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W H ITE WATE R • R I V E R K AYA K I N G • S E A K AYA K I N G • M U LTI S P O R T Discover Another World



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Issue 37

Letters to the Editor


Kayaking nutrition


Cook Straight


Kayak Fishing


Southern Gold: Waikaia River


Yakity Yak Mid Winter Banquet at Dacre Cottage


Discovering Another World Casual Paddler to NZKI 2 Star


Kayak Fishing


Scallops yum


The Unclaimed Coast Adventure Philosophy’s South Georgian Odyssey - Chapter Three


The Arrow Auckland 24hr adventure race: won by team Canoe & Kayak, due to clever planning and execution of: 22 Opoutere & Whangamata Coastline


Rescue 111 or May Day-May Day-May Day 28 Eskimo Rolling... is it really that hard?


Youngest kids ever!


A leadership programme


Malborough Sounds Trip


Go Girls!!


A View From the Top


A Rose by any other name


Lake Rotorangi Trip


Directory: Things to do


NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide


Front cover photo: Peter Townend Photo by: Kate Fitness Contents page photo: Nick & Mark Vince Photo by: Peter Townend



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I am sitting in my office on Sunday afternoon and the deadline for the magazine is now. My son of 8 has just helped me tidy up our fishing gear and is now happy grinding away with a modelling tool at a large piece of Kauri gum found on the local beach, will it turn into a grand masterpiece? I am not sure, but he is having a lot of fun. So what is of interest at the moment, well the most topical thing on the horizon is progress, not the progress of the grinding noise but the progress of land development. As you may have guessed I have a rather large passion for the outdoors and when you sum up what that means to me it is simple, wilderness. I love the wilderness places we have, be they huge National Parks or little wilderness areas in the middle of town. What constitutes a wilderness area for me is not the lack of people because my other love is people, but the lack of their permanent dwellings and roads and the general infrastructure that goes along with all of us where ever we decide to live. Wilderness to me is finding beaches, river banks, reserves, quiet places that have that untouched feel to them. Then I feel like Captain Cook must have felt or the first Maori arriving in this little piece of paradise. Wow your mind goes, this is beautiful and remote and it’s just us here. This feeling is annihilated when you arrive at Mission Bay or the Taupo foreshore as the masses of buildings, roading, vehicles and people come into sight. The next intrusion into my special wilderness is the proposed development of 600 houses behind Dacre Cottage in the southern area of the Rodney District, north of Auckland. This stunning area has been my backyard for just under 40 years. Now the owner of the land wants to make some money out of it. Bugger!!!!! I do not blame the owner, it is his or her land and they have every right to want to make money out of it. Then there is the proposed damming of the Mokau River

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in Taranaki and the water use application on the Waimakariri and the Rakaia Rivers in Canterbury. These are areas that I and many others also love. I understand both sides of the argument. One for the development of land to increase wealth and the other to halt all development and turn vegan and cook on a wood range. The issue comes down to balance and this is reached in our democratic society by the speaking up of both sides to a proposal, and in here lies our problem. In many situations the developer of the large chunks of land has hundreds of millions of dollars invested and the means to employ the specialized debators to go head-to-head with council and objectors, where as concerned citizens objecting by themselves have a small piggy bank of now worthless cent pieces. They are out matched and out gunned. However, we do have the ability to do something if we work together. We have organisations like the New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association that has for years quietly worked on our behalf putting in submissions and attending hearings and winning many battles, down to the Dacre Cottage Management Committee looking after a one quarter acre piece of paradise in Rodney Districts coast line. These organisation are the balance to the scales of the continuing development of the wilderness that we love and we need to support them with our piggy banks and our enthusiasm so they can go to battle with the same support as the developers and can win the battles that are just. Peter Townend P.S the kauri gum is now a hippo and the office is now redecorated with a layer of gum dust.

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Letters to the Editor KAYAKING

Taupo shop has moved

Cars carrying brightly coloured kayaks, Kayaks lined up on the beach ready to launch into the sea

Taupo has moved into a new shop at 143 Ruapehu Street, Taupo. Drop in and have a cup of coffee with the friendly team.

Triggering envious thoughts of: ‘I’ve left it too late in life This arthritis in my neck and shoulders would prohibit me’. Eventually— other thoughts; ‘if I don’t try it how will I know’. So I toddled off to the Yakity Yak Shop, situated in North Shore. There I met with sound advice and signed up for a course The staff are the friendliest bunch and full of kayak lore. This basic skills course gave me confidence in rescue techniques, Paddle strokes, many issues of safety, weather and equipment. The ‘Sunday Paddle’ was memorable, cold and high winds, It was suggested I ‘opt out’ due to my age. (I loved every moment!) Once completing the course one is free to join in the Sunday kayak trips and I take full advantage of these days, Enjoying the never ending delight of meeting new people Always a new experience, a new bay, river or inland waterways. All the instructors are so professional and likeable people Ever ready to advise or demonstrate the proper way to do things. It always amazes me how they remember every-ones names, Their friendly manner contributes to the success and joy the course brings. It’s just two years since I started paddling, and still as keen as ever, The problem I had with my neck and shoulders are so much better! Paddling a kayak makes me feel like I’m part of the ocean. Conscious of every ripple swell and wave and feel so much fitter. Of all the kayakers that I have met, I estimate one third are female, All age groups are represented, so if you are thinking about joining.

Andrew Sanders warming up.

Don’t miss out like I did, the sooner you start the more fun you will have.

Hi Pete, This letter comes almost 4 months late to thank you for taking

So stop prevaricating!

me and my son Andrew under your wing on the last day of your Yakkity-Yak Ken Brett. Aged 83.

trip down the Wanganui in April. It was most reassuring given the weather to know we were in such good and safe company on that last day. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip despite some anxious moments (more in the head than in reality). As it was our first ever trip in a canoe we definitely needed to be in experienced company. You and the others were incredibly kind and welcoming and we really did appreciate it. Unfortunely I aggravated an old shoulder problem and don’t think I’ll be able to do much canoeing in the future unless I get it seen to some time. Many thanks again to the only person I know who can make a roaring fire in a rainstorm!! Kind regards John Sanders



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Kayaking nutrition

Why is water so important? Humans can live for several weeks without food, but only about three days without water. So how much water do you need to drink in a 24hr period? Easy: To work out what you need: multiply your weight by 30ml = millilitres eg 70kg x 30ml = 2.1ltrs Before any kayaking you need to be fully hydrated so start a good week before any recreational or thrill kayaking weekend/event.

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Re-hydration is essential especially before starting the socialising. Now you will say: ‘Every time I drink water the toilet stop is essential’. • Increase your water intake each day gradually. Your body will learn to absorb and utilise the water. Why? • Water serves as the body’s transportation system • Present in the mucous & salivary juices of our digestive systems • Participates in the body’s biochemical reactions • Disperses excess heat from working muscles • Regulates body temperature: important for evaporation of water from body surfaces helping to cool the body. • Mental Note to Self: water is as important as learning how to secure your spray-skirt!

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Body Preparation Start thinking about getting your body ready for summer kayaking. Stretching - each day stretch rotating the two-day cycle. Day One - lower body: hamstrings, quads, gluts, abs and side bends Day Two - upper body: scapulars, rotator cuff, chest, forearms Then we can look at strengthening. Stretching & strengthening to prevent injury: that is the goal. Sue Levett

Phone: 09 473 0036 Peter Townend Managing Director, Canoe & Kayak Ltd and I’ll be glad to have a chat. All approaches will be dealt with in confidence.


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Cook Straight With a reputation of being one of the worst stretches of water in New Zealand we were all the more determined to give it a go, however we had to make sure we got it right. So after a good hard paddle on a Sunday afternoon and some playing around in bumpy and windy conditions, to make sure everyone was feeling confident in their kayaks. We found ourselves sitting around a table with weather & tide charts and of course a map. The crossing was planned for the coming weekend, but the weather was not looking great. It sure is difficult to get both the weather and tides working for us. With further discussion we decided it would have to be a crossing this Thursday or not at all. It gave us three days to organize work, food and baby-sitting for our 5 children! “Are you nervous?” Somebody asked me. Sorry, no time for nerves. I was just pleased to finally be driving down there! However standing on Makara Beach at 1am Thursday morning (our arrival time) with the wind still blowing a gale and the swells pounding on the beach in the darkness, I did start to feel just a little nervous. We were supposed to be paddling “that”, in the dark, in about 4-1/2 hrs! What a bummer I thought as I cuddled down in my sleeping bag in the van. The others had put their tents up. After all that rushing around and stressing out, we just might be driving back home tomorrow. Either that or it is going to be a damn hard paddle! At 5am in the morning, and before opening my eyes, I opened my ears, expecting to hear howling wind and pounding surf. But there wasn’t any. Instead I heard rejoicing cries from the tents. “The wind has dropped!” And after a favourable updated on the marine forecast it’s, “let’s do it!” So it was up out of bed (If you could call the seats in the van a bed) down with the tents, in with the breakfast and kayaks packed ready for the adventure awaiting. We were hoping to leave at 6am but ended up leaving at 6.40am! Never mind, we were still quietly confident that we could make that Tory channel before the tide changed at 1425. It wasn’t long before the sun shone on the South island and we had clear visibility of our destination. That’s great I thought, we won’t be needing our compasses. So we pointed our bows to a small peak about 8 km north of Tory Channel paddling at a comfortable pace, about 7 1/2 k per hr and sat back to enjoy a very long ferry glide. The start of our trip was a little bumpy with swells of about 1.5 metres. I couldn’t believe the change from only five hrs earlier! As we progressed the sea calmed down further. I didn’t think Cook Straight could get so stunning. Every now and then some beautiful, slow moving three-meter swells would rise out of no-where. Fascinating to watch and a reminder of just how small and vunerable a kayaker is in a vast ocean. At about 16 km’s from Tory we changed our ferry glide and pointed our bows slightly to the left of Tory channel to make the most of the stronger current that we would have closer to the Channel entrance moving north. 4-1/2 hrs after setting off we found ourselves at Tory channel. The swells rebounding off the rocks on the right of the channel and hitting the current moving in from the left made a very impressive pressure wave, which we were very happy to paddle around. We had to wait there for 15-20mins to let the ferries past through. We weren’t keen to play chicken with them as they looked very much bigger than us. So we took the opportunity to ring families, friends and of course to check in to the coast guard to let them know we had made it safely. Lots of rejoicing and text messages ringing everywhere! Through the channel was another fascinating part of the trip. It reminded



