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Discover Another World

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Issue 37

Letters to the Editor 6

Kayaking nutrition 7

Cook Straight 8

Kayak Fishing 9

Southern Gold: Waikaia River 10

Yakity Yak Mid Winter Banquet at Dacre

Cottage 11

Discovering Another World -

Casual Paddler to NZKI 2 Star 12

Kayak Fishing 13

Scallops yum 14

The Unclaimed Coast

Adventure Philosophy’s South Georgian

Odyssey - Chapter Three 16

The Arrow Auckland 24hr adventure race:

won by team Canoe & Kayak, due to clever

planning and execution of: 22

Opoutere & Whangamata Coastline 24

Rescue 111 or May Day-May Day-May Day 28

Eskimo Rolling... is it really that hard 31

Youngest kids ever! 32

A leadership programme 32

Malborough Sounds Trip 34

Go Girls!! 36

A View From the Top 38

A Rose by any other name 40

Lake Rotorangi Trip 42

Directory: Things to do 43

NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide 45

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Photo by: Kate Fitness

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I am sitting in my office on Sunday afternoon and the

deadline for the magazine is now. My son of 8 has just

helped me tidy up our fishing gear and is now happy

grinding away with a modelling tool at a large piece of

Kauri gum found on the local beach, will it turn into a

grand masterpiece I am not sure, but he is having a lot

of fun.

So what is of interest at the moment, well the most

topical thing on the horizon is progress, not the progress

of the grinding noise but the progress of land

development. As you may have guessed I have a rather

large passion for the outdoors and when you sum up

what that means to me it is simple, wilderness. I love

the wilderness places we have, be they huge National

Parks or little wilderness areas in the middle of town.

What constitutes a wilderness area for me is not the lack

of people because my other love is people, but the lack

of their permanent dwellings and roads and the general

infrastructure that goes along with all of us where ever

we decide to live.

Wilderness to me is finding beaches, river banks,

reserves, quiet places that have that untouched feel to

them. Then I feel like Captain Cook must have felt or

the first Maori arriving in this little piece of paradise.

Wow your mind goes, this is beautiful and remote and

it’s just us here.

This feeling is annihilated when you arrive at Mission

Bay or the Taupo foreshore as the masses of buildings,

roading, vehicles and people come into sight.

The next intrusion into my special wilderness is the

proposed development of 600 houses behind Dacre

Cottage in the southern area of the Rodney District,

north of Auckland. This stunning area has been my

backyard for just under 40 years. Now the owner of the

land wants to make some money out of it. Bugger!!!!!

I do not blame the owner, it is his or her land and they

have every right to want to make money out of it.

Then there is the proposed damming of the Mokau River



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in Taranaki and the water use application on the

Waimakariri and the Rakaia Rivers in Canterbury.

These are areas that I and many others also love.

I understand both sides of the argument. One for

the development of land to increase wealth and the

other to halt all development and turn vegan and

cook on a wood range.

The issue comes down to balance and this is

reached in our democratic society by the speaking

up of both sides to a proposal, and in here lies our

problem. In many situations the developer of the

large chunks of land has hundreds of millions of

dollars invested and the means to employ the

specialized debators to go head-to-head with

council and objectors, where as concerned citizens

objecting by themselves have a small piggy bank

of now worthless cent pieces. They are out

matched and out gunned.

However, we do have the ability to do something if

we work together.

We have organisations like the New Zealand

Recreational Canoeing Association

www.rivers.org.nz that has for years quietly

worked on our behalf putting in submissions and

attending hearings and winning many battles,

down to the Dacre Cottage Management Committee

looking after a one quarter acre piece of paradise

in Rodney Districts coast line.

These organisation are the balance to the scales of

the continuing development of the wilderness that

we love and we need to support them with our

piggy banks and our enthusiasm so they can go to

battle with the same support as the developers and

can win the battles that are just.

Peter Townend

P.S the kauri gum is now a hippo and the office is

now redecorated with a layer of gum dust.

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ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006 5

Letters to the Editor


Cars carrying brightly coloured kayaks,

Kayaks lined up on the beach ready to launch into the sea

Triggering envious thoughts of: ‘I’ve left it too late in life

This arthritis in my neck and shoulders would prohibit me’.

Taupo shop has moved

Taupo has moved into a new shop at 143 Ruapehu Street, Taupo. Drop in

and have a cup of coffee with the friendly team.

Eventually— other thoughts; ‘if I don’t try it how will I know’.

So I toddled off to the Yakity Yak Shop, situated in North Shore.

There I met with sound advice and signed up for a course

The staff are the friendliest bunch and full of kayak lore.

This basic skills course gave me confidence in rescue techniques,

Paddle strokes, many issues of safety, weather and equipment.

The ‘Sunday Paddle’ was memorable, cold and high winds,

It was suggested I ‘opt out’ due to my age. (I loved every moment!)

Once completing the course one is free to join in the

Sunday kayak trips and I take full advantage of these days,

Enjoying the never ending delight of meeting new people

Always a new experience, a new bay, river or inland waterways.

All the instructors are so professional and likeable people

Ever ready to advise or demonstrate the proper way to do things.

It always amazes me how they remember every-ones names,

Their friendly manner contributes to the success and joy the course brings.

It’s just two years since I started paddling, and still as keen as ever,

The problem I had with my neck and shoulders are so much better!

Paddling a kayak makes me feel like I’m part of the ocean.

Conscious of every ripple swell and wave and feel so much fitter.

Of all the kayakers that I have met, I estimate one third are female,

All age groups are represented, so if you are thinking about joining.

Don’t miss out like I did, the sooner you start the more fun you will have.

So stop prevaricating!

Ken Brett. Aged 83.

Andrew Sanders warming up.

Hi Pete, This letter comes almost 4 months late to thank you for taking

me and my son Andrew under your wing on the last day of your Yakkity-Yak

trip down the Wanganui in April. It was most reassuring given the weather to

know we were in such good and safe company on that last day. We

thoroughly enjoyed the trip despite some anxious moments (more in the

head than in

reality). As it was our first ever trip in a canoe we definitely needed to

be in experienced company. You and the others were incredibly kind and

welcoming and we really did appreciate it. Unfortunely I aggravated an old

shoulder problem and don’t think I’ll be able to do much canoeing in the

future unless I get it seen to some time. Many thanks again to the only

person I know who can make a roaring fire in a rainstorm!!

Kind regards

John Sanders

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Why is water so important

Humans can live for several weeks without food,

but only about three days without water.

So how much water do you need to drink in a 24hr


Easy: To work out what you need: multiply your

weight by 30ml = millilitres eg 70kg x 30ml = 2.1ltrs

Before any kayaking you need to be fully hydrated

so start a good week before any recreational or

thrill kayaking weekend/event.

Re-hydration is essential especially before starting

the socialising.

Now you will say: ‘Every time I drink water the toilet

stop is essential’.

• Increase your water intake each day gradually.

Your body will learn to absorb and utilise the



• Water serves as the body’s transportation


• Present in the mucous & salivary juices of our

digestive systems

• Participates in the body’s biochemical reactions

• Disperses excess heat from working muscles

• Regulates body temperature: important for

evaporation of water from body surfaces

helping to cool the body.

• Mental Note to Self: water is as important as

learning how to secure your spray-skirt!

Body Preparation

Start thinking about getting your body ready for

summer kayaking.

Stretching - each day stretch rotating the two-day


Day One - lower body: hamstrings, quads, gluts, abs

and side bends

Day Two - upper body: scapulars, rotator cuff,

chest, forearms

Then we can look at strengthening.

Stretching & strengthening to prevent injury: that

is the goal.

Sue Levett

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and I’ll be glad to have a chat.

All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.

ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006 7

Cook Straight

With a reputation of being one of the worst stretches of water

in New Zealand we were all the more determined to give it a

go, however we had to make sure we got it right. So after a

good hard paddle on a Sunday afternoon and some playing

around in bumpy and windy conditions, to make sure

everyone was feeling confident in their kayaks. We found

ourselves sitting around a table with weather & tide charts

and of course a map. The crossing was planned for the

coming weekend, but the weather was not looking great. It

sure is difficult to get both the weather and tides working

for us. With further discussion we decided it would have to

be a crossing this Thursday or not at all. It gave us three

days to organize work, food and baby-sitting for our

5 children!

“Are you nervous” Somebody asked me. Sorry, no time for nerves. I was just

pleased to finally be driving down there! However standing on Makara Beach

at 1am Thursday morning (our arrival time) with the wind still blowing a gale

and the swells pounding on the beach in the darkness, I did start to feel just

a little nervous. We were supposed to be paddling “that”, in the dark, in about

4-1/2 hrs! What a bummer I thought as I cuddled down in my sleeping bag in

the van. The others had put their tents up. After all that rushing around and

stressing out, we just might be driving back home tomorrow. Either that or it

is going to be a damn hard paddle!

At 5am in the morning, and before opening my eyes, I opened my ears,

expecting to hear howling wind and pounding surf. But there wasn’t any.

Instead I heard rejoicing cries from the tents. “The wind has dropped!” And

after a favourable updated on the marine forecast it’s, “let’s do it!” So it was

up out of bed (If you could call the seats in the van a bed) down with the

tents, in with the breakfast and kayaks packed ready for the adventure

awaiting. We were hoping to leave at 6am but ended up leaving at 6.40am!

Never mind, we were still quietly confident that we could make that Tory

channel before the tide changed at 1425.

It wasn’t long before the sun shone on the South island and we had clear

visibility of our destination. That’s great I thought, we won’t be needing our

compasses. So we pointed our bows to a small peak about 8 km north of

Tory Channel paddling at a comfortable pace, about 7 1/2 k per hr and sat

back to enjoy a very long ferry glide.

The start of our trip was a little bumpy with swells of about 1.5 metres. I

couldn’t believe the change from only five hrs earlier! As we progressed the

sea calmed down further. I didn’t think Cook Straight could get so stunning.

Every now and then some beautiful, slow moving three-meter swells would

rise out of no-where. Fascinating to watch and a reminder of just how small

and vunerable a kayaker is in a vast ocean. At about 16 km’s from Tory we

changed our ferry glide and pointed our bows slightly to the left of Tory

channel to make the most of the stronger current that we would have closer

to the Channel entrance moving north. 4-1/2 hrs after setting off we found

ourselves at Tory channel. The swells rebounding off the rocks on the right

of the channel and hitting the current moving in from the left made a very

impressive pressure wave, which we were very happy to paddle around. We

had to wait there for 15-20mins to let the ferries past through. We weren’t

keen to play chicken with them as they looked very much bigger than us. So

we took the opportunity to ring families, friends and of course to check in to

the coast guard to let them know we had made it safely. Lots of rejoicing and

text messages ringing everywhere!

Through the channel was another fascinating part of the trip. It reminded

me of a river in flood. Big boils and currents doing strange things with strong

eddy lines. It didn’t take long however for everything to settle back down

and apart from the odd eddy line it soon became more like paddling a mill

pond. A couple of hours later, and after exploring mussel farms and collecting

our own mussels off some rocks we found our DOC camp site. Then it was

the usual eating, laying about in the sun, eating some more, tents up, eating

again, building a fire, cooking up and eating our mussels and then at last it

was time for dinner, pudding, supper and the usual talk and laughs around

the camp fire.

The morning brought a forecast of 30-40knot head winds! From our camp

site everything looked pretty calm so we decided we better get on the water

and paddle as far as we could before the winds came up. However 10mins

later and around a corner we hit them. Bummer I thought, we still have

another 20kms to go. So it was heads down, paddling hard and keeping as

close as we could to the banks to find shelter as much as possible. About 1

hr later and rounding another corner the wind seemed to die down and we

began to make better head way. In fact it wasn’t long and the wind seem to

disappear almost completely. Another pleasant surprise. I think the closer

we got to Picton the more sheltered we became. However, wind or no wind

there was no relaxing because the boss was keen to catch the 1.30pm ferry

back home. Andy, who was the only one amongst us who had done the

crossing before told us how the ferry passed him as he rounded the last

corner and he had to paddle real hard to just catch it in time. We were heading

around that corner now and you guessed it, our ferry passed us. Another

bummer! It was head down and paddling hard again! Andy’s predicted

15mins was more like 30mins but together we made it!!

Boy that land under our feet and bum off the seat sure felt good! Our shouts,

hugs, photos and grins from ear to ear didn’t last too long as we had a sharp

reminder that we had a ferry to catch. So out came the trolleys from

somewhere inside each of our boats and we ran to purchase our tickets and

wheel our kayaks onto the ferry. Most people would complain, but it was a

pleasant relief for us to hear our ferry had to be delayed for about 3/4 of an

hour. Just enough time for us to get changed and of course have something

more to eat!

It was a very windy and rough return trip and we all decided that sitting on

the ferry was much easier but nowhere near as much fun! Grinning away we

told everyone who dared talk to us that we had just finished paddling what

we were now crossing.

So now it is back to the mundane life stuff like work, kids and washing.

(Always heaps of washing) But somehow everything just seems that little

brighter with the quiet (or not so quiet) knowledge of knowing I have

conquered the treacherous (or not so treacherous) Cook’s crossing. So what

next I’m not sure. Maybe I will book in Stewart Island. Another one of those

places with a reputation of being one of NZ worst stretches of water.

