Every Tuesday evening during semester at Northcote College Pool. Get that roll looking sharp before the big trips happen! ... less time out of your boat in the water makes for a much more enjoyable time, and the less rescue beers you need to buy. DON'T end up on the swim chart. Read more...
2013 Semester 1
Puhoi: Paddle to the Pub - Puhoi River
9th March (Day) - Meet at quad 9am sharp
Our first trip of the year! Puhoi is a completely flat river, so great to sit in a kayak for the first time and learn some basic paddling skills that will be essential for whitewater, all without the big scary rapids to distract you.
This trip is also very social; there will be heaps of paddlers on the water, a big mud fight, bury the prez in mud, and a BBQ and drinks at the end.
Bring togs, towel, sunblock, beer and gold coins for drivers. We'll arrange car pooling from Uni quad, so drivers are much appreciated!
Toga party - Secret location - details to be released soon! To help you plan sober transport in advance the party is near Birkenhead on the North shore. There might be a shuttle Van from the Quad.
9th March (Night)
Bring a sheet and something to drink. Clothes underneath is optional, expect mayhem.
Lake training - Lake pupuke - Sylvan Park Ave
10th March - Meet at quad at 10;30am
On sunday, all those that are still alive after toga party will head to Lake Pupuke on the North shore. We'll split everybody into groups according to paddling experience, so that our amazing instructors can cater to teaching appropriate skills for your ability. We'll cover from the most basic forward paddling strokes, to turning strokes, bracing, t-rescues, wet exits, etc. If any of this sounds foreign to you, come along and find out all about it!
Bring togs, towel, sunblock and gold coins for drivers.
Ful james - Waikato river, Taupo
16th - 17th March
AUCC bring you the biggest event of the year...
FUL JAMES 2013!
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away, hundreds of keen kayakers descend on the awesome Ful James rapid on the mighty Waikato River. White water, partying, and debauchery galore! A great time for newbies and seasoned pros, Ful James is not to be missed.
This year the theme is Heroes & Villains! Think James Bond, GI Joe, the Avengers, Star Wars, X-Men, Dragonball Z, cops and robbers, Captain Planet etc ... So get your costumes ready - we want to see you go to infinity & beyond!
March 15th - 17th
Tickets: General Admission $30 for members, $40 for non members
or upgrade to the party bus for $75 (incl. GA, members only)
Beginner’s Whitewater Kayaking
Dance Marquee with DJ TinTin
Freestyle Comp on the Ful James Wave
Debaucherous Costume Party
Tickets & further info at big blue AUCC marquee in the quad at O Week 5th - 8th of March or register now at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kPhGYASdG1HwLsXNClPOjQtypzyMW7SLPw8-kOp4cno/viewform
Kaituna - Kaituna River/Rotorua rafting weekend
23rd - 24th March
Come and raft the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. Beautiful lush gorge. This is one of the most popular rivers to raft in the North Island.
Depending on numbers - 1 day rafting, 1 day tourist stuff in Rotorua.
More details to follow
Mohaka - Mohaka River
29th March to 1st April
Mohaka is AUCC’s most remote trip and is smaller in numbers than both Ful James and Aniwhenua meaning more instruction for keen beginners and offers Grade II-IV paddling/rafting. Mohaka is an incredibly scenic trip through massive gorges and boulder gardens.
Aniwhenua - Rangitaiki River
13th - 14th April
Come kayak Aniwhenua, one of the best grade two river sections in New Zealand, and receive quality instruction. And then when you're all done kayaking you can raft the grade 4 Jeff's Joy section, a long wilderness section with countless rapids.
This is our big beginners' trip for the year, where the focus is on instruction and teaching you heaps of awesome skills. For the pros, kayaking on grade 3 and 4 is also planned.
Free camping by the beautiful Lake Aniwhenua, good times all round.
Club Dinner - Thurdsday 2nd May - date and details to be confirmed
Come share a meal with the club.
Kaituna! - Kaituna river, rotorua. ...more info
These trips generally happen on a informal basis, so keep your ear to the ground for an email and make it known that you want to paddle.
When the wairoa isn't flowing the kaituna is our local run, and even when it is flowing it makes a great trip to combine the kaituna and the wairoa. Kaituna is an awesome river, warm water all year round that flows through an amazing gorge cutting through the jungle. There is a very short grade 2 section, an easy grade 4 section and a grade 3 section. Aswell as the world famous bottom play hole. Let's not forget a 7m waterfall, the highest commercially rafted watefall in the world!
Wairoa Summer Releases - Wairoa river, Tauranga
Every sunday we aren't somewhere else!
Our local run and our favourite! One of the closest rivers to Auckland makes for easy day trips, or we often combine it with Kaituna on the saturday. Wairoa is a dam controlled river that only releases water on set sundays during summer. A bone dry river bed in transformed into a raging 14cumec river with grade 2/3/4/5+ sections. Also has a standing wave that is perfect for beginners learning, or just to play all day on. Something for everyone.
Multiday trip - Location to be determined
Labour Weekend 26-28 october
Fight tooth and nail to get to go away on one of these trips! We pack the rafts and kayaks with camping gear and food for a few days and head off into the wilderness. No better way to experience remote New Zealand, in a way money can't buy. A likely option is the Motu river.
South Island trip
Summer Holidays 2013/2014
Every year a dedicated group heads down to the South Island to chase the water and live the kayakers dream. Some of the world's best whitewater is in the South Island, people travel from all around the world to paddle there and it's right on our doorstep! Spend as long as you want down there, murchison and the west coast are the places to be.