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.

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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.

The below photo depicts one of the earliest full trips down the Mangorewa River, after Bill Ross and Rob Worlledge did the first exploratory trip from higher up from the eastern side.  Roy Tallon and a friend of Bill's (Ian) pose by their shuttle on the Lampriere Farm off Te Matai Rd. This farm gave access in below the main springs and just before the main 3-4m waterfall.
 Mangorewa 1977
The first KCC Motu Trip took place in 1977.  The photo below shows Bill Ross' broken glass kayak just below the slot.  There were 2 rafts on the trip - the first one got jammed in the slot, the second was right behind and also got jammed with Bill right behind that!  Bill went under the rafts where he and his kayak got stuck.  Fortunately his kayak broke in half and released him - some advantage then in glass boats.  Roy Tallon is seen paddling upstream in the background.
 Motu 1977-5
Bottom waterfall on the Wairoa (below)... backwards. Paddler is unknown (at least no one owning up)... possibly Mark Breingan.
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Whirinaki trip in 1983 (below) - From the left, George Judge, Kerry & Bev Smith, their boys and an unknown adventurer.  Joined by Roy and Bill, they carried their kayaks up the track to above the gorge paddled down to their campsite by the river below Minginui.
Whirinaki 1983-1
With the next generation of paddlers coming along Bill Ross joined the Tallon, Clark and Pilbrow families to tour the south island paddling as they went.
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