Bronnie van Lith

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Kayak Fishing by Nathan Pettigrew

A lesson learnt

Lets talk about safety. Now I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking, ‘here

we go, another article probably just like the last one I’ve read!’ Well,

hopefully not because I’m going to talk about something that is so easily overlooked

and so commonly taken for granted. Here is a short story about one

of my ‘out of the ordinary’ fishing trips in the Tauranga harbour.

Let us go back to March, it’s a beautiful clear day here in the Bay of Plenty

and families are out and about, walking around Mt Maunganui and enjoying

the sunshine. It couldn’t have been a better day to get out and do a bit of

fishing in search of the ‘big one’. There lay my first problem. The fact that the

day was so clear and calm gave me a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude and my ‘what

if’ questions went out the window. I organized gear into hatches and threw

my knife on the deck, as I always do, being completely unaware that that

knife would possibly be my only saving grace later on the trip. But of course

I didn’t think of that at the time. After all, it was a damn nice day, what could

possibly go wrong in the harbor with a clear weather forecast all afternoon

Now, I’m a very keen kayak fisherman. I love it. I have caught so many fish

that I could have opened an aquarium for lip hooked fish! So I knew the

general routine of trolling for a kahawai or kingfish, bringing it in, grabbing

the knife off the deck, taking it out of the sheath, bleeding the fish and

throwing it in the back of the kayak. Feeling like the big warrior man, just

without the face paint, and then heading off to get the next one.

But this day something was going to happen that I was not ready for.

Something so stupid that could easily have been avoided with a few ‘fit outs’

on the kayak. Here we go: I spend of a lot of time trolling and this day was no

different. I was near the entrance to the Tauranga harbor when I hooked

something. It was something pretty good because it was peeling line out.

Plus I use fairly light gear, so there is always more time involved in landing

fish to avoid ‘break offs’. I was in my element. BUT I didn’t take into account

that the tide was half out meaning the current was incredibly strong and

creating small standing waves with the help of a breeze that had picked up

since launching. Realizing the tide was taking me out and being completely

oblivious to anything but bringing in my fish, I decided a good thing to do

was to throw the anchor over the side! Have you worked it

out yet

The second I threw the pik, I thought ‘oh oh, that wasn’t a good idea’. So now

I have problems: a fish that I’m determined to bring in, I’m in the middle of

the entrance and the peak tide is creating a huge pull on the kayak plus the

anchor down is quite possibly snagged on the rocks below. What’s more, a

throng of people have stopped on the Mount to watch this warrior, who soon

wishes he had not just face painted himself but had a whole paper bag over

his head!

I pulled the fish in. Bearing in mind that I’m a little panicky at this stage, I just

put the big guy on the deck instead of securely in the back like I normally

would. That was my second mistake. (It was probably more like my 7th

mistake but no one has pointed them all out to me yet!). I grabbed the pulley

system because all I could think about was getting out of there! I pullied the

anchor to the side of the kayak......!

You guessed it, I was suddenly turned side on to the current, the kayak tipped,

the fish slid off the deck and straight over the side. The knife went with the

fish. I’m sure I can still hear that damn fish laughing at me even now! The

whole kayak is now up on a steep angle and I had no idea what I was going

to do next. It seemed like a lifetime in this predicament. I rummaged through

my storage hatch and managed to find some blunt plyers, which took forever

to cut through the pulley systems rope. But, I was free and able to paddle

away fish-less, knife-less, anchor-less, anchor system-less, and pride-less!

But it could have been a lot worse.

One of the easiest adjustments I could have made to myself was to have a

plan and be aware of the small things that could go wrong. Especially since I

was next to a shipping channel and lucky enough not to be made into burley.

The obvious addition I could have made to my kayak was fitting a knife

holder, in fact, it was so easily done it wasn’t funny. I approached ‘Big Steve’

at C&K in the Mount and told him about my day. From there we devised and

fitted a quick release anchor system. This allows me to be free of the anchor

with one quick tug on the release line. I can then paddle back and retrieve

the anchor later. I’ve since thought this would be great if I am bottom fishing

and chance on a big Kingi. I can release the kayak from the anchor and go

with the fish. If I get to Chile - I know I’ve gone to far.

One other thing, and I’m not saying this as a ‘plug’ for Cobra kayaks but I

really do believe the stability of my ‘Cobra Fish n Dive’ played a massive part

in stopping me from going for a swim or worse. I don’t think there are too

many kayaks that could have handled that type of angle against a pulling

current. So as far as fishing kayaks go, I personally would have nothing less.

Hawke’s Bay

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All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.

ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006 9

Southern Gold: Waikaia River

by Dave Moore

Gore, Riversdale and Waiparu don’t get a lot of press as

superb holiday locations but they may get a few more

visitors as word spreads of the delights whitewater kayakers

may find if they journey to the Waikaia River. Southland’s

Waikaia valley has been a hive of recreational activity for

years. Camping, fishing, tramping, mountain-biking and epic

4WD experiences have been the traditional pursuits of the

valley. More recently kayakers have been making their way

over, and so the rumours began... The deep gorges of the

Waikaia provide some of New Zealand’s best opportunities

for adventure kayaking. Three distinct sections exist. The

upper two runs being classic after a little rain: West Branch

(class V), Waikaia Gorge (classIV-V) and the Lower Waikaia

(class II).

West Branch

The headwaters of the Waikaia are a whitewater dream come true... Except

that in this instance you get to carry your kayak. 20 kilos of kayak and a whole

bunch of kit means you’ll be sweating your way over fences and into the

uplands of the Garvie Mountains. This scenic warm-up will take 2-3 hours.

Completely hidden from view the West Branch protects its glory until you

are on it, in it, or going over it.

The first few kilometres of this section drop at up to 70m/km. Many rapids

spread this gradient evenly making for totally absorbing boating. Each drop

is stacked above the next; scouting can involve looking two or three falls

ahead. Recent local knowledge or a bunch of scouting is mandatory. Not

doing this is gambling on a good line and a lack of hazards. Gaps between

long sections of continuous whitewater are small. Small mistakes can

compound quickly and good party management is essential. It’s a good place

to be on top of your game.

The West Branch does have some user friendly traits the lower gorge lacks.

Gently angled river banks make for quick and efficient scouting and easy

portage options. All the drops are clean and runnable if you avoid the low

end of the flow scale. As good as boating gets.

where all rumours began. With adventure novelties like paddling through a

cave off a horizon line and the entire river sieving out, it’s got a certain

character about it. The rapids are segmented, providing welcome breaks

between drops. Imposing walls, sheer with clinging vegetation guard the

interior of this run. The beauty subdues the fact that escape would be a

major undertaking.

The Waikaia Gorge is not as sustained as the upper section but it is a

committing run with serious rapids, waterfalls and totally superb scenery.

With good access and ‘the day trip’ factor it’s all good to go. This class IV and

V section will be the run of choice for most kayakers visiting the valley. It’s a

piece of boating magic.

Lower Waikaia

Numerous options exist for trips on the lower Waikaia, class I and 2 trips can

be found. Watch out for fishermen and trees in the river. There are a lot

of them.

The Waikaia may be a little off the traditional paddling circuit but it does

provide a day or two kayaking that is extremely hard to beat. Pre or post

paddling the camping is nicely casual with swimming holes and walks near

by. Classic whitewater and outstanding gorge scenery with great access - it’s

all there. Whichever section you choose the Waikaia is adventure boating

and a great day out.

For detailed information on Southland’s Waikaia River check out ‘New

Zealand Whitewater’ by Graham Charles.

Waikaia Gorge

The West Branch section finishes at an old road bridge, as far as 2WD’s can

go. From here the Waikaia Gorge begins. This is the piece of whitewater

Dave Moore discovers the Waikaia

provides plenty of air time.

Creek boats provide a little insurance on

steep continuous rocky drops

Mark Lewis links up the continuous water of Waikaia’s West Branch

The golden water of the Waikaia is hard to

beat. Penny Holland on line in the Waikaia


Sometimes you have to earn your

whitewater. Mark Lewis earns his heading

in for the West Branch

10 ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006

Yakity Yak Mid Winter Banquet at

Dacre Cottage

72 kayaks on the beach and close to 100 people for lunch, a stunning day with not a cloud in the sky, too much food and fun. Don't miss it next year.

ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006 11

Discovering Another World -

Casual Paddler to NZKI 2 Star by Russell Williams

From the bank I watched two paddlers being rescued from

the cool clear water only minutes after launching. The little

green kayaks seemed to have minds of their own and to this

13 year old, soon to be paddler, they seemed very unstable

and unable to be paddled in a straight line. It was soon to

be my turn to experience this adventure on the Waimakariri

River, one of many new experiences provided on this

Scout Jamboree.

Many years and many kayaking experiences have passed since this first small

step. Little did I know that kayaking would become my life. I am now the

owner operator of Canoe & Kayak Auckland introducing people to the joys

of kayaking, not in the way I was back then but through a structured training

programme and I am now a qualified NZKI instructor (New Zealand Kayaking

Instructor Award Scheme)

I was introduced to the NZKI system when my wife and I went to hire kayaks

from a Canoe & Kayak store. During a very friendly discussion we found

that although we had been paddling for a number of years we were doing

so with little knowledge of the correct techniques and safe procedures, in

consequence we had been putting ourselves at some risk. We quickly

enrolled in the Introduction to Sea Kayaking course to discover the theory

and practice of safe kayaking. It starts in the safe environment of a swimming

pool where you are taken through a Confidence Routine. When you first

start to think about kayaking, being upside down isn’t your first thought and

seems a bit daunting for most people. In this course it is your first exercise

and you quickly find that it is not that difficult. Being able to control the

panic and think your way through the situation is important, and the

Confidence Routine enables you to understand and carry out this simple

manoeuvre. Having learnt to get out of your capsized craft you are then

taught how to get back in to it from the water.

In the second session you learn to paddle effectively and efficiently. “How

difficult is that” you say Almost anyone can get in a kayak, paddle and get

from A to B, but many people use more energy than is necessary. Over time

this may cause fatigue, injury or pain. Did you know that it is more efficient

to push the paddle with the top hand as well as pull with the bottom hand

And do you know about the death grip (holding the paddle too tightly) can

cause injury over a very short time All is revealed in flat, calm conditions.

You learn to control your kayak effectively, using a number of paddle strokes.

Then you practise the rescues again, this time in water out of your depth.

Over lunch, the theory of safe kayaking is discussed, including an

introduction to weather and navigation, trip planning and basic

equipment requirements.

The third session is a day trip to discover the joy of sea kayaking in the local

area. While underway, paddling techniques are fine-tuned. A quiet lunch

on a secluded beach is followed by the return paddle with more coaching

and a little more rescue practice. During the afternoon your instructor will

demonstrate a range of advanced skills that you can continue to develop

after the course, including the Eskimo rolling.

How often do you start something and life decides to throw in a curve ball

and you embark on a completely different track. Having completed the

kayaking skills course my wife and I were then going to use those skills to

explore the abundance of wonderful destinations available around NZ. That

is when we heard that the shop was for sale, and decided to make it our

lifestyle. This required further training, working alongside a number of

instructors, getting a lot of paddling practice. We gained a broad skill and

knowledge base to become qualified in the NZKI system and be able to take

people on the kayaking journey we had been so motivated by. The

qualifications required were:

NZKI 1 Star - A personal skill and knowledge based assessment on flat

sheltered water. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in knowledge

and paddling in flat calm conditions. The key to this is confidence in your

own skills, knowledge and equipment.

NZKI 2 Star - This is an instructor level qualification enabling the holder to

instruct Sea Kayaking skills and to teach Eskimo Rolling.

If I think seriously about it I had been procrastinating over doing the

assessments for these 2 qualifications, after all it was winter. Finally Pete

said, “I am doing your assessment”, and set a date. As you will have noted

assessments are to be based on flat sheltered water. The venue was the

Okura Estuary and when we arrived down at the water after the theory exams

we encountered wind and chop against an out-going tide. Where is all that

confidence Pete had always said that the assessment was a learning

experience. I learnt a lot that day and was successfully guided through the

process. I am now a practising Sea Kayak Instructor with in the Sea

Kayaking fraternity.

On a Sunday afternoon when I am out with a group of new kayakers sharing

my skills and knowledge and the wonderful world on the water, when the

sun is shining and there is a hum of excitement and enjoyment in the air I

have to say that I have a wonderful office. I have Discovered Another World.

Come join me and the others who have found this place, come into a Canoe

and Kayak store today and enroll in this adventure experience.

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Kayak Fishing by Ryan McGowan

started, I regularly catch fish 10lbs plus and get busted off by even bigger fish.

Paradise and privilege are two words that always come to mind when heading

out the back of the breaking waves first thing in the morning.

With all the space in the Fish n’ Dive I can carry spare clothes, fishing rods, a

42lt chilly bin and enough bait to sink a ship. Gone are the days of hoping to

catch some fish. Now catching fish happens, the question is how big. Ye ha

I’m just having too much fun, not telling you would be a crime.

