We have experienced, passionate NZOIA-qualified instructors who have paddled in areas around the globe. Their personalized kayak instruction makes learning enjoyable and challenging, no matter your level.

All within easy driving distance of our Tongariro centre, the Waikato, Tongariro, Rangitaiki and Mohaka Rivers are ideal venues for learning boating skills. Courses benefit from video feedback, a rolling pool and small group sizes. Courses are residential and run on an instructor participant ratio of 1:4.

To run these courses as effectively as possible we aim to have people at similar levels in each group. To this end we have both an introductory course and an intermediate course. When applying, please provide as much information as possible about your previous experience.

Introductory 5-Day Kayak Course

Programme Overview – The skills you will develop and learn include:

  • Personal paddling skills on flat and white water
  • Rolling
  • Knowledge of the latest equipment
  • River Rescue techniques
  • Managing clients on moving water
  • Teaching progressions for rolling and white water techniques
  • Site selection for teaching sessions
  • Risk management principles

Intermediate 5-Day Kayak Course

Programme Overview – The skills you will develop and learn include:

  • Getting that 100% roll and looking at variations
  • Learning and applying paddle technique to run grade III
  • Knowledge of basic freestyle techniques such as surfing waves and riding holes
  • Understanding rivers and choosing lines to match your ability on grade III
  • Apply safety principles and learn river rescue applications
  • Knowledge of gear available in NZ, what to carry and how to use it

Course Details

Next Courses Dates         Price
2-Day Rolling On application $544.50
5-Day Introductory On application $1,290
5-Day Intermediate On application $1,290  

Get a group of 3-4 people together and enquire about dates

Location: Hillary Outdoors Tongariro, Tongariro National Park

Your programme will be based from Hillary Outdoors Tongariro, located 30km south-west of Turangi on the north-west edge of the Tongariro National Park.  Our catering staff will provide all meals with your help in meal preparation and cleaning.  Indoor sessions will support time spent on the water.

Participants will spend as much time as possible on the water to maximise ‘hands on’ learning in conjunction with essential theory sessions.  Your trip will include 1 or 2 nights camping.

Apply by contacting Kerry Rollerson, our Tongariro Booking Administrator.

Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.