Paddling to work beats the traffic
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.