feeling


“Only people who have had cancer and the

treatment can know what it is like, feeling

absolutely weak, sick and drained. Imagine

your worst ever hangover, double it and that’s

what it feels like every day.” So in the middle

of dealing with all that, how did he come up

with the concept of a kayaking trip

“I found myself thinking of places I’d rather

be.” He’d enjoyed the serenity and loneliness

of paddling solo on a calm lake the previous

summer, and the tranquil image inspired him

to get through the treatment. When I asked

him if he was an experienced kayaker, he

grinned, “Not really, no. I’d only had that one

go at it before.”

Planning, training and fund-raising for the

adventure started around September, and

helped to rehabilitate both his body and his

spirit. His training had plenty of dramatic

moments - even learning to handle the kayak

was tricky. Despite several lessons from Dave

at Barracuda who supplied the craft, Bruce

only mastered rolling out of the boat, not

rolling it right around. Two weeks before the

challenge began he was still spluttering to the

surface at every attempt. Luckily,

the only time he fell out of the boat

was during training when he was

close to the beach at Mission Baynot

far from the place that on one

occasion he spotted a two metre

shark. (This stuff really isn’t for the


So he wasn’t a kayaking expert, but

surely there must have been some

complex preparation for his physical

fi tness No, Bruce made up his

training routine himself, working as

hard as he could when his strength

returned. At fi rst he could hardly get

to the letter-box, then he managed

short walks, gym sessions or

paddles, and eventually built up to

hour-long paddles - despite raising a

few blisters.

At times Bruce wondered whether

his body would be able to handle paddling the

four smaller lakes, Rotoiti, Tarawera, Rotoma

and Rotorua both ways and Lake Taupo one

way, a combined total of almost one hundred

and forty two kilometres. The mental stress

was huge too. ‘But then you couldn’t call it

a challenge if it was easy, could you’ his

brother Warwick pointed out.

What about his nutrition plan Again there

was no expert guidance – he simply chose

wholesome food. He says that after the

cancer treatment, he no longer enjoys alcohol,

chocolate or steak, so healthy eating is

actually quite easy.

The route chosen for the event was fl exible

to allow for weather changes. He and his

support team based themselves on the

shores of Lake Rotorua to minimise travelling,

which turned out to be a good idea as work

commitments meant that he did the challenge

in fi ve days instead of seven. (Have I

mentioned how determined this guy is)

The family support crew. Photo by Milan Bacica

Bruce with his mother, Christine. Photo by Bev Robitaille

ISSUE FORTYnine • 2009 17

Bright and early on March 31 st Bruce set off

across Lake Rotoiti in calm weather, with his

brother and father following in the chase boat,

and ticked off the fi rst 36 kilometres of the

Challenge. In the evening the support team

viewed the video footage that Warwick had

shot so the shore team could share in the

action out on the water.

The next day they tackled Lake Tarawera in

the wind and rain, followed by Lake Rotoma

the day after. Since that was the smallest

lake, Bruce was able to get a well-earned

massage in the afternoon, donated by one of

the sponsors. Then he and his support team

travelled to the southern end of a sinisterlooking

Lake Taupo, all thinking to themselves

that it was a long way by vehicle and a very

long way to paddle.

At 6.30am next morning, Bruce in the kayak

and Warwick in the support boat set off in

the dark and thick fog to tackle the dreaded

lake. After a while the wind rose and the fog

dispersed but the lake got choppier. Bruce

was concerned at such a strong wind so

early in the day because the harbour master

had told him that he needed to get off the

lake smartly if there were white caps. The

intention originally was to stay close to shore

in case of problems, but after two hours the

wind dropped and Lake Taupo became mirror

smooth. Bruce decided to go straight up

the middle and from the shore the only sign

of him for most of the way was occasional

fl icker of sunlight on a paddle. After six and

a quarter hours and 43 kilometres he wearily

stepped ashore at the northern end. It speaks

volumes that Warwick wrote the day’s web

entry when they got back, explaining that

“Bruce has completed Lake Taupo and his

Bruce Rule, Photo by Warwick Rule

arms are too heavy to type so he asked me

to fi ll in for him.” Bruce had even done an

interview with the local paper on the Lake

front, bravely getting back into the kayak so

they could get a photo.

Day Five - and the last lake, Rotorua, which

took our now-experienced paddler just

three hours for the two-way trip. As Bruce

approached the shore for the last time, his

mother Christine asked those on the shore,

including some visiting high school students,

to join the crowd cheering Bruce home, giving

a fi tting tribute to his mighty effort.

With his NZ Lake Challenge, Bruce raised

over $15,000.00 for CanTeen. If you’d like to

help, photos and DVDs of the trip are available

for sale from the website at where online

donations to CanTeen can still be made.

A bloke called Robbie Robinson once wrote,

“Just because someone tells you that you

have cancer, it doesn’t mean your days of

greatness are over.”

That fi ts Bruce to a T. Good on ya, mate.

Sea Kayaking

NZKI is taken to the Solomons

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It came as a bit of a surprise, the

notion of conducting an NZKI One Star

Assessment on a remote island in the

Solomon Islands, with a bunch of local

kayakers. So many questions raced

through my mind. Had the kayakers

even paddled a conventional kayak

before How hot was it going to be

Were there any sharks or other perils

of the deep Could they speak or read

English or could I learn enough pigeon

to get me through

I had organised a Yakity Yak Club overseas

trip with our Wellington Yakity Yakers through

Solomon Island Cannibal Coast Kayak

Adventures. The six of us arrived in the New

Georgia province on 7 August 2008 to paddle

around the famous Marovo Lagoon – the

world’s largest salt water lagoon – for seven

days. After this trip I had planned to stay on for

another fi ve days to relax, fi sh, experience the

local culture and do what I love most, kayak.

The four local guides that I was to assess all

lived around Ramata Island within the Marovo

Lagoon, and worked for Cannibal Coast

Kayak Adventures.

The four guides were Naelyn, Jimmy, Casey,

and Waipongo.

During the previous week’s trip around the

lagoon, I had been observing and helping

them out with their technique in preparation for the NZKI One Star

Assessment. Early on I was aware of a number of things. Firstly the

Solomon people have a true affi nity with the water; they have incredible

balance (probably from dug-out canoe experience), great strength and

no fear. These factors made training a breeze and what would often

Naelyn climbing onboard

Jimmy doing a John Wayne entry

Casey demonstrating the forward power stroke

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.

