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Paddling in winter comfort We investigate the warmer options for paddling in winter

What use is a Compass? Discover how a compass is best used in a kayak.

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Winter Maintenance

Steve Knowles shows us what needs to be done.


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5 Star Kayaking in Winter: 20


Sea Kayaking 6

What the terms mean... Compasses


Obituary to Colin Moore


Lake Rotorangi - A venture into the wild


SKOANZ - A call to action


Birthday Recipe


Who’s the Boss?


Kayak Maintenance

Kayak Fishing 28

North Shore Fishing Sessions.


The Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic 2009

Multisport 33


Product Focus - QK Hurricane

White Water Kayaking 34

Reflections on North America







Product Focus


Learn To Kayak




Buyers Guide


Directory: Things To Do

Special Feature 20

5 Star Winter Kayaking

Front cover photo: Another great day. Robbie Banks on Lake Rotoiti - Photo by Lynnis Burson


ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009

editorial A beaut day out on the sea this week saw three of us mates with our kids and a few of their mates as well, having a BBQ, sitting around a bonfire on a cool (well all right cold) evening. The kids sat around building man traps in the sand and poking at the fire. The older ones gave them occasional words of wisdom about “not poking their mate with a sharp hot stick” and talked about family, work and health (we must be getting mature) and a few jokes of course. The world was perfect; the stars somewhat pale because of the huge full moon which reflected on a mirror smooth sea, even a shooting star graced the sky. Pete travelling light! Summer is coming, but there is something invigorating and basic about sitting around the fire on a cold night under a cloudless sky when you need the fire for warmth and the bed roll is snug and the drumming rain early in the morning gives a feeling of being very much alive. There are many opportunities to enjoy club trips during these winter months. Give it a go, make sure you take enough warm gear and get your tent set up early in the afternoon. Keep the paddling distances short so if the weather is stunning you can explore a bit longer, but if it is a bit cool you can easily make you destination. This issue is full of motivating trip options and a focus on some of the gear that will keep you nice and warm on your adventures. Happy adventuring Peter Townend

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Speights Coast to Coast interview A sport the whole family can get into.

• Saltwater Fly Fishing • Speight’s Coast to Coast 2009

Paddling Antartica

Kayakers experience the magnificence of Antarctica and an unplanned polar swim!


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Tale of the tuna, shark and me.

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ISSUE FIFTY One • 2009


Sea Kayaking

What the Terms Mean... Compasses tend to be a bit of a mystery to many. Sure, we all know that they give a direction and bearing, but how do we use this, especially in the confines of a kayak. And why do we need one? With the advent of GPS our position can be obtained to within 30 metres. But what happens when it gets wet or the batteries fail? And it will only tell you where you need to go, not what is the best course to steer. The idea is that you want to paddle the best course to achieve the journey in the shortest possible distance. If you start paddling for Rangitoto light from Takapuna for example, you will find the tide will push you sideways, requiring you to modify your course to achieve your destination. Your course across the ground will in fact be a big curve and you’ll end up paddling against the current.

THE COURSE is the way we want to go and when related to the compass it is the COURSE TO STEER.

by James Fitness To prevent this, we can plot a course on the chart, taking into account currents and wind conditions, giving us a ‘Course to steer’. This bearing will no doubt have the bow of your kayak pointing upstream of your goal (Rangi light in this case) Much of the work needs to be done on shore before we even get close to the water. Tides are a given and their strength is relatively easy to find, often just by looking at the chart. Also basic understanding of a compass, its relation to charts & maps, also helps us understand weather forecasts and wind directions given. I recently listened to the Nowcasting service on VHF Channel 21 with a group of people. When the wind direction was given, the question was asked “What direction is that then?” Obviously there was no awareness of where North is and how to relate a bearing to it. With a compass we can plot our position, work out the best course to take and even decide if that ship is on a steady bearing and therefore on a collision course with us. Symbol to draw on chart: LEEWAY is how much we are blown sideways by the wind & waves. Measuring the bearing of the wake and comparing it with the reciprocal of the HEADING given, is a clue. But this is only possible in calm conditions and most people estimate say 30- 50 based on past experience. In rough conditions 100- 200 of LEEWAY is possible as the boat can be bodily moved sideways.

THE HEADING is the way the boat is pointing. Ideally this should be the same as the course. If not, the paddler should adjust the heading to achieve the course required.

Note the kayak is moving through the water in a different direction from the heading. This is due to LEEWAY. TIDAL SET AND DRIFT SET is the direction the tide is going and DRIFT is the distance the water has moved in a period of time. (If the water has drifted say 1.3 miles in 1 hour it's called a RATE of 1.3 KNOTS).


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WATER TRACK is the path we make through the water (ie the wake) allowing for leeway. Symbol to draw on chart:

Favourite Places GROUND TRACK is the actual path we make over the sea bed. Symbol to draw on chart:

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DEAD RECKONING (D.R.) is a position deduced from a course steered and a distance run. It makes no allowance for tidal set and drift or leeway so is of little practical use in coastal navigation. ESTIMATED POSITION (E.P.) is the best possible estimate of a present or future position. It is based on a distance run from a known position with an allowance made for both leeway and the tidal set and drift.

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Sea Kayaking Estimated position symbol to draw on chart: A FIX is when we know where we are by using compass, depth soundings, transits or one of the many electronic aids to navigation available now. (e.g. GPS)

SOURCES OF POSITION LINES. A prudent navigator uses as many different position lines as possible to get a fix. This is also a useful way of checking on the accuracy of electronic navigation equipment. TRANSIT When two charted objects line up (like this house and beacon) it gives a very accurate position line known a transit.






TRANSITS can be found all over charts by lining up, Church spires, B water towers, Radio masts, ends of walls, buildings, beacons, buoys, and even edges of land. Care is needed here identifying the `correct A A C B edge.'


Taking bearings can be useful, even when no compass is available. Sighting known landmarks or features, you can guesstimate your position on a chart. It is important to site marks that are far enough apart to give asmall ‘cocked hat” (the shaded area in diagram above) The COMPASS ROSE on all charts have an outer ‘True’ ring and an inner ‘Magnetic’ ring. The True bearing relates to the chart. Magnetic courses are read on the compass. IT IS IMPERATIVE YOU WORK IN ONLY TRUE OR MAGNETIC BEARINGS. DON’T MIX THE TWO. Take the bearing from your compass (Magnetic) and transfer it to the chart using the inner ring. On this ring North is 190 20’ to the East of True North. True North on the chart is at the top (or ‘0’ on the outer ring).



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COMPASS BEARING can be taken on any charted object you can identify. Again, care is needed in allowing for the possible errors incurred.

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below the horizon a range can also calculated.

Knowing these terms is less important than understanding how you can use them. It is quite common now to take an A4 laminated copy of your mapping software with you. With the use of a soft colour pencil, these can easily be drawn on. You can then have a rough idea on where you are and which way you need to go.


