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Issue 31 Down the Mekong 6 Kelvin Oram continues his quest to paddle 7 rivers

Biscuits to BBQ


2005 KASK FORUM 34 Paul Caffyn gives a report on the antics at Anakiwa over Easter. Cambridge to Hamilton Race and Cruise 36 Make a diary note now for next year! 7th May

Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Taupo A dream is fulfilled by Val Wallace.


Great Mercury Island - Great kayaking 11 Christine Watson tells of a marvellous experience amongst a wonderland of Geysers, blowholes and rock gardens.

Playboating 14 Get to Taupo, and throw down some moves.

An Exhausting Easter 19 Young Martyn Pearson gives us the low down on a trip to Hokianga harbour.

Product Focus Check out the Rasdex paddle jacket prize.


Marketing Man Meet Steve Smith


A perfect day at Lake Taupo 38 Les Dollard reckons this is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, and with fish to boot! The Challenge, the Obsession 22 Annabel Smith couldn’t resist the pull of the Speight’s Coast to Coast.

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What’s On - Intrepid Kiwis


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Kayak tuition Directory - accommodation, tours and kayak hire.


The First NZKBGT 28 The DIY brigade shows off and try out each other’s beautiful craft and paddles.

Yakity Yak 30 The Taupo club show us the lure of this region. Mayor Island 16 The Bay of Plenty Yakity Yak club have awesome snorkelling, paddling and fishing.

The Home Bay Experience 32 The comings and goings of twenty-six North Shore Yakity Yak clubbies.

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ANZAC Day, 2005 on the Whanganui River at first light, 22 kayakers aged from 13 to 60 plus joined thousands elsewhere in New Zealand, bowed their heads and remembered those who met the challenges thrown at them and the sacrifices they made. It was a poignant moment. It seems to me that the soldiers, sailors, airmen and others who protected and improved our nation ‘gave it a go’ even when they were scared and unsure, largely because they were brought up to stand on their own feet within their teams. Their youth was spent outdoors. They were fit, mentally alert and ready for anything. Parents still encourage their children’s sports and outdoor activities to give them an experienced-based education. While coaching my son’s soccer team I’ve noticed that the youngsters are learning to deal with success, failure, pain, hard work, practice and patience. Most significantly they are more confident in their own ability to succeed in something new, and perhaps daunting. But are we doing enough in these days of home entertainment to bring up the next

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Down the Mekong

by Kelvin Oram

Kelvin continues his quest to paddle 7 rivers and to raise both awareness and funds for Save the Children.

Laos The magical 5 weeks I spent paddling down the Mekong’s muddy, swirling waters started in the Laos capital of Vientiane - such a quiet, relaxed place that it feels more like a small town than a capital city. As I set off down the 1km wide river with Laos on my left and Thailand on my right, I knew that communicating with the locals was going to be a challenge; then there were the sections of rapids to negotiate in the south; the possibility of getting lost and tossed over a waterfall in the 4000 islands and the incredibly hot and humid climate. But even with these concerns, my general feeling was one of excitement! My Laos phrasebook was on the whole flippin useless, I could tell people that my room was flooded and I didn’t want MSG in my noodle soup but I couldn’t ask what village I was in! Luckily, it did have the phrase for “can I stay here the night please?” which, if you say it quickly enough sounds a bit like “kick you in the balls!” This is difficult to forget and I got quite proficient in asking people whether I could stay with them without referring to the phrasebook. The only other phrase that I managed to learn by heart was “thank you”, not just because it sounded like “gobshite” but also because the hospitality of the Lao people was so overwhelming. Each evening, about an hour before sunset I would find a small fishing village and ask if I could stay. The Mekong is populated along virtually its entire length on fertile silt covered banks. Generally the whole village (sometimes 150 - 200 people!) would rush out to see the funny Barang (white guy) and his strange air-filled boat. They then would help to carry all my gear up to a patch of ground in the middle of the village where I could pitch my tent. THE CIRCUS HAD COME TO TOWN! From then on I was the entertainment for the evening, everything I did from clowning around with the kids to cooking my noodles and erecting my funny little tent was followed intently by 100’s of eyes and accompanied by excited ooh’s and ah’s. My favourite time of the day was swim time when all the kids would run down to the river with me and the crazy white monster would roar and splash and chase them around until he was totally exhausted! Most of the time I was only able to communicate in sign language but occasionally there would be an old man in the village that grew up during the French occupation and thus could speak French. Sadly, I can’t speak French either! OK, its better than my Lao and doesn’t involve kicking anyone in the balls as I did study it for 5 years in school but it was still very frustrating and our conversations were limited to the weather (tres beau!) and questions about my family. Evenings spent in these small fishing villages were highlights of my Mekong trip, but most of the time was actually spent paddling my canoe (funny that). As on the Murray I enjoyed the simple routine of the paddle strokes and let my mind wander in any and every direction. The weather was less of a concern than in Oz. I barely saw a single cloud for the entire 5 weeks on the river and although the days were hot and sunny, there was generally a cooling breeze to take the edge off. Another great thing about the Mekong was its speed. It really shifted and helped me to do between 15 and 20 kms more a day than the Murray. This meant that I could stop in small towns for a couple of days at a time and see a bit of the countryside without worrying about having to rush later on. In Savannakhet (southern Laos) my arrival coincided with a full moon festival at a Buddhist stupa and I spent a very surreal evening wandering around



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with 1000’s of other people amongst the bouncy castles, fairground stalls, live music stages, fried frog sellers and Buddhist monks. It was a bit overwhelming! After about 2 weeks on the river I had to face my demons. Ever since a neardeath experience in Bolivia involving a whirlpool, an inflatable canoe and me, I have had a healthy respect (buttock-clenching fear!) for white water and strong currents. I had been warned that north of Pakxe the Mekong splits into smaller channels around islands and rocks with sections of gentle rapids. In my open canoe, low in the water I entered the first set of rapids with white knuckles and a life jacket. They never really got above grade 2, fluffy, bumpy - not life threatening in any way but I still got wet. After every fast section I had to pull up, empty the water out and gather myself for the next bit. On the second day of this I came to a gorge where the river was forced through a narrow gap. It didn’t look very friendly. The high sides prevented a portage (carrying the boat around). Eventually after a long pause and a series of highly necessary sphincter exercises I went for it. A couple of fishermen scrambled to a better vantage point to watch the entertainment. As I entered the gorge huge whirlpools formed in front and to the side of me. I had never paddled with so much enthusiasm. Through luck/desperation/sheer fekkin terror I managed to avoid being turned into a Kelvin Mekong shake. Emerging in the eddies on the other side of the gap I thought, “I didn’t enjoy that very much!” A few km’s downriver I spoke to a French speaking restaurant owner. I didn’t need my old French teacher to translate his words of advice about the next section of the river; “tres, tres dangereux’ and “beaucoup de rapides!” That night I stayed in the only guest house in town and the next day caught a bus to avoid the ‘rapides terribles’! I was happy to be past the worst of the whitewater in Laos but I couldn’t help thinking that I’d let myself and others down in skipping a section out of fear. The next challenge I faced was ‘Si Pan Don’ or ‘the 4000 islands’ on the border with Cambodia. A fellow kayaker in Vientiene had warned me “Be sure to follow the correct channel to the southern island of Don Det or you could be swept into the grade 6 rapids and over a 10m (30foot) waterfall into Cambodia!” This seemed like sound advice and I tried to follow it...really I did! But I got hopelessly lost in the maze of islands and ended up on the wrong side of the wrong island in a channel (luckily very shallow) which flowed over a 30ft waterfall. I still don’t know how I missed the safe channel and just thank the river goddess that it was the dry season and I could drag my canoe away from the falls. It took me a couple of hours of sweating and swearing before I could get back into my boat and paddle round to the right channel and by the time I got to my riverside bungalow I was absolutely shagged (but alive!).

Cambodia Here I heard about the terrible earthquakes near Indonesia and the devastation that the tidal wave caused. What a terrible tragedy, like something from a Hollywood disaster movie only infinitely more tragic with no hero to save the day. Maybe with so many tourists killed the world media will be more interested than past natural disasters and aid will reach the areas affected quicker. I paddled over the Lao border and arrived at the Cambodian border post. The guards greeted me, shared their lunch and told me that between the border and the next town were dangerously strong currents and whirlpools...NOT AGAIN! I reluctantly got into a motorboat with two guards who gave me a lift to Stung treng (the next town). Each time we passed a particularly nasty looking section I felt a tap on my shoulder and the guards would point at the swirling current, laugh and draw their fingers across their throats and point at me and my boat, hilarious! Seeing the size of some of the waves and whirlpools I knew they hadn’t exaggerated. Then I learnt that just north of Kratie, the next town, was a series of rapids worse than anything that I’d seen so far! Resigned to my fate and still feeling like I was cheating, I got another ferry to Kratie. Eventually I got back in my own boat to enjoy the next 300km to Phnom Penh. For the next week I happily paddled through the Cambodian countryside, stopping in small villages and free camping on large sandbars. I paddled into Phnom Penh (the final stretch being upriver as it lies on the Tonle Sap river!) elated to have finished my Mekong journey but sad that I hadn’t been able to paddle the whole way. I will remember Laos and Cambodia, two of the poorest countries in the world, for the unbelievable kindness of people who have so little. They should be an inspiration to all of us in the west who have so much. Next stop Borneo and the Kinabatangan!


