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Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayak hire or kayak tours give you the chance to enjoy the tranquillity of kayaking just the way you like. Whether you're feeling adventurous and want the freedom of hiring a kayak or you'd prefer a guided kayak tour, you'll find we have a kayaking experience to suit.

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What is the difference between kayaking and canoeing?

There is a key difference between kayaking and canoeing, this being the blade. Kayaking utilises a double-bladed paddle, whilst canoeing uses a single-blade paddle.

What to wear kayaking?

It’s important to make sure that you are wearing appropriate clothing when kayaking to ensure you best enjoy the experience. You will be on the water, so make sure to wear a shirt, pants, shoes, socks and underwear that you don’t mind getting wet. These could be swimmers or older clothes. It’s also important to make sure that you are wearing appropriate sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

What muscles does kayaking work out?

Kayaking works out a range of muscles, specifically the upper body. Kayaking mostly works out the muscles in your shoulder and back, these including the lats, abs, forearms and biceps.

Where should I kayak?

Are you asking yourself “Where should I kayak?” RedBalloon has a range of locations that you can kayak in. These include:

  • Mission Bay
  • Lyttelton Habrour
  • Hanmer Springs
  • Abel Tasman National Park
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