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Spring Newsletter – O so good reading 2015

Auckland Sea Kayaks Newsletter spring 2015

Adventuring. The heart of being human.

Summer is on our doorstep and it’s time to go adventuring.

When I was first getting into the outdoor industry I studied at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre which was set up by Graeme Dingle. He was the first to climb the six most difficult north faces in Europe in 1968, then the first to traverse the Himalayas in the early 1980’s – 5,000 kilometres from Sikkim to Pakistan, then the first to trek the full length of New Zealand’s southern alps (which he did in winter), just to name a few.

Now it’s my generation’s time to push the expedition boundaries.

On the 5th of September, a team of three kayakers completed the first ever kayak circumnavigation of  the Svalbard Archipelago. The 2200km journey took them 71 days, during which they paddled north over the 80th parallel, encountered many polar bears, negotiated ice choked waters, survived gales, and endured days of freezing temperatures in the Arctic wilderness. Auckland Sea Kayaks was a sponsor for this expedition and we are stoked that it was completed safely. See some photos below.

Adventuring is not, however, all about being the first or going the furthest. This summer we have put together an expedition, our Great Barrier Island Wilderness Sea Kayak Trip, which is perfect for those seeking the next challenge in a stunning environment.
Remember – keep adventuring this summer.

Hope to see you out paddling,
Nic Mead

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 first ever kayak circumnavigation of the Svalbard Archipelago




Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event
Motukorea /Browns island twilight tour. Stunning evening with a group of local friends @visitauckland @purenewzealand
Amazing adventures with a Duke of Edinburgh group last weekend. We explored loads of sea caves, learnt about sustainable journeys and the 7 steps of leave no trace @dukeofednz
Stunning morning with flat water as we got set up for another @emr_nz day. Loads of locals learning about how amazing Lake Rototoa is. For those that don't about this amazing sand dune fresh water lake which is located at the northern end of the south head of the Kaipara Harbour should go and check it out. Or even better wait until EMR runs another of their legendary experience days @visitauckland
Gift New Zealand's #1 rated guided experience this Christmas. Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island. Escape the city to a volcanic island and see why it's a sea kayakers paradise.