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Solo Circumnavigation of Lake Taupo by Val Wallace I was attracted to kayaking as a sport which, unlike my husband’s and son’s hobby of motorcycling, didn’t involve costs of petrol and speeding tickets, and didn’t need an oil change every few thousand kilometres. I am secretly pleased that none of my family has shown any interest in sharing my love of kayaking. So, when my family and I planned to move from New Plymouth to our holiday home in Taupo, with the month of January to settle in and look for new jobs, I developed this dream of kayaking around Lake Taupo on my own. I was not in very good physical condition. I started gym training months out, bought books, studied the websites and marine forecasts until I drove my family mad! I wrote lists and slowly gathered the necessary items. I kayaked as often as I could, and when we moved to Taupo, I kayaked for 2 hours every day for 2 weeks, come rain, hail or snow! By the end of the first week in January, I was confident with my kayaking skills and my fitness levels, but getting less and less confident about the weather. I had envisaged the skies to be blue, the sun hot and the water flat for the entire 7 days I expected the trip to take. But it was still an unsettled weather forecast. A ‘High’ was said to last about 3 days. I made my big decision to go. The skies were grey, but the wind was light, so after a nervous family hug, set off from Four Mile Bay beach to cross the 4kms to Acacia Bay. This was the longest open water crossing of the trip. Once I was across, my confidence grew and I relaxed into an easy paddle. It was too choppy to risk bringing my camera out of its dry bag so I couldn’t stop to photograph the Maori carvings in Okuta Bay. I had marked distances on my map and places where I could land for a stretch, or to camp. The first day I only travelled about 18 kms, but I got to my planned destination at the western side of Whakaipo Bay comfortably and found a narrow stretch of ‘beach’ with bush coming right down to the water and a spot large enough for my tent. The next day, I rounded the Whangamata Bluffs into Kinloch. It was calm and raining softly. The quiet was almost too loud! When I paused on Kinloch Beach for morning tea, the wind picked up. I paddled harder. Rain got heavier and reduced visibility dramatically, so I cocooned myself into paddle mode to get to my planned



Swans in Stump Bay, Lake Taupo

destination of ‘Boat Harbour’ at the south western tip of Kawakawa Bay. Wet, cold and tired after 24 kms kayaked, I found a tent site. Sleep was more difficult than the first night. I was closer to the lake edge and the waves crashed rhythmically. I kept waiting to hear them ease off to indicate that the wind had dropped, but they were still just as loud the next morning. Even though the skies were clear and blue I couldn’t see what the water was like around the point and felt uneasy. Round the point when I could see where I was heading, I cheered up. The wind eased and the lake surface became easy. The cliffs and bush came right down to the water’s edge. The water went from deep green to bright sky blue, and I was in solo kayaker heaven! Waterfalls cascaded into the lake, birds circled above me, trout leapt from the water and the only people I saw in the morning were trolling from a boat. The long white sandy beach of Waihaha Bay was popular for families and day tripping boats enjoying a spot of fishing or cruising up the river to see the waterfall. I had a long lunch break on the beach, gave the waterfall a miss and paddled on. On the cliff face a black beech tree forest dates from before the 150AD eruption of Mt Ruapehu, a reminder that I was kayaking on a crater lake. The trees watched me in silence as I quietly paddled by. It was almost scary! I reached Cherry Bay easily and in perfect weather decided to carry on to a likely camp ‘The Nooks’. This was not as glamorous as it sounds, and my book implied - just a little indent in the steep cliff

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side with a public mooring buoy for boats. No good for a kayaker who can’t sleep in her boat! I managed to pull my kayak onto a dry rock and climbed the bush clad hill to find a spot just (but not quite) large and flat enough for a tent. I had to avoid a big hollow under one end of my tent. Even though I kayaked 24 kms that day, I felt great, as this had been as perfect a day as any solo kayaker could hope for! Day 4 dawned cold in the bush and once again, I was nervous of the weather. I was to take 1 1/2 hours kayaking around the Karangahake Cliffs with no shelter if a wind blew up. But the sky was bright blue, the water reflected the stillness of the sky and it was just quiet. I sat in awe of the cliffs which loomed above and went straight down into the clear water. I almost got vertigo looking down! Kayaking must be just the best way to experience nature like this - just awesome! But civilisation wasn’t far away and it came as a bit of a shock. Passing Te Hape Bay and closer to Kuratau, boat traffic increased so much that I had to constantly watch for their wakes. I wasn’t too impressed! The wind now created a lumpy lake. I pulled up in the boat ramp in Pukawa for some lunch and people watched for a change - but I felt like the odd one out amongst all the powerboats, biscuits, water skiers and jet skiers! I had kayaked further than planned, and nearing Waihi Bay, decided I had enough energy to kayak the open water crossing to the Tongariro River mouth and Stump Bay. By then the northerly wind had whipped the waves up into white caps and I

Val on beach before setting off

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had to talk to myself for the half hour strong paddle. The river mouth also proved challenging. I went very wide to avoid getting stuck in the shallows but the wider I went, the rougher the waves! It was a relief to reach a slightly sheltered beach and set up camp. The paddle of 26 kms was rewarded with a beautiful sunset. Stump Bay is named for willow trees growing out of the lake and is much more beautiful than its name implies. When I set off early on Day 5, the sky was so blue, the lake so still, it was difficult to tell where the water became the sky. I felt I was floating on the sky. There were fishing boats in the distance and large numbers of black swans closer to me, but it was difficult to tell which was which, and if they were on the lake or in the sky. A surreal start to the day! In the dreamlike state

caused by repetitious paddling and continuously bright blue I felt I’d been paddling forever when I rounded the Motuopa Peninsula and was greeted by the silhouette of Mt Tauhara with Motutaiko Island in the foreground. My adventure was almost over. From being a million miles away, I could almost see Taupo town. Lunch was in a crowded picnic spot on the edge of State Highway one - I was joining the human race again! I kayaked on past the crowded camp at Motutere and camped at Halletts Bay. The beach was crowded with swimmers, sunbathers, water and jet skiers. I became one of the crowd swimming and lazing away the afternoon. As the evening drew in, the waves increased and the crowds went home. I phoned home to say I was only three hours paddling away and would be home for lunch tomorrow.

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On Friday morning I kayaked with one thing in mind - to get home safely. This coastline had been my training ground. I just paddled. The last half hour into strong head wind and one metre waves reminding me that the lake is master! Paul and Wagg walked along the coastline for my last 10 minutes of padding, and Ryan was waiting for me at Four Mile Bay. A very welcome sight. I was suddenly very emotional! 5 1/2 days and 135 kilometres later, I had finally done what I had planned to do so many months before. That night, I could hear the waves crashing on the pumice beach not far from our house, and I felt very peaceful. Every day I go down to the lake edge and think of all the beauty that I have been privileged to see. What a wonderful country we live in!!


Great Mercury Island - Great for kayaking! As moths are attracted to light, the Mercury Islands, twinkling in sparkling waters off the coast from Opito Bay, five nautical miles off the Coromandel Coast, attract kayakers. To do the islands justice, trips need to be more than an overnighter. Easter provided sufficient time to explore the nooks and crannies. But, Great Mercury is privately owned and the outer islands are subject to Department of Conservation “no landing” restrictions. A clubbie from the North Shore Yakity Yak club resolved the dilemma. He knew Robbie, the Great Mercury Island farm manager, and asked permission for us to camp over. Robbie made a counter offer of the shearer’s quarters! Planning began in earnest. Because the stretch of water between Black Jack and the islands is well known to sailors, fishermen and kayakers for its day breeze and tides combining to turn glassy seas white capped and choppy we limited the trip to 13 experienced paddlers. The forecast was for strong southwesterly winds all weekend. Never the less we hoped to have the

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wind behind us on the way there; and that it might swing round and push us home. We were all strong paddlers. The talk was upbeat. It was decided, we were going! We launched from Optio Bay, our destination Coralie Bay on the northern coast of Great Mercury. The 15-knot SW wind meant a quick trip across to Peachgrove Cove. We had a bite to eat and stretched our legs investigating a nearby waterfall. Leaving Peachgrove, we headed east to find shelter from the increasing breeze and quickly passed Awanui and Awaroa Points. Finding flat water we dawdled past magnificent towering volcanic formed cliffs, slashed with colour. In a head wind we pushed into Coralie Bay. Landing on the golden sand, without so much as a tin shack in sight, we wondered if there had been a break down in communication. While eleven enjoyed the sun and sand, two keen lads were dispatched to investigate further. They were soon back. “Buildings on the other side of the island, no problems for those with wheels!” The first bunch set off, taking a short cut through the pig paddock.

We found a wool shed and sheep yards on the left, two bunk houses with large decks on the right. Although we would have been happy with the wool shed, we tried the door of a bunkhouse and we walked into a fantastic Lockwood lodge. We had struck the jackpot! Three flushing loos, hot showers, a dryer and washing machine, two gas ovens, two fridges and bunk beds with mattresses! For those of us who consider ourselves spoilt when we get a bit of flat land, a cold tap and long drop loo, this was ten star plus. We unloaded, removed the wheels and went back to Coralie Bay for the others. Some left their kayaks for a quick get away the next morning and carried their gear through the pig paddock. Pigs are intelligent and they took off after the best looking female of the group. It took the ‘mountain man’ of our team to come to the rescue by distracting the pigs with a bag of lettuce. When Robbie popped in to make sure we were all settled, we conveyed our appreciation at the luxurious accommodation and outlined our plans for the weekend. As he left a wag asked “Any chance of getting Sky hooked up for the footie game?” Yeah right!

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Unfortunately that night two of us had severe food poisoning so they remained in bed feeling weak and weary. Their vigilant “Florence” who had been on bucket duty, also opted for a lie-in. Ten set off to circumnavigate the island clockwise. We toured Huruhi harbour, staying close in to explore rock gardens and caves, and visit the Sisters and Sail rock. Just past Ururoarahi Point we discovered two narrow parallel caves joined deep in the bowel of the cliff. The adventurous backed in one side and punched out victorious from the other side. It was all in, literally for Phil who left some orange plastic behind negotiating the tight turn in swell. The only casualties were Phil’s pride and a digital camera that fell off the spray deck and went for a swim. This is a cave to die for! Further around the island steep cliffs and steep stony beaches offered no easy landing place for composite boats. However, cramped legs and numb bums were forgotten when we rounded Taiwhatiwhati Point. Luck was on our side; we had timed our arrival with the tide creating the most spectacular blowhole I have ever witnessed. A roar warned that it was about to blow, and blow it did. The spray came out like a horizontal geyser. Any paddlers who went in for a close up were lost in the mist. We were buzzing as we continued on our way. What a great spot - caves, blowholes and rock gardens and this was only day one! We awoke to a relatively still day and in the grey light of dawn launched from Coralie Bay, scorning the weather forecast and headed east for the outer islands. The bay that had been deserted when we arrived was full of boats, which had sought shelter from yesterday’s gusty conditions. Undeterred, we paddled off at a good pace. Following the coast we punched across just past



Te Whanga Point re-grouped behind a rock and took stock. The wind was rising but we were too close to the outer islands not to have a good look. We postponed Stanley and Double Island for another day but were confident that we could manage Middle, Taiwhatiwhati and Karapuki Islands. The sea on the east side of the islands was calm and flat and allowed rock gardening. We found caves, a particularly impressive arch on the east side of Middle Island and a large amphitheatre, which may have been an old volcanic vent. The rising swell did limit access to a couple of caves but there were still plenty for everyone. We chased each other in and out of lagoons and marvelled at the clarity of the water, which revealed a seabed almost as colourful as the coral reefs of Queensland. Since landing is not permitted on the islands and the wind was rising we headed back to Peachgrove Cove for lunch fighting into a 20-knot plus north westerly. On the southwest side of Great Mercury Island the sea was rough and the wind blowing steadily at 25 knots with gusts of 35 or more. It was hard going around Bumper Cove, Ahikopua Point and Pukekoromiko Point. Some of us went point to point, the others hugged the coast until too much wave refraction forced them out. We took short breaks from the wind behind rocks and headlands. We were pleased when our bay with the windsock flying in the breeze came into view. The day ended with great surfing. That evening, options for the return trip home the following day were discussed. The weather forecast was for 20 to 25 knots, gusting 35 knots, rising to 35 knots later in the day. Cell phone conversations with boaties out in the thick of it confirmed the weather lads were not being conservative. But, we finally settled on our favourite option: leave early before the wind comes up.

