FAQ : KASK Kayak Fest 2018 – Wellington

26th annual KASK New Zealand Sea Kayaking Forum – for those passionate about paddling

This document has important information and frequently asked questions (FAQ) you need to know about the event activities, venue and how to get to KASK Kayak Fest 2018 – Wellington, which is to be held at the Ngatitoa Domain, Mana.

Please ensure you read this information carefully, so you get maximum enjoyment from the event.

Introduction

Event registration

What is included in the registration fee:

What is NOT included in the registration fee:

Cancelling your registration

The Venue: Ngatitoa Domain, Mana

Care of the camping site

Domain Camping

Arriving before, or staying after the event

Coming from the North on SH1

Coming from the South on SH1

Security

Wristbands

Common Area

Back to Basics Camping

What catering is included? What food or drink do I need to bring?

Suggested gear list

Can I bring a sit-on kayak?

Labelling of equipment

As I am travelling from afar, is it possible to hire a kayak and equipment and be able to pick it up at the Ngatitoa Domain?

As I am travelling from the South Island and do not want to bring my car across, can I be picked up from the Ferry

Water Temperature

Mana Experience Limitations

Billeting before and after the event

Event activities

What’s in the program for me?

What we can promise you is:

Things to do if you get there early

Supermarkets and fuel

Cafés and Restaurants.

Introduction

KASK Kayak Fest 2018 – Wellington (the 26th annual KASK New Zealand Sea Kayaking Forum) will be held at the Ngatitoa Domain, Mana, Porirua, Wellington, over the weekend of 2 – 4 March 2018.  The event will be unique, memorable with plenty of opportunities to paddle, share ideas and learn on and off the water.

KASK Kayak Fest 2018 – Wellington is an event that promises to introduce you to new places, all contained in a small area. There will be classes for learning new skills, polishing up on those already learned, or go with a group to the nearby Mana Island reserve.

Event registration

The event registration is done here. You can pay for the event by credit card/PayPal or direct credit.

Register before 31 October 2017 for the early bird fee of $200, after that the full registration fee is $225. You don’t have to be a KASK member to attend the event. You can join KASK for a discounted price of $35 at registration.

Additional information will be emailed to you on registration or as and when it becomes available.

What is included in the registration fee:

  • Camping at the Ngatitoa Domain, Mana. BYO tent and camping equipment
  • The use of the Sea Scout and Sea Cadet facilities and the sports public ablution block
  • Parking on the perimeter of the sports field
  • Most meals – continental breakfast x 2, lunch x 2, dinner x 2, pre-dinner snacks, afternoon tea on Saturday, tea/coffee
  • Training sessions on Saturday and Sunday
  • Guest speakers on Friday and Saturday nights

What is NOT included in the registration fee:

  • Tent and camping equipment
  • Paddling snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Kayak hire

Cancelling your registration

If you need to cancel your registration, you must let the event organisers know in writing. Please email us at Kayakfest@kask.org.nz

Refunds will be paid as follows depending on when the cancellation email is received:

  • Cancellation up to 30 November 2017:
    Full refund minus any credit card processing fees (if paid with credit card)
  • Cancellation between 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018
    50% refund
  • Cancellation from 1 February 2018
    No refund

The Venue: Ngatitoa Domain, Mana

We will be staying on the Porirua City Council sports field at Ngatitoa Domain, located near the beach, at the inlet to the Porirua Harbour.

Care of the camping site

We are renting the sports field from the Porirua City Council and will have to pay a significant restoration fee for any damage to the field. Please park only where permitted and camp in the camping area only. Please follow the directions of the marshals.

Domain Camping

Nearby, there is parking for certified self contained motor homes and caravans. However this is a first come, first served and will fill quickly in early March.

Motorhomes, vans or tents can be accommodated on the domain. There are two motels close to the entrance to the domain. We encourage people to camp on the domain.

Arriving before, or staying after the event

Unfortunately, you are unable to camp before or after the event. It is for motorhomes only. See this site Paremata Ngatitoa Domain Overnight Campervan Parking for comments.

Many people park there waiting to take the Interislander.

The local camp ground is the Top 10 at Hutt Park in Seaview or Camp Elsdon,

Coming from the North on SH1

Mana is 48 km from Otaki, or about 40+ minutes, and then 26 km from Paraparaumu, or about 20+ minutes driving time. At the southern end of the Mana Esplanade, keep in the right lane and turn right at the 3rd set of traffic lights into Pascoe Avenue.  Drive across the railway lines and down to the end of the road.  Ngatitoa Domain and the camp are on the left, at the end field. There will be signs.

