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Kayak fishing in the Wild West 20 Nigel Legg is absolutely mad on fishing and knows how to catch trophy fish.

Hamilton - it’s on the map 31 The newest Yakity Yak club and latest Canoe and Kayak store have a home. The Sea Going Kayak 31 Andrew Mount from AUT explores the options available when selecting a boat.

Waterfall Crawl, Park and Pray 9 Louis Trapper and friends, extreme white water kayakers, tackle some big water.

Ben Fouhy interview Rob Howarth chats to a champion.

22 Letter to Editor


Yakity Yak photo essay 34 The Taranaki club supplies this edition’s pictures.

The Murray Leg 14 Kelvin Oram continues his challenge, and fund raising for ‘Save the Children,’ this time in Australia.

With Love - Aroha Island 24 Ruth E. Henderson and 34 other Yakity Yakkers fall in love with the magical spot.

What’s On


Press Release - Mokau is threatened


Taupo High School 41 tackles the Whanganui river and Rhena Landerfeld has a unique work experience.

Speight’s Coast to Coast World team rivalry and results.


Surf Survival 18 Adventure Philosophy’s Mark Jones gives tips on how to land in the surf.

A Dream Realised Auckland Canoe & Kayak has new owners.


A Paddle in the Harbour 28 George Lockyer has a grin on his face, and the wind on his back in the Lyttelton Harbour.

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EDITOR: Peter Townend Ph: [09] 473 0036 Fax [09] 473 0794 Email: SUBEDITOR: Ruth E. Henderson Ph: 021 298 8120 Email: DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Breakthrough Communications PO Box 108050 Symonds St, Auckland Ph: [09] 303 3536 • Fax [09] 303 0086 Email: Website: PUBLISHER: Kayak NZ Magazine is published six times per year by Canoe & Kayak Ltd. 7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale, Auckland

Cool mornings, warm days, roaring bonfires and stunning star filled evening skies are welcome friends in to these stunning autumn days. It is the time of year when I slip away down the majestic Whanganui River for my annual holiday and when work and social responsibilities slow down to give more time with the family.

Essential knowledge is How to find and understand weather reports, look at local conditions and correctly interpret that information. You must know your ability and the skills of your group to cope. You must allow for a large safety margin. Practice -

A heard a story recently which reminded me that I have not written about a pet topic for some time. This is the scenario A day trip: the weather got up and people capsized, rescues were completed and eventually, everyone reached the shore safety. Near misses are common throughout our lives. With a kayak, car, power tool or climbing a ladder we have all had close calls. So what can help us be safer? SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE

Learn from Courses, Clubs, Books, and DVD’s etc and practise with a bunch of like minded kayakers till your skills are ingrained to deal with all likely conditions. It is immaterial whether you are paddling a ‘Sit on Top’ or a ‘Sit In’ kayak. You will prevent some problems and fix others with your practised skills and knowledge. The advice given “that anyone can go kayaking” is true but should be tagged with the advice that “you will only be safe if you learn how to be”. Editor’s equation:

In a kayak the essential skills are -

Skills + Knowledge + Practice = Happy Paddling

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Low Brace (for preventing a capsize)


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North Shore Canoe Polo 2005 by Rob Howarth Canoe (or kayak) Polo is a great game, which follows the same sort of rules as water polo except you are chasing the ball around in a kayak! It’s fun and it’s a great way to improve your paddling skills. Canoe & Kayak North Shore are currently running two leagues at Northcote College Swimming Pool and we need more members!

Social League Thursday evenings 7.30pm. This league is designed to be fun and friendly and we want inexperienced players. The rules are watered down to make things easy and we have members aged between 13 and 60+! So, come on down and have a look one night. We’d love to have you onboard.

B Grade League Wednesday evenings 7.00pm. If you already know the rules and want a serious game then the B grade league is for you! Interested in playing in either league? Contact Rob Howarth at Canoe & Kayak North Shore 09 479 1002 or or for other areas contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak shop.




Waterfall Crawl, Park and Pray by Louis Tapper

“At the time of action, second-guessing yourself is inappropriate. You’ve prepared your body and mind in rehearsal, you’ll know what to do at the instant where a decision is demanded- trust yourself to make the right one and commit yourself to doing it. Your job is to be here now, focus on it.” ‘The Fear Book’, by Cheri Huber The idea was simple. We would run nothing but waterfalls, safely, for the three days of Labour weekend. We wanted to discover ‘park and pray’ waterfall spots around the North Island and try the new Bliss-Stick MAC1 and Huka boats in some challenging water. The trip achieved these goals but turned into a crawl in more ways than one for Shane, Quinny, reluctant late starter Paul and myself. The build-up had all the hallmarks of a classic trip. It did not disappoint. Ideas from kayakers all around the country were posted on the Wellington Kayak message board to supplement ours. During a recent trip to Norway I was frequently regaled with stories of people injuring backs and ankles on waterfall runs that had gone wrong, so the emphasis was always on safety.

Also fresh in our minds was the Palmerston kayaker who broke his back landing backwards off a 24 m waterfall. We spent the night at River Valley and rose early to pick up creek boats from the Bliss-Stick factory. Richard kindly lent us two MAC1s and a Huka to try out for the weekend. The outfitting of the kayaks was perfect, straight off the shelf, so Shane and I quickly felt confident and at home in both boats. Shepherd’s Falls was first on the list. At first glance it looked tricky to run. A large log, which lay above the sweet part of the lip had to be avoided on the way down. Everyone successfully negotiated the drop and went on to run a small weir in Taihape. Unfortunately because the land owner would not let us cross her land we did not get to run the Hautapu drop. She made it clear in no uncertain terms that she was unwilling to accept liability and a possible OSH prosecution for any injuries received while we were on her property. The alternative of walking down the railway line would take longer than we had counted on. We moved to the Raukawa Falls where we paddled the top drop. It had a clean take off and a pillow for a landing and was the ideal water we were looking for. In my research I had not found anyone who had run the bottom falls and it was obvious why. A quick peek over the lip of the bottom drop revealed a significant drop with a potentially sketchy shallow hard landing. Maybe this can be run during high flows when the pool at the bottom is deeper. From the take out we scrambled up a bush covered steep bank and the crawl part of the weekend started in earnest. Tawhai falls is a classic 10 m drop near the Chateau. We ran it a couple of times after making individual decisions about how it should be done. There

Louis and Shane



was plenty of debate afterwards about the relative merits of the techniques used. Day two and it was time to check out the Huka Falls. Everything looked good with river levels around 80 cm while we scouted it for over 40 min. After warming up in the Huka hole, we did one last scout to check if the level had changed before putting in. Shane put in first and made a relatively clean solo descent. Paul’s unplanned exit via the cliff created some nervous moments for both Quinny, myself and onlookers. Aniwhenua Falls was an opportunity to introduce a couple of waterfall virgins to the joys of kayaking. We made two upright runs in the Topo Duo and headed down the river for the first real flat-water paddle of the trip. “It was all over so quick” was the general response after running the waterfall. Day three dawned and we headed for the release at the Lower Aratitia. Although it isn’t a waterfall, Quinny, Shane and I had scouted it the day before and were keen to run it. It is fantastic piece of pushy white water which had us all satisfied and wanting more. We had gathered only limited information about drops on the Potu river. Everyone we talked to warned us that these drops were hard to find -and how right they were! We discovered that this was the real crawl part of the trip. An attempt to find the drop in near the top by the dam had failed on day one. We put in below the Potu dam, floated and pushed our way though this overgrown, low volume river. After 30 minutes of paddling and portaging, we came to the top drop which looked about 10-12 m with a sketchy take-off and a 1.5m deep pool to land in. Disappointed, we launched our kayaks off the drop and walked around the drop on the right hand bank. We continued down the river with the view to getting out at State Highway 1. We were faced with an impossible entry into a gorge. An hour’s intense bush bashing travelling only 800 m ended when I jokingly confronted the group with: “do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that I have found a way back down to the river and there are two anchors and an old throw rope already in place. The



bad news is we are going to have to abseil 15 m down into a gorge that none of us has paddled and it is late in the day!” We made the obvious decision and walked out to State Highway 1. We met our shuttle drivers Kim and Rose, driving up and down, worried that something had gone wrong, and the owner of the slings and throw rope, Phil McIntyre, who happened to be driving past. He stopped for a yarn. He said the run from the sling was ok but required caution. One of his team had been caught in a sump. The Potou was an interesting adventure, but finishing it will have to wait for another day. Despite being tired and weary we were planning our next getaway as we headed back to Wellington. Both the Huka and the MAC1 boats passed our waterfall test with flying colours. I have since bought a MAC1 to replace my Phat and Dagger Nomad. It was a fantastic weekend with elements of adventure, near disaster, lots of laughs and good memories, kept fresh by the superb photos taken by Kirsty Monk and Rose Scheyvens. Luckily there were no injuries other than Paul’s injured pride and there are still plenty more North Island waterfalls waiting to be run during next year’s crawl. More detail on the locations and descriptions of the drops can be found at: Photos by Kirsty Monk and Rose Scheyvens Graphic by Timon Maxey