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Through the night the wind howled, with no sign of blowing itself out. When morning came we were a bit bleary-eyed. The windsock on the brow of the hill spoke volumes, it was windy! Departure was delayed as we vacillated between gazing at the white caps in the bay, watching the windsock, and listening to the VHF. Cabin fever set in, nerves were frayed. By 4.00pm the weather was still pretty rough. We determined to stay another night. As if reading our minds, Robbie appeared on his farm bike. He kindly offered to take us back to Optio Bay the following morning on the “big boat”. We were pretty sure that wouldn’t be necessary but the option came in handy when we called back to Auckland to explain “We are stuck on an Island and won’t be into work tomorrow”. We were now on ‘emergency rations’, frustrated by the interminable weather the mood over the evening meal was subdued. I made a mental note, next time bring something better to eat and playing cards. One good thing, packing was going to be easy: no food left and all clothing dry from the blustery conditions. Tuesday dawned calm and clear. We were heading home. A quick call assured Robbie that we were off and thanked him for his generosity. The lodge burst into activity. Bustling bodies swept floors, cleaned toilets, wiped out ovens and emptied fridges. We split into two groups for the trip back, one going via the outer islands, the other taking a more direct route. Glassy seas and blue skies belied the white horses and howling winds of the previous day. The phrase “we would probably have made it” was banned from conversation. On landing we reflected on what a marvellous experience we had had. Great trip Charlie, and thanks Robbie, we hope we haven’t ruined it for the next batch of island trotters. Photos by Guy Folster

Blow Hole


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PLAYBOATING - at Taupo by Nhoj Snikwad Living in Taupo has its bonuses if you’re into white water paddling. There is a selection of rivers to run within an hour or so from town to most put ins. A quick rant to some drivers, “Quit tailgating, this isn’t Bathurst. Relax a bit and turn those spot lamps off if it isn’t foggy. To get rid of your latent aggression, try playboating around Taupo. The local paddle posse think it’s world class.” Having earned my playboating badge here ( thanks Mad Dog, Grey Dog, Paul G, Crazy Colin, Mike B, England #1, Tamela for looking after me when I am swimming) let me share three spots on the Waikato River with you.

The Crazy Wave Park about 250metres up the road towards town from the Huka Falls carpark. Pull well off the road on the river side so you can then see your vehicle from the river. Alternatively, there’s a big lay-by on the other side of the road. The river level needs to be 290cmecs or so before the wave forms. 300cmecs is full flow from the control gates. (The other play spots around town are too high at this level.) To get in take a steep track at the down stream boundary of Huka Lodge. This brings you to the front of the house by the lodge. Launch here and paddle to the front lawn of the lodge. Don’t forget to wave to the poor souls spending their hard earned on being exclusive, only to have some play boating grots in their front garden. Ferry glide over the river to the eddy above the little island with the cabbage tree. From here you get the best view of the wave. To get on you ferry out and we think that looking back over your left shoulder before you drop in is the best way to catch it. You need to paddle hard as you drop in or you will spend a lot of time washing over the wave and re circling around the eddy below. If you miss the first eddy (river right) you can go around the blackberry and pine tree point to a big eddy (river right) and find your way into the side, then out the boat on to the tourist track and carry back up to the first eddy. This has only happened to me a couple of times in about ten or so sessions. Most times you’ll make the first eddy, and paddle back up to the cabbage tree island where Colin has put a rope on the cabbage tree for a pull back up to the get on eddy. Cheers Colin! Simply lob your paddle up, and haul away. Make sure you



leave the rope in the water for your mates or they will have to get out of their boats. From the road you can see if it’s worth getting on. Look for the small tail of water flowing around this little cabbage tree island. You need water on the track where you haul up. The wave forms where the water flows off a ledge in the river, providing about 4 metres of workable area. You can spin both sides. When front surfing, the water is only a couple of feet deep and you can get a good reference point on the river bed. (If you fall into the wave it’s hard to hit the bottom as you are in deep water). Bliss Stick RAD or similar seem to be the boat best suited for this wave as they surf at slow speed and spin fast. We have noticed Flipsticks and Wave Sport T3 tend to wash off or you can’t catch the wave as easily as in a RAD. Mind you, these were paddled by 85kg or heavier paddlers. Lighter people may get on better in boats other than a RAD. Bliss Stick are going to be marketing some different sized RAD. There’s enough room for two paddlers on the wave at the same time, which provides amusement. Bumper boats! Safety and getting the back of your mind will be the Huka Falls, a few hundred metres down the river. Keep a good eye on paddle partners to make sure they roll up and get into the eddy. If you miss the first eddy there’s still a way to go before the falls. Make sure your mate knows you’re ok to get the second eddy. The second eddy is big. Should the worst happen and you swim, then swim hard right, forget your boat and paddle. Have your partner give you a tow into the river right eddy, leg kick like a demon. Ring Huka Jet jetboat operation and if you’re lucky they will find your kit. At this level the whole left side of the river is moving, the willows are in the water and there is the Huka Hole get out. It looks totally different when Huka Hole is working when the river is on the track! Bit close for comfort should you miss this get out? Sounds a bit dramatic but if you have a solid roll and switched on mates it’ll be fine. You can get out by ferry gliding back over to the lodge or go to the second eddy below the wave (river right) then walk round the tourist track over the Huka Falls bridge. You’ll stand out like some freak in dribbly clothing carrying a boat amongst the bus loads of loopies. “Are you going to do the falls mate?” “Nah, where’s the closest pub?”

Huka Hole From the big lay-by car park there’s a new track

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through the bush down to the river. From a small pull out on the river side of the road, you can see your wagon from the hole. The best flows for Huka Hole are from 80cmecs to about 130. Below 80 you’ll hit the bottom, be held in the hole and when you think you have had a good ride and want to get out, roll, but still be in there. We have seen a paddle snapped at this level. Above 130 or so it’s hard to get on, wash off easy and there’s not much of a rest eddy. There is a small wave just upstream of the put in on river left with a channel below the feature where you will hit the bottom rolling out. At about 120cmecs the rock to the right of the hole looking upstream is just out of the water and will be washed over every few seconds. It looks small from the road but once you’re in the water it’s a bit different. This is the best level. It offers easy spins, wheels and loops and the eddy is still good enough to give a rest. Just above the hole is a wave feature. Go into the hole, work over to river right then pop out of the hole and work up to it. It’s good for little circuits and dropping back into the main hole. If you miss the eddy on river left beside the hole, go for the one on river right. It’s a bigun. Ferry back up and over to the top eddy, no stress. Remember to keep a really good eye on mates to make sure they roll up and are heading to the eddy. If you bail and swim, go hard right again and donate your boat and paddle to the falls. Get a tow from your partner too. A bomber roll and switched on team are essential. One thing about this hole is that the river level can change at any time from ok to stonking. You have to be adaptable to the conditions on the day! Huka Hole has a fast recirculation back up the eddy so you get loads of rides. Knackering!

Ngawaapurua, Fuljames From Aratiatia Road go down Rapids Road past the equestrian centre, hang a right towards Rapids Jet boat operation then down the metal road to the car park and camping area. The road veers off to the right and gets close to the river bank. Best play spot in the country? It can be used from 180cmecs to about 240. I have been caned, big time, but wearing appropriate kit, with no real bad consequences. In high cmecs swimming can be scary and you go river right. The whirlpools can pull you down a bit so fit air bags in your boat and hang onto it. Swimming out of my RAD is fine. But without airbags should the boat be flipped back upright it fills up with water completely. You’ll do the Kursk impression, resurfacing some time later denying anything was wrong.

The wave is a bit tricky but with plenty of practice you can get the hang of it. For me spinning to the right is easier, there’s a bit more of a shoulder to use, I am a bit heavy to stay on doing left turns. At the recent Tompkins rodeo, the girls were doing wicked upside down surfing. Some were rolling back up onto the wave and carrying on playing. Cool indeed with major eyelid, nose, ear flushing and mega shoulder wrenching down there in the deep fast stuff! Wish I was light enough to do that. Some of the paddlers at the rodeo showed what was possible here and there’s a long way for most of us to go before you can say “I tapped this spot”

Then they will invent a new trick like a stinkohelixaflippaburgerdonkadiveapopturnythingamy (which I have been working on in the shower with the soap on a rope). The waters are nice and warm here. In the winter this makes for eerie misty conditions - like spooky. Even the road is in the best order I have ever seen it. The guys drilling for steam in the power station next door do some grading. So what’s your excuse then? Get to Taupo, slap yourself into a playboat and throw down, cos you know you love it.

Richard biggin it up in Huka Hole


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Mayor Island / Tuhua by Lesley Noel After several aborted attempts the Bay of Plenty Yakity Yak club finally made it to Mayor Island via the Ali J 1. a charter boat, skippered by Tony . The trip normally takes fifty minutes as opposed to the three hours the Tauranga ferry takes, however our trip was slightly longer as the seas were massive and the bar raging. Our fearless five were Roger McQuitty and Tony Cox Smith from Tauranga, Peter Scammell, Hamilton, Marama Clarke, Gisborne and myself. Seventy minutes after take off we had our first introduction to the Island. As we unloaded the Puffin, Tui, Tasman Express, Penguin and Cobra Tourer from the charter boat backed to the beach, we all ended up wet to our waists. Zane the Island’s caretaker was there to help. During our stay he told us the history of Tuhua, their plans for the future and gave us a map of the Island. We pitched our tents, unpacked, and then took off in our kayaks from South East Bay for South West Bay. The beaches looked benign but within two to three metres of the shore you register the swell. The sea breaks and drags you away almost as fast as you can pull your deck tag. We had a few laughs at our landings. Bodies half in and half out of the kayaks were swept seaward and then unceremoniously dumped in again. A few bruised shins! Assisted landings become the norm. Once landed we donned masks and went snorkelling around the rocks. The waters were fantastically clear and revealed much sea life. Further around the coast we had fun going through an archway at Turuturu rock. That evening we walked to a massive pohutukawa tree, then out to the lighthouse and down to South West Bay . We skirted fig and stone fruit trees ,evidence of past occupation. The bush and pohutukawa trees were awesome. There are cabins for rent with bunk beds, basic but adequate. However we tented. The furnace was firing all day making our evening shower just off cold, but the dishwater was hot! The following day in large swells we circumnavigated the Island, anticlockwise. The first third of the Island is bayed. We crossed from headland to headland as the seas didn’t allow for any rock gardening. Where the Marine Reserve starts the seas got quite interesting.