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Colin Moore – Journalist, Adventurer and Friend. by Peter Sommerholder I am looking at a photo of Colin with his two children, Naivasha and Rupert, then about ten and twelve 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 many complaints by the youngsters. But now, grown up, they both can thankfully look back on amazing outdoor adventures. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, in the outdoors better than sharing it with children. They will open your eyes to adventure, magic, indescribable beauty and just a few little 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 kayaking in Auckland and the North Island. It was his ‘great’ idea to combine the two. Over three winter weekends we paddled, portaged, pushed and pulled our kayaks through and over hundreds of old, dense willows, tracing the Maori portage along the Kaipara River from Riverhead to the Kaipara Harbour, often up to our chests in freezing cold water. Colin recorded the physical challenge, and Maori efforts to connect the Kaipara and Waitemata Harbours, brilliantly in the New Zealand Herald. Reading it made me forget sore limbs and our battle 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 me in sending sincere condolences to his wife Fran, and children Rupert and Naivasha.

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Lake Rotorangi - a Venture into the Wild by Alan Clark

The House boat - Rotorangi Style!

Our group of six left Wellington at 5.30 on Friday evening to paddle Lake Rotorangi, South Taranaki for a venture into the wild. Formed when the Patea River was dammed in 1984, the lake is a sparkling gem with over 100 kms of shoreline. Its length, 46 kms, makes it the longest man-made lake in New Zealand.

At sunset the wind dropped and morning mists produced surreal dawns

(cont. pg 12) Judy enjoying the ride in the front of the double.

Someone else’s accident meant that we reached our campsite in the wild shortly after midnight. We ate, kipped amongst a cast of hundreds and the next day met 364 jet skis, 273 tow boats and a beautiful lake surrounded by native bush. A cross between the Marlborough Sounds and the Whanganui River, the lake lacks the bad bits, gales and pests. “Ace,” I thought. Off we went. Rounding a sequence of 180 degree turns in the lake we experienced alternating head and tail-winds. The water, safe enough to put a caravan on a raft and call it a houseboat, was flat and warm and the speed boats didn’t ruin the peace. Up the lake’s side-arms we met locals, pig-hunters, and fishermen in sunny possies, moored to the shore, armed with home brew and no fish in sight. Judy, restless to explore after a quiet day in the front cockpit of a double, went climbing. On return, covered in mud, she glowingly


described the views. Access to the tops and return was “easy”. Rubbish! True the views were awesome but after becoming significantly lost on return, I will always treat Judy’s “easy” with suspicion. Meanwhile Tim, devoted to Janet’s every need, was constructing a manuka bench for two. It took

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A cross between the Marlborough Sounds and the Whanganui River

The campsite was basic , but the firewood was dry

him two evenings and many iterations but the final product was worthy of the creator and an entertainment for us all. Our brilliant campsite for two nights was basic. Firewood was dry and plentiful. At sunset the wind dropped and morning mists produced surreal dawns. It was so good that Liz slept through the second day’s paddle. In light winds and flat water we left the bush for pastureland and a water ski club. The third day’s paddle on Monday was the best. Normal folk had returned to work so the lake was ours. All day we enjoyed a mirror lake. Magic reflections, good company and no wind on a flat lake couldn’t have been bettered. A late lunch, loading boats, easy banter and away to Wellington brought the trip to an end. To those who paddled, Neil, Judy, Liz, Janet and Tim, a big 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 - SKOANZ With the advent of the Maritime Safety Authority taking a lead approach in setting standards for the kayaking industry in New Zealand, the (SKOANZ) Sea Kayak Operators Association of New Zealand has, at its annual forum (Nelson May 2009), embarked on a drive to broaden its representative voice. A new Committee was voted in with the express aim to better represent the retailer, manufacturer, education and tour operator sections of the industry, and ensure that


government is implementing regulations that we can all work within, whilst providing quality outcomes for our clients and/or customers. Are you involved in one of these sectors of the industry? If so, your voice regarding your thoughts around your activities, voluntary or imposed regulation, standards and compliance in an increasingly regulated industry should be heard. We look forward to you joining the association to make our world a better place to operate. Whom to contact to get involved?

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In the Northern Region Peter Townend, In the Central and Southern N.I region contact Andy Blake, In the north of the South Island contact Tom Bryant, and/or Shay Gill, In the West and South of the South Island contact Wayne Steads, In the East of the South island contact Matt Foy,

Birthday Recipe (never fails!) 10 – 15 servings What you need: One daughter turning 13 (Anita) A few friends Sister Parents & Grandparents Friends of parents (resilient in mud & rain) Kayaks from garage Additional kayaks from Canoe and Kayak River Chocolate (essential) Drizzle

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Cook’s tip: Remember always to clean up and put away ingredients afterwards.

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Sea Kayaking

Who’s the Boss? On 25th of April 2009, after the ANZAC Dawn Parade, I went for a paddle at Mahia . I knew that Moko the dolphin liked to play with kayaks and would be in the bay. After an hour I came on an 18ft boat from which people were trying to fish. Moko was in close attendance and they asked me to help. “Head back to the beach. Moko will follow you and leave us alone.” As I left, a man called out "We will keep an eye on you, to make sure you make it!" Then the fun started! I wanted to go one way, and Moko wanted me to go the other. She swam alongside the kayak turning me around at her will. It took me about three hours to reach the beach at Mahia. Back in Wairoa I told my friends what had happened and was met with looks of disbelief! The same thing happened at work. The following weekend, I was back in the water, camera in hand, looking for proof. Now where is that Dolphin? I paddled for two hours without sighting her and set off for home into a head wind! An hour later, there was Moko playing in the shallows with some kids. I didn’t want to deprive the kids so I joined them. When a Jet Ski turned up, Moko chased him and I took off after them. Moko soon gave up,


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Sea Kayaking

Does Your Kayak Have a WOF? by Steve Knowles

Kayaks need very little maintenance, but need a regular check. Now is a good time for it. You can make it a great project on Saturday morning! Remember, especially in winter, gear breakage in rough

Foot Tracks and Pedals

Sand and grit often stick between the foot track and pedal. Especially this happens in sit-on-top kayaks. Wash and dry the area, then spray with silicone available from hardware stores. Your pedals will glide like new! (Photo’s 6-7).

conditions and cold water will ruin your day in a hurry.

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Steve Knowles from Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty shows how to give your kayak a warrant of fitness.

1. steering lines worn at stern

Rudder lines

2. Rudder Line Guides

3. steering line stainless stern

The most common problem is wear and tear at the stern where the lines run through guides (photos 1-2). However, check the entire length from the rudder to pedals (photo 3-4). Photo 5 shows a nick in the line which could break when under strain. Rudder lines can be replaced with spectra cord or stainless wire. Ledalon (plastic tubing) is easily replaced or installed to guide the lines through the deck into the cockpit.