I have loved my fishing for years and in those years I

managed to find a few land based spots. But I knew there

were bigger and better fish out there. By chance I walked

into the Canoe and Kayak store in Hamilton and saw it, OH

MY GOD!!! That is just what I was looking for. The Cobra Fish

n’ Dive was what I was looking at, so I brought it without too

much thinking, best purchase I ever made.

Once I gained confidence in the lake, it was time to tackle the surf and ocean.

The adventure begins with trolling or sitting there with a baited line. It was

all very exciting.

I started hopping onto little islands and rocks and that is where the fun really

On my way back home last trip I found myself in the middle of a work up,

birds and fish everywhere. I pulled out my 5lb spinning gear and dealt to a

heap of kahawai. While having so much fun I didn’t notice the wind and swell

picking up, so it was time to tackle my biggest waves yet. I was nervous, all I

could hear was a deafening roar. After tying everything down thinking I was

going for a swim shortly. I started paddling towards the shore, Oh no these

waves were bigger than I thought.... too late now, so I gunned it with the first

wave picking me up like a toy and shot me towards the beach like a bullet, in

a flash it turned me sideways, it’s all over I thought. But the Fish n’ Dive with

its 914mm width let the wave push me sideways all the way to safety. I won

that round.

This is just one little piece of that trip and a sniff of the excitement. With a

few trips under my belt now I can assure you if you want a vessel that will do

it all the Fish n’ Dive is for you, believe me I have been bashed against rocks,

tackled 2 metre swells and waves that would make you cry.

That is enough from me. Whatever you do have a ton of fun and be safe

doing it. There is a lot of exploring to do out there. Who knows, maybe our

paths will cross someday. Until then keep smiling.

I know I will.

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Scallops yum by Peter Townend

Mike James, Kate, Ben, Bryn and Peter headed out to Mike’s secret spot of

Sullivan's Bay, Maharangi to hunt for a few fish and maybe a scallop. Well

blow me down if James and I actually fitted into our wetsuits after a decade

or two and scallops aplenty were found. The best laugh was Mike saying to

me "follow me down and I will show you one, so you can start helping a bit"

I faithfully followed Mike only to find the sarcastic beggar lying on his back

on the bottom holding two scallops in one hand and pointing with the other.

I snatched them and had my first catch of scallops. Later I actually found

some on the bottom all by myself and now I know that the flat part of the

shell is on top and they camouflage themselves very well. Their only

weakness is the circular rim of the mantle which contains a fringe of tiny

tentacles and small metallic blue eyes. One of the funniest things my Marine

Biologist wife has seen was a bunch of scallops on the run from a hungry

octopus! I am somewhat surprised they don't also flee from Mike in the same

way, but maybe the mature shapes of James and I lulled them into a false

sense of security. Mike paddles a Perception Swing which he has used

extensively all over Northland and indeed has even used it at Raoul Island

while working there a couple of years ago. I was using my Cobra Tourer.

Both are great sit-on-tops for this sort of fun. Mike had his set up so he towed

it behind him with his catch bag tied to 15 or so metres of rope. This works

well as he is never far from his base. I anchored mine but will follow Mike’s

lead next time. When the tide turns, too much effort is wasted getting back

to the kayak.

Mike gathering kina to show the kids.

Getting back onto your fishing boat requires a stable kayak and using your flippers makes it easy.

Once your belly button is on top of your seat, roll

over and put your butt on the seat.

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Testing out my new rod holder options on my Cobra Tourer.

Now is the time to remove goggles and flippers.

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The Unclaimed Coast

Adventure Philosophy’s South

Georgian Odyssey - Chapter Three

Mark Jones

By Mark Jones, a member of the Adventure Philosophy team who

lectures at AUT University on its Outdoor Leadership courses.

Salisbury Plains was a rare place, a

place of incredible abundance. The air

was filled with moulted feathers,

spindrift and the constant trumpeting

of the king penguins. Finding water

was a daily challenge and here we

were forced to filter water from a

stream, running green with guano and

full of feathers. The next day a lump of

brash ice washed up on the beach we

brewed meltwater, that would have

fallen as snow, perhaps thousands of

years ago.

After two days of strong wind conditions the white

caps funnelling out of the bay to the north had

abated and it was time to go. Penguins are

unaccountably endearing in their mannerisms

and behaviour and I was sad to be leaving them.

Glad to be saying goodbye to the sheathbills

however, that had an unfathomable interest in our

kayaks, roosting on them and pecking at them

incessantly. Our boats looked like they had spent

the night beneath a row of battery hens and were

covered in sheathbill guano. This was particularly

unpleasant knowing that their diet consisted

entirely of faeces. They showed no interest in our

lunch packs at all- not at the salami...nor

crackers...nor cheese...nor the dried fruit..., but

when we dropped our pants below the high tide

mark they scuttled about behind us full of

enthusiasm. A large rock plonked on top dashed

their hopes and averted our disgust.

The wind didn’t diminish for long and once across

the Bay of Isles the leg became a bitterly fought

16 kilometres, hugging the contours of the land to

gain an infrequent rest in a surging nook or behind

a reef. Bull kelp writhed and thrashed about

beside us. I looked ahead to pick the shoals

exploding in white water in the larger swells.

Though the wind blew from the warmer

northwest quarter it still snowed heavily. For four

hours we sought a place to land, paddling beneath

dark cliffs, like gothic castle walls. Rocky tors

loomed out of the snow-storm like ghostly turrets,

dark caves boomed with surf. It possessed a

terrible beauty, awesome and forbidding.

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We had dry-suits and insulated boats and as long as we kept moving, our

working muscles generated a world separate from the wildness that engulfed

us. Despite the bubble of warmth that surrounded us the margin for error

was nil. Had one of us been tipped in and failed to Eskimo-roll back upright

it would not have been pretty. Hands would become useless in about 30

seconds and rescue very unlikely as close as we were to the rocks. The surge

and suck of swells and the wind blown snow made for a scene of frosty chaos.

We found shelter in a small cove at the back of an unnamed bay and landed

for lunch. It was a hurried affair as the cold seeped through our clothing.

Mitt off, bite to eat, mitt back on, hood down, warmer hat on, hood back up;

slurped hot chocolate, another bar wolfed down, then back on the water,

working hard to stay ahead of the chill, wiggling toes; quick stop, before hands

lost the plot completely, to put on neotherm mitts inside pogies, then back

into it. We stopped behind the next point, velcroed up hoods and headed

out into the real work, hands aching with cold now and eyes slitted to the

snow, sights set on the next cove. Graham called a sensible end to it all. An

enflamed elbow, which had hurt from the get-go, had had enough and we

retreated to the lunch cove to call it a day.

Here we were enthralled by the antics of gentoo penguins returning from

the sea. They waddled past our tents with apparent dismay, craning heads

and diverting uncertainly from their normal route to the hills beyond. We

also saw a huge bull elephant seal rocket down an ice luge from his hideway

on top of a tussocky saddle, careering 20 metres and coming to rest in a

muddle of boulders and fur seals below.

While the whales have never returned in anything like the numbers of

yesteryear, the seals have fully recovered and our cove contained many. The

fur seals attain astronomical numbers in the peak of the breeding season.

95% of the breeding females in the world arrive at South Georgia in

November/December and with them come the Bulls. Fur seals have an

infectious bite, are unreasonably aggressive, and don’t scare easily. We tried

to visualise landing on a beach patrolled by 200kg Rottweilers. The vision

was an ugly one involving much bludgeoning and blood, not all of it

belonging to the seals, so we elected to go early season, prior to the breeding

peak. The downside of missing the fur seals was that South Georgia was

still locked in Antarctica’s wintery embrace.

It snowed every day for the first week. The sea-cliffs were laced with icicles

that never melted and the air fogged with each breath. This was during a

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The Unclaimed Coast continued

northerly airstream. Then the weather turned to the south. “Watch your step

outside” said Graham one evening, “the beach is locked up solid”. Sure

enough the sand was frozen hard as stone and the small creek running across

it had become an ice-glazed sheet as slippery as rink-ice

“Cripes, you don’t see that every day.”

“Yeah, imagine that happening in Auckland!”

I had a crazy picture in my head of kids dressed in furs cutting blocks of

sand for igloos at Takapuna beach.

Our cove was incredibly sheltered and it took a walk to the top of the hill to

gain a view north and get a true perspective on weather conditions. The next

day was decidedly average, but the wind backed us and we took a chance

on a long run to Elsehul harbour, the last refuge on the East Coast before the

northern capes. So heading out into another snow storm, we left the

sanctuary of our cove for the wild coast once again. A more dramatic day we

couldn’t have imagined.

It snowed heavily all day, visibility was less than 800 metres while we crept

along black brooding cliffs, caked with snow and bristling with stalactites of

ice. There was nowhere to land. The sea belted into the cliffs with relentless

regularity, but never with monotony; the air seemed to shudder as each swell

boomed against rocks.

It felt strangely OK to be kayaking in the snowstorm. The kayak rose and

dipped with the rise and fall of the swells, my paddle found a rhythm that

brought order from the chaos about me. With the wind behind us I felt warm

and comfortable as I peered out at snow dusted tussock clumps, frozen to

the cliffs like frosted mop-heads.

We would come together and chat for a while, sometimes about the trip,

sometimes about whatever inane things came into our heads. When we

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drifted apart again our thoughts turned inward once more before Graham

or Marcus sidled up to share the next insight or banality.

We drew into Elsehule with the wind and seas rising. It was bitterly cold. We

kayaked into the deep harbour and chose a landing beneath a row of tripots

used for rendering down the blubber of elephant seals 50 years ago. A quick

recce of the terrain showed where a sealers’ hut had once stood, but nowhere

that we considered good enough to camp. We pushed off once again to

explore what looked a more reasonable spot at the head of the harbour, only

to find it less so. There were uneven boulders covered in a layer of decaying

kelp that had been heaved above the tideline and a harem of elephant seals

uncomfortably close to the only flat spot. We retreated to the thin strip of

land in front of the old sealers’ camp and hoped that tonight would not be

the night a big wave swept into the harbour.

We rested a day in high winds, Elephant seals as our room mates once again.

They seemed to warm to us this time. One large fellow decided to investigate

the tent door. His snorting through the door proved that oral hygiene is not a

priority for these creatures. It was easy to blunder out of the tent in the dark

to clean teeth or what have you and forget for a moment that we shared the

beach. The looming shadow of a rearing bull elephant soon had me reeling

backwards in fright and chastising myself for not being more careful.

This was our last camp before venturing onto the south-west coast. Marcus

and I had walked the few hundred metres across to the other coast to see

what we were in for and looked forlornly out to sea at a gale blowing the

tops of the whitecaps. Northanger, the yacht that had dropped us off was

also intent on circumnavigating the island. We woke the next day to find her

anchored in the bay. The crew dropped off another week’s food and told us

the winds were expected to moderate by midday. This was good news as

the tide was favourable then too. We packed up in anticipation of the

next leg.

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for the type of activity to be undertaken by the

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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

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At 1pm the wind dropped and we took advantage of a flood tide going our

way to round the northern capes. The temperature dropped further to settle

at -4 0 C. Salty splashes froze on us and our boats, icicles hung from hat brims

and deck cameras, and every trickle of water along the coast was frozen.

Our world had gotten colder. Waterfalls were frozen into icy columns, salt

spray formed an icy patina on the rocks, and bailing water from the bilges

now required an ice-axe.

Ahead of us stretched the coast we had dreamed of-The Unclaimed Coast.

It was a chilling prospect, in all meanings of the word. I had run so many

dismal scenarios over in my head- involving being trapped, escaping over

the mountains, being dashed to pieces in a deadly shore break- that I viewed

this section with much trepidation, but I was also tremendously excited by

the prospect of traversing such a place with the intimacy that is possible

with a kayak.

Conditions looked like they would hold for another day at least. The waiting

game was over.

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The Arrow Auckland 24hr adventure race

Won by team Canoe & Kayak,

due to clever planning and the

execution of the portage.

Kayaking is all about putting a boat in the water and paddling it - right Well,

not quite. Portages (up to 15 km long!) are compulsory in some kayak races,

and permitted in many. In adventure races, anything goes unless it is

specifically forbidden. In fact, a 1 km portage had originally been planned

during the first kayak leg of this event, so we had practised various portaging

methods to find the most efficient and fastest way. But portages are not just

for races; a short walk can be a pleasant alternative to any long and

painful paddle.

Is a portage worthwhile Will it be faster/more enjoyable/less tiring To

answer these questions, unless you know both options well already, you

have to guess, which makes it interesting. You can learn a lot from maps, air

photos and google earth, but there will always be an element of risk that you

got it wrong. Let’s look at the details, with reference to the decisions team

Canoe & Kayak had to make in the Arrow Auckland adventure race.

How did the race unfold Teams lined up at Army Bay on Whangaparaoa

peninsula for the race start at the respectable hour of 8.30am. The first leg

was a 16 km paddle west from Army Bay, stopping at Stanmore Bay, then north

to Waiwera, assisted by a good southerly wind. Canoe & Kayak,

OrionHealth.com and The Professionals all paddled together, completing the

stage in 1 hour 34 minutes.