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me of a river in flood. Big boils and currents doing strange things with strong eddy lines. It didn’t take long however for everything to settle back down and apart from the odd eddy line it soon became more like paddling a mill pond. A couple of hours later, and after exploring mussel farms and collecting our own mussels off some rocks we found our DOC camp site. Then it was the usual eating, laying about in the sun, eating some more, tents up, eating again, building a fire, cooking up and eating our mussels and then at last it was time for dinner, pudding, supper and the usual talk and laughs around the camp fire. The morning brought a forecast of 30-40knot head winds! From our camp site everything looked pretty calm so we decided we better get on the water and paddle as far as we could before the winds came up. However 10mins later and around a corner we hit them. Bummer I thought, we still have another 20kms to go. So it was heads down, paddling hard and keeping as close as we could to the banks to find shelter as much as possible. About 1 hr later and rounding another corner the wind seemed to die down and we began to make better head way. In fact it wasn’t long and the wind seem to disappear almost completely. Another pleasant surprise. I think the closer we got to Picton the more sheltered we became. However, wind or no wind there was no relaxing because the boss was keen to catch the 1.30pm ferry back home. Andy, who was the only one amongst us who had done the crossing before told us how the ferry passed him as he rounded the last corner and he had to paddle real hard to just catch it in time. We were heading around that corner now and you guessed it, our ferry passed us. Another bummer! It was head down and paddling hard again! Andy’s predicted 15mins was more like 30mins but together we made it!! Boy that land under our feet and bum off the seat sure felt good! Our shouts, hugs, photos and grins from ear to ear didn’t last too long as we had a sharp reminder that we had a ferry to catch. So out came the trolleys from somewhere inside each of our boats and we ran to purchase our tickets and wheel our kayaks onto the ferry. Most people would complain, but it was a pleasant relief for us to hear our ferry had to be delayed for about 3/4 of an hour. Just enough time for us to get changed and of course have something more to eat! It was a very windy and rough return trip and we all decided that sitting on the ferry was much easier but nowhere near as much fun! Grinning away we told everyone who dared talk to us that we had just finished paddling what we were now crossing. So now it is back to the mundane life stuff like work, kids and washing. (Always heaps of washing) But somehow everything just seems that little brighter with the quiet (or not so quiet) knowledge of knowing I have conquered the treacherous (or not so treacherous) Cook’s crossing. So what next? I’m not sure. Maybe I will book in Stewart Island. Another one of those places with a reputation of being one of NZ worst stretches of water. Bronnie van Lith

Kayak Fishing A lesson learnt by Nathan Pettigrew

Lets talk about safety. Now I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking, ‘here we go, another article probably just like the last one I’ve read!’ Well, hopefully not because I’m going to talk about something that is so easily overlooked and so commonly taken for granted. Here is a short story about one of my ‘out of the ordinary’ fishing trips in the Tauranga harbour. Let us go back to March, it’s a beautiful clear day here in the Bay of Plenty and families are out and about, walking around Mt Maunganui and enjoying the sunshine. It couldn’t have been a better day to get out and do a bit of fishing in search of the ‘big one’. There lay my first problem. The fact that the day was so clear and calm gave me a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude and my ‘what if?’ questions went out the window. I organized gear into hatches and threw my knife on the deck, as I always do, being completely unaware that that knife would possibly be my only saving grace later on the trip. But of course I didn’t think of that at the time. After all, it was a damn nice day, what could possibly go wrong in the harbor with a clear weather forecast all afternoon? Now, I’m a very keen kayak fisherman. I love it. I have caught so many fish that I could have opened an aquarium for lip hooked fish! So I knew the general routine of trolling for a kahawai or kingfish, bringing it in, grabbing the knife off the deck, taking it out of the sheath, bleeding the fish and throwing it in the back of the kayak. Feeling like the big warrior man, just without the face paint, and then heading off to get the next one. But this day something was going to happen that I was not ready for. Something so stupid that could easily have been avoided with a few ‘fit outs’ on the kayak. Here we go: I spend of a lot of time trolling and this day was no different. I was near the entrance to the Tauranga harbor when I hooked something. It was something pretty good because it was peeling line out. Plus I use fairly light gear, so there is always more time involved in landing fish to avoid ‘break offs’. I was in my element. BUT I didn’t take into account that the tide was half out meaning the current was incredibly strong and creating small standing waves with the help of a breeze that had picked up since launching. Realizing the tide was taking me out and being completely oblivious to anything but bringing in my fish, I decided a good thing to do was to throw the anchor over the side! Have you worked it out yet? The second I threw the pik, I thought ‘oh oh, that wasn’t a good idea’. So now I have problems: a fish that I’m determined to bring in, I’m in the middle of the entrance and the peak tide is creating a huge pull on the kayak plus the anchor down is quite possibly snagged on the rocks below. What’s more, a throng of people have stopped on the Mount to watch this warrior, who soon wishes he had not just face painted himself but had a whole paper bag over his head! I pulled the fish in. Bearing in mind that I’m a little panicky at this stage, I just put the big guy on the deck instead of securely in the back like I normally would. That was my second mistake. (It was probably more like my 7th mistake but no one has pointed them all out to me yet!). I grabbed the pulley system because all I could think about was getting out of there! I pullied the anchor to the side of the kayak......?! You guessed it, I was suddenly turned side on to the current, the kayak tipped, the fish slid off the deck and straight over the side. The knife went with the fish. I’m sure I can still hear that damn fish laughing at me even now! The whole kayak is now up on a steep angle and I had no idea what I was going to do next. It seemed like a lifetime in this predicament. I rummaged through my storage hatch and managed to find some blunt plyers, which took forever to cut through the pulley systems rope. But, I was free and able to paddle away fish-less, knife-less, anchor-less, anchor system-less, and pride-less! But it could have been a lot worse.

One of the easiest adjustments I could have made to myself was to have a plan and be aware of the small things that could go wrong. Especially since I was next to a shipping channel and lucky enough not to be made into burley. The obvious addition I could have made to my kayak was fitting a knife holder, in fact, it was so easily done it wasn’t funny. I approached ‘Big Steve’ at C&K in the Mount and told him about my day. From there we devised and fitted a quick release anchor system. This allows me to be free of the anchor with one quick tug on the release line. I can then paddle back and retrieve the anchor later. I’ve since thought this would be great if I am bottom fishing and chance on a big Kingi. I can release the kayak from the anchor and go with the fish. If I get to Chile - I know I’ve gone to far. One other thing, and I’m not saying this as a ‘plug’ for Cobra kayaks but I really do believe the stability of my ‘Cobra Fish n Dive’ played a massive part in stopping me from going for a swim or worse. I don’t think there are too many kayaks that could have handled that type of angle against a pulling current. So as far as fishing kayaks go, I personally would have nothing less.

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Southern Gold: Waikaia River by Dave Moore Gore, Riversdale and Waiparu don’t get a lot of press as superb holiday locations but they may get a few more visitors as word spreads of the delights whitewater kayakers may find if they journey to the Waikaia River. Southland’s Waikaia valley has been a hive of recreational activity for years. Camping, fishing, tramping, mountain-biking and epic 4WD experiences have been the traditional pursuits of the valley. More recently kayakers have been making their way over, and so the rumours began... The deep gorges of the Waikaia provide some of New Zealand’s best opportunities for adventure kayaking. Three distinct sections exist. The upper two runs being classic after a little rain: West Branch (class V), Waikaia Gorge (classIV-V) and the Lower Waikaia (class II).

West Branch The headwaters of the Waikaia are a whitewater dream come true... Except that in this instance you get to carry your kayak. 20 kilos of kayak and a whole bunch of kit means you’ll be sweating your way over fences and into the uplands of the Garvie Mountains. This scenic warm-up will take 2-3 hours. Completely hidden from view the West Branch protects its glory until you are on it, in it, or going over it.

where all rumours began. With adventure novelties like paddling through a cave off a horizon line and the entire river sieving out, it’s got a certain character about it. The rapids are segmented, providing welcome breaks between drops. Imposing walls, sheer with clinging vegetation guard the interior of this run. The beauty subdues the fact that escape would be a major undertaking. The Waikaia Gorge is not as sustained as the upper section but it is a committing run with serious rapids, waterfalls and totally superb scenery. With good access and ‘the day trip’ factor it’s all good to go. This class IV and V section will be the run of choice for most kayakers visiting the valley. It’s a piece of boating magic.

Lower Waikaia Numerous options exist for trips on the lower Waikaia, class I and 2 trips can be found. Watch out for fishermen and trees in the river. There are a lot of them. The Waikaia may be a little off the traditional paddling circuit but it does provide a day or two kayaking that is extremely hard to beat. Pre or post paddling the camping is nicely casual with swimming holes and walks near by. Classic whitewater and outstanding gorge scenery with great access - it’s all there. Whichever section you choose the Waikaia is adventure boating and a great day out. For detailed information on Southland’s Waikaia River check out ‘New Zealand Whitewater’ by Graham Charles.

The first few kilometres of this section drop at up to 70m/km. Many rapids spread this gradient evenly making for totally absorbing boating. Each drop is stacked above the next; scouting can involve looking two or three falls ahead. Recent local knowledge or a bunch of scouting is mandatory. Not doing this is gambling on a good line and a lack of hazards. Gaps between long sections of continuous whitewater are small. Small mistakes can compound quickly and good party management is essential. It’s a good place to be on top of your game. The West Branch does have some user friendly traits the lower gorge lacks. Gently angled river banks make for quick and efficient scouting and easy portage options. All the drops are clean and runnable if you avoid the low end of the flow scale. As good as boating gets. Dave Moore discovers the Waikaia provides plenty of air time.

Waikaia Gorge

Creek boats provide a little insurance on steep continuous rocky drops

The West Branch section finishes at an old road bridge, as far as 2WD’s can go. From here the Waikaia Gorge begins. This is the piece of whitewater

Mark Lewis links up the continuous water of Waikaia’s West Branch



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The golden water of the Waikaia is hard to Sometimes you have to earn your beat. Penny Holland on line in the Waikaia whitewater. Mark Lewis earns his heading Gorge in for the West Branch

Yakity Yak Mid Winter Banquet at Dacre Cottage 72 kayaks on the beach and close to 100 people for lunch, a stunning day with not a cloud in the sky, too much food and fun. Don't miss it next year.


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Discovering Another World Casual Paddler to NZKI 2 Star From the bank I watched two paddlers being rescued from the cool clear water only minutes after launching. The little green kayaks seemed to have minds of their own and to this 13 year old, soon to be paddler, they seemed very unstable and unable to be paddled in a straight line. It was soon to be my turn to experience this adventure on the Waimakariri River, one of many new experiences provided on this Scout Jamboree. Many years and many kayaking experiences have passed since this first small step. Little did I know that kayaking would become my life. I am now the owner operator of Canoe & Kayak Auckland introducing people to the joys of kayaking, not in the way I was back then but through a structured training programme and I am now a qualified NZKI instructor (New Zealand Kayaking Instructor Award Scheme) I was introduced to the NZKI system when my wife and I went to hire kayaks from a Canoe & Kayak store. During a very friendly discussion we found that although we had been paddling for a number of years we were doing so with little knowledge of the correct techniques and safe procedures, in consequence we had been putting ourselves at some risk. We quickly enrolled in the Introduction to Sea Kayaking course to discover the theory and practice of safe kayaking. It starts in the safe environment of a swimming pool where you are taken through a Confidence Routine. When you first start to think about kayaking, being upside down isn’t your first thought and seems a bit daunting for most people. In this course it is your first exercise and you quickly find that it is not that difficult. Being able to control the panic and think your way through the situation is important, and the Confidence Routine enables you to understand and carry out this simple manoeuvre. Having learnt to get out of your capsized craft you are then taught how to get back in to it from the water. In the second session you learn to paddle effectively and efficiently. “How difficult is that” you say Almost anyone can get in a kayak, paddle and get from A to B, but many people use more energy than is necessary. Over time this may cause fatigue, injury or pain. Did you know that it is more efficient to push the paddle with the top hand as well as pull with the bottom hand? And do you know about the death grip (holding the paddle too tightly) can cause injury over a very short time? All is revealed in flat, calm conditions. You learn to control your kayak effectively, using a number of paddle strokes. Then you practise the rescues again, this time in water out of your depth. Over lunch, the theory of safe kayaking is discussed, including an introduction to weather and navigation, trip planning and basic equipment requirements. The third session is a day trip to discover the joy of sea kayaking in the local area. While underway, paddling techniques are fine-tuned. A quiet lunch on a secluded beach is followed by the return paddle with more coaching and a little more rescue practice. During the afternoon your instructor will demonstrate a range of advanced skills that you can continue to develop after the course, including the Eskimo rolling. How often do you start something and life decides to throw in a curve ball and you embark on a completely different track. Having completed the kayaking skills course my wife and I were then going to use those skills to explore the abundance of wonderful destinations available around NZ. That is when we heard that the shop was for sale, and decided to make it our



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by Russell Williams

lifestyle. This required further training, working alongside a number of instructors, getting a lot of paddling practice. We gained a broad skill and knowledge base to become qualified in the NZKI system and be able to take people on the kayaking journey we had been so motivated by. The qualifications required were: NZKI 1 Star - A personal skill and knowledge based assessment on flat sheltered water. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and paddling in flat calm conditions. The key to this is confidence in your own skills, knowledge and equipment. NZKI 2 Star - This is an instructor level qualification enabling the holder to instruct Sea Kayaking skills and to teach Eskimo Rolling. If I think seriously about it I had been procrastinating over doing the assessments for these 2 qualifications, after all it was winter. Finally Pete said, “I am doing your assessment”, and set a date. As you will have noted assessments are to be based on flat sheltered water. The venue was the Okura Estuary and when we arrived down at the water after the theory exams we encountered wind and chop against an out-going tide. Where is all that confidence? Pete had always said that the assessment was a learning experience. I learnt a lot that day and was successfully guided through the process. I am now a practising Sea Kayak Instructor with in the Sea Kayaking fraternity. On a Sunday afternoon when I am out with a group of new kayakers sharing my skills and knowledge and the wonderful world on the water, when the sun is shining and there is a hum of excitement and enjoyment in the air I have to say that I have a wonderful office. I have Discovered Another World. Come join me and the others who have found this place, come into a Canoe and Kayak store today and enroll in this adventure experience.