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The award ceremony on the beach

take a day to complete took only 3-4 hours. of brilliant blue damselle fi sh. All the usual

All requirements of the NZKI One Star were paddle strokes, forward, reverse, stop, sidedraw,

sweep, stern rudder, low brace and

practised over and over again during the next

few days with evening sessions discussing the the three main rescues including paddle fl oat

theory side of the assessment. The kayaks were successfully conducted by each of the

that we used were the Mirage 530’s, 580’s and four guides. All of the other requirements,

Q Kayaks Tasman Express – all great kayaks including the theory paper, were also

in excellent condition. Many games and satisfactorily completed.

challenges were dreamt up to spice up the With a small crowd watching, we had our

training. Because of the heat (38ºC), training very own award

was conducted early morning or late afternoon ceremony on the

and always attracted

good crowds on the

shore, with lots of hoots

and whistles heard. The

kids especially liked my

rolling displays (only

way I could cool down),

and my headstands in

the cockpit.

The assessment

was held in perfect

conditions, not a

breath of wind,

clear skies, 36ºC air

temperature and 29ºC

water temperature in

Naelyn practising

crystal clear water full

with paddle fl oat

beach where I was truly chuffed to be able to

present Naelyn, Pongo, Jimmy and Cassey

with their well-earned One Star Certifi cate.

NZKI One Star shows determination to qualify

and improve your skills as a kayaker. When I

go back to these lovely islands we can maybe

talk about doing their Two Star and a Rolling


Well done troops!


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Andy and the four guides, Naelyn, Jimmy, Casey,and Waipongo.

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Sea Kayaking

Touring the Southern Lakes

Ross & Chris sorting out the boats at Lake Gunn

On 19 December three very lucky paddlers, Dennis Hynes,

Chris Baker and Ross Brunton packed the Ute with camping

gear, paddling gear and Kayaks and drove south from

Palmerston North’ Why were we lucky All three of us had

Xmas/New Year 16 day leave passes from our families to go


We intended to paddle some Southern lakes, do anything else that

the weather and ferry crossings would permit and check the logistics

for longer trips in the future. We would paddle as often as possible, but

briefl y so we wouldn’t wear ourselves out.

Our fi rst stop was Lake Brunner at 6.30 a.m. where we hoped to beat

a front moving across the South. But no such luck. With whitecaps

all across the lake only rain got the kayaks wet. We drove on to Lake

Ellery, at Jackson Bay on the West Coast.

North Islanders reading this please close your eyes! Paul Caffyn told us

about this gem’s fantastic location, isolated in bush clad mountains, so

long as we didn’t tell “all those other North Islanders”. We hadn’t, yet a

hoard of jet boaters beat us to the ramp and roared off up the river to

Lake Ellery. Twenty minutes later they were back, having “done Lake

Ellery”. Boats back on trailers and they were gone. Peace reigned. Not

a detergent bottle in sight. What chance is there of stopping Didymo


Access to Lake Ellery is via a short, easy paddle up the river. There’s

only one shallow rapid which is easily walked if you can’t make it

against the current. We had a wet exit and camped for the night

where there isn’t even a walking track. Nature turned on magical

slow entertainment of shadows creeping up the mountainsides, the

sunset’s colours continually changing while the lake became a mirror.

Spellbinding! Pity about the sandfl ies.

The next morning we paddled out and drove to Te Anau where we

would base ourselves for our time in the deep South.

The following day marine and mountain forecasts looked good for a

super early start on Milford Sound and out to the sea. We launched

into still water which perfectly refl ected Mitre Peak and snow capped

peaks, so it was hard to put cameras away and make progress. Close

encounters with seals and a pod of dolphins delayed us further. 13 km

later, in no swell, and with only a slight ripple on the surface, we were in

open sea.

Less than 2 hours later we were struggling with a 25+ knot wind

channelling down the Sound whipping up following seas. 1.5 metre

short period, steep chop broke everywhere, bouncing off sheer bluffs.

40 knot winds rushed vertically down cliff faces hit us from all angles.

Waterfalls, blown sideways, became spray. In crazy conditions every

stroke had to be a brace, often from both sides at once. It was hard

enough for Ross and Dennis with all their years of paddling, but a

nightmare for Chris, new to paddling last year.

After two wet exits and two text book assisted rescues we rafted up and

let wind and waves carry us back to the car park.

This weather occurred when there was a large high over the South

Island, isobars were well spread and the marine forecast was 10-

15 knot variable winds. It taught us the importance of asking local

boaties or ‘offi cers’ such as the harbour master about local conditions.

Apparently our Milford Sound experience was not uncommon during

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the afternoon.. It wasn’t life threatening for

kayakers and the 4 tour boats stacked up

behind us, but their passengers had a bit of

excitement. It might be a different story on

more remote Sounds further south.

A most enjoyable and relaxing morning

paddle was on Lake Gunn. Near the top of the

road to Milford Sound and only 3.5km long, it

nestles between towering mountain peaks. We

had mirror conditions again and our cameras

worked overtime. On unbelievably clear water

we seemed to be fl ying. Half way round the

south shore there’s a stream and the remains

of an old jetty. Thinking that we could hear a

large waterfall we followed the stream and

found it tumbling impressively through a large

gash in the hillside. Nearby were bits of some

long ago abandoned tourist venture. Intriguing.

On Christmas Day we rang our families then

drove to Lake Monowai. Paddling to the far

end we stopped at Rodgers Inlet Hut and

had lunch with a lone American tramper who

was staying there. Sharing the Xmas cake

Chris’ wife had provided made the day a

bit special for all of us. We paddled on and

became the only residents, apart from sand

fl ies and unseen deer, at the far end DOC hut.

The sandfl ies were even worse than Lake

Lake Ellery outlet

Ellery and grass along the lake shore was

so heavily grazed and trampled, it looked as

though a mob of cattle had been fenced in for

winter feeding.

Paddling back we stopped for the night at

Rodgers Inlet DOC’s huts and learnt why there

was no charge for the accommodation. It was

not one of our better nights. In the morning we

hiked up the ridge behind the hut to see what

was over the bushline. Four hours later we

appreciated why we prefer kayaking to hiking,

but the moss covered bush was magical and

the views made it worthwhile. We expected

Gollum to pop out at any time.

We had intended to spend a few nights on

Lake Hauroko. However a poor weather

forecast and our time table to catch the ferry,

provided no fl oat for laydays, so we headed

north to stay ahead of the front. At Lake

Wanaka, because the wind was again up,

we tramped to the Rob Roy Glacier in the

Mount Aspiring National Park. There and back

it takes from three to four hours to see this

hanging glacier calving ice. It must be one of

the greatest short walks in New Zealand.

We had a good sleep to be up early and

launching on Lake Wanaka from Glendhu.

The lake was fl at calm, the weather was clear

and Mt Aspiring was refl ected in the water.

Again, cameras were in action. We paddled to

Mou Tapu Island and on to Mau Waho Island

unaware that there is a DOC/Community

Board camp ground and an extensive forest

regeneration project on the island. On this

brief visit we looked at the island’s history,

circumnavigated, made a note to come

again for an overnight trip and. headed back

to Glendhu.

