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 making it great for first time multisport athletes.

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




Fiberglass $2499 Composite $2999

Ability Level


Paddler Size

50-75kg and up to 6' tall






Fiberglass 14.5kg Composite 12.2kg

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

Coast To Coast Package $4699

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

Tims notes...

"I recently took an Intrigue for a test paddle and noted that it’s fast, very stable, straight tracking, but still a manoeuvrable kayak. Despite the fact that I'm well outside the recommended size limit (I'm 6’3” and nearly 85kg), I maintained 11km/hr on the flat which I consider to be quick for a flat bottomed kayak."

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.

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 – all of our composite kayaks have an exposed hull (clear gelcoat) 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.      


  • Bumfortable $199
  • Airbags $66 each
  • Hubby bilge pump $250
  • Grommeted holes for drinking systems $10 each
  • NZ Kayaker Grade 2 Certification $950