The club is responsible for the setting of 26 hydro release days on the Wairoa River each year. The Wairoa offers a fantastic section of class II to IV+ whitewater, and caters for everything from swimming and tubing in the lower reaches through to kayaking and commercial rafting on the more difficult sections. Only 15 minutes from Tauranga, many of the paddlers who call this river home are local. But not all are loca - fow days are well attended with a significant number of kayakers regularly travelling, from as far afield as Auckland and Taupo, to paddle for the day.
We run a handful of organised club trips throughout the year usually on the Rangitaiki, Tongariro, Motu and our local Wairoa, Waiari and Kaituna rivers. We also run a few pool training sessions throughout the year.
New members to the club are always welcome. We've some amazing rivers in our region and we'd be stoked to share these with you.
Roy Tallon pioneering a rapid on the Takaputahi, a major tributary of the Motu River accessed off the old Motu Road. This 1983 trip was either the first or 2nd known kayak descent as an alternative access to the middle Motu. Roy broke his NZ made wooden paddle moments before this photo. Roy was accompanied by Bill Ross and 2 visiting French paddlers on this trip. Their next exploration was an alternative access via the Mangaotane, which enters just below the slot. A somewhat fateful trip during which Bill broke his neck needing to be choppered out.
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