Next was a bike from Waiwera to Goldies Bush, near Muriwai on the west

coast. It should have been fast and furious, with good sealed and gravel

roads, but knobbly tyres and a head wind slowed most, except the Thames

team Crash Bandicoot, who used a tandem bike to take them from 6th to 3rd

on this stage.

Then there was a run/trek along the spectacular cliff tops from Muriwai to

Bethells, and on to Piha. A few fine days meant that the mud on this stage

was not as bad as it had been recently.

The second bike was either a carry up all the steps on Whites track or a push

up the even steeper Laird Thompson track. What a choice! We had spent

half the run debating which was easiest, and then changed our minds in

transition, but there can’t have been much in it. Then continue along

Anawhata Road to the café at the top of Scenic Drive. At this stage the leaders

Orion were 27 minutes ahead of Canoe & Kayak, but had a slow transition.

How did the race director find the first part of the next trek Proving again

the old adage “no bush is impenetrable”, as night fell we bashed our way

through supplejack, past wild animals (the local home owners), and down a

steep spur into a surprisingly nice but cold stream that we followed for 45

minutes. Then another short bush bash up to a track and out to Henderson

Valley. From there it was an urban run though the streets of west Auckland

to the kayaks at Archibald Park in New Lynn. One team stopped for pies at a

service station, but we were trying to look inconspicuous, running through

town all muddy from the bush bash and carrying headlights, maps,

compasses and backpacks. For people who detest running on the roads, we

were relieved that this part was not too long, and mainly downhill.

Fortunately too, the All Blacks were playing, and most people were inside.

Orion reached the final transition just 16 minutes in front, but again had a

slow transition.

Kayak sails were prohibited, but wheels were not. Our support crew reached

the final transition just 5 minutes before we did, and just in time to see Orion

departing. In five minutes our crew had everything ready for us, with the

kayak waiting by the water, maps and wheels already on the deck. Awesome!

With a bit of local knowledge and knowing that Orion didn’t take wheels, we

knew we had a real chance. So why had we decided to portage There was

a lot to consider:

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by Phil White

Is there a good place to get out, and another one to get back in A boat ramp,

jetty or calm beach as opposed to cliffs, muddy river banks, or mangroves.

There were two options to get out: a boat ramp just above the motorway, or a

beach just past it. We went for the latter, which we heard was not too muddy,

and free of mangroves. Good choice too, the mud was about ankle deep,

and other teams found a large security fence at the boat ramp. Getting back

in was more of a problem: there might be a place near the motorway bridge

over Henderson Creek, but we weren’t sure, so decided to run all the way to

the finish (Portage 1). Two or three other teams took the Henderson Creek

option (Portage 2), and were slower than us.

How do the distances compare The paddling distance would have to be at

least three times that of the land option for the portage to be quicker, as we

paddle at about 10 km/hour, but might walk/run with the boat at around 4

km/hour. The portage option would involve a 5 km kayak and a 3-4 km run

to the finish line, instead of a 13 km kayak (at high tide), which might actually

be 20 km, since the tide was still going out. With the wheels, we could run

(jog) most of the way, and get the average speed up from 3-4 km/hour to 5-6

km/hour. Having practised, we knew that we could paddle with the wheels

on the deck, and they only took a minute to put on. By our reckoning, it should

save us about 20 minutes, and that would put us in front.

How much topography is there The Te Atatu peninsula is fairly flat, rising

just above 20 metres in places. Unfortunately one of those places was just

beside our get out point: above the high tide mark, the bank rose steeply for

about 20 metres, and was covered in long grass. Carrying a kayak full of gear,

and having already done 12 hours of exercise, it took five minutes and two

rests to reach the top, where we found a concrete path suitable for

wheelchairs and kayak trolleys.

Any major obstacles (e.g. security fences, gorse, forest, private land, big dogs,

roads/motorways) None that we knew of, apart from the four lanes of Te

Atatu road. We crossed next to a marked police car; he barely noticed us as

he wrote out a ticket for someone else. But we did feel really silly, running

through the streets of Te Atatu wearing bike helmets, lights, buoyancy aids

and spray decks, towing a kayak on a short lead, and taking the corners too

fast and too sharp.

Any difficult navigation We had enlarged and laminated a Te Atatu street

map, which even at night we could read without glasses, and knew that the

portage was straight forward. On the other hand, from the two previous races

we had done, we knew how difficult it can be at the end of a long race to find

channels at night and low tide.

What about wind, currents, and tide There was virtually no wind by this

stage, but with the tide almost dead flat, there would be large mudflats and

sand banks to avoid. It turned out that the teams who paddled had to go

almost to Kauri Point on the North Shore before reaching the channel that

led up past Westpark Marina to the finish line.

Final results show that team Canoe & Kayak took 1:10 for stage 6, while

OrionHealth.com took exactly 2 hours (as did a women’s team (Line 7 Girls)

who used wheels to portage across to Henderson Creek).

So, a win for team Canoe & Kayak, due to clever planning and execution of

The Portage. Of course to win took more than just one portage, there had

been a lot of hard work over the previous 12 hours to be close behind the

leaders at the start of that final stage. But the 50 minutes gained by a well

executed portage sealed the win. The All Blacks won too.

Final times:

1 Canoe & Kayak 13:04

2 OrionHealth.com 13:38

3 Bikesmith AR 15:26

For full results, go to www.24houradventurerace.com. The Arrow 24 hour is

an annual series, with other races in or near Wellington, Christchurch and

Dunedin each year. Other adventure races coming up are the P6, a six hour

event near Auckland on November 11 (www.lacticturkey.co.nz), and the 1020,

a 10 or 20 hour event on December 2, also near Auckland


Phil and Anne wish to thank Canoe & Kayak for their sponsorship of the team.

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Opoutere & Whangamata Coastline

by Robbie Banks

1st & 2nd July 2006

I arrived at Opoutere on Friday afternoon, to find a quaint old schoolhouse

and teacher’s house now converted into a Hostel nestled amongst

Pohutukawa and Nikau palms. The cries of KaKa parrots can be heard in the

surrounding trees. The hostel lies at the base of Maungaruawahine, a

towering hill which you can climb to the top of and enjoy breathtaking views

- looking north to Ohui and Tairua. Out to sea is an island smorgasboard

taking in Slipper Is, the Aldermans and further south Mayor Island ( Tuhua ).

To the West the Opoutere Harbour stretches back into the foothills and the

Wharekawa River - which was used for floating the Kauri trees down to

Opoutere (meaning place of floating logs) in the early 1900’s.

I learnt this from Tony, one of the local residents & part time manager of the

Hostel, also known as the Wilderness Man, for his wealth of knowledge and

his wilderness tours. He was relieving the other manager Elsa, as she had

taken off to Tauranga for the weekend.

It was hard to leave the Lodge and venture out onto the harbour. The cosy

lounge, with its shelves of books was so enticing - I could see myself sitting

in front of the fire later absorbing all the history the old schoolhouse had

to offer.

But I was aware that the harbour is tidal and as trip leader I wanted to take

advantage of the tides to explore in preparation for the weekend.

I launched my kayak just across the road straight onto the mudflats, and then

it was a short paddle down the main channel out to the harbour entrance.

The tidal flow was peaking at the 3rd hour of an outgoing tide and racing

swiftly. I beached on the sandbar, which divides the harbour from the ocean

and walked the surf beach studying the entrance and the surf lines. The surf

was looking reasonably lively (I like to use technical terms!!) estimated 1.5

mtrs but building much bigger between Hikunui Is and the point of Opoutere


I re-launched into the harbour and enjoyed the swift ride out towards the

surf. I managed to paddle out beyond the sets of breaking waves and headed

north towards Ohui. The swell was rolling and I needed to keep focused.

The shore between Opoutere and Ohui consists of a long surf beach

stretching north approximately 6 kms. The cliffs then rise up and continue

towards Pauanui and Tairua.

I headed back to Opoutere and managed to ride in a couple of good waves

before being unceremoniously dumped on a sandbar. Glad that no one was

present to witness my misfortune, I dragged the Challenge 5 up the beach,

caught my breath, downed a nice hot swig of Maccona, applied a few more

layers of clothing and headed back into calmer waters. The eastern end of

the harbour resembles a peaceful lagoon with grassy areas lapping the

waters edge framed by Pohutukawa. I managed to use up 27 exposure film

over the weekend.

After an enjoyable stop at the lagoon I headed back to the hostel, by now the

tide was nearly fully out and I had an approx 200 mtr walk over the mudflats.

At times I got caught in soggy patches and my feet would disappear creating

big potholes for my trolley wheels to fall into. Quite an arduous end to the

day! The lodge looked so close but yet so far away!

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soup and a drop of Cab Savi and I pondered what a shame it was that the

group coming was so small.

Only 3 people, a new clubby Jeanette Bailey and a friend of mine (Steve)

who I had invited along to give him a taste of what a cool weekend kayaking

with the club was like. He had expressed an interest in joining and I thought

this trip would help him catch the kayaking bug.

Steve arrived later in the evening and Jeanette joined us early Saturday

morning. The sun was shining and the tide was gliding into the harbour,

another magical day on the water.

We paddled to the lagoon and checked out the surf - Steve and Jeanette

voted for the stay dry and warm option, so we enjoyed a cruisey paddle up

the harbour and Wharekawa River- then criused back to the lagoon.

We had a play in the channel, showed Steve how to ferry glide the current

and nosed into a few waves. I ventured out further for a play in the surf and

caught a nice wave right up the beach (hopefully the photos will turn out!)

We enjoyed a mid afternoon lunch of pancakes with bananas and

passionfruit jam. Two of us enjoyed a pancake flipping competition (I won’t

name names) and the pancakes definitely came out worse for wear! All

washed down with coffee and a peach schnapps while enjoying the sunshine

and picturesque views.

All in all, another fantastic weekend, and a good introduction for our newest

club member Jeanette Bailey - Welcome to the club.

Note: The Opoutere Hostel is a fantastic spot. The lodge has a fully equipped

kitchen, cosy lounge area, even heaters in the dorms and bathroom.

Well kept, tidy and clean.

The schoolhouse is an ideal set up for a group of up to 12 kayakers complete

with its own fireplace.

Sit on kayaks are available free of charge for exploring the harbour.

It is ideal for this time of year and nice to have some creature comforts in the

cooler months.

To top it off they supply sheets and duvets very cosy and homely, (I wanted

to stay longer).

This area of the Coromandel is well known for its bird life and Dotterel bird

recovery programme.

Y.H.A Website - www.yha.co.nz or Ph 07-8659072

Back at the lodge, after cleaning up and enjoying another lovely hot shower,

the wilderness man (Tony) was found in the lounge stoking the fire and

preparing for another evening of entertaining stories.

We were joined by other guests from Germany and N.Z and enjoyed an

evening of fun banter & more stories from Tony.

On Sunday morning it was hard to say goodbye to our new friends. We all

enjoyed breakfast together and a group photo out on the front lawn

overlooking the harbour.

Then we headed off to Whangamata. We launched our kayaks in front of

the Oceansports club, cruised out of the harbour entrance and headed

around the western side of Clark Is (Hauhuru Is) then on to Whanuakura Is

where there is a cool cave and lagoon. There was too much swell to be able

to enter safely so we carried on down the coast towards Whatipu rocks. Then

back to Otahu River for lunch and another play in the surf. I managed to

demonstrate how to stay upright in the kayak while broaching and bracing

into the wave, much to Jeanette and Steve’s surprise!

To top off the day we enjoyed a beer, chips and seafood chowder at the local

sports club overlooking the harbour. What a cracker day! But the days not

over yet folks!

En route to Tauranga we stopped to explore a beautiful area of coastline -

which can only reached via private land. No I am not going to tell you the

owners name, cos if I did I would have to kill you!

This is when we found out about Jeanette’s talented four wheel driving! Yes

she is definitely a farm girl at heart and obviously enjoys an adventure. Just

when I thought the views couldn’t get any better they did, and I had run out

of film!

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New Zealand’s Best Kept Secret

The Yakity Yak

Many of the articles you are reading in this magazine are about trips

organized by the Yakity Yak Club.

Interested in Joining up

Well read on and get involved

“Too old” you say or “not fit enough” or “don’t like clubs because of the working

bees and committee meetings”. Well guess what, our oldest member is 80 plus

and started paddling in the last two years. Can you walk well then you can

paddle, in fact that’s not correct we have had members with a missing leg or

two, but you get the picture. The only committee meetings we have are a wine

and cheese evening once a month to arrange trips. There are no secretaries or

treasurers. We just discuss where to go next and who is coming. These trips are

viewed on www.canoeandkayak.co.nz and booked at your local Canoe & Kayak


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 to teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an

instructor. At no cost is the Leader’s Training Course, ten weeks part time for

those who have the urge to put something back into the club.

So what does joining the club cost Only $295 for the first year including the

weekend course and then only $35 per subsequent year thereafter.


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The Yakity Yak Kayak Club was set up by a bunch of enthusiastic instructors.

After spending much time teaching people how to paddle we found a few

months later that they had not carried on with paddling. They said there was

no one to paddle with, or they were a bit shy, or they did not have a boat, or

they lacked confidence to go on trips where they did not know the area or

the people.

