Poor Knights Crossing NZL Paddling Getaway - Sep 14 to 21


Poor Knights Crossing NZL Paddling Getaway - Sep 14 to 21, 2020

We'd like to invite you on NLK's first international tour! Our Poor Knights Crossing Paddling Getaway to north-eastern New Zealand combines adventure, culture, coaching & development, the personal challenge of completing a channel crossing, and the thrill of surfski paddling on the Tutukaka Coast, rated as one of the top 3 coastal destinations on the planet by National Geographic Traveller. 

This Paddling Getaway extends NLK's supportive & nurturing coaching method, built around our wild island home of Tasmania and the eastern seaboard of Australia, to international waters. We have partnered with local experts, and participated in this year's Poor Knights Crossing, to thoroughly plan our 2020 trip and make this unique area accessible to a wider range of paddlers. We offer a very high level of coaching & personal attention during this Getaway, with participant numbers strictly limited to ensure a totally immersive experience for everyone. New Zealand presents us with an affordable adventure destination, access to warmer waters on the tropical fringe, very few travel & logistic barriers, and a minimal time difference so we can launch into our paddling straight away and recover well in between sessions. Our base during this trip, near the township of Tutukaka, takes us away from urban clutter & crowded beaches and towards nature, introducing us to communities deeply connected with their environment with a long history of ocean protection. We offer different levels of accommodation during this Getaway, including the possibility of bringing your partner along to enjoy this adventure with you.

Tutukaka is the indigenous word for “parrot snaring tree”. The Tutukaka area was renowned for Puriri trees whose succulent red berries attract parrots and wood pigeons, a favourite food of the Maori people. Kaitiaki, or kaitiakitanga, is a another Maori word we will be observing closely during this trip. It means guardianship, protection and preservation of the cultural and ecological heritage. The Maori believe that there is a deep kinship between humans and the environment, and working together to preserve it for future generations is crucial. The people who live along the Tutukaka Coast are particularly aware of this, adding an important layer to our Poor Knights Crossing Paddling Getaway as we appreciate that visiting and paddling in this area is not to be taken for granted.

You can read more about this stunning area in this article by National Geographic here, and check out some footage and an event write up from the 2018 Poor Knights Crossing here and here. NLK coach Roz Barber has written an article about her 2019 trip to the event here.

We have a limited number of places available for this trip. For reservations and more information please check out this link or contact us.

We hope you can join us on the Tutukaka Coast in New Zealand next year for an unforgettable surfski adventure!

      Poor Knights Crossing NZL Paddling Getaway - Sep 14 to 21

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