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Rudder Assembly Make sure the rudder moves freely up/down and side to side. Grit may be caught within the assembly and hosing may not wash it out. Remove the rudder blade from the housing and rinse with low pressure water. Photo 8 shows the bolt to remove on this Q Kayak. Other manufacturers and models may differ.

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4. steering lines stainless rail cockpit

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Handles, Buckles and Bungees

Bungees that hold down essential items such as paddle floats, pumps or cell phone bags are easy and cheap to replace, so don’t put it off (photo 9). If you are unhappy with the handle on your kayak it can be replaced. There are larger and more comfortable grab handles available, such as photo 10. Check buckles especially those used to hold hatch lids in place (photo 11).

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10. new handles

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Paddling Gear Paddling in the rain is great but not when your paddle jacket seam sealing has perished. Check every seam. Once water is in you will get cold very quickly (photo 12). While you’re at it, check your spray deck, buoyancy aid buckles and tow system. Seam seals on jackets and neoprene can be repaired and buckles replaced. Waterproofing on fabrics cannot last forever and from time to time re-waterproofing is necessary. Nikwax is one product suitable for most paddling gear, however always read the manufacturer’s instructions before re-waterproofing. Remember your gear can’t last for ever, but look after it and it will last a hell of a long time! 12.jacket seam sea

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Easy Access to the Water

Alternative off water Activities

by Julie Reynolds

Cosy Winter Eateries

Raglan Harbour

It’s often a real battle with oneself to go paddling in winter. Waking up with rain hitting the windows, the wind whistling and the temperature out from under the blankets nippy. So planning for weekends away often doesn’t happen. We let cobwebs grow and muscles slacken until we get that club newsletter announcing it’s only four weeks from Labour weekend. Then panic

strikes. How do I get paddle fit in time and where are my booties? Paddle fever hits and kayaks are dusted off, clothing and equipment is located 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 flooded paddocks below his house, oblivious to the pelting rain and single digit temperature! I thought you might appreciate four ideas for this winter and a helping hand with the planning. They meet the 5 star criteria for • Accommodation – a range of options from camping for the brave to cabin/motel/cottages/holiday houses, hot showers, good warm cooking facilities, warm group social area, preferably by the water or 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, so we looked for easy access whatever the weather. This involves options such as an exposed ocean or a sheltered estuary. • Alternative off water activities – It’s a great idea to head to a location where if the weather turns to custard at least you can do other things – horse riding, tramping, mountain biking, hot pools, markets, wineries etc • Eating – hey if we’ve made the effort to get out and paddle in winter shouldn’t we be allowed an excuse not to cook? We’ve chosen locations offering brunch or dinner. • Breathtaking Winter Scenery. If you know you will only see some sights in winter that’s an important motivation. We’ve picked extra special winter locations. Here are the four ideas I can recommend. If you know another great place to paddle which gets five stars please let me know. I’d love to go there too. Raglan The township of Raglan is only forty minutes from Hamilton and in winter it’s a lot quieter than in summer when all the holiday makers and surfies arrive. Raglan Harbour offers good day trips into its inner reaches, however you do need to get your tides right. The Limestone rocks opposite the camp ground are sensational. A good day paddle is through the Narrows to Haroto Bay, then an interesting portage (over reeds - slide,


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any distance you choose. The town has some really cool and quirky shops and if you want to explore further afield there’s horse trekking and of course the bridal veil falls. Raglan in the winter lacks people so you really feel you’re a world away.

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Tongaporutu to Onaero 38km - Taranaki One of Peter van Lith’s favourite winter paddles is along the cliffs from Tongaporutu heading South West for a great view of the snow capped Mount Taranaki. Winter in Taranaki brings a regular south to south Pageeast 1 of 1wind which provides shelter under the cliffs and hardly a breath of wind. On top of the cliffs you may have a constant 20+ knots. Ocean conditions are therefore normally very calm with small, if any, swells.

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View from the motorcamp at Raglan not wheel!) across the narrow bit of the Paritata Peninsula popping into Okete Bay to see the waterfall on the way back. If the weather keeps you off the harbour, a gentle exploration of Raglan west (Kaitoke Creek) will take up two hours. Alternatively take your Sit on Tops and head to Raglan’s famous surf beaches. At the end of the day a thirty minute car pool to the Waingaro Hot

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Springs is well worth it. Follow this with dinner at one of the many eateries in town. I can highly recommend the Orca Restaurant and Bar. Accommodation is readily available in Raglan. I’ve stayed at the Raglan Kopua Holiday Park ( which has options from tent sites to motel units. It’s on a peninsular bounded by the harbour and creek so water access is unquestionably easy. There’s a pedestrian bridge into town. If you want something for a small group that’s quite different try the ‘silos’ on the wharf. I happened to visit on a weekend when paddling was off the menu but had no problem finding things to do. I did one of the many local walks in the area and also found the beaches lovely to walk along. From the camp ground you can head up the West Coast beaches and back for

You can explore the caves and interesting formations that the Tasman Sea has created, many on foot but with a calm sea some can be paddled at high tide. In a small swell (or large if keen) where the sea is deep right up to the cliff face, it can be fun to back up to the cliff and surf out to sea on a breaking wave. It rises dramatically when incoming swells meet you . About 3km S/W along the coast from Pukearuhe is a cave well worth exploring through its 2 entrances either on foot or at high tide in the kayak. It is 180 metres long with a 30 metre section open to the sky. Wai-iti Beach Retreat, ,about half way between Tongaporutu and Onaero, offers varied accommodation but their cafe/restaurant is closed for winter. Less than 15 minutes drive away, with a previous arrangement, meals are served at the Urenui Hotel. There’s a more up-market restaurant 20 minutes away at Waiau Estate on Onaero Beach Road. Back on the water still heading S/W from Wai-iti beach tidal

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in the middle of everything, so if you want to plan a weekend in the area streams can be explored easily on the incoming tide. To get over the bar getting there doesn’t take too long. I find any excuse to take a Friday most of the rivers need more than half tide. At high tide the Mimi River afternoon off is a good excuse. But if that’s not an option an early start offers a lovely 8 km upstream paddle. The Urenui River can be paddled on Saturday will see you lakeside for a late morning paddle.” for about 10km and the Onaero River for 3 – 4 km. Accommodation, hey this is Rotorua so there are endless options The sunsets at this time of year are spectacular and well worth from experiencing. tarawera - Googlecamping Maps grounds to Luxury Lakeside Lodges. But if easy access to water is needed then popular for kayakers is the Blue Lake Top 10 A trip along this coast is very dependant on weather so if you need to Holiday Park. You can camp, take a motel book your weekend ahead of time it would pay to plan for alternatives unit or self contained cabin. It is right in the heart of the 11 lakes of the - day trips on the various rivers, an overnight on Lake Rotorangi, the Address Lake Tarawera Rotorua Lakes District. For Mokau River just north of Tongaporutu via the Mokau River Cruise or Bay a Ofremote Plenty winter escape there are several DOC campsites around Lake Tarawera. If you plan to camp at Hot we can highly recommend the Urunui Golf Course for a cheap round, Water Beach you’ll be able to locate a warm patch on which to pitch great views and casual dress. For those wanting something different the Whitecliffs Organic Brewery is an option.