So we said enough is enough and the Yakity Yak Kayak Club was formed.

We cannot guarantee you will get on like a house on fire with every club member

but we know you will find a bunch of like minded mates to enjoy our wonderful

little paddling paradise.

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Rescue 111

or May Day-May Day-May Day

When it all goes wrong we rely on these calls to save our

bacon. However these fearless rescuers will all say that you

are always better to avoid the need for a rescue in the first

place, as often rescuers don’t arrive in time or cannot

find you.

In the most tragic scenarios the rescuer becomes another victim through their

brave efforts to save the caller.

So how do we protect ourselves and in doing so remove the need to put our

rescue services in harms way to save us

The answer is simple yet often ignored.

Skills, knowledge and the correct equipment will keep you out of harms way.

Your skills will allow you to cope with any conditions that your knowledge

says is within your skill range. The correct well maintained equipment allows

your skills to be used and removes the likelihood of a problem being caused

by equipment failure. However your skills and knowledge should be able to

deal with any equipment failure with a back up option.

How do you know your skills are as good as they can be

There are many ways to do this.

Learn from a qualified instructor the correct way to paddle.

Brush up your existing skills with a qualified instructor.

Get assessed for a national award, as this gives you a comprehensive check

of your skills and knowledge.

To continue the development of your skills, I have found that practising in

different water and weather conditions invaluable to developing sound

strong skills. i.e. if wanting to improve your self rescues and team rescues,

practice them in calm water and progressively try them in rougher conditions.

Always make sure you have a buddy with you and that the conditions are

within your skill range and that if the rescue does not work you have a solid

back up plan.

For example

Check that you and your buddy can paddle in the conditions.

Check that any current and wind will carry you to safety.

Check that your clothing can keep you warm.

Practise your Stern Deck Rescue so if your T Rescue fails you can give your

buddy a lift to the beach.

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Practise your Paddle float Rescue as another back up.

Have a friend on the beach watching you.

I have put together the standard team rescues that we use and a bit of a

competition as well to name the newest rescue we have been developing

over the last few years. We have called it jokingly the ‘Bang Bang Rescue’ as

it is quick and simple but we would like to give it a more prestigious name.

Email your ideas to pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz and the person coming up

with the wining name will receive a bunch of rescue equipment in

the mail.

The ‘Bang Bang Rescue’

This is used when rescuing a Sea Kayaker and is designed to meet the

following goals.

• Achievable by all sizes and fitness levels of paddlers

• Simple and easy to remember

• Quick

• Safe

• To work with fully laden kayaks

• To remove the swimmer from cold or potentially dangerous water (oyster

covered reefs etc) quickly.

The scenario.

A paddler has capsized and needs your assistance to put them back into

their kayak.

1. Talk to the person to make sure they are going to be cooperative and are

not panicking. Remember never go near a panicking person in the water, as

they are likely to capsize you and may try to use you as an unwilling personal


2. Paddle along-side with your bow to their stern.

3. Get the swimmer to move to the opposite side of their kayak from you.

4. Leaning on their kayak, reach over it and get a firm hold and right

the kayak

6. Place both paddles across the kayaks over your spray deck and between

your hands, hold them with your arms.

7. Get the swimmer to place both hands onto the back of their kayak, half

way between the stern and the cockpit and while kicking their feet and doing

a push up on the back deck, slide up onto the kayak till their belly button is

on top of the kayak. Encourage them to use your kayak to help pull them

selves up if needed.

8. Now they are to swing their legs towards the cockpit and wiggle themselves

along the kayak, till their feet, then knees and finally their hips are inside

the cockpit.

9. Now corkscrew around till your bottom is in the seat.

10. Get the rescued person to pump out the cockpit, as the exercise will help

warm them up.

11. Check with them that all is well and off you go to continue your adventure.

5. Put your hand closest to their bow across the front of their cockpit and

lean onto their kayak with your other hand holding the very front of the


T Rescue

The ‘T Rescue’ is used when rescuing a Sea Kayaker when conditions allow a

more leisurely rescue and differs from the ‘Bang Bang Rescue’ only in that

the kayak is emptied of water prior to the swimmer getting back into the

kayak. It is also more difficult to succeed with a fully laden kayak.

1. Replace point 2 with the following to turn the ‘Bang Bang Rescue’ into the

‘T Rescue’

2. Paddle to the front of their kayak and ask the swimmer to go to the rear.

With the kayak upside down ask the swimmer to push down on the stern by

the rudder while you lift the front draining out the water from the cockpit.

Warn the swimmer to look out for the rudder as you right the kayak and then

lower it back on the water.

Article and Photos by Peter Townend

Photos of the Auckland Yakity Yak Club Members going though their

NZKI One Star Sea Kayaking Assessment

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ESKIMO ROLLING... is it really that hard

How do you Eskimo roll How do you

strip it down; my brain is full and there

is still more to cram in!

Rolling a kayak is fun. It is often seen as a negative

- especially in the sea kayaking world - something

you do when you muck up. Eskimo rolling may be

something you don’t set out to do (especially in

winter), but isn’t it better to be in the water for a

few seconds than ten minutes

What does it take to become a technically correct

roller Is it worth it Is a sea kayak too big to roll

To begin with, Eskimo rolling is a mind game.

There seems to be so many things to think about.

I have been instructing rolling in Hamilton for a

while now and really enjoy the challenge of

increasing my knowledge and skill in teaching a

technique often neglected.

A student in my last course arrived on the first

night with a “this is probably a waste of time”

attitude. During discussion he told me that this

was his third rolling course (through different

centres) with no success in the other two. “Why is

this” I asked myself.

At the end of the previous course, Kerryn (work

mate) and I decided to really analyse rolling and

how it is taught. What are the essentials What is

the best way to get this across to students One of

the things that really hinders progress is brain

overload, too many instructions: HIP FLICK, HEAD


I would like everyone to be rolling by the end of

the course. True, some people take a long time;

some pick it up really quick. Am I being realistic

After quite a bit of analysing we came up with

a strategy.

First up - water confidence. You will spend a fair

bit of time upside down. Being confident in

yourself and that your partner will bring you up

when needed.

by Bevan Marquand

Secondly, I thought back to earlier courses, trying

to work out what worked and what didn’t. What

was the main thing that people found difficult

The most common thing to hold a roll back is

incorrect head position - partly because it goes

against the grain to leave your head behind

(surely if I lift my head it will help Wrong!). Let

the kayak do the work. Your head should be last

out of the water.

Thirdly - hip flicks (the most important part of

rolling). To roll correctly this is non-negotiable. It

is possible to roll with muscle power (often guys

fall into this trap), but put yourself in rough

conditions where you are battling the elements

and at the end of the day, you won’t have a lot of

energy to muscle roll. A good roll should be

almost effortless.

Finally - paddle position. Your paddles purpose

is to start the hip flick, so you need to keep it flat

on the surface and use the resistance of the water

to engage your hips.




Do heaps of rolls, until it becomes second nature.

When you’re in the open water, you want your roll

to be instinctive. Enjoy!! Look at rolling as part of

what makes your paddling more enjoyable, and

on those hot summer days it is a great way to

stay cool.

By the way, remember the skeptical paddler

mentioned above He was rolling by the second


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Youngest kids ever!

A leadership programme

I have had the absolute privilege of teaching the youngest

kids I have ever taught to white water kayak. A group of

young students from Waitara Central Primary School in

Taranaki, took up the challenge under a programme they

called ‘Learning to Lead.’ It is an initiative sponsored by the

Ministry of Education under EPF (Enhance performance

fund) to enhance existing programmes in schools that build

student’s capabilities. The school used some of the fund for

the purpose of developing leaders.

So what are some leadership skills and how can kayaking help develop these

A good leader is confident, willing to face new challenges, will put their best

foot forward when out of their comfort zone, is quick to make decisions, good

at problem solving, can work in a team, and this is just what this course

challenged fourteen 8-11yr old students to develop.

Did these kids face new challenges Absolutely! On week 1, of this 10-week

programme (1 morning per week) we put these students on sit on top kayaks

on a nice flat sheltered lake. And oh boy, what chaos! Kids held their paddles

back to front and the wrong way round, others called for help while banging

into the bank because they had no control, and others clutched their boats

with two hands trembling while another kayaker collided with their kayak.

This was going to be a challenge not only for the students, but also for us.

Our task was to move them from this chaos to control their boats on moving

water and then successfully complete a grade 2 river.

Did we take them out of their comfort zone Absolutely! In a very progressive

manner, and only to the level in which we knew they were capable of. As

one young man commented ‘I have learnt to face my fears.’ We had the odd

tear of relief from one girl, as she conquered things she thought she could

never do, and another who near the beginning the instructors had to raft up

with & take down the rapids, while at the end, was confidently paddling

rapids by himself and grinning the whole way down.

Decision making skills Have you ever been white water kayaking Quick

decision-making is vital on every rapid. When approaching a rock you need

to decide early which side of the rock you are going to paddle. If you don’t,

you hit the rock! As one wise instructor told me once, ‘a wrong decision is

better than no decision.’

How about problem solving skills We had a lot of fun developing this skill.

We had the students in groups, and at the beginning of each session we gave

each group a problem, which they had to solve themselves. These problems

progressively became harder is the course went on, but the children

progressively became better at solving them. From getting another kayak and

its passenger back to shore, to making a stretcher to carry an injured friend,

they soon learnt to explore the environment around them and the instructor’s

kayaks, life jackets and first aid kits for items to help. They found ropes for

towing, duck tape for mending holes and created stretchers out of paddles

and life jackets!

Did they learn to work as a team Absolutely. Not only by supporting each

other down rapids or working together to solve problems, but one of the

most difficult team challenges was to load all the kayaks back on the trailer

and all gear away in vans within 2 minutes. Their motivation for doing this

was a couple of king size bars of chocolate. They soon worked out that it

took everyone doing their part to achieve this goal and their challenge was

completed on the 9th week!

And finally to make sure they learnt to lead well, each student had a turn at

being a leader. Their task was to make sure their team was ready each week,

organising their team to load & unload kayaks, making sure everyone had

correct gear and being the leader in the problem-solving task. This too they

progressively became better at, as they watched & assessed their own team

member’s leadership.

I think the students comments themselves shows how much they gained from

the course, and I would like to thank Waitara Central School, their staff & the

board for giving us all so much fun!

“I think I have learnt fitness, water skills and what an eddy line is. I learnt

that we are all different but can come together and help each other”. Judaea.

“I have loved this course most probably with my whole heart. It has helped

me with my anger because I have learnt something new and it is awesome”.


‘I have learnt to give everyone a go at doing stuff and to really listen; otherwise

you might have to paddle back up the river. That’s hard”. Keanu

“I have learnt not to be so bossy as a leader and that it is faster when you

work together”. Kayle

“I have absolutely loved kayaking this term and have learnt how to use the

skills in the rapids. I big thanks to the team”. Huriana.

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“I have learnt to be a leader you have to be a good role model”. Tyrone

“I have gained heaps of confidence”. Alana

“I have more muscles and more confidence with the group”. Johno

“I have learnt river skills and how to control my kayak”. Kayla

“This has been such a great thing to do. I have learnt many different

strokes like ferry gliding. I have learnt to get along with other people older

and younger than me. Big thanks for everything”. Adele.

And yes by the end of the course they did all manage to confidently paddle

a grade two river. On the last day, the only student who fell out was their

school teacher!

To the students, Congratulations! How quickly you picked up on those

skills, and how quickly your confidence grew, stunned us all! You were

all absolutely awesome. And now I think we can safely called you all.

.........fellow kayakers!.........

Bronnie & Peter van Lith

Run 13km

Cycle 58km

Kayak 19km

90 kilometres coast to coast across

the Auckland isthmus. From North

Head, Manukau Harbour on the

Tasman Sea, to North Head,

Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific

Ocean, the course is distinctive and

challenging. “Head to Head” is an

exciting race and also an adventure,

a journey of discovery through

Auckland’s surprisingly wild and

scenic places. Compete as an

individual or in a three person team.

For further information or an entry form,

contact the event organisers:

Nelson Associates,

P.O. Box 25 475, St Heliers,

Auckland. Phone (09) 585 1970,

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by Jim and Andy

Over the weekend of 19-21 May 15 kayakers from the

Wellington Yakity Yak club paddled the glorious

Marlborough sounds.

Our paddle started on Saturday morning from Picton Harbour. We headed

over to Wedge Point, on the way catching some kahawai, and pausing at

Wedge Point to watch a seal playing in the water.

Whenever the seal decided he’d had enough of us edging closer he would

dive away. Eventually he got out of the water and posed for us - maybe he

thought we could go away now we had our photo shoot.

We headed over from Wedge Point to Double Cove, spotting a couple of little

blue penguins, and as we stopped for lunch in a beautiful sheltered bay we

watched as a majestic stingray came cruising past.

After lunch we headed around into Lochmara Bay towards Lochmara Lodge,

our destination for the night. A White Heron was spotted at the end of the

bay, adding to our tally for wildlife interactions.

