International Kayakers Week 2020

IKW (International Kayakers Week) is an annual sea kayaking event that follows a KASK Kayak Fest. Historically IKW has been a multiday social event that brings together local kayakers and visiting international paddlers in the vicinity of the location of the annual KASK sea kayaking forum – Kayak Fest 2020. 

What: IKW in 2020 will be a basecamp on Urupukapuka Island in Bay of Islands, North Island, NZ – following KASK Kayak Fest 2020. The plan is to take advantage of the awesome paddling opportunities found around the island. The ideal location of Urupukapuka Island offers easy access for paddling, from protected island hopping to paradisiacal beaches, to rock garden and ocean whitewater play spots, to exploring the many sea caves. Breathtaking Cape Brett and ‘Hole in the Rock’ are only ~6nmi paddle away!

Bonus Highlights: 

  • Walking tracks are found on Urupukapuka Island, as well as at other locations nearby.
  • Marine life is rich in the pristine waters.
  • Otehei Bay has a restaurant that is accessible by a short walk from our basecamp. Buffet dinners (NZ$35) on Tues/Thurs prior to an evening of presentations. (Reservations required for dinner – see below)

When: Feb 9-14, 2019 – following the KASK Kayak Fest at Otehei, Urupukapuka Island

Where:  Urupukapuka Island – Basecamp at Urupukapuka Bay Campsite places-to-go/northland/places/urupukapuka-island- recreation-reserve/

Camping:    Urupukapuka Bay Campsite Dept. of Conservation Campsite (**Must reserve – $13nzd/night @ 5 nights) places-to-go/northland/places/urupukapuka-island- recreation-reserve/things-to-

Paddling Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Skills required: Kayak packing/camping required to make the 1.5nmi crossing to Urupukapuka Bay Campsite. Able to hold course in 15-20 knots of wind and choppy seas, and be comfortable with wet exits and self rescues.

What to bring: your safety gear for paddling. Helmet for rock garden/ocean whitewater play, and to explore sea caves.

Food:  You are responsible for your own food.

**Please note: Buffet dinners are offered on Tuesday and Thursday at the Otehei Bay restaurant. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options! Price for dinner is NZ$35. ~~RESERVATIONS and PAYMENT REQUIRED no later than 31JAN, 2020.

For dinner reservations, payments, and IKW questions: CONTACT: Lance Smith and Deb Volturno – [email protected]

International Travelers: Please let us know if you need kayaking and/or camping gear. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!


  • Register for the IKW! Contact: Lance or Deb – [email protected]
  • Make reservations for camping at Urupukapuka Bay – Red and Yellow Zones are preferred. (nights of 9-13 Feb – 5 nights)
  • Make reservations for the two buffet dinners at Otehei Bay on Tuesday/Thursday eve Contact: Lance or Deb – [email protected]
  • Make reservations for parking at the Kaingahoa Marae (nights of 9-13 Feb – 5 nights)

If you arrive after the KASK Fest:

  • Launch site: Rāwhiti Bay – Directions to the from Auckland: (See below.)
  • Access to Launch: The beach in front of the Kaingahoa Marae at Rāwhiti Bay.
  • Parking:  Kaingahoa Marae at Rāwhiti Bay **info and reservations contact below

Parking – Please contact Margaret to reserve parking [email protected] or 0273486792

How do I get to the launch point – Kaingahoa Bay

From the Russell Road exit on State Highway 1, it takes about 1 hour and 5mins to drive to the Kaingahaoa Bay Marae and ‘launch point’.

The precise location of the Marae can be found on Google Earth at latitude and longitude coords (35o 14.169 S, 174 o 15.645 E). From the road the Marae grounds will look like a ‘camping ground’.

Go to Wises Maps and enter the destination as ‘Kaingahao Bay’.

  • From Junction of State Highway 1 and Russell Road – head north along Russell Road (Signs to Oakura) for 38.5kms
  • After 38.5kms turn right onto Rawhiti Road and proceed for a further 15.4 kms

For further details, go to and enter ‘Whakapara/State Highway 1’ as your starting point and ‘Kaingahoa Bay, Rawhiti as your destination.

On arrival at Kaingahoa Bay, enter the marae grounds, locate Margaret who will show then show you where to park.

Disclaimer: IKW 2020 is not organised by KASK and not an official KASK event – however, KASK supports it.

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