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BuiltFishExperiencethe thrill and ease of CobraFishing & Touring Kayaks. Fish in spotsyou can’t get to by boat, enjoy built-inexercise and get close to the actionon the water. All this with an easy totransport Cobra Kayak for a fractionof the cost and hassle of a boat!Cobra Fishing and Touring Kayaks’ range of accessoriesallow you to configure your kayak to your own specialistneeds for sports fishing, diving and distance touring.All Cobra Fishing and Touring Kayaks can be fitted with amotor bracket for an electric trolling motor. Plus, with thelargest hatches on the market, there is still plenty of roomfor rod holders, scuba gear, battery, tackle box, bait tank,and much more.Cobra Kayaks all feature polyethylene hulls for supertough performance with a LIFETIME guarantee to prove it.The self draining reinforced scuppers throughout giveunparalleled hull rigidity and a drier ride.MARAudERLength 4.3 mWidth 780 mmWeight 24 kgCapacity 216 kgPRO FISHERMANLength 4.1 mWidth 730 mmWeight 24 kgCapacity 205 kgCall us now or visit our websitefor our dealer locations andfind out how to make yourdreams a reality on the water.TOuRERLength 4.6 mWidth 711 mmWeight 23 kgCapacity 216 kgFISH N’ dIvELength 3.8 mWidth 914 mmWeight 28 kgCapacity 272 kgFree call 0508 AQUATX or visit www.aquatx.co.nz


Colin Moore – Journalist,Adventurer and Friend.by Peter SommerholderI am looking at a photo of Colin with his two children, Naivasha and Rupert, then about ten andtwelve years old. All three are carrying heavy packs. The children’s look larger than themselves.I am sure that tramping with dad, often in wet and cold weather, must have triggered manycomplaints by the youngsters. But now, grown up, they both can thankfully look back on amazingoutdoor adventures. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in the outdoors better than sharing itwith children. They will open your eyes to adventure, magic, indescribable beauty and just a fewlittle epics.” These are Colin’s words from his book ‘Outdoors in New Zealand’.I was one of the fortunate adults who shared adventures with Colin, tramping and kayakingin Auckland and the North Island. It was his ‘great’ idea to combine the two. Over three winterweekends we paddled, portaged, pushed and pulled our kayaks through and over hundredsof old, dense willows, tracing the Maori portage along the Kaipara River from Riverhead to theKaipara Harbour, often up to our chests in freezing cold water.Colin recorded the physical challenge, and Maori efforts to connect the Kaipara and WaitemataHarbours, brilliantly in the New Zealand Herald. Reading it made me forget sore limbs and ourbattle with the elements.In early June we said goodbye to Colin. Arriving home from fishing in his little piece of paradise,Taupo Bay in the Bay of Islands, he had a tragic accident. All who knew him will, I’m sure, join mein sending sincere condolences to his wife Fran, and children Rupert and Naivasha.SeaRoverDeck CompassRRP$79.90A great compass at a great price! The Sea Roverfeatures a large compass (70mm glass) with easyto read markings. With a simple base the SeaRover attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicelyon top of a deck bag.Quick release buckles allowfor easy attachment.Deluxe Deck BagRRP$149.90D-400mm W-300mm H-150mmThe Deluxe Deck Bag offers a clear window anda higher profile for better gear storage. With itsmultiple tie down points, bungees and side strapsfor added storage, you have plenty of options.Fully RF welded seams will keep water out, whilea reflective end will help keep you visible.DeckMate Deck BagRRP$119.90D-400mm W-300mm H-100mmLow Profile Deck Mate Deck Bag offersexceptional value. Radio frequency weldskeep waves and rain out. Our splash–proofHydroKiss TM coated zipper is sealed in withno excessive needle holes for water to find.MightyMite Kayak Trolley RRP $145A light weight folding trolley. Strong enough totake a loaded kayak up to a combined weight of91kgs. Weight of cart 2.7Kg. Comes completewith 2 tie-down straps.All prices shown in this advertisment are recommendedretail prices at the time of publication. Prices in stores maydiffer. Seattle Sports product is distributed in New Zealandby Great Stuff Ltd (email:greatstuff@graphics.co.nz) andsold exclusively through Canoe and Kayak stores.wwwcanoeandkayak.co.nz GS/COM2009ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 9


A cross between the Marlborough Sounds and the Whanganui RiverThe campsite was basic , but the firewood was dryhim two evenings and many iterations but the final product wasworthy of the creator and an entertainment for us all.Our brilliant campsite for two nights was basic. Firewood wasdry and plentiful. At sunset the wind dropped and morning mistsproduced surreal dawns. It was so good that Liz slept throughthe second day’s paddle. In light winds and flat water we left thebush for pastureland and a water ski club.The third day’s paddle on Monday was the best. Normal folkhad returned to work so the lake was ours. All day we enjoyeda mirror lake. Magic reflections, good company and no windon a flat lake couldn’t have been bettered. A late lunch, loadingboats, easy banter and away to Wellington brought the trip toan end. To those who paddled, Neil, Judy, Liz, Janet and Tim, abig thanks. Liz’s words at Otaki, “Let’s turn around and go back!”sum it up. If you think the lake sounds worth a trip, do it.To Taranaki clubbies, what else are you geezers hiding?A Call to Action - SKOANZWith the advent of the Maritime SafetyAuthority taking a lead approach in settingstandards for the kayaking industry inNew Zealand, the (SKOANZ) Sea KayakOperators Association of New Zealandhas, at its annual forum (Nelson May2009), embarked on a drive to broaden itsrepresentative voice.A new Committee was voted in with theexpress aim to better represent the retailer,manufacturer, education and tour operatorsections of the industry, and ensure thatgovernment is implementing regulations thatwe can all work within, whilst providing qualityoutcomes for our clients and/or customers.Are you involved in one of these sectors ofthe industry? If so, your voice regarding yourthoughts around your activities, voluntary orimposed regulation, standards and compliancein an increasingly regulated industry shouldbe heard.We look forward to you joining the associationto make our world a better place to operate.Whom to contact to get involved?In the Northern Region Peter Townend,pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz.In the Central and Southern N.I regioncontact Andy Blake, niblakes@xtra.co.nz.In the north of the South Island contactTom Bryant, tom.bryant@nttourism.co.nzand/or Shay Gill, shay@abletasman.co.nz.In the West and South of theSouth Island contact Wayne Steads,steads@xtra.co.nz.In the East of the South island contact MattFoy, matt@kaikourakayaks.co.nz12 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


Birthday Recipe(never fails!)10 – 15 servingsWhat you need:One daughter turning 13 (Anita)A few friendsSisterParents & GrandparentsFriends of parents (resilient in mud & rain)Kayaks from garageAdditional kayaks from Canoe and KayakRiverChocolate (essential)DrizzleSteps:5. While cooking ensuregrandparents remember theywanted to be in the mix!6. Remove from river1. Prepare kayaks, adjustingrudder settings to suit andattaching warm cladding toparty members.7. Complete birthday in Wenderholm visitorshelter with birthday cake (and more rain).2. Add combined boats andbodies to river using muddybank where required.4. Drizzle continuously and atouch of wind for 1.5 hours atmoderate heat.3. Bring ingredients to centrefor addition of chocolate or anyother high calorie product.Cook’s tip:Remember always toclean up and put awayingredients afterwards.Surfing at Mount Maunganui - Mike Gerrand Taking a Big One. Photos by Rob BathgateISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 13


Sea KayakingWho’s theBoss?On 25th of April 2009, after theANZAC Dawn Parade, I went fora paddle at Mahia . I knew thatMoko the dolphin liked to play withkayaks and would be in the bay.After an hour I came on an 18ft boatfrom which people were trying to fish.Moko was in close attendance andthey asked me to help. “Head back tothe beach. Moko will follow you andleave us alone.” As I left, a man calledout "We will keep an eye on you, tomake sure you make it!"Then the fun started! I wanted to goone way, and Moko wanted me to gothe other. She swam alongside thekayak turning me around at her will.It took me about three hours to reachthe beach at Mahia.Back in Wairoa I told my friendswhat had happenedand was metwith looks ofdisbelief! Thesame thinghappened at work.The followingweekend, I was backin the water, camerain hand, looking forproof. Now where is thatDolphin?I paddled for two hourswithout sighting her and setoff for home into a head wind!An hour later, there was Mokoplaying in the shallows with somekids. I didn’t want to deprive thekids so I joined them. When a JetSki turned up, Moko chased him and Itook off after them. Moko soon gave up,14 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


Favourite Places to Paddle #2A great paddle anytime of the year is throughthe Whangamarino Wetlands, just north of TeKawhata. It is even better for a few weeks afterthe Waikato River system has been in flood, andthe waterway through the wetlands overtops thestop banks. This allows access by kayak deep intothe wetlands where no one else can go and gives theunique opportunity to experience the WhangamarinoWetlands and all it’s wildlife up real close.Dennisswam over to see me and I got the photos I wanted.It was a lot of fun and a real challenge. I had to keep hold of my paddleand stay upright knowing that a 300kg, four metre dolphin was about toland on the kayak’s bow.After much juggling both kayak and paddle I now have the photos toprove what I was saying! by Roy McPhersonISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 15