At the lodge the fire was on and the views were just stunning. Surrounding

the lodge was a bush walk, where artwork (carvings into punga trees, lime

stone and rocks), hammocks and gorgeous views of the bay were to be


After dinner it was time for a night paddle in Lochmara Bay. The night was

stunning, the sky littered with stars, and the water dead calm. We paddled

around then rafted up, chatted, star gazed, listened to a kiwi, and chatted

some more. We gently stirred the water with our paddles so we could watch

the phosphorescence (like millions of tiny little stars) in the water.

We awoke on Sunday to a rainy, but relatively calm (we are from Wellington)

day. We paddled around Onahau Bay, stopping for lunch at Mistletoe Bay. It

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was stunning bay after stunning bay with water clear enough to spot starfish

on the bottom.

A fin cruised through the water in front of us, then dived down into the water.

We decided it was a seal pretending to be a shark, even though it was more

exciting to think it was a shark.

We headed back via Wedge Point (spotting more seals) to finish our weekend

back at Picton Harbour. Our final wildlife encounter, some large dolphins

playing in the wake of a

departing boat.

Time for hot showers and

refreshments before

heading back on the ferry

to Wellington. For many

of us this was our first

kayaking weekend and it

was just fantastic. Thanks

to Andy for organizing a

great weekend - book me

in for the next one.

29th OCTOBER 2006

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Go Girls!! by Bronnie van Lith

Paddling down a river, enjoying the views, smell & especially

a good natter to my female paddling buddy (Amanda) we

heard the boys moaning at us again from the front, ‘Will you

girls stop nattering and give us a break!’

Why can’t the boys understand that we, mere females, don’t simply paddle

down a river to play in a few holes, or to show off our manhood. No, we are

there to enjoy ourselves, to soak in the beauty of our surroundings and most

importantly to catch up with a good natter. We are not so task orientated as

they are, but more socially orientated. Trouble is, there are not a lot of females

that white water kayak to be social with. Why I’m not sure; maybe it’s the

guys. That’s when Amanda and I came up with a brainwave. Who needs the

guys anyway (Secretly, I do like the guys being around to rescue us! But I

won’t let them know that.) Hey, we discussed, why not organise a girls

only paddle.

So a couple of weeks later and a few e-mails & phone calls to Yakiti Yak Club

members, six girls were on our way to the Waiwakaiho River, an easy, but

pretty grade 3 river. The source of this local river is the beautiful snow

covered Taranaki Mountain. On arrival we were met by a couple of fellow

male paddlers who had just finished playing in a play hole which is situated

at the bottom of a tail race, the start of our run. After exclaiming that he didn’t

realise there were so many female paddlers he admitted sheepishly, I had a

swim and that water was so cold I went into shock & couldn’t roll up! The

others joined in the conversation. ‘My eyes were burning only after two rolls!’

Opps, I thought to myself, I’m not going to repeat this conversation to the

girls, & I am definitely going to be real careful not to do anything dumb to get


Four of us thought we would drag our boats up to the top of the tailrace and

have a play before we got started. (What a pity the guys weren’t around to

help us, but ah, they would probably make us drag the kayaks up ourselves

anyway!) It is a great place to hone up on those eddy catching skills and

surfing waves across currents. Finishing off the tailrace I decided to go hard

left & carefully miss that hole the guys had been playing on. Arriving at the

bottom dry & happy I turned to see Amanda surfing the hole. She is either

keen or stupid I think to myself. A very short while later she is floating pass.

##XX it is ##XX cold! No kidding I laugh, the water is coming off the

mountain! “I got that one!!” Glancing up we find her partner on the bridge

above with a camera! “Hey, didn’t we say no males allowed”, I yelled in

support of my friend! Typical male can’t keep away from us females!

A little while later we were paddling down the river and having a great time

with a good old natter when Amanda suddenly found herself half pinned

and half stuck on a rock. She is not really that bad at kayaking, but I guess

that is what comes from talking too much and not looking where we were

going! Then do you believe it; we heard that voice again from the side of the

river!! “Got that one too!” That damn man with that damn camera again! Gee

he must be really insecure to have to follow his partner down the river!

After one or two more rescues, and leaving that pestering man behind us,

we approached the most difficult rapid on this section of the river. ‘We need

a plan’ said Kez gathering both Amanda and myself together. We decided

Amanda was going to go down first, showing the best lines, Kez was going to

go down in the middle somewhere to help with those who needed it and I

was going to come up on the rear to help with rescues also. Then we were all

going to eddy out half way & before the more difficult part of the rapid so

everyone could look at the line and decide whether they wanted to paddle

the rest. All started well and as to plan, Amanda cut into the planned eddy.

Jo missed the eddy and kept going, Amanda decided she had better follow

and support her, and Alexandra followed orders to a T & followed Amanda’s

line! For some unknown reason, Cathy had decided that the grass looked

greener on the other side and paddled way over to river right instead of left

and headed straight into a nasty hole, so Kez took off to look after her. And

me Well I followed the plan, cut into the eddy, realised that there was no

point in doing this as everyone else had continued down the river, so allowed

the current to pull me back out, but forgot to turn around first! This should

be fun! Oh where are those guys when you need them! Paddling the rapid

backwards, great for the skills, just make sure you don’t get pinned or wet! &

don’t expect me to help with the rescues! What chaos! Next time it might be

safer not to have a plan! I couldn’t believe it when I found myself at the bottom

of the rapid and still on top of the water! Shoulders back and pretending

that I was a pro and found the rapid easy I went to help gather up the mess

at the bottom. There were only a couple of swimmers, so it wasn’t too bad, &

everyone was still smiling! As I said earlier, who needs the guys!

A few more rapids, a few more natters, a few more rescues, we were all having

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a great time when suddenly I found it was my turn to get stuck side on to a

shallow rock! Too much talking! Damn these rocks! Why do there have to be

rocks in rapids anyway Amanda paddled past, ‘Help!’ I called out to her.

She reached out to grab the bow of my kayak as she paddled past to try and

pull my kayak around the rock. I felt a slight, rather weak tug and then that

was it, she continued paddling down the river and I was still stuck on the

rock! Carefully wiggling myself while being careful not to let go of my rail I

tried to unpin myself but it didn’t seem to help much. Looking down the rapid

I saw the rest of the girls, waiting patiently and rather helplessly with big

grins on their faces. The guys would come and rescue me I thought. This water

is way too cold to get wet! Soon I was going to be left with one option, drop

my rail, go upside down in that freezing cold water and hopefully roll up! Oh

where were those guys when you needed them Feeling rather desperate

now I wriggled a bit harder realising that I was probably going to end up

upside down anyway. With one last hard wiggle and a good hard brace at

the same time I found myself free and on top of the water! I was more shocked

than anyone. A big cheer went up from the girls as I joined them. ‘See, we

don’t need the guys’ I stated proudly and everybody laughed!

We had a great time. Encouraging each other to be that little bit braver, surfing

small waves, and some of us girls developing skills in rescuing. Such skills

we normally leave to the guys. We also had lots of fun gossiping, laughing,

and admiring the bush, steep cliffs and even a nice small waterfall. It was

disappointing to get to the end so soon, but we quickly got ourselves into

dry gear, found a nice café, and stopped off for a hot chocolate and more

natter and laughs. In fact we had so much fun we decided to do it more often.

This is what kayaking should be all about! Who needs the guys! Go girls! If

you are a paddler in Taranaki, and especially a girl, then please do join us.

Ring the Canoe & Kayak shop.

PS To our dear men, We do like your company sometimes.

ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006 37

A View From the Top

by Steve Knowles

Have you ever been sitting at the edge

of a navigation channel, pretty keen to

get home and thought to yourself ‘I can

beat that cargo ship, no worries’. Well

after reading this article I hope you

give these big boys a bit more space,

because chances are they haven’t even

seen you.

Recently I was lucky enough to be taken aboard

the container vessel MV Delores in the Port of

Tauranga. My host for the day was Nigel Drake,

Operations Manager for the port. Nigel has

37years experience in shipping and yes, he knows

of close calls between ships and kayakers.

Nigel said the most dangerous areas for kayakers

in Tauranga is near the tug boats, wharves and the

actual shipping channels. He felt the most

important thing kayakers can do to avoid a nasty

collision or close call is to learn more about the

shipping channels. These are marked on the water

by red port and green starboard markers. The

shipping channel is to the left of the green and

right of the red markers when entering a harbour.

What a lot of kayakers don’t realise is that without

speed ships have limited steerage. This means

that in a navigation channel they cannot easily

stop. If they attempt to stop in a hurry the ship

may run aground, something captains and

harbour pilots try to avoid at all costs. You can

only begin to imagine the implications of going

aground, remember the fiasco caused by the Jodie

F Millenium which grounded off Gisborne 40

tonnes of heavy fuel leaked off the Jody. The clean

up alone cost $2.6m. A kayaker, like any other

small vessel, is required by maritime law not to

impede the navigation of any vessel 500 gross

tonnes or more. If you break this law you can be

held liable for damages.

Ships will often maintain speeds in channels of

between 6-10 knots. Some ships are unable to go

slower than 6 knots without stopping their

engines. Most kayakers cruise at 2.5knots and at

a pinch might get a high performance sea kayak

up to 5knots for a short time.

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Another fact about shipping channels that Nigel feels kayakers just don’t

understand is that they are relatively very narrow. It may look like the big

wide open sea to you but large ships can’t stick on an indicator and change

lanes. The MV Delores is 180m long, the longest container ships plying New

Zealand’s waterways are 281m and cruise ships in the summer months can

exceed 290m. At its narrowest the Tauranga Harbour entrance is 300m, so a

280m ship doesn’t have many options when trying to avoid a daydreaming

kayaker!. And if you are day dreaming on the open sea your chances of being

missed might be slightly higher, but remember a ship cruising at 18-20 knots

will take 2km to stop.

The Rangitoto Channel, which is probably the busiest channel in regard to

kayakers is currently being dredged. This is going to change the layout of

the channel. The Port of Auckland expect to have this finished in

October 2006.

Whilst I was aboard the MV Delores, she was only partially loaded. The

containers on the front deck are often stacked 6 high but Nigel says if possible

they do keep this lower towards the bow to improve forward visibility. I

didn’t see any kayakers from the bridge but a large gin palace cruised in front

of us. If you look at the photo you can see this boat as a small speck at about

2o’clock in the frame. Now just imagine what you look like in a 5metre kayak.

Nigel also suggests that kayakers use flags, wear bright clothing and choose

a bright coloured kayak. All boaties appreciate this, especially the flags.

Other actions kayakers can take, is to cross shipping channels at right angles

and not meander along them. If paddling as a group, channel crossings

should be discussed in a briefing before you hit the water. Decide where

you are going to cross the channel, and if ferry gliding (due to wind or tides)

is required, make sure your group paddles across in a tight bunch. And above

all, never try to beat a cargo ship. Treat a shipping channel as you would a

road, always wait until the crossing is clear and be careful out there!

ISSUE THIRTYseven • 2006 39

A Rose by any other name

by Ruth E. Henderson

A couple of things happened last

weekend that had me pondering on

boat names and call signs. On the

Saturday the North Shore Yakity Yak

club had 23 trainee leaders and 7

existing leaders out on (and in) the

water practising paddle strokes and

rescues. Afterwards, I spotted Steve

Law’s new boat with his VHF call sign

name “Fido” and number proudly on its

bow and foredeck, illustrated with a

fearsome dog. On the same patch of

grass was my boat Rudolph, with its

cartoon red nosed Reindeer. Euro Man

in his cape and gloves, was missing.

What’s going on here Are VHF’s going cheap

And has this resulted in an ostentatious fashion

statement springing up The equivalent of fancy

car number plates Well, maybe - but there is a

safety rationale behind what can also be fun.

It is evident that as more and more Yakity Yak

clubbies become increasingly confident and

daring, the daily distances get longer, the

adventures get more extreme, and as more leaders

are trained up and the club gets stronger and larger

- more and more paddlers are recognising the

advantages of having portable VHF.

The advantages of VHF are fairly obvious, but if

you want to convince whoever controls the purse

strings, or justify the cost of such an item on your

‘wish list’ - here is some ammunition. Remember

- the sales pitch is that it’s all about safety, and

peace of mind...

1. Trip reports can be lodged with the Coastguard,

so that if you are reported overdue, all your

details are there. Your boat details (type, colour,

and name), your departure point, ETA and any

progress reports are all on file if a Search and

Rescue is needed. (It only costs $30 every 5 years

to register a call sign, and $75 dollars per annum

to belong to Coastguard. What did your last

restaurant meal cost)

2. Boat to boat communication is easy between

paddlers or pods. Very useful when a change of

plan needs to be communicated fast or an

emergency arises.

3. Weather reports, with tides, forecasts, and up

to date ‘nowcasting’ of real time wind speeds are

available continuously.

4. Some VHF’s have a SOS flashing light signal.

5. Some can be hooked up to a GPS.

And of course you look ‘cool’ and look like you

are a serious kayaker!

Once you have a VHF you will need a (nother)


On Sunday, paddling along the Weiti River in a

circuitous route to Dacre Cottage, looking at some

of the yachts moored, pondering on boat names

and VHF call signs I thought about what makes a

good one.

