Ruahine Shadow

The Shadow is an entry level multisport kayak for people of all sizes. With a wide cockpit opening and huge amounts of room inside, this is the perfect first boat for almost everyone; a 60kg paddler will draw very little water in it and feel extremely safe, and a 100kg plus paddler will appreciate the extra room and stability that is lacking in so many other kayaks.

Features include our famous Ruaversal seat, easy entry cockpit, a high thigh deflector to deflect waves away, and ultra stable hull.

Tim's Note: this kayak is the ultimate in beginner multisport kayaks. It's extremely stable but also has a decent turn of speed, making it perfect for a race like the Coast to Coast. If you're looking for a yak, that you can sit in and master without too many balance issues, then the Ruahine Shadow will be an excellent choice. 


Fiberglass $4349 Composite $4649

Ability Level


Paddler Size

60-115kg and up to 6'5" 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 Boat

We have demo boats available in Tauranga and Christchurch. For Tauranga please contact Tim on 027 668 9904 and for Christchurch please get in contact with Len at TopSport.

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 $5498 or Carbon Kevlar option $6098

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 my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask 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 – our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and rein pockets may be visible. 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.