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Kayak trips in New Zealand

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For those who enjoy an active vacation, we have lots of suggestions in New Zealand. Use our Travel Guide as a source of inspiration for planning your next adventure and browse through descriptions and route details of the most beautiful kayak trips.
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The 10 Most Beautiful kayak trips in New Zealand

Map / Hurunui: South Branch
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui: South Branch
Difficulty moderate
35.5 km
6:06 h
5 m
381 m
Grade 3Better With WaterRoute only and Indication, May not Start that far upstream or go to North Branch Confluence10M³ Minimum Flow4WD Road Lake Taylor Station Access
Map / Hurunui: North Esk to South Branch Confluence.
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui: North Esk to South Branch Confluence.
Difficulty moderate
15.4 km
2:44 h
4 m
375 m
Grade 3Upper is Rocky, After Bridge is a Narrow Gorge.Route only an Indication, May not Start that far Upstream.20M³ Minimum FlowAccess Across Farmland
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui: Waitohi River
Difficulty moderate
3 km
0:32 h
4 m
26 m
Grade 2Willow ChokedRoute only and Indication, May not be on this part of the river.Road Access
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui N Br: Harper Pass Biv to Lake Sumner
Difficulty moderate
25.6 km
4:23 h
1 m
309 m
Grade 2Paddling may start further downstream than Harper Pass Biv.Shallow but Navigable with WaterTrack Access
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui N Br: Lake Sumner to Sisters Stream
Difficulty moderate
9 km
1:33 h
10 m
47 m
Grade 2Nice run with Kowhai trees and Tui and Korimako.10M³ Minimum FlowAccess via Lake Sumner
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui: Mandamus River
Difficulty moderate
4 km
0:44 h
12 m
48 m
Grade 1ShallowRoute is only an Indication, Run may start higher or lower than indicatedRoad Access
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui: Glenrae River
Difficulty moderate
8.1 km
1:24 h
0 m
123 m
Grade 3Small But Interesting.Route only an Indication, May not go that far UpstreamWalking Access from Hurunui
Kayaking · New Zealand
Clarence: Jack's Pass to Acheron
Difficulty moderate
18 km
3:04 h
0 m
92 m
Grade 2.Nice trip with bedrock. Sharp Rocks10M³ Minimum FlowRoad Access
Kayaking · New Zealand
Hurunui: SH7 to SH1
Difficulty moderate
32.9 km
5:34 h
0 m
126 m
Grade 2Willows at Start, then Single Channel10M³ Minimum FlowRoad Access
Kayaking · North Island
TransTaupo Race Course
Difficulty moderate
44 km
6:56 h
0 m
0 m
The Trans Taupo is a 44km paddle across the pure mountain fed waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake. Open to all single, double, tri/quad and 6 person - Surf Ski's, Sea kayaks, Ocean Rowers, Waka Ama and Stand Up Paddle
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