Ruahine Swallow

The Swallow is designed for the confident beginner paddler or those wishing to progress to a slightly faster kayak than the Intrigue. With its profiled bow and shorter waterline (compared to some of our other kayaks), it’s relatively quick while maintaining a high degree of primary stability and manoeuvrability.

Confident beginnersoften start with the Swallow, especially if they’ve done some form of kayak training before. Features include a low windage profile; mid-range length for best compromise of speed and manoeuvrability; and flat centre hull for high primary and secondary stability.

Tim’s Tips:when you’re nearing the end of a long race and the tank is running on empty, this is the kayak you want. You will find it’s comfortable, stable, and highly manoeuvrable which are some of the reasons why it’s been a favourite throughout NZ for a long time.


Fiberglass  $3299 Composite  $3799

Ability Level


Paddler Size

60-85kg, up to 6'3" 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 now have a Swallow demo boat based at out Te Puke workshop and will be happy to take you out for a paddle. Please get in contact with us today

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 $5098 or Carbon Kevlar option $5598

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.