Two metre swells broke on the cliffs, one metre swells retreated and a cross swell from behind kept us on our toes. The next third of our paddle was past huge obsidian banded cliffs going straight down into the sea. A puff of wind got up but died just as quickly. Rounding Tumutu Point the seas were calmer, a pleasant change after going every which way for two and a half hours. Half an hour later we landed on Oira beach. On went the masks and snorkels for more awesome underwater scenes in some of the clearest waters I have experienced in New Zealand. We rounded Tokimataa Point into South East Bay. Roger wished to try Pete’s Cobra Tourer so I gave him a hand line and a dead orange roughy I’d picked out of the water. He paddled out to the entrance, baited up and bang! Caught a nice kingfish. All triumphant he paddled back and was pounded on the shore amidst much laughter and picture taking. We ate his catch just before leaving the next day. It was delicious. Our last day dawned just as beautiful as the previous two. We set off decked out in sun tops and t-shirts through dense bush and didn’t see the sun until two hours later at the cliff top and then very briefly. What an exercise though. After forty minutes of a steep walk we came to crossroads and had to decide whether to go via the Devils staircase or come back that way. Choosing the latter, as we preferred to go up the tougher sounding stretch, we hit the crater wall and thought they had their signs mixed but no. Up till now the track had been covered in leaves and was quite slippery but this was nothing. Going down in one spot on a sheer cliff on a small ladder held in place with steel rope made the legs shake. Our wonderful native trees with their amazing root systems were such a help. Once in the Crater Lake, Te Paritu ( Black Lake ) became visible on our left through overhanging trees. It was swampy and covered with pollen so it looked yellow not black. Some way past from another cross road, five minutes takes you down to the Green Lake Aroaritamahine. You can swim in this lake but I chose not to. More pics and on to the Devils staircase which started five minutes up the track. This took us up to the cliff face overlooking Taratimi Bay , awesome, and up a narrow windy ledge. Great views. The last part of the tramp was downhill and returned us to South East bay where a swim was in order. From the calls we could hear, bird life was abundant, but to see

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them was a different story as the canopy was very high. Before the charter boat arrived to pick us up, we had one last kayak around to Turuturu Rock, a quick snorkel and more rock gardening as the seas were lovely and calm. Things to watch out for; bees and wasps. We could have operated and given a tracheotomy but had nothing in our first aid kit for stings! Nor major bruises, but here the Island provided leaves , which we steeped and bound on to the affected part. Mayor Island is a fantastic destination, awesome paddling, snorkelling and fishing and for those who tramp anything from a half hour walk to six hours around the Island. I understand there are some huge caves to explore through the Marine Reserve area should you be lucky enough to have the sea cooperate.

How to get there: Waihi Beach Boat Charters, with Tony and Robyn Prujean, phone 07 863 5385 Tony skippers the Ali J 1 which takes about 50 mins from Bowentown to Mayor Island. Minimum of 4, Maximum of 6. Safe car parking and shuttle service included in the $70 return fee inc. kayak. Booking essential. Camping - Phone 07 579 5655 Cost $ 6 a campsite or $10 a night for a bunk. Photos by Simon Greig


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Biscuits to BBQ - Tologa Bay On Friday afternoon four Hawke’s Bay Yakity Yakkers drove to Gisborne and then 45 minutes on to Tolaga Bay. We were to meet some of the Gisborne Sea Kayak Network next morning. Saturday was cloudy with SW winds of about 15 knots. A good swell in the bay made for a great surf break. We met up with the Gisborne group, of four women and one male. Introductions were made. We then shared their homemade biscuits before helping unload their kayaks and to launch. Despite some apprehension and nerves all made it through the surf. We set off for Pourewa Island past the Tolaga Bay wharf, which opened on 22nd November 1929. At 660 meters long it is the longest in the southern hemisphere. One hundred and thirty two vessels were working it in 1936, but by 1942 only a handful of vessels used it. By 1961 it was no longer in use by shipping. We passed a small group of Islands with arches and caves that would have been great to explore, but big swells made it too dangerous to get too close. We headed seawards to get round surf breaking over a reef and started to circumnavigate the Porewa Island. The seaward side was like a washing machine



by Steve Bigg from swells bouncing off the island. We were also heading into the wind. About half way along the Gisborne group were not too happy with the swells and turned back. The four Yakkers carried on to the inlet at the south end of the Island where large waves threatened to smash us on the rocks. We also turned back to round the Island from the north end.

barbeque that evening on Pauline and her partner’s section overlooking Puatai beach with views to die for. They also had fireworks, which they mistakenly gave to Nick the pyromaniac to let off. We had a good laugh as he, a few drinks too many, pointed the fireworks in all directions, and we ran for cover. Our sober driver Dean made sure we got back to camp safely.

Again we passed the small group of islands. This time Nick could not resist and without telling us what he was going to do took his kayak through one of the arches. He did not make it and was smashed into the rocks. He came out of the kayak, cut his legs and arms and bent his rudder. Jason rescued him. He was lucky to escape the wave’s power with scratches, a bent rudder, and damaged pride.

Next morning we woke to a lovely day, light winds and calm seas. We had breakfast, broke camp and drove to Gisborne. A paddle from Kaiti Bay to Sponge Island took us thirty minutes. We circumnavigated the small island quickly and had a light sea breeze on the way back. Twenty minutes later we packed up for our drive back to Napier. A lovely little paddle!

We cruised into the sheltered bay of Cook’s Cove. The story goes that Captain Cook parked the Endeavour between Pourewa Island and the mainland, and rowed into Cook’s Cove for fresh water. We sat on the bank to eat our lunch and admire the view. Then we carried on around the Island through the still water where the Endeavour is believed to have moored. On our return to Tolaga Bay, the wharf got closer and the waves got bigger. I let the others ride in first, then picked up a nice wave, and rode it textbook style all the way into the beach. The Gisborne group met us and invited us back for a

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This is one trip that must and will be repeated by the Hawke’s Bay Yakity Yak Kayak Club.


An Exhausting Easter on the Hokianga Harbour by Martyn Pearson

Early morning at Rawene


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We, (Mum, Dad and I) set off for Oponoi at about 9 with an Eco Niizh and my Penguin on the roof. We went through the forest on SH16 to avoid the Easter traffic. That was the first bad decision of the day. We arrived to see everyone in their kayaks about 5 minutes from the shore. They were crossing the harbour to boogie board down the gigantic sand dunes on the northern sides. I was really looking forward to doing that. To make it even worse everyone said they had a really good time! Oh well, if we missed it, we still needed to pitch camp at Rawene Motor Camp. That kept us busy until everyone returned. I didn’t know where everybody had gone until I heard Christine’s laugh. So I set off in that direction and arrived about 10 minutes later! By the time I got to Christine and Neil’s little room, a few bottles of wine and beer were finished and a load of food was on the table. I was happy! On Saturday morning I was woken by an alarm that got louder and louder the longer it was left. I thought it was time to get up so I put some clothes on, then I looked at my watch, 5:30!!!



I later found out that it was Charlie Barker’s alarm! He was one of a few hardcore kayakers setting off from Rawene to paddle up to Mangamuka Bridge, where we would join them on the river at 10.00a.m. At 9 we piled into our cars and set off in convoy. We would have arrived a half an hour earlier if Neil hadn’t missed one of the turns! Neil decided to seal launch my parents in the double kayak. I had a vision of it going in a bit wobbly and then finally tipping. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. In the end no one tipped. The river was peaceful with birds and jumping fish as we paddled in and out the mangroves. What surprised me most was that there were two cars resting near the riverbank in quite a bad state, having literally fallen off the road. We paddled to Horeke to have lunch at the 135 year old pub, the oldest in NZ. It was also the first Post Office. It was the second time we had been to the pub; the first was in a pre war Riley with the Vintage Car Club. Unfortunately, there had been a power cut and the L & P was warm. Dad & Mum were happy though as the only thing that was cold was the beer! We had a packed lunch because the kitchen couldn’t cook, then we paddled to the café at Kohukohu. I bet the café owners rubbed their hands at the amount of berry smoothies sold! Mum was delighted when a red mullet jumped out of the water and smacked itself against the kayak - if only she had been quick enough to catch the stunned fish we could have had fresh fish for dinner! We did eat next to the pool at the camp.

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I slept like a log after paddling 25-30 km and I could have slept for another few hours I bet. Whilst the cars were being shuttled to Omapere, the women had a coffee in the café. Marcel and I looked after the kayaks on Rawene boat ramp. We set off for the other side of the harbour, went down to the harbour mouth then crossed back again to Omapere. I was in the double with my dad. At times it was tough, as we were going into the wind but with the tide. The conditions were interesting, smashing down into the waves. I was in the front, so I got very wet. It was fun so I didn’t mind. For morning tea we stopped on someone’s land and had a bite to eat, went into the bushes and set off again. I don’t think any one was going to use the long drop on the premises as it had old toilet roll and had a sheet of metal over the hole! Two hours later, about halfway apparently, we stopped again for lunch. 30 minutes later we were off again. At lunch Neil told us to “hurry up a bit” or we would be very late reaching Omapere. Along the way Mum got grounded on a rock, in MY Penguin! Everyone put their boats on the cars and most people went to the pub for dinner. We went to the campsite and got ourselves a room so we could have a good night’s sleep before being on the road early in the morning. Editors note - Martyn is 13 and one of our youngest contributors so far. His friend Marcel is 15. Photos by Ruth E. Henderson

Park up at the Horeke pub.

