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Christchurch Estuary

City : Christchurch, New Zealand

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    • March 2019
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:57:52 +0000

      Session date : 23/03/2019

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      01:20:00

      A very peaceful morning on the estuary. No wind, even the slight breeze stopped and the tide was perfect (thought I was gonna be a bit late and get caught in the shallows, but I didn't :) ) . Good to see a couple other paddlers out on the water too. It's been a pretty traumatic week for the people of Christchurch & NZ, so it felt really good to just get out there, clear the head, breathe and enjoy this beautiful start of a day. Went from the end of Estuary Rd all the way down the Spit to Moncks Bay then up all the way to the South Brighton jetty and finally back to Estuary Rd. Have a lovely weekend everyone =)

    • December 2018
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:25:48 +0000

      Session date : 10/12/2018

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      6.04 km

      01:10:00

      5.21 km/h

      Finally a sunny morning with no wind in the weekend!! So good to get back on the water. Flat water, warm day, no one in sight, it was perfect! =) Saw so many fishes jumping out of the water and little flounders zooming away to hide in the sand. I have rarely seen the water so clear, it was like doing one of these glass bottom boats in tropical water (though some parts were really gross, the oil sleek was really bad and the smell wasn't nice either!). Also picked up a fully grown specimen of plastic bag -and can see how easily it is for marine life to get them confused with jellyfish :'( Yet this spot is still one of my favourites around as the ground below the water changes all the time with the tides and currents and no two days are ever the same for the view =)

    • November 2018
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 11 Nov 2018 07:37:44 +0000

      Session date : 11/11/2018

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.68 km

      00:30:00

      7.37 km/h

      Beautiful morning paddle =) Nice to see a few kayakers out on such a nice day too. Went over to the other side of the estuary, did a bit of yoga in the middle since there was almost no wind and practice speeding on my way back. The river was flowing really fast after all that rain from the day before, so strong current and I was going against the tide as well! So great workout overall =)

    • September 2018
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:50:44 +0000

      Session date : 24/09/2018

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      4.38 km

      01:00:00

      4.38 km/h

      From a couple of weeks back. A nice morning session though quite windy on the way towards the spit, took me forever to get around the corner so turned around and cruised the tide and wind back and went for a wee loop behind the jetty instead. Neat workout and nice the sun came out a little at the end =)

    • August 2018
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:19:00 +0000

      Session date : 19/08/2018

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      6.19 km

      00:50:00

      7.46 km/h

      Gorgeous day today, no wind at all when I left about an hour before high tide, and only slight chops on the way back. Lots of herons by the jetty when I headed out and a couple of shags in the water but otherwise no one else on the water today, everyone must still be up on the slopes :p Tried to do a bit more fitness than usual by paddling at a constant pace and work on speed but the day was so nice I kept stopping to take photos so gave up on that part halfway through and just cruised on the way back =D

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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 04 Aug 2018 03:36:46 +0000

      Session date : 04/08/2018

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      2.72 km

      00:40:00

      4.12 km/h

      Woohoo back in the water! Getting some muscles out of their hibernation ;) Not the nicest morning at the start, bit choppy & windy when I headed out but once I reached the bridge end the sun made an appearance and the wind died down on my way back which made the return a lot more pleasant (and warm!). Lots of swans around this morning but no one else on the water. So good to get back out! =) Looking forward to longer and hotter days coming back =)

    • March 2018
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:38:03 +0000

      Session date : 08/03/2018

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

      Just paddling... :-)

      2.65 km

      00:40:00

      4.02 km/h

      Such a beautiful morning when I headed out! Flat as, tide in, no wind, it was just perfect! Left from the jetty and up river into the Avon. Somehow past the bridge I ended up on the wrong side and in a cul-de-sac. So many birds though: gulls, shags, loads of black swans and a whole group of royal spoonbills (gutted my little camera doesn't zoom as they were truly majestic when they all flew off in front of my board!). Met a kayaker on the way back. Of course the wind had to pick up N/E went I was coming down so battled a wee bit to get back in to shore. Looks like summer is still hanging around for a while in NZ =)

    • October 2017
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:55:13 +0000

      Session date : 21/10/2017

      Gear used : 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!

    • August 2017
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 26 Aug 2017 03:56:10 +0000

      Session date : 26/08/2017

      Gear used : 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 at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:22:49 +0000

      Session date : 13/08/2017

      Gear used : 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.

    • June 2017
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:46:08 +0000

      Session date : 18/06/2017

      Gear used : 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!

    • January 2017
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      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).

    • December 2016
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      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 :(

    • October 2016
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      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 Christchurch Estuary
      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 Christchurch Estuary
      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 Christchurch Estuary
      Christchurch - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:13:36 +0000

      Session date : 07/04/2016

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      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 at Christchurch Estuary
      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 Christchurch Estuary
      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! -_-

    • December 2015
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      Cha Chou at Christchurch Estuary
      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

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      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 Christchurch Estuary
      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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      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 Christchurch Estuary
      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 =)

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