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Drop by our Place

Canterbury Kayaking is the only retailer in Christchurch where you can consult with a qualified kayak instructor. Drop into our residential address in Cashmere, Christchurch and discuss your gear requirements with professional kayak coach Sam Milne. Because we’re out on the water most days, bookings are essential. Please call, text, or email before dropping by.

Course Bookings F.A.Q.

I'm new to paddling and doing the Coast to Coast in 2021. Where do I start?
  1. Book your Grade 2 Certificate Course now! You do not want to miss out, or leave this too late.
  2. If you have never been in a kayak before, or want to get a head-start on your skills, consider booking in our half-day Core Skills Course before your Grade 2 Course begins. This step is recommended, but not required.
  3. To complete your C2C skills pathway, consider booking our Coast to Coast Skills Course in advance. Ideally, aim to attend this a month or two after your Grade 2 Course when you have your own multisport kayak you can bring along.
  4. To put the icing on the cake. Book a single-day Gorge Trip with us before the race. You can do as many of these as you feel you need to, but we think everyone needs to do at least one!

While most people will benefit from the above pathway, we understand your circumstance may be slightly different. Contact us to discuss your personal journey towards Coast to Coast.

What dates do you have available?

From the main menu, click on the course or trip you are interested in. Scroll down to where it lists the date options.

Do you rent kayaks for Coast to Coast Race?

Yes we have a small fleet of kayaks. These tend to book up quickly so get in touch with us now.

The course / trip I want to book is sold out. Is there still a way to get on this date?

Feel free to contact us anyway to register your interest. We may be able to add another coach to increase available spots, or we can simply add you to the wait-list (people do cancel from time-to-time). Getting a group of 2-4 friends together may increase your chances of us being able to create a custom date for you provided enough notice is given.

How do I make a booking?

Step 1. From the main menu, navigate to the course or trip you are interested in.

Step 2. Scroll down to view the available date options and click on the date you want to book.

Step 3. Enter the details of the participant doing the course or trip and click “add to cart”. 

Step 4. Continue to the checkout page to enter your billing information and pay with your credit or debit card.

Step 5. Once payment has processed, this will reserve you spot automatically via our website. One of our team will email you a confirmation and information pack within 24 hours.

How do I book multiple dates at once?

Simply add your first course/trip to the cart (as above). Then, before checking out, navigate to the next course/trip you want to include in your booking and add this to your cart also. Once you have added all the courses/trips you want to book, go ahead and checkout to pay and confirm.

How do I book for multiple participants at once?

Simply add a booking to the cart with the details of your first participant. Then add another booking to the cart with the details of the next participant. You can add as many participants as you like until there are no remaining spaces on your chosen date/s.

What if I need to cancel or change a booking?

This is usually possible so long as enough notice is given. Please read our current Terms & Conditions for more details.

Where can I get more information about a course or trip before I book it?

Please email us to request an information pack. Be sure to tell us which course or trip you are interested in. We’ll email you the latest copy for you to read through which includes the time-schedule, locations, required gear, plan B, travel info, etc.

I have just booked online but not heard anything yet. When will I get confirmation of my booking?

We try to have all online bookings processed within 24 hours. If you haven’t received any emails from us after 24 hours, please contact us and we’ll get right onto it.

Can you pencil me in?

Sorry, we do not take pencil bookings. Spaces are strictly limited and we only accept bookings with payment.

Can a pay a deposit now and the rest later?

Yes you can. Currently our website is only set-up to take full credit card payment. We prefer this method, but understand not everyone can manage this. If you’d prefer to book via deposit, please email us all the information we need to complete your booking request (including a phone number), and we can set you up to pay half now, half later.