Louis take off, Tawhai Falls

Louis landing, Tawhai Falls



Shane - Huka Falls

Quinny - Raukawa Falls



Henry - Shepard Falls

Shane - Taihape Weir




The Murray Leg Kelvin reports, “the longest river in Australia has just been tamed by the lanky Pom in his inflatable friend.” That’s 1646 km in 46 days from Echura, Victoria to Wellington, South Australia. He’s raising money for “Save the Children - to try and raise awareness and funds for their projects around the world” and generously allows us a peep in his diary and an email to friends.. What have I done? I am trying to paddle over 7000km down some of the largest rivers in the world in a 10ft. glorified lilo designed for white water canoeing. I have only been paddling for a year and the one time I attempted a long distance journey in a canoe (across Argentinean Patagonia) I swore at the end of it...”Never again!” I am about as fit as my Dad (i.e. not particularly) and my idea of daily exercise is changing from Sky sports 1 to Sky sports 2 on the remote. I have chosen a time to do my trip when George ‘W’ and our Tony have decided to declare war on anyone with a bit of a tan. Those people who regard this action as being a trifle excessive tend to frown upon British passport holders. Having watched the film ‘Deliverance’ recently, I know that travelling down rivers through remote areas can be a little risky even in ‘civilized’ countries. I have no desire to be made to ‘squeal like a pig’ by some shortsighted yokel! As you can see, I had a few doubts about the whole adventure and my ability to complete it. Having finished the first of the 7 rivers I am a little more optimistic. Apart from a few hiccups at the start my ’10ft lilo’ has been fine. It sank after only 3km paddling when the outlet holes (designed for white water) became inlet holes. I had to fill them in with glue! At the caravan park where I performed this operation, the Aussie owners found it highly amusing that I was paddling around the world in a rubber boat that had sunk on the first day! Ha Ha Ha! After about 1000km my paddle complained about the amount of work it had to do and snapped in half. Over the next few days it snapped into 3 then 4 pieces. It is being ceremonially trashed here in Oz and I will get a new one! My body has also protested at the sudden inclusion of 50km paddling a day to its normally



by Kelvin Oram

sedate routine. However it was the first couple of weeks that were the hardest, and now I laugh in face of physical torment and aching muscles HAHAHAHAHAHA! The biggest battle of the last 7 weeks has been mental. I think that I have just about avoided losing my faculties (it was a close run thing!). For a while I became the singing canoeist. Then the wind increased and made me really angry. It’s hard to sing through gritted teeth! I spent many a happy morning paddling to the sounds of 60’s folk and motown hits. It’s strange but the river was devoid of wildlife when I belted out ‘Feelin good’ by Nina Simone or ‘Mercedes Benz’ by Janis Joplin! On very lonely days I talked to the birds and convinced myself with a realistic imitation of a pelican I could tell other pelicans not to fly away when I approached (and sometimes they didn’t...............honest!). The wildlife was spectacular, especially in reserves and National Parks. I often shared my campsites with kangaroos and emus and countless water birds. Tiny neon blue fairy wrens hopped about right next to me. In the evenings pelicans waited for me to throw them a carp while I was fishing. Sometimes they waited a LONG time! Where the river winds its way through very arid bush it is like a giant, snaking oasis , which attracts all sorts of visitors for a drink. In a canoe I could sneak up and surprise little critters that live on the river bank : baby darters hurled themselves into the water, sometimes from alarmingly high up in the trees; pied cormorants looked around nervously then took off in a panic; pelicans grunted as I got closer and reluctantly heaved their bulk into the air. They flew about 50m Kelvin with Rob Clampett and Rosie Marshall

downriver only to repeat the effort 2 minutes later! Willie wagtails (that’s their real name!) shook their behinds provocatively from side to side as I went past, putting a smile on the man in the funny little red rubber boat! So, apart from the numb arse, calloused palms, sunburnt arms (with fingerless glove ‘twat marks’ which I wore while paddling!), knotted back muscles, tennis elbows, 40 degree heat, gale force winds (gusting to 100kph), 2ft (60cm) oncoming waves (on a bloody river!), lightning, broken paddle, leaky boat and mental problems the trip went pretty smoothly. BRING ON THE MEKONG!! The thing that will stand out in my memories of the Murray will be the generosity and kindness of the people that I met along the way. I have been treated to roast dinners, fed steak and sausages from authentic Aussie BBQ’s, given beers, showers, wine, cooked breakfasts, free accommodation, tours of the local area, cigars and good company all the way down the river. On a houseboat I was even given a few ‘cowboy cocksuckers’, a cocktail!. Being a ‘Pommie bastard’ didn’t affect the friendships formed. As long as I gave as good as I got on the piss-taking front, I was welcomed with open stubbies! Most blokes were pretty worried that I didn’t have room for an eskie full of beer in my canoe, but said that what I was doing was ‘Fair Dinkum!’ Thank you Australia. I am now off to the pub, called hotels here - (very confusing) to down a couple cold VB schooners, about 1/2 pint of Victoria bitter, actually it’s a lager, (also confusing) and tonight I shall sleep in a real bed for the first time in nearly 7 weeks WAHEY!

Trans Tasman Rivalry set for 2006 The Australian Team of Guy Andrews, Narelle Ash & Kris Clausen took out the inaugural Speight’s Coast to Coast World Teams Challenge amongst stiff competition including a dominating first man and woman home from New Zealand.

members wasn’t quite enough to make it to the kayak stage before the cut off time.

Seven international teams started the gruelling one day world championship race from Kumara Beach, with only three complete teams crossing the finish line at Sumner.

Sweden was the first country to have all three team members cross the finish line but the cumulative time of the Australians just bumped the Swedes into second place. Team Jeep South Africa were the third and final team over the line, reportedly humbled by the race and the calibre of both the elite athletes and the number of average New Zealanders who challenge themselves in the Speight’s Coast to Coast.

The World Teams Challenge is the latest addition to the Speight’s Coast to Coast, brainchild of race founder Robin Judkins. Teams are made up of two male and one female competitor all of whom must complete the One-Day event. The team with the lowest combined time wins the World Teams Challenge. Hong Kong/China were the first casualties; unused to cycling on hilly terrain the team struggled on the first leg. A good run from all team

The main divide proved to be just that for the majority of the World Teams Challenge field; the 33km mountain run, coupled with high temperatures meant only three teams remained in contention at the Mt White kayak transition.

The World Teams Challenge is set to become the highlight of the Speight’s Coast to Coast with the international athletes vowing to be back to conquer the mountain, settle some scores and knock the Aussies off their perch to take home the latest Trophy offered in premier international adventure racing.




World Teams Challenge Results City / Country

Cycle 1 Mountain Run Kayak Cycle 2 Overall Ev Sect Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl Time Pl Sec Pl




Cycle 1 Time



Cycle 2 Time





1:57:07 1:52:44 1:50:53

4:06:05 4:20:47 3:32:20

4:56:12 6:03:50 5:08:20

2:12:58 2:29:52 2:09:02

13:06:21 14:47:12 12:40:34




1:51:38 1:51:25 1:51:57

4:03:51 4:12:00 4:31:27

5:32:26 5:32:09 5:49:24

2:28:00 2:15:55 2:32:20

13:55:55 13:51:27 14:45:06




1:52:08 1:52:42 1:51:53

4:24:38 4:38:22 4:39:47

5:46:53 6:04:05 5:49:56

2:31:34 2:25:52 3:01:46

14:35:12 15:00:59 15:23:21




1:50:52 1:51:11 1:50:56

3:05:56 3:42:15 3:46:27

4:42:49 5:01:11

1:45:52 1:49:04

11:25:27 12:23:39 DNF



1:52:28 1:52:31 1:51:23

4:19:43 4:37:29

5:26:19 5:41:55

2:11:16 2:29:31

13:49:45 14:41:26 DNF



2:09:47 2:00:19 2:09:48






2:59:35 2:59:35 2:59:35

Place No. Names ONE DAY WOMEN 6 19 23 42 63 66 70 76 79 81 86 91 106 110 113 132 152

209 174 172 91 82 104 137 214 203 220 125 144 26 142 212 168 81 163 164 206 216


Place No. Names


1:51:11 1:51:39 1:51:39 1:52:53 1:54:12 1:58:27 1:52:13 1:52:31 1:51:57 1:52:44 1:58:09 1:53:04 1:52:44 1:53:41 1:51:53 2:12:24 2:01:04 1:52:53 2:35:14 2:59:35 2:09:47

13 33 31 75 107 119 50 61 40 71 118 83 70 100 36 159 141 79 182 187 161

1 3 2 10 13 15 6 7 5 9 14 11 8 12 4 17 16 10 20 21 18

3:42:15 3:55:36 4:01:33 4:01:55 4:25:04 4:38:08 4:54:07 4:37:29 4:31:27 4:20:47 4:43:11 4:59:05 5:10:34 5:15:57 4:39:47 5:32:55 5:44:12

14 23 27 28 64 89 112 87 73 55 98 114 123 130 93 151 158

1 2 3 4 6 9 12 8 7 5 11 13 14 15 10 16 17

5:01:11 5:23:14 5:26:37 5:41:49 5:39:44 5:37:13 5:25:24 5:41:55 5:49:24 6:03:50 5:41:51 5:35:36 5:39:57 5:39:54 5:49:56 5:38:19 6:20:43

7 21 29 73 67 61 24 75 103 132 74 54 69 68 104 62 149

1 2 4 11 8 6 3 13 14 16 12 5 10 9 15 7 17

2:05:59 2:14:26 2:12:17 2:21:26 2:30:15 2:17:53 2:23:11 2:29:31 2:32:20 2:29:52 2:26:22 2:26:20 2:27:46 2:31:09 3:01:46 2:34:22 2:35:38

6 23 16 46 83 37 52 78 98 82 64 63 68 93 159 107 115

1 3 2 5 12 4 6 10 14 11 8 7 9 13 17 15 16

12:40:34 13:24:54 13:32:04 13:58:02 14:29:14 14:31:39 14:34:55 14:41:26 14:45:06 14:47:12 14:49:32 14:54:04 15:10:59 15:20:39 15:23:21 15:57:59 16:41:36

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Getting back again - Surf survival Part Two Mark Jones is a member of the Adventure Philosophy team and Senior Lecturer on AUT’s Outdoor Leadership Programmes. Surf survival Part One focused on understanding surf and getting out through it. Part Two looks at getting ashore again. You can choose whether to confront surf when on the beach, you may not have a choice when you are behind the waves staring wistfully back to land.

Once you have made all your observations and have a sense of the timing of the sets, move in closer to the line up. Don’t be half hearted. Choose your moment and go. Edging indecisively closer to shore only eats up precious time and increases the likelihood of being caught by a breaker from behind.

You may have to land in marginal surf conditions. Make no mistake about it, landing in such surf is serious business. It can be an exercise in survival, but knowledge, skill and good judgment will help take the lottery factor out of it. The one big thing in your favour is that you are going with the energy of the waves and you can use this to your advantage.

Essentially this is landing in a window between sets of waves, more suited to a break close to shore. Keep looking behind you and when the sea looks flat the set will have finished - time to go for it. To reach the shore before the next wave arrives you need to paddle hard.

