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Each issue contains heaps of great advice on kayaking techniques, paddling destinations, recent kayaking adventures by readers, health, first aid and the latest, greatest kayaks and gear.

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Contrary Queen Charlotte’s

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As dawn broke, on Sunday morning I was woken by a member of the Parawai Tramping Club hollering “I’ve just won the photo competition, don’t anyone else bother entering.” My interest piqued, camera in hand I quickly unzipped my tent...to gaze at the wonderfully calm still, mellow yellow waters of Ratimera Bay, in the Queen Charlotte Sound. ...



Cold Water Survival - Part Three

So, you have made it safely ashore, but you are wet through and psychologically shaken. The 45 minutes in the water has left you chilled to the bone and physically exhausted - shame about losing your paddle. The 20 km paddle back to your car may take longer than first anticipated. Amazing how fast your circumstances can change after just one bad “inattention to detail moment” like forgetting to pack your spare paddle!

Latest Video from Josh Neilson

Wainui waterfall - Drone Highlights from Josh Neilson Photography on Vimeo.

Top Trips

Mana Island

Titahi Bay to Mana Island.  The steep-sided and seemingly flat-topped Mana Island is a distinctive feature of Wellington’s west coast. Mana Island’s name is an abbreviation of Te Mana o Kupe ki Aotearoa, which acknowledges the achievements of Kupe, the legendary 12th Century Polynesian navigator, who discovered this land - Aotearoa. 

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Bottle Top Bay to Drury

This paddle involves going under two bridges and can be interesting when going under the Hingaia Bridge as flow can be fast if there at the peak of the tidal flow. Sightseeing is a must as there are many beautiful houses backing onto the creek and surrounds.

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IMG 0040-676Year Round Kayak Fishing

We’ve had a few mixed weather patterns this summer, but overall it’s been a good summer with some long dry spells especially in the North Island. We have been a little spoilt and with winter rolling around some may be tempted to shelve the kayak until spring and the temperature rises a few degrees more. 


White Water

10 years, 80 flights

A decade of kayaking the world

I remember being on a river trip while studying Outdoor Education in Christchurch and hearing a guy say he had just finished his 20th consecutive summer kayaking all over the world! I was 20 at the time, so that was half of my life, living what I could only imagine as a dream.  

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The New Zealand Kayak Magazine began in the mid nineties while we were rushing around arranging the monthly newsletter for the Yakity Yak Kayak Club members and Canoe & Kayak customers. The newsletter kept people involved in the sport, up to date with what had happened and what was planned. Read more...

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