Sea KayakingDoes Your Kayak Have a WOF?by Steve KnowlesKayaks need very little maintenance, but needa regular check. Now is a good time for it. Youcan make it a great project on Saturday morning!Remember, especially in winter, gear breakage in roughconditions and cold water will ruin your day in a hurry.Steve Knowles from Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty shows how togive your kayak a warrant of fitness.Foot Tracks and Pedals Sand and grit often stick between thefoot track and pedal. Especially this happens in sit-on-top kayaks. Washand dry the area, then spray with silicone available from hardwarestores. Your pedals will glide like new! (Photo’s 6-7).6. silicon spray foot peg1. steering lines worn at stern3. steering line stainless stern2. Rudder Line Guides4. steering lines stainless rail cockpitRudder linesThe most commonproblem is wearand tear at the sternwhere the linesrun through guides(photos 1-2).However, check theentire length fromthe rudder to pedals(photo 3-4). Photo 5shows a nick in theline which could breakwhen under strain.Rudder lines can bereplaced with spectracord or stainlesswire. Ledalon(plastic tubing) iseasily replacedor installed toguide the linesthrough the deckinto the cockpit.7. silicon spray on foot tracksRudder Assembly Make sure the rudder moves freely up/downand side to side. Grit may be caught within the assembly and hosingmay not wash it out. Remove the rudder blade from the housing andrinse with low pressure water. Photo 8 shows the bolt to remove on thisQ Kayak. Other manufacturers and models may differ.8. rudder screwJ5. steering lines worn16 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


Yakity Yak Club TodayHi!Would you like to spend time witha bunch of mates exploring NewZealand’s beautiful coastline andwaterways?‘Too old’ you say or ‘not fit enough’or ‘don’t like clubs because of thedreaded committees!’ Well guesswhat, you are never too old for thegentle motion of kayaking. Can youwalk? Well then, you can paddle, infact we have had members with amissing leg or two.Enjoy the scenery in great company.The only committee meetings wehave are wine and cheese eveningsto plan our kayaking trips. Nosecretary, no treasurer, just show upand have fun. That’s our motto.So come and join our club. You willget a weekend skills course to showyou paddling techniques and safetyskills.Don’t worry if you don’t own akayak- we have heaps. Once youhave completed the weekend skillscourse, come along on any clubtrips you like. We can hire you akayak for these if you need.There is something on nearly everyweekend year round. Sometimes wego away camping; or we just cruisearound the harbour stopping onbeaches for coffee and chocolate, orour legendary club pancakes!We’ll even send you the NewZealand Kayak Magazine andthere are loads of in store benefitsfor our club members.All training is provided,just come and have fun!So take a look at page 49 and giveyour local Canoe & Kayak centrea call or better come and see us.We’d love to tell you more and getyou hooked on the wonderful sportof kayaking and probably the bestkayak club in the world!Your friendly team at the YakityYak Club and Canoe & Kayak.dkayak.co.nzIN 0508 KAYAKNZThe boys check out the rapids.


Sea Kayaking5 Star Winter Paddling by Julie ReynoldsAwesomeWinterSceneryComfyWinterAccommodationEasy Accessto the WaterAlternativeoff waterActivitiesCosy WinterEateriesRaglan HarbourIt’s often a real battle with oneself to go paddling in winter.Waking up with rain hitting the windows, the wind whistlingand the temperature out from under the blankets nippy.So planning for weekends away often doesn’t happen. We letcobwebs grow and muscles slacken until we get that club newsletterannouncing it’s only four weeks from Labour weekend. Then panicstrikes. How do I get paddle fit in time and where are my booties?Paddle fever hits and kayaks are dusted off, clothing and equipment islocated in the far corner of the shed and a mad burst of training begins.Why? Water doesn’t disappear in winter, quite the opposite in fact.Last winter I saw a local farm kid paddling his sit-on-top in the floodedpaddocks below his house, oblivious to the pelting rain and singledigit temperature!I thought you might appreciate four ideas for this winter and a helpinghand with the planning. They meet the 5 star criteria for• Accommodation – a range of options from camping for the braveto cabin/motel/cottages/holiday houses, hot showers, good warmcooking facilities, warm group social area, preferably by the wateror with great winter views.• Access to the water and paddling options when it’s cold and damp.If getting to the water poses a challenge it’s tempting to flag it, sowe looked for easy access whatever the weather. This involvesoptions such as an exposed ocean or a sheltered estuary.• Alternative off water activities – It’s a great idea to head to alocation where if the weather turns to custard at least you can doother things – horse riding, tramping, mountain biking, hot pools,markets, wineries etc• Eating – hey if we’ve made the effort to get out and paddle inwinter shouldn’t we be allowed an excuse not to cook? We’vechosen locations offering brunch or dinner.• Breathtaking Winter Scenery. If you know you will only see somesights in winter that’s an important motivation. We’ve picked extraspecial winter locations.Here are the four ideas I can recommend. If you know another greatplace to paddle which gets five stars please let me know. I’d love to gothere too.RaglanThe township of Raglan is only forty minutes from Hamilton and inwinter it’s a lot quieter than in summer when all the holiday makers andsurfies arrive.Raglan Harbour offers good day trips into its inner reaches, howeveryou do need to get your tides right. The Limestone rocks oppositethe camp ground are sensational. A good day paddle is through theNarrows to Haroto Bay, then an interesting portage (over reeds - slide,20 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


any distance you choose. The town has some really cool and quirkyGoogle Mapsshops and if you want to explore further afield there’s horse trekkingand of course the bridal veil falls.Raglan in the winter lacks people so you really feel you’re a worldaway.Google MapsView from the motorcamp at RaglanTongaporutu to Onaero 38km - TaranakiOne of Peter van Lith’s favourite winter paddles is along the cliffs fromTongaporutu heading South West for a great view of the snow cappedMount Taranaki. Winter in Taranaki brings a regular south to southPage east 1 of 1wind which provides shelter under the cliffs and hardly a breath ofwind. On top of the cliffs you may have a constant 20+ knots. Oceanconditions are therefore normally very calm with small, if any, swells.not wheel!) across the narrow bit of the Paritata Peninsula popping intoOkete Bay to see the waterfall on the way back. If the weather keepsyou off the harbour, a gentle exploration of Raglan west (Kaitoke Creek)will take up two hours. Alternatively take your Sit on Tops and head toRaglan’s famous surf beaches.At the end of the day a thirty minute car pool to the Waingaro HotWai-Iti Resort©2009 Google - Map data ©2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd - Terms of U©2009 Google - Map data ©2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd - Terms of UseSprings is well worth it. Follow this with dinner at one of the manyeateries in town. I can highly recommend the Orca Restaurant and Bar.Accommodation is readily available in Raglan. I’ve stayed at theRaglan Kopua Holiday Park (www.raglanholidaypark.co.nz) which hasoptions from tent sites to motel units. It’s on a peninsular bounded bythe harbour and creek so water access is unquestionably easy. There’sa pedestrian bridge into town. If you want something for a small groupthat’s quite different try the ‘silos’ on the wharf. www.wharfpad.co.nz.I happened to visit on a weekend when paddling was off the menu buthad no problem finding things to do. I did one of the many local walksin the area and also found the beaches lovely to walk along. From thecamp ground you can head up the West Coast beaches and back forYou can explore the caves and interesting formations that the TasmanSea has created, many on foot but with a calm sea some can bepaddled at high tide.In a small swell (or large if keen) where the sea is deep right up tothe cliff face, it can be fun to back up to the cliff and surf out to sea ona breaking wave. It rises dramatically when incoming swells meet you. About 3km S/W along the coast from Pukearuhe is a cave well worthexploring through its 2 entrances either on foot or at high tide in thekayak. It is 180 metres long with a 30 metre section open to the sky.Wai-iti Beach Retreat, www.wai-itibeach.co.nz ,about half waybetween Tongaporutu and Onaero, offers varied accommodation buttheir cafe/restaurant is closed for winter. Less than 15 minutes driveaway, with a previous arrangement, meals are served at the UrenuiHotel. There’s a more up-market restaurant 20 minutes away at WaiauEstate on Onaero Beach Road.Back on the water still heading S/W from Wai-iti beach tidalRuahine Kayakshttp://maps.google.co.nz/maps?hl=en-GB&ie=UTF8&ll=-38.886757,174.619446&sp...The Firebolt is faster and more stablein white water and less vulnerable tohttp://maps.google.co.nz/maps?hl=en-GB&ie=UTF8&ll=-37.750901,175.02182&spn... 02/07/2009strong winds in open water. This is avery user friendly kayak with excellentcombination of speed and stability.Designers & Manufactures of Multisport & Adventure Racing KayaksP O Box 11146 HastingsPhone 06 875 0043 E-mail:- kevin@ruahinekayaks.co.nz www.ruahinekayaks.co.nzISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 21