Coastal features produce different surf conditions. A bay’s shape can focus or dissipate waves. Headlands, reefs and islands can create a wave shadow. In marginal surf, look for a landing that will offer some advantage. Establish where the line up is and stay sufficiently outside of this. Observe carefully. Remember the biggest waves will break deepest and a gently sloping surf zone can break well out to sea. It is difficult to read from behind, but you will be able to tell whether the surf is dumping or spilling. The swells rolling in beneath you will give you a fair indication of their size. The face will be about twice the height of the wave’s back. Look for hazards such as reefs and rocks or other people in the water. A kayak is a lethal weapon in the surf zone. If you are part of a group, establish some paddle signals. Landing one-at-a -time means the first person in, the most experienced, can then direct following boaters to the best line. Get ‘lean’ for the trip in. Stow anything that has made it onto your deck throughout the day - map, fishing-line, drink will claim these if you don’t. Stow your hat and sunnies, detach your paddle leash if you have been using it. I lift my rudder up. A rudder down only slows a turn from rest, and makes it more difficult to reverse and is prone to damage if you broach into the beach. Stern ruddering with your paddle and being able to paddle straight without a rudder are essential skills in surf.



You have options in the impact zone. Which is best depends on the type of surf and the landing.

Landing between breaks:

Between waves and broach: If you are about to be caught up by the next set, as a broken wave approaches, turn your boat sideways with a sweep and stern rudder stroke, then brace and rail into the wave as it hits. Broaching in this manner means you won’t be pitch-poled by the wave lifting the stern. It is essential to lift the shore-side gunwale as you surf sideways and get support off the wave with a low brace. Failing to do this invariably results in a rapid and violent capsize when the gunwale catches the water while you keep moving shorewards. If you get surfed right into the shallows exaggerate your lean over your brace, then when you bump the bottom you won’t be easily rolled. Even an empty kayak hit by a wave has enormous power so make a habit of getting out of your kayak on the surf side to avoid being damaged by your own boat.

Surf and broach: This is a fast way through the impact zone using the energy of the wave to your advantage. Often the first of a new set will be smaller and break

Mark Jones

closer in to shore, so when the sea looks flat is a good time to go for it. Time your approach to catch a wave as it begins to form. As the swell lifts your stern lean forward and paddle hard with final, rapid, powerful strokes. Once surfing, use stern rudders to stay perpendicular to or maintain a slight angle to the face of the wave. As the wave steepens and is about to break, sweep stroke or stern rudder the kayak into a broach position and lean onto a low brace. This is a good general technique for negotiating all surf except dumping surf for which the following is the preferred option.

Landing on the back of the wave: To avoid the violent impact zone of surf dumping on a steep beach stay on the back of the wave. Position yourself just outside the impact zone. Get a feel for the size and frequency of the waves as they break beyond you. This technique requires impeccable timing. Choose a moderate sized wave and paddle onto its crest, paddling forward and back-paddling as required to keep the kayak horizontal, avoiding both falling off the back of the wave and dropping down the face as it breaks. Paddle hard to shore, and extra hard if the beach is steep. Pull the spray tab as soon as you are certain you won’t be dragged back toward the waves, jump out immediately, drag your boat clear and breathe a sigh of relief. With skill and the right type of wave you can surf all the way to the beach without broaching. Steer away from breaking water beside you and surf along the unbroken wall of water on the other side of you. To prevent turning out of the wave you will need to rudder on the downhillside while tilting toward the wave. With a rocky shore, backing in whilst facing out to sea may be an option to give you greater control and avoid being surfed into rocks.

Swell is difficult to forecast and sometimes you can find yourself returning through surf you wouldn’t contemplate going out through. I’ve known the West Coast swell go from a one metre no-brainer to very scary oceanic monsters in two hours. Waiting behind such waves is lonely. Companions are of little assistance, rescue is often impractical and dangerous. Alone you must find a way through the aptly named impact zone. When faced with that prospect, practising skills and learning how to stack the deck in your favour is an investment you’ll be glad to have made. Potential landing sites: Areas in inside reef (A) and beaches east of the point (B,C) are probably fairly protected. The surf will increase in size moving south along beach (D) as protection from the point is lost. Beach (E) and other areas north of the point are fully exposed to the swell and may have large surf. The steep topography suggests a steep sea floor so plunging surf can be expected in areas exposed to the swell.




Kayak Fishing in the Wild Wild West by Nigel Legg

Absolutely mad on fishing, very, very average at kayaking. I think this is a pretty good description of my kayak fishing exploits over the last year. Having fished since I was a young fella I consider myself a reasonable fisherman. But boy was I in for a shock when it came to kayaking. I will never forget paddling back to a popular Taranaki beach with a couple of mates in ‘tiny’ surf, being knocked over in no more than a metre of water, and then rising to applause and raucous laughter from my buddies and at least a dozen boaties and bystanders. Being able to kayak successfully, especially in surf requires practice, technique, and often a bit of ingenuity. The easiest way to learn is to just do it, get out in the surf and try different things, try coming in backwards until there’s a break in the wave sets and then turn and paddle in.

The wild Wild West refers to the west coast of the North Island principally the Naki with its rugged, rocky wind swept coastline. A labyrinth of reefs, sandbars, cliffs and river mouths provides an ideal habitat for a variety of sea fish, but most of all it provides an opportunity. To me that opportunity is the margin of water that is too far for the surfcaster to reach and too close to shore for the boat fisherman to worry about. The easiest and most effective way to fish this water is by kayak.

sport fish, they are delicious table fish as well.

Kayak fishing.

3. Snapper feed mostly during the day whereas larger fish feed mainly in the morning.

A variety of kayaks on the market these days are specifically designed for fishing. They are generally very stable sit-on-tops, providing enough storage inside to cope with fishing rods, burley and tackle. Made of super durable plastic they are virtually indestructible. There is no limit to the additions and modifications which can be made to these kayaks. For example depth finders, navigation systems, and radios.

4. Snapper reach maturity at approx 3 years, at 10 years old they are approximately 380mm long. Only a few snapper live past 40 years. The oldest recorded snapper in NZ was 63 years old. 5. The maximum weight recorded for a snapper in N.Z. was 17.2kg and the maximum length was 1.05 metres.

Safety should be paramount with kayak fishing so safety flags, flares and a method of communication, (even a cell phone in a dry bag), are desirable.

7. One of the most interesting facts about snapper gained from the tagging programmes is that the majority of mature snapper travel less than 10 kilometres in their lives.


To me kayak fishing is the ultimate. It connects you to the sea, provides an opportunity to explore and fish New Zealand’s truly remarkable coastline and who knows it may even provide the occasional trophy fish.

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2. Contrary to popular belief the greatest abundance of snapper occurs over open mud in less than 70 metres of water.

But realistically a good seat and paddle, buoyancy aid or lifejacket, sharp knife, anchor and rope, rod and reel and a method for distributing burley are enough to get you started.

Nothing gets the heart pounding more than a head-thumping run of a large snapper. Snapper are deep powerful fish with large heads and mouths. They have good speed but their strength is their main attribute. Not only are they great


1. All snapper begin life as females but by the time they reach 3 - 6 years half have changed to males.

6. Snapper spawn in water 20 -50 metres deep, preferring large open bays. November and December are peak months for spawning but this can depend on the season with temperature being the main stimulus. The threshold appears to be about 15 degrees Celsius.

The main quarry for this kayak fisherman is snapper. Kayaks are ideal for targeting the large solitary snapper in our shallow reefs.


Surprisingly most fishermen know little about their quarry. Here are some interesting facts:

And for variety, a trevally.

Most of the snapper facts are from ‘The Living Reef’ (The ecology of N.Z.’s rocky reefs) published by Craig Potton Publishing 2003. Photos by Stefan Marpul.

Nothing gets the heart pounding more than a head-thumping run of a large snapper.




Ben Fouhy Ben Fouhy has become a household the World K1 1000m in 2003 and the

Champs I would be in with a chance of making the team for the Aussie champs. I finished second in the under 18s and headed off to Aus the following year. It was exciting stuff.

(especially when you win!). When you do individuals you get totally immersed in your own event but with teams you can take a step back after your leg and enjoy watching the race.

Silver in Athens in 2004. Sprint

C&K: So how did you go in Australia?

C&K: Were you pleased with your kayak leg?

kayaking has made him famous but

BF: The only DNF (did not finish) of my career! I was totally dehydrated, it was 35 degrees and I didn’t drink enough fluids. Our training advice before the champs was to train with two polyprops to prepare for the heat; I lived in Taumaranui where we always wore two polyprops! The advice came from Auckland enough said!!

BF: Considering I hadn’t done a lot of paddling over summer, yes. I probably chose too long a paddle for the size blade I was using, I used 218 Andrew Martin Fusion Medium and I was a bit sore. Ideally I should have had a smaller blade or shorter paddle.

name in New Zealand since winning

there is a lot more kayaking history to Ben Fouhy than meets the eye. Canoe & Kayak’s Rob Howarth caught up with Ben to find out more. C&K: So Ben, at what age did you start kayaking?

C&K: And so you decided that marathon paddling was for you?

BF: The first time I was in a kayak I was 5 or 6 years old, my parents gave me $5 to have a go on the Blue Lakes in Rotorua, I loved it although I didn’t paddle again until I was 13. My brother and I had a muck around on the river; we didn’t have a clue what we were doing and very nearly got into trouble! After that I started doing multisport with Taumaranui High School at the age of 15 and then in 6th form I got into white water slalom. I competed for a good year before swapping back to multisport and down river racing.

BF: No, I got back into multisport for a while until 2001 when I decided to give marathon a real crack again. I went over to Aus to train and that’s when I made a real jump in my performance. In 2003 I made the transition to sprint and competed in the worlds.

C&K: What was your first multisport kayak?

C&K: So what have you been up to since Athens?

BF: A Quality Kayaks Venturer! Mum & Dad strapped it to the roof of the Falcon with the straps going through the windows.

BF: I have had a pretty cruisy few months, which has been really nice, a chance to get my life back again and live like a normal human being. This year will be pretty low key, I am keen to give worlds a good shot, but this year is more about getting set up with a good home and systems for the next Olympic campaign.