Martyn Pearson


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The Challenge, the Obsession - of Speight’s Coast to Coast The Speight’s Coast to Coast has been something that I’ve long intended to do “At some stage in the future”. I thought I’d get around to it when I was a bit older, had better finances, more chance to train. Then in November 2004 I completed my vet degree at Massey University. While some members of my former class dived enthusiastically into jobs as new veterinarians, I didn’t feel remotely inclined to follow them - at least not for a while. No, I preferred the thought of a summer of sun and hanging out with friends. Then someone planted the idea of entering the Speight’s Coast to Coast in my mind, and suddenly I was obsessed. The concept terrified me, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I sent off an entry to Christchurch, half believing that by early December there couldn’t possibly be any entry places left. There were, and before I really knew what was happening I was entered in the 2005 Speight’s Coast to Coast Individual Two Day, with less than 2 months to train. The course covers 243km of country between Kumara Beach on the West Coast, and Sumner Beach in Christchurch. 140km is on a road bike, while 36km is on foot, climbing up a rugged river and over a pass, and 67km is in a kayak on the Waimakariri river. I knew, from talking to people who had previously competed, that it was a very good idea to run the mountain run stage prior to racing. Paddling the Waimakariri was also strongly advised. But I’m not always good at taking advice. I have competed in a few mountain running races before - I’ve never been particularly fast, but I’ve done them after looking at a map, and following other competitors. And as a tramper, I wasn’t worried about what this leg would involve. I knew I’d get there eventually. Kayaking is not a strong point of mine, so I used a plastic sea kayak. The wonderful people at Quality Kayaks loaned me a red Tui, a buoyancy vest, a spray deck and a paddle - free of charge. I’d never covered anything like 67km in a kayak before, but again I knew that I’d get there - eventually. I didn’t create an opportunity for myself to cover either the run or the kayak before the race swung around, and I knew that I was minimally prepared. With my mother and brother I drove through to Kumara on the Thursday before racing was to begin. A chain of vehicles loaded with bikes and boats wound up and over Arthur’s Pass, making for slow going. Kumara Racecourse was chokka block with a sea of tents and people - lots of fit, bronzed people. The atmosphere around races like this is often buoyant and excited, and this was no exception.



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by Annabel Smith

With registration, gear checks and pre-race briefing out of the way, I was able to sit my long-suffering mother and brother down, to explain my equipment and what I wanted them to do at the transition. Then, after basting myself in anti-inflammatory cream, I tried to get to sleep. I bounced up at 5 in the morning, extremely excited. I always feel a mix of nervous energy before a race, but this was the Speight’s Coast to Coast! This was huge! Pulling on my bib, I finally felt like a competitor. I walked off with my bike to the start, and had to run back to ask my mum for a photo. The morning was beautifully still, and the sun was just starting to lighten the sky as I cycled down to rack my bike. I walked down to the beach with a pair of fellow competitors, pumping them for any information on the run and

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kayak legs. We lined up numerically on the beach, Robin Judkins counted down and we were off! 550 people running for Sumner Beach. I was lucky to have a low competitor number, so my bike was racked close to the beach and I had a shortened run. After getting onto the bike we whizzed through Kumara, to the cheers of locals. The 55km cycle leg followed the highway towards Arthur’s Pass, gradually gaining height. At Aickens I dismounted and ran into the transition, searching for my assistants. I tore off my helmet, gloves, cycle shoes and cycle top, and pulled on my running gear and backpack and raced out of the transition, leaving my somewhat bewildered assistants to tidy up my mess. Unfortunately, I hadn’t practised run-to-bike transitions, and my legs weren’t particularly impressed with me tearing off. So I slowed to a walk, and resigned myself to a long day. The mountain run follows the Deception River almost to its source, turns and hops over Goat Pass, then descends via the Mingha River to Klondyke Corner. The rough route calls for multiple river crossing on the way up, which provides the opportunity to immerse oneself and drink from the river. Probably not as agreeable in cold weather, but very welcome on such a hot, dry day. Rock hopping and scurrying through undergrowth makes the run rather tiring, and the boardwalks on the Western side of the pass are quite welcome.

people of Canterbury and Christchurch out along the route to cheer us along was fantastic, especially the bloke who had set up a sprinkler to cool us down as we passed. I repeatedly had to stop myself picturing the finish, and concentrate instead on how I was riding the bike, to make sure I got there! Arriving at Sumner Beach, handing my bike to a helper and running onto the sand to the sound of my friends’ cheers was a huge buzz, and what I’d been looking forward to for two days. The can of Speight’s Robin handed me was very welcome this time. Having finished, I rapidly changed from telling everyone that I was only doing the race once, to setting my goals for next year. I know for certain that I will be back, and I will be doing the run 2 or 3 times this year, and the kayak at least twice - it does pay to be prepared! Many thanks to my mum Christine and brother Tim for doing a great job as my assistants. And to Max and Margaret at Quality Kayaks for their sponsorship and extremely generous loan of a free kayak for two weeks.

Coming into Klondyke Corner was a satisfying finish to the day, although I didn’t quite know what to do with the can of Speight’s that Robin handed me as I came through the finish chute. I felt surprisingly good, and took advantage of an offered sports massage, before explaining my kayak gear for the next day - it was concerning to have my brother hold up my buoyancy vest and ask what I needed “this backpack” for. The next morning my assistants left camp for Mt. White Bridge at 5am, while I slept in. At 6am on another stunning day I took my bike over to the start point. While we were waiting to start our second day, the One-Day competitors were starting their long day at Kumara Beach. Again, having a low competitor number paid off. I was in the second group of 10 cyclists to leave, with only 15km to ride before Mt. White Bridge and the kayak transition so I was one of the earliest competitors into my boat. But almost immediately other people started passing me. I wondered how on earth I was going to paddle so far, especially when everyone else had faster, fibreglass multisport boats. But with my paddle skill level, a plastic sea kayak was stable. I didn’t capsize at any stage, so avoided losing time, energy and rhythm. My time wasn’t as slow as I feared. Ben Fouhy came screaming past me, before the Wamakariri Gorge, on his way to the fastest leg time and a win in the team section. The other advantage of a larger, plastic boat meant that could I jump out of it at the end of the leg, and run up the hill to my bike while my fellow competitors hobbled around on numb, uncooperative pins. I’ve never been so pleased to get back onto my road bike. I started the 70km ride to Christchurch on my own, but was soon caught up by a group well suited to my speed. Bunch riding requires concentration, which is difficult at the end of two long days! I struggled a bit to keep my energy levels up, and with a head wind the cycle through Christchurch took a long time. Having the

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The First NZKBGT

by Paul Hayward

Well, the grins just kept getting wider all weekend. Fine people, messing about in fine kayaks - who could ask for more? The weather was perfect, the Lakes sparkled and the sparkle on the varnish was even brighter. The first New Zealand Kayak Builders Get-Together (NZKBGT) on Feb 18-20 was magnificent. Grant Glazer, Pete Notman & Graeme Bruce had done a great job of preparation and the weekend ran with the apparent effortlessness which points to really good organisation. Thirty kayakers made the Blue Lakes campground (near Tarawera) the base for the weekend. Saturday saw the group paddle on Lake Rotoma - with a BBQ back at the campground. Pirate Pete tries a not-so-fragile skin-on-frame amongst the stumps and branches

Luckily, when the music stopped, there were still enough boats for everyone to get back to the landing; but it certainly wasn’t the same order of people in the same boats as it had been at the start of the day. There were lots to look at and play with. There were Inuit storm paddles, throwing sticks and Tuiliks, an all-in-one paddle jacket and spray deck. If you paddle in Arctic waters, it’s a necessity. Wellington paddlers like it and there’s even one on Waiheke. The NZ ones tend to be of lighter-weight fabrics than the original sealskin or modern neoprene - and we saw some very colourful Gore-Tex Tuiliks at the NZKBGT- which any Inuit would have lusted after. Considering the intensity of the discussions at the BBQ that evening, it was a wonder that anyone ate anything. However, being a kayaking get-together, the good food kept materialising and disappearing with much the same smoothness as a good paddle stroke. Paua fritters vied Perfection in brightwork and elegant hand-made carbon-fibre

It was a good thing that Saturday’s paddle was of only moderate length, as it was hard to wait until the lunch stop to start trying out the amazing assortment of kayaks. There were ply boats, cedar strip boats, baidarkas, modern skin-on-frames and a 40 year-old canvas on Tanekaha boat - just to remind us that these things have been around for 5000 years... Large people squeezed into small-volume boats and the owners looked on and smiled. Relative strangers jumped into gleaming, many-hours-of-hard-work, pride & joys and took them off the beach to see how they rolled, tracked & railed. Or just to see if they could remain upright in them... Every time you looked down, you realised you were using another variation on the Greenland paddle - a bit longer, a bit wider, or just a different shape. You shrugged and got on with it.



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intentions. They knew exactly what they were in for - they’d already built one boat - but they went away mumbling designers’ names and models. The bug had bitten again. Making your own kayak has a long and honourable tradition in New Zealand, why in the 50s everyone made their own. In places such as Greenland and Alaska of course, the tradition is even longer. While it’s certainly never going to appeal to everyone, the range of happy builders at the NZKBGT was surprisingly wide. Some were skilled wood-workers; one makes a living at working with wood. Others were farmers, computer geeks, students, managers, engineers and a professional diver. Most started with a book or two on the subject, then bought a set of plans and got stuck in. Some built in garages, some in sheds or under a tarp. One built in his lounge! Talk about a supportive spouse! Every one had to learn new skills, correct a few blunders along the way and put in the many hours to achieve the beautiful results, of which they could justifiably feel so proud. Jewel-like baby baidarka takes its first paddle

for space with scolleys, chops and steak on Graeme’s compact-but-never-quite-too-small BBQ. Bowls of chips and dips kept going off into the darkness, never to return. Plates of cheese and chunks of veg came the other way. A few beers or glasses of wine wetted the memories of all the sanding dust that had been sweated away from the raw hulls as they morphed into swans. Nobody minded too much that they didn’t have to drive home. Sunday began with the ceremonial launching of a newly built baby baidarka - a true gem. The fleet did a lap of Blue Lake - dodging a masters swim event and most of the country’s water-skiers. Then it was on to the beach for a cup of tea and a lot more kayakswapping. By now, it was getting hard to remember who really belonged in which boat. Both Warren and Christine were caught trying to smuggle Grant’s Night Heron home. For most however, a gleam in the eye was the only giveaway of their Light-weight and relatively quick to build - these are only touring boats if you need take nothing more than a toothbrush and an energy bar

This Get-Together, along with recent Coastbusters and KASK events which hosted smaller gatherings of ownerbuilt kayaks, allow builders a rare opportunity to share their knowledge. Even if they normally paddle with others, they usually build alone - so a chance to share experiences is very welcome. The Internet has had a huge impact on kayak building. It has tied together this far-flung group of enthusiasts allowing builders in Europe, America and Oceania to swap ideas and advice. An excellent starting point is Grant Glazer’s web site on the local building scene at http:// It contains links to local and overseas sites which will keep you busy for many an evening. Who knows, you might catch the bug. Sleek lines and good performance - a beautiful yak Mike’s Tuilik (Iniot-style combined jacket & spraydeck) lets him perform some Greenland manoeuvres in comfort


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Yakity Yak There are so many great places you can only explore by kayak....

by the Taupo Gang

But I met these really cool dudes...

