Paddling in New Zealand

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8 years 1 month ago #25456 by Kennneee
Hi All,
Luanne and I are heading to New Zealand next month for a 6 week jaunt. Any info on renting a ski, places to paddle, etc would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!
Cheers,
Ken

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8 years 1 month ago #25457 by Kayaker Greg
Where abouts in NZ are you going to be and what ski do you usually paddle (would like to rent)?

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8 years 1 month ago #25461 by Oskar
Replied by Oskar on topic Paddling in New Zealand
Anywhere on the East Coast is great. Avoid the West Coast unless you're a very competent paddler.
Paddling the lakes is awesome, especially Lake Tekapo which is like paddling in a crystal clear swimming pool.
Always check the weather before paddling, it can change very quickly.
If you paddle a Fenn I might be able to help with a ski.
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8 years 1 month ago #25468 by Kennneee
Replied by Kennneee on topic Paddling in New Zealand
Hi Guys,
I am an intermediate paddler. I come from a long sea kayaking background and made the leap to skis around 4 years ago. My first ski was a Stellar SEL, then a Swordfish, Epic
V10l and a Huki S1R. I have always built my own boats in the past and just completed my second ski. There are 2 links below if you are interested in my wooden skis.
www.surfskiracing.org/2014/12/building-w...n-surf-ski-ken-katz/

picasaweb.google.com/1050284608942431080...er=0&feat=directlink
Just completed the second one and have only paddled it for an hour or so.
Anyway, plan to have an old van a friend in Cooks Beach will lend us and we have no itinerary yet. Would hate to miss paddling for the 6 weeks we will be in NZ. Thanks for your input!
Ken

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8 years 1 month ago - 8 years 1 month ago #25469 by Kayaker Greg
Very nice wooden skis Kenneee.

Oskar is your man for Fenn ski hire. I have a Stellar SEL Excel I could hire out if you want to go that way (if I don't sell it beforehand). I also have some racks that may fit your van if required.

Oskar and I are both in Auckland.
Last edit: 8 years 1 month ago by Kayaker Greg.

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8 years 1 month ago #25476 by Kennneee
Replied by Kennneee on topic Paddling in New Zealand
Thanks guys. Where are you both located? How can I contact you?
Ken

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8 years 1 month ago #25477 by MCImes
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Your wood skis are badass. Beautiful too. What did you use for the bucket mold?

Again, badass ski. Wish I had a workshop and more time.

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8 years 1 month ago #25478 by Kayaker Greg
I see no option for Private messages on this site but you can contact Oskar through www.fennkayaks.co.nz/
You could contact me through a PM on Facebook initially and I could pass on my email and phone numbers to avoid spam bots. If you don't have Facebook Oskar should have my email.

www.facebook.com/kayaker.greg

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8 years 1 month ago #25482 by Kennneee
Replied by Kennneee on topic Paddling in New Zealand
Thanks! A friend pulled the shape off of a THINK ski. The bucket is very comfortable for me.
Ken

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8 years 1 month ago #25483 by Flowmaster
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Fantastic work Ken

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