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Full details for New Zealand Kayak Clubs and Networks can be found
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Oskar Speck set out from Germany by kayak in 1931 to paddle to Cyprus to find a job in a mine. He ended up going 30,000 miles to Australia. The story from the Daily Mail Australia by Chris Pleasance 19 January 2018. Oskar Speck to Australia.
Kayak not Canoe
This describes the history and evolution of the modern kayak. It is suspected that WWII interrupted the earlier development when Gino Watkins brought kayaks to England and demonstrated their use in the 1930s.
From Valley Sea Kayaks, the evolution of the modern sea kayak.
Read the full article here…
Charts, Weather and Sea
New Zealand Charts ~ Takes you to maptizer. There are options as to the type of map though the chart one definitely isn’t a chart and doesn’t include depths. If you get a blue screen scroll out using the mouse scroll wheel until you see some land, drag to where you want and scroll back in. The menu is top left, the 3 horizontal bars.
Land Information NZ ~ tide tables, charts (list of not for viewing), marine notices etc.
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
New Zealand Meteorological Service
Canterbury wave heights
For want of a better heading, resources with travel information etc.
Camping Stove Form, carriage of camping stove and accessories in checked baggage, a form you sign to say you have cleaned your stove to their required standard. See under Equipment for full information and PDF forms for different carriers.
Kayak Safety and Training
Clubs and Networks
Also check out the links for KASK Clubs and Networks as they frequently offer a good route to get information on Equipment, Regional Training, Safety, Contacts and Trips.
Note: Many commercial operators offer basic sea kayaking skills courses.
Conservation & Access
Department of Conservation ~ You can book campsites and cabins (especially the Abel Tasman NP) on this site.
New Zealand Walking Access Commission ~ The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is the Crown entity that works to enhance free, certain, enduring, and practical access to the outdoors for New Zealanders and overseas visitors.
Te Ara Moana ‘the sea-going pathway’ ~ Auckland Regional park’s 51 km sea kayak tour guide
Te Ara Moana means ‘the sea-going pathway’. It is a self-guided five day sea kayak tour along approximately 51 km of Auckland’s picturesque south eastern coastline connecting five of Auckland’s charming Regional Parks.
Te Ara Moana is one of many routes traditionally paddled by Mãori to travel between settlements, carry goods for trade and gathering food. To this day the Iwi of Tamaki Makaurau maintain strong ties with the Hauraki Gulf, Tikapa Moana (Firth of Thames) and Te Ara Moana.
Build Your Own Sea Kayak
Includes S&G, Strip and “Skin” on Frame (SOF)
NZ Kayak Builders ~ discussion group.
Kayarchy ~ all sorts of kayaking information including building kayaks
Pygmy Kayak Kits USA ~ Freight would be about $400 US.
SeaLand Kayaks NZ ~ Mac50 sea kayak. Full sized patterns, instruction manual and CD.
Greenland kayaks & paddling in NZ ~ discussion group.
Greenland kayak construction ~ Wolfgang Brinck
Traditional kayaks ~ Harvey Golden
Qajaq, USA ~ Greenland Kayaking Resource
The MASIK ~ Newsletter of Qajaq, USA
Arctic Kayaks ~ David Zimmerly
Kayak Plans and Software
Bearboat software ~ download from here
Blue Heron Kayaks ~ Ross Leidy
Free plans from JEM Watercraft
List of software ~ mostly commercial
SeaLand Kayaks NZ ~ Mac50 sea kayak, the only plans available by a New Zealand designer
Shrike ~ “I’ve long had a dream to produce an elegant lightweight sea kayak that combined a traditional hard-chined hull with modern developments of bulkheads, hatches, and a lifting skeg: a simple design that was suited for home construction; a design that could be easily adapted to the needs and physique of individual paddlers.”
The plans can be found on cnckayaks, and there is a cnckayaks Facebook page.
The free plans download includes CNC files and anyone is free to make money from kits or completed kayaks.