C&K: So multisport racing became your goal? BF: Yes I suppose, I started getting into longer races and trained up for The Mountain to the Sea, which has a pretty long kayak leg. I bought myself a Sisson Evolution and really got into the longer distance stuff. C&K: And the adrenalin rush of white water paddling didn’t grab you? BF: I love white water paddling but I made a conscious decision to leave it alone. Paddling grade 4 is a great buzz but the more you paddle the more you want to paddle harder stuff to keep the buzz going. The risk of injury is fairly high if you aren’t on top of your game so I decided to play safe and concentrate on multisport and marathon. C&K: Do you think slalom and white water paddling has helped with your paddling career? BF: Most definitely, especially slalom; it gives you a really solid set of white water skills which allows you to be a lot more relaxed on the river. C&K: And you were pretty successful at multisport and marathon? BF: I guess I must have showed some promise because one day I was told that if I got myself a K1 and turned up at the National Marathon



C&K: Being world champ must have been a buzz? BF:

It was an amazing feeling!

C&K: And then the Olympics BF:

It was a hell of a couple of years.

C&K: You have just bought a house on Auckland’s North Shore? BF: Yes! Our first place, Katie and I moved in the first week of March. At last I have a garage to store all my kayaking kit and bike gear. C&K: Presumably you are in full time training. How are you surviving? BF: I have a great new sponsor in Hasler. Hasler came on board before Christmas and that has made a huge difference. There is no cash prize for an Olympic silver medal (or gold for that matter) so without Hasler’s sponsorship I would be taking a much longer break from serious training. There are a heap of other sponsors too so I’d like to say thanks to all of them.

C&K: And did Jonathan enjoy it? BF: Absolutely, although the mountain run is very different from his normal racing, Jono is used to running up steep hills on fairly even terrain (they drive quad bikes up them to film!) boulder hopping and river crossings were a different ball game. He got lost three times when he ran off into the bush following a dead end track! So to concede only seven minutes on that course was exceptional. He had a great final bike leg however, pulling 1hr 48mins to get the fastest time. No one was expecting that! C&K: And will you be back next year to defend your title? BF: We’ll have to see how our training schedules pan out. C&K What advice can you give to new multisporters giving the Waimakerere a crack next year? BF: Don’t underestimate the fatigue factor. It’s a great river but four hours of pushy water takes its toll on the body and the brain and with previous stages on top it can be pretty tough. Make sure your grade 2 skills are up to it. C&K: Finally Ben, what are you up to over the next few months? BF: Well my training is going through a developmental stage. I’m working with Darrell Bonetti at the AUT trying to get the balance right between aerobic and anaerobic training. I have proved I can perform at top level so now what I need to try and do is fine tune to optimise my performance. If I had been 1% better at the Olympics I would have won by half a boat length, instead I got beaten by one and a half boat lengths!

C&K: You competed in this years Speights Coast to Coast as a team with Jonathon Wyatt (World Mountain Running Champion). How did you enjoy it?

I’ve got the Australian sprint champs coming up and then the marathon champs at the same venue so I thought I’d hang around for that too. But as I say, I’ve had a pretty relaxed summer so it’ll be really interesting to see how I get on.

BF: I had a great time! I’ve done the Coast a few times but the teams event is really good fun

C&K: Well, good luck Ben and thanks for talking to NZ Kayak Magazine.




With Love - Aroha Island by Ruth E. Henderson The instructions read, “Press buttons to hear birdsong. Do not press more than one at a time or the machine will get confused.” I’d long been confused between the sound of the weka (very prolific and noisy around our place on Kawau Island) and the more elusive kiwi. I was in ‘Opossum World’ on the Marine Parade in Napier, a shop which much to my surprise and delight, provided entertainment and education, on things...possum. Almost incidental was the retailing of possum fur product. So, I did as bid. A dim light partially illuminated a ground dwelling bird; the repetitive “Key wee, key wee, key wee, key wee, key wee...” left no doubt as to the identification of our national emblem. And yes, I was sure I’d heard it recently, at Aroha Island Ecological Centre. Aroha Island is reputably “the most accessible Kiwi habitat in Northland, and is probably your best chance of hearing and seeing the Kiwi in the wild” says the blurb on their website. Consisting of 12 hectares of regenerating native bush and mangrove forest, Aroha Island is a conservation and education project of the Queen Elizabeth II Trust. On Labour weekend, at the beckoning of our leaders Dave and Jacqui, who had found this gem in the NZ Camping guidebook, about 35 North Shore Yakity Yakkers descended on Kerikeri. We then drove east past the historic St James Church, Stone Store and Kemp House, for 12km to the ‘island’ on Kurapari Rd, Rangitane. It is actually joined to the mainland by a causeway but this is a mere technicality, as the narrow jutting peninsula is all but surrounded by water and has the tranquillity, quietness, stillness, and isolated feel of an island.

Black rocks

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As a base camp and with such a big group it sure was a perfect spot and location: catering for all ages, levels of fitness, or inclination to explore close to home or far afield, by kayak or foot, or to just blob out, throw a frisbee and socialise in Charlie’s communal tent. As kayakers an obvious drawcard was rock gardening the stark Black Rocks, which stand an imposing 20m out of the water, with the islands of Moturoa and Motupapa enroute. Another spot to visit was the site where Samuel Marsden preached the first Christian service on Christmas day 1814. Alternatively if in a cruise mode, there were trips up the Kerikeri inlet past the superbly



Charlie’s Communal Tent

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located homes (envy, envy) to spy the historic buildings from water level. (N.B. Summer time and holiday weekend business opportunity exists for an ice cream vendor!) Then on the way back to base, if wanting more, the mammoth mangrove swamps with trees of incredible girth, provided a maze-type experience and when the mud moved, a suspicion of Gollum. By night, management kindly provided red cellophane to modify torches or headlamps so that when kiwi spotting, night vision for both parties was not affected. In small groups we traipsed around the gravel pathways, but were possibly not quiet or patient enough as no one reported spotting a kiwi. However, once everyone was cocooned in bed, their raucous screech competed with the snorers.

Black rocks

Being not far from Kerikeri township proved a plus for a few of us: the lure of watching the Rugby NPC final on the box, while eating lamb shanks at the Keri Club beat crouching over a cooker, on a rainy night in Charlies tent, even for Charlie. By day, spotted in camp was the NZ Weekend Herald and Sunday Star Times, Pizza boxes... All up, despite the gloomy weather, forecasts of 20 - 25 knot winds, and rain which did arrive in fits and starts, at times being shrouded in sea mist and drizzle, Aroha Island proved to be a stunning camp site and could be a good base to explore further within the Bay of Islands. Before heading back to Auckland a few folk paddled to Russell from Paihia. If more time was available, these towns could be worthwhile destinations, achievable from the island.

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The new owners of Auckland Canoe & Kayak A Dream Realised by Larraine Williams Russell and I went in to Canoe and Kayak Auckland to buy a couple of kayaks, and bought the shop instead! We have both been very active outdoors people since childhood. Russ was a keen scuba diver and an instructor for several years. When we met, I caught his enthusiasm for the sport and got involved too. We had many wonderful trips to the Alderman’s, Mayor Island, and the incomparable Poor Knight Islands. Russell’s dream was to own a dive shop and charter boat so that he could take people diving and fishing. But when Russ got a position with Sasol in South Africa, we were hundreds of kilometres from the nearest dive spot, so we returned to another love, tramping. (It is a memorable experience to come over a ridge and see a herd of wild antelope galloping off, or to detect the distinctive smell of a leopard. It will be close, waiting in a tree for prey to wander by).

Auckland discovered kayaking. We loved it. Combined with tramping, it extended our enjoyment of the outdoors. In November 2004 we enrolled in a Sea Kayaking Skills Course, intending to buy 2 kayaks to escape for the Christmas holiday period. We did more, we bought the shop. We intend to grow the shop’s reputation for service to the kayaking community and to build a thriving club and kayak school. Our learning curve is steep and we welcome news and experiences from all who call. We look forward to joining you for club trips and activities. Though Russ’ dream was to own and operate a scuba charter business this comes very close. His dream, our dream has substantially come true. We are about to “DISCOVER ANOTHER WORLD”.

With the birth of our daughter Katrina in 1981, which prompted our return to New Zealand, Russ was excited to get a job with NZ Synfuels in Taranaki implementing new technology. Our son Richard was born in 1983. I was experienced in photography, encyclopaedia sales and horse breaking and training. I now completed a NZ Certificate of Horticulture and started working part time for a local garden centre while both children were at school. We took up orienteering, or ‘cunning running’ as it is sometimes called, competing in National championships. I caught the competitive bug and frustrated with a lack of fitness I started serious running. Originally the intent was just to get fitter for orienteering, but it took on a life of its own and I ran my first half marathon at the age of 40, Round The Mountain relay and several fun runs. We had a 3-year stint in Canada where Russell took up golf in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter, and I enjoyed cross-country skiing. Back in Auckland we have been active members of the West Auckland tramping club and Russ has continued his passion for golf at Titirangi, maintaining a 10 handicap. I have completed the Tough Guy Challenge and my first triathlon. (The next tri is in April.) On holiday in the Abel Tasman National Park we




