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Cha Chou Nueva Zelanda

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Cha Chou

País : Nueva Zelanda

34 sesiones

    • diciembre 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en New Brighton
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el : 10 días

      Fecha de la sesión : 02/12/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Surf

      0.39 km

      00:30:00

      0,79 km/h

      My first ever proper SUP surf with my PPC board, which due to a faulty pump was only just over half inflated :@ Made it probably a lot more difficult than it should have been but it was good fun anyways! And with the thermometer close to 30˚C even at 8.30 this morning and not a cloud in the sky there was no better way to kick off summer! =)

    • noviembre 2017
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      Cha Chou reviewed Southern Lakes
      Twizel - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017 07:39:03 +0000

      Since this spot includes a variety of Lakes I had rated it based on some sort of average score. All lakes are pretty easily accessed from the highway, township or via a gentle and very well maintained gravel road (Ohau/Middleton). From Tekapo you can launch from the town, or easily from around the lake where there are multiple other spots to park. Pukaki is probably the trickiest one as it's bordered by the highway pretty much all around but there is a boat ramp somewhere near a power station (to check I read it somewhere but can't find it anymore), there is also a picnic spot by the highway with a wee beach (see photo) which might be the easier access. Ruataniwha is the most user friendly one as it is a rowing/water-skiing lake used for competitions. I have not yet been there but there is a rental company there -the only one I believe in the area, so unless you have your own gear this might be the only place you can hire a board. From the campsite at Lake Middleton you can launch right from your tent spot (literally) there is a wee beach and boat ramp (grass patch type) and a short walk across the road will take you to a similar access for Lake Ohau. The region is very touristy and gets very busy over the summer months. Be aware of motor-boats (and hesitant tourists staring at the landscape more than focusing on the road :@ ). The small townships of Lake Tekapo and Twizel have basic shops cafes/petrol/mini-mart but if you're coming through from a bigger city it is a good idea to do your groceries shopping there beforehand. As with almost anywhere else in NZ the weather around this part of the country can change very quickly so never trust a sunny morning to last all day. The wind can become very strong very quickly so always check the forecast, gear up accordingly and be true to your abilities. {Sadly accidents do happen even on a lake, and there have been some fatalities including people kayaking on Lake Tekapo. } ----- ------ Since Didymo (a freshwater parasite) is present in the South Island rivers/waterways make sure you follow the Check-Clean-Dry procedure if you paddle from lake to lake or river, more info here => http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/outdoor-activities/check-clean-dry/


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      Cha Chou a / en Southern Lakes
      Twizel - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017 07:22:02 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 23/11/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Touring

      60.77 km

      01:00:00

      60,77 km/h

      I have never been soooooo gutted NOT to have my board with me (which for logistical reasons was not possible this time) !!! :'( But this 3 day trip down to the Southern Lakes was definitely a location scouting for the upcoming Xmas holidays =) The beautiful MacKenzie & Waitaki Districts in Southern Canterbury are the gateway to the Southern Lakes which are world renown for their ever turquoise waters. Lake Tekapo is a very busy tourist resort but there is a campground right by the lake. Lake Pukaki sits below Mt Cook, the highest mountain in NZ and offers one of the most scenic drives in the country with the highway bordering it almost all around. Lake Ohau is slightly out of the main ways and right at the bottom of Ohau Ski Area and Lake Middleton is the baby of the group right by Ohau and has a Department of Conservation campsite with a little beach right on its shore. The first 3 are moraine-dammed lakes, created when the former glaciers that used to sit there receded. Their color is due to the water still coming from the alpine glaciers. There is also a more recreational lake called Ruataniwha right outside of the town of Twizel. It takes about 1h (likely more on a busy summer day) from Lake Tekapo to Lake Ohau. The area was made famous in Lord of the Rings and it certainly feels like hobbits might pop up on the side of the road as you are driving around =) Great for a 3 day trip from Christchurch, could definitely spend a lot more time down there as the scenery is purely magical (and also world-famous for its pristine clear night skies classified as an International Star Reserve). If you come visit NZ I would definitely recommend the Southern Lakes as a SUP destination =)