Kayak Fishing

by Ryan McGowan started, I regularly catch fish 10lbs plus and get busted off by even bigger fish. Paradise and privilege are two words that always come to mind when heading out the back of the breaking waves first thing in the morning. With all the space in the Fish n’ Dive I can carry spare clothes, fishing rods, a 42lt chilly bin and enough bait to sink a ship. Gone are the days of hoping to catch some fish. Now catching fish happens, the question is how big. Ye ha I’m just having too much fun, not telling you would be a crime.

I have loved my fishing for years and in those years I managed to find a few land based spots. But I knew there were bigger and better fish out there. By chance I walked into the Canoe and Kayak store in Hamilton and saw it, OH MY GOD!!! That is just what I was looking for. The Cobra Fish n’ Dive was what I was looking at, so I brought it without too much thinking, best purchase I ever made. Once I gained confidence in the lake, it was time to tackle the surf and ocean. The adventure begins with trolling or sitting there with a baited line. It was all very exciting. I started hopping onto little islands and rocks and that is where the fun really

On my way back home last trip I found myself in the middle of a work up, birds and fish everywhere. I pulled out my 5lb spinning gear and dealt to a heap of kahawai. While having so much fun I didn’t notice the wind and swell picking up, so it was time to tackle my biggest waves yet. I was nervous, all I could hear was a deafening roar. After tying everything down thinking I was going for a swim shortly. I started paddling towards the shore, Oh no these waves were bigger than I thought.... too late now, so I gunned it with the first wave picking me up like a toy and shot me towards the beach like a bullet, in a flash it turned me sideways, it’s all over I thought. But the Fish n’ Dive with its 914mm width let the wave push me sideways all the way to safety. I won that round. This is just one little piece of that trip and a sniff of the excitement. With a few trips under my belt now I can assure you if you want a vessel that will do it all the Fish n’ Dive is for you, believe me I have been bashed against rocks, tackled 2 metre swells and waves that would make you cry. That is enough from me. Whatever you do have a ton of fun and be safe doing it. There is a lot of exploring to do out there. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross someday. Until then keep smiling. I know I will.


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Scallops yum

by Peter Townend

Mike James, Kate, Ben, Bryn and Peter headed out to Mike’s secret spot of Sullivan's Bay, Maharangi to hunt for a few fish and maybe a scallop. Well blow me down if James and I actually fitted into our wetsuits after a decade or two and scallops aplenty were found. The best laugh was Mike saying to me "follow me down and I will show you one, so you can start helping a bit" I faithfully followed Mike only to find the sarcastic beggar lying on his back on the bottom holding two scallops in one hand and pointing with the other. I snatched them and had my first catch of scallops. Later I actually found some on the bottom all by myself and now I know that the flat part of the shell is on top and they camouflage themselves very well. Their only weakness is the circular rim of the mantle which contains a fringe of tiny tentacles and small metallic blue eyes. One of the funniest things my Marine Biologist wife has seen was a bunch of scallops on the run from a hungry octopus! I am somewhat surprised they don't also flee from Mike in the same way, but maybe the mature shapes of James and I lulled them into a false sense of security. Mike paddles a Perception Swing which he has used extensively all over Northland and indeed has even used it at Raoul Island while working there a couple of years ago. I was using my Cobra Tourer. Both are great sit-on-tops for this sort of fun. Mike had his set up so he towed it behind him with his catch bag tied to 15 or so metres of rope. This works well as he is never far from his base. I anchored mine but will follow Mike’s lead next time. When the tide turns, too much effort is wasted getting back to the kayak.

Mike gathering kina to show the kids.

Getting back onto your fishing boat requires a stable kayak and using your flippers makes it easy.



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Once your belly button is on top of your seat, roll over and put your butt on the seat.

Testing out my new rod holder options on my Cobra Tourer.

Now is the time to remove goggles and flippers.


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The Unclaimed Coast Adventure Philosophy’s South Georgian Odyssey - Chapter Three

Mark Jones

By Mark Jones, a member of the Adventure Philosophy team who lectures at AUT University on its Outdoor Leadership courses. Salisbury Plains was a rare place, a place of incredible abundance. The air was filled with moulted feathers, spindrift and the constant trumpeting of the king penguins. Finding water was a daily challenge and here we were forced to filter water from a stream, running green with guano and full of feathers. The next day a lump of brash ice washed up on the beach we brewed meltwater, that would have fallen as snow, perhaps thousands of years ago.



After two days of strong wind conditions the white caps funnelling out of the bay to the north had abated and it was time to go. Penguins are unaccountably endearing in their mannerisms and behaviour and I was sad to be leaving them. Glad to be saying goodbye to the sheathbills however, that had an unfathomable interest in our kayaks, roosting on them and pecking at them incessantly. Our boats looked like they had spent the night beneath a row of battery hens and were covered in sheathbill guano. This was particularly unpleasant knowing that their diet consisted entirely of faeces. They showed no interest in our lunch packs at all- not at the salami...nor crackers...nor cheese...nor the dried fruit..., but when we dropped our pants below the high tide mark they scuttled about behind us full of

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enthusiasm. A large rock plonked on top dashed their hopes and averted our disgust. The wind didn’t diminish for long and once across the Bay of Isles the leg became a bitterly fought 16 kilometres, hugging the contours of the land to gain an infrequent rest in a surging nook or behind a reef. Bull kelp writhed and thrashed about beside us. I looked ahead to pick the shoals exploding in white water in the larger swells. Though the wind blew from the warmer northwest quarter it still snowed heavily. For four hours we sought a place to land, paddling beneath dark cliffs, like gothic castle walls. Rocky tors loomed out of the snow-storm like ghostly turrets, dark caves boomed with surf. It possessed a terrible beauty, awesome and forbidding.

We had dry-suits and insulated boats and as long as we kept moving, our working muscles generated a world separate from the wildness that engulfed us. Despite the bubble of warmth that surrounded us the margin for error was nil. Had one of us been tipped in and failed to Eskimo-roll back upright it would not have been pretty. Hands would become useless in about 30 seconds and rescue very unlikely as close as we were to the rocks. The surge and suck of swells and the wind blown snow made for a scene of frosty chaos. We found shelter in a small cove at the back of an unnamed bay and landed for lunch. It was a hurried affair as the cold seeped through our clothing. Mitt off, bite to eat, mitt back on, hood down, warmer hat on, hood back up; slurped hot chocolate, another bar wolfed down, then back on the water, working hard to stay ahead of the chill, wiggling toes; quick stop, before hands lost the plot completely, to put on neotherm mitts inside pogies, then back into it. We stopped behind the next point, velcroed up hoods and headed out into the real work, hands aching with cold now and eyes slitted to the snow, sights set on the next cove. Graham called a sensible end to it all. An enflamed elbow, which had hurt from the get-go, had had enough and we retreated to the lunch cove to call it a day. Here we were enthralled by the antics of gentoo penguins returning from the sea. They waddled past our tents with apparent dismay, craning heads and diverting uncertainly from their normal route to the hills beyond. We also saw a huge bull elephant seal rocket down an ice luge from his hideway on top of a tussocky saddle, careering 20 metres and coming to rest in a muddle of boulders and fur seals below. While the whales have never returned in anything like the numbers of yesteryear, the seals have fully recovered and our cove contained many. The fur seals attain astronomical numbers in the peak of the breeding season.

95% of the breeding females in the world arrive at South Georgia in November/December and with them come the Bulls. Fur seals have an infectious bite, are unreasonably aggressive, and don’t scare easily. We tried to visualise landing on a beach patrolled by 200kg Rottweilers. The vision was an ugly one involving much bludgeoning and blood, not all of it belonging to the seals, so we elected to go early season, prior to the breeding peak. The downside of missing the fur seals was that South Georgia was still locked in Antarctica’s wintery embrace. It snowed every day for the first week. The sea-cliffs were laced with icicles that never melted and the air fogged with each breath. This was during a


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The Unclaimed Coast continued northerly airstream. Then the weather turned to the south. “Watch your step outside” said Graham one evening, “the beach is locked up solid”. Sure enough the sand was frozen hard as stone and the small creek running across it had become an ice-glazed sheet as slippery as rink-ice “Cripes, you don’t see that every day.” “Yeah, imagine that happening in Auckland!” I had a crazy picture in my head of kids dressed in furs cutting blocks of sand for igloos at Takapuna beach. Our cove was incredibly sheltered and it took a walk to the top of the hill to gain a view north and get a true perspective on weather conditions. The next day was decidedly average, but the wind backed us and we took a chance on a long run to Elsehul harbour, the last refuge on the East Coast before the northern capes. So heading out into another snow storm, we left the sanctuary of our cove for the wild coast once again. A more dramatic day we couldn’t have imagined. It snowed heavily all day, visibility was less than 800 metres while we crept along black brooding cliffs, caked with snow and bristling with stalactites of ice. There was nowhere to land. The sea belted into the cliffs with relentless regularity, but never with monotony; the air seemed to shudder as each swell boomed against rocks. It felt strangely OK to be kayaking in the snowstorm. The kayak rose and dipped with the rise and fall of the swells, my paddle found a rhythm that brought order from the chaos about me. With the wind behind us I felt warm and comfortable as I peered out at snow dusted tussock clumps, frozen to the cliffs like frosted mop-heads. We would come together and chat for a while, sometimes about the trip, sometimes about whatever inane things came into our heads. When we



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drifted apart again our thoughts turned inward once more before Graham or Marcus sidled up to share the next insight or banality. We drew into Elsehule with the wind and seas rising. It was bitterly cold. We kayaked into the deep harbour and chose a landing beneath a row of tripots used for rendering down the blubber of elephant seals 50 years ago. A quick recce of the terrain showed where a sealers’ hut had once stood, but nowhere that we considered good enough to camp. We pushed off once again to explore what looked a more reasonable spot at the head of the harbour, only to find it less so. There were uneven boulders covered in a layer of decaying kelp that had been heaved above the tideline and a harem of elephant seals uncomfortably close to the only flat spot. We retreated to the thin strip of land in front of the old sealers’ camp and hoped that tonight would not be the night a big wave swept into the harbour. We rested a day in high winds, Elephant seals as our room mates once again. They seemed to warm to us this time. One large fellow decided to investigate the tent door. His snorting through the door proved that oral hygiene is not a priority for these creatures. It was easy to blunder out of the tent in the dark to clean teeth or what have you and forget for a moment that we shared the beach. The looming shadow of a rearing bull elephant soon had me reeling backwards in fright and chastising myself for not being more careful. This was our last camp before venturing onto the south-west coast. Marcus and I had walked the few hundred metres across to the other coast to see what we were in for and looked forlornly out to sea at a gale blowing the tops of the whitecaps. Northanger, the yacht that had dropped us off was also intent on circumnavigating the island. We woke the next day to find her anchored in the bay. The crew dropped off another week’s food and told us the winds were expected to moderate by midday. This was good news as the tide was favourable then too. We packed up in anticipation of the next leg.