Coming from the South on SH1

Mana is 26 km from Wellington Bluebridge ferry, or 24 km from the InterIslander ferry terminal.  Allow about 30 minutes driving time, depending on time of day. From both ferries, use SH1 to go north. Do not exit at Porirua but carry on to the roundabout at Paramata. Keep in the left lane at the Paramata Bridge.  Pascoe Ave is the 2nd set of lights over the bridge. Turn left, drive across the railway lines and down to the end of the road.  Ngatitoa Domain and the camp are on the left, at the end field. There will be signs.

Security

Ngatitoa Domain is an area which contains multiple sports fields, has freedom camping right beside us, and is used as a general outdoor recreational area. As such, there is the possibility of strangers entering the area.  It is imperative that you practice good personal security at all times. Keep your valuables in the car, or in the boat with you. There will be a locked area to store valuables in.

The Sea Scouts building will be used to lock up a number of the boats in at night.

A security detail will patrol round the site during the day and evenings while you are away from the tents.

Wristbands

You must wear your wristband which is given to you at Registration.  Anyone not wearing a wristband will be challenged and not permitted to eat meals or take part in activities.

Common Area

The Sea Scouts and Sea Cadets have made their halls accessible for us to meet in and eat in.

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Back to Basics Camping

I know I am camping in a back-to-basics environment. What should I bring?

Camping Gear: Bring your normal camping gear, except for cooking equipment. Refer to suggested gear list later in this document.

Drinking Water: There is water available from the halls. There are no water taps round the campsite so bring a water bottle.

Alcohol and Smoking: The Domain has a permanent alcohol ban. Anyone drinking alcohol in public will be subject to an arrest and a fine. The PCC have waived the requirement for us to have a alcohol licence, as we are deemed to be adults. There is the expectation that any alcohol will be consumed indoors.

Please abide by all rules regarding alcohol, otherwise you and the event team may face prosecution and fines.

We will have an on-site license for BYO alcohol to be consumed indoors.

Smoking is permitted in the area but due to extreme fire risk in March, it strongly discouraged in the camp. Please smoke only on the hard outside the halls or go for a walk, if you must smoke.

Electrical Appliances and Chargers: There will be power sockets in the buildings for the charging of cell phones, cameras, laptops, etc. Please do not bring domestic electrical equipment with you.

Toilets and Showers: There are 2 sets of hot showers available in the sports rooms across the fields.  It is a public area though. Toilet paper is provided.

For ladies, there are toilets and two enclosed showers in the Sea Scout building.

Do bring your own soap or hand sanitizer.  You may wish to bring your solar shower bag if you have one.

Rubbish: The council are supplying rubbish containers, including for recyclables. Please recycle as much as you can.

What catering is included? What food or drink do I need to bring?

Meals will be supplied by a professional catering company.

Special dietary requirements such as Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Lactose Intolerant, etc. must be ordered at the time of registration.

Meals will be Buffet Style with a delicious menu designed to suit most tastes.

All plates, cups and cutlery will be supplied so you do not need to bring your own.

The following meals are provided and included in your registration fee.

  • FRIDAY – Pre-dinner snacks, dinner, dessert
  • SATURDAY – Breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner snacks, dinner, dessert
  • SUNDAY – Breakfast, packed lunch
  • Meals will be served with tea, coffee and water
  • Some snacks will be available for purchase from the caterer.

If you require any food or drink other than what we are providing, then you will need to bring it – or there is a New World supermarket nearby if you need to buy additional snacks etc.

You may want to bring on-water snacks, alcoholic drinks to accompany dinner, or other drinks of your choice.

You will need to bring your own drink bottle and thermos for filling and taking with you on the paddling sessions.

Suggested gear list

Your gear list should include (but not be limited to):

  • Bring your full range of kayaking safety equipment including personal flotation device as you will not be allowed on the water without it. There are opportunities to go into a range of environments so include lights and radios.
  • Tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, etc
  • Torch/ head torch
  • Sunblock and bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer/soap
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos – if you wish to have a hot drink during the day sessions (as lunch may be held away from the camp buildings)
  • Paddling snacks, any other snacks or special food items you wish to bring
  • Alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks – drinking water is available and tea and coffee are provided
  • Something to take away any personal rubbish, including cigarette butts if relevant
  • Solar shower if you don’t wish to wait to use the two showers provided (optional)

Can I bring a sit-on kayak?

No.  Participants must have a sit-in kayak with a spray deck.

Labelling of equipment

Because there will be group of people, will similar equipment, trolley wheels, clothing, etc. Please ensure that it is clearly labelled as your own.

