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Waimakariri - Kayaking down from Arthur's Pass

In spring 1991, we visited New Zealand with our two Klepper Slalom folding fayaks for a total of 6 weeks. During that time we carried out various trips on both the South Island and the North Island.

As a starting point, I would recommend the following links to everybody who is interested in kayaking in New Zealand:

NewZealand.com - Official NZ tourism-site.
Rivers.org.nz - The site of the NZ canoe association.

The starting point for a two days travel down from Arthur's Pass.

Entering the Canyon - feeling somewhat uncomfortable
on the unknown difficulties to come behind the corner.

No way out - the railway on the Canyon's wall is the first sign of human existence after one and a half day.

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Other kayaking trips on the South Island

Rangitata: The high volume whitewater of even the lower part challenges every folding boat kayaker.

Buller: Whitewater for everybody from WW I to WW V.

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Sea kayaking paradise - Abel Tasman National Park

Even for freshwater kayakers - the 4-day trip along the Abel Tasman National Park coast provides one of the most beautiful kayak experiences possible in life. To experience the highly recommended trip without the need for bringing your own kayak, you (at least in 1991) could borrow the necessary sea kayak equipment from:

Ocean River Adventure Co., 461 High St. (Box 216), Motueka, phone +64 35278266
Abel Tasman Kayaks, Harvey Rd (RD2), Marahau 7161, phone +64 35278022.

Pure nature & wildlive: Even the seals are very interested in our folding boats type Klepper Slalom 1959.

Sandfly beach, which (fortunately) did not deserve this name: A paradise of a campsite.

Beautiful scenery but rough sea when departing for our last day-section.

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Scenic views of the South Island

Moeraki Boulders (East Coast).

Tunnel beach near Dunedin (East Coast).

Exotic plants - Especially on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island you can find a variety of fearns, from small to tree-type ones. The enrolling fearn leaf sometimes is taken for the inofficial national symbol.

Pancake Rocks near Punakaiki (West Coast).
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