Pad­dling to work beats the traf­fic

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Not many of us have the plea­sure of trav­el­ling to work to the sound of gen­tly lap­ping wa­ter.

Jonathan Hughes can, af­ter he dis­cov­ered he could kayak from home near Cox’s Bay to his job in Pon­sonby.

His 4km trip in­cludes a 500 me­tre walk from his house to the creek at Cox’s Bay Park.

He pops his kayak in the wa­ter, pad­dles un­der the bridge, and along the Herne Bay beaches to Westhaven.

At the boat ramp he puts the kayak back on wheels and hauls it 1km to his of­fice on Franklin Rd.

‘‘It’s good to get out in the wa­ter and re­mind our­selves that we are sur­rounded by wa­ter in the city,’’ he says. ‘‘ The ge­og­ra­phy of Auck­land is pretty amaz­ing.

‘‘It’s a good way to clear your mind be­fore your day.

‘‘It’s com­mut­ing and ex­er­cise at the same time.’’

Hughes kayaks to work a few times a week in the sum­mer, depend­ing on weather and tides.

He avoids tak­ing the car to work, pre­fer­ring his bi­cy­cle or scooter.

‘‘If it’s hos­ing down with rain or if I need the car dur­ing the day I’ll take the car, but only if it’s a last re­sort.

‘‘You get some funny looks walk­ing up Beau­mont St with a kayak but I’ve met some in­ter­est­ing people as well.’’

Pad­dle power: Jonathan Hughes prefers to pad­dle to work in his kayak.

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