Caves at Tongaporutustreams can be explored easily on the incoming tide. To get over the bar in the middle of everything, so if you want to plan a weekend in the areamost of the rivers need more than half tide. At high tide the Mimi River getting there doesn’t take too long. I find any excuse to take a Fridayoffers a lovely 8 km upstream paddle. The Urenui River can be paddled afternoon off is a good excuse. But if that’s not an option an early startfor about 10km and the Onaero River for 3 – 4 km.on Saturday will see you lakeside for a late morning paddle.”The sunsets at this time of year are spectacular and well worthAccommodation, hey this is Rotorua so there are endless optionsexperiencing.tarawera - Google from camping Maps grounds to Luxury Lakeside Lodges. But if easy accessA trip along this coast is very dependant on weather so if you need to to water is needed then popular for kayakers is the Blue Lake Top 10book your weekend ahead of time it would pay to plan for alternatives Holiday Park. www.bluelaketop10.co.nz. You can camp, take a motel- day trips on the various rivers, an overnight on Lake Rotorangi, the unit or self contained cabin. It is right in the heart of the 11 lakes of theMokau River just north of Tongaporutu via the Mokau River Cruise orAddress Lake TaraweraRotorua Lakes District. For Bay a Of remote Plenty winter escape there are severalwe can highly recommend the Urunui Golf Course for a cheap round, DOC campsites around Lake Tarawera. If you plan to camp at Hotgreat views and casual dress. For those wanting something different the Water Beach you’ll be able to locate a warm patch on which to pitchWhitecliffs Organic Brewery is an option.PageRotorua Lakes – Bay of PlentyKaren Knowles didn’t have to venture far to offer us the Rotorua Lakesas a 5 star winter paddling option. There is something for everyone inthe Rotorua Lakes, short paddles for a few hours on Lakes Okarekaor Tikitapu (Blue) or disappear for a long weekend on Lake Tarawerawhere digging a hot bath on Hot Water Beach is a delight. A favouritewinter day trip is 8 km from Okawa Bay or Ruato Bay on Lake Rotoitito the Manupirua Hot Pools. Nestled into a hill on the edge of the lake,varied sized pools at differing temperatures provide million dollar viewsof the Lake. Since there is no road access kayakers and boaties haveWarm up and relax after the dayspaddling in the thermal pools.them to themselves!The Rotorua Lakes are truly spectacular in winter. Karen said, “Ilove paddling through the mist at the southern end of Lake Okataina,enjoying a mid winter hot swim on Lake Rotoiti and, after a cold spell,the snow around Lake Tarawera. Plus of course the steaming cliffs ofLake Rotomahana are even more dramatic in winter.”“The great thing about the Rotorua Lakes is that they are pretty much©2009 Google - Map data ©2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd - Terms of Use22 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


your tent!Being a tourist destination the off water options are endless. So if youdo find the weather winning the battle try the Zorb for a quick trip downa hill, soak in hotpools, mountain bike in the famous Redwood forest orenjoy one of the many amazing walks amongst the lakes. For the ladiesor any metrosexual men the Polynesian spa does a wicked range ofmassage and beauty spa treatments.Eating of course is part ofa successful weekendEating of course is part of a successful weekend. You can chooseto stay put if you’re at the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park. It has akitchen and great outdoor BBQ and seating area for groups. Thereare no restaurants in the area of Blue Lake but Rotorua’s manyrestaurants are only 15 minutes away. I like Two Fat Cows for brunchbut it pays to get in early. Getting a table around the traditional lunchhour is a challenge. The Landing at Lake Tarawera caters for lunchand dinner. The food is fantastic and so is the view across the Laketo the mountain. It’s well worth a visit and 10 minute drive. www.thelandinglaketarawera.co.nzFavourite Places to Paddle #3Favourite Places to Paddle #3Favourite Places to Paddle #3Our favourite spot is right on our doorstep, theever changing face of the Waikato River. You arealways guaranteed a great paddle no matter whatthe season. Whether you’re wanting a half hourpaddle floating through Hamilton City, a three daytrip or just enjoying one of the many lakes alongthe way - what more could we ask for!Stan & Wendy, Hamilton YY ClubLake Ohakuri – Taupo RegionIn winter there’s no point trying to avoid the cold, you might as wellembrace it and see some of the most beautiful winter scenery available.Where better to go than Taupo. A number of years back on weekendwinter trips in this area, we discovered amazing sights well worthfrozen solid booties in the morning and our breath impeding vision likea thick fog.For a day trip on the Waikato River/Lake Ohakuri I suggest stayingKiwi Association of SeaKayakers N.Z. Inc.(KASK)KASK is a network of sea kayakersthroughout New ZealandKASK publishes a 200 pagesea kayaking handbook whichis free to new members: thehandbook contains all youneed to know about seakayaking: techniques andskills, resources, equipment,places to go etc.KASK publishes a bi-monthly newslettercontaining trip reports, events, book reviews,technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.Caving at RotoitiWebsite:www.kask.co.nzAnnual subscription is $35.00.KaskPO Box 23, Runanga 7841,West CoastA soak after a day’s paddleat RotoitiISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 23


Sea KayakingTaking their time on Lake Ohakuriin Taupo and driving to the start. We had organized non paddlingpartners to drive us so we didn’t have to double back. We saw moreand had a full day on the water. Put in below the bridge that crossesthe river at Waimahana and go with the River. This section is narrowand bush clad and the steam coming up from the canyon walls is veryLord of the Rings.There’s no road access along this stretch sothe sense of remote exploration is great.There is almost no road access along this stretch of river, so thesense of remote exploration is great. The only road access with a boatramp is about halfway along heading to Orakei Korako. This makes fora good lunch spot or get out point for those not wanting to continue.From here it is again a very picturesque paddle to the Orakei Korakoboat ramp. If you want to explore the lake it stretches 12km’s furtheron with a picnic area and public access at the far end. However if youare happy with your day’s paddling then getting out at Orakei Karakois a nice option. There are public toilets and a café and if you want tovisit the thermal park you need to take the ferry across. There is nopublic landing allowed at the thermal park.There is a camp ground here, but I prefer to drive for 25 minutesand stay in Taupo. I have stayed at the Great Lake Holiday Park(www.greatlake.net.nz) many times. They have a good range ofaccommodation to suit all needs. There are many other motels andrentable holiday houses which can accommodate a group.For warming up and relaxing after the day’s paddling the De BrettsThermal pools are not far away and there are many restaurants, cafesand pubs. Clubbies recommend the Crooked Door Seafood Restaurant.www.eatout.co.nz/crooked-door-inn.The short trip from Taupo to Reids Farm is fun. You can sit in yourGoogle kayak Maps where water heats the bottom of your kayak. But be careful to exitbefore Huka Falls.Steve at C & K Taupo is a mine of information. Pop in to see himand be pointed in the right direction for great paddling. The Lake offersstunning views of the mountains but it is very exposed in bad weather.Page 1 ofLord of the Rings - Waikato River.©2009 Google - Map data ©2009 MapData Sciences Pty Ltd - Terms of Use24 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


Once again if you find yourself off the water then I’m certain whateverit is you feel like doing you can do it in Taupo.Make a PlanAs you know a memorable trip starts with the plan.Don’t stow your gear and hibernate for the winter. Plan to go to theseplaces or others which you think fit the bill. Be sure you can get warmafter being on the water and have a ‘Plan B’ should mother-nature notcooperate. First and foremost plan, to have fun then it’ll be a greatwinter weekend.Invest in a pair of pogies, a decent paddle jacket and a warm hatand you too can enjoy the winter paddling scenery and add to yourcollection of kayaking stories.If you know a great spot do please send me an email at manukau@canoeandkayak.co.nz . Tell me the place, your recommendations foraccommodation, eateries, alternative activities and send photos ofscenery. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.Hours Travel(Approx. guideonly)RaglanTongaporutuRotoruaLakesLakeOhakuriNorth Shore 2.00 4.00 3.30 4.30Auckland 1.45 3.45 3.15 4.15Manukau 1.30 3.30 3.00 4Hamilton 0.45 2.15 2.00 2.45Bay of Plenty 2.20 3.20 1.20 2.15New Plymouth 4.30 1.00 4.15 4.30Taupo 2.50 2.45 1.20 0.30Wellington 7.30 5.45 6.30 7.00The Rasdex Multisporter PFD hashad another successful Speight’sCoast to Coast, taking wins withboth Gordon Walker and EmilyMiazga. A good number of theother top 10 finishers in all classesalso chose it. Why? Because it isthe most complete multisportPFD on the market: quickside entry, light weight,plenty of pockets, comeswith bladder and routingfor 3 tubes via our innovativeblock system. Why compromiseyour race? Use what the winners use!RRP $289.95The new Hydra PFD has been tested to NZS 5823:2005. Itis also approved for night time use. Available in high vizyellow (see Auckland harbour bylaws) and red, and in 2sizes. Features large front pocket and key clip, plus hiddenside pockets which allow extra foam to be fittedso it can be used for canoe polo.RRP $149.95www.rcc.org.nz8th November 2009For pre-race information send your name and address to:Canoe & Kayak Rodney Coast Challenge,PO Box 160, Kaukapakapa or email: ghounsell@xtra.co.nzISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 25


