Our purpose is to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.


Whitewater NZ aims to foster the kayaking community, by undertaking the following tasks:

  • Publish information on rivers, safety, techniques and equipment through a regular newsletter and web site.
  • Provide information on, and liaison with, clubs and education providers
  • Preserve NZ's canoeing heritage
  • Award 'Canoeist of the Year'
  • Fundraising
  • Kayak tests
  • River racing certificate

Read about the NZOIA/NZRCA Kayak Instructor Award Scheme (Janette Kear)
Be safer on the river with an Whitewater NZ-approved River Safety Course!


Peter Sutcliffe describes an 1981 epic on the Whakapapa.

Epic coast-to-coast journey - 1889-1890 An account of the epic journey undertaken by the Park brothers from Hokitika to Christchurch via the Taramakau and Hokitika rivers.

Extract from G E Mannering "With axe and rope in the New Zealand Alps" An account of an 1889 canoe trip by George Edward Mannering and Marmaduke John Dixon down the Tasman, Pukaki and Waitaki rivers.

A Clarence River Trip An early descent of the Clarence River.

Mick Hopkinson describes the first descent of Sargoods Weir on the Kawarau.

Greg Oke describes the first descent of Huka Falls.

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