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Holding your breath


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Land of fire and ice? Baptism of fire?…… 22

Becoming a Canoe & Kayak Licensee


Tales of kayak cray potting


Stupendous Lake Arapuni

NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide


Exploring Fiji


Anjuli Burrell – Abel Tasman Easter 2007 30


70 years young and still paddling grade 4 16

Avoid being a Judder Bar


Round Rangitoto 7 July


Coastal Invaders




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to avoid disaster you need a waterproof or water protected VHF. With it you can talk to the Coastguard and/ or any other listening boatie in your area. This is the fastest way to get help. I carry both and have just traded in my old VHF for a tiny Uniden Submersible.

At sea, a kayaker is more exposed to the elements than any other outdoor enthusiast. A tramper, for example, can take shelter from inclement weather and, if injured, can bivvy up till help arrives. When you are swimming and your kayak has been ripped away from your grasp by a wave or gust of wind, there is no shelter.

An inexpensive course on how to use a VHF radio takes away the nervousness or panic of broadcasting for the first time!

Standing on the beach, no one intentionally misreads the weather. Troubles come when we make the call to go and conditions become dangerous.

You are wise to recognize potential risks, how to minimise them and what to do when the worst happens. On land your last resort is the telephone. Dial 111. At sea it’s best to call May Day, May Day, May Day and talk directly with your rescuer.

Weather forecasts minimise risk. Attending courses and practising in gradually rougher conditions off safe beaches will develop your skills so you can cope with the unexpected. But when the worst happens to a solo paddler, good communication equipment on your person is essential for your survival.

Summer is coming fast. Start planning now for your summer kayaking adventures by getting the skills, knowledge and equipment to insure your safety.

Writing in the last issue a swimming paddler called a May Day on VHF. A local surf club inflatable and the Coastguard were soon on the scene so all ended well. If you too are

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Queen Charlotte Sound by Joelene Sutton/Herrick I jumped at the opportunity to spend a weekend kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sound with the Yakity Yak Club. But I had only attended the skills course 3 weeks prior, and to say I was worried about my limited kayaking experience was an understatement. I also worried whether I would get on in a very diverse group of people. Would a common interest in kayaking be enough?

As it turns out, yes! I had a fantastic weekend! The trip began with a night paddle from Picton to Mistletoe Bay. The night was clear with a light breeze and choppy sea. I couldn’t see the waves before they hit! It was my first extraordinary experience of marine phosphorescence. On Saturday morning the persistent breeze was still lingering. Two of our party hatched a cunning plan to do “what had never been done before”. Ten kayaks rafted up and with the assistance of three sails, we sailed across Double Cove towards Kumutoto. The buzz this created was more from novelty value than the speed achieved. However, as one who does not own a sail, I did appreciate the free ride. Our original plan had been to check out the DOC campsites in Kumutoto Bay and set up camp. But we came across an unexpected gem in Kaipakirikiri Bay, a secluded campsite amongst the trees, with a good fireplace and a plentiful supply of firewood. We spent the evening around the fire sharing stories.

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On Sunday another clear day, with a light breeze which provided assistance to those with sails! We followed through on the previous day’s plan, and headed into Kumutoto Bay, checking out the luxurious facilities offered in the campsite. We paddled on to Allports Island, hoping to find a campsite for future trips, but alas to no avail. There were no good landing spots (on the side we reached). To avoid a long haul into a head wind we made a beeline for the closest beach and spent a few hours over lunch enjoying the sunshine. Liz directed Andy in a short film, both confident that the effort would be sufficient to win $5,000 prize money on offer from Cadbury. What people do for chocolate! It was a short paddle back to Picton, and we had four hours to spare before boarding the ferry. Some chose to spend it shopping or visiting family in the area, but a dedicated few took charge of babysitting ten kayaks. The only seats which served to keep an eye on the kayaks were at a local bar. A nice end to what was for me, an outstanding trip. More stories shared over a few drinks!

Southern Kuaotunu Peninsula - Coromandel Jewel by Robbie Banks How to have a fantastic kayaking weekend with an unfavourable weather forecast. Forecast for Friday the 13th - Gale warning for the Bay of Plenty ( Plenty of Wind !!! ) A cold front moving northeast & changing to a disturbed southwest flow on Saturday. 15kts rising to 40kts midday 25-35kts in the evening, seas rough. Easing 15-10kts Sunday, Monday - SW 10kts variable . ( Great weather for the drive home ugh!!) I have developed two theories, the best time to plan a trip is definitely on a Monday: the weather is kinder during the week while we are all heads down working our butts off. The next time a high comes over I am off Goff. Stuff the work ! This is more important. Gotta get the priorities in check. It is exactly a year this Easter holidays since I have been planning a kayak mission from Fletchers Bay ( Coromandel ) to Waihi beach. Approx 180kms. Each time everything is packed and support people organized the weather rears its ugly head and obstructs my plans! A compromise! Join two fellow kayakers and attempt rounding Cape Colville from Coromandel to Whangapoua approx 110kms. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side. Cancelled once again. Still determined to paddle, I had to figure out how I could kayak patches of the Coromandel with this forecast. Which part of the coastline would offer the most shelter ? And remote camping to get away from the maddening crowd? Continue to research optimum landings, campsites etc



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for the big trip, remembering the fantastic paddle I had last November 2006 on the Kuaotunu Peninsula when strong N.W winds were forecast . I knew that you get a pleasurable trip and mesmerizing views if you hug the coastline. It offers fantastic rock gardening , sea caves, soft sandy beaches & no concern of dumping surf. You are spoilt for choices of bays to take shelter along the Southern Kuaotunu & this was my choice for a two-day paddle. Travelling up from Tauranga Saturday night I allowed 3hrs on winding roads and stayed at my sisters at Rings Beach just north of Kuaotunu (Note they are building a bunkhouse, perfect for future trips with loads of character. Their house is like a museum complete with a model A & an old sidecar.  If you talk nicely to Ace he will take you for a ride along the beachfront.) On arrival Karen took me aside and quietly enquired ? Had I seen the weather forecast? “ I didn’t want to tell you over the phone in case you decided to cancel and we were looking forward to seeing you” she said as she opened a bottle of red. “No worries,” I said,” the wind is supposed to die down Sunday – Monday.” ( It had better I thought!) The next morning it was sunny with grey clouds hanging around. I met Dennis at the Kouatunu store. We drove over Blackjack hill (unsealed and very steep/winding road) rewarded with spectacular

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views at the summit out to the Mercury Islands and an awesome view south to Opito Bay. We stopped for a photo session at the lookout. Any apprehension regarding the weather was replaced with excitement to be on the water. We launched at Opito Bay for a short 4km paddle around Opito point to beautiful Red Beach, which in this weather is completely sheltered. Note: - A northerly or southerly wind tends to funnel thru this small channel on the point, but once around the corner you are sheltered again. On a trip to Red Bay last November we were treated to Bottlenose dolphins swimming up to us in waist deep water. It is pleasurable to be tucked in this bay looking out to the Great Mercury Island. The most southern is Red Mercury Island with Von Luckner cove, named after a German officer, who was famous for his escape from captivity in the First World War. The Great Mercury Islands glistened in the morning sunshine & happy memories returned from my paddle over last Xmas especially remembering the beauty of Peach Grove and our awe of kayaking past the highest white sandstone cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere.. We dragged ourselves away from this beautiful bay and continued on around the point to Motukoranga Island. It has two caves on the eastern side. You can paddle through a gap in the middle of the island to pinnacle rock formations offering fantastic photo opportunities. We went on cutting across the opening to Matapaua Bay with its numerous holiday homes and vehicle access . The next stop was Sandy Bay. It has a pleasant grassy patch complete with Nikau palms in the southern corner, perfect for a coffee and half a sandwich while enjoying the views across the Mercury Bay to Whitianga and Hahei. We saved the other half of the sandwich to eat at our next stop. Got to pace ourselves! Warning, the trip down to our campsite at Waitaia Bay which is only 13kms one-way from Opito took us over 4 hours! We stopped in all but one bay, all lovely. Horseshoe bay is set further into the hills with a substantial headland on the south side D.O.C signs clearly state “No camping in this bay” . But it was a great spot to finish the other half of our sandwiches & explore some more. We continued to Double Bay, which hides two small inlets divided by a high ridge. If you look carefully there is a substantial home perched on top. The second bay, which is the prettiest and gets more sun, is privately owned . We enjoyed a little exploring here, wondering why there was a wooden walkway and properconcreted steps up the cliff face to a lookout? On returning to the beach we saw a no entry sign and paddling back noticed the house on the hill. What a spot ! Then it was just a short 2.5km to our campsite at Waitaia Bay. The bay is bordered by a recreation reserve with four wheel drive access & a 2hr return walking track through native bush, signposted on



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the Whitianga - Kuaotunu road . There is a private beach house and an A frame building apparently operated through Kuaotunu search and rescue. It has a shower & flush toilet! Tucked away in the western end is a small camping spot overlooking a fresh water stream, available by permission of the landowners. A long drop is available & a large camp table. The bay also provides a sanctuary for Dotterel & oystercatchers. Another piece of paradise that we respectfully left as we found it - happy to return another day. The return trip was much quicker. We diverted to Needle Rock. Its narrow hole can be paddled through on a high tide - It is still possible on a low tide for the brave and experienced provided the swell is minimal and you have a plastic kayak Dennis made it through but I opted out. I had been through on the previous trip and had no wish to add to the dents and scratches already apparent on my nice new Challenge Five fibreglass kayak. So, another stop at Red Beach for a bacon & egg lunch and a short paddle back to Opito. Unfortunately for Dennis he had to return to Hamilton - I on the other hand was contemplating where to go & what to do next ? The benefit of teaching swimming & having the school holidays free . I stayed on the Coromandel for another 5 days and experienced kayaking & hiking beyond my expectations - including paddling around the Pinnacles & Fletchers Bay .


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Race Comment; The 2007 CRNZ South Island Kayak Marathon Championships were held in near perfect conditions on the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri Rivers north of Christchurch on Saturday the 9th June last. The rivers were high with very little flow, paddlers experienced very light winds and sunny conditions. Although there was only a small field of competitors there was some very close racing in the various categories. The 2007 South Island Open Men’s K1 title was won by Ian Huntsman, of Arawa Club in Christchurch. He is the current National Masters title-holder and New Zealand representative. Huntsman showed that he was in very good form by out paddling fellow paddler Paul Massie. Massie challenged Huntsman for the lead during the first circuit of the 10 kilometre course but failed to remain in contact with him. Huntsman then completed the other two laps of the course paddling in the lead by himself. Rosie Shakespeare was awarded the Women’s Open title after a hard fought duel between her and fellow club mate, Bianca Porteous. They paddled neck in neck for 26 kilometres. The title was decided in a mad sprint to the finish line. Shakespeare won by half a nose.