Back at base for a cup of tea with a camping

ground resident and we were off to Lake

Paringa on the West Coast north of Haast

to experience more sandfl ies and another

mirror lake which refl ected even denser bush

clad mountains.

Milford Waterfall

Ross & Chris on Lake Gunn

Ross & Chris on Lake Monowai

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In wind and rain we drove up the coast to

Lake Rotoroa, pausing to catch up with Paul

Caffyn at Punakaiki.

New Year’s Day, sheltering from the rain

under a tarpaulin, was quiet. We fought off

even more sandfl ies and went to bed early.

Then, fi rst thing, still in pouring rain, we were

paddling to Sabine Hut where we found

Richard Cowan and several trampers. We

tramped with them to a picturesque gorge,

hiked up an even steeper ridgeline and greatly

enjoyed the surroundings.

The next morning we returned to Rotoroa,

drove to Picton and grabbed a vacancy on a

ferry leaving in 15 minutes, 24 hours earlier

than our booking. Not having showered for

a few days we thoughtfully avoided crowded

places! We were home in Palmerston North

the next day.

Dennis on Lake Monowai

Our sorties amid fantastic scenery had

ranged from 13 to 34 km and the people we

met had shared great stories. Thanks to our

wives and families for letting us disappear,

Dennis’ sister-in-law, Janet, for the use of

her house on the way down and back, and

to Paul Caffyn for the paddling ideas, it was

a marvellous holiday.

Ignore the sandfl ies

Lake Ellery campsite

Seven tips for surviving the sandflies.

by Dennis Hynes

Managing sandflies is a must for anyone hoping to enjoy the

outdoors, especially in the South Island’s Nelson lakes, the

Westcoast and Fiordland.

Don’t get out of the air conditioned car - not much chance then of

enjoying the outdoors so.

When kayaking, keep paddling (the little suckers are ready for you as

soon as you stop).

Just ignore them. (We tried that for all of 30 seconds)- see photo

Give up on shorts and tank tops. Cover every mm of exposed skin with

clothes thick enough to stop them biting through – leave paddle gloves

on. Hats with neck & ear fl aps work well when combined with a decent

insect repellent sprayed onto the fl aps. Gauze headnets are good for

stopping the sandfl ies, but remember to lift the front up when imbibing

medicinal potions post dinner.

Spread plenty of decent insect repellent on any exposed skin. Insect

repellents are not all born equal. The only ones that really work are those

with Dietthyltoluamide. Unfortunately they tend to have the most health

warnings (shades of thalidamide).

Spray the insides of tents, huts with insect spray just before you go to

bed. Keep zips done up & check for defects in the gauze. They will fi nd

any opening. At times sand fl ies banging against the tent sides sounds

like persistent rain.

Instead of cursing them, give thanks that they have kept humans from

commercialising some of our most pristine settings. Without the sandfl ies,

the Nelson lakes would no doubt be built out with holiday homes, much

like the Rotorua Lakes. Instead the tourists climb out of their buses, start

waving their arms around like madmen, take a few photos and move on.


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Portaging Around Auckland

By Andrew Blanchard

Andrew Blanchard and his mate, Ian have been exploring some of Aucklands urban

waterways & portages. This is an account of two of their trips. - ed.

Map 1. Glendowie to Otahuhu

Detour to get food & drink

Portage across sand bar

swimming pools shop was open. Luckily Ian

had some money!

At 5.45 the tide was ebbing fast and a head

wind had got up for our paddle to Wai O Taiki

Bay. We intended a short cut, carrying the

skis for 80 m over a little sand ridge. But we

were looking at a dry bay with another 200 m

to reach water for the last 1 km paddle to our

pick up. The13km trip, which I had thought

would take 2hrs, took 4 hrs 30 min.

Map 2;

Our next trip, New Lynn to Pt Chevalier, was

planned for Monday 8 th December after work

when high tide was at 4pm. This is another

section of the old portage between the

Waitemata and Manukau harbours. This one

should have been easier.

700 m of mud & mangroves

Portage Road

On Friday, 15th November we tackled

the Otahuhu portage, starting at

Portage Road with an easy 300m

between Otahuhu Cemetery and Canal

Reserve. Then squelch! 700m of

Mangrove swamp.

The map above shows a route that Ian and

I took. On the left you can see Portage Rd,

near work, where the Maori portaged their

canoes from the Manukau Harbour to the

Tamaki River and the Waitemata Harbour.

“Let’s retrace the portage from Otahuhu

to Glendowie.” Seemed like a good idea.

We carried our surf skis for the fi rst 300 m

through the reserve and stomped through

the mangrove swamp. Before the mangroves

grew and rubbish accumulated, it would

have been a clear waterway and only a 10

minute paddle to get under the motor way. At

times we were hip deep in mud & every step

was a battle. We either sank in the mud or

climbed through the mangroves carrying 6.5

m long surf skis. Twice my ski stuck up a tree,

which is very funny now but at the time was

rather annoying.

350m into the mangroves Ian holed his boat.

Because he didn’t want to give up we carried

on, eventually reaching water which could

fl oat the skis. To avoid fl ooding, Ian turned his

boat upside down, making progress very slow

until we found some plastic rubbish to fi ll the

hole. We paddled for 2 km and asked for tape

at the Auckland rowing club.

When people stopped laughing we dried off

the ski & applied enough tape to get us home.

After paddling 1km, hungry and thirsty,

we turned into Panmure lagoon where the

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Short cut through

the mangroves

The planned trip on Monday 8 th

was cancelled due to high winds,

rough seas & a big weekend.


At 6.45 a.m. on Saturday 13 th

December 2008, because our very

understanding wives have given up

chasing us around the country &

waiting for us, Ian and I are driving

two vehicles. We took the skis on

the truck to Olympic park New Lynn,

deciding on the way to do a bigger paddle so we left the

van at Coxs Bay

At the start point we found a rail bridge being built. The

nice people had made steps to the water’s edge and

encouraged our 8 a.m. easy launch with big smiles. We

paddled 20m to the fi rst bend where a metre diameter

pipe blocked progress. At low tide you might get under it

but not at high tide. We climbed the steep bank, dragged

the skis over the pipe and re-launched. On 80 metres

and a tree stopped us. Once again up the bank to drag

the skis 35m across lumpy boggy ground for a third

launch. After an hour we stopped for a drink & a banana.

Floating with the wind & tide we could see that the

mangroves were mostly under water offering channels

for a short cut. It probably took longer than sticking to the

main channel but it was a bit of fun. Down the estuary,

under the motor way, we stopped on the sand bar for a

rest and a stand up to stretch our backs before setting off

to Pt Chev. Birds, pretending to have broken wings, tried

to distract us from attacking their nests and young. We

were standing in ankle deep water and watched for about

5 minutes. When we paddled off sea gulls, who also had

nearby nests, dived bombed us. Reaching Pt Chev in

an uneven, choppy swell and a cross wind was a bit of

a challenge but once sheltered close to shore it was a

cruisey paddle to Coxs Bay.

