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Country : New Zealand

24 sessions

    • April 2017
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      Cha Chou reviewed Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - New Zealand
      Added on : 8 days

      Blueskin Bay is an absolutely gorgeous little estuary about 20min north of Dunedin. The highway follows it around on its inland side (and so does the train line, making it hard to access from that side). Easiest access to water is from the township of Warrington. Drive to the Recreation Reserve and park by the Surf Club. From there you can choose between flat water touring on the estuary -you can't park on the estuary side so you have to carry your board from there, and depending on the tide you might be walking in a bit of mud as well before getting to the water- or surf at the beach. The estuary is relatively sheltered from the wind (at least when we were there) but there might be strong current when you get to the mouth. Also from the hills it looks like there are so shallow parts even further in so watch your fins! Plenty of bird life around so a pair of binocular might be handy. The surf was pretty big at the beach but there might be some strong currents in the area. There is a wee surf school at the car park that double as a cafe (you can't miss the Hector's dolphins painted on the walls) so if you're not sure about the surf part you can always ask the locals and enjoy a warm brew :) The beach is home to sea lions and there are pups around in Dec/Jan so if you're coming with your canine friends make sure you keep them on a leash. There are also penguins nesting in the dunes. And if you're lucky you might encounter some Hector's dolphins surfing the waves too! Good surf at Waikouaiti north of the Bay and nice river paddle on the river of the same name at Karitane. And plenty of accommodation (baches as we call them here) in the area so a very nice weekend escape or even night stop on the way to or back from Dunedin.


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      Cha Chou at Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - New Zealand
      Added on : 8 days

      Session date : 17/04/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Touring

      4.38 km

      01:00:00

      4.38 km/h

      Sadly I didn't paddle there this time but this is way too beautiful of a spot not to add it to the list =) And I got the chance to do some scouting on foot so will definitely be back with the board ;)
      I logged a circle in the estuary which is where you would go for a nice flat water paddle and the triangle is at the surf beach on the other side of the spit. Best of both world =)

    • March 2017
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      Cha Chou at Cass Bay
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:16:15 +0000

      Session date : 17/03/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.37 km

      00:30:00

      0.75 km/h

      What a gorgeous night for an after work paddle! Finally back on the water and it was just perfect for it! 28˚C, no wind, flat as water =) And puppy loving it so much she jumped on a stranger's board to get more time on the water =) Nice to see a few other paddlers out there too. Bring it on weekend! Didn't have camera/phone with me on the water so photos from after the session. Distance approx. also.

    • January 2017
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:35:41 +0000

      Session date : 29/01/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.92 km

      01:00:00

      4.92 km/h

      Finally a morning without wind!!! The gate to the yacht club was closed at the jetty so I went further down and paddle from the bottom of Estuary Road to Redcliffs and back. Pushed my luck with the tide as I went out 3h+ after high tide and the estuary was getting flushed out. Paddled most of the time in ankle/knee deep water and had a great work out on the way back paddling against the tide! Perfect conditions, no wind, glassy mirror-like water, and no one else on the estuary but the swans, shags and sea-gulls =) Estuary Rd is definitely a better spot to launch if you head out late as you don't have to walk in the gross mud as much (still had to walk the last 50m back to shore as my fin was touching the ground).

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      Cha Chou at Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:45:20 +0000

      Session date : 12/01/2017

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.68 km

      01:30:00

      3.12 km/h

      Two paddles that day, first I took my little paddler to the boats sheds and afterwards I went round the bay. Sooooo windy on my way back, strong ENE pushing me away from the beach so took me ages to get back. Good for the muscles tho! =) Saw a couple of fish and plenty of sea birds. No sting rays sadly :(
      Nice to see a lot more people paddling in Akaroa this year, first time I've seen so many on the water =)

    • December 2016
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:58:13 +0000

      Session date : 18/12/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.77 km

      00:30:00

      3.55 km/h

      Wee morning paddle before the wind picked up. Nice to see other paddlers out too =) Went from the jetty to the bridge and back, looking for birds nesting in the long grasses but only saw a heron on the jetty when I got back. Was expecting the wind to get stronger as I was out but luckily it didn't pick up until later in the day. Forgot my camera so photos quality isn't that great :(