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At 1pm the wind dropped and we took advantage of a flood tide going our way to round the northern capes. The temperature dropped further to settle at -40C. Salty splashes froze on us and our boats, icicles hung from hat brims and deck cameras, and every trickle of water along the coast was frozen. Our world had gotten colder. Waterfalls were frozen into icy columns, salt spray formed an icy patina on the rocks, and bailing water from the bilges now required an ice-axe. Ahead of us stretched the coast we had dreamed of-The Unclaimed Coast. It was a chilling prospect, in all meanings of the word. I had run so many dismal scenarios over in my head- involving being trapped, escaping over the mountains, being dashed to pieces in a deadly shore break- that I viewed this section with much trepidation, but I was also tremendously excited by the prospect of traversing such a place with the intimacy that is possible with a kayak. Conditions looked like they would hold for another day at least. The waiting game was over.



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The Arrow Auckland 24hr adventure race Won by team Canoe & Kayak, due to clever planning and the execution of the portage. Kayaking is all about putting a boat in the water and paddling it - right? Well, not quite. Portages (up to 15 km long!) are compulsory in some kayak races, and permitted in many. In adventure races, anything goes unless it is specifically forbidden. In fact, a 1 km portage had originally been planned during the first kayak leg of this event, so we had practised various portaging methods to find the most efficient and fastest way. But portages are not just for races; a short walk can be a pleasant alternative to any long and painful paddle. Is a portage worthwhile? Will it be faster/more enjoyable/less tiring? To answer these questions, unless you know both options well already, you have to guess, which makes it interesting. You can learn a lot from maps, air photos and google earth, but there will always be an element of risk that you got it wrong. Let’s look at the details, with reference to the decisions team Canoe & Kayak had to make in the Arrow Auckland adventure race. How did the race unfold? Teams lined up at Army Bay on Whangaparaoa peninsula for the race start at the respectable hour of 8.30am. The first leg was a 16 km paddle west from Army Bay, stopping at Stanmore Bay, then north to Waiwera, assisted by a good southerly wind. Canoe & Kayak, and The Professionals all paddled together, completing the stage in 1 hour 34 minutes. Next was a bike from Waiwera to Goldies Bush, near Muriwai on the west coast. It should have been fast and furious, with good sealed and gravel roads, but knobbly tyres and a head wind slowed most, except the Thames team Crash Bandicoot, who used a tandem bike to take them from 6th to 3rd on this stage. Then there was a run/trek along the spectacular cliff tops from Muriwai to Bethells, and on to Piha. A few fine days meant that the mud on this stage was not as bad as it had been recently. The second bike was either a carry up all the steps on Whites track or a push up the even steeper Laird Thompson track. What a choice! We had spent half the run debating which was easiest, and then changed our minds in transition, but there can’t have been much in it. Then continue along Anawhata Road to the café at the top of Scenic Drive. At this stage the leaders Orion were 27 minutes ahead of Canoe & Kayak, but had a slow transition. How did the race director find the first part of the next trek? Proving again the old adage “no bush is impenetrable”, as night fell we bashed our way through supplejack, past wild animals (the local home owners), and down a steep spur into a surprisingly nice but cold stream that we followed for 45 minutes. Then another short bush bash up to a track and out to Henderson Valley. From there it was an urban run though the streets of west Auckland to the kayaks at Archibald Park in New Lynn. One team stopped for pies at a service station, but we were trying to look inconspicuous, running through town all muddy from the bush bash and carrying headlights, maps, compasses and backpacks. For people who detest running on the roads, we were relieved that this part was not too long, and mainly downhill. Fortunately too, the All Blacks were playing, and most people were inside. Orion reached the final transition just 16 minutes in front, but again had a slow transition. Kayak sails were prohibited, but wheels were not. Our support crew reached the final transition just 5 minutes before we did, and just in time to see Orion departing. In five minutes our crew had everything ready for us, with the kayak waiting by the water, maps and wheels already on the deck. Awesome! With a bit of local knowledge and knowing that Orion didn’t take wheels, we knew we had a real chance. So why had we decided to portage? There was a lot to consider:



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by Phil White Is there a good place to get out, and another one to get back in? A boat ramp, jetty or calm beach as opposed to cliffs, muddy river banks, or mangroves. There were two options to get out: a boat ramp just above the motorway, or a beach just past it. We went for the latter, which we heard was not too muddy, and free of mangroves. Good choice too, the mud was about ankle deep, and other teams found a large security fence at the boat ramp. Getting back in was more of a problem: there might be a place near the motorway bridge over Henderson Creek, but we weren’t sure, so decided to run all the way to the finish (Portage 1). Two or three other teams took the Henderson Creek option (Portage 2), and were slower than us. How do the distances compare? The paddling distance would have to be at least three times that of the land option for the portage to be quicker, as we paddle at about 10 km/hour, but might walk/run with the boat at around 4 km/hour. The portage option would involve a 5 km kayak and a 3-4 km run to the finish line, instead of a 13 km kayak (at high tide), which might actually be 20 km, since the tide was still going out. With the wheels, we could run (jog) most of the way, and get the average speed up from 3-4 km/hour to 5-6 km/hour. Having practised, we knew that we could paddle with the wheels on the deck, and they only took a minute to put on. By our reckoning, it should save us about 20 minutes, and that would put us in front. How much topography is there? The Te Atatu peninsula is fairly flat, rising just above 20 metres in places. Unfortunately one of those places was just beside our get out point: above the high tide mark, the bank rose steeply for about 20 metres, and was covered in long grass. Carrying a kayak full of gear, and having already done 12 hours of exercise, it took five minutes and two rests to reach the top, where we found a concrete path suitable for wheelchairs and kayak trolleys. Any major obstacles? (e.g. security fences, gorse, forest, private land, big dogs, roads/motorways) None that we knew of, apart from the four lanes of Te Atatu road. We crossed next to a marked police car; he barely noticed us as he wrote out a ticket for someone else. But we did feel really silly, running through the streets of Te Atatu wearing bike helmets, lights, buoyancy aids and spray decks, towing a kayak on a short lead, and taking the corners too fast and too sharp. Any difficult navigation? We had enlarged and laminated a Te Atatu street map, which even at night we could read without glasses, and knew that the portage was straight forward. On the other hand, from the two previous races we had done, we knew how difficult it can be at the end of a long race to find channels at night and low tide. What about wind, currents, and tide? There was virtually no wind by this stage, but with the tide almost dead flat, there would be large mudflats and sand banks to avoid. It turned out that the teams who paddled had to go almost to Kauri Point on the North Shore before reaching the channel that led up past Westpark Marina to the finish line. Final results show that team Canoe & Kayak took 1:10 for stage 6, while took exactly 2 hours (as did a women’s team (Line 7 Girls) who used wheels to portage across to Henderson Creek). So, a win for team Canoe & Kayak, due to clever planning and execution of The Portage. Of course to win took more than just one portage, there had been a lot of hard work over the previous 12 hours to be close behind the leaders at the start of that final stage. But the 50 minutes gained by a well executed portage sealed the win. The All Blacks won too. Final times: 1 Canoe & Kayak




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For full results, go to The Arrow 24 hour is

an annual series, with other races in or near Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin each year. Other adventure races coming up are the P6, a six hour event near Auckland on November 11 (, and the 1020,

Beautiful Turquoise waters on Middle Island.

a 10 or 20 hour event on December 2, also near Auckland ( Phil and Anne wish to thank Canoe & Kayak for their sponsorship of the team.

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Opoutere & Whangamata Coastline by Robbie Banks 1st & 2nd July 2006 I arrived at Opoutere on Friday afternoon, to find a quaint old schoolhouse and teacher’s house now converted into a Hostel nestled amongst Pohutukawa and Nikau palms. The cries of KaKa parrots can be heard in the surrounding trees. The hostel lies at the base of Maungaruawahine, a towering hill which you can climb to the top of and enjoy breathtaking views - looking north to Ohui and Tairua. Out to sea is an island smorgasboard taking in Slipper Is, the Aldermans and further south Mayor Island ( Tuhua ). To the West the Opoutere Harbour stretches back into the foothills and the Wharekawa River - which was used for floating the Kauri trees down to Opoutere (meaning place of floating logs) in the early 1900’s.

and walked the surf beach studying the entrance and the surf lines. The surf was looking reasonably lively (I like to use technical terms!!) estimated 1.5 mtrs but building much bigger between Hikunui Is and the point of Opoutere Harbour!

I learnt this from Tony, one of the local residents & part time manager of the Hostel, also known as the Wilderness Man, for his wealth of knowledge and his wilderness tours. He was relieving the other manager Elsa, as she had taken off to Tauranga for the weekend.

I headed back to Opoutere and managed to ride in a couple of good waves before being unceremoniously dumped on a sandbar. Glad that no one was present to witness my misfortune, I dragged the Challenge 5 up the beach, caught my breath, downed a nice hot swig of Maccona, applied a few more layers of clothing and headed back into calmer waters. The eastern end of the harbour resembles a peaceful lagoon with grassy areas lapping the waters edge framed by Pohutukawa. I managed to use up 27 exposure film over the weekend.

It was hard to leave the Lodge and venture out onto the harbour. The cosy lounge, with its shelves of books was so enticing - I could see myself sitting in front of the fire later absorbing all the history the old schoolhouse had to offer. But I was aware that the harbour is tidal and as trip leader I wanted to take advantage of the tides to explore in preparation for the weekend. I launched my kayak just across the road straight onto the mudflats, and then it was a short paddle down the main channel out to the harbour entrance. The tidal flow was peaking at the 3rd hour of an outgoing tide and racing swiftly. I beached on the sandbar, which divides the harbour from the ocean

I re-launched into the harbour and enjoyed the swift ride out towards the surf. I managed to paddle out beyond the sets of breaking waves and headed north towards Ohui. The swell was rolling and I needed to keep focused. The shore between Opoutere and Ohui consists of a long surf beach stretching north approximately 6 kms. The cliffs then rise up and continue towards Pauanui and Tairua.

After an enjoyable stop at the lagoon I headed back to the hostel, by now the tide was nearly fully out and I had an approx 200 mtr walk over the mudflats. At times I got caught in soggy patches and my feet would disappear creating big potholes for my trolley wheels to fall into. Quite an arduous end to the day! The lodge looked so close but yet so far away! After a fantastic hot shower, I settled in the lounge with a big bowl of pumpkin

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soup and a drop of Cab Savi and I pondered what a shame it was that the group coming was so small.

All in all, another fantastic weekend, and a good introduction for our newest club member Jeanette Bailey - Welcome to the club.

Only 3 people, a new clubby Jeanette Bailey and a friend of mine (Steve) who I had invited along to give him a taste of what a cool weekend kayaking with the club was like. He had expressed an interest in joining and I thought this trip would help him catch the kayaking bug.