The only non-Cantabrian in the race, Paul Bourgeus of Blenhiem, won the Senior Mens title from Hayden Bowen of Christchurch who recently was placed third in the 2007 National Kayak Marathon Championships. In the Mens multisport category, Kim Harker, also of Christchurch put on a excellent display of fitness to out paddle his younger challengers and take the Open Multisport kayak title. Experience and youth were in very good form. The oldest and youngest competitors , Keith Alderson (in his mid-fifties) and Charlotte Matthews aged 18 years, paddled very good races to take their individual categories. Unchallanged in their categories, they outperformed many other paddlers in the race. The next major race for these competitors is the CRNZ Central Regional Kayak Marathon Championships was held near Blenhiem on the 15th July. A selection race to pick the New Zealand Team for the 2007 World Kayak Marathon Championships to be held in Hungary, in September.

New Zealand Junior Flatwater Sprint Kayakers Success at First World Champs Fantastic news from the Junior Flatwater Sprint kayaking World Champs in Czech Republic. NZ Junior coach Gavin Elmiger was thrilled to report that both Tom Yule (from Papamoa) and Lisa Carrington (from Ohope) excelled at their first international competition at the Racice Regatta course outside Prague in the Czech Republic. On the first day of competition both Lisa and Tom easily made their way through their K1 1000m heats, putting in a fantastic performance against the worlds best junior paddlers to each make the B finals. Tom Yule went on to achieve a 3rd place in the K1 1000m B Final with a time of 3m40sec Lisa Carrington went on to gain a 7th place in the WK1 1000m B final with a time of 4m16sec On the second day of competition Tom and Lisa both put in their best efforts at K1 500m racing against tough competition. Tom made it through to semis level, while Lisa went on the gain an 8th position in the B final for WK1 500m. Canoe Racing New Zealand congratulates Tom, Lisa and Gavin on a most successful Junior World’s competition. They have achieved fantastic results for their first international competition and can be proud of their achievements both personally and in representing NZ in their sport! Lisa and Gavin return to NZ, while Tom will be staying on in Austria to continue to train with the senior men’s K4 squad who will soon be competing in Duisberg, Germany at the Senior World Champs.

New CEO and High Performance Director for Canoeing Canoe Racing New Zealand today announced the appointment of Richard de Groen as its new Chief Executive and High Performance Director. De Groen is presently Games Team Manager with the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and will take up his new role on 1 August. In making the announcement, CRNZ chairman Tim Jago said de Groen was ideally placed to lead the sport through a period of major growth and change. Jago cited de Groen’s background in planning in a high performance sport environment, as well as his professional qualifications and experience in commerce, as being a strong fit against the CRNZ board’s role specification. New Zealand canoeists have in recent years returned to the forefront of international racing. Ben Fouhy’s world championship performance in 2003 and Olympic silver medal at Athens in 2004 heralded a new golden era for the sport. In 2006 canoeing was elevated into the top echelon of sports when SPARC announced investment of $500,000 for each of the next four years. Jago said de Groen’s appointment was equally welcomed by athletes, coaches, and administrators. Canoeing has been managed until recently by a volunteer management committee, supported by 20 hours a week of administrative staff support. De Groen will be joined by a sport development manager and business manager, and one of his first tasks will be to work with the board to modernize governance arrangements and prepare a long term high performance plan for the sport. For further information please contact Tim Jago 0274 950 338 or Richard de Groen 029 486 6932 Proud to be associated with:



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Tales of kayak cray potting by Herb Spannagl

In the short time I have been cray potting from my fishing kayak I have had no shortage of incidents, some mildly funny others downright annoying. It makes me wonder if this has been just a bout of bad luck, a sign of personal ineptness, perhaps even the dreaded onset of senility. I try to banish debilitating thoughts with the counter argument, the road to success and expertise is invariably paved with incidents. Even that theory is debatable, judging from the predominance of experts, including fishing greats, who seemingly have never put a foot wrong. My cray potting got off to a good start. I scored a couple of pots from my neighbour, got a Kai-Koura test pot from its manufacturer, which incidentally out-fished the Warehouse net pots 4:1. When bait in my net pots was ravished by crabs, Chaddy, who runs the highly popular sight seeing trips to New Plymouth’s Sugar Loaf Islands, showed me how to make nifty sniffer bait cages from plastic garden netting that has totally eliminated this problem. Then thanks to a friendly diver I was able to find more good cray habitat close to my home. All in all I was doing so well that hardly a morning went by without at least one crayfish coming up. One of my most productive locations has been the port’s breakwater. Constructed from great boulders and man-made concrete akmons its many cavities provide a natural sanctuary for crays and other sea life that need shelter. My first incident happened soon after I began potting at the Lee Breakwater. An octopus attacked crayfish in my pot. In the confines of a kayak it is not easy to free the tangle of firmly sucked on octopus arms, especially when some are attached to one’s legs. One morning I pulled up a particularly big brute that was trying to demolish a crayfish through the cage. It was so determined to hold onto its prize that I only managed to get rid of it by a few direct hits with the paddle. I removed the cray or rather what was left of it and then paddled off to do some line fishing. My speed was slower than usual but I put that down to a steady headwind. Once I arrived at my fishing destination, I anchored, put my berley pot out and settled down in the gently rocking swell to wait for my first bite. While I was concentrating on fishing I felt something moving under my butt. Yes, there it was again, the unmistakable feeling of a probing finger. Through my thin pants I could feel every poke, every exploratory push. I sat bolt upright with my mind racing in panic mode. Unable to jump up I had to slowly shift away into a side-saddle position to get a look at the seat. That’s when I saw that the “mystery” finger was the tip of an octopus arm exploring through one of the scupper holes that drains the seating area. As I watched more arms appeared through other scuppers and eventually some came over the side. Obviously it was the same beast I had knocked off the cray pot. He had hitched a ride

on the bottom of my kayak. No wonder I had a slow paddle. Gory as it may sound my only option was to amputate several arms before my determined stowaway decided to abandoned ship. My second incident was not funny at all. I had already discovered that the closer I set my pots to the breakwater’s concrete akmons the better they worked. Other people did too and soon there was a line of buoys all along the breakwater. We all got consistent catches but as it turned out this was not a free ride since one morning my buoys had simply vanished. At first I thought my pots had been stolen, but after a bit of searching I spotted a blue rope from one of my pots tangled in the akmons. Luckily the swell was low, allowing me to get close enough to the gigantic concrete blocks to hook out the rope with the paddle. It was dangerous work but with good timing I was able to free the rope and the pot, which was also trapped among the concrete forms. Not suspecting any thing untoward I refilled the bait cage and placed the pot a good 25 metres from the wall. Despite more intensive searching I could find no sign of my second pot. When I arrived at the ramp early next morning I met a couple of very angry mates who had just been out to clear their pots. They only found one of four, which was like mine the day before also trapped among the boulders. It had a grapple hook with its own line tangled in the pot line close to the buoy. This evidence pointed to a night raid by thieves who had used a grapple to snare the ropes of any pot close enough to reach from the breakwater. However, when trying to pull them sideways most of the pots snagged before they could pull them out. The swell did the rest, tangling the ropes and further jamming the pots and buoys. That was obviously what had happened to my own pots the previous day. As I had feared I again found my Kai-Koura pot jammed solid and its rope hopelessly tangled. I tried all day at varying stages of the tide to free the mess and finally succeeded with the help of a diver to salvage the pot. As he cut it loose he found the other pot nearby and freed that one too. I was lucky to have got away with only losing ropes and buoys to such an unexpected threat. Until this incident I had only worried about sharks in the sea not those on land. That incident and the subsequent long spell of foul weather on our West Coast disrupted my plans to collect a few more crays for a neighbour’s 60th birthday cum retirement party. With the date looming ever closer I decided to try my home made snatch pot in the much calmer lee of the breakwater. I tied an old rope to a Jenola bottle buoy and fixed an extra junk of railway steel to the bottom of the net. The theory of snatch potting is that you paddle out after dark, lower the baited net near a cray bearing structure and after say 20 min. quickly pull it up; hopefully laden with the crawlies. One dark night I did just that and despite being declared insane by my better half I put most of the theory into practice without any trouble at all, with the only snag that someone had forgotten to tell the crays to play their part. I did two sets like an old hand but somehow during the third a bit of twisted rope caught in the net bag and before I could do anything about it the weighted net pulled the buoy slowly under until it disappeared beyond the beam of my torch. It is hard to describe my feelings at that moment. Probably surprise, anger, followed by resignation and finally relief; because deep down I was never sure if this snatch potting was really going to work. Needless to say I got no empathy from the TV couch potatoes back home either. Until these dampeners, cray potting had been a ray of sunshine in a spring that has been unusually bleak, weather as well as fish wise. When we should have filled up on gurnard we got spiny dogs and red cod instead. Sure we had a few good snapper trips to Whitecliffs in North Taranaki but this Snappa Mecca has since been gazetted as a no-take marine reserve. Yet another marine reserve proposal, this time in the safest kayak fishing area next to New Plymouth’s harbour, only requires the consent of the Minister of Fisheries before that too becomes off limits. Taranaki kayak fishers are indeed facing a pretty rough time at the moment.


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Exploring Fiji

by Shelene Paraone

What an adventure: Last winter, when out paddling one cold blustery day clutching our thermos of hot coffee, I remember a remark to Andy from Wellington Canoe & Kayak; “Wouldn’t it be nice to paddle somewhere warm for a change?” As the cold days rolled on, somehow the idea took hold. Andy spent more and more time thinking of the possibilities, and before long the momentum of a dream was carrying us away on its tides. Andy found a company called Tamarillo Tropical Expeditions, (www.tamarillo. formed in 1996, set-up and operated by Anthony Norris, Marina, Mantovani and Ratu Joseva (a traditional chief in Kadavu). With traditional culture they guide kayaking adventures for all ages and abilities. We designed our own expedition, a nine-day 165km epic adventure circumnavigating Kadavu Island. Little did we know then, but our journey would take us through tranquil, smooth, clear blue waters to some extreme weather conditions, to unforgettable views and adventure mixed with delightful local culture, food, and entertainment. We would be left with an inspirational, unique feeling of traditional villages and lifestyle with all the natural beauty Kadavu people hold close to their hearts. As winter settled in nine enthusiasts from the Wellington Yakity Yak Club, joined by a couple from Auckland, one from the U.K and one from the U.S.A flew in to Vunisia (capital of Kadavu Island). We were met by Ratu and Anthony for a boat transfer to Tamarillo’s Kadavu Island Headquarters and traditional meeting house, Ratu’s coconut plantation and Homestead. First there were speeches. Ratu welcomed us, “Bula”. This is “Hello”. A gift of Kava root was presented with chants and claps to complete the ritual. We had experienced our first ceremonial welcome and the taste for Kava, Fiji’s traditional welcoming beverage …It is polite to accept two bowls. This custom was repeated every night at each village, creating a sense of total relaxation over your whole body. It was a great way to unwind from a long day’s paddle. We sat cross-legged on a woven mat in Ratu’s Traditional meetinghouse with mosquito nets strung and tied from the ceiling of the thatched roof. This was also our sleeping quarters. We tried our first Fijian delicacy, baked kasava (similar to our sweet potato) covered in a sweet brown sugary syrup… very tasty. A spread of local delicacies awaited us for dinner. This included stuffed crabs, fresh fish, taro, rice, and taro leaves mixed in coconut cream, with lemon tea to finish. Kerosene Lanterns enhanced the ambience of the whole culture dinner experience. (Some villages have generators, but torches came in handy). We paddled 20-25km (5-6hrs) daily in double and single kayaks. It was 30 degrees C when we set off in quest of adventure with four guides - Qase