Two hours, fi fteen minutes after we started our 15 km trip

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Coast to

Coast 2009

by Rob Howarth

Despite a global recession the Speight’s

Coast to Coast attracted a huge field for

the 27 th anniversary event on 13/14 th Feb.

Conditions were the toughest for many

years with a bitterly cold southerly and

very low water in the Waimakariri River.

Congratulations to Auckland’s Gordon Walker who won

the Longest Day competition keeping the Cantabs quiet for

another year!

Congratulations also to Luke Chapman who came 3 rd behind Walker,

Luke was a surprise medallist who is based in Nelson. His Mum and

Dad, however, are North Shore Clubbies who live on

Whangaparaoa, which makes Luke one of our own!!!

For those of you who don’t know, the race consists of:

A 3km run from Kumara Beach followed by a 55km

road cycle.

A 33km mountain run over Goat Pass (Arthurs Pass

National Park).

A 15km road cycle followed by a 67 km Kayak leg

down the grade 2 Waimakariri River.

And fi nally a 70km road cycle to Sumner beach in Christchurch.

The event can be run individually over one or two days and there is also

a 2 person team two day event.

This iconic kiwi multisport event attracts athletes from all walks of

life and with over 30 North Shore clubbies competing this year Rob

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Larry Cochrane

Photo by;Pauls camera Shop

Howarth decided to fi nd out what makes some of them tick:

Larry Cochrane

Age: 52

Occupation: Radiologist – Middlemore Hospital

2009 Entry: 2 day individual 16 hrs 36 mins (previously done

2007 & 2008 Individual 2 day)

Support Crew: Wife, Alison (with some help from Rob from Canoe

& Kayak!)

“What attracted you to the Coast to Coast” “I had done a lot of

Ultra Marathons previously and wanted a change from road running,

but I was still keen for a challenge!”

“What was the toughest leg in this year’s event” “The run,

because of cramps, but usually the kayak leg as I’m not an

experienced kayaker.”

“What was your most memorable moment this year” “The Rock

Garden Rapid. A girl had fallen out just in front of me and she caused a

bit of chaos. My heart was pumping but I managed to stay in my kayak

and navigate the rapid successfully.”

“Will you be back next year” “No, 3 years is enough and I need a

break but I’ll be back in the future. Next year I’ll come and watch – it’s a

great event.”

Glenys Moy

Age: 40

Occupation: Marketing Coordinator

2009 Entry: First time Individual 2 day, 20 hrs 57 mins

Support Crew: Two Friends

“What attracted you to the Coast to Coast” “I had done a marathon

the year before but wanted a more interesting challenge!”

“What was the toughest Leg in this year’s event” “The mountain

run – the downhill section was wet and slippery.”

“What was your most memorable or enjoyable moment” “The last

bike ride. I got into a great bunch and we smoked it! Oh and I didn’t fall

out on the kayak leg!”

“Will you be back next year” “Yes I want to better my times! I had a

lot of fun, I learnt heaps during the last year and I’d love to continue.”

Tony Scott Photo by;

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Glenys Moy Photo by;

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Tony Scott

Age: 48

Occupation: Doctor, Cardiologist North Shore Hospital.

2009 Entry: Longest Day, Did Not Finish, I was too slow this

year and missed the cut off on the kayak leg. (Previously 2005, 2006

two day Individual, 2007, 2008 Longest Day)

Support Crew: My wife and son plus my Sister, Sister in law and

their partners – what a team!

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team entry way back in 2004. He subsequently pulled out and I ended

up entering the 2005 race as an individual. I loved it and have never

looked back.”

“What was the toughest Leg in this year’s event” “It would have

to be the fi rst bike ride. There was a harsh headwind and I ended up

riding on my own for most of the leg. It made the mountain run that

much tougher”

“What was your most memorable or enjoyable moment” This

year it was defi nitely the kayak leg. It was a beautiful day and the

scenery was magical. I had no real pressure as I had fi gured out that

I would probably miss the cut off time later on. I paddled hard and had

a great time.”

“Will you be back next year” “Yes but not in the Longest Day.

I’ll probably do a team entry and encourage friends or family to

give it a crack.”

The Keelings – A Family Affair (Interview of Peter Keeling)

Age: Peter 40, Christine 44, Toni 17, Esther 48

Occupations: Teacher, Valuer, Student and Teacher.

2009 Entry: Peter 2 Day Individual, 16 hrs 16 mins

Christine, 2 Day Individual, 15 hrs 15 mins, Bronze

Medallist Veteran Women

Toni, 2 day teams (mountain runner) 15 hrs 12 mins

Esther, 2 Day Individual 17 hrs 20 mins

Support Crew: Our son Daniel plus my Sisters + Husbands plus

more friends!

“What attracted you to the Coast to Coast” “Watching Steve

Gurney on the Telly gave myself and Christine inspiration many

years ago, now we are addicted and the rest of the family is starting

to race too.”

“What was the toughest Leg in this year’s event” “For me it was

Chris & Toni keeping company

the kayak leg. The water was so low with a head wind too. The rapids

weren’t scary though!”

“What was your most memorable or enjoyable moment” “Riding

the last bike leg with my daughter Toni and crossing the fi nish line

together. Christine was waiting for us – it was an awesome feeling.”

“Will you be back next year” “Christine will defi nitely do the 2 day

again. As for the rest of us – probably! We aren’t sure exactly what

section we’ll enter, but we’ll be there!”

The 2010 event will be held on 12th/13 th Feb. For more information on

the race and grade 2 kayaking certifi cates contact Rob Howarth on

09 479 1002 or email

Water levels were low

Peter, Christine and Toni joined

by ‘Judders’ after the fi nish.

2nd annual

surf ski

sea kayak

waka ama

ocean rower

The pinnacle of open fresh

water paddling.

A 44km paddle race across the pure

crystal mountain fed waters of

New Zealand’s (and Australasia’s)

largest freshwater lake.

Sea Kayaks, Surf Ski’s, Waka

ama and Ocean Rower.

From Tokannu to Taupo.

Solo and Team Categories.

Saturday 28th March 2009.

Over 100 paddlers took

part in the inaugural event.

See for more

information, results, video footage and photos.

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Canoe & Kayak BOP

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. The company has also runs a

successful kayak tour operation catering for tourists to the Bay of Plenty,

locals and businesses. 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, profi table and growing business. The business is run

by the owners, one part time staff member and one additional summer

staff member.

BOP Canoe and Kayak Centre is one of 8 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 offi ce 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 profi table 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 suite,

mountain and lake views, currently rented out. Canoe & Kayak Taupo is

1 of 8 stores on the North Island, part of a licensed operation. Income is

approx 50% retail and 50% tourism and instruction.

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

guides and instructors.

