History

2014-15

Fiona Weatherall and James Corfe completed an unsupported South Island paddle on 24 February 2015 taking 79 days.

2016-2017

Fiona Weatherall and James Corfe (UK) set off from Auckland’s east coast on 30 November 2016, and paddled clockwise around the island, completing their un-supported paddle on 7 March 2017.

2015-2016

Lynn (Red) Paterson set off from Takapuna on 27 October 2015 for a clockwise circuit of the three main islands, accompanied by a shore-based support crew.

Lynn completed her full circumnavigation at Takapuna on 31 December 2016. Her trip took 432 days from start to finish.

2013-14

On 17 December 2013, Tara paddled north across Cook Strait and began a clockwise solo circumnavigation of the North Island. She had to deal with ‘house sized’ breakers off the Manukau and Kaipara harbour mouths, but rounded Cape Reinga on 4 February 2014. Tara became the first woman to complete a North Island circuit when …

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2012

Following a three month paddle through Fiordland, Tara Mulvany set off with Sim Griggs in May 2012 to paddle around the South Island in winter. Massive surf off the Heaphy River mouth led to a five day separation when neither Sim nor Tara knew where the other paddler was or in fact was still alive! …

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2010-2012

Tim Taylor launched form Waimarino, near Tauranga, on 27 November 2010 aiming to complete a first solo continuous circumnavigation of our three islands. He came ever so close to achieving that goal but was stymied for six weeks by massive surf on 90 Mile Beach. He completed the circuit the following summer and paddled back …

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2009

After paddling across Foveaux Strait on 30 January 2009, Simon Meek soloed around Stewart Island and then paddled back to Colac Bay on 16 February 2009.

2008

British couple Justine Curgenven and Barry Shaw launched from Sumner on 26 January 2008. Their trip took a total of 67 days with 20 days off for weather and six days in the Invercargill Hospital for Justine. They completed their paddle back at Sumner on 1 April 2008. Justine and Barry celebrating the finish of …

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2007-2008

Swedish solo paddler Babs Lindman left Picton on 22 December 2007 and completed an unsupported, solo circumnavigation of the South Island on 24 March 2008, the first natural blonde to complete the circumnavigation.

2007-2010

Kiwi father and daughter team, Max and Melanie Grant launched from Jackson Bay on 29 April 2007, and over a series of stages, completed the first anti-clockwise circuit of the South Island on 19 May 2010. Their trip took 81 days altogether, 71 days paddling and 10 days camped during storms. Max’s account of their …

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