A Paddle in the Harbour by George Lockyer I ’m v e r y f o r t u n a t e t o l i v e i n picturesque Governors Bay, on the Banks Peninsula, only 15 minutes over the Port Hills from Christchurch. It’s only a five-minute trundle from my h o u s e to S a n d y B ea c h R d a n d the water. After 17 years away from kayaking I purchased my Q-Kayak’s Tui at Canoe and Outdoor World in Christchurch, along with a two-wheeled trolley. I’d taken it out half a dozen times and so far had been very impressed. It’s a good basic, stable sea kayak with plenty of room for storage if you fancy a longer trip with camping in mind. It’s morning when I launch. The right blade of my paddle dips hungrily into the briny, powering my kayak a little further onward. The left one rises toward the blue sky as a few drops fall from it like diamonds to merge once more with the ocean. My back muscles bunch and relax and my breathing quickens as I step up the pace. I can hardly keep the grin off my face. Nothing exists but the sea, the sky and my boat knifing through the slight chop of the Harbour. I turn slightly to cut through the wake of a speedboat pulling a water skier. I must admit to feeling slightly nervous. The last Eskimo roll I attempted was in a heated pool a good 20 years ago and 12 thousand miles away so I’m taking no chances. I know I should have more faith in my



abilities (albeit very rusty ones) and the seaworthiness of my boat. On my right I pass Governors Bay jetty, which stretches 400 metres into the water and where last summer my six-year-old son caught his first fish, an unappetizing dogfish, at which even the cat turned up her nose. A cormorant wheels overhead and the wind blows spray in my face. On my other forays into the harbour, the water had been as flat as a millpond but a Southerly has gotten up and things are getting a bit choppy. I approach the tip of Mansons Peninsula and maneuver the Tui through the narrow channel between the mainland and Plum Pudding. This tiny piece of land only becomes an island at high tide. The other side is more exposed to the wind and I really have to dig my paddle in to stay on course for the tip of Moepuka Point. Then it’s a short paddle, this time with the wind at my back to Quail Island, where I pull the kayak up onto the beach, get my flask out and sit down in the sun for a welcome coffee break. In front of me the steel ribs of a wreck point to the sky. There are four shipwrecks, intentionally sunk: nothing romantic I’m afraid. The island’s 81 hectares (or about 200 acres in the old money) sits solidly in the middle of the ancient volcanic crater that is Lyttelton Harbour. Captain Mein Smith was the first European to set foot on the Island back in 1842 of the schooner Deborah. He named it after the large number of native Quail encountered at the time (though not surprisingly, now long

extinct). The Maori name, ‘Otamahua’ means, “to gather sea-bird eggs”. The Island is administered by the Department of Conservation and with the Otamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust, they are embarked upon a project to rid the island of pests and regenerate the native forest. The History of the Quail Island is rich and diverse. It was acquired by The Crown in 1850 from the Ngai Tahu and sold into private hands soon after. It was farmed until 1976 when it became a Recreation Reserve. In 1987 administration of the Island was transferred to DOC. Both Scott and Shackleton quarantined their dog teams here en-route to the Antarctic while their boats were provisioned in Lyttelton. Quail Island was first farmed by Edward Ward who along with his two brothers, came out with the Canterbury pilgrims in 1850 aboard the Charlotte Jane. He herded his cattle from the tip of Moepuka Point, past King Billy Island to Quail Island. At low tide the water is only 600 mm deep but the clinging mud would have made it an exhausting business! As well as being farmed, the Island was also used at one time as a leper colony. Flask stowed away, life jacket on and paddle in hand, it’s back into harness and I continue on. Last year a pod of hectors dolphins was spotted on the South side of the Island, being pursued by something resembling a killer whale. I paddle to the jetty where a scenic cruise boat from Lyttelton docks and rest my arms for a few minutes.

Quail Island

Kayak in Channel



DOC provides extensive signage and walking tracks over the Island. The old farmhouse high on the North side is used as an office. I’m now approaching the more exposed North side. Off to my right I catch a glimpse of the open ocean between the heads. On my left, sea birds nest on the ‘wedding cake’, so named because of the varied strata of rock, testament to the volcanic activity, marching up the cliff face. As I leave Quail Island and strike out for home, a pair of paradise ducks fly low overhead. There’s about six metres of water beneath my kayak. From my low vantage point the chop seems bigger than it probably is. It’s amazing to think that I’m paddling across the flooded crater of an extinct volcano. The complex of Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes began, so archeologists tell us, some 12 million years ago in the Miocene period (I hope they were right about the extinct bit).

and his brother who drowned somewhere close by. They had rowed their homemade boat to collect firewood and apparently a squall got up and overturned the boat. The firewood had probably crushed the two men. A storm raged and almost a week passed before Edward Ward’s body was discovered. His brother Henry was never found. To have endured the privations of the trip from England and meet their end after only six months in the new colony was tragedy indeed. I pull my boat out and onto its trolley. My batteries recharged and morbid thoughts out of my mind I head up the beach road for home.

The waves are directly behind me now and I pick up speed, at times surfing. When I approach Sandy Beach I reflect on the lives of Edward Ward


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Hamilton - It’s on the map by Ruth E. Henderson

The newest Yakity Yak club has finally gained a base, and the latest Canoe and Kayak shop a location, in the pumping heart of the Waikato: Hamilton City, Waikato region, Auckland Province, North Island, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, The Earth, The Universe.... Hamilton, the largest inland city in the country is built around the Waikato River. The AA Visitor Guide describes the general appeal of the region. “The Waikato region is one of the world’s greenest places and richest agricultural producers. Volcanic activity has enriched the soil, producing lush grass for raising dairy cattle, thoroughbred horses and vast stands of exotic timber. At locations where the underground rocks are still hot, mineral springs often rise and are tapped for bathing and drinking.” This statement immediately makes me think Paeroa’s L&P, Te Aroha hot pools, Waingaro Hot Springs...the green, green grass of home.

To find the new hub of kayaking; whether you want to hire a boat, go on a guided tour, take kayaking lessons, join the Yakity Yak club or purchase some gear: check out the map on the back page. Canoe & Kayak, Hamilton is now longer “opening soon” from the 11th April it will be open and pumping!!!

In real estate jargon, having grown up in the Waikato and having lived in Hamilton for over ten years I say, think Hamilton, think location, location, location because the greatest thing about Hamilton is its location. It is land-locked but so central and within easy driving distance of Auckland, Rotorua, Tauranga, Taupo, Thames, Raglan. For kayakers there is much, much more than green grass to camp upon and hot pools to luxuriate in!!! Lets look: first grab a map of the North Island. Find a piece of string, put a knot at one end, and pierce the knot with a pushpin.

Jo Anne Armstrong - Okete Falls, Raglan Harbour

Measure off on the map’s scale 100 km, and mark this distance on the string starting from the knot. Stab Hamilton, and with your homemade drawing compass, draw a circle. Within a 100km radius or within easy striking distance there is the choice of two coasts, the West Coast with Raglan, Aotea and Kawhia harbours or the East Coast and destinations such as Whangamata, Athenree, Mt Maunganui. If the surf is too little or too large for what you have in mind, on one coast, you have an alternative! If you prefer fresh water, there are heaps of lakes: Karapiro, Arapuni, Waikare, Hakamoa not to forget the better known Rotorua lakes, with Taupo just outside the 100km circle. Then there are the rivers: the Waikato and Waipa can provide sedate paddles or epic journeys, and for whitewater excitement there are others such as the Mokau and the Karangahake.

Waiwhara Bay, Raglan Harbour




The Sea Going Kayak The versatility of Sea Kayaks is one of the great appealing factors for those looking for fun and adventure on the water. Sea Kayaks are craft that are as much at home exploring inland waterways as they are on journeys along the rugged open coast. Only the extent of conditions and the skill of the paddler will limit the options for a well-designed and maintained boat.

the physique and capability of the paddler are more important.

Storage space. A great appeal of sea kayaking is the ability to carry more than just the essential items. Whilst overall size of the boat will influence the scale of decadence, it is worth keeping in mind that larger, longer boats whilst giving extensive volume are likely to be heavier and slightly less manoeuvrable, particularly in rock gardens and the surf.

Construction type. Your choice of construction type is likely to be influenced by the amount you want to spend, how carefully you handle your craft and your creativity.

My first kayak was a ‘fabric on frame’ boat that my father gave my brother and me one Christmas, and from there our assortment of craft gradually expanded. It includes a second canvas boat, an 18 foot open sea tourer, beautifully constructed in moulded mahogany ply and known to us as ‘KAOS’.

Current Options include roto-molded polyethylene (plastic), or composite (fibre glass/ carbon/kevlar). Each has merits. Plastic boats are durable and relatively cheap; glass boats are lighter, rigid and able to be repaired with ease, but they are more expensive.

I now find that I am particularly at home in my faithful and functional ‘Penguin’ which serves me particularly well in both roles of recreational paddler and Sea Kayaking teacher. Many other boats that intrigue me, however my loyalty to my existing boat and my deep pockets convince me to stick to what I have.

Locally produced, vacuum formed ABS boats plastic boats provide substantial weight reductions; increased rigidity; the ability to make repairs or modify using polyester resin or even to customise by painting with readily available automotive products.

What influences your choice of boat?

As a truly dedicated individual you might wish to create your own craft in wood. The most common types of construction are plywood stitch and glue or strip cedar. Both can produce strong, durable, lightweight boats with monumental aesthetic appeal. If you have the time and desire to produce a unique vessel, this is a most functional and rewarding alternative.

Stability Stability is your friend, and whilst it is often suggested that stability and straight-line speed are inversely proportional, the difference in straightline performance between most sea kayaks is marginal. Yes, it is generally correct that longer narrow boats can be faster than shorter boats, but

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Another option, fabric on frame, is closely linked to traditional construction methods. Contemporary versions are available but not often seen in New Zealand. This type of boat is light and uniquely can be folded away. It is recognised and used by kayaking icons such as John Dowd, a substantial endorsement in itself. These boats carry a hefty price tag, which may explain their scarcity in New Zealand. If synergy were to exist between dreams and technology, my perfect boat would have the durability of plastic with the aesthetic appeal of wood; the low weight of skin on frame and the strength and rigidity of carbon/kevlar. To date however it doesn’t, so I go by what serves my priorities best. If you who, like me, appreciate the shape and lines of your kayak as much as its functionality, try not to be too concerned to prevent scrapes and grazes on your precious boat. It is after all a vessel whose heritage is steeped in purpose, exploration and survival. It is a craft that will serve you well when conditions have become too extreme for most other craft, if you have the skills to do it justice. For some, this is when the fun begins. I particularly enjoyed the last few sentences in the chapter on finishing in Nick Schades book ‘The Strip-Built Sea Kayak.’ “Carry it to the water and carefully lay the kayak in. Paddle it from the shore with great care, avoiding any potential hazard. Do this every time you paddle until, eventually, the day will come when, thanks to a lapse of attention, you will hit a rock or stump that you didn’t see. The boat is now scratched. Your kayak is now complete”.

Letter to the Editor Hi Ruth Greetings from the other side (of the world that is). A couple of our Poole Harbour Canoe Club Members have just returned after spending Christmas in your wonderful country, bringing back a copy of your mag for us poor people to have an ogle at. Looking through your mag, it seems that wherever you go, kayaking brings out the same qualities in people (or does the water just get to the same few brain cells?) The main differences are the spectacular rivers and coastline you guys have (envy) and the aquatic wildlife around your coast (no envy —you can keep the fish with the big teeth!!).



