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Pahautea Road, Martinborough , New Zealand
Categories: Wairarapa - Kayaking, Wairarapa - Something Special
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In Maori 'rua' can mean two and 'mahanga' can mean twins. So we like to think that the name of Wairarapa's largest river came from the legend of the beautiful twin sisters, Rehutai and Tangimoana, who lived beside the river long ago. Both loved the handsome warrior Ruatoroa, and the drama of jealousy and intrigue ended when a trick by Tangimoana won the young man to her. In despair , Rehutai walked sadly away into hilltop mists, never to be seen again. But our association with the Ruamahanga has nothing to do with sadness. Far from it, because Kahutara Canoes is all about people from toddlers to grandparents enjoying themselves on the scenic Ruamahanga River in a way few of them have experienced before. We specialise in school parties, social clubs, family groups and team building and we encourage freedom paddling.
Kahutara Canoes operates seven days a week river and weather permitting.
But that's not all Kahutara canoes offers it's guests. John Mccosh also known as 'Tuatara Ted' Wairarapa's answer to Crocodile Dundee, is an expert professional Taxidermist. All canoe trips include a visit to this uinque collection of mounted animals and birds including the Robertson bird collection. These can be seen in a delightful log built display house. Wander around the garden and feed the live deer, relax at our picnic tables in peaceful surroundings. We specialise in bus tours and John is more than happy to entertain you with a talk about Taxidermy and log building.
BBq's are available on request.
This display is open to all caneoists but many visitors come for this attraction alone.
Appointments necessary, see you all soon.