James and Yuko took me under their wing one Monday in 2011. I had never been kayaking and the opportunity to wander up the Waimapu River at Tauranga was one not to be missed. It was not, I have to admit, executed without incident.
|Setting off upstream|
|Recent floods have left the river blocked in places and careful negotiation of the hazards was needed|
|At the end of the journey was a huge swimming hole with a rope swing between the (very high) trees|
|Which both of the youngsters tried - I didn't!|
|Returning - a quiet journey. Almost......|
On the return journey we had to negotiate a couple of fallen trees which were blocking all but about a metre of the river which it was possible to get man and kayak through successfully with a very small area adjacent where the tree was out of the water sufficiently for a kayak to pass but not the occupant however low he or she should lean back. I was, of course, the one who managed to misjudge the fast-flowing current sufficiently to go under the low bit and consequently end up in the water. The river was deeper than I was tall with a very steep adjacent bank so I had to swim for the other side. Next time I'll wear togs! Fortunately James and Yuko rescued the kayak and brought it over to me. The weather was so hot that the rest of the journey was actually rather pleasant.
The photos were taken by James with whom copyright rests.