When Sean, Ruari and Ewen set out to paddle something new in Fiordland, their helicopter and boat arrangements fell through at the last minute. After some quick thinking, they came up with an ambitious three-day plan to paddle two walk-ins flowing into Piopiotahi. This video covers their adventures with the first river on the menu, the Harrison River.

Paddlers:  Sean Burrows, Ruari Macfarlane, Ewen Rodway

Film by Ewen Rodway


Check out Part II of Sean, Ruari and Ewen’s

adventure here on Wilderlife.

We launched our Outdoor Community campaign in 2015 to showcase the diverse range of recreational pursuits that our member clubs and individuals are passionate about.

Our celebrated activity for 2022/23 is Whitewater Kayaking. Kayaking is a chance to explore the backcountry in a different way from tramping on land, and instead of being an obstacle to get past, paddlers can use rivers as a method of travel and source of adventure.

So, keep an eye out in places like Backcountry magazine and our Wilderlife.nz blog for stories, articles and resources on water kayaking. As always, if you or your club has ideas or stories to share, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.