Gain valuable expereince on the Waimak’.
Prepare for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast kayak leg with our Waimakariri River Guided Kayak Trip.
We run a super-small group size of just two paddlers per guide. This makes our trips the safest in the industry and allows our coaches to focus more of their attention on you. Get more value out of your day as you receive expert technique and line advice as you paddle.
Gain the expereince you need by paddling the Mt White to Gorge Bridge section. If you are doing the Coast to Coast event for the first time, we highly recommend doing this trip with us prior to race day so you are familiar with the lines. Our guided trips make learning the lines easy, safe, and enjoyable.
- You’ll paddle in a super-small group size of just two paddlers per guide.
- Train in your multisport race boat.
- Gear hire available if you need it (at additional charge).
- Paddle the full Coast to Coast route.
- FREE shuttle from Christchurch provided.
- Coast to Coast Race approved training provider.
- Sat-Phone, emergency beacon, & GPS backup devices are carried on the river for your safety.
- Receive professional guiding from an NZOIA qualified instructor. We also hold degrees & diplomas in Outdoor Education & Guiding.
- Fully audited & registered by AdventureMark for your safety.
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We value client and staff safety above all else. This trip can only be run in perfect conditions. Please be aware your booking could be called off at any time due to strong winds, higher than normal river flows, or very cold air-temperatures.
We understand how important this trip can be to your race preparations, however the weather is obviously out of our control and not every trip will go ahead.
If getting down the river with us is critical to your race-preparations, we recommend booking in for more than one date.
- Recent Grade 2 Cert + adequate skills, fitness, & experience to handle the rapids and river features on this route.
- You must be able to swim and self-rescue.
- You need to be of good health & high fitness.
- You need to be between 16-65 years old.
- You need to be between 50-110kg.
Our Waimakariri River Guided Kayak Trip is for adequately prepared paddlers. If you have very river paddling experience (just a couple days), we recommend taking a look at our four-day Coast to Coast Course, which includes a guided trip as part of a skills improvement package.
Ian Edmond – 1st place, Coast To Coast Longest Day 1995
These guys are very professional and client focused. I definitely recommend Canterbury Kayaking to those wishing to maximise their Coast to Coast experience.
“An absolute must for any Coast to Coaster”
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!
“Looking forward to race-day”
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!
“Feeling pumped to hit the kayak leg now”
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.
“Highly recommended, particularly for those coming from overseas”
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!
“I was very nervous to go through the Gorge but this made it easy”
Again, awesome trip with Sam. The coaching and direction was amazing. I was very nervous to go through the Gorge but this made it easy with Sam’s knowledge of the river.
“A really enjoyable experience”
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.
“The entire group had a very safe and enjoyable trip”
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.
“Getting more improvement every time I visit”
Great trip. I’m really happy with the process going through all the courses. Getting more improvement every time I visit.
“Good focus on skills and technique”
Another brilliant trip. Good focus on skills and technique. Many thanks Sam. Really positive experience!!
“Very professionally run”
Excellent trip. Very professionally run. Would recommend it as essential for anyone thinking about entering or competing in C2C.
“Hit the paddle on the day with a lot of confidence”
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!!
“The most important part of my race preparation”
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!