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      Cha Chou reviewed Lake Taylor
      Hawarden - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:42:07 +0000

      Really neat little spot in the heart of Lake Sumner conservation area (I haven't paddle on the other lakes yet so this review is for Lake Taylor only). Park right by the water at the Department of Conservation campsite, perfect to spend the night after your paddle =)($6/person/night - basic shelter for cooking and toilet only). It takes roughly 2h30 from Christchurch including 1h+ on a pretty rough (for my car at least, definitely easier in a big 4WD!), winding road that crosses the Lake Station (mind the sheep at every turn =D) and follows the Hurunui river. BYO board/gear only as there is nothing around (make sure you have enough petrol to come back too, otherwise the walk back will be pretty long..). The lake is open to motorboats as well and it probably gets fairly busy over the summer holiday period. Can get very windy but the NW wind pushes you back to the beach. There is good trout fishing there apparently and along the Hurunui too if you're into that. The campsite is dog friendly as well if you do have a canine paddler with you =) And there are 5 other lakes around including the bigger Lake Sumner, so plenty of spots to explore if you stick around for a few days.


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      Cha Chou at Lake Taylor
      Hawarden - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Dec 2016 03:29:26 +0000

      Session date : 18/12/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Family

      1.03 km

      00:20:00

      3.13 km/h

      First time up at Lake Taylor, awesome spot, but sadly strong NW blowing us back to shore (nice little waves on the lake though!) so we only took quick turns paddling in and out and had to accept defeat :p Will definitely go back when the winds ease up at the end of summer!

    • October 2016
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      Cha Chou at Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 29 Oct 2016 02:57:00 +0000

      Session date : 29/10/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Family

      2.12 km

      02:00:00

      1.06 km/h

      Good weather for a fun paddle over the long weekend. 3 paddlers, SUP&Kayaks, started off on the SUP playing around in Children's Bay and taking my puppy out on the water. Then switched to the kayak and paddled to Daly's Wharf and back -really cool to go under the wharf. Was hoping to do a bit of SUP surfing at Le Bons Bay also but it was way too cold that day and the waves were pretty much inexistant so no regrets.

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 03:48:12 +0000

      Session date : 08/10/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      2.93 km

      00:45:00

      3.91 km/h

      Amazing morning for a paddle on the estuary. Probably the calmest, glassiest water I have ever seen there as I headed out, so flat and mirror-like it was actually confusing to look down! Went south towards the spit when the wind picked up (right on time for the changing of the tide!) and had to paddle with the wind side on on my way back. Saw a couple of fish jumping out of the water and rescued a drowning ladybug =)

    • September 2016
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 10 Sep 2016 02:51:52 +0000

      Session date : 10/09/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.35 km

      01:00:00

      3.35 km/h

      After a week of absolute rubbish weather including hail storms, heavy rain and even snow further inland in the country, its really nice to get decent spring weather again =) Light N/E wind as I headed out that strengthened a bit on my way back (I kept an eye on the yachties the whole time as usually when they head out it means I better head back!) but otherwise super nice day to be out! Met another paddler halfway through and all the boats were out when I came back to the jetty. Spring is definitely here now, the wetsuit was clearly not necessary this time!

      Hope anyone else in NZ enjoyed a nice paddle today! =)

    • June 2016
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      Cha Chou at US coasts
      NY - United States
      Added on Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:49:59 +0000

      Session date : 16/06/2016

      Touring

      http://standupjournal.com/single-worst-weekend-sup-history/

      This is really sad. Last weekend 4 SUPers perished in 3 separate accidents involving strong offshore winds off the US coasts.

      Be safe everyone.