    • octubre 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el sábado, 21 de octubre de 2017 03:55:13 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 21/10/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      6.55 km

      00:50:00

      7,90 km/h

      This morning's weather was insane, the photos don't do the magic of the place justice. I have never been out on the estuary in such blind conditions at the start when the clouds coming from the hills where literally engulfing the water. No wind, glass calm water, it was perfect but so foggy I was almost expecting a zombie to grab my paddle and try to take me down! =D I didn't have the tracker on and was so mesmerised by the light and clouds I just went zigzag the whole time so my itinerary is not at all accurate. The sun slowly pointed its nose halfway through and the fog lifted on the way back. Going through where the two rivers meet was the clearest water I have ever seen there (and not much of it as I pushed it with the tide!) and it was so transparent you could count the shellfish on the sea floor! Met two kayakers on the Redcliffs/Mt Pleasant side (south side) and plenty of seagulls and shags. Probably one of the best paddle I've had on this spot for the beauty of the place when I headed out was out of this world!

    • septiembre 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en Waimari Surf Club
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el domingo, 24 de septiembre de 2017 04:27:53 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 24/09/2017

      Surf

      0.2 km

      01:00:00

      0,20 km/h

      First surf of the season, yay! Really nice warm day, sweet little waves, pushy enough not to paddle too hard =) The water is still bloody cold though (10-11˚C max!), really regretted the lack of gloves at the start! Looks like summer is on the way NZ!!! =) Nice to see a few others out this morning, no one on a SUP though!

    • agosto 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el sábado, 26 de agosto de 2017 03:56:10 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 26/08/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.25 km

      00:45:00

      4,33 km/h

      Pretty busy estuary this morning with a vintage row boat (!), 2 kayaks, a jet ski and another paddler, haven't seen that many people out all winter! The new jetty (replacing the earthquake damaged old one) is finally finished, looking pretty flash with the floating launch pontoon. Wind picked up a bit on on the way back and I'm glad I was wearing a wetsuit or I would have been freezing :O Got a fairly decent work out too =D

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      Cha Chou reviewed Pacific Paddle Co Airlines 10.6
      Añadido el viernes, 25 de agosto de 2017 03:26:56 +0000

      Pretty awesome board, quite wide and very stable so definitely a great beginner's board. Using it mostly for cruising on flat water or a bit of fitness. Easy to inflate/deflate and can easily be packed inside the car for people who don't have roof racks. Only weaker points would be that compared to other inflatables it doesn't fold that small and hence wouldn't recommend it for airplane travel or as a compact inflatable travel companion. Since it's fairly big it isn't the fastest board either so probably not ideal for race/competition training and perhaps my only motivation for ever upgrading would be to gain speed. Otherwise thumbs up, it's a great all rounder board. Had it for over 3 years and it still feels new =) Also perfect for taking your canine companion (or a child) as there is a lot of space on the board and again brilliant stability. Features like the elastics on front, large handle and hook for legrope are also a bonus.


      Board used for : Allround

      User level : Advanced

      User measurements : 170cm / 60kg

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      Cha Chou a / en South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el sábado, 12 de agosto de 2017 23:22:49 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 13/08/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.87 km

      00:40:00

      7,37 km/h

      Early morning paddle at the Estuary. Started at end of Estuary Rd and was going to head north towards the jetty but was a bit worried about the Southerly wind picking up so went South along the Spit instead. Turned around to head back towards the earthquake damaged walkway that is currently being restored. My camera died at the very start so don't have more photos :( Lots of seagulls and terns on the water this morning but no other human beings in sight =D Weather was really weird, sun kept coming out then hide again, and Westerly wind picked up a wee bit on my way back (funny that!). Sadly it wasn't as hot as yesterday (about 18˚C which is kind of nuts for the middle of the NZ winter!) but still a really nice morning to go out =) Itinerary is approx.