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(pronounced Gus), Ephramie, and George, all Fijian and Nick a kiwi. Anthony was on the water with us, and Ratu was in the support boat, carrying our luggage, fresh coffee and food. The water was clear blue, and smooth. We heard the hypnotic continual deep hum of the surf folding and crashing on the distant reef. Andy brought a sail along. Attached to his kayak he moved through the water with very little effort. Definitely an ideal way to go. Gliding through the various shades of blue water we admired our surroundings, endless coconut trees, mangroves and tropical rainforest. There are lots of small villages, fanned with palm trees, along the coastline. The word “Bula” echoes from the shores as we passed the locals. We returned their friendly gesture with “Bula Morcea” (pronounced Morthea) hello and thank you. This was a regular occurrence throughout our journey. Lunch was on another white sandy beach. As on each day we had a range of food from roti stuffed with bjuja or corned beef, home made buns with either egg, tuna, banana, tamarillo jam, fresh fish with coconut cream, fresh coffee and coconuts. All these were lovingly prepared by the guides. Most days after lunch we could laze in the sun or go for a snorkel and be mesmerised by the impressive coral gardens and stunning coloured fish. On one particular day, to our surprise we saw a ‘dug out log of wood’ with a Fijian standing in the stern ‘paddling’ with a long pole, no blades attached. He cruised effortlessly and stepped on to the beach. “Bula” this young man greeted us. The dug out traditional canoe base is very rounded and the idea is you stand on the back edge for balance and use the pole to paddle. Another day we meet a met Rarumvabuka. He asked “Why did we want to spend all those hours in the water just paddling?” I guess it seemed unnecessary to paddle long stretches of ocean at a time. I smiled and said,

“We wanted to explore how beautiful your Island is by kayak”. He just smiled and nodded.

we ploughed through knee deep. I heard Joy say, “ I know I’d wanted to trek but this wasn’t what I had in mind”

We stayed at eight different villages throughout our journey. Accommodation was a mix of camping, village resorts, bure’s, and community halls. Galoa Island Resort was our first destination. As we pulled up, we heard “We’ve been expecting you”. This was from Humphrey and Maraia the proud owners. Their hospitality was faultless. With more local delicacies and enchanting entertainment we sang, laughed and shared stories. Next day Humphrey sang a traditional farewell, while we waved and headed off round the coast.

Still it was a memorable end to the trip. We hosed ourselves down at the resort boat ramp and were looking forward to the hot shower we had been missing all week. Matava with its relaxing beach front bure’s, decks, hot showers and gorgeous views, complete with its charming maitre d’ called Maggie was a marvellous end to a captivating and challenging week.

Muani Village was a charming little community. The children were first onto the beach to greet us. They looked in awe at our kayaks wanting to have a go, so Andy yelled, “Who wants to come for a paddle?” Two energetic kids bounded towards him and leapt in to the kayak. In the evening it was the adults’ turn. The moonlight was magical, it glowed on the calm water. With squeals of delight, and laughter we paddled in the bay for an hour. There is a school here for the near-by villages. We had the pleasure of being introduced to all the teachers and children from pre-school to intermediate. We learnt how their education system is run and had a sneak preview of what they are teaching. In strong headwinds, torrential rain with metre swells, getting to Daviqele Village was an interesting feat. We paddled into an inlet and stopped in front of the mangroves, I heard someone say “It’s a dead end. Where to now?”. We had to carry our kayaks 150m through the mangrove trees to the other side, bringing the village about 400metres away in sight. Ratu Aca is the village chief. In his day he played rugby for Fiji. He told us how he met Anthony many years ago, when Anthony and a friend surfed into his village on a big wave. Ratu Aca said “Anyone who could ride a wave that big and surf up to the shore without capsizing is more than welcome to stay here”. Anthony and his friend stayed for a week, and they have been friends ever since.

The great Astrolabe reef surrounds Kadavu’s exquisite coastline, impressive views, and lovely warm climate. It protects the white coral beaches from pounding Pacific swells and provides tranquil lagoons and passages, faultless bays and beaches. Its remote and unspoiled environment, around its immaculate clear, turquoise waters, is perfect for kayaking and cultural interaction. It’s an absolute must to see and experience. “Why wouldn’t you want to go there?” I say. Discover for yourself that wonderful heart warming feeling that soothes the soul. I really think that by seeing Fiji in its natural environment with all its raw features and beautiful people this was one of those truly special trips where you get more out of it than you thought. Having shared such an experience, with photos capturing all those memorable moments, this is most certainly an adventure I will do again. Plans are afoot for a return trip next year. The Kadavu Classic will run from July 6-12 2008. Travelling to Nadi on Saturday July 5 and home on Sunday July 13. This makes it a 9-day trip in total. This should require only 5 days leave from work for most people). Please contact Jim or Andy at

The next day we rounded the western end of Kadavu Island and Kadavu’s tallest mountain Nabukulevu. Also known as Mt Washington it stands at 822 Metres high! The surf was rougher, so we headed a little further out to get round safely. True to the guides’ advice, by late morning the winds were 15+ kph, with a few gusts to 25kph. The sea went slowly and predictably from a smooth-faced ½ - 1 metre swell to more and more. We had time to settle into the rhythm and the more challenging paddling of the day. In 3 ½ to 4 ½ metre swells, we rolled, swayed, and watched the volume of water rolling before us. Some of us tried to get the most distance out of each wave by surfing the edge and riding with it, speeding at 8-12 knots down the face of the swells. The rides were fast and joyfully noisy, adrenaline on high. This was ocean kayaking at its best. Round the corner of the island the sea flattened out and lunch was a half km up the coastline. The rest of the afternoon was magnificent, dead flat, clear blue waters, and only a whisper of wind. Tavuki Village was one of the more traditional places in which we stayed. In 1988 Ratu Nacagilevu House was built. Meetings are held here by chiefs and elders from around Kadavu Island, to discuss important issues and make decisions. We were honoured to meet one of the elders Ratu Jone, who welcomed us with the Kava ceremony. We also had the pleasure of meeting Ratu Joseva’s sister Bulou Lusiana (the word Bulou is the feminine version to Ratu meaning chief)

Another tough day in Fiji

We arrived at Daku Village, and were honoured to be invited by the chief ‘Epi Ravono’ to his son Eprioni’s 21st birthday party. It was an exquisite display of traditional culture. He was dressed in the formal tapa cloth wrap made by his mother, with a patterned shirt, lei and head dress. The party carried on until daylight. Having completed our circumnavigation of Kadavu Island, we left our kayaks at Ratu’s homestead and walked through the mangroves behind his place to Matava Resort. We should have been suspicious when someone said, “There would be a little mud”. It didn’t really register until we got to the start of the trees; there we were faced with a great expanse of black swamp mud. “ You are joking”, I heard “We’re not going through that are we?” Ephramie beamed a big smile, crossed his arms and strode off into the mud. For the next half hour

Brett Guilliard, Joy Tracey,Qeorge ,Andrea Pichler, Andy Lynch, Rachel Sutton,Gus, and Dani (USA)


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70 years young and still paddling grade 4 Some call him River Ron, while others call him Old Man River. I prefer to think of him as a Gentleman Paddler. He likes to call himself a Government-Sponsored Paddler. Ron is a life member of The Waikato Kayak Club. Formerly known as the (Hamilton Canoe Club.) He started with the club long before I even thought of paddling and so I’ve had to get help with this story from more experienced paddlers. We take it for granted that we can crash down a bolder strewn rapid, in tough plastic boats, bouncing off rocks and even using rocks to launch ourselves over drops if need be. But when Ron had finished helping Noah build the Ark and then took up kayaking it wasn’t that simple. Back then if you weren’t careful you would have nothing left of your boat except perhaps the cockpit rim still around your waist like a bent hula-hoop. We also take it for granted that no matter what river we are on, we can always follow someone who has been there before and knows the best lines. This wasn’t always so and Ron could tell a few stories of paddlers who spent nights in the bush and helicopter rescues. Yes helicopters have been around for a long time. A lot of our better-known rapids are named after people who had difficulties running them but none that I know is named after Ron. Whether that means he has never had trouble on any remains a mystery. Recently the club did a Rangitaiki trip on the ‘Jeff’s Joy’ section of the river. As usual Ron was waiting at the take out when we arrived, ready to fill his van with boats and their owners for the drive to the put in. This time Barb had not come along so we were without our favourite shuttle driver. As you can probably guess, the run is named after ‘Jeff’, its main rapid. Jeff didn’t have much joy running this wonderful piece of white water. Ron has lived through the timber and canvas age, the ply wood and the fibreglass age, and has embraced the plastic age with enthusiasm and has had more than his fair share of plastic boats. On this trip he had his relatively new red Jackson creeker. At the put in we were ready to paddle off down the short flat section to the start of the white water action. The crew was Anne our scientist and genetics expert, Drew the mad council mower operator expert, Justine and Robbie our new Scottish imports and cold water experts, Brian our school teacher and large family expert, Linton our computer expert, Michelle and Gavin our McLarens Falls experts, myself a nail bangeriner expert and Ron our Government Sponsored Paddler. All the main rapids are right at the start, so you need to be warmed up and have your stuff together right away. The first rapid contains Rocks A and B. They aren’t named after anyone; rather I think they are named after the first letters of swear words of your own preference. Ron once told me that before Rock A had its infamous reputation and long boats were the only boats, the main tactic of getting passed it was to run straight up onto it, let the current take the tail and wash you around the corner. Makes me cringe to think of it. Ron always runs this section but has long since given up the old tactic. He now eddie hops with the best of them. However, Justine making her first decent, unwittingly used the old tactic in a much shorter boat. Luckily it all turned out ok. The current did its thing, took her around the corner and out of harms way but I don’t recommend it. We all caught the eddies just above the next named rapid, Fantail. I noticed that Ron was with the non scouters who were sitting in their boats, peering down the rapid. Before I could get into position with my camera, Robbie, Michelle,



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Brian, Gavin, Drew and Ron had peeled out of the eddie, taken the hard left line over the first two drops and were heading for Jeff’s. I gave the camera to Michelle, who had walked back up to the top of Jeff’s and made my run. And yes I hit the only exposed piece of rock in the whole section. It stopped me just long enough to give me no speed as I dropped into the hole below. But with great skill and bravery I braced my way out and headed for Jeff’s Joy. Of course this clumsy piece of paddling WAS caught on the camera and shown at the next club meeting as a very small part of a very exciting club carnage review. When I reached the pool at the bottom, there was Ron; waiting patiently for the rest of us and looking pleased with himself. He had just run what can be (depending on flow levels) a grade four rapid. I got out of my boat and climbed back up to Michelle, just in time to see first Anne then Linton showing off their dog paddling expertise below Jeff’s Joy while Ron helped to retrieve paddlers and gear. The rest of the run was the usual fun trip. The young guns surfed every available wave and Ron took his turn showing how it should be done. I don’t know how many times Ron has run this section over the years but it must be about 100. Recently the club has had members paddle some fairly bumpy bits of water, like for instance, Huka Falls and McLarens Falls (with varying degrees of style and grace) but will they still be paddling rapids like Jeff’s Joy when they are seventy. Well, they quite possibly could be but they have a long way to go first, like another 50 years. Congratulations Ron from your club mates at the Waikato Kayak Club and a big thanks to his friends at Canoe & Kayak Taupo for putting on a birthday do for him.