      RIP :(

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 04 Jun 2016 05:54:47 +0000

      Session date : 04/06/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.52 km

      00:30:00

      3.05 km/h

      Nice wee winter session -first really nice day in a while with no wind and sunshine =) Quick loop before the sun (and the temperatures!) dropped too low. The main access gate to the yacht club was locked (unusual) so had to improvise launch/exit from the car park instead of the jetty ramp. Came back in near a sewage pipe :( Lots of black swans around tonight and some of them took off as I paddled past them, pretty cool to watch! Hoping for more good weather for the rest of the long weekend =)

    • April 2016
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:13:36 +0000

      Session date : 07/04/2016

      Just paddling... :-)

      Perfect conditions: high tide, no wind, flat water and the golden glow of the setting sun... BUT I didn't have my board! :'(

    • March 2016
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      Cha Chou reviewed Iveagh Bay - Lake Brunner
      Lake Brunner - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:01:48 +0000

      Fantastic spot on Lake Brunner, about 10min out of the cute township of Moana. Park right by the beach (but keep going a bit further after the main boat ramp so you can launch safely) and go. Watch out for boaties/jetskis in the summer months. Just across from the launching spot, there is a 'lagoon' with submerged trees, pretty cool to explore. The Lake is of decent size so offers opportunities for touring. Moana is also an easily accessible/easy launch spot if you are staying there (and it has a little shop and petrol). BYO gear as there are no rentals in the area.


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      Cha Chou at Iveagh Bay - Lake Brunner
      Lake Brunner - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:17:59 +0000

      Session date : 28/03/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.0 km

      Awesome Easter paddle with friends and dogs at the beautiful Iveagh Bay, Lake Brunner (review coming soon). No wind, transparent water, hot day and the dogs loved jumping on and off the board. Perfect day! =)

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      Cha Chou posted in the blog :
      6 tips to SUP with your pup!
      Added on Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:07:39 +0000

      Charlotte gives you 6 tipes on how to paddle surf with your dog!

      I have been paddling for a few years now. One thing that really attracted me to it before I even started was that, one day,…

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      Cha Chou at Ashburton Lakes
      Ashburton, Canterbury - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 22 Mar 2016 06:13:00 +0000

      Session date : 22/03/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.46 km

      This is from ages ago but I just found the photos again =) Sweet wee paddle around Lake Emma in the Hakatere Conservation area (Ashburton Lakes). Perfect morning with no wind and unlike the neighbouring Lake Camp, this one doesn't allow motor-boats. Dozens of fish (trouts I believe) in the water, knee deep water at the most. A great spot for beginners and for keen fishermen (permit required though). Only down side is the complete lack of shade which makes it a scorching spot in the hot NZ summer days.

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 05 Mar 2016 05:37:19 +0000

      Session date : 05/03/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      5.28 km

      01:00:00

      5.28 km/h

      Another hot day in NZ! Though the E wind picked up just before I headed out so good work out being pushed over the side the all time. Lots of birds again today: shags, black swans, pukekos (a native bird of NZ, about the size of a chicken but blue =)) and even a black goose! A few other paddlers out on the estuary doing a lesson, nice to see more people getting into SUP in Christchurch. Went down to the first buoy then back up towards the Avon and went to the other side of the Bridge St bridge (which broke in the Feb 2011 earthquake so always a bit nervous to go under!). Sun came back out towards the end =) Pretty sweet! Forgot my camera hence the crappy quality of the photos. Itinerary approx.

    • February 2016
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      Cha Chou at New Brighton
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:34:44 +0000

      Session date : 28/02/2016

      Surf

      0.32 km

      01:00:00

      0.32 km/h

      Another sweet little surf session. Mild NE. Gentle waves. Tide going out and surf dying a bit at the end but overall great morning to go out. Sunday + sunshine + surf = 2 super happy surfers =)

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      Cha Chou reviewed New Brighton
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 21 Feb 2016 04:06:21 +0000

      One of the 3 main surf spots in Christchurch (with Sumner and Taylor's Mistake, more to the south). Long beach with parking and access pretty much all along between the Surf Club at Waimari (north end) to the end of the spit at Southshore (south end). The winds and currents can be quite strong so I wouldn't really recommend for beginners unless it's a glassy calm day (pretty rare here) and you have experienced people with you. The Estuary at South Brighton might be a good place to start tho =) The beach is monitored by lifeguards in the summer months only. Lots of cafes/shops/pubs and restaurants to get a post session food/drink fix around (including a kite boarding shop in New Brighton which also rents SUP gear =)). Usually less windy in mornings and often bigger waves in the winter months. Nice walk along the beach and up the Pier and awesome view from inside the top floor at the Library (by the Pier too).


