City-to-sea river journey Four days, over 143km of uninterrupted waterway exploration. Paddling on the Waikato River Journey SNM helps protect the river as we see ourselves as guardians of the river on behalf of all stakeholders, bringing attention to look after our taonga, the Waikato River. The Waikato river is rich in cultural heritage, so by activating this river…
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City-to-sea river journey
Four days, over 143km of uninterrupted waterway exploration.
Paddling on the Waikato River Journey
SNM helps protect the river as we see ourselves as guardians of the river on behalf of all stakeholders, bringing attention to look after our taonga, the Waikato River.
The Waikato river is rich in cultural heritage, so by activating this river in these ways, we help the health of the river as well.
Many users of, through, on, alongside or in the Waikato river get to gain another angle of this flowing force. As a paddling journey, we use Stand up Paddle boards and sea kayaks to and navigate our way along the river. It is an educational journey, educating people about the history of the 425km river, and invigorating their engagement with the land and each other.
Along sections of the river, we visit marae and hear from people of each river iwi, to find out how we connect with them and how they connected to the river. Paddlers also learn about the impact hydroelectric schemes on rivers and communities.
Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journeys
This trip may also be used as pasrt of the Duke of Edinburgh Award for Bronze, Silver, Gold, Training, Planning, Practice and Qualifier
Waikato River Journey Experiences
Row the ‘Mighty Waikato’; New Zealand’s longest river,
Travel the same waterways that started New Zealand’s first “navy”,
See remains of steel-plated battle barges used during the New Zealand wars,
Get high physical results with low-impact exercise,
Join us on a trip that less than 1% of the population has experienced,
Learn about the Waikato wars and visit a Pa that 20,000 daily drivers pass by without noticing,
Find out why rowing was one of the original Olympic sports.
“If you could get all the people in the organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”
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Start at Cambridge boat ramp, stay and sleep at private home in Ngaruawahia
Start Ngaruawahia, stay and sleep at a Maori Marae
Start at a Maori Marae, stay and sleep at Les Batkin Reserve
Start at Les Batkin Reserve, finish at Port Waikato and Sunset beach
No. Just a willing attitude. Our kayaks are stable, our gear is safe, our guides are competent and we only operate during calm conditions.
Not really, it is broken up into four days, so 35kms/day. And we paddle about 5km/h plus water currents making the journey less tiring. So the paddling days are about half of the day.
Whenever you like. Just choose the dates, let us know and we will make it happen.
Just turn up with the gear list and we will take good care of you; everything is organised!
- Thermal bottom leggings,
- Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
- Fleece jumper x1
- Woolen jumper x1
- Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
- Warm beanie
- Neck warmer / scarf
- Warm gloves
- Closed-toe footwear
- Personal medication
- Water bottle,
- Head torch,
- Waterproof pack liner
- Backpack to put all of the above in
All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy
Activity specific items:
Personal Flotation Device (PFD)