Keep WarmSharkskin Climate Control‘Winter paddling is all about climatecontrol. Sharkskin have a new ½ ziptop in both short and long sleeves soyou can beat the cold in style thisWinter. Sharkskin’s three layerfabric protects you from theelements with a protectiveouter layer, a windproofmiddle layer and a polarfleece inner layer tokeep you toasty warmwhile paddling.’Rasdex Semi- DryIf you're tired of looking at expensive dry cags orwant something clean and simple that will stopall that cold water running down your sleeves,this is for you: a slim-line semi dry cagwith super-comfortable neoprene neckand textured breathable fabric. Nounnecessary frills on this one, justwhat you need to keep warmand dry.Kokatat Super BreezeSharkskin LongSleeve ShirtThe long sleeve shirts are perfect worn as stand alone garmentsalthough they are also suitable for use under a bib & brace wetsuitconfiguration. The high yet comfortable neck has a soft neopreneseal to prevent water from waves and wind entering the garment.Sleeves provide additional protection from cold and sun whilepreventing chaffing around the shoulders and arms.Rasdex Adventure TopOriginally designed for sea kayakers who like cagswith opening necks for ventilation, this cag isequally at home on lakes or rivers. It's especiallyuseful if you're going to be out paddling fora while and the weather could warm up orcool down while you're out.Canoeists, rafters and kayakers willappreciate this lightweight version ofour Super Breeze jacket. Adjustablecoated Lycra® splash cuffs andcollar, plus bungee waist keep outwind, water and too much sun.Kokatat TroposRe-Action Semi DryRasdex PogiesSimply velcro them round your paddleshaft, and slip your hands in and outthrough the wide opening. These keepthe wind and water off your hands, and letyou keep a secure grip on the paddle.TROPOS waterproof, breathable fabric, latexwrist gaskets with protective coated Lycra®over-cuffs, APT neoprene neck closure,Smoothskin neoprene waistband withadjustable drawcord waist, fully sealedseams for touring or whitewaterpaddlers who prefer a double skirtedpaddling jacket to pair with sprayskirt or Whirlpool Bib.26 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


This WinterBe InSharkskin PaddlingTo Win!PantsCut with a high rear waist, these pants aredesigned to provide exceptional comfortand fit when worn while seated. Evenif you are protected from the elementsby a deck or skirt these pants provideprotection from chaffing when dry andpeace of mind that if you do get wet youwill still be warm. Sharkskin paddlingpants can be worn in combination with allother Sharkskin garments. Paddling Pantshave unisex sizing.Rasdex AdventurePantsNow you can be warm andcomfortable when waitingin the wind, putting up thetent, scouting rapids, havinglunch, or just paddlingaround - everybody who'stried paddling pantsknows how valuablethey are, and now youcan try them too at avery, very good price.Sharkskin PogiesKeeping your hands dry whilst paddling isessential to remaining warm and comfortable. Inconjunction with other Sharkskin garments, youcan enjoy your watersport longer.ht © Crown Copyright Reserved. Sourced from Land Information New Zealand data. NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION (Maritime Rules, Part 25)SeattleCompassThe Sea Rover features a largecompass with easy-to-readmarkings—no squinting to readwhere you’re going! With a simple yetelegant base, the Sea Rover attacheseasily to deck lines or sits nicely ontop of a deck bag. Quick-releasebuckles allow for easy attachment.•Sourced from Chart series NZ23. Crown Copyright ReservedGreat StuffSafety FlagKayaka PolartecHot TopKayaka PaddlingPantsPolartec Power Stretch fabrics featurebody-hugging 4-way stretch and are verybreathable. They keep you dry whenyou sweat and provide warmth withoutweight. These are the most versatileoutdoor and fitness apparel fabricsavailable today.Be seen with GreatStuff’s Safety Flag& light.It comes completewith Rod Holderor alternative flatdeck fitting. A mustfor all open waterkayakers, day &night.Win one of these great prizes byregistering atwww.canoeandkayak.co.nz/competitionConstructed of thefinest lightweightneoprene forwarmth, strength& durability.Anatomicallydesigned formaximum fit, flex &warmth. Knee pads.Great for comboingwith any choice ofour KAYAKA tops.Bodyline WinterBootsWhen its cold your toesare the first thing thatreally feel the pinch.These boots are softenough to wear all day,Strong enough to weareveryday.Best ever BODYLINE surf gloves !Ultra stretch neoprene makes for an exceptionalfit. Textured grip for holding thatpaddle. Warm, soft and comfortable.www.memory-map.comBodyline GlovesISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 27


Kayak FishingNorth Shore Kayak Fishing Sessionsby Jason MilneHaving two fish hooked could be seen as a good problem to have??Since November last year Rob, Chris & the team @ C&KNorth shore have run weekly kayak fishing sessions whichproved immensely successful. Up to16 people of all abilitieshave joined one of these free opportunities to learn the ‘howto’ of kayak fishing. Many first timers are now hooked andpaddling their own kayaks.Sessions have been run from Narrow Neck beach, and Takapuna toArmy Bay Whangaparaoa. Catches varied but results from soft plasticWINTER-PROOF YOURWATER SPORT WITH...(artificial lures) and bait fishing have been similar. Thosesetting long lines picked up at least a couple of Snappereach trip. Snapper was the target species with the oddKahawai and John Dory thrown in for good measure. Ithas been great to see experienced kayakers and fisherssharing tips and advice with beginners. They help tomake the sessions friendly and fun.Chris ran a ‘bring a kid fishing evening’ at whichparents tried kayak fishing with their kids. It was a veryhealthy and profitable way to spend an evening. Most,including myself and 3 year old son Milan, took homefresh Snapper. Mums and Dads who may be concernedabout safety can be reassured. There are at least 2experienced guides on the water to assist, and the groupstay near to shore and close together.To join in on one of these sessions, now held everySaturday morning, simply contact Rob and the team atC&K North shore. We cater for all paddling and fishing abilities andcomplete gear can be provided (just remember to bring your own chillybin for your catch!!). Winter is an excellent time for fishing and with lessboats on the water making noise you can be sure there are good fishwaiting to take your line.My tips for the winter months. As winter sets in fish tend to go off thebite and will require extra encouragement. Setting a burley trail, andpatience, will help to gain results. Remember that the fish are still thereA great way to get the whole family on the waterEven on a warm day the wind chill can quicklycool you down. Sharkskin is a revolutionarytechnical water sports garment and theproduct of choice for paddlers who enjoytheir sport all-year-round - regardless ofthe forecast!Sharkskin garments come in a largerange of sizes and styles providing theequivalent warmth of a 2.5 – 3mmneoprene wetsuit - but with betterwind chill protection.THE SCIENCESharkskin delivers many benefits to watersports enthusiasts that are unachievable with lesstechnically advanced products such as neoprene.These benefits are achieved by laminating 3 separatematerials together, all with different properties; Theouter layer is made from a durable UV resistant Lycranylon blend. The middle membrane is both windproofand waterproof. The non-chaffing inner thermal layerprovides warmth and comfort against the skin.Now also availablewith 1/2 zipThre’s plenty of companyFind your Authorised Sharkskin Dealer www.sharkskin.co.nz28 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


and they will take artificial or real bait. Fishing around the North Shore& Whangaparaoa at change of light and 1 hour either side of the tidegives a maximum return. Long liners can do the same but, such is thenature of set lines, you can expect success at any time. As always,look for birds working. They are your eyes in the sky. Snapper will oftenbe waiting around the edges of a work up for pieces of bait fish notdevoured by birds, so you don’t have to be in the middle of the work up.Most importantly remember to keep warm and be seen!Getting kitted up and ready to go.Farewell to Chris who is heading home to the USAndy DoncasterAndy is the new guy on the block at Canoe andKayak North Shore. He has taken the reigns fromChris and has some great plans to further thesport of Kayak Fishing on the North Shore andfurther. He comes to the team with 10+ yearsof fishing experience and has taken to kayakfishing for the past year. He is a regular face to beseen on the beach or off the coast on his CobraTandem. What’s new at Canoe and Kayak on theNorth shore is we now stock fishing tackle. Wehave become the one stop kayak fishing store. Docome down and check out what’s new at Canoeand Kayak on the shore.28, Essendon Place, RD 4, RotoruaPhone 07 345 7647 or 021 898942 Fax 07 345 7657www.daytwo.co.nzEmail: info@daytwo.co.nzAndy Doncaster showing off one of his lesser fish.ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 29