Dave Austin is another Waikato Kayak Club Life Member who has known Ron since Lake Taupo was an active volcano (almost) and has a few snippets to add that will pose more questions and hopefully, more stories. I got to know Ron around 31 years ago. It must have been somewhere like the Full James rapid as he was not an ardent follower of slalom. He lived in Ohaupo, Trish and I in Whangarei. We had ideas of touring N.Z. in our Bedford camper, came down from Whangarei to Hamilton around 1977 and stayed in our camper at Ron and Barbs house for what was supposed to be a few days and ended up being two months. They had the old house which later was demolished for the new Lockwood. Around 1985 I remember helping Ron make a fleet of fiber-glass boats with the distinctive Ron Moore knee bubbles in the deck. Many will know the time he took his beloved cortina station wagon to Full James. It was turned into a convertible by a falling tree. And Ron will try to forget the day he paddled K Gorge in flood and went for a swim. Thank god that only the boat came off second best and Ron was OK. But it was a nasty swim. But one person, his wife Barb, has kept him on track and taken him all over the place on canoeing trips, with copious amounts of food and drink for everyone. As they say, behind every great man is a greater woman (I will get 10 brownie points for that one from Trish). As I get closer and closer to sixty, the more I admire Ron’s ability to run rivers which some find difficult. He shames me into keeping on running the rapids too. 70 who would believe it? To think I knew him all those years ago, when I was a mere 23 year old. Happy paddling Ron from Dave (& Trish) Austin


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Round Rangitoto What shall I say? 18 kayakers left Narrow Neck beach. 18 returned. It was VERY windy. No-one capsized.

by Jane Brockie

it should have been. Hence we had a hard slog along the northern coast, with nowhere to pull in after McKenzie bay. We saw the yachts disappear past the Noises and did wonder whether they were doing their own extended round trip and if we’d encounter them again later. With great relief that we turned into Gardeners Gap, and what turned out to be the only calm, relaxing 200 metres of the trip. We went under the bridge between Rangitoto and Motatapu, about 35 mins before the 3.0m high tide, into a very shallow shoal just before Islington Bay. There was a deep enough channel on the Rangi side to get through comfortably, even for the few very new composite boats in our midst. We pulled into a sandy beach on the Motatapu side. There was more than enough space for 18 kayaks, and a grassed area for us to sit and have our lunch and share some chocolate. Definitely a very important part of any kayak trip.

Trip leader....where’s my pod

That is not what Rob meant when he asked for a trip report to put on the web, but it does a good job at summing up our Saturday adventure. However I will expand . A couple of months ago I volunteered to lead a trip round the tip of Whangaparoa. A midday high tide would be good, and an estuary trip possible as a bad weather back-up plan. Fine, I thought, it’s in the diary. Imagine my surprise when I was looking at the website to see what else was on. My 2 hour paddle had somehow metamorphosed into a round Rangi excursion! No-one knew how this happened. But I can take a hint, sometimes, and having never paddled around Rangi, I was quite taken with the idea. I contacted other leaders who’d done the trip, found that it was possible with the tide on that day, and was advised to go anti-clockwise. Friday afternoon, the forecast was for a stormy night but with a significant easing from early morning, easing further in the afternoon. Great, we can handle that I thought. I contacted everyone on my fairly long list, and went to bed. The next morning down at Narrow Neck, the updated forecast had delayed the easing of the wind. The sea didn’t look too bad. At Bean Rock the wind was averaging 10knots, Tiri was in the 30s, but it was due to turn south easterly so we would be sheltered. The group of 18 assembled for this trip included some very experienced clubbies, as well as some on the current leaders course. At the briefing I said that due to the forecast SE wind, we would be going clockwise round Rangi. This would give us an easier trip with the hard work at the beginning and an easier last leg home. We organized ourselves into 3 pods mixing experience with not-so experienced, for safety reasons. Intros revealed we were all from the North Shore club except Cornelius who had come up from Morrinsville especially. Good to see you Cornelius.

Last preparations

The wind still had not eased, and had actually strengthened at Bean Rock. We had set a 12.30 departure time and off we went. As we turned right along the Rangi southern coast the wind and waves came from broad on the port quarter. (That’s from the 7-8o’clock point). Those who love to surf had plenty to play with. I was keeping an eye on my 18 kayaks and had to be very careful when looking behind. It would not have been a good look if the trip leader had capsized. There were several anxious moments when I counted only 17, and yes I had included myself. But it is difficult counting kayaks between wave crests! Crossing the channel on the way home was relatively easy; no armada of yachts, less wind, and the waves had shrunk. We had the tide with us as well. It always pays to have the easy part of the trip at the end of a hard day! Reg, who had been playing around with a new Greenland paddle all day and had been told that he was not allowed to capsize on my trip, finally got a chance to practise his rolling at Narrow Neck. He did invite me to join in but I politely took a raincheck. What a way to spend your birthday Reg. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the trip, it was good to get out and have a paddle. Hopefully Cornelius thought it worth the long drive up from Morrinsville to get here.

No sooner had we set off than we saw a few sailing boats sporting huge spinnakers round North Head, followed by a few more, and a few more…. and a few more, until there was a whole Armada of them. Getting across the channel would be interesting! Hopefully the sail boats had left at a time when no container ships were due. The sailors probably saw us and thought they had a swarm of kayakers in their way. There was one moment when a huge catamaran seemed to swoop down near one of the kayak pods. “Don’t you dare run over one of my kayakers” figured largely in my mind. It’s amazing how maternal you can get when you are the trip leader. Of course there were those whose spirits rose at the sight of all those stern waves on which to surf. A quick pre-arranged check at McKenzies Bay, and then we went into the gap. The south easterly had not read the forecast and was much more easterly than



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Lunch at Motutapu

Communications With the increasing numbers of paddlers on the water, loss of life will become more frequent unless we take a more responsible attitude to SAFETY AT SEA.

by James Fitness

q VHF radio

Mobile Phones; Advantages Everyone (well nearly) has one Easy to use Disadvantages They need battery power – battery backup is not always available. They do not broadcast your signal. They only work person to person. Rescue services cannot follow its signal to locate you. Coverage is not necessarily available. Phones cannot work without a repeater station. VHF; Advantages Easy to use They broadcast your signal. Anyone listening on your channel will hear you. Channel 16 is a distress channel. Most have backup battery options. Rescue services can follow your signal. There are many repeater stations around the coast to aid reception. Disadvantages License to use the radio for general use is required. (Emergency calls may be made by anyone at any time.) Sometimes expensive. Flares Advantages No power required Easy to use Can be seen by anyone Disadvantages Can be bulky (though mini flares are available) They have a shelf life (consider them a renewable insurance policy) A misconception, as ‘dangerous’ (but should not be in the wrong hands) EPIRB

q Flares


Easy to use.

q EPIRB / PLB (Personnel Locating Beacon)

Signal sent directly to Search & Rescue HQ

Leave a 2 minute form with some one you trust

Your details are already held on data base

Submit a Trip Report (TR) with the coastguard or Maritime Radio.

Your position is transmitted (to witin 30 meters if you have

All electronics (including waterproof VHF’s) MUST be kept in a drybag and on your person. Very good bags are available, which enable the device to be used without taking it out of the drybag.

As I have quoted in past articles, “A Skipper is responsible for the safety of the vessel and all on board”. Although we are unlikely to be carrying passengers, this still does not negate us from the responsibility of safety at sea. When conditions worsen, a situation can deteriorate surprisingly quickly. A gentle paddle out to Browns Bay Reef can become life threatening, if you are not prepared. Denise Riley should be applauded for his foresight on that day in March. Having capsized for the second time, he had a VHF radio at hand, and WAS WILLING TO USE IT. The Coast Guard had someone to him within 15 minutes. On occasion we hear of kayakers being run down, found adrift, or stranded on a beach (or rocks if you’re unlucky). How do we protect ourselves from such situations? To quote Eric Hiscock, an old round-the-world sailor, “Nothing is more important than good, solid preparation”. The day you lose respect for the sea is the day you should give up boating, Generally, if you follow the guidelines on small craft safety published by the coastguard, you can’t go wrong. With a few modifications you can make it even safer. WEAR your buoyancy at ALL times. Have a Safety Flag permanently fitted, and use it. Carry at least three methods of communication. q Mobile Phone

the GPS option

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Holding your breath

by Merl Ward

Russell, the instructor said: “You will need to hold your breath as long as you can, and remember the signal to instruct your buddy to bring you up for air”……………………………………… What was the signal? Hold your breath…1 second, 2 second,……. 15 seconds, 16 seconds, (seems like the best part of a minute). What’s the signal? My lungs are bursting, I can hear the water in my ears. What’s the signal?………tap 3 times………tap, tap, tap. Oh, the relief as I burst through the surface. It was part of a lesson teaching me to think logically under water, whilst trusting my buddy to bring me up for air.

shore, and if tipped out, from the water. I learned to think logically and sense direction under water whilst holding my breath. I learned to trust my buddy to bring me up for air. (I’d only met her ten minutes before!)

Friends, when circumstances, somebody, or something deals you that final blow, when all that’s left seems meaningless, …’s you, and only you, who can re-invest in your life, turn the tables so to speak. At nearly three score years and ten, that is just what I have achieved.

The most exhausting paddle I have taken part in was from Narrow Neck to Rangitoto, walking (or gasping) to the summit, gulping down tea and walking back to the beach to paddle back to Narrow Neck. It was a fabulous evening. A group of 22 kayaks left at 6pm and landed back at Narrow Neck again at 1.05am. 7 full hours of exercise.

Now it was my buddy’s turn, she seems to be taking a long time, 16 seconds, 17 seconds, 18 seconds, (better lungs than I have) tap, tap, tap, and then the s t r a i n as I turn her over so she can breathe again.