Note: The Opoutere Hostel is a fantastic spot. The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen, cosy lounge area, even heaters in the dorms and bathroom.

Steve arrived later in the evening and Jeanette joined us early Saturday morning. The sun was shining and the tide was gliding into the harbour, another magical day on the water. We paddled to the lagoon and checked out the surf - Steve and Jeanette voted for the stay dry and warm option, so we enjoyed a cruisey paddle up the harbour and Wharekawa River- then criused back to the lagoon. We had a play in the channel, showed Steve how to ferry glide the current and nosed into a few waves. I ventured out further for a play in the surf and caught a nice wave right up the beach (hopefully the photos will turn out!) We enjoyed a mid afternoon lunch of pancakes with bananas and passionfruit jam. Two of us enjoyed a pancake flipping competition (I won’t name names) and the pancakes definitely came out worse for wear! All washed down with coffee and a peach schnapps while enjoying the sunshine and picturesque views.

Well kept, tidy and clean. The schoolhouse is an ideal set up for a group of up to 12 kayakers complete with its own fireplace. Sit on kayaks are available free of charge for exploring the harbour. It is ideal for this time of year and nice to have some creature comforts in the cooler months. To top it off they supply sheets and duvets very cosy and homely, (I wanted to stay longer). This area of the Coromandel is well known for its bird life and Dotterel bird recovery programme. Y.H.A Website - or Ph 07-8659072

Back at the lodge, after cleaning up and enjoying another lovely hot shower, the wilderness man (Tony) was found in the lounge stoking the fire and preparing for another evening of entertaining stories. We were joined by other guests from Germany and N.Z and enjoyed an evening of fun banter & more stories from Tony. On Sunday morning it was hard to say goodbye to our new friends. We all enjoyed breakfast together and a group photo out on the front lawn overlooking the harbour. Then we headed off to Whangamata. We launched our kayaks in front of the Oceansports club, cruised out of the harbour entrance and headed around the western side of Clark Is (Hauhuru Is) then on to Whanuakura Is where there is a cool cave and lagoon. There was too much swell to be able to enter safely so we carried on down the coast towards Whatipu rocks. Then back to Otahu River for lunch and another play in the surf. I managed to demonstrate how to stay upright in the kayak while broaching and bracing into the wave, much to Jeanette and Steve’s surprise! To top off the day we enjoyed a beer, chips and seafood chowder at the local sports club overlooking the harbour. What a cracker day! But the days not over yet folks! En route to Tauranga we stopped to explore a beautiful area of coastline which can only reached via private land. No I am not going to tell you the owners name, cos if I did I would have to kill you! This is when we found out about Jeanette’s talented four wheel driving! Yes she is definitely a farm girl at heart and obviously enjoys an adventure. Just when I thought the views couldn’t get any better they did, and I had run out of film!

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Many of the articles you are reading in this magazine are about trips organized by the Yakity Yak Club. Interested in Joining up?

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Join the club. You will get a weekend skills course to teach you techniques and safety skills and a year’s membership. If you are keen to learn more there is a bunch of courses to teach everything from Eskimo Rolling to becoming an instructor. At no cost is the Leader’s Training Course, ten weeks part time for those who have the urge to put something back into the club.

“Too old” you say or “not fit enough” or “don’t like clubs because of the working bees and committee meetings”. Well guess what, our oldest member is 80 plus and started paddling in the last two years. Can you walk? well then you can paddle, in fact that’s not correct we have had members with a missing leg or two, but you get the picture. The only committee meetings we have are a wine and cheese evening once a month to arrange trips. There are no secretaries or

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Rescue 111 or May Day-May Day-May Day When it all goes wrong we rely on these calls to save our bacon. However these fearless rescuers will all say that you are always better to avoid the need for a rescue in the first place, as often rescuers don’t arrive in time or cannot find you. In the most tragic scenarios the rescuer becomes another victim through their brave efforts to save the caller. So how do we protect ourselves and in doing so remove the need to put our rescue services in harms way to save us? The answer is simple yet often ignored. Skills, knowledge and the correct equipment will keep you out of harms way. Your skills will allow you to cope with any conditions that your knowledge says is within your skill range. The correct well maintained equipment allows your skills to be used and removes the likelihood of a problem being caused by equipment failure. However your skills and knowledge should be able to deal with any equipment failure with a back up option. How do you know your skills are as good as they can be?



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There are many ways to do this. Learn from a qualified instructor the correct way to paddle. Brush up your existing skills with a qualified instructor. Get assessed for a national award, as this gives you a comprehensive check of your skills and knowledge. To continue the development of your skills, I have found that practising in different water and weather conditions invaluable to developing sound strong skills. i.e. if wanting to improve your self rescues and team rescues, practice them in calm water and progressively try them in rougher conditions. Always make sure you have a buddy with you and that the conditions are within your skill range and that if the rescue does not work you have a solid back up plan. For example Check that you and your buddy can paddle in the conditions. Check that any current and wind will carry you to safety. Check that your clothing can keep you warm. Practise your Stern Deck Rescue so if your T Rescue fails you can give your buddy a lift to the beach.


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Practise your Paddle float Rescue as another back up. Have a friend on the beach watching you. I have put together the standard team rescues that we use and a bit of a competition as well to name the newest rescue we have been developing over the last few years. We have called it jokingly the ‘Bang Bang Rescue’ as it is quick and simple but we would like to give it a more prestigious name. Email your ideas to and the person coming up with the wining name will receive a bunch of rescue equipment in the mail.

The ‘Bang Bang Rescue’

6. Place both paddles across the kayaks over your spray deck and between your hands, hold them with your arms. 7. Get the swimmer to place both hands onto the back of their kayak, half way between the stern and the cockpit and while kicking their feet and doing a push up on the back deck, slide up onto the kayak till their belly button is on top of the kayak. Encourage them to use your kayak to help pull them selves up if needed. 8. Now they are to swing their legs towards the cockpit and wiggle themselves along the kayak, till their feet, then knees and finally their hips are inside the cockpit.

This is used when rescuing a Sea Kayaker and is designed to meet the following goals. • Achievable by all sizes and fitness levels of paddlers • Simple and easy to remember • Quick • Safe • To work with fully laden kayaks • To remove the swimmer from cold or potentially dangerous water (oyster covered reefs etc) quickly.

The scenario. A paddler has capsized and needs your assistance to put them back into their kayak. 1. Talk to the person to make sure they are going to be cooperative and are not panicking. Remember never go near a panicking person in the water, as they are likely to capsize you and may try to use you as an unwilling personal float 2. Paddle along-side with your bow to their stern. 3. Get the swimmer to move to the opposite side of their kayak from you. 4. Leaning on their kayak, reach over it and get a firm hold and right the kayak

9. Now corkscrew around till your bottom is in the seat. 10. Get the rescued person to pump out the cockpit, as the exercise will help warm them up. 11. Check with them that all is well and off you go to continue your adventure.

5. Put your hand closest to their bow across the front of their cockpit and lean onto their kayak with your other hand holding the very front of the cockpit.

T Rescue The ‘T Rescue’ is used when rescuing a Sea Kayaker when conditions allow a more leisurely rescue and differs from the ‘Bang Bang Rescue’ only in that the kayak is emptied of water prior to the swimmer getting back into the kayak. It is also more difficult to succeed with a fully laden kayak. 1. Replace point 2 with the following to turn the ‘Bang Bang Rescue’ into the ‘T Rescue’ 2. Paddle to the front of their kayak and ask the swimmer to go to the rear. With the kayak upside down ask the swimmer to push down on the stern by the rudder while you lift the front draining out the water from the cockpit. Warn the swimmer to look out for the rudder as you right the kayak and then lower it back on the water. Article and Photos by Peter Townend Photos of the Auckland Yakity Yak Club Members going though their NZKI One Star Sea Kayaking Assessment



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ESKIMO ROLLING... is it really that hard? by Bevan Marquand How do you Eskimo roll? How do you strip it down; my brain is full and there is still more to cram in! Rolling a kayak is fun. It is often seen as a negative - especially in the sea kayaking world - something you do when you muck up. Eskimo rolling may be something you don’t set out to do (especially in winter), but isn’t it better to be in the water for a few seconds than ten minutes? What does it take to become a technically correct roller? Is it worth it? Is a sea kayak too big to roll? To begin with, Eskimo rolling is a mind game. There seems to be so many things to think about. I have been instructing rolling in Hamilton for a while now and really enjoy the challenge of increasing my knowledge and skill in teaching a technique often neglected. A student in my last course arrived on the first night with a “this is probably a waste of time” attitude. During discussion he told me that this was his third rolling course (through different centres) with no success in the other two. “Why is this?” I asked myself. At the end of the previous course, Kerryn (work mate) and I decided to really analyse rolling and how it is taught. What are the essentials? What is the best way to get this across to students? One of the things that really hinders progress is brain overload, too many instructions: HIP FLICK, HEAD POSITION, PADDLE POSITION. I would like everyone to be rolling by the end of the course. True, some people take a long time; some pick it up really quick. Am I being realistic? After quite a bit of analysing we came up with a strategy. First up - water confidence. You will spend a fair bit of time upside down. Being confident in yourself and that your partner will bring you up when needed. Secondly, I thought back to earlier courses, trying to work out what worked and what didn’t. What was the main thing that people found difficult? The most common thing to hold a roll back is incorrect head position - partly because it goes against the grain to leave your head behind (surely if I lift my head it will help? Wrong!). Let the kayak do the work. Your head should be last out of the water. Thirdly - hip flicks (the most important part of rolling). To roll correctly this is non-negotiable. It is possible to roll with muscle power (often guys fall into this trap), but put yourself in rough conditions where you are battling the elements and at the end of the day, you won’t have a lot of energy to muscle roll. A good roll should be almost effortless.

Finally - paddle position. Your paddles purpose is to start the hip flick, so you need to keep it flat on the surface and use the resistance of the water to engage your hips. HIP FLICK

When you’re in the open water, you want your roll to be instinctive. Enjoy!! Look at rolling as part of what makes your paddling more enjoyable, and on those hot summer days it is a great way to stay cool. By the way, remember the skeptical paddler mentioned above? He was rolling by the second session.

HEAD POSTION PADDLE POSITION Do heaps of rolls, until it becomes second nature.