Kayak FishingA good day, great competition and even better fish!The Taranaki KayakFishing Classic 2009by Dan FilihiahekavaWhat a weekend! I’m was still on a high and I hadn’t cleanedall my gear yet.Friday arvo I arrived in Opunake and met up with my mate, Wes. Wechecked out the forecast and weather maps on Met service, Swell mapand surf2surf. All looked perfect for Wes and his Father’s ‘Spot X’.Having driven a few Kms with the Yaks, and opening the odd gate todrive through paddocks, we arrived. I commented to Wes “It’s nice tohave access to private land”. Grinning he replied “Yeah it is “.It wasn’t until we got out of the car and unloaded the Yaks that I realisedthat we were at the top of a cliff. Turning to Wes, I said “Your ......joking!” “Nope. This is ‘Spot X’”. It took 45 minutes to drag the two yaksand some gear down a dodgy track. I stashed my pride and joy in thebush, quietly praying that this was a good idea. We ran back to the carsand made a bee line for Oakura to sign in.We drove back to Opunake for dinner, and a 30 minute drive to raidWes’ father’s freezer for more bait and Burley. Man! Now if only I had afreezer with bait and burley like that! We asked a million questions, gotreally good local tips and advice from his father, packed the cars and itwas bedtime.At 5 a.m. ‘Spot X’ was cold with offshore winds, so it was a quick rundown the track with bait and rods. We paddled for about 10 min beforedropping anchor and letting out the Burley.I tried the cubing technique which Nodrog and others have hadsuccess with back home, dropping a few then one with the new razorsharp hook hidden inside.Then whizzzzzzzzzzzzz... Kahawai. I released him and continueddropping cubes over the side. All of a sudden my line was peeling fromthe reel at a nice pace. So I put the acid on, and after a few moments atLuckily the Fish n Dive has a good size tank well.30 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


the side of my yak was my very 1 st Trevalli. Stoked!!!Wes got into action pulling in Snapper like it wasgoing out of fashion including a very nice 8kg Snap.Kahawai were hitting everything I dropped into thewater, so it was time to change the set up. Now thebait reached the bottom and bang, line peeled off thereel and the rod was nodding. I followed every turn ofthe handle with “please let his be a …….” A couple ofminutes later and my 1 st Snapper was at my side. Nomonster but legal and that was all that counted. I senta quick text to my wife back home.After yahooing for a few minutes, it was back intofishing. Trying the soft bait for a short time, everythinggot nailed and smashed to bits so I figured I might aswell stick to using regular bait and save the softiesfor home. I set up the live bait trace with a nice sizedslimy Mackerel but no takers.We finished fishing about lunchtime with the fishwe wanted to take back for weigh in, and a bag limitof Snapper for dinner with the family and flat matesin Opunake.Rods, tackle and a chilly bin full of fish werereturned to the vehicle. After a 10-minute rest at thetop of the cliff, gasping for air, it was back to the farmto fillet the Snapper and clean the rods.At Oakura we had a good laugh with the lads fromhome, sharing experiences from the 1 st day’s fishing.Boy, if some weren’t psyched on Yak fishing before today, we definitelywere now. With fish weighed we went home to make up new traces,pack lunches and fresh water and get some sleep.Day 2. In calmer conditions we paddled out a little further. We caughtand released Snapper after Snapper, most of them around the 4 kgmark. I had to laugh. The day beforeI had only just managed to catch my1 st Snapper, and now I was lettingthem live another day. Wes and Iagreed this was best. It was the bigguy we wanted.After a few hours, bait was very low and Wes was back on the squid.So I changed back to the ‘Cubing’ set up and got back into the Kahawaifor a big bait session.After 20 minutes or so we had enough Kahawai for a couple morehours fishing. The tide was on the turn, so I moved on. It was thenCarpet Shark after Carpet Shark. I took time to take a few photos beforeanother move.Wes got into action pulling in snapper like itwas going out of fashionWes showing off his catch.At about 1 pm it was back to business and boy was it on, and in a bigway. We were getting worked, busted and taken for rides here, thereand everywhere. Every time bait was dropped we were releasing theanchor, losing very good fish at the side and even more gear.I was stuffed and had pretty much given up. There was a cliff waitingfor us to climb with a full load of fish, Yaks and gear and I was ready tocall it a day.Wes asked, “Have you caughtthe monster Snap yet?” I replied“Not with my lines wound in Ihaven’t”.The call was made for 30 minutes more fishing. I thought bugger it!I’ve still got half a Kahawai, so I might as well drop a BIG bait, let it soakwhile I clean and clear the deck for the paddle back.It hit the bottom and was instantly taken. I let the fish have a chew fora while and then “STRIKE. I got ya!” Or so I thought. The line peeledoff the reel. Looking at Wes I said “Time to play” and started putting theacid on which hacked this fish off. He was off again, after about the 3 rdor 4 th big run I was feeling the pinch.It should fit in the catch bag.With the right boat and good gear, this is what you can expect.ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 31


Kayak FishingI went for broke and did the drag up as tight as I could. It made nodifference. The line still peeled off. I put my thumb on the spool andenjoyed the tow into the head wind.Laughing, Wes waved good bye. Whenthe fish slowed down I managed to gethim near the surface. He made a coupleof quick dives then I grabbed the gaff. 1 stshot was a miss followed by a dive andthen he came up for a moment and I nailedhim. Not a jaw shot, but he wasn’t goinganywhere. I dragged him onto the deck andjust stared at him, shocked, arms shaking. Iwas happy to put the big guy to rest, but feltbad as he was such an old fulla. I paddledback to Wes and it was time to go.Again we dragged yaks, fish, and all ofour gear back to the car. It took foreverand we were really pushing it to reachOakura by 4 pm. We dumped all our gear inOpunaki and, with only 30 minutes to meetthe deadline for ‘weigh in’, we gunned it. Iwasn’t driving and didn’t look at the speedo,but I agreed if there was a ticket sent in thepost I would pay half.We just managed to get in as the nicebloke closed the gate. Thanking him, weput both bins in line and took a seat. Timeto catch up with the Welly boys and someNaki blokes.When it became my turn to pull my fishout of the bin and put it on the scales, I knew it wasn’t a winner. Buthey, right now it was my moment and a fish I was very proud of. Mynew PB 83 cm rod and a 9.8 kg Snapper. A BIG THANKS to TaranakiKayak Fishing Classic crew, the people I met at the competition andThe SAYERS from Opunaki.Dan & Wes, happy with the days catch.NZKI 1 Star &Grade Two River certifcatesWe believe our comprehensive Grade 2 Training & Certification is the best you can get.To gain the skills to confidently paddle on white water, you need at least3 weekends on the water with our instructors.PHONE NOW 0508 5292569OR CALL IN TO YOUR LOCAL CANOE &KAYAK CENTRE FOR MORE DETAILSAND COURSE DATES2009 MultisportPackage $995Accommodation available in Taupo32 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


MultisportQK HurricaneThe Hurricane is the latestintroduction to Q-Kayaks’ collectionof kayaks. At 590cm in length, with amaximum beam of 49cm, the kayak issignificantly wider, and therefore morestable than the majority of boats of asimilar length currently on the market.The combination of stability andwaterline length enables ‘intermediate’paddlers to produce noteworthyspeed through the water.The split foot brace/steering system alongwith the length of the kayak should make thekayak cumbersome to manoeuver. HoweverQ-Kayaks have combated this with ‘kickedup’keel lines,allowing improvedresponsiveness ofthe hull. These keellines also meanthat the boat can bepaddled through boilsand disturbed flowwith minimal ‘grab’.The inclusion of a ‘bumfortable’ (thick closedcell foam seat) is a worthy addition. It isextremely comfortable for those long distancepaddles and easy to modify to fit snuggly.The design has a raised bow which providesexcellent lift. This enables ambitious paddlersto push their limits on waves, through wavetrains and stay with a following sea, withoutfear of ‘nose-diving.’ Though raised, theupper deck has been shaped to minimise thevulnerability to cross winds.The Hurricane would be a very achievableand suitable step up from a beginnermultisport kayak.Like all of the Q-Kayaks’ range of kayaks theHurricane has been exceptionally crafted, withfinishing of the highest standard.It is a pleasure to paddle.- James KueglerThere’s a Hurricane coming!The newmultisport kayakWaterborneFREEDOMFor all the boat specs. and stockists,visit www.q-kayaks.co.nz or phone 06 326 8667Hurricane0906 v3.indd 1 11/06/2009 10:15:38ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 33


Reflections onNorth Americaby Josh NeilsonThe opportunity to travel around the world on yearlong kayaking trips sounds like the best ‘lifestyle’ in theworld to a lot of people. While this is mostly true, it doeshave its moments when I strongly consider a differentapproach to living! At the Vail, Colorado ‘check in’ deska lady weighed the kayak and called in her supervisor. Itwas within allowable weight and length but, classified assporting equipment, the fee was $650 or it would not goon the plane! I couldn’t ruin my trip and leave my nicenew kayak there so I reluctantly swiped away over aweek’s hard work and boarded the plane to Milan, Italyen route to holidaying at Ivrea’s Mountain Games.In Italy my kayak was the first item on the luggage conveyorbelt, something that doesn’t usually happen! A plane-load ofbags passed while I sat with my kayak. When the last itemleft the belt I had only my kayak and carry on bags! At thecounter all papers were translated before I signed themand I was promised my gear back between 24 hrs and 6days! Just Great.Now, I’ve been waiting for 13 hrs for the solid pick upwhich I thought I had organised, resigned to a nightunder the glowing lights of an airport foyer. Were thedelights of year round, world wide kayaking reallyworth this?I’m reflecting on my time in Vail, for Colorado’sMountain Games, and in Quebec. A strong Kiwi teamhad dominated the races. Mike Dawson won theMen’s ‘Homestake Creek’ Extreme Race and NikkiKelly the Women’s. Sam Sutton ‘brought home themoney’ in the ‘8 Ball Race’ through the centre oftown. An impressive result for NZ among some ofthe best kayakers in the world competing!Such moments keep me cheerful, butQuebec, exploring new white water with somegreat mates, was special!I left New Zealand a month ago to meetTyler Fox and Kiwi Louise Urwin in Quebecfor 3 weeks’ late May exploration of un-runnorthern Canadian rivers. This area isrenowned for its big water and amazingfreestyle waves, but we brought creek“With a bit more water we could do it...”Anna & Leela charging down Silverback