A boat name should be

1. easy to say

2. easy to spell

3. easy for others to remember.

I now know some that fail all three KISS principals.

I won’t embarrass either myself or their owners

by divulging them. I say, now know, as it took me

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weeks to get my tongue around them and as for

spelling them - forget it! Avoid a name that is too

boat specific - you may upgrade your boat...

Select a name that is appropriate for you and

distinctly YOU, unforgettably you. Maybe

something to do with your occupation or hobby

(Hot Sax), country of origin (Highlander), nature or

demeanour (Yogi Bear), boat decoration (Wasp),

initials (Bee J), foraging habits (Mussel Man)

And while you are at it, why not make it fun, and

choose a cartoon character or picture to go with

it Brenda Jones’ son Luke ph 021 152 1485 does

a great job. For only $25 you get three transfers,

one for each side of your bow (easy to read when

you are in the water and panicking) and one for

your foredeck in case you have a ‘blond’ or

‘senior’ moment when sending in a TR, or are

injured and someone else needs to use your VHF

on your behalf.

If you need help to discover what will be an

“unforgettable you” type of name, ask your

paddling buddies.

On the way back from the Working Bee at Dacre

Cottage we took up the challenge for Peter B. He’s

a chemistry teacher, paddles a yellow Penguin,

and is a pretty relaxed nice guy. Yellow Peril No.

Yellow Submarine Hope not. Yellow Devil No.

Mellow Yellow!! Perfect...

Then I started on Louis... a lean mean kayaking

machine, who plays polo, has a bomb proof roll,

and paddles a hand crafted white boat. Eskimo

Pie!! Yes

Any one else want a hand...

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Queens B-day Wkend 2nd-5th June 2006

by Shelene Paraone

For those that have never been to, or

even heard about Lake Rotorangi,

here’s a brief description about it.

Lake Rotorangi is the largest lake on the Taranaki

Region, it is 46km Long. It was formed in 1984 as

a reservoir for generating electricity for a

company called Egmont Electricity. The Lake is

characterised by a winding, twisting course, which

varies in depth from about 50m to less than 5m

near the top, and has an average width of 130m,

with shoulders breaking off the main route to the

left and right. It has a silty, muddy bottom, due to

the decay of vegetation, which becomes

submerged. As the lake fills, it is monitored 4 times

a year for the changes in nutrients that may occur.

It can be reached from Hawera, or via Eltham & Patea.

The Trip - Lead By David Morrison

The plan was let’s all leave Wellington and meet

at the Patea Dam. Most of us did driving through

heavy fog and temperatures down to 2 degrees

Celsius. However a couple of Yakiti-Yakers went

astray & managed to find us the next day luckily,

but not before a short excursion to Eketahuna for

the night!! Apparently this is the quickest way to

Patea! Yeah Right!! Who gave those directions

Andy Blake!!!

We woke the next day to a clear and perfectly still

day. Although excited to get out on the water, we

had a leisurely start breathing in the crisp fresh

air. We had a good hearty breakfast packed up

and headed down to the edge of the Dam to


Executing a safe trip, David went through all the

safety checks, gear, maps, briefing, and we were

ready to get into the water, which was a mirror

image of our surroundings.

It was one of those paddling days you dream

about! Mesmerised by the mist gently brushing

across the water and lifting around us, bathed in

early morning sunrise on water as smooth as silk,

we entered a zone of peaceful solitude broken

only by the calls of native birds.

Our plan was to head up stream to the Ski Hutt....

but we revised the plan along the way. We were

cruising a little slower than expected up river so

wouldn’t make our original destination, however

we did get to experience some good training tips

as David and another Yakiti-Yaker had a chance

to show us how to tow another kayak for half the

journey there and back. This happens

occasionally when someone has a recurring

injury and not feeling the best, or just getting a

little tired and needing some help. Tough work at

the best of times having to pull two kayaks at once,

but we all took a mental note.

Admiring the endless beauty of the plentiful

native fauna and foliage. With each paddle stroke,

we left a trail of ripples gently cascading and

glistening in the sunlight behind us. I listened to

the songs of the birds and the inquisitive chatter

of my companions of what exciting things we may

come across on our journey.

One of the things I enjoy about kayaking is how

close you can get into all the little nooks and

crannies to do some exploring and have a good

look around. Off the main route there were

shoulders we could go down, these were quite

remote, beautiful and unquestionably wild.

Dense native forest clad the hills, and dead trees

stood among the mist giving an air of mystery like

a script out of a horror movie, A bloated sheep

lay decaying with a stench to put you off your

lunch - no lingering down this one. Fantails zig

zaged in front of us catching insects on the wing.

Wild goats trekked through the bush foraging for

food, and on weed beds with a muddy, silt floored

base. All good ingredients for mozzies and

sandflies multiplying rampantly.

Hunger pains set in, David had a spot lined up,

and pulling ashore we stretched our legs and had

our lunch. Enjoying the warm sun and beautiful

surroundings we ate and chatted about what we

had seen so far and where to now.

We paddled steadily out into a fresh Nor-Wester

breeze, which had sprung up, but only lasted for

a short period then in a leisurely manner we

paddled, chattered and appreciated the quiet

meandering nature of the lake and the impressive

reflections in its still waters. Paradise ducks took

flight in front of us, and we watched as they

carved their way up through the dense forest.

Nestled into the bush on the side of a hill was our

camping ground. We carried our boats onto the

bank and set up. A couple of Yakiti-Yakers

demonstrated how to light and control a roaring

campfire to keep us all toasty warm, and their

expertise in eel catching! After dinner we sat

round the fire and shared stories of our days

adventures and had some laughs, until one by one

we dispersed to our tents to rest our tired bodies

ready for another days expedition.

It was overcast when we rose in the morning; rain

was setting in, only to be confirmed by the

weather report that bad weather was on its way.

I had an internal debate with myself, as I weighed

up our days plans. Should I continue on and face

a possible growing wind and the storm predicted

to brew or should I head back. Needless to say, I

chose to head back. A handful of Yakiti-Yakers

decided to stay on and brave the weather and

paddle up river to the Ski-Hutt for a look and stay

another night. The rest of us paddled around

some of the shoulders we hadn’t explored the day

before and slowly made our way back to the start

of the Patea Dam. David did his paddle ritual,

which is a compulsory Eskimo roll when out on

the water. I believe he said the water was

shockingly cold!!

Driving home through the torrential rain and the

storm that had arrived, we spared a thought for

our companions and how they were doing, back

at the Lake camping out, bearing the conditions.

As we neared home, those thoughts seeped out

like a slow leak as we were thinking only of the

warm comforts of home.

Thinking back to all the experiences of the days

gone, it is a location that I would thoroughly

recommend. One of the things I heard myself say

was a reflection of the great time we had. “We’ll

be back!!”

Kiwi Association of Sea

Kayakers N.Z. Inc.


KASK is a network of sea kayakers

throughout New Zealand

KASK publishes a 200 page

sea kayaking handbook

which is free to new

members: the handbook

contains all you need to

know about sea kayaking:

techniques and skills,

resources, equipment, places to go etc.

KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter

containing trip reports, events, book reviews,

technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’

file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.



Annual subscription is $35.00.


PO Box 23, Runanga 7841,

West Coast

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Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Waikato River Discovery

Mohaka Whanganui River Trips

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings,

Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

$85 per person (bookings essential).

Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for


2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the

magnificent upper reaches of the mighty

Waikato River - soak in the geothermal

hotsprings - take in the stunning

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

Price: $40 adult $25 children Special

group and family rates. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Need some excitement Take a kayak down

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

whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery

down the Mohaka River.

Price: $100 per person. Call freephone

0800 KAYAKN for details.

Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003,

Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Interested in a great adventure on this

Magnificent River

Give us a call and we will give you a

memory of a lifetime.

Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Price on application.

0800 529256

TAUPO Accommodation

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

Accommodation available to Yakity Yak club

members and their families... Ideal for sport

and school groups... Situated on the banks

of the Waikato River our Kayakers Lodge

accommodates up to 12 people, is fully

furnished, with plenty of parking and a quiet


$25 per person per night.

Phone: 0800 529256 for details

For those who are slightly more adventurous at

heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement of

grade two rapids. Midway down, we paddle

under the historic Betran Rd Bridge where we

will stop for a snack.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50.

Phone: 06 769 5506

Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which

winds through some of New Zealands

lushest vegetation. Camping overnight and

exploring some of New Zealands

pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Two day trips $220.00 or

one day $70.00.

Phone 06 769 5506

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out

to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf

Island Marine Reserve. View the Taranaki

scenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer to

the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony

and experience the thrill of close up views of

these fascinating marine mammals.

Allow 3 hours subject to weather.

$50.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

Okura River Tours

Kayak Hire

A guided kayak trip round the safe waters of

the Inner Harbour, while learning about the

history of the area. During this stunning trip

around the beautiful Napier Inner Harbour

of Ahuriri, we stop to share a glass of fresh

orange juice, local fruits and cheese platter.

All this for $40 per person.

Phone 06 842 1305

Exploring Karepiro Bay and the Okura

Marine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip with

abundant wildlife and a stop at Dacre

Cottage, the historic 1860 settlers’ house,

which is only accessible by boat or a long


Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Taupo - Open for the summer and by

appointment. Long Bay, Auckland - by

appointment only. Have some paddling

fun on the beach or let us run a Tour for

you and your friends and explore these

beautiful areas.

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors

Award Scheme

Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide.

Get into gear and get qualified!

It’s fun and easy to do.

Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 now

Paddle to the Pub

Twilight Tours

Customized Tours

Join the Yakity Yak Club

Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way of

spending an evening, bringing your group of

friends together by completing a fun activity

before dinner and making a memorable

experience. These trips are available to

Riverhead, Browns Bay and Devonport Pubs.



Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Departs from one of The East Coast Bays

beautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip

with the sun setting over the cliff tops as

you paddle along the coast line.

Group discounts available!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company

Phone: 09 473 0036

Mobile: 0274 529 255

• Work Functions • Schools

• Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full

days frolic or a wicked weekend

adventure we can take you there.

If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle

we can provide you with experienced

guides, local knowledge, safe up to date

equipment and a lot of fun.

Contact your local store

on 0508 KAYAKNZ

Want to have fun, meet new people, have

challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn

new skills

PLUS get a regular email newsletter and

this magazine! Also, get a discount on

kayaking courses and purchases from

Canoe & Kayak stores.

Then, join us!

Phone Canoe & Kayak

on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more

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Learn To Kayak

PHONE 0508 529 2569 TO BOOK

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4


A comprehensive course designed to

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct and safe paddler. The

course progresses so you develop

techniques and confidence at an

enjoyable pace with great end results.

This course is run over a weekend or by

request in the evenings.

COST $295


This course covers the skills required to

become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. You increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions. Being able to

eskimo roll will make you a more

competent, safe and capable paddler.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200


On this course we continue to build on

the skills gained on Stage One and Two

Courses. Developing your skills,

technique and confidence on the faster

moving white water of the Waikato River

and progressing on to a Sunday day trip

on the Mohaka River. Includes, eddie

turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and

building new skills in River Rescue

techniques and River Reading.

Course: Weekend • COST $349


During this course we build on the skills

gained on the Stage One to Three Courses.

Developing your moving water skills,

technique and confidence in your Multi

Sport Kayak. We start on the Mohaka River

on Saturday and progress to the

Whanganui on Sunday for some big water

paddling. River racing competency letters

are awarded to those who meet the

standard and criteria as outlined on the

Grade Two Competency Certificate. A copy

is available from Canoe & Kayak Centres.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 3

Stage 4


Understanding the weather and ability to

navigate in adverse conditions is vital

when venturing into the outdoors. Learn

to use charts and compasses and forecast

the weather using maps and the clouds.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $150


An advanced course designed to build on

your skills. Covering paddling technique,

kayak control, rescues, preparation,

planning and decision making.

Course: Weekend/overnight.

COST $350


This course is designed to sharpen your

whitewater skills and start learning simple

rodeo moves. We will focus on skills such

as river reading, body position and

rotation, advanced paddle technique,

playing in holes and negotiating higher

Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are

feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

Ideally you should already be paddling the

mid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.

Course: Weekend • COST $349


This course is designed to cover likely

scenarios on white water rivers. The

course is suitable for paddlers who feel

comfortable on Grade One to Two rivers.

The areas covered are rope skills, muscle

techniques, team control, heads up, risk

management and combat swimming. Also

covering skills required in the following

situations: entrapments, kayak wraps,

swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

Stage 5


Surfing is heaps of fun when you know

how. We will spend the evenings starting

off in small surf and building up to one

and a half metre waves. We will use a

range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make

it fun and easy to learn. Skills to be

taught include surfing protocol, paddling

out, direction control, tricks and safety

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $349

Stage 6


You need rescue skills to look after

yourself and your paddling buddies in

adverse conditions. This course covers

towing systems, capsized kayaks,

T Rescues, paddle floats, stern deck

carries, re-enter and roll.

Programme One Evening

Cost $60


Familiarisation Trips


Stage 1

Stage 2


A comprehensive course designed to

cover the skills required to become a

technically correct paddler. Starting off

in a heated pool and progressing

through flat water to moving water, it

allows you to develop techniques and

confidence at an enjoyable pace with

great end results.