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Youngest kids ever! A leadership programme

I have had the absolute privilege of teaching the youngest kids I have ever taught to white water kayak. A group of young students from Waitara Central Primary School in Taranaki, took up the challenge under a programme they called ‘Learning to Lead.’ It is an initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Education under EPF (Enhance performance fund) to enhance existing programmes in schools that build student’s capabilities. The school used some of the fund for the purpose of developing leaders. So what are some leadership skills and how can kayaking help develop these? A good leader is confident, willing to face new challenges, will put their best foot forward when out of their comfort zone, is quick to make decisions, good at problem solving, can work in a team, and this is just what this course challenged fourteen 8-11yr old students to develop. Did these kids face new challenges? Absolutely! On week 1, of this 10-week programme (1 morning per week) we put these students on sit on top kayaks on a nice flat sheltered lake. And oh boy, what chaos! Kids held their paddles back to front and the wrong way round, others called for help while banging into the bank because they had no control, and others clutched their boats with two hands trembling while another kayaker collided with their kayak. This was going to be a challenge not only for the students, but also for us. Our task was to move them from this chaos to control their boats on moving water and then successfully complete a grade 2 river. Did we take them out of their comfort zone? Absolutely! In a very progressive manner, and only to the level in which we knew they were capable of. As one young man commented ‘I have learnt to face my fears.’ We had the odd tear of relief from one girl, as she conquered things she thought she could never do, and another who near the beginning the instructors had to raft up with & take down the rapids, while at the end, was confidently paddling rapids by himself and grinning the whole way down. Decision making skills? Have you ever been white water kayaking? Quick decision-making is vital on every rapid. When approaching a rock you need to decide early which side of the rock you are going to paddle. If you don’t, you hit the rock! As one wise instructor told me once, ‘a wrong decision is better than no decision.’ How about problem solving skills? We had a lot of fun developing this skill. We had the students in groups, and at the beginning of each session we gave each group a problem, which they had to solve themselves. These problems progressively became harder is the course went on, but the children progressively became better at solving them. From getting another kayak and its passenger back to shore, to making a stretcher to carry an injured friend, they soon learnt to explore the environment around them and the instructor’s



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kayaks, life jackets and first aid kits for items to help. They found ropes for towing, duck tape for mending holes and created stretchers out of paddles and life jackets! Did they learn to work as a team? Absolutely. Not only by supporting each other down rapids or working together to solve problems, but one of the most difficult team challenges was to load all the kayaks back on the trailer and all gear away in vans within 2 minutes. Their motivation for doing this was a couple of king size bars of chocolate. They soon worked out that it took everyone doing their part to achieve this goal and their challenge was completed on the 9th week! And finally to make sure they learnt to lead well, each student had a turn at being a leader. Their task was to make sure their team was ready each week, organising their team to load & unload kayaks, making sure everyone had correct gear and being the leader in the problem-solving task. This too they progressively became better at, as they watched & assessed their own team member’s leadership. I think the students comments themselves shows how much they gained from the course, and I would like to thank Waitara Central School, their staff & the board for giving us all so much fun! “I think I have learnt fitness, water skills and what an eddy line is. I learnt that we are all different but can come together and help each other”. Judaea. “I have loved this course most probably with my whole heart. It has helped me with my anger because I have learnt something new and it is awesome”. Graham ‘I have learnt to give everyone a go at doing stuff and to really listen; otherwise you might have to paddle back up the river. That’s hard”. Keanu “I have learnt not to be so bossy as a leader and that it is faster when you work together”. Kayle “I have absolutely loved kayaking this term and have learnt how to use the skills in the rapids. I big thanks to the team”. Huriana.

10 DECEMBER 2006 Run 13km “I have learnt to be a leader you have to be a good role model”. Tyrone “I have gained heaps of confidence”. Alana

Cycle 58km Kayak 19km

“I have more muscles and more confidence with the group”. Johno “I have learnt river skills and how to control my kayak”. Kayla “This has been such a great thing to do. I have learnt many different strokes like ferry gliding. I have learnt to get along with other people older and younger than me. Big thanks for everything”. Adele. And yes by the end of the course they did all manage to confidently paddle a grade two river. On the last day, the only student who fell out was their school teacher! To the students, Congratulations! How quickly you picked up on those skills, and how quickly your confidence grew, stunned us all! You were all absolutely awesome. And now I think we can safely called you all. .........fellow kayakers!......... Bronnie & Peter van Lith

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MALBOROUGH SOUNDS TRIP by Jim and Andy Over the weekend of 19-21 May 15 kayakers from the Wellington Yakity Yak club paddled the glorious Marlborough sounds. Our paddle started on Saturday morning from Picton Harbour. We headed over to Wedge Point, on the way catching some kahawai, and pausing at Wedge Point to watch a seal playing in the water. Whenever the seal decided he’d had enough of us edging closer he would dive away. Eventually he got out of the water and posed for us - maybe he thought we could go away now we had our photo shoot. We headed over from Wedge Point to Double Cove, spotting a couple of little blue penguins, and as we stopped for lunch in a beautiful sheltered bay we watched as a majestic stingray came cruising past. After lunch we headed around into Lochmara Bay towards Lochmara Lodge, our destination for the night. A White Heron was spotted at the end of the bay, adding to our tally for wildlife interactions. At the lodge the fire was on and the views were just stunning. Surrounding the lodge was a bush walk, where artwork (carvings into punga trees, lime stone and rocks), hammocks and gorgeous views of the bay were to be discovered. After dinner it was time for a night paddle in Lochmara Bay. The night was stunning, the sky littered with stars, and the water dead calm. We paddled around then rafted up, chatted, star gazed, listened to a kiwi, and chatted some more. We gently stirred the water with our paddles so we could watch the phosphorescence (like millions of tiny little stars) in the water. We awoke on Sunday to a rainy, but relatively calm (we are from Wellington) day. We paddled around Onahau Bay, stopping for lunch at Mistletoe Bay. It



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was stunning bay after stunning bay with water clear enough to spot starfish on the bottom. A fin cruised through the water in front of us, then dived down into the water. We decided it was a seal pretending to be a shark, even though it was more exciting to think it was a shark. We headed back via Wedge Point (spotting more seals) to finish our weekend back at Picton Harbour. Our final wildlife encounter, some large dolphins playing in the wake of a departing boat. Time for hot showers and refreshments before heading back on the ferry to Wellington. For many of us this was our first kayaking weekend and it was just fantastic. Thanks to Andy for organizing a great weekend - book me in for the next one.

29th OCTOBER 2006


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Go Girls!!

by Bronnie van Lith

Paddling down a river, enjoying the views, smell & especially a good natter to my female paddling buddy (Amanda) we heard the boys moaning at us again from the front, ‘Will you girls stop nattering and give us a break!’ Why can’t the boys understand that we, mere females, don’t simply paddle down a river to play in a few holes, or to show off our manhood. No, we are there to enjoy ourselves, to soak in the beauty of our surroundings and most importantly to catch up with a good natter. We are not so task orientated as they are, but more socially orientated. Trouble is, there are not a lot of females that white water kayak to be social with. Why? I’m not sure; maybe it’s the guys. That’s when Amanda and I came up with a brainwave. Who needs the guys anyway? (Secretly, I do like the guys being around to rescue us! But I won’t let them know that.) Hey, we discussed, why not organise a girls only paddle. So a couple of weeks later and a few e-mails & phone calls to Yakiti Yak Club members, six girls were on our way to the Waiwakaiho River, an easy, but pretty grade 3 river. The source of this local river is the beautiful snow covered Taranaki Mountain. On arrival we were met by a couple of fellow male paddlers who had just finished playing in a play hole which is situated at the bottom of a tail race, the start of our run. After exclaiming that he didn’t realise there were so many female paddlers he admitted sheepishly, I had a swim and that water was so cold I went into shock & couldn’t roll up! The others joined in the conversation. ‘My eyes were burning only after two rolls!’ Opps, I thought to myself, I’m not going to repeat this conversation to the girls, & I am definitely going to be real careful not to do anything dumb to get wet! Four of us thought we would drag our boats up to the top of the tailrace and have a play before we got started. (What a pity the guys weren’t around to help us, but ah, they would probably make us drag the kayaks up ourselves anyway!) It is a great place to hone up on those eddy catching skills and surfing waves across currents. Finishing off the tailrace I decided to go hard left & carefully miss that hole the guys had been playing on. Arriving at the bottom dry & happy I turned to see Amanda surfing the hole. She is either keen or stupid I think to myself. A very short while later she is floating pass. ##XX it is ##XX cold! No kidding I laugh, the water is coming off the



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mountain! “I got that one!!” Glancing up we find her partner on the bridge above with a camera! “Hey, didn’t we say no males allowed”, I yelled in support of my friend! Typical male can’t keep away from us females! A little while later we were paddling down the river and having a great time with a good old natter when Amanda suddenly found herself half pinned and half stuck on a rock. She is not really that bad at kayaking, but I guess that is what comes from talking too much and not looking where we were going! Then do you believe it; we heard that voice again from the side of the river!! “Got that one too!” That damn man with that damn camera again! Gee he must be really insecure to have to follow his partner down the river! After one or two more rescues, and leaving that pestering man behind us, we approached the most difficult rapid on this section of the river. ‘We need a plan’ said Kez gathering both Amanda and myself together. We decided Amanda was going to go down first, showing the best lines, Kez was going to go down in the middle somewhere to help with those who needed it and I was going to come up on the rear to help with rescues also. Then we were all going to eddy out half way & before the more difficult part of the rapid so everyone could look at the line and decide whether they wanted to paddle the rest. All started well and as to plan, Amanda cut into the planned eddy. Jo missed the eddy and kept going, Amanda decided she had better follow and support her, and Alexandra followed orders to a T & followed Amanda’s line! For some unknown reason, Cathy had decided that the grass looked greener on the other side and paddled way over to river right instead of left and headed straight into a nasty hole, so Kez took off to look after her. And me? Well I followed the plan, cut into the eddy, realised that there was no point in doing this as everyone else had continued down the river, so allowed the current to pull me back out, but forgot to turn around first! This should be fun! Oh where are those guys when you need them! Paddling the rapid backwards, great for the skills, just make sure you don’t get pinned or wet! & don’t expect me to help with the rescues! What chaos! Next time it might be safer not to have a plan! I couldn’t believe it when I found myself at the bottom of the rapid and still on top of the water! Shoulders back and pretending that I was a pro and found the rapid easy I went to help gather up the mess at the bottom. There were only a couple of swimmers, so it wasn’t too bad, & everyone was still smiling! As I said earlier, who needs the guys! A few more rapids, a few more natters, a few more rescues, we were all having

a great time when suddenly I found it was my turn to get stuck side on to a shallow rock! Too much talking! Damn these rocks! Why do there have to be rocks in rapids anyway? Amanda paddled past, ‘Help!’ I called out to her. She reached out to grab the bow of my kayak as she paddled past to try and pull my kayak around the rock. I felt a slight, rather weak tug and then that was it, she continued paddling down the river and I was still stuck on the rock! Carefully wiggling myself while being careful not to let go of my rail I tried to unpin myself but it didn’t seem to help much. Looking down the rapid I saw the rest of the girls, waiting patiently and rather helplessly with big grins on their faces. The guys would come and rescue me I thought. This water is way too cold to get wet! Soon I was going to be left with one option, drop my rail, go upside down in that freezing cold water and hopefully roll up! Oh where were those guys when you needed them? Feeling rather desperate now I wriggled a bit harder realising that I was probably going to end up upside down anyway. With one last hard wiggle and a good hard brace at

the same time I found myself free and on top of the water! I was more shocked than anyone. A big cheer went up from the girls as I joined them. ‘See, we don’t need the guys’ I stated proudly and everybody laughed! We had a great time. Encouraging each other to be that little bit braver, surfing small waves, and some of us girls developing skills in rescuing. Such skills we normally leave to the guys. We also had lots of fun gossiping, laughing, and admiring the bush, steep cliffs and even a nice small waterfall. It was disappointing to get to the end so soon, but we quickly got ourselves into dry gear, found a nice café, and stopped off for a hot chocolate and more natter and laughs. In fact we had so much fun we decided to do it more often. This is what kayaking should be all about! Who needs the guys! Go girls! If you are a paddler in Taranaki, and especially a girl, then please do join us. Ring the Canoe & Kayak shop. PS To our dear men, We do like your company sometimes.


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A View From the Top by Steve Knowles Have you ever been sitting at the edge of a navigation channel, pretty keen to get home and thought to yourself ‘I can beat that cargo ship, no worries’. Well after reading this article I hope you give these big boys a bit more space, because chances are they haven’t even seen you. Recently I was lucky enough to be taken aboard the container vessel MV Delores in the Port of Tauranga. My host for the day was Nigel Drake, Operations Manager for the port. Nigel has 37years experience in shipping and yes, he knows of close calls between ships and kayakers.

