Imagine the pleasure of drifting serenely on a mirror-smooth lake with snow-capped mountains reflected in its surface, or on a crystal clear stream meandering through lush rainforest.
Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Whitewater kayaking involves taking a kayak down rapids. Sea kayaking involves taking kayaks out on to the ocean or other open water. Sea kayaking can involve short paddles with a return to the starting point or "put-in" or expeditions covering many miles and days.
This sport has something for everyone, catering for personal interests and ability levels. Experienced thrill seekers focus on white-water kayaking and revel in the challenge of New Zealand`s large volume, fast flowing rivers like the Rangitaiki, Tongariro and Kaituna in the north and the Buller, Karamea and Shotover in the south.