Prepare for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast kayak leg with our Waimakariri River Guided Kayak Trip. Gain the expereince you need by paddling the Mt White to Gorge Bridge section.


If you are doing the C2C event for the first time, we highly recommend doing as many runs with us as you can. Do not under-estimate the skills you’ll need to race on this river. Our guided trips make learning the lines easy, safe, and enjoyable.

For those travelling to us, we have hire boats and gear available including tandem duos (x2 bookings required for tandem). We also provide a FREE shuttle from Yaldhurst, Christchurch for you and your boat.

Our Waimakariri River Guided Kayak Trip is for adequately prepared paddlers. If you have very limited multisport paddling experience, we recommend taking a look at our 4 day C2C Multisport Kayak Course.


  • Full 67km Coast to Coast Route
  • 1 Guide to 3 Paddlers
  • All Guides NZOIA Trained & Qualified
  • FREE Shuttle From Christchurch
  • Hire Boats & Equipment Available (Including Tandems)
  • Sat-Phone, Beacon, GPS, & Jet-Boat Backup Systems
  • Safety Audited & Registered
  • Coast to Coast Approved Provider


  • Recent Grade 2 Cert + Adequate Skills, Fitness, & Experience to Handle the Rapids and River Features
  • You Must be Able to Swim
  • You Need to be of Good Health & Fitness
  • You Need to be Between 16-65 Years
  • You Need to be Less than 110kg


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by Ian Edmond (Winner of the 1995 Coast to Coast Longest Day) on Waimakariri River Guided Kayak Trips

These guys are very professional and client focused. I definitely recommend Canterbury Kayaking to those wishing to maximise their Coast to Coast experience.

This guided trip is an absolute must for any Coast to Coaster, especially overseas entries like me. Sam gives great advise & lines, and is responsible for my first dry run on the course!

Another great course lead by Sam & Phil. Great trip through the Gorge. I'm feeling ready and awesome in my boat. Looking forward to race day thanks to Canterbury Kayaking!

Great time on the water learning the skills required for C2C. Sam & Phil are easy going and willing to help out. Feeling pumped to hit the kayak leg now.

Sam & Phil's excellent guidance ensured my first Gorge trip was enjoyable, and a great insight into the right lines through the difficult sections.

Well organised trip and valuable preparation step for C2C. Highly recommended, particularly for those coming from overseas for the Coast to Coast. You don't want to be seeing these rapids for the first time on race day!

Again, awesome trip with Sam. Sam's coaching and direction was amazing. I was very nervous to go through the Gorge but this was made easy with Sam's knowledge of the river.

The Guided River Trip was a really enjoyable experience and a great way to prepare for the Coast to Coast. Sam was extremely knowledgeable and gave some great tips!! I Highly recommend this.

Thanks Sam for a fantastic day on the river!! Your clear yet friendly manner ensured that the entire group had a very safe and enjoyable trip. I would highly recommend Sam and Canterbury Kayaking to anyone considering doing Coast to Coast - or just looking for a fun day of paddling.

Great trip. I'm really happy with the process going through all the courses. Getting more improvement every time I visit.

Another brilliant trip. Good focus on skills and technique. Many thanks Sam. Really positive experience!!

Excellent trip. Very professionally run. Would recommend it as essential for anyone thinking about entering or competing in C2C.

Had an awesome day on the river with Sam a month before the Coast to Coast, hit the paddle on the day with a lot of confidence.Well worth it!!

A great day out on the river, pretty much the most important part of my race preparation - and I made sure that the spot I fell out in during practice didn't claim me on the day!