I had rescued myself from an upturned kayak, and I had rescued my buddy and that was only part one of a three part Sea Kayaking Stage One Skills Package. Part two was a morning on Lake Pupuke, where we learnt paddle strokes, side paddling, stopping, sweep etc. and a two-man rescue including how to flip and empty the kayak whilst still on the water. This session was followed by reading weather, safety, planning, and packing. Day three was planning for a trip, what to take, wind and weather warnings, group control, packing, checking safety gear, water bottles, and paddling from St Heliers Bay to Browns Island. We dined as the sun set over the magnificent Auckland city and paddled back in the moonlight whilst watching Comet McNaught in the clear evening sky.

One of my highlights was learning to surf in a sit on top kayak. Whoopee! The exhilaration. Believe me, it leaves a permanent smile on your face!

That night in the pool, with the help of Angela (my buddy) and the encouragement of Larraine, I extended my boundaries, way out, from there, to here, way out there, and back to here again, and, to my great pride I reached each of those boundaries.

And all because my doctor said, “cholesterol too high”, “blood sugar – too high, you have become a type 2 diabetic”. I asked if I could try correcting those readings with diet and exercise. “Sure”, he said, “but make sure you choose an exercise that you really enjoy.”

When I got home that night, I was exhausted, I was bruised in places you wouldn’t believe, but I was on an adrenalin rush. I could have flown around the ceiling. I felt sooo good!

Ladies and gentlemen, life isn’t all bad, at least not whilst you’re kayaking. And I’ve lost another two kilos since December, cholesterol normal, blood sugar normal, waistline appearing, feeling great, what more could a girl want?

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Land of fire and ice? Baptism of fire?…… by Justine Curgenven

Kamchatka is a wonderful 900 mile long jagged peninsula in far East Russia, with a backbone of active volcanoes, turquoise crater lakes and steaming geezers. Another woman, Hadas Feldman, and I hoped to kayak 400 miles north from the capital Petropavolvsk to the next town, Ust Kamchatsk. It was an ambitious plan as this stretch of coastline contains no roads, very few people and 10,000 hungry brown bears. Not to mention the pounding surf. Our expedition would be the second one ever to kayak this coastline. As this wasn’t challenging enough, the authorities insisted we must have a Russian ‘guide’ with us at all times. The only problem was that no-one in Kamchatka can seakayak so we’d be taking a complete novice with us. 22 year old Alexey Sitnokov was an expert kayaker by Kamchatka standards – he’d kayaked on flat water twice and he held his paddles the right way up. He spoke only pigeon English. “tank – yoo” he grinned when I told him he had the job, and I couldn’t help thinking how quickly that would be wiped off on his first surf landing. Before the expedition I took Alexey for a few days kayak training. As we pulled up at the top of an endless golden beach my heart sank. Instead of the small introductory waves that I had hoped for, 4 or 5 lines of whitewater were battering the shore. I glanced at poor Alexey who was smiling a wide smile of ignorance and trust. The practice session didn’t start off very well. The young Russian capsized practically the first time a small wave hit him, and swam 3 more times in a hour. Back on dry land, he was optimistic to say the least. “For me, this expedition is crazy. But, I do it anyway.” Early the next morning, we launched from Petropavlovsk in mist and drizzle.



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Hadas is used to a somewhat different climate in her home of Israel and she wore 3 hats to combat the chill! Even so, we all had beaming grins on our faces as we pushed off from the shore into the unknown. I felt my whole body relax as the safe rigidity of land was replaced by the dancing unpredictability of the sea. We crossed the sheltered Avacha Bay and turned north into the open ocean. Immediately we could feel the dormant power of the Pacific ocean as we rose and fell on the swell. I lost sight of Hadas and Alexey when the crest of a wave came between us. Landing through the surf would not be easy. After 8 hours paddling and 30km under our belt Alexey was flagging. It was time to take on the surf. I went first in what I hoped was a break in the sets. It all went well until I was within spitting distance of the shore. A small wave started to break right behind me and turned my kayak sideways violently. Suddenly cold water hit my face and my ear was in the sea. I felt a sense of inevitability – the certainty that I’d now have to try to roll alone here in the breaking surf. But while my mind was trying to work out a strategy, my body kicked in with natural reflexes. One hip flick and I was upright again – no roll necessary. With the panicked eyes of a wild animal, I bullied my way gracelessly to the beach. Once ashore I was shaking with cold, relief and nerves. This was only day one and Hadas and Alexey were still out there. I couldn’t see them anywhere. 10 minutes passed. 15 minutes. I cringed at the possibility that I’d have to fight my way back out through the surf to find them. Finally after about 20 minutes I caught sight of two yellow kayaks coming towards the beach. Alexey did brilliantly and was almost on shore when one last wave hit him and capsized him. He walked the last few metres to dry land with his kayak, but he was smiling. Hadas excitedly told me that Alexey had been capsized by an unexpected breaking wave way out to sea and she’d had to rescue him. So he’d swum twice on his first day! We’d only just set up our tents when the peace was shattered by the rattling engine of a battered old tank plowing across the dunes in a cloud of sand. It

came to a sputtering halt besides our tents and 8 soldiers with guns surrounded us. One of them asked Alexey to show them our documents. After a detailed study of our permits and a long conversation on his radio, the soldier told Alexey that we must break camp and take everything – including our kayaks – on the tank to their military base. I imagined the three of us festering in a tiny room, unable to leave until we paid an outrageous bribe to a corrupt official and I refused to go.

On our third day as we kayaked past a 200-metre-high cliff with a narrow beach at the bottom, I spotted what I thought was a barrel at the far end of the shore. “Bear!” said Alexey. “No way,” Hadas and I thought, “It’s at the bottom of a 70-degree cliff.” We stared intently at the barrel and it turned and started loping towards us. The heat drained from my body as I realized the agility and resourcefulness of the Kamchatka brown bear. If they’d make the effort to teeter down a steep cliff face in the hope of a few scraps of food then I felt sure they wouldn’t think twice about unwrapping our fragile tents and helping themselves to the tasty treats inside.

Alexey’s wide eyes flickered from my steely face to the line of soldiers facing us, his gaze drawn directly to the eight guns casually but firmly held in their hands. “No,” I repeated. I tried to empathize with Alexey. It was only the first day of the three-week journey, and he’d already paddled 30 kilometres and swum twice. Now one of the two foreign women who were meant to be looking after him was saying “no” to soldiers with guns. “Don’t be a soft touch.” I thought. Eventually Alexey persuaded me we should go and after half an hour bouncing over dunes on the tank we reached a building and a lookout tower in an otherwise monotonous dunescape. Hadas and I sat on the tank under armed guard for three hours as discussions went on inside. Finally a smiling Alexey emerged saying that we could leave. The soldiers remounted the tank and drove us back to the exact spot where we’d landed. Apparently our permission was fine after all. Judging from the shy smiles directed at Hadas and I, I think the soldiers just wanted something a bit different to do on a boring afternoon.

We paddled up slowly and watched the magnificent creature turning over bits of seaweed with his giant paw. He was sniffing at something when suddenly he sensed us and turned his nose sharply towards the sea. Spotting the three yellow kayaks he immediately turned and fled. We stared in disbelief as the bear launched himself at the cliff face, powering his way up with his sharp claws, his giant bulk shaking as he somehow found purchase in the loose rock. I felt guilty that we’d disturbed him, but it was reassuring that this powerful creature was obviously so scared of us. The days passed and as we travelled up the coast we got into a rhythm. We had to paddle an average of around 35km a day to reach Ust Kamchatsk in time,


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and we were typically on the water for between 6 to 9 hours. Alexey had a few more swims in the surf but we often managed to find more sheltered spots to land. One day we found an old fishing net full of fresh salmon, which fed us for almost a week! The scenery was breathtaking – steep rocky cliffs, jagged volcanoes, green valleys and snowy patches. Alongside the many bears, we glimpsed whales, sea otters, sea lions and the rare



Stella Sea eagle.

limp red piece of material a few metres away.

The sea showed us her power on occasions and one day Alexey was swept away by a freak wave that broke over a shallow reef. All I could see was wisps of white spray as the ridge of water rushed away from me. After what seemed like a minute I saw a startled Alexey sitting upright in his kayak. He was still in the danger zone, water dripping from his hair, and trying to manoeuvre himself to a

“Leave your hat, Alexey” I shouted, “I’ll get it for you.”

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He didn’t need telling twice and paddled hard out towards Hadas. I turned to shore to try to get his hat but three breaking waves in a row hit me and stopped me in my tracks. Stuff Alexey’s hat – I turned and paddled to the others as hard as I could. Once the big set was replaced by calm waters,

Alexey told us that the wave had rolled him three times and it was like being in a washing machine. Amazingly though, the sea eventually spat him out the right way up. He was fine but he never did get his hat back. We met a handful of isolated people along the coastline and shared some wonderful evenings learning a little about each other’s lives. We visited one lighthouse so isolated that the two elderly couples who ran it hadn’t seen any other people for eight months. They spoilt us rotten with hot meals every 2 hours and we were able to deliver them 2 letters. Both were 6 months old but it was a real pleasure to see the old man’s face as he read news from his son. On day 20, we woke up to sunshine, a calm sea and the knowledge that our destination of Ust Kamchatsk was only 35 kilometres away. We smiled to ourselves as we launched through the surf for what we hoped was the last time. With mixed feelings we left behind the wild rawness of virtually unexplored Kamchatka and returned to a landscape tamed by man. Almost immediately we were paddling over massive fixed fishing pens and we could see managed woodland and shabby buildings. Our exploring had finished and I was anxious to get today over, to reach Ust Kamchatsk and call our expedition a success. Alexey reached the shore first and threw his paddle down. “No more water,” he shouted forcefully, but his grin betrayed him. We got out of our kayaks for the last time by a

massive rubbish dump and rundown boathouses. The pretty village centre with colourful textile shops and throngs of people that I had imagined were nowhere to be seen. In the distance we could see gigantic cranes and low-lying concrete buildings. A few busy-looking people stepped over the rubble and around grazing cows in what looked like their best clothes. Apart from a few curious boys wearing Simpsons t-shirts, no-one paid any attention to us. I got the feeling that there was no room for indulgent adventures in this working fishing town and I suddenly felt ashamed that I was hoping we’d end our trip with curious

locals who wanted to celebrate with us. Instead our last campsite would be in a rubbish tip and we still had to arrange getting back to Petropavlovsk. It all felt like a bit of an anti-climax until Hadas noticed my glum face and gave one of her wonderful hearty laughs. I couldn’t help but join her and we both stood in the middle of that dump and threw back our heads and made some noise. That made the locals look! I would like to thank my sponsors - Nigel Dennis Kayaks, Lendal, Snapdragon, Reed Chillcheater, Peak UK, the Welsh Sports Council, Extreme Vision Systems, Teva, Powerbar, The North Face.


