Ruahine Whio

The Whio is an endemic New Zealand duck that lives exclusively in whitewater rivers. Ruahine owner, Tim Taylor, often comes across these fascinating birds while paddling remote rivers so he named our latest multisport kayak in their honour. Just like their namesake, the Whio was designed to be light, agile, and ultra confident in moving water. We took the same hull as our popular sea kayak - the Sea Hawk - and designed the deck and accessories to suit multisport paddlers. We wanted a kayak that novice paddlers, particularly those entering in the Coast to Coast, could jump in and feel safe but also competative...and we reckon we achieved that.


Features include...

  • A high profile bow for riding over big waves trains that are common in whitewater.
  • Carbon Kevlar multisport layup which keeps the weight down but the strength up
  • An extra wide seat to cater for the biggest of paddlers
  • Foam bulkheads, front and rear, that allow the kayak to flex without breaking it's watertight seals
  • Front and rear compartments for gear storage.
  • Front and rear deck nets for gear storage - perfect for stowing food, water bottles, and other commonly needed items while racing.
  • An oversized rudder for ultimate control when the waves are throwing you around.


Composite $3799

Ability Level


Paddler Size

65 - 130kg and up to 6'6"tall







Tim's Notes...

I've been using a version of this kayak for the last 12 months while coaching grade 2 certs. Previously I was using a plastic sea kayak and had really struggled to keep up with customers who were paddling their fast race yaks. My idea for the Whio was simple - I wanted an ultra stable kayak that I could perform rescues in, but it also needed to be fast enough to keep up with everyone. I'm pleased to say that it's performed this duty exactly as I intended and I can now offer it to the public. It will be great to see a few of them down on the Waimak!

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

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

Coast To Coast Package $5399

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

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

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 - 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.