Kermadec Islands kayak trip – Registration of interest – Jun 7, 2013

A kayaking and snorkeling trip of a lifetime: Kermadec Islands

If paddling around Kermadec Islands is in your bucket list, here is a great opportunity that you don’t want to miss out on:

I am organising a kayak trip to the Kermadec Islands in January 2014. If you are interested in the trip, please register your interest via Auckland Yakity Yak Club before 1st of Jul 2013.

At a distant of over 1000 km from New Zealand, it is part of NZ’s largest marine reserve. At last here is a chance for us paddlers to experience what mainland coastal New Zealand would have been like prior to the arrival of mammalian predators. There will also be opportunity to do some snorkelling in the Kermadec Marine Reserve.

However, this is not for everyone with the potential isolation of where we are going. Some of the risks you should consider include:
• Remoteness – 2 days away if you need a medical evacuation
• Tsunami (the area has many small active volcanos & tremors)
• Cyclone (we will be doing this trip during cyclone season)
• Galapagos sharks – (though they never known to have attacked humans)

There is also a risk that we might not get to paddle every day during the 5-6 day window (though unlikely). The safe parameter for paddle will be determined on the day in conjunction with the ship’s master by the trip leader based on the ability / fitness of the paddlers and the weather.

However, we have put a lot of thought into planning and consulted with experts and DOC to understand and manage the risks. Now that we have highlighted the risks, here is the general plan:
• We depart from New Zealand on the 25th January 2014 at 8:30 AM.
• We will return on 4th February 2014.

The Kermadec Island is under DOC management. I have been told by DOC to emphasize that the island(s) is a nature reserve – with the highest protection status. We will exercise extreme caution with respect to bio-security and we will be complying with DOC requirements both in the marine reserve (no fishing / no extraction) and in land (pest control / hull inspection etc., no wondering around the island without a DOC escort).

All paddlers need to be New Zealand citizens (or permanent residents) and eligible for ACC cover, and it is compulsory to have insurance to cover repatriation / immediate evacuation. Please note that Raoul is very remote and far away from New Zealand. If you have pre-existing medical condition that the trip leaders need to know about, please state it at the time of registration.

The trip expenses:

$6,000 all inclusive. [$1,000 due now; $5,000 due by end of November]. The only expenses that is not included in the $6k are car share to Tauranga and dinner on the Friday night, DOC permits, repatriation insurance and medical evac insurance]. Please put aside couple of hundred dollars extra to cover these.

07 Jun 2013