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Stupendous Lake Arapuni by Ruth E. Henderson

Lake Arapuni, under the shadow of Mt Maungatautari (795m) is proving to be a superb kayaking spot. Lying 16 km west of Putaruru and 65 km south east of Hamilton it is accessible to most North Island paddlers (and trampers) and offers fishing, boating, water ski-ing and picnicking. Lake Arapuni is one of several manmade lakes formed as part of a hydroelectricity scheme. Covering nine square kilometres it is the second largest in the Waikato hydro system. The dam, at the small settlement of Arapuni at the lakes northern end, completed in 1929, was the first to be constructed and it is the oldest operating station on the Waikato River.

Pock marked rock

A feature of the bush lined gorge below the powerhouse is the historic suspended swing bridge. It is 152 metres long and hangs 54 metres above the power station. It was erected in 1925 to enable easy access to the village by power station workers. In summer, the river banks are full of thing to see: Coprosma and Corokia in berry, cabbage trees in flower, dragonflies lazily hovering by, fantails darting hither and thither, while fish disturb the rivers surface. Leaving from Jones’ Landing and heading south, the Anglers Lodge, at the end of Landing Road (with a wee detour up the Mangare Stream) is a good 10 km paddle and lunch destination. For kayakers the main attraction has to be dramatic rock faces and towering cliffs at the dam end of the lake, especially in the dawn’s mist, before the waterski boats churn up the water and break the stillness. The reflections of Pock marked and patterned rock faces with filmy ferns clinging tenaciously at the waters edge are just jaw dropping. The peacefulness is stupefying.

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Photos by Chris Baillie, Peter Beadle, Ruth Henderson, Richard Saysell Arapuni Dam

Lunch break at The Landin

Ferns reflected

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Lake Arapuni reflections

View from suspended swing bridge Lunchtime rest

Fishy light

Mimi reflections

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Abel Tasman Easter 2007 by Anjuli Burrell

The sky was an intense blue with no clouds in sight. The trees on the cliff were a great example of New Zealand’s native bush. The water in front of me was calm, a tranquil blue, enclosed by interesting rock formations as I drifted in to what we nick-named The Paddling Pool. I turned around to check where the others had blown and a seal popped up beside me, looking like he wanted to take a chunk out of my paddle. All around us were about 30 seal pups, playing with each other, jumping around, swimming backstroke, doing handstands and investigating the kayaks. Easter bunny had joined us for our Easter trip to the Abel Tasman National Park – for a while there it looked like he was going to become seal bait as the seals tried climbing on to the front of Diane’s kayak where Easter bunny was having a ride. We left Wellington in the very early hours of Good Friday, catching the ferry to Picton, and then driving to Nelson for breakfast before continuing on to Marahau to start our trip. The lack of sleep meant it felt like we didn’t get on the water until mid afternoon, but after a final real coffee and checking our watches again, we left Marahau at about 11am. A short stop at Apple Tree bay for lunch, and then with a slightly increased head wind and a small swell we paddled to The Anchorage, our campsite for the first night. The sun went down and by about 7pm we were all in our tents sleeping. The next day came, and with it a change of plans. Liz, one of our group, was sick. So Andy, stayed behind to look after her, and commandeer the fireplace for our return. The rest of us left about 10am – for a day trip this time. We explored all the bays and the coastline, stopping at Bark Bay for a snack and a leg stretch, before continuing to our day’s destination, Tonga Island, where we found The Paddling Pool. We could have spent all afternoon here watching the seal pups play. Eventually we dragged ourselves away and headed for Tonga Quarry and stopped for lunch. Our trip back to The Anchorage was great, with following seas and a tail wind. Once back at The Anchorage, I dragged Andy out on the water (as if he would complain at the opportunity) so I could practise wet exits and rescues. This was followed by Andy serving pancakes made over the fire. He had a finely crafted wooden whisk, and a perfected flipping technique. The pancakes were quite a luxury at the end of a long days paddling. With a campfire and marshmallows we stayed up a bit later before turning in. We were greeted with heavy rain the next morning, so packing up was done as quick as possible. Because Liz


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was much better, but not ready to paddle, we left her at The Anchorage for another day and made our way to our next campsite. We explored Falls creek – a very beautiful, peaceful river that runs into a lagoon before meeting the sea and went on to Bark Bay, set up camp and hung everything out to dry. After lunch we paddled to Tonga Island again where the seal pups were definitely the draw card. We watched them play for ages. This time they were more inquisitive. Some of them climbed on to our kayaks, and others had their tummies tickled. As the youngest member of our group, 14yr old Caitlin said, “we were close enough to smell the seals burp!!” . The sounds the seals made indicated they had indigestion rather than trying to communicate with each other! Our trip to Tonga Island had been a good work out with another head wind, and a bit of swell – the return trip was a cruise. All 7 boats rafted up with 2 sails pushing us along, while we ate chocolate, courtesy of the Easter Bunny. We spent the evening round a campfire – this time with popcorn made over the fire, listening to the Rurus calling, and looking for constellations.

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Our last full day dawned. Andy, Diane and I Rock Gardened round

the coast. We stopped at The Anchorage for a snack, and to collect Liz, and then headed round the bays. Russell & Caitlin in the double and Shelene joined in the Rock Gardening with us, while Ernie continued to try his luck at fishing (not much luck!) and Ria explored the bays ahead. We reached our destination, Observation Bay, in time to hear one of the local Kayak guides telling his group of tourists the Maori legend behind Fisherman and Adele Islands. After setting up camp, and a few of us braving the water for a swim, 5 of us circumnavigated Adele Island, with its large collection of Shags, and a few

Any fish in here?

oyster catchers and some seals. That night we toasted marshmallows over the campfire, competing for the perfect one. Greeted by the dawn chorus, flat water, hot sunshine and blue skies, we paddled along the coast of Adele Island. We stopped to play with a few seal pups and listened to the amazing bird song from the bush. One forgets how loud untouched NZ native bush actually is. A few water fights later and an expedition made by Andy and Russell to roll the double, and we were back packing the trailers, having showers and heading back to Picton to catch the ferry. It was an awesome first Yakity Yak trip – Thanks to the rest of the group for making it such a great experience.

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Avoid being a Judder Bar by Ruth E. Henderson It is frightening – speeding boat, propeller whirling, churning through the water, coming straight at you, is the b……. blind, daft or what? Maybe it is you that is stupid? Is your kayak a highly visible colour – red or yellow or multicoloured? Is your PFD or life jacket a bright colour? (Of course you are wearing one! Aren’t you?) Are you wearing a brightly coloured hat? Fluorescent orange or lime green? If you can answer yes, yes and yes, and still those boats seem to approach faster than a speeding bullet, propeller blades like meat-mincers, – check again. If in doubt about your visibility ask a boatie….

can I make myself more visible and less likely to be a judderbar for you?” their answer was “Get a fluttering fluoro flag.” It does not have to be a professional shop-bought number, but the ‘Great Stuff’ flags available from Canoe and Kayak shops are obviously designed and made to do the job admirably. The pole is a lightweight fibreglass rod about 1.2 metres long with either a deck mount or a fishing rod holder attachment. They also have an ‘all-round white light’ option for night paddling. If you do not want to drill holes in your precious

When I asked some Kawau water taxi drivers: “How

Deluxe flag – deck mounted with night-light atop, and the adaptation of a float and Velcro security strap.

Homemade flag – PFD mounted on telescopic fishing rod.

craft there’s an alternative mounting system. Attach your flag to a piece of wood, or an old Frisbee, or an old vinyl record and slip it under your rear deck bungee cords. Another idea frequently seen is to poke your flag in the rear (water bladder) back pocket of your PFD, or sew a special slot for it on the side of the pocket. Homemade versions and adaptations abound. After losing a flag in a 25-knot wind, I’ve added a float to the pole, and a rope or Velcro lead tying it my deck.

Standard flags – deck mounted, with light atop.

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Needing a hasty replacement for my lost one, I found an old kiddies telescopic fishing rod. Using safety pins I attached a hunk of orange cloth, and stuffed it in my PFD pocket. Bingo – the best flag ever since if the b……. still can’t see me I can whip it out, extend the rod to its maximum length and frantically do the ‘hokey tokey’ and wave it all about.

Coastal Invaders It was a typical sunny (ha!) day in Wellington, really it was. It was an amazing day, no wind and no clouds, not really typical of Wellington

by Mark D’Arth and Anneka Friis

but perfect for the events to come. Members of the Wellington Yakity Yak club excitedly jumped out of bed. Being so eager to get out into their kayaks into a gruelling competition of mental and endurance based activities they’d had little to no sleep. The event began with introductions around 9am on the 3rd of March at Shelly Bay, a great little untouched spot away from the bustle of the city.

rolling duel. They made a great sight flipping in and out of the water for 5 consecutive rolls. Wellington Canoe and Kayak’s , Andy came away as the winner. It was such a nice day that members even voluntarily stayed in the water after the events, to practise wet exits and go for swims. Prize-giving was held during a much deserved barbeque feast. Despite tough competition, the Pogies won the team event, while Andy won the individual event for Advanced and Liz won the Novice class. Every participant came away with a fabulous prize kindly donated by Canoe and Kayak Wellington and its suppliers. It was an awesome day, a great chance to practise skills and meet other members. Big thanks to Jim and Andy, and organizers of the event Neil, John and Cameron for putting on a great day!

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Unicorns sighted in the Bay of Islands

by Ruth E. Henderson

There was green alligators And long necked geese  Some humpy back camels And some chimpanzees  Some cats and rats and elephants  but sure as you’re born, the loveliest of all was the unicorn.  It started out as a regular North Shore Yakity Yak club trip. Destination: Urupukapuka, Bay of Islands based at Otehei Bay over Anniversary weekend. Led by Paul & Natasha - it was sure to be organized to the nth degree and run like clockwork. And it was, it did, with one notable exception – one clubbie leaked (or was it more like broadcast?) that it was his birthday that weekend. Friday afternoon revellers banded together and were practically blown over from where the road ends just past Rawhiti, down the Albert channel, to the big island. Securing the beach front for Yakity Yakkers, we settled in the camp’s cookhouse to wait for the night paddlers. Apart from the usual ‘meeting and greeting’ it was a quiet night with an 8.30am muster scheduled for the next day. Saturday dawned drab, windy and shrouded in cloud. A good day for a book? Nope, we were here for the kayaking! One pod elected to do a tour of Urupukapuka Island and Waewaetorea and Okahu which hang off the nor-eastern end and came home elated. Their stories that night were of dolphins. The other pod took a compass bearing, and then had a few hair-rising moments as out of the gloom tourist boats sped towards the Hole in the rock AND US. Once reaching the safety of the mainland shore, we clung to it and inched our way north to Deep Water Cove. Caves and narrow gaps lured many and gave some of us, an adrenalin rush. Witnesses never knew such a small person could scream so loudly. I was caught out, washed backwards and inches from needing major surgery to my new boat and maybe to myself. My “NO, NO, NO’s” and Chris’s “PADDLE, PADDLE, PADDLE” worked. What a workout! What a high! At the Cove our pod split, with one group determined to get to Piercy Island. They did, but the swell was too great to safely go through the Hole in the rock. Some very tired people congregated in the cookhouse that night. Others running on high octane, high energy fuel



Nadia Lehmann is highly visible.