The Whanganui River is something I’d been wanting to do for ages....


Some as mad as a toaster

And it was brilliant... good mates, good food, good laughs.... Chicks too... yeah go Tam!!

And that’s when we thought about getting into some serious kayaking...

They took me under their wing... and with a combined effort they soon got me ‘throwing down some moves’...

and contacted the well chilled posse from the Taupo C&K store

Some young

The manager was very helpful and after I’d thrown the ball for him, rubbed his belly and given him a piece of my chocolate biscuit, he suggested I might like to try out white water (cos it’s gnarly and the chicks’ll dig you...) as Taupo is the perfect location...

Some old (by the way, has anyone seen Rons hat?)

To begin with... I wasn’t very good at it... it was a tad harder than I thought...

Definitely Crazy - (who in his excitement forgot his boat, paddle AND lifejacket)



Well... maybe not quite yet...

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But no doubt soon I’ll be pulling off such stunts as this....


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The Home Bay Experience by Dave Evans The thought of driving out of Auckland’s traffic during the Christmas/new year holiday period was not appealing to say the least. So I planned to paddle out to Motutapu Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and camp at Home Bay. It is a picturesque campsite surrounded by hills and nestling in a lovely sheltered bay. It is administered by the Department of Conservation, has fresh tank water and flushing toilets, all provided for a cost of $5 per person per night. On Boxing Day 2004 nine kayakers from the Yakity Yak club met at Takapuna Beach boat ramp and we set off for a leisurely paddle to Home Bay. Conditions were marvellous with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze on our backs, a complete contrast to the terrible wet and windy weather of the preceding three weeks. We paddled around the eastern shore of Rangitoto Island and came to Islington Bay. This is a favoured anchorage for local boaties. If you paddle up to the end of Islington Bay you will find a narrow passage called Gardiner Gap, navigable only at high tide. It separates the islands of Rangitoto Island and Motutapu, and is spanned by a small bridge. The gap can still be crossed at low tide if you take a set of kayak wheels for the 400-metre portage. We stopped briefly at Islington Bay while Lou Farrant clambered out of the Packhorse double she was paddling with Roger Crum, to harvest mussels off the rocks. I think Lou had visions of a meal of fresh mussels with fresh basil seasoning from a potted plant she had brought for the journey. However, Lou was concerned that the basil needed a drink and proceeded to dunk it

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in the ocean...a note for all keen botanists...Basil does not respond well to salt water!! Lou’s dinner that night consisted of mussels on their lonesome. Poor Basil! After a three-hour paddle we reached Home Bay. Graeme and Mandy White, who had paddled over from Eastern Beach, met us. Steve Law had organized a mate to ferry out a 10 x 10 tent, gas fridge, BBQ and various other surplus items in his Fizz boat. With these luxuries at our disposal, we settled in for a week of camping, paddling and camaraderie. Monday dawned with sunny skies and a slight northeasterly breeze. We had forgotten sundry items so we paddled for 90 minutes across to Oneroa Bay on the northern coast of Waiheke Island passing some nice rock gardens. The shopping expedition turned into a full outdoor lunch and latte experience at one of the local cafes. Tuesday was another gem. However the forecast warned of a building north easterly and rain for later that night, so we decided on a four-hour paddle circumnavigating Motutapu Island. The tide was perfect as we paddled into Islington Bay and shot the channel at Gardiner Gap. We stopped for lunch on a small beach sheltered from the strengthening northeasterly. The paddle straight into the 15-20 knot north easterly continued to round Billy Goat Point on the north eastern tip of Motutapu Island. Then we enjoyed the wind and waves on our stern and explored the rock gardens and bays down the northeastern coastline back to Home Bay. Meanwhile Neil and Christine Watson paddled across the Rakino Channel to circumnavigate Rakino Island. Lou and Roger had fossicked around fishing near Home Bay and had set a long line in the hope of catching snapper. The

final tally was one snapper (thrown back...too small), one sting ray and a kahawai, which was bled and chopped up for bait. That evening a walk up to the top of the island to catch the sun set over Auckland City was a fitting finale for a great day. We were joined by Steve and Sue Levett, who had paddled over from Milford. On Wednesday the rain and wind was back with a vengeance. We spent the day making ourselves as comfortable as we could. Neil and Christine had to return to Auckland and set off in the morning. Several of us walked across the island taking photos of them as they paddled down Motuihe Channel and into Islington Bay. We met them at Gardiner Gap for a brief chat before they headed off around the eastern coastline of Rangitoto with the northeasterly going full throttle. On their arrival at Takapuna, Christine sent a message saying they were the @#%* biggest waves she had paddled in her life!! Upon our return to camp, we erected additional tarpaulins for shelter and congregated for a day of eating, drinking, swapping stories and reminiscing about previous trips. Thursday dawned with more of the same weather. Roger and Steve jumped in the Packhorse double for a paddle straight into the 20-30 knot north easterly, across to Rakino Island. Roger later told us that sitting in the front cockpit, he was paddling thin air as the bow of the Packhorse rose over the big swells. They had a thrilling surf back to Home Bay. Chris Dench and I took our Euro X singles out to the head of Home Bay to surf in the 1-2 metre swells. By the end of the day the conditions had eased and Steve, Sue, Roger, Lou, Chris and Sharon decided to return to Auckland before the next forecast front came through. About an hour later Gordon Daglish arrived and in typical style promptly scavenged the leftovers of our evening meal. New Years Eve, Friday in gradually clearing conditions we paddled to Rakino. The island has 120 properties ranging from Kiwi bach style to impressive millionaire mansions, all run off solar power. The northeasterly had dropped to about 10-15 knots, making for a slight workout going over Rakino Channel. We paddled around the island clockwise exploring the three bays on the western side. At the top of the island we encountered a two metre rolling swell coming in from the Gulf and zoomed down the eastern side with the following wind and swell. We stopped for lunch in the pretty Sandy Bay, sheltered from the wind and basked in the sun for a while. The return leg was exhilarating, surfing the waves all the way back to Home Bay. Our friend Janice intended to catch the ferry over to Rangitoto wharf and walk into camp to join us for New Years Eve. Jacqui and Brenda walked over to meet her at Gardiner Gap but somehow the planned surprise rendezvous went awry and Janice walked into camp alone! Jacqui and Brenda turned up some two hours later having walked/ jogged all the way to the Rangitoto wharf and back in their search for Janice. The moral of this little

misadventure is...always take your mobile phone! That evening we were joined by more kayakers...Steph Easthope, Greg Dunning, Guy Folster, Phil Oster and his partner Emma. Hard to keep track of all the comings and goings! New Years Eve was spent under the big tent with the wine, snacks and beer flowing freely. Greg let off extremely smoky sparklers in the tent. They were interspersed with an array of gadgets playing tunes of various origins. With Ian in full flight under the influence of red wine and Phil chipping in with his unique brand of humour, we enjoyed much laughter and pranks. Everyone made it for the midnight countdown, hoorays, handshakes and snogs! The long awaited fire works display on Waiheke Island turned out to be two big puffs of multi coloured explosions and that was it! Wow!! New Years Day for some of us meant hangover headaches, a brief survey of the scene and back to bed. Others were in fine form. We spent the day in the big tent, playing cards, rambling over the island or taking a short stroll along the beach. Jacqui, Janice and I cleaned up the plastic lying on the beach, coming away with two bags full.

On Sunday we packed for the trip back home. The Fizz boat arrived at 9.00am, was loaded and on it’s way by 10.00am. We hit the water and battled into the 15-20 knot southwesterly, which had blown up overnight to provide us with a workout for the homeward leg. To provide the grand finale for the trip, as we rounded the southeastern side of Rangitoto Island, the Westpac rescue helicopter circled above us and a Police boat pulled up alongside. The officer on board asked for two of the group members amongst us. They identified themselves to be told that a relative had contacted the Police to say we were running late for our return to Takapuna! A slight communication glitch provided us with a few minutes of excitement but on a more serious note, it was reassuring to know that the rescue people can take such quick action to come to our aid. We reached Takapuna Beach at 2.30pm. Chris and Sharon were waiting to welcome us back. A fantastic week of stress free camping at Home Bay had come to an end. Twenty-six clubbies had joined us for varying lengths of stay. Next year...Great Barrier this space!

Dave Evans enjoys a brew

Charlie’s tent, again.