oats to search for spring melt higher in the mountains. An exploratorytrip is a huge gamble and can be a big let down, so it is tempting togo to reliable classic destinations like California and Norway. Howevergoing where no one has been before is a bigger draw!We gathered supplies, warmed up on the Ottawa River and headednorth, stopping to check out places previously explored! Day one was asecond warm up on Monte de Peine. It has a sweet lead-in drop but wehad ‘missed the water’ and could only run its bottom drop. The thoughtof water running out caused us to head further North to the run which Iknew would make my trip to Quebec worthwhile.The Mastigouche flows out of a calm fishing lake, slides over shelfafter shelf of hard granite till it reaches the rocky flat water a few kmsdown stream. One by one we made it down the slopes to the bottomslide, which, because it’s such fun, we ran about 10 times! Known runsare all good fun, but we were bound for the backcountry and new water.Early next day we met Quebec local David Laroche who knew whereto find it. We ran a small familiar section with a nice 25 footer to warmus up for what was to come andlet our gear dry in car boots as we searched for new drops. In a fewhours we found a sweet river, but too late for a ‘put in’. We drove on andcrashed on the floor of Pat Levesque’s house.Meeting Pat proved crucial. He, the only class 5 boater in Chicoutimi,has all the rivers lined up, mapped, and ready to go. His extensivelypinpointed Google Earth maps enabled us to plan the next day ofkayaking. Unfortunately Louise had acquired a tweaked shoulder andslightly bruised confidence on an evening run down ‘Chutes de la Haha’so Pat, Tyler and I tackled a section of the Bras Pilote (fork of the PilotRiver) without her.Satellite images and Google Maps have changed the nature ofexploring new places. They offer confidence and reassurance that youare in for a good day out. Early on we ran some sweet class 4 boogiewater and a boof now named ‘Take off’ with reference to Pilot River.What we were really looking for was a large white strip on our map,which resembled a waterfall of great proportions! We soon found itand peered over the lip to find a drop of 150 feet. At this flow it wasunrunnable due to the rough lead in, but with more water it would be adefinite possibility. Once, a waterfall this high would have been deemedimpossible to run. But now the world waterfall record stands at 186feet.Having portaged the falls with all body parts intact we were happyto paddle for a few kms of boogie water to the bridge! One of the bestparts about kayaking, especially first descents, is standing at the bottomgetting packed up and re-living the day’s adventure. Everyone hastheir bit to share and the feeling of knowing you were the first people tonavigate those waters is really something.We now referred to the maps, photos and water levels of Olaf Creek.They showed fast Class 3 – 4 sections between six to eight maingorges with huge gradient drops and possible waterfalls. The followingmorning, Lou with her injured shoulder, opted to shuttle us. She made itpossible for Tyler and I to enjoy 26kms of pure adventure!At midday we put in above a 100-foot slide. Within an hour wereached a main drop, portaged left and for an hour and a half bashedthrough dense bush on 60-degree slopes above vertical gorge walls. Aslip would surely have been a disaster! We dropped our boats to scoutthe remainder of the gorge from above. The line was right all the wayto the bottom through small holes and one drop. On the water we soonfelt the power of the water and the holes weren’t small! Cranking onbig boof strokes to get us through we were very happy to be out of thatgorge and not stuck in any of those massive holes.We had passed the first major feature on our map, but the day wasgetting on and we were in for a long day and possibly a night! Wepaddled drop after drop down Olaf Creek and things were looking up!Each one was clean and runnable. One by one we ticked off the maingorges on our maps and reached the confluence of the St Margarite.Ahead we had 3 big sections and three times more water! We nowexperienced fast flowing flat water between ‘pushy’ main drops! Twoportages and a number of sweet drops meant we would be out beforeAir time! Josh warming up at Mt de Piene


White Waternightfall! The river widened and we were soon on a bridge, cheeringand reliving our day’s successful pioneering on 2 more rivers!We had a shorter trip planned for the next day, which Lou waskeen to get into! This would be our last chance at a first descent inQuebec before we had a long drive to Colorado! Ulrich creek, allclassic white water with only one portage was definitely one of thecoolest rivers we tackled! Paddling everything and keeping movingmakes a super enjoyable day of kayaking! All the runs we opened upin Quebec’s near endless white water were within 20 minutes driveof each other. Back in Chicoutimi we ‘fed’ Pat’s computer a record ofour new runs so he can share our trips with others coming to town!Our amazing opportunities in Quebec over we loaded up the carand got stuck in to a 3700km drive across USA to Vail, Colorado forMountain games where the Kiwis would dominate the unsuspectingcompetition…I have now been sitting here in Milano Airport for 26hrs waiting formy ride to the event in Ivrea. I’ve discovered that the guys went tothe wrong airport to get me and now think I’m lost. Happily the worldwide kayaking community world is small and through a Dutch friend Imet in Colorado I have been able to contact someone going to Ivrea.He is coming to pick me up!Sleeping in an airport, being ripped off at checkinand losing my gear are a small price to pay forkayaking adventures around the world to meet greatpeople and discover amazing places!Josh Neilson, reporting from Milano Airport,36 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


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UP STREAMby Michael Treloar, LandscapePhotographer and Kayaker.My Q kayak Bandit’s enclosed cockpit andspray skirt keep my camera splendidly dryand my bottom warm, and because ‘Bandit’is always strapped on top of my four wheeldrive I am ready to photograph remotelandscapes. These days I don’t risk thecamera in surf and white water.My best discovery was on the SouthIsland West Coast between Wanaka andHaast. Leaving the formed road I drovedown a small track to a clearing beside theBurke River. That was about it for anyonewho did not bring a kayak. The river lookedcalm enough for a ‘put in’ but in case therewere rapids I headed up stream to seehow far I could paddle.The water was so clear that I preferredpaddling the shallows to avoid fear ofheights. A silly concept! But looking up atthe cliff tops and then down into severalmetres of water had me a little spooked.After rounding bends in the river I entereda gorge with 15 metre high cliffs on eitherside. It was a great place to explore,denied to anyone except a kayaker.I hoped for a good photo around thenext corner.There was! A small waterfall was falling12 metres into the river and beyond a rapidthere were two other waterfalls. I parkedthe kayak on a beach and with the gorge tomyself explored further on foot..For an hour I took photographs showingthe clarity of the river water, the waterfallsand moss covered rocks which not toomany people have ever seen. I hope you’llagree that they were worth the effort.What will happen when my car, ‘Bandit’and feet next take my camera exploring?Michael Treloarwww.michaeltreloar.co.nz


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RecipeCheese Scones on a BBQ for 50!These scones are best served withBy Russell Williamsbutter and jam and cream on the banksof the Whanganui River accompanied byhomemade soup.Adjust quantities to suit.Ingredients2 x bags of self raising flour2 x generous handfuls of sugar1 x handful of salt1 kg block of tasty cheese, gratedReconstituted powdered full creammilk to mix.MethodPut flour in very large bowl.Add sugar and salt and gratedcheese.Mix.Add milk slowly and mix well to get asoft dough.Take a tablespoon of the dough andcook on a lightly greased warm BBQplate over hot coals.Allow each scone to rise and turnwhen brown.Adjust temperature to ensure evencooking without burning by increasingor reducing the coals under the plate.42 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


AccessoriesRoof RacksProrack 6 Row Ski /Snowboard HolderNew Foxwing from RHINO-RACKFOXWING is a compact roof rack fitted awning,but an awning like no other. What sets this apartis its swing out multiple arm operation hence theFoxwing name.The product when in place provides shelter to near one full side as wellas the rear of a vehicle. There are accessory zip-on extension panelsavailable to further enclose things.The product once in place offers sun and rain protection and whenfinished with can be replaced in its roof rack mounted bag in seconds.The unit can be fitted to many rack brands and profiles.Designed for both the recreational, private user and the commercialoperator with road crews and telecommunications service teams.The ultimate way to carry your skisand snowboards. The lockable,6 row holder neatly clamps yourskis between two rubber cushionsthat prevent movement. The holderis raised to give extra roofclearance for bindings. A great wayto carry your skis and boardsand leave the car interior and bootspace free for your other gear.Thule Roof BoxesThule has roof boxes to make yourcar grow, without spoiling the carefullyconsidered look of the car. Boxesbuilt to a level of safety that is astep ahead of international safetystandards. And added to that a hostof unique smart functions which makeThule’s boxes as easy to mountas they are to load, whether you’rebringing skis, a baby buggy or justluggage.SPT 4m Lockable Tie DownsThe SPT Lockable Tie Down has beendesigned to secure kayaks, canoes oranything requiring that little bit of extrastrap length. Designed to fit any roof racksystem it has been constructed using thefollowing:• 33mm U.V stabilized webbing• 2 x hardened stainlesssteel cables• Soft Santoprene protectivecasing• Polished die cast buckleUses - Surboard & longboardstacks, Windsurfers, Moto-X& trail bikes, bikes, luggage,and kayaks.


