Guided Waimakariri River Trips
Guided Waimakariri River Trips
Guided Waimakariri River Trips

Guided Waimakariri River Trips

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Come and see why our reputation is just so good! 

Overview

Topsport Kayaking runs guided trips through the Waimakariri Gorge from October through to February each year. 

The aim of our guided trip is to introduce you to the Coast to Coast section of the Waimakariri River and help you identify safe effective lines on race day. This paddle is not a time trial; it is a guided educational trip. Our professional team will help you gain the confidence and skills you need to race in the Coast to Coast successfully. All our instructors are qualified and highly experienced. We have been working on this section of river teaching and training athletes for more than 27 years. 

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Trip Info
  • Paddle on the Coast to Coast Course
  • Small group size - maximum group size of 4 
  • Qualified Experienced Instructors
  • Transport to and from Christchurch
  • Hire boats and gear available
  • Registered and approved Adventure Activity Operator
  • Coast to Coast Approved   

Trip Requirements

You are required to be fit enough to handle 5 to 6 hours of paddling in your kayak. Please ensure you are spending adequate time in your boat training so that you can get the most out of your day on the river. It is a requirement for the trip that you have completed your Grade Two Certificate and are paddling a boat to match your ability.

Weather and River Conditions

Weather and river conditions in the days leading up to and including the day of your trip are very influential. We have strict safety procedures and guidelines regarding weather forecasts and river levels. If the conditions on the day of your scheduled trip are outside these parameters we will be postponing the trip. We use the latest available information from a combination of weather and river data websites along with our experience to make their decision.

Kayak Hire

Hiring a boat is a great way to try a good multi-sport kayak without the investment just yet. 

Click here to hire a kayak. 

Travelling Athlete Info

If you are travelling from outside of Christchurch to spend some time with us on the river or over the mountain here is some information to help plan you trip.

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Testimonials

Here's what some of our paddlers are saying:

"I’d already done my Grade 2 Course elsewhere in the North Island for the Coast to Coast but doing a trip down the Waimak guided by Ryan and Sam made a huge difference to my skill level and confidence. I wouldn’t do the race without having been on the river without these guys"

Brent Spicer paddling his Ruahine Intrigue November 2020 

"Thank you so much for the Waimakariri river trip and my new Ruahine Shadow. Another great experience with Topsport. A special thanks to Len for the kayak fitting and sharing so many professional tips. It has made such a difference to have the kayak and paddle adjusted by such an expert"

Kay Chapman paddling her Ruahine Shadow January 2021 

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