Yakity Yak Mid-Winter Xmas at Huia

Yakity Yak Mid-Winter Xmas 5-7 July.  
Wild West Weekend at Huia

Organiser is Shelley
Trip leaders, various

A combined weekend with North Shore, Auckland and Manukau Yakity Yak Clubs, and any other club members who would like to join us.

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Come and join us for the Mid Winter Christmas Wild West Party Weekend at Huia exploring the Manukau staying at Kiwanis Lodge on Huia Bay. Kiwanis Lodge at Huia  (Note - do not book through the council website that will come up with this link, this is for information only). Take Huia Road from the Titirangi round-about and it will take you all the way to Kiwanis Lodge - map...


We have a huge 4m tide at 13.20 on Saturday, suitable for paddling.

Huia is just 45 minutes west of Auckland and a lovely place to base ourselves for a wild west weekend. So close to Auckland and yet worlds away. The paddling will be on the Manukau Harbour exploring the beaches, streams and bush.


Sleeping arrangements are bunk rooms either in chalets or in the main lodge. The bathroom facilities are shared. The main lodge house contains the lounge for our Christmas Party. The dinning room and commercial kitchen is well set up for our meals. The kitchen has dishes, cutlery and cooking equipment for 46 people.


The cost of attending the Mid Winter Christmas is $30 per person to cover hiring of the venue. There is no additional cost for accommodation. The Christmas party is a Wild West Theme so bring your cowboy hats and bandannas!


Hire Kayaks are available and the trailer will be going if necessary.


How about bringing your non-kayaking family along for the weekend?



A Secret Santa prezzie, no more than $10
Your dish for the shared Christmas Dinner along with a plate to serve it on, serving spoons or tongs and anything you need to cook it in.
Wild West costumes. Cowboy hats, bandannas and a nice warm puffy jacket for Christmas evening. Your own breakfasts and lunches, alcohol, drinks, wine glass, tea towel. Sleeping bag, pillow, bed linen, bath towel, hot water bottle, torch, swimming togs, walking shoes, gumboots, rain jackets (just in case).
Normal kayaking gear and kayak trolley if you have one.

Clean footwear and equipment to prevent Kauri dieback disease.

Please see this website for information here...


If the weather is bad there are plenty of things to do –

  • Walking the wild Whatipu beach where the Manukau meets the Tasman Sea and the Whatipu Caves.
  • Huia Settlers Museum.
  • Walk the Old Huia Dam Road from the lower dam to the upper dam.
  • Huia Food Store  for delicuious food and coffee.
  • New Lynn - The Crown Lynn Museum and the Old Woodshop & Corner Cafe
  • The Avondale markets on Sunday.
  • Titirangi - the amazing Te Uru contemporary art gallery.
  • Titirangi - Lopdell House gallery and the Deco Café.
  • Scenic Drive – Arataki visitors Centre and Elevation Café with its spectacular views.
  • Piha and Karekare Beaches.



16.00  Shelley will open Kiwanis Lodge if you would like to arrive early. There is 1 key for all of the lodge buildings. I will hide the key outside during our stay so you can all access the buildings. The hiding place will be disclosed to those who register for the weekend.

19.00  Meet for a casual dinner at iTi, 404 Titirangi Road, at the northern end of Titirangi village. We have a group booking for 7pm so come on your way to the lodge.  http://www.weareiti.co.nz/  Otherwise there are takeaways in Titirangi or you can cook at the lodge.


21.00  Meet in the Kiwanis Lodge Dining Room for a get together and find out what’s happening Saturday.



Saturday morning we are planning some paddles to suit the weather and the various skill levels.

High tide is 13.20 on Saturday.

We’ll be back in plenty of time to get the Christmas dinner underway. Saturday night we will have a shared Christmas dinner. Shelley will do a baked ham. We’ll need nibbles, roast veges, greens, salad, cooked chooks, puddings, etc.

Let us know what food you would like to bring so we can ensure we have enough of the right stuff.


07.30  Breakfast in Lodge kitchen

08.30  Meet in the Lodge Kitchen for a paddling briefing

09.00  Meet at launch point (probably the beach at Huia just down the road from the lodge)

09.30  On water

02.30  Return from paddle

03.00  Back at Lodge for hot showers and clean up.

04.00  Prep for dinner, help with dining room set up and decorations

05.30  Meet in Lodge Kitchen for drinks and nibbles

06.30  Dinner kicks off, followed by Secret Santa game in the comfy lounge



Sunday there will be another paddling option before heading home.

High tide is 14.10 on Sunday.


07.45   Meet in Lodge kitchen for breakfast

08.45  Meet in Lodge Kitchen for paddle briefing

09.00  Clean lodge and pack up

10.00  Depart camp

10.20  Meet at launch point (probably Cornwallis or somewhere on the way home)

10.50  On water

12.50  Return to launch point and have lunch (maybe at a café) before heading home.

If you have any questions contact SHELLEY   021513388   mcart232@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a wild west weekend.

To register online, please click here...
Please note that payment details are at the top of the registration form


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