Thorough training is given by Canoe & Kayak Ltd with plenty of ongoing


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 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.

Peter Townend, Managing Director

Canoe & Kayak Ltd

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White Water

Paddling in Africa

by Josh Clarke

Sunset run

Kayaking holidays overseas always seemed to be more of an

ideal dream than a reality for me. I’d decided I’d had enough

of dreaming, and took the plunge with a ticket to Africa.

YEAH BABY!! A good friend Bernard and I had seen plenty of

footage to know how intimidating and exciting it was going

to be. With plenty of advice and reassurance from friends we

were on our way to Livingstone, Zambia to paddle the mighty

Zambezi River.

We spent two weeks at Victoria Falls, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the

World’. It’s an incredible feeling to drive past elephants on the way to

the put-in, paddle past monkeys chilling on the side of the river, and to

hear the horror stories of crocs swimming beneath us. And just to top it

off, we were amongst the biggest whitewater we’ve ever paddled.

A favourite rapid would have to be the ‘Big Boof’ over a pour-over

on No. 5. It gets my heart thumping every time I think about it! With

butterfl ies in your stomach you line up the pourover and get as much

speed as you can muster, plant a massive boof stroke giving you 1

second of airborne time before you get slammed back down into the

messy hydraulics surrounding you. And then it’s hold onto your hat as

you ride the rest of the rapid out, barely being able to see the massive

diagonal hits coming at you from all directions. YEEEEEEWWW!!

The Day 1 section on the Zambezi feels like a big day out, with heaps

of rapids, big hits, intense heat, and a rather large hike up out of the

gorge. Luckily a couple of legendary porters with superhuman strength

come with the shuttle service to lug our boats out of the gorge for us.

“Thanks fella’s, I don’t know how you do it!”

Our next destination was the White Nile River. After a plane ride and a

few dodgy bus trips via Kenya, we arrived at Bujugalli Falls, Uganda,

the pearl of Africa. We put our tents up and made it our new home for

the next 2 ½ months.

There are 2 main sections on the White Nile called the ‘Day 1’ and ‘Day

2’ sections. They both consist of world class waves and rapids which

puts Uganda on the map in the world of whitewater. Unfortunately

for kayakers and rafters, and in terms of preserving the natural

environment, the Day 1 section will soon be lost due to the large scale

dam construction that is currently underway. This whole section will

eventually be fl ooded out and turned into a lake. However it is exciting

for Uganda to know that their economy is going to get an impressive

boost once the dam is complete.

Bernard and I met up with a large contingent of kiwi mates who all

studied Outdoor Education at Christchurch Polytech with us. So there

were 11 of us Kiwis in Africa, paddling the Nile, experiencing the

culture, and just having a blast. We went on a 4-day safari at Murchison

Falls to check out some white rhino’s, lions, a heap of giraffes, crocs,

hippos, and other cool animals. We spent Christmas at the Hairy

Lemon Backpackers on an island in the middle of the Nile River. It also

happens to be right next to the famous Nile Special wave, which is one

of the biggest, fastest and most fun waves I’ve ever been on. And then

we spent new years exploring the North-West of Uganda at Sipi Falls,

another beautiful spot.

I believe kayaking is an excellent medium from which to explore

foreign places and cultures. And every year it’s becoming more easily

accessible to go on your own kayaking adventures. So grab your mates

and take the plunge for the White Nile before it’s lost forever. You’d also

get to meet the legendary Chaffee from Bujugalli who makes the best

damn chapattis in all of Uganda! See you on the water.

Anna & Leela charging down Silverback

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'Team Kiwi', Murchison Falls

Soph giving the kids a go

Josh, Khalagala Falls

Easy on big boy!

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White Water

Nepali Girls take to the water by Sophie Hoskins

The newly trained girls in front and the fi rst Nepali women to summit Mt. Everest at the back.

It’s the last day of the training

programme and I’m smiling as we

push off from our last campsite. Sita

and Susmita are guiding the rafts and

Radha is rowing the oared boat. Five

weeks ago the girls were struggling to

swim in a pool, now they are bursting

with confidence thinking girls can

do anything. I’m so proud of these

beautiful women. They have worked so

hard, come so far, pushed through so

many barriers and achieved so much.

Now they have opportunities. Rafting

companies want them and they are

being offered jobs left right and centre.

The best part …………………..this is only

the beginning.

When, fi ve weeks ago, we arrived at the Holy

Lodge (a great place for a kayaker to stay)

in Thamal, Kathmandu, we met Inka Trollsas

(the project organiser). Before we knew it we

were walking into the Nepali Police Pool, jet

lagged and loaded with the gear we needed to

teach 10 Nepali Women basic kayaking skills.

It began their training to enter Nepal’s White

Water industry.

I noticed a small girl in traditional Nepali

clothes sitting nervously by herself. Then

Pasang Sherpa introduced herself in fl uent

English and said she was in the training

programme. She introduced us to the nervous

eighteen year old, Kamala Chepung who,

though she could speak no English, was the

top girl in her village school.

Sam-Bhavi, Hasilla, Radha, Anita and Rama

arrived, shy at fi rst, but it didn’t take long for

the Kiwi and Nepali girls to bond . Two days

later we were in a bus, en route for the Sun

Koshi River to work on skills for two days

before starting a 10-day river trip. After the two

days the girls could carve in and out of eddies,

paddle in a straight line and relax when they

tipped over.

At 1pm on the 16 th , two big buses full of old

and new friends, girls from all over the world,

arrived to be part of the project. Just three

hours later we pushed off, laden with enough

food for thirty seven people for ten days.

The ten days went fast. The Nepali Girls were

in kayaks for the easier sections and then in

rafts for diffi cult rapids. They worked so hard,

up at dawn cooking breakfast and preparing

lunch, then a big day on the river. Sometimes

there was more kayaking at the campsite in

the late afternoon before preparing dinner.

They were learning kayaking and rafting skills

and enjoying a taste of what it’s like to work

in the industry. With 37 people on this trip,

they got more than a taste of industry life.

Fifteen hours in buses got us to our next

destination, the Trisuli River, where the Peak

UK Himalayan White Water Challenge was

to be held. This is three days of kayaking and

rafting including, slalom, freestyle and downriver

racing. For the fi rst time ever Nepali

Women would be competing. Sita, Susmita

and Anu (a little more experienced than the

other 7) entered in the kayak events. There

were only 3 Nepali women in their category,

so they earned great prizes, paddles for the

slalom, dry tops for the down-river race and

helmets for the rodeo. Susmita took out overall

fi rst place for Nepali Women and won a brand

new Jackson kayak.

The Nepali girls worked on rafting skills for

another week on the Trisuli River then went

back to Sukute Beach for a three day White

Water Rescue Training course on the Bhote

Koshi River, joining forty other Nepali raft

guides. The girls mixed in smaller groups

with the guys, returned to the Trisuli River for

another week rafting and practising their newly

learnt WRT skills.

