Tandem whitewater kayak tours & kayak instruction based in the North Island of New Zealand

New Zealand Whitewater Academy (NZWA) endeavours to provide top-of-the-line tours, whitewater kayak instruction and excursions, above and beyond any adventure tourism provider out there.

We set a new norm in kayak instruction with skills workshops designed for all levels, from beginner to advanced, with a focus on some of the untouched areas of the country for a complete experience that is second to none. We also offer fully customizable tours for the heartiest of whitewater adventurers – from high quality and exciting day tours to workshops & multi-day expeditions. Along with beautiful locations and exciting whitewater, customers can purchase whitewater kayaks directly from us at our river base.

Everyone at NZWA is committed to providing you with the best service possible, to equip you with critical knowledge and skill and to provide the most up-to-date safety equipment – all while experiencing one of the best whitewater playgrounds on the planet.

Come and learn the basics of whitewater kayaking. Our whitewater kayaking courses at NZWA are very flexible, meaning we can tailor them to everybody’s individual paddling needs and skill levels. Our courses are designed to be fun and educational for all ages – from 13 to 100! Our instructors all have first aid training, and we allow a max of only four students/clients per each instructor. More than four in your group? No worries! We will bring in other instructors as needed!

– Two days of personalised instruction down the Kaituna River
– A custom whitewater kayaking skills clinic catering to your personal paddling abilities
– We will focus on the skills you want to work on to improve your whitewater kayaking
– Free use of all kayaking gear and whitewater kayaks in our fleet
– Internationally experienced instructors

Whether it’s learning how to back-deck roll, cartwheel in a hole, stern squirt, or just make it down the river safely for the first time, we are here for you every step of the way! Let us know what you want to do and how many people you are, we can organise a weekend on the Kaituna River that suits you and your teams abilities. (Maximum of 8 people per weekend course)

We offer this course on the beautiful Mohaka River. These trips are arranged on a wait list basis as the river level is rain dependent. We keep you posted on every aspect of trip planning and organisation so that you have a clear view of how these expeditions are planned. We cover, in detail, what gear we bring with us and how we pack our kayaks.

The Mohaka is a beautiful and isolated river. We spend 2 full days on the river and camp in the forest, next to the river. A competency in class 2-3 whitewater is required for our Mohaka multi-day.

All food, transportation, gear rental and instruction is included in the price. We don’t offer a discount for having your own gear. Contact us to book you and your friends in on an epic multi-day trip down the Mohaka River. Welcome to the world of expedition kayaking!

School Holiday Kayak Camps

NZWA offers the best whitewater kayaking camp on the North Island of New Zealand! Our camps and courses are designed with an emphasis on personal and social development, as well as a comprehensive knowledge base of river safety, rope work, teamwork and, of course, skills in a kayak! A great addition to, or progression towards, the outdoor education programs in your school.

Wherever you are in your whitewater journey, we can help you progress in the safest way possible.

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