Rotorua Lakes – Bay of Plenty Karen Knowles didn’t have to venture far to offer us the Rotorua Lakes as a 5 star winter paddling option. There is something for everyone in the Rotorua Lakes, short paddles for a few hours on Lakes Okareka or Tikitapu (Blue) or disappear for a long weekend on Lake Tarawera where digging a hot bath on Hot Water Beach is a delight. A favourite winter day trip is 8 km from Okawa Bay or Ruato Bay on Lake Rotoiti to the Manupirua Hot Pools. Nestled into a hill on the edge of the lake, varied sized pools at differing temperatures provide million dollar views of the Lake. Since there is no road access kayakers and boaties have

Warm up and relax after the days paddling in the thermal pools. them to themselves! The Rotorua Lakes are truly spectacular in winter. Karen said, “I love 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 of Lake Rotomahana are even more dramatic in winter.” “The great thing about the Rotorua Lakes is that they are pretty much


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your tent! Being a tourist destination the off water options are endless. So if you do find the weather winning the battle try the Zorb for a quick trip down a hill, soak in hotpools, mountain bike in the famous Redwood forest or enjoy one of the many amazing walks amongst the lakes. For the ladies or any metrosexual men the Polynesian spa does a wicked range of massage and beauty spa treatments.

Eating of course is part of a successful weekend Eating of course is part of a successful weekend. You can choose to stay put if you’re at the Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park. It has a kitchen and great outdoor BBQ and seating area for groups. There are no restaurants in the area of Blue Lake but Rotorua’s many restaurants are only 15 minutes away. I like Two Fat Cows for brunch but it pays to get in early. Getting a table around the traditional lunch hour is a challenge. The Landing at Lake Tarawera caters for lunch and dinner. The food is fantastic and so is the view across the Lake to the mountain. It’s well worth a visit and 10 minute drive. www.

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Lake Ohakuri – Taupo Region In winter there’s no point trying to avoid the cold, you might as well embrace it and see some of the most beautiful winter scenery available. Where better to go than Taupo. A number of years back on weekend winter trips in this area, we discovered amazing sights well worth frozen solid booties in the morning and our breath impeding vision like a thick fog. For a day trip on the Waikato River/Lake Ohakuri I suggest staying

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Taking their time on Lake Ohakuri

in Taupo and driving to the start. We had organized non paddling partners to drive us so we didn’t have to double back. We saw more and had a full day on the water. Put in below the bridge that crosses the river at Waimahana and go with the River. This section is narrow and bush clad and the steam coming up from the canyon walls is very Lord of the Rings.

There’s no road access along this stretch so the sense of remote exploration is great. There is almost no road access along this stretch of river, so the sense of remote exploration is great. The only road access with a boat ramp is about halfway along heading to Orakei Korako. This makes for a 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 Korako boat ramp. If you want to explore the lake it stretches 12km’s further on with a picnic area and public access at the far end. However if you are happy with your day’s paddling then getting out at Orakei Karako is a nice option. There are public toilets and a café and if you want to visit the thermal park you need to take the ferry across. There is no

public landing allowed at the thermal park. There is a camp ground here, but I prefer to drive for 25 minutes and stay in Taupo. I have stayed at the Great Lake Holiday Park ( many times. They have a good range of accommodation to suit all needs. There are many other motels and rentable holiday houses which can accommodate a group. For warming up and relaxing after the day’s paddling the De Bretts Thermal pools are not far away and there are many restaurants, cafes and pubs. Clubbies recommend the Crooked Door Seafood Restaurant. The short trip from Taupo to Reids Farm is fun. You can sit in your Google kayak Maps where water heats the bottom of your kayak. But be careful to exit before Huka Falls. Steve at C & K Taupo is a mine of information. Pop in to see him and be pointed in the right direction for great paddling. The Lake offers stunning views of the mountains but it is very exposed in bad weather.

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Once again if you find yourself off the water then I’m certain whatever it is you feel like doing you can do it in Taupo. Make a Plan As you know a memorable trip starts with the plan. Don’t stow your gear and hibernate for the winter. Plan to go to these places or others which you think fit the bill. Be sure you can get warm after being on the water and have a ‘Plan B’ should mother-nature not cooperate. First and foremost plan, to have fun then it’ll be a great winter weekend. Invest in a pair of pogies, a decent paddle jacket and a warm hat and you too can enjoy the winter paddling scenery and add to your collection of kayaking stories. If you know a great spot do please send me an email at manukau@ . Tell me the place, your recommendations for accommodation, eateries, alternative activities and send photos of scenery. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Hours Travel (Approx. guide only)



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Kayak Fishing

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(artificial lures) and bait fishing have been similar. Those setting long lines picked up at least a couple of Snapper each trip. Snapper was the target species with the odd Kahawai and John Dory thrown in for good measure. It has been great to see experienced kayakers and fishers sharing tips and advice with beginners. They help to make the sessions friendly and fun. Chris ran a ‘bring a kid fishing evening’ at which parents tried kayak fishing with their kids. It was a very healthy and profitable way to spend an evening. Most, including myself and 3 year old son Milan, took home fresh Snapper. Mums and Dads who may be concerned about safety can be reassured. There are at least 2 experienced guides on the water to assist, and the group stay near to shore and close together. To join in on one of these sessions, now held every Saturday morning, simply contact Rob and the team at C&K North shore. We cater for all paddling and fishing abilities and complete gear can be provided (just remember to bring your own chilly bin for your catch!!). Winter is an excellent time for fishing and with less boats on the water making noise you can be sure there are good fish waiting to take your line. My tips for the winter months. As winter sets in fish tend to go off the bite and will require extra encouragement. Setting a burley trail, and patience, will help to gain results. Remember that the fish are still there

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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 tide gives a maximum return. Long liners can do the same but, such is the nature 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 often be waiting around the edges of a work up for pieces of bait fish not devoured 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!

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Farewell to Chris who is heading home to the US

Andy Doncaster Andy is the new guy on the block at Canoe and Kayak North Shore. He has taken the reigns from Chris and has some great plans to further the sport of Kayak Fishing on the North Shore and further. He comes to the team with 10+ years of fishing experience and has taken to kayak fishing for the past year. He is a regular face to be seen on the beach or off the coast on his Cobra Tandem. What’s new at Canoe and Kayak on the North shore is we now stock fishing tackle. We have become the one stop kayak fishing store. Do come down and check out what’s new at Canoe and Kayak on the shore.

