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  $2999 Composite  $3499

Ability Level


Paddler Size

60-85kg, up to 6'3" tall


Fiberglass  14kg Composite  12kg





Order this kayak

To order this kayak or to find out more please contact me today. If you prefer to use the phone, call or text me on 027 668 9904. I'm often out paddling so I'll get back to you as soon as I hit dry land.

Demo Kayak

We now have a Swallow demo boat based at out Mt. Maunganui store and will be happy to take you out for a paddle. Please get in contact with us today

Coast to Coast Package $5199

Ruahine Kayaks is the only supplier in NZ that can supply you with the complete kayak package! Our Swallow package includes the kayak, wing paddle, grade 2 cert, PFD, spray deck, helmet, pants, jacket, airbags, and dry bag.

Things You Need To Know...

Ordering - I work on a 3 week turnaround. In many cases I 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. I will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup- I am 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 me 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 I will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  

Composite Colours – my carbon and carbon kevlar kayaks have an clear gelcoat over the hull to show off the beauty of the fibers. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. I 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.