SWALLOWintriguegLAdiAtOrThe next step up from the entry levelkayaks. Fast with good stability. Mediumskill ability is required to enjoy racing thiskayak. A very popular Coast to Coastkayak.Priced at $2710, $2940 KevlarLength: 5.4m, Weight: 14kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar,Width: 480mmfirebOLtfireboltIntrigue is ideal for the beginner/entry levelkayaker who is looking for a quick, lightkayak with great stability. Also suitable forfirst time Coast to Coasters.Priced at $2460, $2740 KevlarLength: 4.94m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar,Width: 540mmbuyers guideGladiator with its larger cockpit, is built forthe bigger paddler looking for a longer,fast and stable kayak for Coast to Coastetc.Priced at $2860, $3170 KevlarLength: 5.9m, Weight: 15.5kg, 13.5kg Kevlar,Width: 530 mmAdventureduetThis very user friendly kayak with excellentcombination of speed and stability is suitable notonly for the intermediate/ advanced paddler, butalso for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.Priced at $2860, $3170 KevlarLength: 5.9m, Weight: 14.5kg, 12.5kg Kevlar,Width: 455 mmrebeLkevLArmultisportwww.canoeandkayak.co.nz0508 kayaknzrebel KeVlAr oceAn x mAximusOceAn xAdventure Duet is a lightweight, very fastand recently updated Adventure Racingdouble kayak. It continues to dominateadventure racing in NZ and is a greatrecreational double.Priced at $5260, $5760 KevlarLength: 7m, Weight: 29 kg, 24 kg Kevlar,Width: 550 mmmAximuSThe Rebel is designed for paddlers of bothgenders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long,the Rebel is half way between the lengthof the Swallow and the Firebolt and isfaster than both.Priced at $3150Length: 5.65m, Weight: 11kg, Width: 450mmThe Ocean X is suitable for kayak racingin the many harbours, estuaries and lakesof New Zealand and lends itself well to thekayak sections of many multisport races.Priced at $3200, $3700 KevlarLength: 6.4m, Weight: 18kg, 16.5kg Kevlar,Width: 500 mmFast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak.The broad bow allows this kayak to rideover waves like a surf ski without losingany speed and is easy to control whilesurfing. A low profile reduces buffeting bythe wind in adverse conditions.Priced at $3730Length: 6.43m, Weight: 16kg, Width: 510mmeLiminAtOrSurfSkiviperA fast stable racing and training ‘Sit -on’.It has an adjustable dry seat and a cooldraining system. Ideal for the paddlerwanting a good fitness work out.Priced at $1695Length: 5.0m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 584mmAn excellent training and competition surfski, can be used with under-slung rudderor rear mounted rudder.Priced at $1795Length: 5.3m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 510mmThis boat is a great training/ racing,rota-moulded alternative to expensivecomposite crafts, has moderate stabilityand good speed.Priced at $1695Length: 5.2m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 550mm44 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


FIREFLYEScApEEEScApADEHere is a little cracker! The Firefly isdesigned so the kids can have fun. Littleand light, easy to handle and stable. Thekids will love it, if they can get Dad off it!$510Length: 2.4 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 700 mmProbably the closest you will come tofinding one kayak that does it all. Surfing,fishing, snorkelling. Escapee is stable andeasy to paddle.A boat the whole family can enjoy.Prices start at $830Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 740 mmAn extended Escapee for the largerpaddler. You’ll fish, dive and have fun inthe sun. There’s a storage hatch behindthe seat for easy access and wells at thefront and rear.Prices start at $1055Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg std, Width: 750 mmKIwIpLAYLength: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mmEXpLORERThe fantastically stable and manoeuvrableKiwi has two dry compartments for gear.Light, super comfortable and fast for itslength. It’s an awesome, all round kayak.Prices start at $1310Length: 3.75m, Width: 740 mmWeight: 20 kg Std, 23kg Excel & 18 Light.STRIKEPlay is great for the paddler who wantsa fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kidslove this Sit-on as it is not too wide forthem to paddle and yet is very stable.Prices start at $749Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mmRecreationalExplorer is ideal for fishing and exploringand one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find.Great hatches for storing your goodies areavailable.Prices start at $995Length: 3.43 m, Weight: 18.18 kg, Width: 790 mmTANDEMA Wave Ski which the whole family canenjoy. Fantastic in the surf, Strike is a fastand manoeuvrable sit-on-top.Prices start at $895Length: 2.9 m, Weight: 16 kg, Width: 686 mmwww.canoeandkayak.co.nz0508 kayaknzFishingA ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing,surfing and exploring. Tandem hastwo 6” hatches to store your adventureequipment. Room for three, often paddledby one.Prices start at $1195Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mmFISH‘N’ DIVEMARAUDERTOURERFish ‘n’ Dive is the ultimate fishing/divingkayak. A large well located in the sternholds loads of fish. You can customize itwith hatches, fish finders and rod holders.Prices start at $1195Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 28 kg, Width: 914 mmThe Marauder is for the serious kayakfisherman. It is fast, stable with loads ofdeck space. Performs excellently in surf.Prices start at $1395Length: 4.3 m, Weight: 24 kg, Width: 780 mmThe low profile hull of the Cobra Tourercuts down on windage. Paddlers maintainhigh speed and straight tracking with easyhandling in all conditions.Prices start at $1295Length: 4.55 m, Weight: 22.68 kg, Width: 711 mmISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 45


tuipenguinShearwaterThis is a versatile touring kayak for lake,river and sea. Stability, speed and easytracking make for an enjoyable day’spaddling. A larger cockpit allows for easierentry and exit.Prices start at $1930Length: 4.5m, Weight: Std 24kg, Width: 620 mmPenguin has as all the features for multidaykayaking with ease of handlingin all weather conditions. With greatmanoeuvrability this kayak is suitable forpaddlers from beginner to advanced.Prices start at $2430Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg light,Width: 610 mmA comfortable performance orientated sekayak which will suit all sizes of paddlerswith plenty of foot room for the biggerones. The Shearwater handles well inrough conditions. A fun boat to paddle.Prices start at $2475Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite,Width: 610 mmtaSmanexpreSStaSmaneliteIts low profile and flared bow enables theTasman Express to perform well in adverseconditions. It gives the paddler maximumcomfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest,side seat supports and optional thigh brace.Prices start at $2695Length: 5.3m, Weight: 29kg Std, 25kg light,Width: 620mmAs per the plastic model, the kevlarTasman Express responds to roughconditions but its decreased weight, andincreased stiffness, gives even betterperformance.Prices start at $4260Length: 5.3m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mmSeaSouthernSKuaThe Southern Skua has a low deckprofile enabling it to perform extremelywell in windy conditions. Its longer hullgives it greater speed and allows it tosurf the waves in a following sea. It givesmaximum stability in the open sea.Prices start at $4235Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mmStddeCK bagdeluxdeCK bagSee in-store fothat swww.canoe0508 KC&Kpfd’SOur Deck Bag offers exceptional value!The entire bag is radio frequency weldedto keep waves and rain out. Our splashproof, HydroKisscoated zip is sealed inwith no excessive needle holes for water46 ISSUE to find. FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9$119.90The Deluxe Deck Bag offers a uniquewindow view access, high capacity andlight reflectivity.A clear window allows for easier gearlocation and a higher profile for better gearstorage.Increase your visibility in these yellowbouyancy aids. They can be adjusted witside, shoulder and waist straps. There isan inside pocket with a ring to store keysknife or whistle.$99.50


torresfoveauxexpressbeachcomberTorres, a fast and stable sea kayak,capable of handling extreme expeditions.Huge storage and lots of leg room.Prices start at $4320Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23kg std, Width: 600mmFoveaux Express, a very responsive andplayful sea kayak. Comes with a mouldedthigh brace. The dolphin nose with flair,allows lift in the ocean swell. A fun,nimble kayak.Prices start at $4160Length: 5.0m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 600mmThe Beachcomber combines the latestdesign with cutting edge technologiesto create an ultra light, thermoformed,manoeuvrable sea kayak, perfectly suitedto New Zealand conditions.Prices start at $2950Length: 4.88m, Weight: 17kg, Width: 600mmfive o fivenemoayaksFive- O-Five is a fully-fledged touringkayak for entry and medium levelpaddlers. A high-quality touring boat. At505 cm it offers great glide and tracking.Prices start at $2299Length: 5.05m, Weight: 25kg, Width: 580mmThe Point 65 Nemo is a comfortable andstable recreational kayak for the wholefamily.Prices start at $1099Length: 3.5m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 630mma package dealits youndkayak.co.nzyaKnZfoampaddlefloatseaanchorsearovercompassThe Sea Rover features a large compasswith easy to read markings. With a simple,yet elegant base, it attaches easily todeck lines or sits nicely on top of a deckbag. Quick-release buckles allow for easyattachment.safetyflags$79.90A paddle float you don’t have to inflate!The reflective webbing trim and a metallicchrome front panel enhances visibility.Deployment is easy with a large pocket foryour paddle blade, and a wide adjustableleash to secure the paddle shaft.$109.90A great small-craft safety accessory.These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built intough PVC for maximum abuse. Withtubing sewn in, they stay open to deployquickly. 300mm dia. opening 580mmlength.$79.00Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’sSafety Flag, LED light unit. It comescomplete with Rod Holder or alternativedeck fittings. A must for all open waterkayakers.ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 47$112.50