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2005 KASK forum by Paul Caffyn The Anakiwa Outward Bound School, at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, proved to be an ideal venue for the 2005 annual KASK Forum. Situated right on the edge of the sound, and almost hidden from view by tall trees, the school has a large main hall which doubled for meals and evening slide shows, numerous bunkrooms scattered around a central paved courtyard area, and two smaller lecture rooms which were excellent for indoor workshops. The cold shower regime for Outward Bound course attendees was a concern; cubicles had only a cold tap. But thermostats must have been tweaked for the Easter break, as there was plenty of hot water. Large drying rooms next door to the bunkrooms proved a boon for those paddlers involved with on-the-water practical sessions. Paddlers began registering at 10am on Easter Friday and were welcomed by KASK President Susan Cade and forum organiser Helen

Woodward, then the rain set in and a show and tell session was postponed. I presented a slide show on the influence of historical Greenland kayaks, which was followed by Australian keynote speaker David (Crocodile Winky) Winkworth who presented a marvellous insight into paddling and how to plan a trip - in the tropical regions of Australia. David Winkworth lives on the south coast of New South Wales, where he commercially builds a sea kayak called a Nadgee. In 2000, with two other paddlers, David kayaked the North Queensland coast from Cairns to Cape York. They stopped for a lunch break on Macarthur Island, in Shellburne Bay, and Arunas Pilka waded into thigh deep water to cool off. The very small island is surrounded by a large fringing coral reef. As David set up a billy to brew a cuppa, he heard a shout and was shocked to see Arunas being rolled in the sea by a large crocodile. The croc had pinned Arunas around the thigh. David raced to his mate, jumped onto the back of the croc, and tried to get his arms under its belly. Fortunately the croc let go and Dave managed to get Arunas back to the sandy

beach. They staunched the bleeding, and set off an EPIRB. Two hours later, Arunas was flown by rescue helicopter to the hospital on Thursday Island, where he eventually made a full recovery. The forum’s catering was superb. Outward Bound School cooks certainly know how to staunch the appetite of ravenous paddlers. After dinner, Peter Simpson presented a PowerPoint slide show of a Wellington group of paddlers on a two-week trip to Preservation Inlet in southern Fiordland. Photos of early gold mining sites at Te Oneroa and Wilson’s River, stamper batteries, pelton wheels and berdans (crushing bowls) remarkably preserved. Peter was followed by Conrad Edwards who showed slides of his Christmas trip along the coastline of Cambodia. On Saturday morning the wretched drought breaking rain continued. I held indoor lectures on tidal streams and Nick Woods on leading trips and risk management. However, the bulk of paddlers took to the water for the water training sessions coordinated by John Kirk-Anderson. These continued during the afternoon while Carl Brown talked about Greenland paddles, Dave

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Winkworth discussed boat handling without a rudder, and Diane Morgan demonstrated how to dehydrate food for trips. Following the KASK AGM and a sumptuous dinner, David Winkworth presented a second slide show of paddling in the tropics, which concluded with saving his paddling mate, Arunas Pilka, from the jaws of a 4m croc. Such was the retelling of the story, you sense Dave was back on the island. The final slides showed Dave being presented by Australia’s Governor General with that nation’s highest award for bravery. Drizzle and wind persisted through Sunday morning. Most paddlers took to the water for practical sessions on rescues or silly strokes. Iona Bailey and Cathye Haddock ran an indoor session on ‘when things go wrong - are you prepared?’ - using unforeseen dramas from their recent Fiordland kayak expedition. After lunch, paddlers separated into pods for the trip to the DoC campsite at Mistletoe Bay, on the north side of Queen Charlotte Sound, for the overnight campout. In this huge campsite, 70 paddlers created a colourful spread of tents and kayaks, with a delicious aroma from all sorts of evening meals. Although drizzle persisted through the evening, broad tent flys accommodated relaxed paddlers for a marvellous night of wining and dining. Monday morning dawned with a clear blue sky and a mirror calm sea. With no urgency, pods of paddlers departed from the bay for a leisurely return to Anakiwa. Cathye Haddock and Alison Turner invigorated after a silly strokes session

Alan and Pam Hall demonstrating rescue skills

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Cambridge to Hamilton Race and Cruise by Su Sommerhalder The 29th annual Cambridge-Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise, took place on Sunday 1st May 2005. 185 competitors in 170 kayaks, open canoes or surf ski’s covered the 26km distance in times ranging from 1.34.20 achieved by John Sokolich and Oskar Stielau on a double surf ski, to 2.44.55 by a veteran woman in a sea kayak. She wasn’t exactly racing! As an editor of this magazine she was taking heaps of photos...

John Sokolich with his prize a Challenge Kayaks Sequel sea kayak.

People, whose ages range from 3 to the late 70"s, who prefer to cruise at their own pace, join the racers in the after race lunch and prize giving. Frequently, 3 generations of the same family participate! It is held annually on the first Sunday in May. In 2006 this will be 7th May. For 25 years volunteers from Auckland Canoe Club organized the event. Four years ago, there was a lack of willing volunteers, so Auckland Canoe Centre took it on as a commercial event. Kayak and paddling accessory manufacturers and suppliers became generous sponsors, and this year there were over 120 spot prizes valued at more than $14,500. Top prizes included 2 sea kayaks valued at over $2000 each, a sit-on kayak and accessories worth $1000 and a three-day sea kayaking holiday in Fiji worth $995.

Julia Kuggeleijn with her prize, a Perception Contour 480 sea kayak.

In September 2004 my husband Peter and I sold Auckland Canoe Centre to Canoe & Kayak, and moved to Fiji where I manage a Watersports Adventure Company. Our other company, Akarana Kayaks retains the CambridgeHamilton Kayak Race and Cruise. Next year the Cambridge-Hamilton Kayak Race and Cruise celebrates it’s 30th anniversary, plan now to join in the festivities. Do make a note of the date in your diary - 7th May 2006. Nearer the time this magazine will advise where to register for the event. Sam Goodall streaks past in his Ruahine Swallow.

Photos by Ruth E. Henderson

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Marketing Man Keen diver and golfer Steve Smith, contemplating an early retirement in New Zealand, chanced to meet Peter Townend on the Okura beach. He is now a keen novice kayaker and the marketing man for Canoe & Kayak Ltd! His wife Gini, a pharmacist is also a newbie kayaker. It is not unusual for strangers to catch Peter’s enthusiasm, and for people to bring a wide array of considerable skills into the company.

When speaking with Steve you’ll gather by his accent that he is a Pommie and if you’re good, that he’s from Shropshire. Cheshire, to be exact. I look forward to learning from his publishing experience, and hearing some of his adventures abroad, including a 10-year stint in Saudi Arabia. Canoe & Kayak folk join me in welcoming Steve and expect the he will greatly assist us to work with manufacturers, importers and kayakers to mutual advantage. See you on the water Steve and Gini! Ruth E. Henderson.

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A perfect day on Lake Taupo by Les Dollard I met Jenny through the Yakity Yak Kayak Club - it was worth joining just for that. She is my No 1 choice for a paddling buddy. It’s not that often that you meet someone that you feel immediately relaxed with, sharing many interests - and even rarer to find that they also love paddling kayaks on beautiful lakes. I guess a kayak club is a good place to look though! We are both shift workers, so can enjoy outings mid-week from time to time, avoiding the crowds. A day in her company is always good, so when Jenny decided to have a go at trout fishing from her kayak, I was delighted. When our days off coincided, we travelled to Turangi. That evening we had a quick practice session on the water; how to get the line in & out, what to do when a trout struck.



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We made an early start the next morning at the Kuratau Spit on Lake Taupo; I’ve found the best fishing is usually at first light at this time of year. But fishing between the spit and Omori, we caught nothing for a few hours. We stopped for a coffee at our launch spot. I was feeling a bit disappointed, Jenny however was still full of enthusiasm and suggested we try around the corner, heading past the Kuratau river towards Whareroa. The cliffs by the Kuratau river mouth are small versions of those on the Taranaki club Western Bays 3 day trip a year or two ago. But they are still impressive, and lovely with the Kowhai trees in bloom. The southerly breeze died away to nothing. I thought Jenny had lost interest in fishing; she was happily exploring the shoreline in close, checking out the cliffs and cave. I put my line out again and fished on, the calm bright conditions didn’t look promising, but there was still the odd fish breaking the surface as they pursued smelt. Suddenly I caught one. So much for my theory that it was essential to be on the water at first light! This was a big, strong, healthy Taupo trout, jumping spectacularly, leaping 2 foot clear of the water several times, twice close to the kayak. Then it sounded, beneath the kayak, into the dark blue Taupo depths. I felt sure it was going to work the hook loose before I could net it, but it held. It fell out once the fish was on board.

My activity revived Jenny’s interest in fishing. She paddled over to watch the last stages of my fish encounter and have a go herself. She soon had one. “Don’t panic, just stow your paddle and grab the rod”, I said when her reel screeched. She looked at me as if to say - “Do I look like I’m panicking?” She is a registered nurse, dealing with life & death emergencies on a regular basis. It was most unlikely that she would panic over a fish. But she didn’t say it. She just laughed at my excitement over her first trout, and calmly followed my advice on how to play the fish. It was a nice fat maiden hen rainbow, and at 46cm length it was just big enough to keep. We doublechecked it to make sure. I knocked it on the head and stowed it with mine.

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With a couple of nice fish in the bag, it was time for an early lunch on a beautiful beach. There are several little beaches between Kuratau & Whareroa that you can only access from the water. They are picture perfect. North towards and past the Whareroa Road end, heading for the point at the north end of the bay it was dead calm. I tried to capture the amazing reflections on camera. I’m not completely sure what Jenny thought of fishing, something different to try I guess. She mentioned that it might be a handy survival skill one day. Perhaps she was just being diplomatic and didn’t get the thrill from it that I do. But as we now had a trout each to take home, she said she preferred to switch to paddling and exploring. So

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we did. It was a gorgeous day, and I was delighted with our fishing success after an unpromising start. A northerly breeze kicked in as we reached the point. We certainly covered a lot more water than I do on a regular fishing trip, I was impressed when we turned back and could see how far we had come. At the point, we could see in the distance - the next point, beckoning us on. But after looking around the rock gardens, we instead turned south and headed back to Kurutau and the car. The kayaks came to life in the mild following sea (or should that be following lake?) It’s amazing how quickly the mood of the lake changes, I kept a look out over my shoulder in case the wind & waves really picked up. But conditions stayed just fresh enough to be interesting without being threatening. We enjoyed the lumpy section where the waves were bouncing back off the cliffs. The wind died away as we reached the spit. After that, a soak in the hot pools at Tokaanu and then dinner in Turangi - at the Truck Stop. We had big appetites. It wasn’t huge fishing-wise, but it must be one of the most pleasant days I’ve spent in the Taupo area. I guess fishing isn’t everything, perhaps it’s best in small doses like this, contributing to the day but not dominating it. I read an article recently which highlighted how unique Lake Taupo is, and urged that we should appreciate and care for it. On a day like this, I think it is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.

DVD REVIEW Review by Neil Watson

SEAMANSHIP for KAYAKERS. Getting There (and Back). This is the second of John Dowd’s kayaking DVDs I’ve watched. Greg Dunning in Issue 28 of this magazine reviewed the first, ‘Getting Started’.

Hosted by John Dowd and based on programmes developed by John Dawson and Dan Lewis with guest authors Shelley Johnson and Lee Moyer. Copyright 2004.