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Nigel said the most dangerous areas for kayakers in Tauranga is near the tug boats, wharves and the actual shipping channels. He felt the most important thing kayakers can do to avoid a nasty collision or close call is to learn more about the shipping channels. These are marked on the water by red port and green starboard markers. The

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shipping channel is to the left of the green and right of the red markers when entering a harbour. What a lot of kayakers don’t realise is that without speed ships have limited steerage. This means that in a navigation channel they cannot easily stop. If they attempt to stop in a hurry the ship may run aground, something captains and harbour pilots try to avoid at all costs. You can only begin to imagine the implications of going aground, remember the fiasco caused by the Jodie F Millenium which grounded off Gisborne? 40 tonnes of heavy fuel leaked off the Jody. The clean up alone cost $2.6m. A kayaker, like any other small vessel, is required by maritime law not to impede the navigation of any vessel 500 gross tonnes or more. If you break this law you can be held liable for damages. Ships will often maintain speeds in channels of between 6-10 knots. Some ships are unable to go slower than 6 knots without stopping their engines. Most kayakers cruise at 2.5knots and at a pinch might get a high performance sea kayak up to 5knots for a short time.

Another fact about shipping channels that Nigel feels kayakers just don’t understand is that they are relatively very narrow. It may look like the big wide open sea to you but large ships can’t stick on an indicator and change lanes. The MV Delores is 180m long, the longest container ships plying New Zealand’s waterways are 281m and cruise ships in the summer months can exceed 290m. At its narrowest the Tauranga Harbour entrance is 300m, so a 280m ship doesn’t have many options when trying to avoid a daydreaming kayaker!. And if you are day dreaming on the open sea your chances of being missed might be slightly higher, but remember a ship cruising at 18-20 knots will take 2km to stop. The Rangitoto Channel, which is probably the busiest channel in regard to kayakers is currently being dredged. This is going to change the layout of the channel. The Port of Auckland expect to have this finished in October 2006. Whilst I was aboard the MV Delores, she was only partially loaded. The containers on the front deck are often stacked 6 high but Nigel says if possible they do keep this lower towards the bow to improve forward visibility. I didn’t see any kayakers from the bridge but a large gin palace cruised in front of us. If you look at the photo you can see this boat as a small speck at about 2o’clock in the frame. Now just imagine what you look like in a 5metre kayak. Nigel also suggests that kayakers use flags, wear bright clothing and choose a bright coloured kayak. All boaties appreciate this, especially the flags. Other actions kayakers can take, is to cross shipping channels at right angles and not meander along them. If paddling as a group, channel crossings should be discussed in a briefing before you hit the water. Decide where you are going to cross the channel, and if ferry gliding (due to wind or tides) is required, make sure your group paddles across in a tight bunch. And above all, never try to beat a cargo ship. Treat a shipping channel as you would a road, always wait until the crossing is clear and be careful out there!


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A Rose by any other name A couple of things happened last weekend that had me pondering on boat names and call signs. On the Saturday the North Shore Yakity Yak club had 23 trainee leaders and 7 existing leaders out on (and in) the water practising paddle strokes and rescues. Afterwards, I spotted Steve Law’s new boat with his VHF call sign name “Fido” and number proudly on its bow and foredeck, illustrated with a fearsome dog. On the same patch of grass was my boat Rudolph, with its cartoon red nosed Reindeer. Euro Man in his cape and gloves, was missing. What’s going on here? Are VHF’s going cheap? And has this resulted in an ostentatious fashion statement springing up? The equivalent of fancy car number plates? Well, maybe - but there is a safety rationale behind what can also be fun.



It is evident that as more and more Yakity Yak clubbies become increasingly confident and daring, the daily distances get longer, the adventures get more extreme, and as more leaders are trained up and the club gets stronger and larger - more and more paddlers are recognising the advantages of having portable VHF. The advantages of VHF are fairly obvious, but if you want to convince whoever controls the purse strings, or justify the cost of such an item on your ‘wish list’ - here is some ammunition. Remember - the sales pitch is that it’s all about safety, and peace of mind... 1. Trip reports can be lodged with the Coastguard, so that if you are reported overdue, all your details are there. Your boat details (type, colour, and name), your departure point, ETA and any progress reports are all on file if a Search and Rescue is needed. (It only costs $30 every 5 years to register a call sign, and $75 dollars per annum to belong to Coastguard. What did your last restaurant meal cost?) 2. Boat to boat communication is easy between paddlers or pods. Very useful when a change of

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plan needs to be communicated fast or an emergency arises. 3. Weather reports, with tides, forecasts, and up to date ‘nowcasting’ of real time wind speeds are available continuously. 4. Some VHF’s have a SOS flashing light signal. 5. Some can be hooked up to a GPS. And of course you look ‘cool’ and look like you are a serious kayaker! Once you have a VHF you will need a (nother) name.... On Sunday, paddling along the Weiti River in a circuitous route to Dacre Cottage, looking at some of the yachts moored, pondering on boat names and VHF call signs I thought about what makes a good one. A boat name should be 1. easy to say 2. easy to spell 3. easy for others to remember. I now know some that fail all three KISS principals. I won’t embarrass either myself or their owners by divulging them. I say, now know, as it took me

‘senior’ moment when sending in a TR, or are injured and someone else needs to use your VHF on your behalf. If you need help to discover what will be an “unforgettable you” type of name, ask your paddling buddies.

weeks to get my tongue around them and as for spelling them - forget it! Avoid a name that is too boat specific - you may upgrade your boat... Select a name that is appropriate for you and distinctly YOU, unforgettably you. Maybe something to do with your occupation or hobby (Hot Sax), country of origin (Highlander), nature or demeanour (Yogi Bear), boat decoration (Wasp), initials (Bee J), foraging habits (Mussel Man) And while you are at it, why not make it fun, and choose a cartoon character or picture to go with it? Brenda Jones’ son Luke ph 021 152 1485 does a great job. For only $25 you get three transfers, one for each side of your bow (easy to read when you are in the water and panicking) and one for your foredeck in case you have a ‘blond’ or

On the way back from the Working Bee at Dacre Cottage we took up the challenge for Peter B. He’s a chemistry teacher, paddles a yellow Penguin, and is a pretty relaxed nice guy. Yellow Peril? No. Yellow Submarine? Hope not. Yellow Devil? No. Mellow Yellow!! Perfect...

Then I started on Louis... a lean mean kayaking machine, who plays polo, has a bomb proof roll, and paddles a hand crafted white boat. Eskimo Pie!! Yes? Any one else want a hand...?


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by Shelene Paraone

Queens B-day Wkend 2nd-5th June 2006 For those that have never been to, or even heard about Lake Rotorangi, here’s a brief description about it. Lake Rotorangi is the largest lake on the Taranaki Region, it is 46km Long. It was formed in 1984 as a reservoir for generating electricity for a company called Egmont Electricity. The Lake is characterised by a winding, twisting course, which varies in depth from about 50m to less than 5m near the top, and has an average width of 130m, with shoulders breaking off the main route to the left and right. It has a silty, muddy bottom, due to the decay of vegetation, which becomes submerged. As the lake fills, it is monitored 4 times a year for the changes in nutrients that may occur. It can be reached from Hawera, or via Eltham & Patea.

The Trip - Lead By David Morrison The plan was let’s all leave Wellington and meet at the Patea Dam. Most of us did driving through heavy fog and temperatures down to 2 degrees Celsius. However a couple of Yakiti-Yakers went astray & managed to find us the next day luckily, but not before a short excursion to Eketahuna for the night!! Apparently this is the quickest way to Patea! Yeah Right!! Who gave those directions? Andy Blake!!! We woke the next day to a clear and perfectly still day. Although excited to get out on the water, we had a leisurely start breathing in the crisp fresh air. We had a good hearty breakfast packed up and headed down to the edge of the Dam to launch. Executing a safe trip, David went through all the safety checks, gear, maps, briefing, and we were ready to get into the water, which was a mirror image of our surroundings. It was one of those paddling days you dream about! Mesmerised by the mist gently brushing across the water and lifting around us, bathed in early morning sunrise on water as smooth as silk, we entered a zone of peaceful solitude broken only by the calls of native birds. Our plan was to head up stream to the Ski Hutt.... but we revised the plan along the way. We were cruising a little slower than expected up river so wouldn’t make our original destination, however we did get to experience some good training tips as David and another Yakiti-Yaker had a chance

to show us how to tow another kayak for half the journey there and back. This happens occasionally when someone has a recurring injury and not feeling the best, or just getting a little tired and needing some help. Tough work at the best of times having to pull two kayaks at once, but we all took a mental note. Admiring the endless beauty of the plentiful native fauna and foliage. With each paddle stroke, we left a trail of ripples gently cascading and glistening in the sunlight behind us. I listened to the songs of the birds and the inquisitive chatter of my companions of what exciting things we may come across on our journey. One of the things I enjoy about kayaking is how close you can get into all the little nooks and crannies to do some exploring and have a good look around. Off the main route there were shoulders we could go down, these were quite remote, beautiful and unquestionably wild. Dense native forest clad the hills, and dead trees stood among the mist giving an air of mystery like a script out of a horror movie, A bloated sheep lay decaying with a stench to put you off your lunch - no lingering down this one. Fantails zig zaged in front of us catching insects on the wing. Wild goats trekked through the bush foraging for food, and on weed beds with a muddy, silt floored base. All good ingredients for mozzies and sandflies multiplying rampantly. Hunger pains set in, David had a spot lined up, and pulling ashore we stretched our legs and had our lunch. Enjoying the warm sun and beautiful surroundings we ate and chatted about what we had seen so far and where to now. We paddled steadily out into a fresh Nor-Wester breeze, which had sprung up, but only lasted for a short period then in a leisurely manner we paddled, chattered and appreciated the quiet meandering nature of the lake and the impressive reflections in its still waters. Paradise ducks took flight in front of us, and we watched as they carved their way up through the dense forest. Nestled into the bush on the side of a hill was our camping ground. We carried our boats onto the bank and set up. A couple of Yakiti-Yakers demonstrated how to light and control a roaring campfire to keep us all toasty warm, and their expertise in eel catching! After dinner we sat round the fire and shared stories of our days adventures and had some laughs, until one by one we dispersed to our tents to rest our tired bodies ready for another days expedition. It was overcast when we rose in the morning; rain was setting in, only to be confirmed by the weather report that bad weather was on its way. I had an internal debate with myself, as I weighed



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up our days plans. Should I continue on and face a possible growing wind and the storm predicted to brew or should I head back. Needless to say, I chose to head back. A handful of Yakiti-Yakers decided to stay on and brave the weather and paddle up river to the Ski-Hutt for a look and stay another night. The rest of us paddled around some of the shoulders we hadn’t explored the day before and slowly made our way back to the start of the Patea Dam. David did his paddle ritual, which is a compulsory Eskimo roll when out on the water. I believe he said the water was shockingly cold!! Driving home through the torrential rain and the storm that had arrived, we spared a thought for our companions and how they were doing, back at the Lake camping out, bearing the conditions. As we neared home, those thoughts seeped out like a slow leak as we were thinking only of the warm comforts of home. Thinking back to all the experiences of the days gone, it is a location that I would thoroughly recommend. One of the things I heard myself say was a reflection of the great time we had. “We’ll be back!!”

Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers N.Z. Inc. (KASK) KASK is a network of sea kayakers throughout New Zealand KASK publishes a 200 page sea kayaking handbook which is free to new members: the handbook contains all you need to know about sea kayaking: techniques and skills, resources, equipment, places to go etc. KASK publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing trip reports, events, book reviews, technique/equipment reviews and a ‘bugger’ file. KASK holds national sea kayaking forums.