As I am travelling from afar, is it possible to hire a kayak and equipment and be able to pick it up at the Ngatitoa Domain?

Yes, both Canoe & Kayak and Fergs Kayaks are willing to supply boats. Please contact them to arrange hire. This cost is not a part of the KASK Kayak Fest 2018 registration fee.

Canoe and Kayak (Wellington)

Contact: Andy Blake
Phone:  +64 4 477 6911
Email: wellington@canoeandkayak.co.nz

Fergs Kayaks

Contact: John
Phone:  +64 4 499 8898
Email: saleswn@fergskayaks.co.nz

As I am travelling from the South Island and do not want to bring my car across, can I be picked up from the Ferry

Yes, if you indicate your requirement at registration time.

The Interislander will offer discounts.  Please email to confirm and obtain any discount codes.

Please contact the KASK Kayak Fest 2018 – Wellington organising team when you have confirmed your ferry booking so that we can arrange appropriate transportation types at Kayakfest@kask.org.nz

Water Temperature

Although we are having a fantastic summer, with the highest air and sea temperatures known in 30 years, the water temperature may be a shock to those arriving from the North and East. Bring suitable clothing to allow for being in any wind and water as there could be some standing round during instruction. Use layers.

Mana Experience Limitations

Due to the nature of the trip to Mana island, with the tide, reefs, and wind effects, the trip manager and pod leader will have the authority to exercise their view that someone is not capable of managing that trip with an adequate reserve. This decision would not be made lightly, but would be to ensure all are safe, and so as not to endanger the others that are able to cross. No-one wants a mass rescue and negative press.

Useful information about the area can be found on the chart “Approaches to Porirua Harbour, NZ4632
The Chart NZ4632: Approaches Porirua Harbour, covers the water around the Ngatitoa campsite, Mana Island, The Bridge between Mana Island and the mainland and the reef off Plimmerton.
This could be useful.

Billeting before and after the event

Local accommodation from local kayakers is possible for those who are arriving early, or wanting to stay after, and need somewhere to stay before heading to IKW. Please ask and we can see what we can do.

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Event activities

What’s in the program for me?

At this stage the program is just about finalised – it is a melting pot of ideas, with instructors, speakers, and demonstrators chosen and contacted. We will update this page as we progress.

What we can promise you is:

  • You will be challenged, inspired, stimulated, and encouraged to try new things, harder things. You will not just participate but contribute. There will be opportunity to learn or re-learn from the best, to fine-tune and hone your skills, and try things not just once, but twice.
  • You will get wet! You’ll be on the water and in the water and ‘on your toes’ as you are introduced to different skills under the banner of white stuff, manoeuvres, rolling and rescues. And if you are already a pro at all of that then try something different like to helping out.
  • You will be surrounded by a bunch of folk like yourself – passionate about and addicted to sea kayaking, all fired up to learn, to share knowledge and skills, to help each other achieve.
  • You will get an opportunity to meet and converse with people who may have paddled around the odd island or two, camped in bear territory (polar, black, brown), seal-launched with seals, wrestled crocodiles, photographed birds in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
  • You will have fun; come, make your boat dance and your heart sing.

For details of Bios & Session Info, read this.

Details of the KASK Kayakfest 2018 Photo Comp are here.

Things to do if you get there early

Launch and go for a paddle into the Pauatahanui inlet.  Go past the marina entrance and turn left, keeping along the shore and under the railway and SH1 bridges.  Follow the coast left and you will see a collection of colourful boat sheds on the northern shore.  From there you can cut south across the harbour, of follow clockwise round to the top where there is cluster of cafés at Pauatahanui itself.  Be careful as the tide goes out a long way. Following clockwise, the channels will bring you back to another series of boat sheds on the southern shores, and the SH1 bridges again.  One of these was the boat shed lived in by poet, Sam Hunt, until 1997, when he moved north to warmer climes.

Alternatively, launch and go right, cutting across to the right-hand-side of the channel and follow the coast round the headland and into Titahi Bay.  The northern side of the bay is surf free in most conditions and an easy beach landing. A café is just across the road from the beach access road.

Supermarkets and fuel

There is a supermarket on the Mana Esplanade and two fuel stations at the northern end, on the left-hand side.  Likewise, going south, there is a fuel station just beside the roundabout over the SH1 bridges.

Cafés and Restaurants.

There are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the domain.  Go along the entrance road to SH1.  Turn right and walk to Marina Way, turn right and you will find a selection of café and restaurants.  Alternatively, turn left, and walk 360 metres before reaching the supermarket, and another 240 metres before you reach a series of shops, pubs and cafés.

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