We parted with the girls after the kayak

festival, sneaked in an amazing trip to

Annapurna base camp and rejoined them

on 16 th of December for their fi nal trip on the

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Everyone on the log sporting their new KEEN shoes

Sorting gear at the Holy Lodge in

Thamel Kathmandu

lower Seti River. We found them loading the

rafts at the put-in, tying knots, working as a

team and shining with confi dence, eager to

show us all they had learnt.

Three days later we were on the bus to

Kathmandu, so proud of what these girls

had achieved. At a ceremony on the 20th

the fi rst Nepali women to reach the summit

of Mt Everest presented certifi cates. There

was a beautiful speech about Nepali women

developing a passion for adventure.

The thermometer was falling, rafting

companies were closing for the winter and

foreigners were returning home. The Nepali

girls who, 5 weeks ago, had not known each

other, now had a tight bond and quite possibly

strong friendships for life.

Five prominent rafting companies want

to employ them and there are more jobs

available than there are girls. Thanks to all

the people who made this happen, they have

opportunities, a club with all the gear they

need and support from Nepal’s White Water


Many New Zealanders contributed in big ways

to this project and on behalf of the Nepali

Women a huge thanks goes to everyone who

made donations and brought raffl e tickets;

Canoe and Kayak, Ice breaker, Keen Shoes,

Fergs Kayaks, The Lions (Edgecumbe and

Methven), Bivouac, SheWee, CPIT, OPC,

Outward Bound, Day Two, Mission Kayaking,

MacPac, Paddler Zone, Singapore Airlines,

Tongariro River Rafting, Wet n Wild Rafting

Rotorua, The Wall Rotorua.

Without their donations of gear and dollars

the HRG club would have half the amount

of gear. Also thanks to Josh Neilson. He is

making a documentary about the project and

has scheduled fi lm shows all over the country

in April. For dates and locations go to his blog

The Nepali training programme will be

repeated next year. If you would like to give

your time or equipment or help with raising

funds please email nepaligirlskayaking@

For a more detailed breakdown of the trip,

the girls progress and photos check out www.

Susmita showing her line on HAKAPUR to Malin from

Sweden(centre) and Beckey from Wales ((left)

Sita Thapa competing in the Rodeo at the Peak UK Himalayan White

Water challenge

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Product Focus

Mighty Mite Cart

A trolley for the budget concious!

At only $149.00 this is one of the cheapest kayak trollies on the market. Suitable for most

sit-on- top kayaks. This light weight trolly comes complete with a webbing strap, and a handy

stand. The wheels require little maintenance. A good wash after every use and oil occasionally

will extend their life.

Beckson Pumps

The Beckson THIRSTY-MATE ® hand

pump is manufactured in the U.S.A. from

the fi nest materials available. It is selfpriming

and very easy to clean. This hand

pump is designed specifi cally with the

Sea-Kayaker in mind. It has an aluminium

reinforced shaft which prevents the

pump shaft from fl exing in a rolling sea.

A Sleeve installed at the factory provides

positive fl otation if the pump is dropped


Kayaka Polartec

Powerstretch Top

The ultimate in comfort! The brushed lined

fabric not only keeps you snug, but it also wicks

moisture away, keeping you warmer for longer.

Available in time for winter paddling.

4 Way super-stretch brushed lined fabric.

Moisture wicked away from the skin.

Superior warmth with less bulk.

Windproof, splash proof.

Men’s, Woman’s, short and long sleeve


Available Winter 2009.


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This awesome kayak is the perfect solution for the whole family. It’s 2 +

1 layout gives you the fl exibility to do just about anything.

With the central seating position, a single paddler can handle the boat

easily. Two up, there is room to carry your picnic or shorkelling gear

too. You can even take the family!

The Surge is stable and tracks well with the aid of the short keel and

grooves in the hull. The fl ared front lifts the bow in any surf or sea and

the sharp lines cut into the face of the wave making for a comfortable

and well controlled ride. The moulded handles make handling on shore

a breeze. There is plenty of room for rod holders so you can take a line

out with you.

For both parents and kids alike, the Surge is easy to paddle and great

fun as a swimming platform.

Surely one of the most versatile kayaks on the market.

Kayaka Paddle Longs & Shorts

Kayaka Long John

A must for any paddler. The bare minimum

in paddle wear. These pants keep your vitals

warm dry and comfortable.

3/2mm Seamate Neoprene.

Flatlocked seams. Supratex knee pads.

High cut waist with toggle to prevent ride-down.

Anatomically designed for maximum comfort.

Men's, Women's, Shorts also available


Available now.

For the serious fi sherman. These long

johns are designed to keep you warm in

the roughest of conditions. They are so

comfortable you can wear them all day.With

the fl at locked seams, you get no chaffi ng

and there is extra protection for your knees.

Kayaka Long John

3/2mm Seamate Neoprene.

Flatlocked seams.

Single Velcro Shoulder.

Supratex knee pads.

The kayak fi sherman’s best friend.

Men's, Women's.

Available now.

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Kayak Tours – A Great Way To Explore

The Country by Karen Knowles

Have you been looking for something different to give as a

gift or a way to get into kayaking .....why not come along

on one of our guided kayak tours It’s different, fun and the

perfect way to spend time with family or friends! There’s a

range of different tours to suit everyone, you don’t need any

experience and all kayaking gear is supplied. What’s more,

our guides are qualified so you are in very good hands and

safety is our priority.

Canoe & Kayak run a range of tours and can arrange a

personalised itinerary to suit you and your group. Come and

explore New Zealand’s beautiful waterways with us!


Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty’s tours to suit everyone, with

competitive rates and a fantastic friendly service!

Glow worm Canyon on Lake McLaren – The spectacular Glow Worm

canyon is only accessible by kayak making this peaceful experience

truly something different. This is popular tour runs year round. An

amazing experience for the whole family! $75 per person, min 2 pax.

Around the Mount - Departing from Pilot Bay and heading round

“Mauao” (Mount Maunganui) to Rabbit Island for a look around its

beautiful scenery and back to Pilot Bay. During the winter months we

often have close encounters with seals. $75 per person, min 2 pax.


There are so many options for tours in the kayaking paradise of

Auckland. Our most popular tours are: Puhoi River, Greenhithe to

Albany Waterfall, Greenhithe to Riverhead Pub, Historic Dacre Cottage.

Trips can be one way or return, just give us a call and we can arrange

everything for you. Prices on application depending on numbers.


Coastal Paddle to the Pub. Here’s something different – kayaking to

the pub! Explore the beautiful coastline from Omana to Pine Harbour

reaching the The Jolly Roger Pub for a well deserved cold one or relax

with a coffee at the Cafe. This tour is a popular idea for birthday parties,

corporate team building or holiday makers. Cost $75 per person min

4 pax (transport to Omana and from Pine Harbour not included, all

refreshments costs clients responsibility). Or let us arrange transport

and breakfast or lunch for $135pp.


