Kayaking another west coast classic
Since the early 1990’s the development of plastic, shorter and more maneuverable kayaks has allowed paddlers to explore many rivers on the west coast that were previously deemed impossible. Due to picturesque appeal, the niche idea of helicopter access and their steep, remote nature, many of the runs on the West Coast have risen to international acclaim. With rivers such as the Arahura, Whitcombe, Hokitika rating highly on any international kayakers hit list. It is the "old school" local legends such as Bruce Barnes, however, that can be attributed with finding many of these classic West Coast runs we know and love today.
Barny firing up one of the many stacked and continuous drops that make up the Upper Whataroa experience