Take trip on New Zealand's first interpretive Kayak trail with Ruud Kleinpaste, exploring the secrets of Ōkārito Lagoon.
The Ōkārito Lagoon is a wild, wet haven for nature. Paddling its main channel and the rivers that feed into it can reveal many surprises: shy birds hide in the rushes, rare, white waders fish in its waters, our tallest trees tower above, and our highest mountains reveal themselves - occasionally - creating a stunning snowy backdrop.
The trail follows the main lagoon channel before diverting kayakers up two optional river routes – the Ōkārito Delta Trail and the closer Tidal Creek Trail. To complete the full trail allow up to 3 hours - times are very tide dependant.
Floating numbered markers in the shape of kotuku (white herons) mark the trail. The numbers correspond to information in a waterproof trail guide, which is available free of charge from the Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre in Franz Josef or Ōkārito Nature Tours.
The views change depending on the weather, but whatever the mood, there is a charming quality about this lagoon.
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David Midgley, a computer programmer from London, England, dreamed of doing something BIG, and different. A wild idea in a Scottish bar became a ten year project: learn to kayak, and then paddle the Amazon from Source to Sea. Darcy Gaechter and Don Beveridge met "Midge" in Ecuador during his travels and skill build up while he was preparing for the Amazon. He recruited us to help him run the whitewater portions of the source (the Mantaro river in Peru) and we decided to join him for the rest of the journey. Intrigued because we had paddled for years in Ecuador's Amazon basin, we wanted to see the world's biggest river. Darcy would become the first woman to paddle the entire Amazon. When we started the trip, more people had walked on the moon than had traversed the Amazon from start to finish. Now, with our journey completed, that number is tied. Twelve.
This video starts high in the Peruvian Andes at the headwaters of the Rio Mantaro, the newly recognized longest source of the Amazon, and ends 148 days later on a beach at the Atlantic Ocean. We started with altitude sickness and went from snow and freezing temperatures through high desert to steaming jungle. We passed through Peru's notorious "Red Zone" famous for drug runners, Shinning Path insurgents, and wary indigenous people and paddled through pirate infested waters in Brazil. We had nothing but great interactions with all the people we met along the way.
Shot mainly on GoPro, but also some Sony handicam and Canon T3i, this video is a short compilation of our 5 month journey. Whitewater rapids, miles of flatwater, mosquitoes, blazing sun and pouring rain couldn't stop Midge from reaching his goal: First Englishman to paddle the Amazon from Source to Sea.
Other "firsts" of note:
Darcy Gaechter, first woman to paddle the Amazon from Source to Sea (and first Vegan!)
First trip to complete source to sea on the Amazon in kayaks (other trips used other craft, or bypassed long sections)
For more information visit our trip website http://www.kayaktheamazon.com
A video exploration about an urban myth busted. What lies rotting away in a small creek just outside Cincinnati is a ship that holds SO much history. Check out my travel blog for the post featuring photos I took of this incredible vessel and the story behind this particular adventure!