Course: Weekend

COST $349


This course covers the skills required to

become a technically correct Eskimo

Roller. This will increase your confidence,

allowing you to paddle in more

challenging conditions.

Course: 4 evening sessions

COST $200


It is essential that all first time

Coast to Coasters get some paddling

time on the Waimak prior to race day.

Take the jitters out of race day - make it fun-filled

rather than fear-filled and join us for some great

paddling to build that confidence up!

For bookings call Taupo C&K on 07 378 1003

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NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide


A comfortable performance orientated sea kayak which will suit all

sizes of paddlers with plenty of foot room for the bigger ones.

Handles well in rough conditions, a fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $2440

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 610 mm


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

and a small child. It is easy to paddle and is very

stable. Easily carried by one adult or two kids.

Prices start at $399

Length: 2.7m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 780 mm


Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile and

flared bow enable it to perform well in adverse

conditions. It is designed to give the paddler

maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests,

backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh


Prices start at $2696

Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg, Lightweight: 27 kg,

Width: 610 mm


Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. A

channelled hull provides outstanding tracking

which helps keep you on course. Its upswept,

flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

Prices start at $2199

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


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 very


Prices start at $695


Stable and easy to paddle and it handles surf with

ease. Simple to use for the beginner, yet exciting for

the more experienced paddler.

The flow handles the heavier paddler well. We

tested it with 115kg. It was stable and comfortable to

paddle and the little ones enjoyed it to.

This is an excellent family kayak that will get you and

the kids out on the water exploring, fishing, surfing

and anything else you can imagine to do on a kayak.

Prices start at $799

Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mm

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

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.

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NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide


‘two person’ is ideal for fishing, surfing and

exploring. It has great hatches for storing your

adventure equipment. Now available with three

person option. It is often used by one person.

Prices start at $1095

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


The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is

located in the stern and holds up to three tanks.

There is one centrally located seat and a smaller

companion seat near the bow. It can also be fitted

with an optional motor bracket for an electric

trolling or small outboard engine.

Prices start at $1095

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm

(hatches & accessories not included)


Fishing, cruising, well appointed with gear storage

inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that

detaches, which is great for carrying your fishing

gear to your favourite spot. The pod can also be

used as a seat.

Prices start at $1199

Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 780 mm


Probably the closest you will come to finding one

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

Prices start at $790

Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg , Width: 750 mm


Fast, light, touring kayak suits beginners through to advanced

paddlers. The hull design allows for great handling in rough water.

Well appointed and ideally suitable for multisport training.

Prices start at $2295

Length: 4.93 m , Weight: 26kg, Width: 580 mm

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.

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The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down

on windage, enabling paddlers to maintain high

speed and straight tracking with easy handling in

all conditions.

Prices start at $1249

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

NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide


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 $2799


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 $1895

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg, Width: 590 mm

Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 22kg, Width: 610 mm





Weight: 15 kg

Width: 670mm

Length: 4.35m

Price (Kev): $2755

Weight: 20 kg

Width: 670 mm

Length: 5.35m

Price : $3430

INCEPT K40S - Tasman Inflatable Sea Kayak. With an Incept single

inflatable sea kayak there is no need for a vehicle roof rack, no storage

problems, and traveling on public transport and small aircraft a breeze!

Perfect for multi-day expeditions and just as good for spur of the moment

days trips. Designed and Made in New Zealand.

Weight: 20 kg

Width: 7675 mm

Length: 3.7 m

Price: $1299

ACADIA 370 Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustable

backrest, an access hatch in the back which is great for carrying your extra


Weight: 27 kg

Width: 750 mm

Length: 3.46 m

Price: $1019

ESCAPADE Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving and having fun

in the sun.





12 to 15kg

depending on


530 mm

5.9 m

$2860 Glass

$3170 Kevlar

GLADIATOR This fast, stable kayak with its larger cockpit is built for the

bigger paddler looking for a longer, stable kayak for Coast to Coast etc.

INCEPT K50D - Pacific Inflatable Sea Kayak. This double inflatable sea

kayak packs down into light, compact airline baggage inclusive of pump,

decks, seats, pedals and rudder. Constructed from a heavy duty but light

weight polyurethane - alloy that is strong, hard wearing and is UV protected

to withstand extreme exposures. Designed and Made in New Zealand.

Weight: 26 kg Glass

24kg Kevlar

Width: 550 mm

Length: 7 m

Price (Fg): $5260

Kev: $5760

depending on construction

ADVENTURE DUET This lightweight, very fast and recently updated

Adventure Racing double kayak continues to dominate adventure racing in

NZ and is very suitable as a recreational double.

Weight: 45 kg

Width: 760mm

Length: 5.64 m

Price: From $3699

ECO NIIZH 565 XLT This upgraded model is proving a hit with its new

lighter weight and some excellent features. We now have a plastic double

sea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions and


The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.

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Weight: 12 kg

Width: 455mm

Length: 5.9m

Price (Kev): $3170

Weight: 14.5 kg

Width: 540 mm

Length: 4.94m

Price (Fg): $2460

Kev: $2740

FIREBOLT This new, very user friendly kayak with its excellent

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

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

busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.

Weight: 12 kg

Width: 480mm

Length: 5.4 m

Price (Fg): $2710

Kev: $2940

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

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

popular Coast to Coast kayak.

Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg

depending on construction

Width: 510 mm

Length: 6.43 m

Price: $3195 - $3560

depending on construction

MAXIMUS Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allows

this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed and is

easy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in

adverse conditions.

Weight: 25 kg

Width: 610 mm

Length: 4.8 m

Price: $2395

PENGUIN Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease of

handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is

suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.

Weight: 23kg kevlar


Width: 600 mm

Length: 5.6 m

Price: From $4220

TORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling extreme

expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Weight: 17 kg

Width: 680 mm

Length: 2.8 m

Price: $799

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

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

time Coast to Coasters.

Weight: 19.09 kg

Width: 585 mm

Length: 5.03 m

Price: $1549

THE ELIMINATOR is a fast stable racing

and training ‘Sit -on’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining

system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.

Weight: 21 kg

Width: 510 mm

Length: 5.29 m

Price: $1649

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

under-slung rudder or rear mounted rudder.

Weight: 22 kg

Width: 550mm

Length: 5.15 m

Price: $1549

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

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

White granite, Lime, Yellow.

Weight: 22 kg

Width: 590mm

Length: 5m

Price (Fg): From $3310

(Freight charges may apply)

CHALLENGE 5 Slightly larger volume than the Sequel and lighter at 22kg.

A fast and stable touring sea kayak well appointed and featuring a great

rudder/steering system.

Weight: 18.18 kg

Width: 790 mm

Length: 3.43 m

Price: $849

EXPLORER is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one of the driest

‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies

Weight: 26 kg

Width: 640mm

Length: 4.5 m

Price: From $1999

ACADIA 280 A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for the

whole family in sheltered waters.

CONTOUR 450 This kayak is designed for day tripping and light

overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily.

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.

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Weight: 11kg

Width: 450mm

Length: 5.65m

Price (Kev): $3150





16.5 kg


6.4 m

$3700 kevlar

$3200 fibreglass

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

genders up to 75kgs.

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

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

Weight: 34 kg

Width: 280mm

Length: 4.5 m

Price: From $1965

OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the ‘Length

of New Zealand Race’ and built around the safety criteria drawn up for that

race. The Ocean X is also very suitable for kayak racing in the many

harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the

kayak sections of many multisport races.

Weight: 35kg

Width: 800mm

Length: 4.87 m

Price: From $2799

WANDERER EXCEL A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This is

an enjoyable kayak for all the family.

Weight: 22 kg

Width: 610mm

Length: 5.3 m

Price: From $4095

CONTOUR 490 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.

TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlar

Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, and

increased stiffness, gives even better performance.

Weight: 32 kg

Width: 830mm

Length: 4.2 m

Price: From $1285

Weight: 21 kg

Width: 770mm

Length: 2.5 m

Price: From $675

WHIZZ A great multi-purpose family boat for big kids and small kids alike.

Lots of fun this summer at the beach. (Hot surfer!)

DELTA DOUBLE Fun for the whole family at the beach or lake.

Plenty of room and great stability.

Weight: 22.7 kg

Width: 810mm

Length: 3.12 m

Price: From $799

TORENT FREEDOM Great for the surf and the river with awesome

manoeuvrability. Excellent finish.

Weight: 16kg

Width: 685mm

Length: 2.92 m

Price: From $849

Weight: 34 kg

Width: 830mm

Length: 4.7 m

Price: From $1599

ACADIA 470 A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard allowing for

a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly and

has excellent stability. Dry storage compartment.

Weight: 34 kg

Width: 840mm

Length: 4.75 m

Price: From $1399

COBRA STRIKE A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantastic

in the surf, it‘s a fast and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

SWING 470 PLUS A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stable and

fast. It has plenty of storage and great features to make your adventures fun.

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.

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From the USA - Seattle Sports

Paddling Accessories

Folding Camp Sink

Why carry a cumbersome

plastic bowl

3.5 gallon capacity folds flat for easy

storage Top stiffeners Rugged vinyl

Construction, RF welded seams and

webbed carrying handles.

Basic Trolley

If you could not afford a

trolley before, you can now.

Clear anodised aluminium frame

Stainless steel needle bearing

and hardware Pneumatic

wheels Simple design

Paddle Float

Two chamber float for added safety

A 2nd chamber for use when you need

extra buoyancy or if one chamber

is accidentally punctured

Clip on safety tether to eliminate

loss in windy conditions

Dry Bag Technology

moves forward

Super Latitude Dry Bags

Showing the way forward in strength and ease of use

Opens along the length of the bag - no more losing things in the bottom of

the bag Hands-free autopurge valve automatically purges the air as

the bag is compressed or stuffed into tight spaces Light weight

urethane coated diamond rip-stop allows these bags to slide easily

into kayak hatches. A full width window makes it easy to see your

gear. THESE ARE THE BEST Available in 10, 21 & 51 Litre Sizes

Solar Shower

No more cold showers at the end of a

day’s paddling

The 5-gallon capacity for 8 minute shower

Constructed of durable PVC Separate fill

cap, on/off valve and a hanging/carrying handle.

Foam Paddle Float

No need to worry about blowing up your paddle

float - use immediately

Unidirectional trapezoidal shaped foam block enhances

stability Reflective webbing trim and metallic chrome

front panel Large pocket for paddle blade

Wide adjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.

Bilge Pump

Solid, simple & effective pump

8 gallon per minute

Easy-grab handle

Super-strong pump shaft and

heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

Paddle Leash

Unique quick release paddle leash

Streamlined, low-profile retractile cord

8' expansion Heavy-duty snaphook

Internal Kevlar cord filament

Deck Bag

A place to put your nibbles,

camera, and extra clothing providing

easy access while on the move

Entire bag is RF welded to keep water out.

Splash proof HydroKiss TM zipper is sealed in

with no holes for water to find. Internal plastic

stiffener to keep the bag in shape

A universal anchoring system

Latitude Dry Bags

Length opening dry bags at a competitive price

Opens along the length of the bag - no more losing things at the

bottom of the bag Polyester body and heavy-duty vinyl ends.


Sizes available in 10, 21 & 51 Litre

H2Zero Dry Bags

Tough traditional design

Frequency welded seams

A three roll closure system

Tough, waterproof, abrasion

resistant fabric

Sizes available in 10, 21 & 41 Litre

Grand Adventure

When size matters

Tough, waterproof, abrasion

resistant fabric Shoulder strap &

grab handle Carry all your gear

in one bag Keep your car dry by

keeping all your wet gear in one bag

Size 99 Litre

H2Zero Dry Bags

The price leader

Heavy weight clear plastic

Frequency welded seams

A three roll closure system

Tough, waterproof, abrasion

resistant base fabric

Sizes available in 10, 21 & 41 Litre

Available at all good Kayak stores

email: greatstuff@graphics.co.nz

Available at all good Kayak stores

email: greatstuff@graphics.co.nz

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502 Sandringham Rd

Telephone: 09 815 2073

Arenel Ltd

T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland









143 Ruapehu Street, Taupo

Telephone: 07 378 1003

Rees and Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taupo





Unit 6, 631 Devon Road

Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth

Telephone: 06 769 5506

Peter & Bronnie van Lith

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taranaki



15 Niven Street

Onekawa, Napier

Telephone: 06 842 1305

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Hawke’s Bay











Unit 2/20 Constellation Drive,

(Off Ascension Drive), Mairangi Bay,

Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002

Flood Howarth & Partners Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak North Shore







7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale

Please phone for opening hours

Telephone: 09 421 0662

Canoe & Kayak Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Distribution









710 Great South Road, Manukau

Telephone: 09 262 0209

J. K. Marine Limited

Trading as Canoe & Kayak Manukau







3/5 Mac Donald Street

Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd)

Telephone: 07 574 7415

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Trading as Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty











The Corner Greenwood St

& Duke St, State Highway 1 bypass


Telephone: 07 847 5565








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Telephone: 04 477 6911







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