Sneaking off to bed, I thought the birthday boy belonged to the tired fraternity as at 9.30pm, from the tent next door came the sound of snoring. But the cunning devil was just catching a few winks before the game began. The mischief makers were bent on letting his tent down, but to their dismay he was not in it. The hunted became the hunter… imagine if you can - 40 & 50 year olds playing hide and seek in the pitch black, among tent guy ropes, flax bushes, pohutukawa trees and kayaks… giggles, whispers, stumbles… He thought he’d out foxed and out lasted them all, went back to his tent and to bed only to have the revellers return at 12.45am with the inevitable party poppers. He could not escape. Sometime after 1am peace

Then Noah looked out through the driving rain  Them unicorns were hiding, playing silly games  Kicking and splashing while the rain was pouring  Oh them silly unicorns.

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The sunshine over breakfast on Sunday was promising…by now there were about 40 of us in camp. A small pod (notably all using Greenland paddles) took off straight-lining the 15km to Piercy Island, determined to go through the Hole in the rock. The swell defeated all but two daredevils – Christine went inside, and Neil went right though. The rest of us, wanting a more restful paddle, broke into 4 pods heading in various directions but all

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aiming for Roberton (Motuarohia Island) for lunch. In between were Motukiekie and Moturua Islands and dolphins. The tourist dolphin watching boat must have complained to DOC as a man in a little fizz boat appeared out of nowhere to inform us that only 3 boats at a time were allowed to be with the dolphins and that theoretically each kayak represented one boat. Tricky when we travel in pods of 7 or 8 and dolphins surface next to us. The sun popped out again at lunch time and we were rewarded with views across Roberton Is to the multitude of islands beyond us and over to Long Beach and Paihia on the mainland. After lunch, the snorklers floated in the lagoon; the teachers taught rolling; and the hunters and gatherers harvested mussels for dinner. The cookhouse pots were small so that evening it was a ‘cookathon’ as pot after pot was cooked, shelled, devoured and still there was enough for fritters for breakfast. Going by my piece of string-on-map measuring technique, the group I was with had clocked up 27 km. So much for an easy day! I sneaked off, knackered and climbed into the sack. But at 9.30pm once again there was whispering outside my tent. Gosh, how can a girl get a good night sleep with this crew? The rabble rousers were at it again. “Wake up, you are needed!” “What on earth for?” “We are having a mock court and trying Greg, we need you to be the Judge.” Well, if I thought I was tired and had aching muscles.... I sure did afterwards. From suppressed laughing. Greg had been cornered by Guy for a

male-bonding chat… and then the cookhouse magically, gradually filled with folk supposedly coming for a briefing. The ark started moving, it drifted with the tide.  Them unicorns looked up from the rocks and they cried.  A rubber hammer turned into a gavel and the kangaroo court began. Policeman Chris aided and abetted by a blond anaesthetist (or was that an anesthetized blond?) arrested Greg on 3 charges:

retaliated in a stand-over Doberman fashion, the culprit was so vociferous that he had to be gagged, and poor old “Judge Judy” had her hands full. As evidenced by the enclosed photos (included for the benefit of those ignorant of the atrocities) and by the garments produced on the night, he was rightly charged on counts 1 & 3. As this is a family mag we won’t go into detail on item 2, sufficient to say that some people when gathering mussels put them in a funny place and should know that they are alive and nip! The sentence: Greg has to “arrive with or produce at each club trip, seafood, crustaceous or otherwise and ‘Roses’ chocolates for the next ten years.”

1. Failing to stick to the clubs dress code. 2. Highly irregular, possibly deviant behaviour, whilst wearing a wet suit. 3. Failing to comply with standard building practices. Prosecutor Jacqui was a like a stroppy Fox Terrier and went for the throat, the Defense council Neil

Subsequently, I have seen for myself and have heard reports that these goodies have arrived, though on at least one occasion, mysteriously in the middle of the night, when it was thought that HE was paddling elsewhere. You’ll see green alligators and long necked geese  Some humpy back camels and some chimpanzees  S o m e c a t s a n d r a t s a n d e l e p h a n t s  But sure as you’re born, You’re never gonna see no unicorns.  Hmmm…..

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- Getting Started This is the first in a series of seamanship videos. It follows the progress of a group of beginner paddlers on their first kayak trip as well as a skilled but motley crew headed for a spot of trouble. The video outlines the skills & knowledge needed for safe kayaking on the sea. Boat-handling & recovery skills are covered with special emphasis on the importance of navigation, oceanography, weather & coastal-camping savvy, all of which will be subjects of later, indepth videos. Your host is John Dowd, author of Sea Kayaking -- A Manual for Long-distance Touring and the founding editor of Sea Kayaker Magazine. This is an introductory video filled with information, shot in a viewer-friendly style and based loosely upon the leadership programme developed in British Columbia by seasoned instructors John Dawson & Dan Lewis. Length: 60 Minutes

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Product release Now in store, we have Uniden VHF radios, Eagle Fish-finders and Magellan GPS. A range of electronics to cover all your needs.



Save up to 3 track log files, 500 points of interest and 20 routes to guide you back to your favourite spots. Put the power of GPS in your pocket.

These are great little radios. The Voyager is compact and easy to use. It is lightweight, so it won’t weigh you down when you stow it in your bouyancy aid or on your person.

1/5W output Meets JIS7 waterproof specification (submersible) Lithium-Ion battery Triple watch and memory channel scan  Backlit LCD and keypad AC & DC adapter and charging cradle included

RRP $389

UNIDEN ATLANTIS 250 This radio is slightly larger than the Voyager, but it comes with the choice of using the rechargeable battery, or 6 AA batteries. Complete with AC wall charger & DC cigarette lighter lead 1/5W output Water resistant Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery and alkaline battery pack (batteries not included) Instant emergency channel scan Memory channel scan Backlit LCD and keypad Reversible large LCD display Cigarette lighter power lead

RRP $249

EAGLE CUDA168 FISHFINDER The new Eagle« CUDA’ 168 fishfinderis loaded with fantastic fish-finding features - including temp designed to put more bites in your fishing! LCD echo sounder, 100w, 200kHz 4” diagonal 168 x 132 pixel Film Super Twist display Advanced signal processing (ASP) GrayLine for excellent bottom definition Waterproof FishTrack, Fish ID Backlight screen and keypad Supplied with transom transducer*, c/w temp probe, HST-WSU, RRP $239 *Cuda 168 Portable has a power pack, and suction cup transducer instead of transom transducer.


The pocket-sized eXplorist 100 recreational GPS receiver is both powerful and affordable. The eXplorist 100 features TrueFixTM technology which takes advantage of 14 parallel channels (supported by WAAS and EGNOS overseas) for fast signal acquisition & minimal signal loss to provide reliable accuracy. Real gps, compact & affordable TrueFix Technology, accurate & reliable TrueFix GPS Technology takes advantage of 14 parallel channels, supported by WAAS and EGNOS Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems for fast signal acquisition & minimal signal loss Easy-to-use. One-button access takes you directly to all of the most important features. Even the first-time user can easily navigate with the eXplorist 100. Languages. No matter your language, there’s a good chance the eXplorist speaks it: Choose from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch or Norwegian. Track Logging. Store up to 3 track log files, each with 2000 trackpoints, to easily find your way to your favourite spot again and again. Three navigation screens. View speed, direction, distance to destination and all the GPS information you need on 3 easy-to-view navigation screens. No service fees. Your eXplorist 100 is ready to go with no service fees and no activation fees, so go ahead, use it all the time. Satellite status. Monitor the GPS satellites in view and get information about their status. Large backlit display. Easily view all the GPS information you need to make your adventure fun and safe, even at night. The amber glow of the backlight protects your vision so you can see both your eXplorist and the path in front of you. Rugged construction. Rubber armoured, impact resistant plastic allows you to confidently take your eXplorist 100 on every adventure. Waterproof. eXplorist 100 is sealed to IPX-7 specifications. Built to perform on the most challenging and rigorous adventure.

RRP $269

RRP $359


MAGELLAN Explorist 100

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Get better equipped and get into your local Canoe & Kayak Centre



Explorist 100 HANDHELD GPS

Now distributing Magellan & Uniden products

Day Two BUOyancy Aids These tried and tested kayaking vests have now been given the seal of approval. Late last year the Day Two range of Buoyancy Aids received New Zealand Certification. This proves what we already new. They are produced to a very high standard and will do the job for which they are designed. The Kiwitea is the entry level B/A. One size fits all and is remarkably comfortable. It comes with a handy pocket on the front and a reflective strip on the back for added safety. Clips on one side allow easy fitting. Day Two’s cruising/ racing B/A is the Tri/Sea. This has 3 pockets on the front (one with a handy clip for those keys) and a pouch on the back for that all important hydro bladder. To make life easy, there is a zip on the front, so you don’t need to adjust the straps each time you put it on. Available in SM,M,L &XL All Day Two B/A’s available in Red, Yellow or Blue Kiwitea retail at $150.00 Tri/Sea retail at $229.50


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I recently asked a couple of Owners, “What is the best thing about owning an Canoe & Kayak Centre?” There was a resounding reply, “The Lifestyle!”. One went on, “Where else can you go paddling on a sunny day and call it work?” The other added, “As with any self-employed person, you control your own destiny”.

9 DECEMBER 2007 Run 13km Cycle 58km Kayak 19km 90 kilometres coast to coast across the Auckland isthmus. From North Head, Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea, to North Head, Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean, the course is distinctive and challenging. “Head to Head” is an exciting race and also an adventure, a journey of discovery through Auckland’s surprisingly wild and scenic places. Compete as an individual or in a three person team. For further information or an entry form, contact the event organisers: Nelson Associates, PO Box 25 475, St Heliers, Auckland. Phone (0274) 821 562, email:




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In a Canoe & Kayak Centre, you can choose to paddle or not to paddle. “It’s an ideal business opportunity for you and your partner to work as a team, both on and off the water”. At work you spend a lot of time chatting to customers, many of whom become good friends. A Canoe & Kayak Licensee enjoys great support from a network that is backed by the experience of Head Office and of course all our fellow owners. There is always someone available to nut out seemingly insurmountable problems. The organization has easy to follow systems, which cover all aspects of paddling, sales, retailing, and management. What initial qualifications are required? None but being friendly and willing to learn. If you enjoy the outdoor life, this will be for you. For more details contact Peter Townend on 0274529255 or e-mail

For Sale Kayak Centres Interested in owning your own kayak shop? JOIN THE TEAM

Canoe & Kayak Centres available NOW.

Control your own destiny. Choose the Lifestyle

Phone: 0274 529 255

Email: Peter Townend

Managing Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltd and I’ll be glad to have a chat.

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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.

Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease of handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.


A comfortable performance orientated sea kayak which will suit all sizes of paddlers with plenty of foot room for the bigger ones. Handles well in rough conditions, a fun boat to paddle.