‘Intrepid Kiwis’ Intrepid Kiwis have sought adventure as kayakers or solo sailors, circumnavigators or ocean rowers. They have journeyed 100 000 nautical miles in Chinese junks, rowboats, kayaks, motorboats, traditional ocean going canoes and small yachts. Mark Jones was a guest of honour and a keynote speaker at the recent opening of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Intrepid Kiwis’. Mark peppered his highly entertaining speech with scary stories, extraordinary tales of survival in icy seas and hilarious reminiscences. He illustrated his extraordinary world first kayaking journey around the Antarctic Peninsula with memorabilia of the “uncompromisingly and unapologetically wild environment of Antarctica.” Throughout his life Mark Jones has shared his passion for adventure. He was a senior instructor at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and Deputy Director at Tihoi Venture School. Currently he lectures on Outdoor Leadership programmes at AUT. His adventures in New Zealand and overseas include caving, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountaineering and rock climbing.

Have you ever scratched your head when paddling companions with a yachting or armed services background mysteriously arrive at your destination before you do, even though they failed to take the direct route? How did they know there was an island ahead when you couldn’t distinguish it against the backdrop of the mainland? How dare they tell you the bearing to get to a distant beach you can’t see and then head off to an alternative destination leaving you to it! How did they know to change the trip plan when 2 hours later the decision was obvious? How did they get you through the reef that night without parting the gel coat from your boat? How did they know that the night lights over a kilometre away did not belong to a couple of yachts but the rest of the group you were supposed to rendezvous with at 0400?

John Dowd describes navigation as “knowing where you are and systematically moving to where you want to go”. The DVD starts with beginners paddling along the shoreline using landmarks to navigate a route (piloting). It is soon apparent that navigation is not just about using a compass. Variables such as weather, currents and paddling ability are progressively introduced along with the methods available to help you tackle more ambitious routes. The value of the DVD is in the understated savvy born of years of kayaking shared by John and his colleagues. The delivery is as succinct as the title. The infamous Motley Crew continues to parody the approach most of us take to getting there and back. The structure and content of the presentation beg you to laminate a bit of chart, grab a compass or shout yourself a GPS unit, and get out there and do it! Available at all Canoe & Kayak stores. $39.95

On this remarkable Antarctica adventure, Marcus Waters and Graham Charles joined him. The journey began from the Argentinean research base at Hope Bay on 15 January 2001 “ the dreaming was over and reality smelt like penguins and old socks”. They were delivered to the frozen waters of Antarctica where they spent the next 35 days sea kayaking and surviving the rigours of this harsh environment. They lived off porridge and freeze-dried foods cooked on a little white spirit stove.

Brian and Louise Pearce - crossed the Tasman Sea in their small motorboat.

Avalanches spontaneously occurred immediately in front of them. Winds of phenomenal velocity forced them to find shelter on barren rock faces or perish. Despite dangers Mark said “at the end of each day we finished with a song in our hearts” and his greatest memories aren’t of danger or fear. He recalls the breathtaking beauty and colour of brilliant sunrises and sunsets, the majestic mountains, the Jurassic Park-like leopard seals, 50-foot whales, and penguins, comic masters of the scene.

Adrian Hayter who sailed solo around the world in both directions.

Donna Hammond and Ross Hickey circumnavigated Stewart Island in a double kayak. Brian Clifford, accompanied by a crew of 3, sailed a Chinese junk from Hong Kong to New Zealand in 1961. The late Dr. David Lewis - researcher and adventurer who completed the first circumnavigation of the world in a multihull.

‘Intrepid Kiwis’ is at the Entrance Gallery of the Maritime Museum, Auckland.

The exhibition runs till Sunday, October 9. Rob Hamill

Would they do it again? “You bet”. The exhibition also features: Paul Caffyn the first person to kayak around New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Japan, New Caledonia and along the coast of Alaska. Andrew Fagan, 20 years ago sailed the smallest yacht - Swirly World - in the Solo Trans Tasman Yacht race. Rob Hamill (with the late Phil Stubbs) won the Trans Atlantic rowing race in record time in 1997. They rowed ‘naked’ virtually non-stop for 41 days. The rowboat, K IWI C HALLENGE , is a dominant presence in the exhibition.


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SWING 400 PLUS • Seat • Paddle (alloy shaft) • Two rod holders fitted • Safety flag fitted

Great Package Deals

FISH N DIVE • Seat • Paddle (alloy shaft) • Two rod holders fitted • Round hatch

Great Package Deals


$1349 Easy finance available. Conditions apply.

Easy finance available. Conditions apply.

CONTOUR 480 • Paddle (fibreglass shaft) • Safety flag fitted Great • Two rod Package holders fitted Deals • Rasdex combination spray deck

TASMAN EXPRESS • Paddle (fibreglass shaft) • Safety flag fitted Great • One rod Package holder fitted Deals • Rasdex combination spray deck



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An adventure open neck paddle jacket valued at $225 Name: Email: Address:

For more information on any of these kayaks or equipment - fill in the form and receive an information pack and Go in the Draw to WIN....

Phone: Please send me information on: Size: S M L XL Send form to: WIN A RASDEX PADDLE JACKET; NZ Kayak Magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale or phone (09) 421 0662.

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SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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:



Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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

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

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

23.5 kg 62 cm 4.5m $1360

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

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

17 kg 68 cm 2.8 m $819

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

27 kg 750 mm 3.46 m $910

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

Easy finance available from

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SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

18.18 kg 790 mm 3.43 m From $895

36.36 kg 915 mm 5.03 m From $1295

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

THE TRIPLE is an excellent performing family Sit-on. The centre seat area

driest ‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies

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: Width: Length: Price:

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

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

23 kg 750 mm 3.3 m $770

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

25 kg 780 mm 4.01 m $1039

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

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:

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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SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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:

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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)

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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:

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. Weight: Width: Length: Price: Tourer Expedition

45 kg 760 mm 5.64 m $3379

20 kg 675 mm 3.7 m $1229 $1429

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:

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

CONTOUR 480 Is a roomy, manoeuvrable, easy to handle boat. A channelled hull provides outstanding tracking that helps keep you on course. Its upswept, flared bow makes crossing rough water a breeze.

Weight: Width: Length: Basic Excel Excel lightweight

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

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

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We recommend that everybody who uses a kayak should participate in a training course. This will ensure your enjoyment and safety. Ask at your nearest kayak shop. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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

overnight expeditions. It’s great fun to paddle and handles easily. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

Std 26 kg 590 mm 5.4 m $2559

ECOBEZHIG 540 An enjoyable sea kayak, fast and nimble with huge storage, great features and the most comfortable seat your butt will ever meet. Weight: Width: Length: Price: Lightweight

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

TORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling extreme

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.

26kg 640mm 4.5 m $1889

CONTOUR 450 This kayak is designed for day tripping and light

SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price: Lightweight

22 kg 610 mm 5.3 m $3980

TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlar

Weight: Width: Length: Price:


Weight: Width: Length: Price:

22kg 600 mm 5.4 m $3960 Kevlar

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

34kg 820 mm 4.5 m $1690

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.

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.

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

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SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price:



11kg 450mm 5.65m $2995

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for paddlers of both

OCEAN X This Racing Sea Kayak was designed specifically for the ‘Length

genders up to 75kgs. It is 5.65 metres long, which is half way between the length of the Swallow and the Opus and goes faster than an Opus.

of New Zealand Race’ and built around the safety criteria drawn up for that race. The Ocean X is also very suitable for kayak racing in the many harbours, estuaries and lakes of New Zealand and lends itself well to the kayak sections of many multisport races.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

12.5 kg 450mm 5.89m $2995

OPUS This popular ‘user friendly’ kayak, with its excellent balance of speed and stability is designed for the multisport paddler moving up to a faster kayak from a Swallow or similar. 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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Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 1




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

COST $295

Stage 3

Stage 2

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

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $200

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 wraps, swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Course: Weekend • COST P.O.A.

An adventure open neck paddle jacket valued at $225 Name: Email: Address: Phone: Please send me information on: Size: S M L XL Send form to: WIN A RASDEX PADDLE JACKET; 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

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

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

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

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

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

Mokau River 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.

Okura River Tours

Whanganui River Trips

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


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

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

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

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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How can you get your photos in this magazine? We are always looking for great front cover shots, and always need pictures to illustrate articles. Digital photography being relatively new to most of us - here’s a few pointers: Set your camera on the highest possible resolution, and superfine compression. At this setting with a 256 MB CF card or equivalent (about $100) you can take oodles of photos before having to edit and delete. When out snapping, turn your camera ‘on its ear’ and take some photos in ‘portrait’ format. Kayaks being long, do not lend themselves to this format, but if you want a front page shot, or full page photo, this is what is needed. Who says we need to see all of the kayak anyway? An ‘in your face’ shot is more likely to be chosen over a passive scenic shot. Do not ‘play around’ with your photos. Resist the temptation to do any image altering or enhancing. Leave that to the professionals. The old rules still apply - to get better pictures: move your feet (or kayak) to avoid the power pole or to get in closer; notice where the sun or shadow is, use the early morning or evening light; shift the offending rubbish bin, errant twig or paddle; frame the shot - create a picture. Download your best images onto a CD, at 300dpi at maximum size or get your friendly Chemist/ Photography shop to do it for you. Do not send 107 shots. Pick your top ten! Post CD’s, (or transparencies and prints - which will be returned) to NZ Kayak magazine, 7/28 Anvil Rd, Silverdale. Don’t forget to include your name, address, phone number and captions for your photos. Who knows........ your artwork may be on the cover of your magazine (and we’ll give your Mum, sister, girlfriend... copies). Ruth E. Henderson



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Sam Goodall, Aniwhenua Falls. Photo taken by Dylan Quinell using burst mode to get this multiple frame image. Watercolour effect by Brochures Unlimited.


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7/28 Anvil Road, Silverdale Please phone for opening hours Telephone: 09 421 0662

Flood Howarth & Partners Limited Trading as Canoe and Kayak North Shore

Canoe & Kayak Limited Trading as Canoe and Kayak Distribution





This shop is for sale

3/5 Mac Donald Street Mount Maunganui (off Hewletts Rd) Telephone: 07 574 7415

J. K. Marine Limited Trading as Canoe and Kayak Manukau

Jenanne Investment Limited Trading as Canoe and Kayak Bay of Plenty






38 Nukuhau Street, Taupo Telephone: 07 378 1003

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

Rees and Partners Limited Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taupo

Peter & Bronnie van Lith Trading as Canoe and Kayak Taranaki

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15 Niven Street Onekawa, Napier Telephone: 06 842 1305 CSJ Limited Trading as Canoe and Kayak Hawke’s Bay



710 Great South Road, Manukau Telephone: 09 262 0209








The Corner Greenwood St & Duke St, State Highway 1 bypass Telephone: 07 847 5565









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