BILGEPUMPPADDLEFLOATPADDLE/ROD LEASHA must for every boatie. Our 36 litres perminute Bilge Pump features an easy-grabhandle, super-strong pump shaft andheavy-duty impact resistant plastic.$59.90Two chamber float gives added safety.A 2nd chamber for use when you needextra buoyancy or if one chamber isaccidentally punctured. There’s a clip onsafety tether to eliminate loss in windyconditions.$84.90Unique quick-release-at-paddle featureallows paddle to be easily attached/detached to/from leash. It comes witha heavy-duty snap hook for maximumdurability and an internal Kevlar cordfilament for maximum breaking strength.$34.90LATITUDESTUFF SAckSUPERLATITUDEWith full horizontal access, our Latitudeseliminate the hassle of having to digvertically to get at what you want. Builtwith a polyester body and heavy-duty vinylends, Latitudes are builtto perform, but at a value price!10Ltr $58.50 - 21Ltr $72.00 - 51Ltr $85.50Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudesfeature the great wide mouth-lateraldesign. They slide easily into kayakhatches. Our hands-free Autopurgevalve automatically purges the air asthe bag is compressed.10Ltr $87.75 - 21Ltr $101.25 - 51Ltr $143.85Prodwww.canoeanOPTIDRy BAGOMnIDRy BAGOMnI DRyBAck PAckThe Opti Dry is super-tough made fromsuper-clear heavy-duty vinyl. It has anabrasion resistant bottom.These all-purpose bags are great for anyadventure. The Omni Dry Bag features awaterproof 3-roll closure with D-ring, vinylbody and heavy-duty abrasion resistantbottom.At 140 litres you can fit all your wet gear inone bag, or keep all your gear dry!A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system andadjustable, padded shoulder straps makesfor easy use.10Ltr $29.90 - 21Ltr $34.90 - 41Ltr $44.9010Ltr $39.90 - 21Ltr $44.90 - 41Ltr $54.90$99.00MIGHTy-MITE cARTSTDTROLLEyHEAvyDUTy TROLLEyOur new Mighty Mite Cart is small enoughto fit in most Kayak holds, With pneumaticwheels, anodized aluminium frame,a single tie-down, and a stand, this cartoffers great features at a low price.$145.00These wheels are the step down from theheavy duty version. Large wheels stillmake any terrain a breeze, while a pinholds them in. They still fold away intoyour back hatch. A lighter weight trolleyfor moving mainly empty kayaks.$199.00Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded downwith all your gear! Heavy duty stainlesssteel construction. Wheels fold downconveniently to fit in a back hatch.$349.0048 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


Kayak CentresFor SaleSubscribe to theJoin the club. You will get a weekendskills course to teach you techniques andsafety skills and a year’s membership.If you are keen to learn more there is abunch of courses which teach everythingfrom Eskimo Rolling to becoming aninstructor.What a great way to earn a living. Workingin a recreational retail business withheaps of time outdoors, at sea with greatcompany.Phone Peter Townend on 0274 529 255,or email pete@canoeandkayak.co.nzfor more information.6 issues for only $40, saving nearly $5.00off the news-stand price, delivered free.This great magazine will give you heapsof information and ideas to make yourkayaking more enjoyable.Subscription price to anywhere inNZ $40.00Please Note:For the kayaks advertised, the price is for the kayak only. It does not necessarilyinclude any of the accessories, hatches, seats etc shown in the photos. Theprices were correct at the time of printing however due to circumstancesbeyond our control they may alter at any time. Please contact your nearestCanoe & Kayak Centre and they will put together a great package of the bestequipment available for your kayaking fun.uctsdkayak.co.nz0508 KAYAKNZMANUKAUWELLINGTONNORTHCENTENNIAL HIGHWAYHUTT ROADS.H.1L V MARTIN2 Centennial Highway,Ngauranga, WellingtonTelephone: 04 477 6911J & M Downey LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak WellingtonAUCKLANDS.H.2WAIKATOKILLARNEY ROADSH1BYPASSDUKE STREETKAHIKATEA DRIVEGREENWOOD STDUKE STREETKAHIKATEHA DRIVENORTHThe Corner Greenwood St& Duke St, State Highway 1 BypassHamilton - Telephone: 07 847 5565On Water Adventures LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak WaikatoNORTH SHOREGREAT SOUTH ROADTOYOTAFIRST DRIVEWAYBRONCOSWIRI STATION ROADMOTORWAYSOUTHERNNORTHST LUKES RDNORTHSANDRINGHAM ROADDOMINION ROADBALMORAL ROADCITYUPPER HIGHWAY (16)NORTHERN MOTORWAYNORTHCONSTELLATION DRIVEASCENSION PL710 Great South Road, ManukauTelephone: 09 262 0209ChallenorReynolds LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak Manukau502 Sandringham RoadTelephone: 09 815 2073Arenel LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak AucklandUnit 2/20 Constellation Drive,(Off Ascension Place) Mairangi Bay,Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002Flood Howarth & Partners LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak North ShoreBAY OF PLENTYTARANAKITAUPONUKUHAUTANIWHA STREETTO TAURANGA BRIDGEMAC DONALD STREETLIQUORLANDMAUNGANUI ROADHEWLETTS ROADKFCNORTHWAIWHAKAIHO RIVERDEVON ROADSMART ROADS.H.1.SPA ROADRUAPEHU STREETNORTHTONGARIRO ST3/5 Mac Donald Street,Mount Maunganui(Off Hewletts Rd)Telephone: 07 574 7415Jenanne Investments LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak Bay of PlentyUnit 6, 631 Devon RoadWaiwhakaiho, New PlymouthTelephone: 06 769 5506Peter & Bronnie van LithTrading as Canoe & Kayak TaranakiLAKE TERRACE77 Spa Road, TaupoTelephone: 07 378 1003Acme Kayaking LimitedTrading as Canoe & Kayak TaupoS.H.1.ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009 49


Directory: Things To DoTaupo Maori CarvingsWaikato River DiscoveryMohakaTaupo Adventure ToursHalf day guided trip to the rock carvings,Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.A leisurely paddle of about 3km to the rockcarvings. The largest is over 10m high andfrom below in a small boat it is imposing.$90 per person (bookings essential).Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience themagnificent upper reaches of the mightyWaikato River - soak in the geothermalhotsprings - take in the stunningenvironment... a perfect trip for all the family...Adult $45, Children $25Special group and family rates.Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.Need some excitement? Take a kayakdown this wicked Grade II river run...this is a whole day of thrills and fantasticscenery down the Mohaka River.Price: $125 per person.Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.We can organize specialized kayak toursto suit any budget.From helicopter access, white waterpaddling to extended cruises aboard amother ship.Give us a call and we will give you amemory of a lifetime.Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.Canoe PoloWaitara River ToursMokau RiverSugar Loaf IslandA great game for young and old.A fast, furious and fun way to improveyour skills.There’s a league to suit you.Contact your local centre for moreinformation.For those who are slightly more adventurousat heart, this is a scenic trip with theexcitement of grade two rapids. Midwaydown, we paddle under the historic BetranRd Bridge where we will stop for a snack.Allow 2 hours paddle only.Priced at $60.Phone: 06 769 5506Enjoy this beautiful scenic river whichwinds through some of New Zealand’slushest vegetation. Camping overnightand exploring some of New Zealand’spioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.Two day trips $230.00One day $60.00Phone 06 769 5506From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head outto the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar LoafIsland Marine Reserve. View the scenic &rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closerto the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the sealcolony and experience the thrill of close upviews of these fascinating marine mammals.Allow 3 hours subject to weather.$60.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506Glow worms CruiseRiver ToursKayak HireNZKIJoin us for a picturesque paddle on LakeMcLaren to view glow worms by nightor beautiful waterfalls by day. This triptakes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable forpaddlers with no experience. All gear, hotdrinks and nibbles are supplied.Price $75 per person.Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings07 574 7415Exploring beautiful estuaries.Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife andwonderful views.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for detailsTaupo - Open for the summer and byappointment. Have some paddling fun onthe beach or let us run a Tour for you andyour friends and explore these beautifulareas.Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0800 KAYAKN for detailsNew Zealand Kayaking InstructorsAward SchemeBecome a kayaking Instructor and Guide.Get into gear and get qualified!It’s fauna and easy to do.Don’t delay.Phone 0508 5292569 NOW!Paddle to the Pub Twilight Tours Customized ToursJoin the Yakity Yak ClubKayaking to a local pub is a unique wayof spending an evening, bringing yourgroup of friends together by completinga fun activity before dinner and making amemorable experience. These trips areavailable to Riverhead, Browns Bay andDevonport Pubs.• Price: $70.00pp• Group Discounts Available!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.Departs from one of your local beautifulbeaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sunsetting as you paddle along the coast line.Group discounts available!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.• Work Functions • Schools• Clubs • Tourist groupsWhether it’s an afternoon amble, afull day’s frolic or a wicked weekendadventure we can take you there.If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddlewe can provide you with experiencedguides, local knowledge, safe up to dateequipment and a lot of fun.Contact your local storeon 0508 KAYAKNZ.Want to have fun, meet new people, havechallenging and enjoyable trips, and learnnew skills?PLUS get a regular email newsletter andthis magazine! Also, get a discount onkayaking courses and purchases fromCanoe & Kayak Centres.Then, join us!Phone Canoe & Kayakon 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more.50 ISSUE FIFTY One • 2 0 0 9


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