Waikato River Discovery Trip. One of Taupo’s best kept secrets is the

sheer beauty and tranquillity of the Waikato river meandering by just

minutes from the centre of town. The water is crystal clear and our trip

takes in Cherry Island and the Thermal Hot Springs where we stop for a

soak. $45 Adults $25 under 14 yrs.

Maori Carvings Tour. Visit the world famous Maori Carvings which are

only accessible from the water. The main carving depicts the face of Te

Arawa’s high priest Natoro-irangi. This is surrounded by many smaller

and intricate carvings best seen by kayak. $90 per person suitable for

those over 12 years.


Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve

View the scenic & rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closer to the

Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony and experience the thrill of

close up views of these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$55.00 per person.


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

One day $80.00

Enjoying the Moari Carvings

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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


Priced at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

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

Width: 480mm



Intrigue is ideal for the beginner/entry level

kayaker who is looking for a quick, light

kayak with great stability. Also suitable for

first time Coast to Coasters.

Priced at $2460, $2740 Kevlar

Length: 4.94m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar,

Width: 540mm

Buyers Guide

Gladiator with its larger cockpit, is built for

the bigger paddler looking for a longer,

fast and stable kayak for Coast to Coast


Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

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

Width: 530 mm



This very user friendly kayak with excellent

combination of speed and stability is suitable not

only for the intermediate/ advanced paddler, but

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

Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

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

Width: 455 mm


Adventure Duet is a lightweight, very fast

and recently updated Adventure Racing

double kayak. It continues to dominate

adventure racing in NZ and is a great

recreational double.

Priced at $5260, $5760 Kevlar

Length: 7m, Weight: 29 kg, 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 Firebolt and is

faster than both.

Priced at $3150

Length: 5.65m, Weight: 11kg, 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.

Priced at $3200, $3700 Kevlar

Length: 6.4m, Weight: 18kg, 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.

Priced at $3620

Length: 6.43m, Weight: 16kg, Width: 510mm





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

It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool

draining system. Ideal for the paddler

wanting a good fitness work out.

Priced at $1695

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

An excellent training and competition surf

ski, can be used with under-slung rudder

or rear mounted rudder.

Priced at $1795

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

This boat is a great training/ racing,

rota-moulded alternative to expensive

composite crafts, has moderate stability

and good speed.

Priced at $1695

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

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This is a versatile touring kayak for lake,

river and sea. Stability, speed and easy

tracking make for an enjoyable day’s

paddling. A larger cockpit allows for easier

entry and exit.

Prices start at $1930

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

Penguin has as all the features for multiday

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 light,

Width: 610 mm

A comfortable performance orientated sea

kayak which will suit all sizes of paddlers

with plenty of foot room for the bigger

ones. The Shearwater handles well in

rough conditions. A fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $2475

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite,

Width: 610 mm





Its low profile and flared bow enables the

Tasman Express to perform well in adverse

conditions. It gives the paddler maximum

comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest,

side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Prices start at $2695

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

Width: 620mm

As per the plastic model, the kevlar

Tasman Express responds to rough

conditions but its decreased weight, and

increased stiffness, gives even better


Prices start at $4260

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

Sea K



The Southern Skua has a low deck

profile enabling it to perform extremely

well in windy conditions. Its longer hull

gives it greater speed and allows it to

surf the waves in a following sea. It gives

maximum stability in the open sea.

Prices start at $4235

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

See in-store for

that su






Torres, a fast and stable sea kayak,

capable of handling extreme expeditions.

Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Prices start at $4320

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

Foveaux Express, 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: 5.0m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 600mm

Increase your visibility in these yellow

bouyancy aids. They can be adjusted with

side, shoulder and waist straps. There is

an inside pocket with a ring to store keys,

knife or whistle.


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This kayak is designed for day tripping and

light overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to

paddle and handles easily.

Prices start at $2300

A roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle

boat. The channelled hull provides

outstanding tracking which helps keep you

on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes

crossing rough water a breeze.

Prices start at $2550

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: 4.5 m, Weight: 26 kg std, Width: 640 mm Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 620mm Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35kg std, Width: 800mm






Eco Bezhig is an enjoyable sea kayak,

fast and nimble with huge storage, great

features and the most comfortable seat

your butt will ever meet.

Prices start at $3199

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

This model is proving a hit for its lighter

weight and excellent features. This is a

plastic double sea kayak that is great

for all those amazing expeditions and


Prices start at $4250

Length: 5.64m, Weight: 45kg Std, Width: 760mm

a package deal

its you


Five- O-Five is a fully-fledged touring

kayak for entry and medium level

paddlers. A high-quality touring boat. At

505 cm it offers great glide and tracking.

Prices start at $2299

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






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 Beachcomber combines the latest

design with cutting edge technologies

to create an ultra light, thermoformed,

manoeuvrable sea kayak, perfectly suited

to New Zealand conditions.

Prices start at $2950

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

The Point 65 Nemo is a comfortable and

stable recreational kayak for the whole


Prices start at $1099

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

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

adult and a small child. The Squirt is easy

to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried

by one adult or two kids.

Stable and easy to paddle, Flow handles

surf with ease. Simple for the beginner to

use, yet exciting for the more experienced


A fun double sit-on-top kayak with the

option of a third person sitting in the

middle. Surge has ample stability and

speed and performs well in surf.

Prices start at $449

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

Prices start at $879

Prices start at $1299

Length: 3.90 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 850 mm




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

Access 280 is a nimble performer that

turns really easily. The open cockpit

houses a comfortable moulded padded

seat, an adjustable backrest and an easy

to reach, under deck tray for all your


Prices start at $879

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

Play is great for the paddler who wants

a fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kids

love this Sit-on as it is not too wide for

them to paddle and yet 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, Strike is a fast

and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

See in-store for

that su

Prices start at $895

Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 686 mm






Fish ‘n’ Dive is the ultimate fishing/diving

kayak. A large well located in the stern

holds loads of fish. You can customize it

with hatches, fish finders and rod holders.

Prices start at $1195

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

The Marauder is for the serious kayak

fisherman. It is fast, stable with loads of

deck space. Performs excellently in surf.

Prices start at $1395

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

The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer

cuts down on windage. Paddlers maintain

high speed and straight tracking with easy

handling in all conditions.

Prices start at $1295

Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg, Width: 711 mm

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Here is a little cracker! The Firefly is

designed so the kids can have fun. Little

and light, easy to handle and stable. The

kids will love it, if they can get Dad off it!


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

Probably the closest you will come to

finding one kayak that does it all. Surfing,

fishing, snorkelling. Escapee is stable and

easy to paddle.

A boat the whole family can enjoy.

