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. After paddling down the east coast of the North Island.
Lynn crossed Cook Strait and paddled around both South and Stewart islands from 21 December 2015 to 17 August 2016. Her solo Fiordland paddle from TeWaewae Bay to Jackson Bay took 45 days, with only 12 days suitable for paddling and 33 days waiting for seas and winds to settle.
Lynn had some tumultuous times with prevailing surf on the South Island’s West Coast but returned to the North Island, paddling up its West Coast and completed her full circumnavigation at Takapuna on 31 December 2016. Her trip took 432 days from start to finish.