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Up the Creek: The Waikato River at Hamilton

Up the Creek: The Waikato River at Hamilton

Our Up the Creek adventure this month breaks all the rules. For a start, we’re not starting at the river mouth. And our ‘creek’ is the mighty Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river. To do this justice as an Up the Creek adventure would take an entire book – or two. So we’ll just do the...

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The way of a waka

The way of a waka

TAKING A PADDLE IN THE WORLD OF WAKA AMA Paddling waka ama is boating at its most basic. But maybe the most physically beneficial, satisfying and fun too. Sitting waist-deep in a thin fibreglass shell that leaps through the water with each pull of the paddles is a pleasant physical workout performed in the open...

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Cruising with the General

Cruising with the General

Recalling an inland delivery trip long ago in a land far away. The muddy brown creek marked the Florida–Georgia state line. The green, stygian forest of a national park crowded the north bank and on the Florida side, Hermanson’s Boatyard scrabbled a living on a clear strip surrounded by swamp grass and mangroves. We had...

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Use your boat

Use your boat

New Zealand’s marine biosecurity system is designed to prevent marine pests arriving – and managing the impact of those already here. A bit like Covid’s vaccination/mask regime, much of the battle’s about stopping the spread. How can boaties help? By using their boats and keeping hulls clean. As a ‘containment strategy’ using your boat might...

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Waiheke Wonders

Waiheke Wonders

Alex Stone takes us on a kayak or dinghy trip to the heart of Waiheke Island, the arms of Pūtiki Bay. If you tie your long hair back, and bundle it on top of your head, it’s called a pūtiki. A topknot. Pūtiki is both a verb – to tie something up, to tie into...