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Kayak Fishing

A good day, great competition and even better fish!

The Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic 2009

by Dan Filihiahekava

What a weekend! I’m was still on a high and I hadn’t cleaned all my gear yet. Friday arvo I arrived in Opunake and met up with my mate, Wes. We checked out the forecast and weather maps on Met service, Swell map and 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 to drive through paddocks, we arrived. I commented to Wes “It’s nice to have 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 realised that 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 yaks and some gear down a dodgy track. I stashed my pride and joy in the bush, quietly praying that this was a good idea. We ran back to the cars and made a bee line for Oakura to sign in. We drove back to Opunake for dinner, and a 30 minute drive to raid Wes’ father’s freezer for more bait and Burley. Man! Now if only I had a freezer with bait and burley like that! We asked a million questions, got really good local tips and advice from his father, packed the cars and it was bedtime. At 5 a.m. ‘Spot X’ was cold with offshore winds, so it was a quick run down the track with bait and rods. We paddled for about 10 min before dropping anchor and letting out the Burley. I tried the cubing technique which Nodrog and others have had success with back home, dropping a few then one with the new razor sharp hook hidden inside. Then whizzzzzzzzzzzzz... Kahawai. I released him and continued dropping cubes over the side. All of a sudden my line was peeling from the reel at a nice pace. So I put the acid on, and after a few moments at


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Luckily the Fish n Dive has a good size tank well.

the side of my yak was my very 1st Trevalli. Stoked!!! Wes got into action pulling in Snapper like it was going out of fashion including a very nice 8kg Snap. Kahawai were hitting everything I dropped into the water, so it was time to change the set up. Now the bait reached the bottom and bang, line peeled off the reel and the rod was nodding. I followed every turn of the handle with “please let his be a …….” A couple of minutes later and my 1st Snapper was at my side. No monster but legal and that was all that counted. I sent a quick text to my wife back home. After yahooing for a few minutes, it was back into fishing. Trying the soft bait for a short time, everything got nailed and smashed to bits so I figured I might as well stick to using regular bait and save the softies for home. I set up the live bait trace with a nice sized slimy Mackerel but no takers. We finished fishing about lunchtime with the fish we wanted to take back for weigh in, and a bag limit of Snapper for dinner with the family and flat mates in Opunake. Rods, tackle and a chilly bin full of fish were returned to the vehicle. After a 10-minute rest at the top of the cliff, gasping for air, it was back to the farm to fillet the Snapper and clean the rods. Wes showing off his catch. At Oakura we had a good laugh with the lads from st home, sharing experiences from the 1 day’s fishing. At about 1 pm it was back to business and boy was it on, and in a big Boy, if some weren’t psyched on Yak fishing before today, we definitely way. We were getting worked, busted and taken for rides here, there were now. With fish weighed we went home to make up new traces, and everywhere. Every time bait was dropped we were releasing the pack lunches and fresh water and get some sleep. anchor, losing very good fish at the side and even more gear. Day 2. In calmer conditions we paddled out a little further. We caught I was stuffed and had pretty much given up. There was a cliff waiting and released Snapper after Snapper, most of them around the 4 kg for us to climb with a full load of fish, Yaks and gear and I was ready to mark. I had to laugh. The day before call it a day. I had only just managed to catch my Wes got into action pulling in snapper like it Wes asked, “Have you caught 1st Snapper, and now I was letting the monster Snap yet?” I replied was going out of fashion them live another day. Wes and I “Not with my lines wound in I agreed this was best. It was the big haven’t”. guy we wanted. The call was made for 30 minutes more fishing. I thought bugger it! After a few hours, bait was very low and Wes was back on the squid. I’ve still got half a Kahawai, so I might as well drop a BIG bait, let it soak So I changed back to the ‘Cubing’ set up and got back into the Kahawai while I clean and clear the deck for the paddle back. for a big bait session. It hit the bottom and was instantly taken. I let the fish have a chew for After 20 minutes or so we had enough Kahawai for a couple more a while and then “STRIKE. I got ya!” Or so I thought. The line peeled hours fishing. The tide was on the turn, so I moved on. It was then off the reel. Looking at Wes I said “Time to play” and started putting the Carpet Shark after Carpet Shark. I took time to take a few photos before acid on which hacked this fish off. He was off again, after about the 3rd another move. or 4th big run I was feeling the pinch. It should fit in the catch bag.

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Kayak Fishing I went for broke and did the drag up as tight as I could. It made no difference. The line still peeled off. I put my thumb on the spool and enjoyed the tow into the head wind. Laughing, Wes waved good bye. When the fish slowed down I managed to get him near the surface. He made a couple of quick dives then I grabbed the gaff. 1st shot was a miss followed by a dive and then he came up for a moment and I nailed him. Not a jaw shot, but he wasn’t going anywhere. I dragged him onto the deck and just stared at him, shocked, arms shaking. I was happy to put the big guy to rest, but felt bad as he was such an old fulla. I paddled back to Wes and it was time to go. Again we dragged yaks, fish, and all of our gear back to the car. It took forever and we were really pushing it to reach Oakura by 4 pm. We dumped all our gear in Opunaki and, with only 30 minutes to meet the deadline for ‘weigh in’, we gunned it. I wasn’t driving and didn’t look at the speedo, but I agreed if there was a ticket sent in the post I would pay half. We just managed to get in as the nice bloke closed the gate. Thanking him, we put both bins in line and took a seat. Time to catch up with the Welly boys and some Naki blokes. When it became my turn to pull my fish

out of the bin and put it on the scales, I knew it wasn’t a winner. But hey, right now it was my moment and a fish I was very proud of. My new PB 83 cm rod and a 9.8 kg Snapper. A BIG THANKS to Taranaki Kayak Fishing Classic crew, the people I met at the competition and The SAYERS from Opunaki.

Dan & Wes, happy with the days catch.

