Rivers are our collective lifeblood: they are no less than the veins of the earth, metaphorically representing constant change, renewal and replenishment, providing our most precious vital resource: fresh water.
From a recreational perspective, rivers are the means of travel, exploration and adventure for a passionate group of people – whitewater river enthusiasts.
Paddle sports in particular have changed dramatically in recent decades with the advent of specialized designs and an uplift in skills and knowledge, which has enabled paddlers to descend increasingly challenging rivers. For the majority of whitewater enthusiasts, however, being on the river is perhaps more about the metaphysical aspect of exploration, and the shared enjoyment of a beautiful place with harmonious energy and like minded friends.
We celebrate and cherish the wilderness riparian environment for all of its myriad values: it is equally dynamic, intimidating, beautiful, peaceful and tranquil, savage and unforgiving.
Preserve New Zealand's rivers and lakes.
Ensure public access.
Promote safe, enjoyable canoeing.
Foster the kayaking community.
Whitewater NZ is affiliated with the NZ Canoe Federation and the International Canoe Federation (ICF).
Furthermore we are affiliated member of Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) and Water Safety New Zealand. In addition we work closely with the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.
Whitewater NZ publishes regular news via e-mail to members and on our website and social channels regarding whitewater issues.