An absolute must-do expereince before race day.

Prepare for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast kayak leg with our Waimakariri River Guided Kayak Trip. We’ll help you get through the Gorge safely, and ensure you learn a lot during your day on the water.

We run a super-small group size of just two or three 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 through the Gorge from Mt White to Woodstock (5-6 hours). 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.

Dates 2020

Dates will be available soon. These trips normally run November through February.


  • Paddle in your multisport race boat. Kayak & wing-paddle hire available.
  • Expereince the Coast to Coast Race route.
  • FREE shuttle from Christchurch provided.
  • Paddle in a small group size of 2-4 paddlers per guide.
  • Officially endorsed and recommended by Kathmandu Coast to Coast.
  • Fully fledged safety plan including the use of sat-phone, emergency beacon, VHF radio, & GPS devices.
  • Receive professional guiding from an NZOIA qualified instructor.
  • Fully safety audited & registered with AdventureMark.

Weather Conditions

We value client and staff safety above all else. This trip can only be run in calm-weather and low-flow 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.


  • Recent Grade 2 Cert + adequate skills, fitness, & experience to handle the rapids and river features on this river.
  • You must be able to swim and independently self-rescue with your boat + paddle.
  • 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.

If you have very limited river paddling experience in a long kayak, we recommend considering our four-day Coast to Coast Skills Course, which includes a guided trip as part of a skills improvement package.


“Canterbury Kayaking gave me the confidence to have a really enjoyable race day”

Thanks very much for your expert coaching, the time on the water with Canterbury Kayaking gave me the confidence to have a really enjoyable race day. I got through with my hair dry and in a time that I was really happy with and a big part of that was the time spent on the river with you and your team. We had such a great time that we signed up the team for 2021, who would’ve thought?

Manu Miskell / Feb 11, 2020

“I really couldn’t have done it without your team’s guidance”

A massive thanks to you and your team for getting me to the point where I was super comfortable heading through the gorge on c2c race day with no issues at all. I really couldn’t have done it without your team’s guidance in the lead up to the event!

Bryan Schofield / Feb 16, 2019

“I had a great race”

Cheers to you and the CK team. I had a great race in the kayak easily passing through all the parts of the gorge with your tips and teachings ringing in my head haha. Didn’t come out once which made it a great time. Thanks!

Matt James / Feb 11, 2019

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.

Ian Edmond / Feb 6, 2018

“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!

Patrick Moran / Jan 31, 2018

“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!

Jan Sippel / Jan 27, 2018

“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.

Karl Bowen / Jan 27, 2018

“Excellent guidance”

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

Cameron Mouat / Jan 26, 2018

“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!

Murray Stacey / Dec 4, 2017

“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.

Louise Stephens / Dec 2, 2017

“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.

Cam Smith / Dec 2, 2017

“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.

Eddie Fardell / Dec 1, 2017

“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.

Simon Collett / Nov 30, 2017

“Good focus on skills and technique”

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

Sarah Stratton / Nov 30, 2017

“Very professionally run”

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

Tim Robinson / Nov 29, 2017

“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!!

Di Brown / Feb 16, 2017

“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!

James Dryden / Feb 14, 2017