    • julio 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en Avon River at Owles Terrace
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el jueves, 06 de julio de 2017 09:13:26 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 06/07/2017

      Touring

      0.91 km

      00:15:00

      3,63 km/h

      Sometimes walking the dog is just the best excuse to go spot scouting! =) No board with me tonight but I found the pontoon at Owles Terrace and walked along the river for a bit. Perfect launch spot to paddle either up river towards Christchurch central or down stream to end up in the Estuary (watch out for the tide or you'll end up stranded at low tide). Will definitely return with the board =) Lots of ducks, swans and shags around. There is a board indicating navigation rules for river users by the pontoon too (as this spot is also used by dragon boaters and long canoes, so smaller paddle crafts must stick to the left bank either way).

    • junio 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en Mouth of the Arnold River
      Lake Brunner - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017 05:35:51 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 28/06/2017

      Touring

      3.9 km

      01:00:00

      3,90 km/h

      Actually not a paddle as it was wayyyy too windy (as you can see from the waves on the lake =D ) and freezing cold! But a nice walk instead and definitely good scouting for the next time over there. Maybe not as scenic as the other side of the Lake (Iveagh Bay that has beautiful submerged trees that you can paddle through) but still potential for a nice paddle along the township of Moana and going up into the river. Probably a good idea to park at the beach on the other side of the river if you don't want to carry your board to the water (2/3min walk from this side, but might be more quiet especially in the summer) but be aware of the boats launching at the nearby ramp.

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      Cha Chou a / en South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el domingo, 18 de junio de 2017 04:46:08 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 18/06/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.47 km

      01:00:00

      3,47 km/h

      Another great winter paddle from the end of Estuary Rd to the old South Brighton jetty. The jetty is now being taken down after it was damaged by the big earthquake to be replaced by a new floating one. Thought the weather was going to get really nasty but it cleared up instead =) Almost no wind, glassy water -mesmerising to see the clouds reflect on the water and everything so blue around, actually made it really hard to see if you don't look at the land when you're going forward!- and only 1 other paddler on the estuary today. Saw lots of birds though =) Funny to see the jetty being reduced to a few posts for the birds to perch onto. And like me you can't resist paddling through the posts, be aware that there is a big metal wire running through the middle and it is almost invisible from the south side!!! Lucky I was going really slow to take photos and managed to crouch down and go under before hitting it!

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      Cha Chou a / en Cass Bay
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el domingo, 11 de junio de 2017 05:18:19 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 11/06/2017

      Equipo utilizado : Pacific Paddle Co Airlines & Pacific Paddle Co Adjustable PPC Recreational Paddle

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.27 km

      01:00:00

      3,27 km/h

      Who said it was winter??? =) What a cracker of a day, flat water, no wind and warm too! Met another very friendly paddler at the car park so we headed out together. From Cass Bay to Naval Point and around the Semaphore then back. Lots of shags at the Semaphore that flew off when we approached, pretty cool sight. No dolphins or stingrays though :'( Surprised they wasn't any more paddlers out on the water on such a stunning winter day. Guess the ski fields are starting to compete with the harbour this time of the year =)

    • abril 2017
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      Cha Chou reviewed Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el lunes, 17 de abril de 2017 07:45:29 +0000

      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 a / en Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el lunes, 17 de abril de 2017 07:39:27 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 17/04/2017

      Equipo utilizado : 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 =)

    • marzo 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en Cass Bay
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el viernes, 17 de marzo de 2017 06:16:15 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 17/03/2017

      Equipo utilizado : 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.

    • enero 2017
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      Cha Chou a / en South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el sábado, 28 de enero de 2017 22:35:41 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 29/01/2017

      Equipo utilizado : 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 a / en Akaroa Harbour & Bays
      Akaroa - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el jueves, 12 de enero de 2017 20:45:20 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 12/01/2017

      Equipo utilizado : 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 =)

    • diciembre 2016
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      Cha Chou a / en South Brighton jetty
      Christchurch - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el domingo, 18 de diciembre de 2016 03:58:13 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 18/12/2016

      Equipo utilizado : 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 - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el domingo, 18 de diciembre de 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 a / en Lake Taylor
      Hawarden - Nueva Zelanda
      Añadido el domingo, 18 de diciembre de 2016 03:29:26 +0000

      Fecha de la sesión : 18/12/2016

      Equipo utilizado : 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!

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Avon River at Owles Terrace

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South Brighton jetty

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