Annual subscription is $35.00.

Kask PO Box 23, Runanga 7841, West Coast

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.

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.

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

Mokau River

TAUPO Accommodation

Waitara River Tours

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

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

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

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

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

Hawkes Bay Harbour Cruise

Okura River Tours Exploring Karepiro Bay and the Okura Marine Reserve. Enjoy this scenic trip with abundant wildlife and a stop at Dacre Cottage, the historic 1860 settlers’ house, which is only accessible by boat or a long walk.

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.

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

Okura River Kayak Hire Company Phone: 09 473 0036

Phone Canoe & Kayak on 0508 KAYAKNZ for details

Kayaking to a local pub is a unique way of spending an evening, bringing your group of friends together by completing a fun activity before dinner and making a memorable experience. These trips are available to Riverhead, Browns Bay and Devonport Pubs. COST: $59.00 each • GROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

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. Group discounts available!

Okura River Kayak Hire Company Phone: 09 473 0036 Mobile: 0274 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

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

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.

Paddle to the Pub

Whanganui River Trips

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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Learn To Kayak PHONE 0508 529 2569 TO BOOK Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

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 Centres.

Course: Weekend • COST $349

Course: Weekend • COST $349



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.

COST $295

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $200

Stage 6

Stage 5 Stage 3

Stage 4


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.

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

Course: 4 evening sessions COST $150

Course: Weekend/overnight. COST $350

Stage 6



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.

Waimakariri Familiarisation Trips 2007

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

Stage 1

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.

Stage 2

January INTRO TO WHITE WATER 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: Weekend COST $349



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

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It is essential that all first time Coast to Coasters get some paddling time on the Waimak prior to race day. Take the jitters out of race day - make it fun-filled rather than fear-filled and join us for some great paddling to build that confidence up!

For bookings call Taupo C&K on 07 378 1003

NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide

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

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

Prices start at $2440

Prices start at $399

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

Length: 2.7m, Weight: 15 kg, Width: 780 mm

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.

Prices start at $2696

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

Prices start at $2199 Length: 5.3 m, Std. Weight: 29 kg, Lightweight: 27 kg, Width: 610 mm

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


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.

Prices start at $695 Length: 3.10 m, Weight: 17.27 kg, Width: 710 mm

Stable and easy to paddle and it handles surf with ease. Simple to use for the beginner, yet exciting for the more experienced paddler. The flow handles the heavier paddler well. We tested it with 115kg. It was stable and comfortable to paddle and the little ones enjoyed it to. This is an excellent family kayak that will get you and the kids out on the water exploring, fishing, surfing and anything else you can imagine to do on a kayak.

Prices start at $799 Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750 mm

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.


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NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide

FISH N’ DIVE THE TANDEM ‘two person’ is ideal for fishing, surfing and exploring. It has great hatches for storing your adventure equipment. Now available with three person option. It is often used by one person.

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.

Prices start at $1095

Prices start at $1095 Length: 3.81 m, Weight: 25.90 kg, Width: 915 mm

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

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

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

Prices start at $1199

Prices start at $790

Length: 4.01 m, Weight: 25 kg, Width: 780 mm

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


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.

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

Prices start at $2295

Prices start at $1249

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

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

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.



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NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide



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

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

Prices start at $2799 Prices start at $1895 Length: 5.4 m, Weight: Std 26 kg, Width: 590 mm


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price (Kev):


SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price :

15 kg 670mm 4.35m $2755

INCEPT K40S - Tasman Inflatable Sea Kayak. With an Incept single inflatable sea kayak there is no need for a vehicle roof rack, no storage problems, and traveling on public transport and small aircraft a breeze! Perfect for multi-day expeditions and just as good for spur of the moment days trips. Designed and Made in New Zealand. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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

INCEPT K50D - Pacific Inflatable Sea Kayak. This double inflatable sea kayak packs down into light, compact airline baggage inclusive of pump, decks, seats, pedals and rudder. Constructed from a heavy duty but light weight polyurethane - alloy that is strong, hard wearing and is UV protected to withstand extreme exposures. Designed and Made in New Zealand.

20 kg 7675? mm 3.7 m $1299


26 kg Glass 24kg Kevlar Width: 550 mm Length: 7m Price (Fg): $5260 Kev: $5760 depending on construction

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. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

27 kg 750 mm 3.46 m $1019

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.

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

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

Width: Length: Price:

12 to 15kg depending on construction 530 mm 5.9 m $2860 Glass $3170 Kevlar

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

20 kg 670 mm 5.35m $3430

45 kg 760mm 5.64 m From $3699

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.

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.


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NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide SPECIFICATION


Weight: Width: Length: Price (Kev):

12 kg 455mm 5.9m $3170

FIREBOLT This new, very user friendly kayak with its excellent combination of speed and stability supercedes our very popular Opus. It is suitable not only for the intermediate / advanced paddler, but also for the busy, but keen ‘Weekend Warrior’. Weight: Width: Length: Price (Fg): Kev:


12 kg 480mm 5.4 m $2710 $2940

SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price (Fg): Kev:

14.5 kg 540 mm 4.94m $2460 $2740

INTRIGUE This kayak is ideal for the beginner/entry level kayaker who is looking for a quick, light kayak with great stability. Very suitable for first time Coast to Coasters. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

19.09 kg 585 mm 5.03 m $1549

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

SWALLOW The next step up from the entry level kayaks. Fast with good stability. Medium skill ability is required to enjoy racing this kayak. A very popular Coast to Coast kayak. Weight: 16.5 kg to 19 kg depending on construction Width: 510 mm Length: 6.43 m Price: $3195 - $3560 depending on construction

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. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

SURF SKI An excellent training and competition surf ski, can be used with under-slung rudder or rear mounted rudder. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

composite crafts, has good stability and speed. Colours: Stone grey, Mango, White granite, Lime, Yellow. Weight: 22 kg Width: 590mm Length: 5m Price (Fg): From $3310 (Freight charges may apply)

PENGUIN Has all the features for multi-day kayaking with ease of

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

22 kg 550mm 5.15 m $1549

VIPER This boat is designed as an entry level alternative to expensive

25 kg 610 mm 4.8 m $2395

handling in all weather conditions. With great manoeuvrability this kayak is suitable for paddlers from beginner to advanced.

21 kg 510 mm 5.29 m $1649

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.

23kg kevlar carbon 600 mm 5.6 m From $4220

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

18.18 kg 790 mm 3.43 m $849

TORRES A fast and stable sea kayak capable of handling extreme

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

expeditions. Huge storage and lots of leg room.

‘Sit-ons’ you will find. Great hatches for storing your goodies Weight: Width: Length: Price:

17 kg 680 mm 2.8 m $799

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

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

26 kg 640mm 4.5 m From $1999

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

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.



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NZ Kayak Magazine Buyers Guide KAYAKS

SPECIFICATION Weight: Width: Length: Price (Kev):

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

11kg 450mm 5.65m $3150

REBEL This new fast funky Ruahine Kayak is designed for paddlers of both genders up to 75kgs. At 5.65 metres long, the Rebel is half way between the length of the Swallow and the Opus or Firebolt and is faster than them all. Weight: Width: Length: Price:



16.5 kg 500mm 6.4 m $3700 kevlar $3200 fibreglass

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

34 kg 280mm 4.5 m From $1965

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

35kg 800mm 4.87 m From $2799

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

22 kg 610mm 5.3 m From $4095

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:

TASMAN EXPRESS KEVLAR As per the plastic model, the kevlar Tasman Express responds to rough conditions but its decreased weight, and increased stiffness, gives even better performance. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

32 kg 830mm 4.2 m From $1285

WHIZZ A great multi-purpose family boat for big kids and small kids alike. Lots of fun this summer at the beach. (Hot surfer!) Weight: Width: Length: Price:

DELTA DOUBLE Fun for the whole family at the beach or lake. Plenty of room and great stability. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

21 kg 770mm 2.5 m From $675

34 kg 830mm 4.7 m From $1599

22.7 kg 810mm 3.12 m From $799

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.

TORENT FREEDOM Great for the surf and the river with awesome manoeuvrability. Excellent finish. Weight: Width: Length: Price:

Weight: Width: Length: Price:

16kg 685mm 2.92 m From $849

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

34 kg 840mm 4.75 m From $1399

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.

The price advertised is for the kayak only, it does not necessarily include any of the accessories or hatches shown in the photos.


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From the USA - Seattle Sports Paddling Accessories

Dry Bag Technology moves forward

Basic Trolley If you could not afford a trolley before, you can now. Clear anodised aluminium frame Stainless steel needle bearing and hardware Pneumatic wheels Simple design

Folding Camp Sink Why carry a cumbersome plastic bowl

Super Latitude Dry Bags

3.5 gallon capacity folds flat for easy storage Top stiffeners Rugged vinyl Construction, RF welded seams and webbed carrying handles.

Opens along the length of the bag - no more losing things in the bottom of the bag Hands-free autopurge valve automatically purges the air as the bag is compressed or stuffed into tight spaces Light weight urethane coated diamond rip-stop allows these bags to slide easily into kayak hatches. A full width window makes it easy to see your gear. THESE ARE THE BEST Available in 10, 21 & 51 Litre Sizes

Showing the way forward in strength and ease of use

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

Latitude Dry Bags

Solar Shower No more cold showers at the end of a day’s paddling

Length opening dry bags at a competitive price Opens along the length of the bag - no more losing things at the bottom of the bag Polyester body and heavy-duty vinyl ends. WHY PUT UP WITH A TOP OPENING DRY BAG? Sizes available in 10, 21 & 51 Litre

The 5-gallon capacity for 8 minute shower Constructed of durable PVC Separate fill cap, on/off valve and a hanging/carrying handle.

Foam Paddle Float No need to worry about blowing up your paddle float - use immediately Unidirectional trapezoidal shaped foam block enhances Reflective webbing trim and metallic chrome stability front panel Large pocket for paddle blade Wide adjustable leash to secure the paddle shaft.

Bilge Pump Solid, simple & effective pump 8 gallon per minute Easy-grab handle Super-strong pump shaft and heavy-duty impact resistant plastic.

Paddle Leash Unique quick release paddle leash

Deck Bag

Streamlined, low-profile retractile cord 8' expansion Heavy-duty snaphook Internal Kevlar cord filament

H2Zero Dry Bags

The price leader

Frequency welded seams A three roll closure system Tough, waterproof, abrasion resistant fabric Sizes available in 10, 21 & 41 Litre

Heavy weight clear plastic Frequency welded seams A three roll closure system Tough, waterproof, abrasion resistant base fabric Sizes available in 10, 21 & 41 Litre

A place to put your nibbles, camera, and extra clothing providing easy access while on the move

Grand Adventure

Entire bag is RF welded to keep water out. Splash proof HydroKissTM zipper is sealed in with no holes for water to find. Internal plastic stiffener to keep the bag in shape A universal anchoring system

Tough, waterproof, abrasion resistant fabric Shoulder strap & grab handle Carry all your gear in one bag Keep your car dry by keeping all your wet gear in one bag Size 99 Litre

Available at all good Kayak stores




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H2Zero Dry Bags

Tough traditional design

When size matters

Available at all good Kayak stores



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143 Ruapehu Street, Taupo Telephone: 07 378 1003

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

Arenel Ltd T/A Canoe & Kayak Auckland

Rees and Partners Limited Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taupo

Peter & Bronnie van Lith Trading as Canoe & Kayak Taranaki





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

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

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

Canoe & Kayak Limited Trading as Canoe & Kayak Distribution








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Jenanne Investment Limited Trading as Canoe & Kayak Bay of Plenty


Easy finance available.


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