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up’ keel lines, allowing improved responsiveness of the hull. These keel lines also mean that the boat can be paddled through boils and disturbed flow with minimal ‘grab’. The inclusion of a ‘bumfortable’ (thick closed cell foam seat) is a worthy addition. It is extremely comfortable for those long distance paddles and easy to modify to fit snuggly. The design has a raised bow which provides excellent lift. This enables ambitious paddlers to push their limits on waves, through wave trains and stay with a following sea, without

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Reflections on North America by Josh Neilson

The opportunity to travel around the world on year long kayaking trips sounds like the best ‘lifestyle’ in the world to a lot of people. While this is mostly true, it does have its moments when I strongly consider a different approach to living! At the Vail, Colorado ‘check in’ desk a lady weighed the kayak and called in her supervisor. It was within allowable weight and length but, classified as sporting equipment, the fee was $650 or it would not go on the plane! I couldn’t ruin my trip and leave my nice new kayak there so I reluctantly swiped away over a week’s hard work and boarded the plane to Milan, Italy en route to holidaying at Ivrea’s Mountain Games. In Italy my kayak was the first item on the luggage conveyor belt, something that doesn’t usually happen! A plane-load of bags passed while I sat with my kayak. When the last item left the belt I had only my kayak and carry on bags! At the counter all papers were translated before I signed them and I was promised my gear back between 24 hrs and 6 days! Just Great. Now, I’ve been waiting for 13 hrs for the solid pick up which I thought I had organised, resigned to a night under the glowing lights of an airport foyer. Were the delights of year round, world wide kayaking really worth this? I’m reflecting on my time in Vail, for Colorado’s Mountain Games, and in Quebec. A strong Kiwi team had dominated the races. Mike Dawson won the Men’s ‘Homestake Creek’ Extreme Race and Nikki Kelly the Women’s. Sam Sutton ‘brought home the money’ in the ‘8 Ball Race’ through the centre of town. An impressive result for NZ among some of the best kayakers in the world competing! Such moments keep me cheerful, but Quebec, exploring new white water with some great mates, was special! I left New Zealand a month ago to meet Tyler Fox and Kiwi Louise Urwin in Quebec for 3 weeks’ late May exploration of un-run northern Canadian rivers. This area is renowned for its big water and amazing freestyle waves, but we brought creek

“With a bit more water we could do it...”

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boats to search for spring melt higher in the mountains. An exploratory trip is a huge gamble and can be a big let down, so it is tempting to go to reliable classic destinations like California and Norway. However going where no one has been before is a bigger draw! We gathered supplies, warmed up on the Ottawa River and headed north, stopping to check out places previously explored! Day one was a second warm up on Monte de Peine. It has a sweet lead-in drop but we had ‘missed the water’ and could only run its bottom drop. The thought of water running out caused us to head further North to the run which I knew would make my trip to Quebec worthwhile. The Mastigouche flows out of a calm fishing lake, slides over shelf after shelf of hard granite till it reaches the rocky flat water a few kms down stream. One by one we made it down the slopes to the bottom slide, which, because it’s such fun, we ran about 10 times! Known runs are all good fun, but we were bound for the backcountry and new water. Early next day we met Quebec local David Laroche who knew where to find it. We ran a small familiar section with a nice 25 footer to warm us up for what was to come and let our gear dry in car boots as we searched for new drops. In a few hours we found a sweet river, but too late for a ‘put in’. We drove on and crashed 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 extensively pinpointed Google Earth maps enabled us to plan the next day of kayaking. Unfortunately Louise had acquired a tweaked shoulder and slightly 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 Pilot River) without her. Satellite images and Google Maps have changed the nature of exploring new places. They offer confidence and reassurance that you are in for a good day out. Early on we ran some sweet class 4 boogie water 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 it and peered over the lip to find a drop of 150 feet. At this flow it was unrunnable due to the rough lead in, but with more water it would be a definite possibility. Once, a waterfall this high would have been deemed impossible to run. But now the world waterfall record stands at 186feet. Having portaged the falls with all body parts intact we were happy to paddle for a few kms of boogie water to the bridge! One of the best parts about kayaking, especially first descents, is standing at the bottom getting packed up and re-living the day’s adventure. Everyone has their bit to share and the feeling of knowing you were the first people to navigate 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 main gorges with huge gradient drops and possible waterfalls. The following morning, Lou with her injured shoulder, opted to shuttle us. She made it possible for Tyler and I to enjoy 26kms of pure adventure! At midday we put in above a 100-foot slide. Within an hour we reached a main drop, portaged left and for an hour and a half bashed through dense bush on 60-degree slopes above vertical gorge walls. A slip would surely have been a disaster! We dropped our boats to scout the remainder of the gorge from above. The line was right all the way to the bottom through small holes and one drop. On the water we soon felt the power of the water and the holes weren’t small! Cranking on big boof strokes to get us through we were very happy to be out of that gorge and not stuck in any of those massive holes. We had passed the first major feature on our map, but the day was getting on and we were in for a long day and possibly a night! We paddled drop after drop down Olaf Creek and things were looking up! Each one was clean and runnable. One by one we ticked off the main gorges on our maps and reached the confluence of the St Margarite. Ahead we had 3 big sections and three times more water! We now experienced fast flowing flat water between ‘pushy’ main drops! Two portages and a number of sweet drops meant we would be out before

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nightfall! The river widened and we were soon on a bridge, cheering and reliving our day’s successful pioneering on 2 more rivers! We had a shorter trip planned for the next day, which Lou was keen to get into! This would be our last chance at a first descent in Quebec before we had a long drive to Colorado! Ulrich creek, all classic white water with only one portage was definitely one of the coolest rivers we tackled! Paddling everything and keeping moving makes a super enjoyable day of kayaking! All the runs we opened up in Quebec’s near endless white water were within 20 minutes drive of each other. Back in Chicoutimi we ‘fed’ Pat’s computer a record of our new runs so he can share our trips with others coming to town! Our amazing opportunities in Quebec over we loaded up the car and got stuck in to a 3700km drive across USA to Vail, Colorado for Mountain games where the Kiwis would dominate the unsuspecting competition… I have now been sitting here in Milano Airport for 26hrs waiting for my ride to the event in Ivrea. I’ve discovered that the guys went to the wrong airport to get me and now think I’m lost. Happily the world wide kayaking community world is small and through a Dutch friend I met 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 checkin and losing my gear are a small price to pay for kayaking adventures around the world to meet great people and discover amazing places! Josh Neilson, reporting from Milano Airport,


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by Michael Treloar, Landscape Photographer and Kayaker.

My Q kayak Bandit’s enclosed cockpit and spray skirt keep my camera splendidly dry and my bottom warm, and because ‘Bandit’ is always strapped on top of my four wheel drive I am ready to photograph remote landscapes. These days I don’t risk the camera in surf and white water. My best discovery was on the South Island West Coast between Wanaka and Haast. Leaving the formed road I drove down a small track to a clearing beside the Burke River. That was about it for anyone who did not bring a kayak. The river looked calm enough for a ‘put in’ but in case there were rapids I headed up stream to see how far I could paddle. The water was so clear that I preferred paddling the shallows to avoid fear of heights. A silly concept! But looking up at the cliff tops and then down into several metres of water had me a little spooked. After rounding bends in the river I entered a gorge with 15 metre high cliffs on either side. It was a great place to explore, denied to anyone except a kayaker. I hoped for a good photo around the next corner. There was! A small waterfall was falling 12 metres into the river and beyond a rapid there were two other waterfalls. I parked the kayak on a beach and with the gorge to myself explored further on foot.. For an hour I took photographs showing the clarity of the river water, the waterfalls and moss covered rocks which not too many people have ever seen. I hope you’ll agree that they were worth the effort. What will happen when my car, ‘Bandit’ and feet next take my camera exploring? Michael Treloar


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Cheese Scones on a BBQ for 50! These scones are best served with butter and jam and cream on the banks of the Whanganui River accompanied by homemade soup.