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      Cha Chou at New Brighton
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 21 Feb 2016 03:46:41 +0000

      Session date : 21/02/2016

      Surf

      01:00:00

      Nice wee surf this morning though the waves were breaking pretty harshly. Sunshine and warm enough water. Perfect day! Next time I'll try the SUP in the surf =)

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 14 Feb 2016 03:13:19 +0000

      Session date : 14/02/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      5.1 km

      02:00:00

      2.55 km/h

      Cruisy day with another local paddler and her canine companion. Light winds at the start and coming back but pretty calm water otherwise. Sun even came out about halfway through. Managed to fall in as I was trying her Fanatik 10''. Christchurch got hit by a big 5.9 earthquake about 40min after we got out of the water, wonder what it would have felt like to be on the board at the time! -_-

    • January 2016
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      Cha Chou at Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 05 Jan 2016 19:56:12 +0000

      Session date : 06/01/2016

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Family

      8.3 km

      04:00:00

      2.08 km/h

      Last paddle of 2015 and first few paddles of 2016 =) Fun family times around Akaroa Harbour. First time taking my pup for a longer paddle on my own -she loved it! Couple of times around Childrens' Bay, paddle to Red Point, paddle from the yacht club to the Lighthouse, and paddle around Takamatua Bay with my 4 legged friend. Saw 2 stingrays in Childrens' Bay, heaps of little fish and some herons, but the boys got even luckier and had 2 Hector's dolphins (NZ very own smallest species of oceanic dolphin, sorry no photos :( ). Calm and flat most of the time, bit of Southerly wind on last day, bit choppy on occasion but overall fantastic weather and conditions! Itinerary a bit funny as I tried to load every spots I went to at once :p Definitely the most scenic location to paddle in Canterbury =)

      *** Happy New Year Paddlers!!! =) ***

    • December 2015
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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:32:21 +0000

      Session date : 29/12/2015

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      5.88 km

      01:30:00

      3.92 km/h

      Absolute cracker of a summer day! Hot on the water and no wind at all this morning, perfect conditions! Went pretty much all the way to Monck's Bay/end of the spit and met another paddler and her friendly doggy there so we ended up cruising along back to the jetty =) Couple of herons along the way. Went a bit late after the tide so paddled in not much water at all on the way back. Definitely recommend sticking to the 2h each side of high tide bracket or risk of having to walk your board home!

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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:39:40 +0000

      Session date : 24/12/2015

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Christmas

      2.51 km

      01:00:00

      2.51 km/h

      Super nice 25˚C day here, but the wind decided to pick up right when I headed out! Pretty much paddled against the wind the whole time, good work out for sure! =) Nice to see other SUPers on the estuary too. Itinerary approx. Phone got wet so apologies for the poor quality of the photos :(

      *** Merry Xmas everyone, not too long to go now! ***

      {ps: NZ paddlers, anyone out there around Chch/Canterbury too??? :-)}

    • November 2015
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      Cha Chou reviewed South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 08 Nov 2015 03:08:50 +0000

      Nice quiet spot but only accessible a couple of hours each side of high tide (or you will paddle on the sand =) ). Pretty cruisy paddle if no wind but watch out if you head out towards the mouth as the Sumner bar can be quite dangerous (strong currents), especially when the tide is going out (but its a long way from there anyway). Otherwise its quite shallow in most of the estuary (around knee deep, maybe waist at the most) so easy to stay out of trouble. Lots of kites and windsurfers out on a windy day and the yacht club just around the corner. Probably best to avoid swimming as its notorious for being quite nasty water coming from the rivers, sadly. Parking just before the yacht club or by the jetty. There is a mint playground there too if you're coming with the family and a nice walk that follows the shore. Lots of birds nesting around so keep your eyes peeled too.


