Boat Hire for The Coast to Coast | Multisport Kayak Hire and Courses

Coast to Coast Kayak Hire

Regular price $1,189.00
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Kayak Hire and Coast to Coast Race Preparation 2021

Date Option One: 6th and 7th of February 2021
Date Option Two: 8th and 9th of February 2021

What's Included:

  • Kayak hire and transport for the 2021 Coast to Coast Race
  • Two full days instruction on the Coast to Coast River Section
  • Transport to the river from our Christchurch meeting point for the two days 
  • Support from our team during your time in New Zealand 

If you are travelling from overseas or another part of New Zealand and new to the Waimakariri River then this kayak hire and instruction package is a great option for you. This two-day course is the perfect couple of days to help you familiarise yourself with your kayak and the famous Coast to Coast kayak section of the river. Let our instructor’s help you get ready for race day! 

Day One

Welcome to the Waimakariri River. For some of you this may be your first opportunity to paddle a long NZ style multisport kayak on a braided river. Today will be all about familiarising yourself with your kayak and our river. We will be paddling the Woodstock section of the river which is the final 14km's of the kayak stage. Our instructors will be focused on helping you to transition your skills to your new kayak. We will be helping you to improve your river reading, learning important race day lines and helping you set your boat up correctly for bluffs and wave trains. This will be invaluable. 

Day Two 

Day two is a trip down the Waimakariri Gorge to Woodstock. This is a 55km paddle and will be approximately 5 to 6 hours of paddling. By the end of today you will have paddled the full 69km paddle section of the Coast to Coast over the two days and have gained some invaluable skills and confidence along the way. This section today includes the famous Rock Gardens and the Gorge. Our instructors know this river better than anyone and will be guiding you safely through the tricky features on the river. They will help you identify effective lines for race lines and important landmarks and features along the way. 

Boat Options Available 

Make your choice between our two excellent stable kayak options

Ruahine Shadow

The Ruahine Shadow is a stable kayak and made of composite material. It is suitable for good novice or intermediate paddlers. It is 5.7 meters long and offers great speed and handling. It has great stability and is ideally suited to paddlers looking for the edge over the more stable sea kayak. 

http://www.ruahinekayaks.co.nz/multisport-kayaks/shadow/

Barracuda Beachcomber 

The Beachcomber is slightly more stable than the Shadow and is made of special light weight plastic. This is suitable for novices and anyone you doesn't want to compromise their race with a swim. It turns on a dime and has compartments and deck bungys for access to the all important food and drink.

 https://www.barracudakayaks.com/beachcomber

Please contact us to if you have any questions or require further information 

We also have a selection of advanced boats available

Topsport Kayaking Specialists Limited Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy allows clients to reschedule or cancel their booked course or guided trip provided enough notice is given. This policy helps support our small business when there is not enough time to replace a booking if someone cancels their space at short notice. 

Cancelling or rescheduling your course or trip

If for any reason you need to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run, you will receive a refund minus our cancelation fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 days before your Grade II Course starts or 7 days before your Gorge Trip or Mountain Run. If enough notice is given Topsport Kayaking will gladly re-book your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run to a new available date at no charge. However if you cancel or reschedule your course or trip inside of this time period the full amount is still payable.

We deduct a cancellation fee for ALL courses and guided trips that are cancelled by our clients. Your amount refunded depends on the amount of notice you provide as above.

Our Cancelation fee’s are as follows:

  • Grade II Certificate Course - $100
  • Guided River Trip - $39
  • Guided Run Trip - $39

Cancelling Part of your Grade II Course

If for some reason you are unable to attend a day or days of your kayak course we will try to rebook you with another group, if successful there is an additional cost of $190 per day. There is a no refund for the days missed.

Weather & Flow Conditions

Safety requirements may force us to cancel your kayak course, gorge trip or mountain run for a number possible of reasons (eg. bad weather, river flow level, wind, etc). If we need to cancel your trip we will contact you as soon as possible. We may be forced to cancel your trip the morning-of or the day prior, if this happens you will be either: 1) Refunded the full amount of your trip fee (minus your booking fee) OR 2) You may choose to re-book to a new date at no additional charge. In exceptional circumstances we may need to cancel your trip after travelling to the start location or even part-way through your trip as conditions change. Typically we decide prior to leaving town but sometimes we make the extra effort to make an important trip take place e.g race week and overseas clients. If this happens there is a minimum cost of $100 pp. Our standards are to cancel are trip using the latest weather and flow resources BEFORE we leave town but occasionally the forecast is incorrect and we do not know until arriving at the start location. Cancelling your Coast to Coast Kayak Hire Booking Topsport Kayaking will gladly cancel your Coast to Coast kayak hire booking provided you contact us at least 4 weeks before the hire period. A cancellation charge to the value of 20% of the original hire fee will be deducted. You will be credited back the balance through your original form of payment. If you cancel your hire out of this time period the full amount is still payable.

The topsport team

Why choose us?

All of the staff here at Topsport have competed in many multisport races at a high level, including the iconic Coast to Coast. We know what it takes to get down the river safely, with the right technology while having a good time. 

Learn More About Our Team

Testimonials

Topsport Kayaking was instrumental in all three of my Longest Day victories. Len and Caleb’s help was invaluable and I owe my success on the river to them. I completed my Grade Two course with Topsport and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone getting into the sport. Thanks Topsport!

Emily Miazga

Thanks Topsport for a totally awesome time. The advice, tuition and guidance I got from both of you has been worth every cent. The professionalism of the course is outstanding - yet you guys still make it fun and casual. I have learnt heaps, had a lot of laughs, met some awesome people and had some totally memorable times. Thanks so much for helping me grow as a paddler!

Rob Abraas