Welcome to my website, this is the online journal of my life on the water. Currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand, I have been keeping a record of my various kayaking adventures for over 15 years now. Hopefully you’ll find something useful or interesting here, whether you are a local kayaker or a visitor from overseas, new to the sport or an old hand.

Running the Ashley River at a lower flow. Photo by Ian F.

If you are expecting extreme adventures in exotic locations, sorry, better try Ben Browns’ or Graham Charles’ websites, my adventures are a little more low key. Adventures are an important part of life, so remember to pursue your own and live life to the fullest.

News and Upcoming Highlights

Happy New Year. Summer has been a mixed bag as far as the weather goes and there have been some big flows down a number of the rivers, with the Rangitata running at over 2000 cumecs at one stage. I’ve haven’t done very much white water paddling so far this season, but have managed to explore some of the sections of the Avon I had never paddled before. It has been interesting to see the changes in the rivers’ character as you follow the Avon down from a small stream in Ilam through the city and Red Zone and down the the tidal reaches and into the estuary. Hopefully I’ll get out a bit more over the coming months and will try to get out in the  surf.

Paddling through the new “rural” landscape of the Avon River as it winds it’s way through the heart of the city.

The Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has approved the Regeneration Plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. You can read the full plan by clicking here. The Green Spine along the course of the Avon River should retain the “rural” feel with the restoration of native habitats and establishment of new wetland areas. Walking tracks, cycle ways, new foot bridges and kayak launching points should also feature, so it will be exciting to see what evolves. There are also plenty of other interesting attractions planned that will gradually appear over the coming years and the whole Red Zone area should become a real asset for the city.

A map of the Green Spine along the Avon River, Christchurch.

The combined Aqua Sports Park, Wai Huka o Waitaha, has generated a lot of interest and a potential site has been identified in the Kaiapoi’s Red Zone area, more details can be found here. This would be a great asset for Canterbury region, for both residents and tourists alike. Currently the group is working on the pre-feasibility study, hopefully there will be more news in the not too distant future.

The Penrith Olympic White Water Course. Would you like to see something like this in Canterbury region?

Paddle safe and we’ll see you on the river.

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