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    • January 2018
    • Cha Chou  Avatar

      Cha Chou reviewed Catlins River
      Pounawea - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:48:07 +0000

      A neat little spot in a pretty amazing area really. Very tidal dependant especially up river at the Catlins Lake and down at the estuary. Plenty of access points either along the river or park down by the campsite at Pounawea. Great spot for bird watching too. At high tide the Lake would be good for paddling. Winds can be really strong and I would be wary of the currents especially when the tide is getting out so might not be ideal for beginners. BYO gear only as there is no rental place around (that I am aware of). The Catlins is an amazing region at the southern tip of the South Island and while it is a popular surf destination (Purakaunui, Tautuku, Curio Bay) it is also great for SUPaddlers as well with plenty of river spots. The Tahakopa estuary at Papatowai would be amazing at high tide. Possible paddles on the Tahakopa & McLennan rivers out of Papatowai as well though it is not necessarily easy to park/launch around. The marine life is insane with seals, sea lions, Hector's dolphins calling the place home and occasionally orcas/whales passing through the waters so keep your eyes peeled in the surf! It is quite a remote area so BYO gear is strongly recommended (I'm not even sure you can hire SUP boards down there).


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      Cha Chou at Catlins River
      Pounawea - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:38:01 +0000

      Session date : 09/01/2018

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

      River

      1.02 km

      00:20:00

      3.09 km/h

      Finally found a spot to paddle after a couple of days scouting the area =) It was pretty windy especially around the bend and the tide wasn't in yet so couldn't go into the estuary. Nice wee spot though and with the Catlins Lake further up it definitely calls for more exploration =) Lots of wildlife around the estuary, mostly birds but with herons, oystercatchers, stilts and even royal spoonbills it is a pretty amazing place to go for a walk/bird watching!

    • October 2017
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      Lui Matulino at Lake Hayes
      Lake Hayes - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 02:45:23 +0000

      Session date : 01/10/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      5.82 km

      00:00:01

      Inf km/h

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      Lui Matulino at Lake Hayes
      Lake Hayes - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:19:28 +0000

      Session date : 01/10/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      12.86 km

      00:24:24

      32.15 km/h

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      Lui Matulino at Lake Hayes
      Lake Hayes - New Zealand
      Added on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:14:28 +0000

      Session date : 01/10/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      12.86 km

      00:24:24

      32.15 km/h

    • September 2017
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      Lui Matulino at Lake Hayes
      Lake Hayes - New Zealand
      Added on Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:05:18 +0000

      Session date : 22/09/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.86 km

      00:13:24

      8.85 km/h

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      Lui Matulino at Lake Hayes
      Lake Hayes - New Zealand
      Added on Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:23:07 +0000

      Session date : 22/09/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      3.04 km

      00:22:20

      8.45 km/h

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      Lui Matulino at Lake Hayes
      Lake Hayes - New Zealand
      Added on Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:22:08 +0000

      Session date : 14/09/2017

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.26 km

      00:02:07

      0.85 km/h

    • April 2017
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      Cha Chou reviewed Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 17 Apr 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 at Blueskin Bay
      Warrington - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:39:27 +0000

      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 =)

    • January 2017
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      Andrew Greenwood at Careys Bay
      Dunedin - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:23:54 +0000

      Session date : 19/01/2017

      Gear used : Badfish MVPs & Blackhawk Blackhawk

      Just paddling... :-)

      0.0 km

      02:00:00

      0.00 km/h

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      Pablo Tacchini at oamaru
      Oamaru - New Zealand
      Added on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:31:51 +0000

      Session date : 12/01/2016

      Just paddling... :-)

      1.64 km

      00:31:27

      3.21 km/h

      just playing !!!!

    • September 2014
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      Craig Latta at Careys Bay
      Dunedin - New Zealand
      Added on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:23:50 +0000

      Session date : 16/09/2014

      Gear used : Exocet Wind SUP

      Just paddling... :-)

      Calm as mill pond

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Careys Bay Avatar

Careys Bay

New Zealand - Dunedin

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oamaru

New Zealand - Oamaru

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Blueskin Bay

New Zealand - Warrington

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Lake Hayes

New Zealand - Lake Hayes

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Catlins River

New Zealand - Pounawea

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