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Kayaking | Kōreti

Gisborne is an idyllic setting for kayaking, with the Taruheru and Waimata rivers winding through the heart of the city, and out into an often calm harbour.

Gisborne has produced many top class paddlers who have competed and won on both national and international stages

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Poverty Bay Kayaking Club

The Poverty Bay Kayak Club has been active since 1978 and has seen top class paddlers train and compete for the Club then go on to win on World and Olympic stages.

The Club is ideally located right on the banks of the Waimata River. The Club occupies land adjacent to Anzac Park and is just 5 minutes to the city centre. The typography of the river means that conditions are manageable all year round and there is very few times that training is not possible.

The official racing calendar season is September to March and the winter season March to September.

The Poverty Bay Kayak Club is also located next to the Gisborne Rowing Club, the Schools Rowing Club and Scout Club. Anzac Park offers ample room for car and bicycle parking plus is an ideal warm – up ground for paddlers.

The Club offers potential paddlers the opportunity to compete in:

  • National Regattas
  • Be selected to National Age Group Squads
  • Be selected to Teams to Australia in Under 16’s and U18’s
  • Be selected to Junior, U23 and Open Teams for World Championships

Age: Adult, Junior

Contact Name: Liz Thompson

Contact Number: 021 114 9347


Anzac Park, Gisborne