Books & Journals ~ Relating to Sea Kayaking and the Outdoors
Overseas North America
Emergency Equipment & Marine Equipment Suppliers
Emergency Equipment Suppliers
Boatshop (Chch) ~ flares, EPIRBs, marine VHF radios, lights
Burnsco ~ flares, marine VHF radios
Hella Marine ~ flashing lights
RFD ~ EPIRBs and flares
Salcom ~ suppliers of EPIRBs and SPOT
SPOT ~ a position and message transmitter
Marine Equipment Suppliers
Boat Books Auckland ~ Auckland
Canoe & Kayak ~ North Island
Day 2 ~ spraydecks, PFDs and dry gear ~ Rotorua
Ferg’s Kayaks ~ Auckland & Wellington
Hooked on Kayaking ~ fishing kayaks and accessories ~ Taupo
Incept Marine ~ inflatable kayaks ~ Taihape
iPaddle ~ Auckland
Kayak HQ ~ 3 Duncan St, Nelson
Long Cloud Kayaks ~ Christchurch
Long Cloud Kayaks Blog ~ Christchurch
Mission Kayaking ~ now also make Q-kayak kayaks
Outdoor Action Takapuna ~ Takapuna
Paddling Perfection ~ Auckland
Paddler Zone ~ Blenheim Road, Christchurch
Q-Kayaks ~ Ashhurst (see Mission Kayaking)
Rasdex NZ Ltd ~ sprayskirts, PFDs etc. ~ Christchurch
Seventh Wave ~ Christchurch
Watercooled Sports ~ Dunedin
Wetsuit Wearhouse ~ International supplier
New Zealand Commercial Operators and Hire Companies
Upper North Island
Bay Beach Hire ~ Bay of Islands
Cathedral Cove ~ Coromandel Peninsula
Coastal Kayakers ~ Bay of Islands
Outdoor Discoveries ~ Auckland
Waiheke Island with Ross Adventures ~ Waiheke Island
Whangarei – Pacific Coast Kayaks ~ Whangarei
Mid North Island
Lower North Island
Upper South Island
Cable Bay Sea Kayaks ~ Nelson
Golden Bay Kayaks ~ Tata Beach
Kaikoura Kayaks ~ Kaikoura
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co ~ Picton & Portage
The Sea Kayak Company ~ Abel Tasman
Sea Kayak Adventures ~ Anakiwa, Marlborough Sounds
Sea Safaris ~ French Pass – bring your own kayak
Mid South Island
Lower South Island
International Sea Kayak Links
Asian Sea Kayaking Sites
Atlantic Ocean Sea Kayaking Sites
Bermuda 4U ~ commercial
Australian Sea Kayaking Sites
European Sea Kayaking Sites
BKM ~ Brittany, France Connaissance du Kayak de mer (in French)
Danish Assoc of Havkajakroerne (in Danish)
German Seakayaker Union ~ Salzwasserunion (mainly in German)
Scandinavian Kayaking Adventures ~ guided and self guided tours in Sweden
North America Sea Kayaking Sites
ClearBlue Hawaii ~ manufacture kayaks & travel gear (commercial)
Federation quebecoise du canot et du kayak (in French)
Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
Pangaea Adventures ~ Alsaka (commercial)
Sea Kayak Association of British Columbia
TopKayaker ~ largely Sit-on-Top but includes a wide range of information
University of Sea Kayaking
Pacific Ocean Sea Kayaking Sites
Maui Kayaks ~ commercial
South African Sea Kayaking Sites
Kayak Africa ~ Lake Malawi National Park
UK Kayaking Sites
British Canoe Union (BCU)
Chelsea Sea Kayak Club ~ London, UK
East Anglian Sea Kayak – a network type club site. Not updated for a long time
Kayarchy ~ all sorts of kayaking information including rescues, building kayaks, techniques, equipment etc.
Northwest Sea Kayakers ~ England, an informal group of sea kayakers
Pesda Press (Wales) ~ specialist kayak and outdoor publisher (commercial)
Port of Plymouth Canoeing Association
Up and Under Outdoor Gear ~ Cardiff, Wales (commercial)
Scottish Canoe Association.
South East Ireland ~ kayaking in Ireland (commercial)
Skyak Adventures ~ Isle of Skye, Scotland (commercial)
Wilderness Scotland ~ Scotland (commercial)
UK Sea Kayak ~ information and discussion about equipment and techniques with a British bias
The UK Sea Kayak Guide Book
Paddling for the Disabled – Links
Chosen Valley Creating Ability – They have seating, kayaks and hand adaptors
It’s one thing to be able to hold a paddle, and another thing to be able to pull it through the water. They manufacture a range of adaptations designed to provide the grip you need while still enabling you to drop the paddle quickly. All of the grips mount to standard kayak paddles with a 1-1/4″ shaft diameter.
Kayak Zak’s Adaptive Paddling ~ adaptive kayak program in Northwest California.
A site worth looking at is AdaptivePaddlers
For more Adaptive Paddling hints there is the book Canoeing and Kayaking for Persons with Disabilities Instruction Manual from the American Canoe Association (ACA) by Janet Zeller and Anne Worthem Weber.
See also Outfitting A Kayak For Paddlers With A Disability by Mark Theobald of DisabledAdventurers.com