Adjust quantities to suit. Ingredients

2 x bags of self raising flour 2 x generous handfuls of sugar 1 x handful of salt 1 kg block of tasty cheese, grated Reconstituted powdered full cream milk to mix.


Put flour in very large bowl. Add sugar and salt and grated cheese. Mix. Add milk slowly and mix well to get a soft dough. Take a tablespoon of the dough and cook on a lightly greased warm BBQ plate over hot coals. Allow each scone to rise and turn when brown. Adjust temperature to ensure even cooking without burning by increasing or reducing the coals under the plate.


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By Russell Williams


Roof Racks Prorack 6 Row Ski / Snowboard Holder

New Foxwing from RHINO-RACK FOXWING is a compact roof rack fitted awning, but an awning like no other. What sets this apart is its swing out multiple arm operation hence the Foxwing name. The product when in place provides shelter to near one full side as well as the rear of a vehicle. There are accessory zip-on extension panels available to further enclose things. The product once in place offers sun and rain protection and when finished 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 commercial operator with road crews and telecommunications service teams.

The ultimate way to carry your skis and snowboards. The lockable, 6 row holder neatly clamps your skis between two rubber cushions that prevent movement. The holder is raised to give extra roof clearance for bindings. A great way to carry your skis and boards and leave the car interior and boot space free for your other gear.

Thule Roof Boxes Thule has roof boxes to make your car grow, without spoiling the carefully considered look of the car. Boxes built to a level of safety that is a step ahead of international safety standards. And added to that a host of unique smart functions which make Thule’s boxes as easy to mount as they are to load, whether you’re bringing skis, a baby buggy or just luggage.

SPT 4m Lockable Tie Downs The SPT Lockable Tie Down has been designed to secure kayaks, canoes or anything requiring that little bit of extra strap length. Designed to fit any roof rack system it has been constructed using the following: • 33mm U.V stabilized webbing • 2 x hardened stainless steel cables • Soft Santoprene protective casing • Polished die cast buckle Uses - Surboard & longboard stacks, Windsurfers, Moto-X & trail bikes, bikes, luggage, and kayaks.





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The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with good stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak. A very popular Coast to Coast kayak.



Intrigue is ideal for the beginner/entry level kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability. Also suitable for first time Coast to Coasters.

Gladiator with its larger cockpit, is built for the bigger paddler looking for a longer, fast and stable kayak for Coast to Coast etc.

Priced at $2460, $2740 Kevlar

Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

Priced at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Length: 5.4m, Weight: 14kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar, Width: 480mm

Length: 4.94m, Weight: 14.5kg Glass, 12kg Kevlar, Width: 540mm


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This very user friendly kayak with excellent combination of speed and stability is suitable not only for the intermediate/ advanced paddler, but also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’.


Priced at $2860, $3170 Kevlar

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Length: 5.9m, Weight: 14.5kg, 12.5kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm

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Length: 6.4m, Weight: 18kg, 16.5kg Kevlar, Width: 500 mm

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A fast stable racing and training ‘Sit -on’. It has an adjustable dry seat and a cool draining system. Ideal for the paddler wanting a good fitness work out.

Priced at $1695

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Priced at $5260, $5760 Kevlar Length: 7m, Weight: 29 kg, 24 kg Kevlar, Width: 550 mm




Fast ocean going Racing Sea Kayak. The broad bow allows this kayak to ride over waves like a surf ski without losing any speed and is easy to control while surfing. A low profile reduces buffeting by the wind in adverse conditions.

Priced at $3730

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

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An excellent training and competition surf ski, can be used with under-slung rudder or rear mounted rudder.

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

Adventure Duet is a lightweight, very fast and recently updated Adventure Racing double kayak. It continues to dominate adventure racing in NZ and is a great recreational double.


Priced at $3200, $3700 Kevlar

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The Ocean X is suitable for kayak racing in the many harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the kayak sections of many multisport races.

Length: 5.65m, Weight: 11kg, Width: 450mm

Length: 5.9m, Weight: 15.5kg, 13.5kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mm

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The Rebel is designed for paddlers of both genders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long, the Rebel is half way between the length of the Swallow and the Firebolt and is faster than both.

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

This boat is a great training/ racing, rota-moulded alternative to expensive composite crafts, has moderate stability and good speed.

Priced at $1695

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

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Here is a little cracker! The Firefly is designed so the kids can have fun. Little and light, easy to handle and stable. The kids will love it, if they can get Dad off it!


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


Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling. Escapee is stable and easy to paddle. A boat the whole family can enjoy.

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


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

The fantastically stable and manoeuvrable Kiwi has two dry compartments for gear. Light, super comfortable and fast for its length. It’s an awesome, all round kayak.

Prices start at $1310

Length: 3.75m, Width: 740 mm Weight: 20 kg Std, 23kg Excel & 18 Light.

Play is great for the paddler who wants a fun fast surf and flat water kayak. Kids love this Sit-on as it is not too wide for them to paddle and yet is very stable.

Explorer is ideal for fishing and exploring and one of the driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies are available.

Prices start at $749

Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mm





A Wave Ski which the whole family can enjoy. Fantastic in the surf, Strike is a fast and manoeuvrable sit-on-top.

Prices start at $895


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

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Fish ‘n’ Dive is the ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well located in the stern holds loads of fish. You can customize it with hatches, fish finders and rod holders.

Prices start at $1195

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



A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring. Tandem has two 6” hatches to store your adventure equipment. Room for three, often paddled by one.

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The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman. It is fast, stable with loads of deck space. Performs excellently in surf.

Prices start at $1395

Prices start at $995

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

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



An extended Escapee for the larger paddler. You’ll fish, dive and have fun in the sun. There’s a storage hatch behind the seat for easy access and wells at the front and rear.

Prices start at $1055

Prices start at $830

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



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

The low profile hull of the Cobra Tourer cuts down on windage. Paddlers maintain high speed and straight tracking with easy handling in all conditions.

Prices start at $1295

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

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This is a versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea. Stability, speed and easy tracking make for an enjoyable day’s paddling. A larger cockpit allows for easier entry and exit.

Prices start at $1930

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

Penguin has as all the features for multiday kayaking with ease of handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.

A comfortable performance orientated se kayak which will suit all sizes of paddlers with plenty of foot room for the bigger ones. The Shearwater handles well in rough conditions. A fun boat to paddle.