We do get a regular number of people who holiday in N.Z. and when they get back to the U.K. having had a good time paddling on holiday, they look up a club and take up paddling. Many thanks for the recruits. As a club, we are always keen to forge links with people from other parts of the world. We have even twinned with a kayak club across the channel in Cherbourg. They have 2 junior kayak champions and we have 1. So if you have any readers coming to the U.K. who would like to visit our little corner of the country; they can look us up at Here in Dorset we have the heritage Jurassic coastline and not too far away there are some very

good surf beaches. Our white water is mostly on the rivers in Devon and Cornwall during our winter (no glacial melt I’m afraid) and of course we have our beautiful harbour. For the completely potty there is the rodeo capitol of the U.K at Hurley Weir on the Thames in London just 2 hr drive away. Finally a question. Why are almost all kayakers so preoccupied with stuffing their boats with enough food to feed a small army and then determined to eat in the most out of the way place they can find? Happy Paddling Geoff Goulden Quartermaster for Poole Harbour Canoe Club

Andrew Mount and his father Maurice. Faithful ‘Penguin’ on left, with two canvas covered kayaks of unknown design. They were recovered in the late 1970’s by Mr Pegram of Whenuapai. Both are still in good functional condition.




Yakity Yak by Bronnie VanLith Have you thought about trying something different? Joining a sport that is fun and where you can meet new friends and explore new places? Then why not give the Yakity Yak kayak club a go. Some common concerns about joining the club are:

I don’t know if I can kayak, I have never even sat in one before.

Answer, Most people who join the club are novices. This is why we put you on a weekend long course first; to build up your skills and confidence while giving you the opportunity to see if you think you will like it.

I am not very strong or fit. I don’t want to be a liability.

Answer: You won’t. We have a huge range of people with different fitness and strength levels. The club has a very supportive and nurturing culture. We always paddle to the slowest person. When we plan a trip that takes a little more fitness, we let members know.

I don’t like camping.

Small tunnel

Answer. Not all our trips are overnight stays. We do lots of day trips also.

I am too old or too young.

Answer. Our youngest member is 13. ( Well actually I sometimes take my children on the trips. The youngest being 3yrs ) Our oldest member is 82yrs. You are only as old as you think you are.

I haven’t got a kayak.

Answer. As a club member you can hire one at half price! You also get a special club discount if you ever decide to buy one. So come on, get out there and live life !! Give it a go!! Ask about the club at any Canoe & Kayak store.

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Ferry choc-a-block with kayaks

Where is this club going to take us to next?

Phew it’s hot!

Can I paddle up here?

Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers N.Z. Inc. (KASK) KASK is a network of sea kayakers throughout New Zealand

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KASK publishes a 146 page sea kayaking handbook which is free to new members: the handbook contains all you need to know about sea kayaking: techniques and skills, resources, equipment, places to go etc. KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing trip reports, events, book reviews, technique/ equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’ file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.

Website: Annual subscription is $25.00.

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What’s On Kids Holiday Programme 10-16 year olds A great way for your kids to get into the safe fun sport of kayaking. We will teach them to be safe

competent kayakers over three half days with a full day adventure to finish off. Once this initial training is complete they can experience an overnight kayaking trip with the Yakity Yak Kayak Club. The cost per child is $195. This includes Yakity Yak Club membership, transport, food and kayak gear hireage. Ask your local Canoe and Kayak shop for more details.

1st May 2005 - Cambridge to Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise The Cambridge to Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise is New Zealand’s longest running kayaking event. Started over 25 years ago by Auckland Canoe Club, this was a social event which, while catering for the fast paddlers always included a cruising option for those who wanted to paddle the picturesque Waikato River but not compete. It was an event, which frequently attracted family groups, and three generations paddling together were not uncommon. Average numbers competing were usually around 120.

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Three years ago, organizing this race became too time consuming for volunteers and it seemed that the Race was doomed to slip into oblivion. However, Auckland Canoe Centre took it over, turned it into a commercial venture and started getting sponsorship from most of the kayak manufacturers and importers. The number of competitors has continued to grow and this year it is estimated that there will be 250-300. Auckland Canoe Centre has been sold and is now

called Auckland Canoe and Kayak, but the Cambridge-Hamilton Race and Cruise continues to be organized by former Auckland Canoe Centre owners, Su and Peter Sommerhalder under the name of Akarana Kayaks. Entry forms will be available soon from most North Island Kayak shops, otherwise email or and a copy will be sent to you.

Damming the Mokau River in Totoro Gorge will kill the white water rapids

Located about 30 kilometres south of Te Kuiti, the Totoro Gorge section of the Mokau River offers excellent Grade 3+ white water as the river tumbles over a series of bedrock formations. The run starts below the existing power station at Wairere Falls. Unlike most Taranaki Rivers, which are fed by rain from Mt. Taranaki, the Mokau flows from the north and has a large catchment. This means that the Mokau provides summer kayaking - an important asset when other ‘naki’ rivers are suffering from dehydration. King Country Energy (KCE) wants to dam the river approx 4.5km down from the put-in. This means that instead of awesome white water rapids in bedrock formations we will have an oversized, weed-infested goldfish pond. KCE have grossly understated the amenity value

of the white water on this river and their plans will be strongly contested by kayaking interests. The existing power station at Wairere Falls is a run of river, which spills at a very low flow and does not store significant amounts of water. This station

is kayaker-friendly but the new proposal with its large dam and storage reservoir spells death to the famous Mokau white water rapids. For more information updates etc keep an eye on Alan Bell.

Silent Night By Ruth E. Henderson Whilst on a quest for a new Coromandel campsite for a future Yakity Yak Club trip, Ian, Mum and I stopped at the tranquil farmland setting of Colville Farm Holidays. At 4pm I saw a bubbling brook, swimming hole, expansive views over lush pasture to the hills and mountains beyond; facilities of hot showers, flush loo, power for Mum’s campervan, dogfriendly/tolerant rules, flat land for my puptent,



for me and my pup...idyllic. In the adjacent backpackers, reading the ‘Clear file’ stuffed with things to do, my brain failed to translate “On Friday night, homeless bands in the area, practise in the house over the road, you are welcome...” into NOISE. This was not the only brain failure and the band was the least of the disturbances. The last of the Auckland evacuees must have left at about 9pm. By 1am the traffic stream slowed and finally was silent. Some travellers decided to join us. The ladies from Lebanon or was it Lisbon?

spoke excitedly, loudly and laughed long into the night, then coughed for the remainder. The man and his daughter argued so angrily when she refused to ‘take her pills’ that I popped my head out, thinking I could be witness to murder most foul. Cows bellowed, horses tore at the grass... and an old dog WAS taught new tricks!!

PFD (PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE) Day Two have updated 2 of their most popular buoyancy vests.

KIWITEA This popular '1 size fits all' vest has had its front pocket made larger to take even more handy items when heading out on the water. It also now has a reflective strip on the rear for better visibility in low light paddling. Available in red, blue or gold. $139 RRP


The most popular vests for multisport, touring and cruising. The rear pocket on this jacket has been made larger to fit much bigger drinks bladders and reflective tape has been put on the top of the vest for better visibility. The front pockets have been made larger too and one of the pockets closes with Velcro to keep your keys and other small items safe in the event of a capsize. Colours, red, blue or gold. Sizes S/M/L. $219 RRP

Keep paddling through the winter and stay warm and dry with this Rasdex jacket. Made from textured fabric, it feels great and has reflective piping for extra visibility in low light. Available in Blue/Black or Red/Black. $425 RRP

PUTTING YOUR KAYAK ON THE CAR HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER LIBERTY LOADER Make summer easy with The Liberty Loader: Even a petite lass can load a large sea kayak by herself. $355

WHEELS FOR YOUR KAYAK Make life easy with this essential addition to your kayak. The Canoe & Kayak Trollies are made of stainless steel so they don’t rust. Wide wheels which don’t sink in the sand & a dinky little stand to make loading your kayak, the kids & your fishing gear on the trolly real easy. KAYAK TROLLY $249 RRP


BILGE PUMPS TO PUMP YOUR BOAT DRY Essential safety equipment for all sea kayakers and open canoeists. Also great fun in a water fight. Arnie watch out! $74.95 RRP

PADDLE FLOATS TO RESCUE YOU Essential for all single sea kayaks. “This is the spare tyre for kayaks”. $89.96 RRP

USE YOUR PHONE AT SEA Keep your phone free from water, dust and dirt. Waterproof for half an hour to a depth of 1 metre, with a flexible dial surface and goretex audio membrane to allow use without removal from box. Supplied with variable tops to allow room for different phone sizes, with or without antenna. $89.95 RRP




Taupo High-School Trip to the Whanganui River by Rhena Landefeld I had come a long way from Germany hoping to find a nice sports company for work experience. I ended up working for the new Canoe & Kayak Centre in Auckland and had a great time. Especially because I got the o p p o r tu n i t y to j o i n a f i v e - d ay Whanganui River Trip, which was just overwhelming! Thanks Pete! It was a nice and sunny Monday when the Canoe & Kayak team of Pete, Peter, Mike, Tam and I met the 18 high school kids and 3 adults at the school grounds in Taupo. Everybody was excited, looking forward to their Whanganui River Journey. My first impression was that we would never get all the piled-up gear into the kayaks, but I forgot about the four Old Town Canoes we had on the trailer, mainly to carry all the barrels and bags. Lucky us! Fortunately we did not lose any of the vans, boats or gear on the 35 km of unsealed and bumpy road to our starting point Whakahoro, where we unloaded the vans and trailers and packed all the gear into the boats. The canoes must have looked like swimming donkeys with their heavy load, and at 2.30 pm we finally made it onto the water. The sun burned and the clear water looked tempting to jump in. Although most of the kids had never paddled before and some got stuck or turned without intention, we survived the first day without a single capsize! Well done kids! We spent our first night at Mangapapa campsite, where two other groups had already put up their tents. Some kids jumped off the cliffs and went for a swim before sunset. We spent a pleasant evening under the stars and shortly after dinner everybody disappeared into their tents. For the inexperienced outdoor traveller from Germany (me) it was the first night in wilderness with collected rain as drinking water, a sleeping bag to keep warm and even worse, a long drop as a toilet. But as I was told “it’s great fun” and most people in New Zealand really like camping, I thought the spoiled German girl would survive this trip, too. And that’s what I did - as you can see - and I did not even complain at all! Tuesday morning we were on the water at 9am. The weather forecast was not good for the next



