Wellington

ANDY BLAKE
  Andy was with Canoe & Kayak North Shore, in the early days, where he worked as a Sea Kayak Instructor and Guide.  He has been working with Canoe & Kayak Wellington since it opened and has helped develop it into a sound well run, operation.
He is a keen paddler with 18 years paddling experience, and as all the Wellington Yakity Yak Kayak Club members will tell you he is completely at home in the outdoors, a great cook which gives him an A+ rating on all trips. He has circumnavigated D’Urville Island, Stewart Island, Kapiti Island and the Kadavu Island group in Fiji. He has also paddled in the Soloman Islands where he took four of the locals through their NZKI Sea Kayaking assessments. He says “My favourite paddling locations are Fiordland and Stewart Island. “I’m looking at a circumnavigation of Great Barrier Island and MAYBE the Chathams.”
He has gained many qualifications over the years; SKOANZ Level One, New Zealand Army AATC Intermediate Sea Kayak Course, NZKI Sea Kayaking Instructor 5 Star Assessor, SKOANZ Committee Member.
Canoe & Kayak and Roof Rack Centers are a complex mix of things but number one to all of us is treating each customer as you would a close friend.  Giving good honest advice and knowing as the customer walks out the door that you have helped them. This is something that Andy has always done and if you need some help getting the right piece of equipment, then pop in and see Andy and his team.
NEIL THOMPSON

 

Neil was, for a short time in his early days a Waikato boy, until moving with his family down to the best little capital in the world, Wellington, where he has been ever since. Being one of these guys who believe in the ‘don’t leave home till you’ve seen the country’ he is still hunting out kayaking spots to visit. Even though some paddling in Aussie and Tonga have been on the agenda.

Having holidayed at a family home at Ohope Beach all of his life he has been brought up in the surf and loves anything to do with water. From an early age, competitive swimming was a big part of his life and this then went onto Surf Lifesaving. Neil has represented both Waikato and Wellington in swimming and Wellington and the North Island in Surf Lifesaving. His paddling started from the ironman event in Surf Lifesaving.

The love of organizing and leading kayaking trips and also the passing on of his skills through the courses that he takes with Canoe & Kayak are things that he is passionate about. Seeing people improve their skills and the joy they get from paddling some of the best kayaking spots in the world are what he is all about.

Leading a nine day kayaking trip in Tonga has been one of the main highlights of his kayaking and as a beach lover the Abel Tasman in the South Island is a popular destination that he never tires of.

   

General enquires: