Here is a collection of kayaking sites that I find useful, hopefully you will too. If you find that any of the details or links is out of date, let me know and I’ll sort them out. Also if there is anything you would like added, feel free to contact me.

Kayaking Organisations in New Zealand

White Water NZ, formally the NZ Recreational Canoeing Association is the national organisation for paddle sports in New Zealand.

Canterbury White Water Club Christchurch based club for all those who enjoy white water, no matter what craft they choose to paddle.

Slalom NZ National organisation for kayak / canoe slalom in New Zealand.

New Zealand Kayak School Based in Murchison, the NZ Kayak School runs highly regarded residential whitewater kayak courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced boaters. If you are an experienced boater looking for help in planning your New Zealand paddling trip, they can also provide information, kayak and gear rental , and even professional guides.

Useful Sites

New Zealand Met Service This is an excellent place to get up to date weather information.

Biosecurity NZ for information on Didymo and other threats to NZ waterways etc.

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation — protecting wildlife and wild places, on land and in the sea.

Choose Clean Water A campaign to keep New Zealand rivers and lakes, healthy and clean.

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) allows access to scientific data and information on New Zealand’s natural environment. This is a great resource for accessing water quality data and finding safe swimming / kayaking spots.

Kayaking Suppliers

Long Cloud Kayaks A kayak and outdoor gear store located at 57A Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, also with an extensive online store.

Paddlerzone is a Christchurch based kayak shop and caters for all your kayaking needs. Located at 311 Blenheim Road, Christchurch and have an online store as well. Offers discounts to CWWC and other club members.

Blue Duck Packrafting, quality packrafts, designed in New Zealand for New Zealand conditions.

Top Sport Kayaking  formerly a Christchurch based kayak shop, the physical store closed after the 2011 February 22nd earthquake, but they still offer grade 2 certificates, training courses & river trips via their website.

Canterbury Kayaking is Christchurch’s professional multisport and whitewater kayak school. They believe all New Zealand kayakers should have access to world class kayak instruction, top quality equipment, and genuine customer service.

Rasdex New Zealand based kayaking gear manufacturers.

Bliss Stick Kayaks Was a popular NZ kayak manufacturer, makers of my much loved Blitz, but is now sadly no more.

South Island River Flows

Marlborough River Flow Levels

Canterbury River Flow Levels

Tasman / Murchison River Flow Levels

West Coast River Flow Levels

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