three days, but apparently you cannot predict the weather on the Whanganui River! We were in a good mood. We paddled 16 km along the winding river with sun and clouds alternating. The first boats became victims of rapids and the passengers were helped to an unintentional swim. We reached Tamatea Cave and the opposite campsite Ohauora at lunchtime and decided to spend our second night there. It was a good decision because minutes after we had put up our tents it started raining. Nevertheless we had a fun afternoon and evening sitting under a shelter with a bonfire in front of it, talking, eating (Pete made some of his famous banana fritters), singing and playing games. Interesting how grown ups can become children in the wilderness, playing “I spy with my little eye...” not to get bored! “Want another Tim Tam, Tam?” On the second night on the river, I learnt that it is not a good idea to choose a loamy soil for camping when it’s raining... When we wanted to return to our tents it was so muddy, we had to be careful not to lose our shoes or get stuck in the slippery ground. Another obstacle was provided by a big group of kids who had arrived in the afternoon. Their tents now blocked the entry to ours, and we had to fight our way around their ‘buildings’. Another experience occurred to the ignorant German visitor this night. At 2.30am Pete blew the emergency signal and we had to come down and pull our boats further up the bank. Because of the steady and heavy rain, the river had risen and our boats were now endangered. At this time of night we were not even sure if we could carry on the next day, because you’re not allowed to paddle the river while the water level is rising. It was an exciting night! We went back to sleep and when we woke up in the morning raindrops were still falling on our tents. We spent an easy-going morning with bacon & eggs for breakfast under the shelter, watching the river, which fortunately did not rise any more. Our leaders decided to move on and so we left Okauora at about 10.30am. In Germany we have a saying that translates as “When angels travel, the sun will shine...” and so it happened to us. Once we launched, the rain stopped and at times the sun guided our way. Today the water was murky and the river ran much faster than the days before. We did not need to paddle at all; the river did all the work for us.

We leaned back and enjoyed the landscape. Because of the heavy rain, many pretty waterfalls had magically appeared at the riversides. Some of them went straight down the cliffs, others came down in steps or even in a cave so that you could only hear it splash. We saw goats climbing on the cliffs and disappearing between the trees. Floating timber was probably the only danger we had. Most of the rapids were easier to negotiate with the higher water level. We arrived at John Coull Hut at lunchtime and again decided to stay. The weather was quite good, so we had the chance to dry our wet gear. Even if most of us would have liked to move on at first, again the decision made by our leaders was right. The kids enjoyed sleeping in a hut and the adults enjoyed the free afternoon drying tents and gear, reading and relaxing. Some of us stayed active and learned ferry gliding on the river with Tam and Mike in open canoes; others sat in the sun and watched wild pigeons playing in the trees. The evening and night were very cold and shortly after dinner everyone disappeared into warm sleeping bags - softly rocked into sleep by constant snoring from a certain neighbour’s tent. After three short days we had to paddle a long distance of 29 km on Thursday. We got up early to be the first on the water at 8am. It was misty and the clouds were hanging low in the river valley, which usually foretells a good day. And that was exactly what happened. We had the most beautiful and lovely day on the river; the sun was burning hot, the river was still fast, we paddled easily - simply enjoying the day. Big tree ferns which clung to the steep riverbanks moved in the wind, birds were singing and amazing waterfalls were a benefit for the eyes. At lunchtime we arrived at Mangapurua campsite opposite the walkway to the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. The canoes brought us to the other side of the river where our explorer group started to make its way through the forest. The ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ is one of the most famous features of the river. It was built in 1936 as part of a road from Raetihi to the river, but unfortunately has never been used. Life in this area had become too hard, so the farmers there were forced to leave. In 1946 the bridge was re-discovered, overgrown with grass and scrub. It got cleaned up, signposted and it now stands as a mute testimony to the failed effort to settle the region. Very impressive! The track from

Setting out

Tent city



the landing to the bridge is signed to take 40 minutes. But I tell you, it’s not a big deal to make it in 30 minutes with a bunch of energetic kids!

some of us even got the chance to listen to the historical story of the marae and the explanations of the pole carvings. Wonderful!

Back on the river after lunch we paddled on to Tieke Kainga. The sun was still hot and so the kids decided to have a cool down with water fights. Mike and Pickles made an impressive seat change on the railing of one of the canoes. Pete and Lauren, who tried to copy them, ended up having a swim. But no matter, they got rescued...! And the sun quickly dried them again.

Again, we had a very nice evening with cooking next to our tents and the kids playing rugby against some Maori boys. Later on we were invited to join the Maoris in the hut, watching school performances and talking. But our journey was not supposed to end as comfortable as this day...

Our destination camp for the last night, Tieke Kainga, has been revived as a marae about ten years ago. Now everyone is welcome on the marae, but you are asked to observe protocol. So it happened that when we arrived on the riverbank, we were asked, and explained how, to participate in the Powhiri (welcome). A Maori school group, already staying at Tieke, called us onto the marae and gave us a traditional welcome with singing, speaking and showing the Haka (war dance). We laid a gift on the ground and finally greeted everyone in the traditional form, by pressing noses (Hongi). It was a very special, amazing and impressing experience. Afterwards

Maree at Tieke Kainga



In the evening clouds had already covered the sky and at night it started raining again and became colder. Once we woke up the rain was still steadily banging onto our tents. This morning nobody really wanted to get up, but we had to carry on because we were to be picked up at Pipiriki at 2.30pm. We put on all the warm clothing we could find but by the time we had taken down our tents, loaded our boats and were on the water we were soaking wet and cold. Pete explained the risks of this weather when you are on the water, so we paddled on, hoping that we would survive the last day without any complications. The wind was strong and made us feel the cold even more. We had 21.5 km remaining for our last day and spent

most of it freezing, not noticing the landscape around us. Tam and Mike tried to keep the kids happy with singing. That’s how it happened that the song “100 bottles of beer on the wall” was counted down to zero. As we reached Ngaporo campsite nobody really wanted to get out of their boats, but it was more than time to have a break because most of us had already started shivering. Even in the rain Pete managed to start a fire, put up a tarpaulin against the wind and insisted on warming up and eating no matter how long it took. Good on him, we all felt much better when we carried on. The rain had stopped but the wind was still strong. As the landscape changed and the riverbanks got flatter, we really had to fight against the wind and the waves pushing us up stream. It might have been quicker to walk the rest of our way than to paddle against the wind! But finally we made it to the landing at Pipiriki, where we got picked up. We were one hour late, wet, cold and exhausted - but as Pete would say, “It was just another day in paradise!” And don’t forget, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!” Thanks Pete for taking me along and making it a unique work experience!

Moody river

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INTRIGUE Multisport Kayak, paddle, spray skirt and buoyancy aid.

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34 kg 83 cm 4.70m From $1349

ACADIA 470 A great fun family boat with plenty of freeboard allowing for a heavy load. Excellent for sheltered water exploring. Paddles quickly and has excellent stability. Dry storage compartment. Weight: Width: Length: Price:




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17 kg 68 cm 2.8 m $819

ACADIA 280 A light easy to use family kayak. Enjoyable paddling for the whole family in sheltered waters.

21.77 kg 597 mm 5.046 m From $1995

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23.5 kg 62 cm 4.5m $1360

EXPEDITION is designed to go fast. It is built to accelerate quickly and get

SWIFT The swift is an easy handling and stable sit-on-top, with a hull

to its top speed in a short period of time. This boat has lots of storage and is ideal for any paddler interested in performance touring, sea kayaking and long distance cruising.

shape similar to that of a sit-in kayak to give it greater speed. The standard Swift comes rigged with a rudder and storage compartments, making it the ideal craft for those longer trips or a day out fishing beyond the breakers.

Weight: 22.68 kg Width: 711 mm Length: 4.55 m Price: $1195 (x A hatch and tank straps incl.)

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

27 kg 750 mm 3.46 m $910

TOURER This kayak has it all, even an adjustable leg length rudder

ESCAPADE Great general purpose kayak for fishing, diving and having

system. 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. The integrated keel provides stability and efficiency.

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driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies 25.90 kg 915 mm 3.81 m From $1095

THE TANDEM ‘two person’ is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring with great hatches for storing your adventure equipment. Now available with three person option. It is often used by one person. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

17.27 kg 710 mm 3.10 m From $649

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18.18 kg 790 mm 3.43 m From $895

THE EXPLORER is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring and one of the

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36.36 kg 915 mm 5.03 m From $1295

THE TRIPLE is an excellent performing family Sit-on. The centre seat area is dry with heaps of room so the kids can move and fidget without causing the adults any concern. The centre space also allows for storage of heaps of camping equipment. Weight: 25.85 kg Width: 914 mm Length: 3.81 m Price: From $995 (hatches & accessories not included)

FISH ‘N DIVE The ultimate fishing/diving kayak. A large well is located in the stern and holds up to three tanks. There is one centrally located seat and a smaller companion seat near the bow. It can also be fitted with an optional motor bracket for an electric trolling or small outboard engine. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

15 kg 780 mm 2.7m $469

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

34 kg 840 mm 4.75 m $1459

SQUIRT 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. Weight: Width: Length Price:

SWING 470 PLUS A fantastic two person cruising kayak which is stable

23 kg 750 mm 3.3 m $770

and fast. It has plenty of storage and great features to make your adventures fun.

ESCAPEE Probably the closest you will come to finding one kayak that Weight: Width: Length: Price:

25 kg 780 mm 4.01 m $1039

SWING 400 PLUS Flat water cruising, well appointed with gear storage inside. Also includes an optional extra pod that detaches, which is great for carrying your fishing gear to your favourite spot. The pod can also be used as a seat. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

does it all. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

22.7 kg 810 mm 3.12 m $889

TORRENT FREEDOM Great for the surf and the river with awesome manoeuvrability. Excellent finish.

14 kg 700 mm 3m $710

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

32 kg 830 mm 4.2 m $1160

SPRITE ONE A kayak for the family, able to seat an adult and child. Easy paddling, adjustable seat back and clip down hand grabs, paddles well in a straight line and is very stable. Suits flat water conditions.

DELTA DOUBLE Fun for the whole family at the beach or lake. Plenty of room and great stability.

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21 kg 770 mm 2.5 m $630

32 kg 820 mm 4.5 m From $1170 to $1590

WHIZZ A great multi-purpose family boat for big kids and small kids alike.

