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Waimakariri Gorge Guided Kayak Trip

Waimakariri Gorge Guided Kayak Trip

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Experience the Coast to Coast kayak leg. 



✔ Transport from Christchurch  we'll pick you and your boat up from either Yaldhurst or Sheffield (your choice).

Tandem teams welcome  you and your teammate are more than welcome to join us (two spaces required). 

 Hire kayaks available  if you don't want to travel with your boat, you can hire one from us. We also have a Barracuda AR Duo available for tandem teams.

Officially endorsed by Kathmandu Coast to Coast  prepare for your race with approved and registered local guides.

Safety audited by AdventureMark™  you'll be in safe hands under our externally audited safety system. Fully registered with WorkSafe NZ.



Whether you've paddled the Waimakariri Gorge before, or are looking forward to your first trip through, our guided trips provide the safest way for you to prepare for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. 

We have all the logistics sorted, so you don't need to worry about a thing. For your convenience, you have the option of being picked up from either Yaldhurst (Christchurch) or Sheffield on the morning of your trip.

We invite you to paddle your own multisport kayak. But if you don't want to travel to Christchurch with your boat, you are welcome to hire a kayak from us. We have Barracuda Beachcombers, Barracuda Enigmas, and even an AR Duo for tandem teams.

You'll be guided down the river by some of the most experienced multisport instructors in New Zealand. We know all the best lines and keep up with all the latest changes on the river, so you can kayak safely.

We understand that while the gorge feels like home to us, you might feel intimidated by its features and isolation. Our guides go out of their way to make sure you feel safe and well supported. We stay together in small groups, and provide tips and encouragement the whole way.

If you're preparing for your first race on the Waimakariri River, we suggest booking in for multiple trips. Dial in your race lines, and feel confident to hit the river on race day.



Experience Level:

By the date of your trip you must hold a valid Grade 2 Kayak Certificate (no more than 2 years old), or have successfully completed the Coast to Coast Kayak Stage on race day, in a single kayak, in the last 5 years. 

You must to be able to confidently self-rescue (swim to the side) with your boat and paddle, be of good health and fitness (5-6 hours of constant paddling), at least 16 years of age, and between 50-110kg at the time of the trip.


1 Day


Leaving from Yaldhurst, Christchurch.


Use your own multisport boat, or hire from us.

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Big ups to Canterbury Kayaking! Living up north and getting limited time on the race course, Sam made sure the last guided trip covered everything I would need to know for race day. Got down the river with no swims! I’ll be back next season!  — Laura Cockroft (9 February 2021).


Top job lads. Premo day today. I fully recommend the trip with Sam down the river to look at the Waimak in preparation for the Coast to Coast. — Scott Weatherall (3 December 2017).


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