Prices start at $810

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

An extended Escapee for the larger

paddler. You’ll fish, dive and have fun in

the sun. There’s a storage hatch behind

the seat for easy access and wells at the

front and rear.

Prices start at $1020

Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mm




The fantastically stable and manoeuvrable

Kiwi has two dry compartments for gear.

Light, super comfortable and fast for its

length. It’s an awesome, all round kayak.

Prices start at $1270

Length: 3.75m, Width: 740 mm

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

a package deal

its you


A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing,

surfing and exploring. Tandem has

two 6” hatches to store your adventure

equipment. Room for three, often paddled

by one.

Prices start at $1195

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mm


Explorer is ideal for fishing and exploring

and one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find.

Great hatches for storing your goodies are


Prices start at $995

Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg, Width: 790 mm







Catch 390 features satisfy the keenest

angler, beginners & experienced alike.

Front & rear bulkheads. Watertight fishing

rod chute. Flush mount rod holders behind

the seat .

Prices start at $1650

Length: 3.90m, Weight: 28kg, Width: 850 mm

The ‘pimped’ Angler edition of the Access.

The Line 280 is ready to go fishing when

you are. Anchor running line is already

fitted. There are rod holders, and paddle

parks to store your paddle while you fish.

Prices start at $1095

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

Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’s

Safety Flag, LED light unit. It comes

complete with Rod Holder or alternative

deck fittings. A must for all open water



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A must for every boatie. Our 36 litres per

minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab

handle, super-strong pump shaft and

heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.


Two chamber float gives added safety.

A 2nd chamber for use when you need

extra buoyancy or if one chamber is

accidentally punctured. There’s a clip on

safety tether to eliminate loss in windy



Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature

allows paddle to be easily attached/

detached to/from leash. It comes with

a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum

durability and an internal Kevlar cord

filament for maximum breaking strength.






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 $69.90 - 21Ltr $79.90 - 51Ltr $99.90

Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes

feature the great wide mouth-lateral

design. They slide easily into kayak

hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge

valve automatically purges the air as

the bag is compressed.

10Ltr $69.90 - 21Ltr $79.90 - 51Ltr $119.90








The Opti Dry is super-tough made from

super-clear heavy-duty vinyl. It has an

abrasion resistant bottom.

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


At 140 litres you can fit all your wet gear in

one bag, or keep all your gear dry!

A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and

adjustable, padded shoulder straps makes

for easy use.

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

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








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 construction. Wheels fold down

conveniently to fit in a back hatch.


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A great small-craft safety accessory.

These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built in

tough PVC for maximum abuse. With

tubing sewn in, they stay open to deploy

quickly. 300mm dia. opening 580mm



The Sea Rover features a large compass

with easy to read markings. With a simple,

yet elegant base, it attaches easily to

deck lines or sits nicely on top of a deck

bag. Quick-release buckles allow for easy



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 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.


Kayak Centres

For Sale

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



Subscribe to the

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


What a great way to earn a living. Working

in a recreational retail business with

heaps of time outdoors, at sea with great


Phone Peter Townend on 0274 529 255,

or email

for more information.

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

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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


The corner Greenwood St &

Duke St, State Highway 1

Bypass, Hamilton

PHONE: 07 847 5565


710 Great South Road,


PHONE: 09 262 0209


3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off

Hewletts Rd)

PHONE: 07 574 7415


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

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.

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Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River Discovery

Mohaka Taupo Adventure Tours

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

A leisurely paddle of about 3km to the rock

carvings. The largest is over 10m high and

from below in a small boat it is imposing.

$90 per person (bookings essential).

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the

magnificent upper reaches of the mighty

Waikato River - soak in the geothermal

hotsprings - take in the stunning

environment... a perfect trip for all the family...

Adult $45, Children $25

Special group and family rates.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Need some excitement Take a kayak down

this wicked Grade II river run... this is a

whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down the Mohaka River.

Price: $125 per person.

Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

We can organize specialized kayak tours to

suit any budget.

From helicopter access, white water

paddling to extended cruises aboard a

mother ship.

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Canoe Polo

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

A great game for young and old.

A fast, furious and fun way to improve

your skills.

There’s a league to suit you.

Contact your local store for more information.

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 $60.

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

One day $60.00

Phone 06 769 5506

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out

to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf

Island Marine Reserve. View the scenic &

rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closer

to the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal

colony and experience the thrill of close up

views of these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$60.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Glow worms Cruise

River Tours

Kayak Hire

Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake

McLaren to view glow worms by night

or beautiful waterfalls by day. This trip

takes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable for

paddlers with no experience. All gear, hot

drinks and nibbles are supplied.

Price $75 per person.

Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings.

07 574 7415

Exploring beautiful estuaries.

Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife and

wonderful views.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Have some paddling fun on

the beach or let us run a Tour for you and

your friends and explore these beautiful


Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0800 KAYAKN for details

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fun and easy to do.

Don’t delay.

Phone 0508 5292569 NOW!

Paddle to the Pub

Twilight Tours

Customized Tours

Join the Yakity Yak Club

Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way

of spending an evening, bringing your

group of friends together by completing

a fun activity before dinner and making

a memorable experience. These trips are

available to Riverhead, Browns Bay and

Devonport Pubs.



Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.

Departs from one of your local beautiful

beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun

setting as you paddle along the coast line.

Group discounts available!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.

• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full

days frolic or a wicked weekend adventure

we can take you there.

If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle

we can provide you with experienced

guides, local knowledge, safe up to date

equipment and a lot of fun.

Contact your local store

on 0508 KAYAKNZ.

Want to have fun, meet new people, have

challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn

new skills

PLUS get a regular email newsletter and

this magazine! Also, get a discount on

kayaking courses and purchases from

Canoe & Kayak Centres.

Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more.




the thrill and ease of Cobra

Fishing & Touring Kayaks. Fish in spots

you can’t get to by boat, enjoy built-in

exercise and get close to the action

on the water. All this with an easy to

transport Cobra Kayak for a fraction

of the cost and hassle of a boat!

Cobra Fishing and Touring Kayaks’ range of accessories

allow you to configure your kayak to your own specialist

needs for sports fishing, diving and distance touring.

All Cobra 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

for rod holders, scuba gear, battery, tackle box, bait tank,

and much more.

Cobra Kayaks all feature polyethylene hulls for super

tough performance with a LIFETIME guarantee to prove it.

The self draining reinforced scuppers throughout give

unparalleled hull rigidity and a drier ride.


Length 4.3 m

Width 780 mmm

Weight 24 kg

Capacity 216 kg


Length 4.1 m

Width 730 mm

Weight 24 kg

Capacity 205 kg

Call us now or visit our website for

our dealer locations and find out

how to make your dreams a reality

on the water this summer.


Length 4.6 m

Width 711 mm

Weight 23 kg

Capacity 216 kg


Length 3.8 m

Width 914 mmm

Weight 28 kg

Capacity 272 kg

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