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      Cha Chou at South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 08 Nov 2015 02:52:28 +0000

      Session date : 08/11/2015

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      2.37 km

      01:00:00

      2.37 km/h

      First time checking out the Estuary, nice little paddle with almost no wind. Puppy jumped on the board a couple times. Happy day =)

    • October 2015
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      Cha Chou at Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:47:06 +0000

      Session date : 11/10/2015

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Family

      2.39 km

      02:00:00

      1.19 km/h

      Fun paddling around Children's Bay in Akaroa, enjoying the sunshine and cruising around with the dog. First trip on kayak then 2d trip on SUP -the dog has spoken, SUP is definitely her favorite =) Distance and time approx.

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      Cha Chou at Cass Bay
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:26:28 +0000

      Session date : 04/10/2015

      Gear used : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.84 km

      01:00:00

      0.84 km/h

      First session of the season and first time taking baby doggy out on the water. Perfect day for it! =) {itinerary approximate as didn't have my phone to record it}

    • July 2015
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      Cha Chou reviewed Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:53:50 +0000

      Absolutely stunning spot (how often do you get to paddle in the crater of an extinct volcano? :p), especially with the first and last lights of the day. Great for either a wee paddle around, bit of fitness of touring further around (lots of nice bays around the northern end of the harbour). Usually best in the morning before the wind picks up. Easy access from Akaroa township with launch either at the Rec Ground, main beach or by the yacht club. Easy access from other surrounding bays as well. Check the tide and the wind! Currents and wind can be very (very!) strong. Best in incoming tide and avoid notherly winds (push you towards entrance of the harbour). Mind boat traffic too, lots in the summer time (jetskis, speed boat, and also cruise ship tenders, best to stay away from main wharf those days). Beautiful beaches to relax post session and excellent coffee/wine/food in Akaroa. Lots of nice (and quieter) bays around the Peninsula to explore as well. BYO gear or rentals from the Akaroa Adventure Centre. A few paddles: -easy paddles from the Rec Ground beach to Daly's Wharf/Main Wharf or the Lighthouse in Akaroa (shortish paddles) - paddle from Rec Ground to Red Point (crosses Children's Bay which is the waterski lane area) (bit longer of a paddle, heaps of mussels at Red Point if you fancy bringing home some dinner) - paddle from Akaroa to Takamatua (long if return trip) - Robinson's Bay beach to wharf (short) etc... Only rate this spot 3 *** for safety/beginners/families as the harbour can get really tricky in the wrong conditions (at least a few kayak rescues every summer, mostly people going too far towards the heads and getting tired/trapped in crap weather) so always check the conditions and dont go out if you're not sure. Icing on the cake: great wildlife with huge stingrays leaving around the wharf and chances of spotting the resident Hector's dolphins (smallest and rarest dolphin in the world!) =)


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      Cha Chou reviewed Ashburton Lakes
      Ashburton, Canterbury - New Zealand
      Added on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:11:54 +0000

      Review for Lake Emma only. There are 2 other lakes nearby: Lake Clearwater (really windy, the windsurfers/kitesurfers spot) and Lake Camp (motorboats, I would avoid in summertime during boating hours for obvious reason). Lake Emma is a knee-deep, fish-filled little lake, perfect for a paddle around or practicing your paddling skills. Great for beginners too as it is easy to walk back to shore. Took about an hour to do the round trip (cruising along!). About 10-15min drive from Lake Clearwater settlement (dirt road). Great fishing too if you're into it (permit required). No shade at all so get pretty toasty in the summertime. Free campsite around Lake Camp or public campground at Lake Clearwater (quite popular in the summer holiday). BYO gear only.


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      Cha Chou reviewed Cass Bay
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:57:37 +0000

      Beautiful spot especially in the first morning lights =) Great for either just paddling around the Bay, fitness or yoga SUP or, for the more audacious, tour around Lyttelton Harbour. Easy paddle to Naval Point (mind the yachts on windy days), longer paddle to Quail Island, Governors Bay, etc... Check the tide and the wind! Currents and wind can be very strong. Best in incoming tide and avoid westerly winds (push you towards entrance of the harbour). Mind boat traffic too (Lyttelton Harbour is a commercial port.) Beautiful beach to relax post session and excellent coffee in Lyttelton town on way back to Christchurch. BYO gear or rentals from Christchurch.


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