Auckland University Canoe Club
Whitewater kayaking and rafting
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Trips & Events
You've stumbled across the Trips & Events page which hopefully means you're interested in what the club has to offer! Below you'll find information on the major events for the year ranging from action-packed trips to small kayak training sessions. Updated information on upcoming trips will be circulated on the email list and our Facebook & Instagram pages. Check out previous events on our Trip Reports page.
Petrol Costs: We rely on carpooling on most big events to get our members to and from the trip locations. Passengers will also have to pay a contribution to petrol for the driver as it is unfair for the generous drivers to pay their petrol costs by themselves. Therefore, the club policy is for passengers to contribute 2 parts passenger cost to 1 part driver cost (passenger : driver).
For example, if a car has 3 passengers and 1 driver, and the total petrol cost for the trip is $140, the passengers would each pay $40, and the driver would pay $20. Ratio 2:2:2:1, (passenger 40 : passenger 40 : passenger 40 : driver 20).
Weekly Pool Training 2024
Held every week Tuesday during the semester at the Ōtāhuhu pool and Leisure Center. Check your emails for signups! If picked up from Auckland University, meet at Shadows (Uni Pub next to the library) to carpool there. This is an excellent opportunity to learn basic kayaking skills and rescue skills from instructors and work on essential kayaking techniques in the warmth and comfort of a heated pool. Public transport is also a great way of transportation to the pool, details are included in the Email.
Fees: $15 per pool session, and gold coin petrol fee to carpool drivers (please offer to your drivers, don't wait for them to ask!!)
Trips & Events 2024
4th/5th March 2023
AUCC 2024 Launch - Thursday 29th February (6pm)
This is the perfect time to meet fellow kayakers, whether you're a pro or yet to pick up the paddle. Come for a catchup, some kai, and to see what exciting events AUCC has coming up in the next few weeks.
Location: UoA Campus 423-340
Hit going on this facebook event if you're coming along so we know how much pizza to get!! See ya there
Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau has very kindly given us a free flow for everyone to have a go on whitewater on inflatable kayaks! Prepare for lots of fun and carnage, plus an introduction to proper sit-in whitewater kayaks on the lake. There will also be a BBQ for some post-adrenaline nutrition! Keep an eye on your emails for signups.
Fulljames!!!! - 16th - 17th March
Fulljames promises to the biggest, wettest, and wildest event of your uni year. Heaps of keen kayakers and rafter from AUCC and VUCC descent on the awesome Fulljames rapid on the mighty Waikato River for whitewater, partying, and craziness galore! A great time for newbies and seasoned pros, Fulljames is not to be missed. 2024 Fulljames will be ___ themed... Costumes are mandatory!
Easter Mohaka - Mar 29th - April 1st
Come and kayak Mohaka , one of the best Grade 2 river sections in New Zealand, and receive quality time with instructors and seconders. And when you're all done kayaking, you can raft the Grade 4 Jeff's Joy rapid, which is part of a long wilderness section with plenty of whitewater. This is one of our big beginner trips for the year, where the focus is on instruction and teaching heaps of valuable skills. For the pros, kayaking on Grade 3 and 4 is also an option. Free camping by the beautiful Lake Aniwhenua and a pretty fire playground make for a guarantee of good times.
Easter trip TBC - 7th - 10th April
Unfortunately, our famous Mohaka trip may have to be rethought this year due to flood damage in the Hawkes Bay :(. But don't worry, we'll keep you updated with plans - we've got plenty of other special ideas in the works... Save the date!!!
Autumn Tongariro Release - 22nd - 23rd April
Behold, the beautiful and lush Tongariro National Park is in sight, a UNESCO World Heritage area filled with exciting Grade 3 and 4 rafting and kayaking. The dam release doubles the flow of the river, turning it from a mellow float to an adrenaline-filled roller-coaster ride over 60 rapids. For beginners seeking to hit their adrenaline limits hurtling down icy whitewater in the hands of our trusty raft guides and new paddler buddies, Tongariro is the trip for you! The Tongariro trip is mainly a rafting trip - kayaking is gnarly and exclusive for experienced paddlers only
Beginners! - 13th - 14th May
Beginners trip is held in Kawerau where we practice skills on a short but exciting Grade 2 section of the Tarawera river which also doubles as a slalom course. It's the perfect spot to practice catching tricky eddies, ferry gliding and so on without committing to a longer river run. Instructors will teach you new river skills and you'll learn most of the river skills here that you would not be able to learn in pool training. Free hot pools in the evening (surely they've opened again) and often a big group dinner too!
Beginners round two!! - 29th - 30th July
Did you enjoy the first beginners? Why not do it all again! A great way to see how your skills have improved with time and have fun playing a bit more on a familiar rapid. Usually a good chance to see some carnage too as keen beginners start taking spicy lines and going for *planned* swims.
September Tongariro Release - 23rd - 24th September
Another Tongo release! This time with more snow and more cold. Still a great time for shenanigans and it's always good to get more laps in on such a fun run.
Club Champs!! - 14th - 15th October
An awesome competition against fellow AUCC'ers. Put those skills from the year to the test to take victory for your team! Winners shall be showered in glory - pain is temporary, victory is eternal! Races for all skill levels, off-river competitions, and sweet prizes. A great way to send off the year and get ready for a summer of sending. Often features an unexpected amount of carnage for some reason.