Ruahine Intrigue

The Intrigue is New Zealand’s most popular 'entry level' multisport kayak. It’s particularly suitable for novices (or anyone requiring extra stability in white water) yet it retains its speed for those smaller athletes. With its wide, flat hull, this kayak has an extremely high level of primary stability and manoeuvrability. This makes it great for first time paddlers but also a good choice if you’re worried about stability when you’re nearing the end of a long race

Features include a low profile for reduce windage (important in the Waimak Gorge), a large cockpit for easy transitions, and Ruaversal seat for paddler comfort and rotation.

Tim’s Stories: in 2017 Won Lee came to  to me as an ‘new Kiwi’. Having immigrated from South Korea he had never been in any form of kayak but he was determined to be just like any other Kiwi and get out and have an adventure. He chose the 2-day Coast to Coast  as his challenge and the Intrigue as the kayak that would get him through it...12 months later he completed his goals. Good on ya mate!


Fiberglass $3999 Composite $4299

Ability Level


Paddler Size

50-75kg and up to 6' tall





Order this kayak...

To order this kayak or to find out more please contact us today. If you prefer to use the phone, call or text Tim on 027 668 9904.

Demo Kayak

We have an Intrigue demo kayak available for test paddles in Tauranga. Please contact me to arrange a time. 

Coast To Coast Package

Ruahine Kayaks is the only supplier in NZ that can supply you with the complete coast to coast equipment package

Fibreglass option $4898 or Carbon Kevlar option $5398

All packages include the kayak, our Tahi wing paddle, PFD, spray deck, helmet, pants, jacket, 2x airbags, and dry bag. Click here to check out the items.

Things You Need To Know...

Ordering - we work on a 3-4 week turnaround. In many cases we will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. We will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup- we are based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from our workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask us for an estimate.

Colours Fiberglass - all fiberglass kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn't show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo's) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  

Composite Colours – The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. We prefer to have this coloured to prevent the sun from heating it up too much but if you wish I can also do the top with a clear coat.     

Customer Review...

"Thanks Tim – my love affair with the Intrigue continued having now gone through the Waimak gorge yesterday. I found it really great manoeuvring through the water and good speed, but still a nice stable boat for a relative novice like myself"

Neil Butcher, 2018 Coast to Coast.