Kayak Hire and Coast to Coast Race Preparation 2022Regular price $1,189.00
Date Option One: 3rd and 4th of February 2022
Date Option Two: 5th and 6th of February 2022
Kayak hire and transport for the 2022 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!
Please Note: Currently we only have Beachcombers available.
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 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.
Make your choice between our two excellent stable kayak options
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.
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.
Please contact us to if you have any questions or require further information
We also have a selection of advanced boats available.