SPRITE TWO Two person cruiser, comes with dry gear storage. Fast,

Lots of fun this summer at the beach. (Hot surfer!)

stable and easy to use. Adjustable back rest. Suits flat water conditions. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

27 kg 67 cm 470 cm $1260 (Std) $1490 (Expedition)

NAPALI 470 The Napali 470 has been loaded with lots of technical features. It is a stable sit-on-top, and as efficient as a standard-size touring boat. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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NAPALI 520 We took the lines of the Napali 470 and stretched them out to nearly 5.2m and added another seat. The result is the Napali 520, a most efficient tandem sit-on-top.

16 kg 685 mm 2.92 m $795

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

32 kg 74 cm 520 cm $1499 (Std) $1899 (Expedition)

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20 kg 710 mm 2.98 m $849

Five O Amazing surf sit-on-top. Fun, agile and performance orientated.

LAKE AND SEA KAYAKS Weight: Width: Length: Price:

35 kg 800 mm 4.87 m $2579

CONTOUR 490 This double Sea Kayak is an ideal day tourer with the easy ability to do those weekend camping expeditions. It handles well, is fun to paddle and has well appointed accessories. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price: Tourer Expedition

45 kg 760 mm 5.64 m $3379

ECO NIIZH 565 XLT This upgraded model is proving a hit with its new lighter weight and some excellent features. We now have a plastic double sea kayak that is great to use for all those amazing expeditions and adventures. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Your height, weight and paddling ability will affect the type of kayak best suited for your needs. Ask for advice at your specialist kayak shop. 20 kg 675 mm 3.7 m $1229 $1429

ACADIA 370 Flat water cruising, well appointed, a nifty adjustable backrest, an access hatch in the back which is great for carrying your extra gear.

27 kg 62 cm 480cm $2039

Weight: Width: Length: Basic Excel Excel lightweight

Std 22kg 610 mm 4.4 m $1410 $1750 $1920

CONTOUR 480 Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. A

TUI EXCEL A versatile touring kayak for lake, river and sea. Stability,

channelled hull provides outstanding tracking that helps keep you on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

speed and easy tracking make for an enjoyable day’s paddling. A larger cockpit allows for easier entry and exit.

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27 kg 610 mm 5.3 m $2550 $2820

TASMAN EXPRESS 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. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

22 kg 610 mm 5.3 m $3980

Std 26 kg 590 mm 5.4 m $2559

TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlar

ECOBEZHIG 540 An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge

Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, and increased stiffness, gives even better performance.

storage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will ever meet.

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CONTOUR 450 This kayak is designed for day tripping and light overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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26kg 640mm 4.5 m $1889

25 kg 610 mm 4.8 m $2250 $2520

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

23kg kevlar/carbon 600 mm 5.6 m $4110 Kevlar

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22kg 600 mm 5.4 m $3960 Kevlar

TORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling extreme

SOUTHERN SKUA Fast, stable sea kayak. Great in the rough and in the

expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

wind. Well appointed for expedition and day trips. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: 22kg Width: 590 mm Length: 5m Price: $3110 (Freight charges may apply)

CHALLENGE 5 Slightly larger volume than the Sequel and lighter at 22kg. A fast and stable touring sea kayak well appointed and featuring a great rudder/steering system. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

WANDERER EXCEL A stable fun kayak which is easy to handle. This is an enjoyable kayak for all the family. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

26kg 580 mm 4.93 m $2099 North Island $2195 South Island

SEQUEL 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.


22kg 600 mm 4.5 m $1785 North Island $1903 South Island

BREEZE Fully appointed sea kayak. Light weight and agile with a long waterline giving good speed in a smaller sea kayak. Designed with the lighter paddler in mind. Suitable for day or overnight trips. Fun in a compact package.

Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.


34kg 820 mm 4.5 m $1690

We have many more kayaks available so please ask if you cannot see what you want.


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

11kg 450mm 5.65m $2995

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for the smaller paddler in the 50 to 70kg range. It is 5.65 metres long, which is half way between the length of the Swallow and the Opus and it has a maximum beam of 450mm. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

16.5 kg 500mm 6.4 m $3495 kevlar & carbon $2995 fibreglass

OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the ‘Length of New Zealand Race’ and built around the safety criteria drawn up for that race. The Ocean X is also very suitable for kayak racing in the many harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the kayak sections of many multisport races.

12.5 kg 450mm 5.89m $2995

OPUS This kayak is for the competitive multisporter who has mastered the mid range kayaks like the Swallow and is paddling the river with skill and enjoyment. Advanced paddling ability is required to enjoy racing this Kayak. Weight: Width: Length: Price:



Weight: Width: Length: Price:

14.5 kg 540 mm 4.94m $2295

INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability.

12 kg 480mm 5.4 m $2795


Length: Price:

SWALLOW The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with good

13.5 kg Kevlar 12 kg Carbon / Kevlar 6.2 m $3095 Kevlar $3295 Carbon / Kevlar

stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak.

F1 This innovative new multisport kayak is designed for the advanced and Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg depending on construction Width: 510 mm Length: 6.43 m Price: $2980 - $3330 depending on construction

elite paddler. This radical kayak is fast with considerable secondary stability and is fitted with our new “bikini” seat. It will accelerate with ease, cutting wave trains and eliminating rocking.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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

19.09 kg 585 mm 5.03 m $1495

THE ELIMINATOR is a fast stable racing Weight: Weight:

26 26kg kg Glass Kevlar/Carbon 24kg Kevlar Width: 550mm Width: 550 mm Length: 7m Length: 7m Price: $4995 Price: $4995Glass - $5495 $5495 depending on construction Kevlar/Carbon

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.

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

Give your specialist kayak shop a call and talk to one of our friendly team to help choose the best kayak for you.

Easy finance available from

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Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice. Accessories and hatches as pictured may not be included in price.





Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage 2




A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a technically correct and safe paddler. The course progresses so you develop techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results. This course is run over a weekend or by request in the evenings.

This course covers the skills required to become a technically correct Eskimo Roller. You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle in more challenging conditions. Being able to eskimo roll will make you a more competent, safe and capable paddler.

A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a technically correct paddler. Starting off in a heated pool and progressing through flat water to moving water, it allows you to develop techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results.


Course: 4 evening sessions COST $200

Course: Weekend COST $349

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $200

COST $295

Stage 3

This course covers the skills required to become a technically correct Eskimo Roller. This will increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle in more challenging conditions.

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 4

MULTISPORT On this course we continue to build on the skills gained on Stage One and Two Courses. Developing your skills, technique and confidence on the faster moving white water of the Waikato River and progressing on to a Sunday day trip on the Mohaka River. Includes, eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills in River Rescue techniques and River Reading.

During this course we build on the skills gained on the Stage One to Three Courses. Developing your moving water skills, technique and confidence in your Multi Sport Kayak. We start on the Mohaka River on Saturday and progress to the Whanganui on Sunday for some big water paddling. River racing competency letters are awarded to those who meet the standard and criteria as outlined on the Grade Two Competency Certificate. A copy is available from Canoe & Kayak Shops.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Course: Weekend • COST $349

RIVER SKILLS WEATHER & NAVIGATION Understanding the weather and ability to navigate in adverse conditions is vital when venturing into the outdoors. Learn to use charts and compasses and forecast the weather using maps and the clouds.

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $150

OCEANS COURSE An advanced course designed to build on your skills. Covering paddling technique, kayak control, rescues, preparation, planning and decision making.

Course: Weekend/overnight. COST $350

Stage 6

Stage 6

Stage 5

Stage 5 KAYAKING SURF COURSE Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. We will spend the evenings starting off in small surf and building up to one and a half metre waves. We will use a range of sit on tops and kayaks to make it fun and easy to learn. Skills to be taught include surfing protocol, paddling out, direction control, tricks and safety


Course: 4 evening sessions COST $349

Programme One Evening Cost $60

You need rescue skills to look after yourself and your paddling buddies in adverse conditions. This course covers Towing systems, Capsized kayaks, T Rescues, Paddle floats, Stern Deck Carries, Re-enter and Roll.

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This course is designed to sharpen your whitewater skills and start learning simple rodeo moves. We will focus on skills such as river reading, body position and rotation, advanced paddle technique, playing in holes and negotiating higher Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids. Ideally you should already be paddling the mid section of Rangitaiki or equivalent.

This course is designed to cover likely scenarios on white water rivers. The course is suitable for paddlers who feel comfortable on Grade One to Two rivers. The areas covered are rope skills, muscle techniques, team control, heads up, risk management and combat swimming. Also covering skills required in the following situations: entrapments, kayak raps, swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

Tri/Sea Buoyancy Aid valued at $219 Name: Email: Address: Phone: Please send me information on: Size: S M L XL Send form to: WIN A TRI/SEA VEST; NZ Kayak Magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale or phone (09) 421 0662.

Directory: Things To Do

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

$85 per person (bookings essential. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

TAUPO Accommodation 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.

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

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

All this for $40 per person. Phone 06 842 1305

Paddle to the Pub 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!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company Phone: 09 473 0036

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...

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: $40 adult $25 children Special group and family rates. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details.

Waitara River Tours

Price: $100 per person. Call freephone 0800 KAYAKN for details. Phone: Taupo 07 378 1003, Hawke’s Bay 06 842 1305

Mokau River

For those who are slightly more adventurous at heart, this is a scenic trip with the excitement of grade two rapids. Midway down, we paddle under the historic Betran Rd Bridge where we will stop for a snack.

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.

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

Two day trips $220.00 or one day $70.00. Phone 06 769 5506

Okura River Tours Exploring Karepiro Bay and the Okura Marine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip with abundant wildlife and a stop at Dacre Cottage, the historic 1840 settlers house, which is only accessible by boat.

Okura River Kayak Hire Company Phone: 09 473 0036

Twilight Tours Departs from one of The East Coast Bays beautiful beaches. Enjoy the scenic trip with the sun setting over the cliff tops as you paddle along the coast line. COST: $49.00 • Group discounts available!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company Phone: 09 473 0036 Mobile: 025 529 255

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

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

Contact your local store on 0508 KAYAKNZ

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

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

Allow 3 hours subject to weather. $50.00 per person. Phone 06 769 5506

NZKI 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

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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ to find out more



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