Prices start at $1930

Prices start at $2430

Prices start at $2475

Length: 4.4 m, Weight: Std 22kg, Width: 610 mm

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 25 kg std, Width: 610 mm

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



Responds to rough conditions. Its low profile and flared bow enable it to perform well in adverse conditions. It is designed to give the paddler maximum comfort, with adjustable footrests, backrest, side seat supports and optional thigh brace.

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 $2695

Prices start at $4140

Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg, Lightweight: 27 kg, Width: 610 mm

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 610 mm



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

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

Prices start at $4110

Prices start at $4240

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

Prices start at $3260

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 24 kg F/G 22 kg kevlar , Width: 600

Length: 5.6 m, Weight: 23 kg kevlar carbon, Width: 600 mm

Length: 6.43 m, Weight: 16.5 to 19 kg, Width: 510 mm

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

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

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


Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustable backrest, an access hatch in the back



This kayak is designed for day tripping and light overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily.

Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. A channelled hull provides outstanding tracking which helps keep you on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

Prices start at $1299

Prices start at $2099

Prices start at $2299

Length: 3.7 m, Weight: 20 kg std, Width: 680 mm

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 26 kg std, Width: 640 mm

Length: 4.8m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 620 mm



This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer with the easy ability to do those weekend camping expeditions. It handles well, is fun to paddle and

This model is proving a hit with its lighter weight and some excellent features. We now have a plastic double sea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions and adventures.



Prices start at $2899

Prices start at $3849

Length: 4.87 m, Weight: 35 kg std, Width: 800 mm

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




An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge storage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will ever meet.

A great compass at a great price! The Sea Rover features a large compass with easy to read markings—no squinting here to read where you’re going! With a simple, yet elegant base, the Sea Rover attaches easily to deck lines or sits nicely on top of a deck bag. Quick-release

An air tight micro-bead chamber shapes itself to your behind, creating a vacuum formed seat cushion. Closed cell foam back provides superior back support and comfort for any open cockpit kayak. Heavy-duty hardware is included for attaching to sit-on-top kayaks.

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg, Width: 590 mm






Fast, light, touring kayak suits beginners through to advanced paddlers. The hull design allows for great handling in rough water. Well appointed and ideally suitable for multisport training.

Slightly larger volume than the Sequel and lighter at 22kg. A fast and stable touring sea kayak well appointed and featuring a great rudder/steering system.

Prices start at $2899

Agile and responsive with excellent stability, making it suitable for both beginners and more advanced paddlers. It is a multipurpose kayak at home on lakes, in surf, in rock pools and around coastlines.

Prices start at $1955

Prices start at $2495

Prices start at $3570

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 22 kg std, 23kg lite, Width: 600 mm

Length: 4.93 m , Weight: 26kg, Width: 580 mm

Length: 5 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 590 mm


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swing 400 Plus

Stable and easy to paddle and it handles surf with ease. Simple to use for the beginner, yet exciting for the more experienced paddler.

Fishing, cruising, well appointed with gear storage inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that detaches, which is great for carrying your fishing gear to your favourite spot.


A Sit-on-Top for the family. Able to seat an adult and a small child. It is easy to paddle and is very stable. Easily carried by one adult or two kids.

Prices start at $799

Prices start at $399 Length: 2.7m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 780 mm

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

swing 470 Plus


A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stable and fast. It has plenty of storage and great features to make your adventures fun.

A fun double sit on top kayak with the option of a third person sitting in the middle. The kayak has ample stability and speed and performs well in the surf.

Prices start at $1399

Prices start at $1199

Length: 4.75 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 840 mm

Length: 4.80 m, Weight: 26.5 kg, Width: 610 mm

acadia 280

acadia 470

Prices start at $1199 Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 780 mm

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froM nZ’s leading suPPliers?? Pic to coMe A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for the whole family in sheltered waters.

A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard allowing for a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly and has excellent stability. Dry storage compartment.

Prices start at $1599

Prices start at $799

Length: 2.8 m, Weight: 17 kg std, Width: 680 mm

Length: 4.7 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 830 mm


standard trolley

Micro dry stuff sacks

oPti dry stuff sack

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.

Compact splash proof protection for all your valuables and electronics. Constructed with 70D Hex rip-stop nylon with an easy-to-use three roll closure system.

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


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The Opti Dry is super-tough and super-clear. Constructed with heavy-duty clear vinyl and an abrasion resistant bottom.

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


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


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




Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling.

prices start at $810

prices start at $1020

Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg , Width: 750 mm

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


the tandem

A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This is an enjoyable kayak for all the family.

ational play

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.

Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving and having fun in the sun.

prices start at $1695

A ‘two person’ kayak, ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring. It has room for great hatches to store your adventure equipment. Now available with three person option. It is often used by one person.

prices start at $1195

Length: 4.5 m, Weight: 34 kg std, Width: 820 mm

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



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

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

prices start at $695

prices start at $849

prices start at $895

Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mm

Length: 2.92 m, Weight: 161 kg std, Width: 685 mm

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


fish n’ dive


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

prices start at $1295

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

The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located in the stern and holds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat and a smaller companion seat near the bow.

The Marauder is for the serious kayak fisherman. Fast, stable and loads of deck space. Excellent performance in surf.

prices start at $1095

prices start at $1455

Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.85 kg, Width: 914 mm (hatches & accessories not included)

Length: 4.27 m, Weight: 28 kg std, Width: 750 mm


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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.

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


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

Prices start at $2710, $2940 Kevlar

Prices start at $2460, $ 2740 Kevlar

Prices start at $2860 Glass $3170 Kevlar

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

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

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


adventure duet

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

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

Prices start at $2860 Glass, $3170 Kevlar

Prices start at $5260 Glass, $5760 Kevlar

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

Length: 7m, Weight: 29 kg Glass, 26 kg Kevlar, Width: 550 mm

rebel Kevlar

ocean x

oMni dry bacKPacK

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.

140 litres Huge says it. We put a guitar in one last weekend, huge storage. A heavy-duty 3-roll closure system and adjustable, padded shoulder straps.

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

Prices start at $3200 Glass, $3700 Kevlar

Prices start at $3150

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

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


the eliMinator

surf sKi


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

This boat is designed as an entry level alternative to expensive composite crafts, has good stability and speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango, White granite, Lime, Yellow.

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.

Prices start at $1595

Prices start at $1695

Length: 5.03 m, Weight: 19.09 kg std, Width: 585 mm

Length: 5.29 m, Weight: 21 kg kg std, Width: 510 mm




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Prices start at $1595 Length: 5.15 m, Weight: 22 kg std, Width: 550 mm




Eco-friendly PVC Free Super Latitudes feature the great wide mouth-lateral design utilize the best materials and features. Slides easily into kayak hatches. While our hands-free AutopurgeTM valve automatically purges the air as the bag is compressed or stuffed into tight spaces.

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

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

10Ltr $54.90 - 21Ltr $64.90 - 51Ltr $99.90





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

Our 15 litre capacity square camp sink can’t be beat. The Pack Sink’s unique square shape makes cleaning larger items simple and it folds flat for easy (out of the way) storage when not in use.

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







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.

What a great way to earn a living. Working in a recreational retail business with heaps of time outdoors, floating on the sea with great company. Give Peter Townend a call on 0274 529 255 and find out more.



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Please Note: For the kayaks advertised, the price is for the kayak only. It does not necessarily include any of the accessories, hatches, seats etc shown in the photos. The prices were correct at the time of printing however due to circumstances beyond our control they may alter at any time. Please contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak Centre and they will put together a great package of the best equipment available for your kayaking fun.

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Directory: Things To Do

TAUPO Maori Carvings Half day guided trip to the rock carvings, Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat.

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

Waikato River Discovery 2 hour guided kayak trip. Experience the magnificent upper reaches of the mighty Waikato River - soak in the geothermal hotsprings - take in the stunning environment... a perfect trip for all the family...

Price: $45 adult $25 children Special group and family rates. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Mohaka Need some excitement? Take a kayak down this wicked Grade II river run... this is a whole day of thrills and fantastic scenery down the Mohaka River.

Price: $125 per person. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details. Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003, Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Whanganui River Trips Interested in a great adventure on this Magnificent River? Give us a call and we will give you a memory of a lifetime. Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Price on application.

0800 529256

TAUPO Accommodation

Waitara River Tours

Mokau River

Sugar Loaf Island

Accommodation available to Yakity Yak club members and their families... Ideal for sport and school groups... Situated on the banks of the Waikato River our Kayakers Lodge accommodates up to 12 people, is fully furnished, with plenty of parking and a quiet location.

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.

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

From Ngamutu Beach harbour we head out to the open sea to Nga Motu/Sugar Loaf Island Marine Reserve. View the Taranaki scenic, rugged coastline as we draw closer to the Sugar Loaf Islands. Enjoy the seal colony and experience the thrill of close up views of these fascinating marine mammals.

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

River Tours

$25 per person per night. Phone: 0800 529256 for details

A guided kayak trip round the safe waters of the Inner Harbour, while learning about the history of the area. During this stunning trip around the beautiful Napier Inner Harbour of Ahuriri, we stop to share a glass of fresh orange juice, local fruits and cheese platter.

Allow 2 hours paddle only. Priced at $50. Phone: 06 769 5506

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

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. COST: $59.00 each • GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Phone Canoe & Kayak



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

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

Don’t delay phone 0508 5292569 now

Customized Tours

Join the Yakity Yak Club

• Work Functions • Schools • Clubs • Tourist groups

Want to have fun, meet new people, have challenging and enjoyable trips, and learn new skills? PLUS get a regular email newsletter and this magazine! Also, get a discount on kayaking courses and purchases from Canoe & Kayak stores. Then, join us!

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

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Allow 3 hours subject to weather. $55.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

Kayak Hire

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All this for $40 per person.

Paddle to the Pub

Two day trips $230.00 or one day $80.00. Phone 06 769 5506

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more






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J & M Downey Limited Trading as Canoe & Kayak Wellington

Canoe & Kayak Limited Trading as Canoe & Kayak Hawke’s Bay

3/5 Mac Donald Street 710 Great South Road, Manukau Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd) Telephone: 07 574 7415 Telephone: 09 262 0209


2 Centennial Highway, Ngauranga, Wellington Telephone: 04 477 6911

15 Niven Street Onekawa, Napier Telephone: 06 842 1305













6 Tavern Road, Silverdale Telephone: 09 421 0662



Unit 2/20 Constellation Drive, (Off Ascension Place), Mairangi Bay, Auckland - Telephone: 09 479 1002








Peter & Bronnie van Lith Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taranaki




Acme Kayaking Limited Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Unit 6, 631 Devon Road Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth Telephone: 06 769 5506



















Arenel Ltd T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland



77 Spa Road, Taupo Telephone: 07 378 1003

502 Sandringham Rd Telephone: 09 815 2073







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Peter Townend Phone 0274 529 255