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg light, Width: 610 mm

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 610 mm

Prices start at $2430

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Its low profile and flared bow enables the Tasman Express to perform well in adverse conditions. It gives the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

Prices start at $2695

Length: 5.3m, Weight: 29kg Std, 25kg light, Width: 620mm

As per the plastic model, the kevlar Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, and increased stiffness, gives even better performance.


Prices start at $4260

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

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The Southern Skua has a low deck profile enabling it to perform extremely well in windy conditions. Its longer hull gives it greater speed and allows it to surf the waves in a following sea. It gives maximum stability in the open sea.

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

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The Deluxe Deck Bag offers a unique window view access, high capacity and light reflectivity. A clear window allows for easier gear location and a higher profile for better gear storage.

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Torres, a fast and stable sea kayak, capable of handling extreme expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Prices start at $4320

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

Foveaux Express, a very responsive and playful sea kayak. Comes with a moulded thigh brace. The dolphin nose with flair, allows lift in the ocean swell. A fun, nimble kayak.

Prices start at $4160

Length: 5.0m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 600mm

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Five- O-Five is a fully-fledged touring kayak for entry and medium level paddlers. A high-quality touring boat. At 505 cm it offers great glide and tracking.

Prices start at $2299

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

Prices start at $1099

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

The Sea Rover features a large compass with easy to read markings. With a simple, yet elegant base, it attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely on top of a deck bag. Quick-release buckles allow for easy attachment.

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The Point 65 Nemo is a comfortable and stable recreational kayak for the whole family.

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A paddle float you don’t have to inflate! The reflective webbing trim and a metallic chrome front panel enhances visibility. Deployment is easy with a large pocket for your paddle blade, and a wide adjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.

Prices start at $2950

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

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The Beachcomber combines the latest design with cutting edge technologies to create an ultra light, thermoformed, manoeuvrable sea kayak, perfectly suited to New Zealand conditions.

A great small-craft safety accessory. These heavy duty Sea Anchors are built in tough PVC for maximum abuse. With tubing sewn in, they stay open to deploy quickly. 300mm dia. opening 580mm length.


Be seen day or night with Great Stuff’s Safety Flag, LED light unit. It comes complete with Rod Holder or alternative deck fittings. A must for all open water kayakers.

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A must for every boatie. Our 36 litres per minute Bilge Pump features an easy-grab handle, super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

Two chamber float gives added safety. A 2nd chamber for use when you need extra buoyancy or if one chamber is accidentally punctured. There’s a clip on safety tether to eliminate loss in windy conditions.






With full horizontal access, our Latitudes eliminate the hassle of having to dig vertically to get at what you want. Built with a polyester body and heavy-duty vinyl ends, Latitudes are built to perform, but at a value price!

Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature the great wide mouth-lateral design. They slide easily into kayak hatches. Our hands-free Autopurge valve automatically purges the air as the bag is compressed.

10Ltr $58.50 - 21Ltr $72.00 - 51Ltr $85.50

10Ltr $87.75 - 21Ltr $101.25 - 51Ltr $143.85

The Opti Dry is super-tough made from super-clear heavy-duty vinyl. It has an abrasion resistant bottom.

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


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These all-purpose bags are great for any adventure. The Omni Dry Bag features a waterproof 3-roll closure with D-ring, vinyl body and heavy-duty abrasion resistant bottom.

At 140 litres you can fit all your wet gear in one bag, or keep all your gear dry! A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and adjustable, padded shoulder straps makes for easy use.

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



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Our new Mighty Mite Cart is small enough to fit in most Kayak holds, With pneumatic wheels, anodized aluminium frame, a single tie-down, and a stand, this cart offers great features at a low price.

These wheels are the step down from the heavy duty version. Large wheels still make any terrain a breeze, while a pin holds them in. They still fold away into your back hatch. A lighter weight trolley for moving mainly empty kayaks.




Unique quick-release-at-paddle feature allows paddle to be easily attached/ detached to/from leash. It comes with a heavy-duty snap hook for maximum durability and an internal Kevlar cord filament for maximum breaking strength.

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Easy to carry a sea kayak loaded down with all your gear! Heavy duty stainless steel construction. Wheels fold down conveniently to fit in a back hatch.


Join the club. You will get a weekend skills course to teach you techniques and safety skills and a year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more there is a bunch of courses which teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor.

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Directory: Things To Do

Taupo Maori Carvings

Waikato River Discovery

Half day guided trip to the rock carvings, Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat. A leisurely paddle of about 3km to the rock carvings. The largest is over 10m high and from below in a small boat it is imposing.

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...

$90 per person (bookings essential). Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Adult $45, Children $25 Special group and family rates. Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Canoe Polo A great game for young and old. A fast, furious and fun way to improve your skills. There’s a league to suit you. Contact your local centre for more information.

Glow worms Cruise Join us for a picturesque paddle on Lake McLaren to view glow worms by night or beautiful waterfalls by day. This trip takes about 1.5-2hours and is suitable for paddlers with no experience. All gear, hot drinks and nibbles are supplied. Price $75 per person.

Phone Canoe & Kayak BOP for bookings 07 574 7415

Waitara River Tours

Price: $125 per person. Call 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Mokau River Enjoy this beautiful scenic river which winds through some of New Zealand’s lushest vegetation. Camping overnight and exploring some of New Zealand’s pioneering history. A true Kiwi experience.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $60. Phone: 06 769 5506

Two day trips $230.00 One day $60.00 Phone 06 769 5506

River Tours

Kayak Hire

Taupo Adventure Tours We can organize specialized kayak tours to suit any budget. From helicopter access, white water paddling to extended cruises aboard a mother ship. Give us a call and we will give you a memory of a lifetime.

Phone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Sugar Loaf Island From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve. View the scenic & rugged Taranaki coastline as we draw closer to the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony and experience the thrill of close up views of these fascinating marine mammals. Allow 3 hours subject to weather. $60.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506


Exploring beautiful estuaries. Enjoy a scenic trip with wildlife and wonderful views.

Taupo - Open for the summer and by appointment. Have some paddling fun on the beach or let us run a Tour for you and your friends and explore these beautiful areas.

New Zealand Kayaking Instructors Award Scheme Become a kayaking Instructor and Guide. Get into gear and get qualified! It’s fauna and easy to do.

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

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Don’t delay. Phone 0508 5292569 NOW!

Twilight Tours

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.

Departs from one of your local beautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun setting as you paddle along the coast line. Group discounts available!


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.

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.

Paddle to the Pub

• Price: $70.00pp • Group Discounts Available! Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.


Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details.

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Customized Tours • Work Functions • Schools • Clubs • Tourist groups

Whether it’s an afternoon amble, a full day’s frolic or a wicked weekend adventure we can take you there. If there’s somewhere you’d like to paddle we can provide you with experienced guides, local knowledge, safe up to date equipment and a lot of fun.

Contact your local store on 0508 KAYAKNZ.

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