Gear Hire

The club currently has a range of kayaks for hire and associated gear; lifejackets, helmets, paddles and safety gear, as well as a fitted-out canoe trailer.

Click on the sections below for details, including how to hire and a map.

Current membership required to hire all gear.

Hire of Nelson Canoe Club gear and equipment is subject to hirers ability and experience being appropriate for their intended use. See Conditions of Hire.

Our River Kayaks

River Kayaks  – Designed for;

Dagger RPM (x4) – River Running

Dagger RPM Max – (x2) River Runner for larger paddlers

Dagger Blast – River Running – small paddlers / children

Bliss-Stick Huka – Creek  (Forgiving for beginners)

Bliss-Stick Lifestyler – Creek  (Forgiving for beginners)

Perception Whipit – Low Volume River Running

Liquid logic remix 69 (x2) – River running

Prijon Samurai – River Runner / Play

Prijon Kendo – River Running

Liquid Logic Hoss – River Runner / Short intro creek boat

Perception Reflex – Slalom

Bliss-Stick Special – Creek high volume

Pyrana 240 Mingo


Our Sea Kayaks

Sea Kayaks  – Designed for;

Shearwater (x2) – Touring (Single)

Necky Narpa (x2) – Touring (Single)


Prijon Odyssee – Touring (Double)

Necky Amaruk – Touring (Double)

Perception Eco-Niizh – Touring (Double with centre hatch)

Conditions of Hire

  • A Current membership is required to hire all gear.
  • Non-members must have a member responsible for the hire and activities of a non-member with Nelson Canoe Club gear.
  • The Hirer accepts that use of the hired gear is AT THEIR OWN RISK and THE CLUB HAS NO LIABILITY for loss or personal injury.
  • The Hirer accepts that any damage to or loss of hired gear beyond insurance reimbursement may be charged to the HIRER.
  • Hirers accept and understand that the gear hire coordinator may screen hirers to ascertain a hirer has appropriate experience, knowledge and skills for the intended use during the hire period. The hire coordinator therefore has the right to decline any request for hire if they feel unsatisfied that a hirer is suitable.
  • All hirers must be familiar with fitting spray decks correctly and be able to wet exit.
  • Children under the age of 12 unless being instructed by a Club or qualified instructor cannot hire kayaks with spray decks due to the potential of not being able to wet exit. Therefore kayaks can only be used on flat water close to shore.
  • Children over the age of 12 must be supervised and checked for their ability to wet exit before entering anything more than sheltered flat water.
  • PFD’s must be worn at all times.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times on white water and during surf sessions



River and single Sea Kayaks: $27 per day, (hire includes spraydeck, paddle, PFD, & helmet: as required).

Double Sea Kayaks: $45 per day, (hire includes 2x spraydecks, 2x PFDs, and 2x paddles: as required).

Extended Hire Special: (maximum 2 weeks hire) Hire for 3 days and get the rest of the week free (ie pay for 3 days, get 7 days hire). This special rate also applies the extra associated gear as below.

Other Gear: Extra associated kayaking gear such as spraydecks, paddles, PFDs, helmets, paddle-jackets, booties, hothead skull caps, and throw-bags can be hired by arrangement at $3 per day for each item (For instance: a spare spraydeck with paddle, helmet and PFD together would be $12 per day; (for a week $36 = 3 days hire)).

The above rates are for members; non-Club members are charged at double the member’s rate for each kayak and/or item.

Trailer: All Members $10 per day, Non-members $40 per day.

Payment to: Make a direct credit to our bank account: 03-0703-0453735-00 or as discussed with the Gear Hire officer. Important: When paying by direct credit please make sure the details clearly identify who its from and that its for gear hire. Note: keys will not be issued until payment has been made.

Non-Members Hire: ALL hire must be through a Club member. Members may hire gear for non-members that are accompanying them on a trip at the above non-members rate. Members are to act as guarantors and ensure the safety of non-members by supervising non-members in all aspects in the use of the hired gear.

Student members of the Club can hire kayaks and gear at 66% of member’s rate.

Other special deals and/or conditions:
Beginner’s course participants: Members who complete our beginners’ course receive discounted hire for the 6 weeks immediately after the course’s completion. The discounted rate is one-third of the member’s rate and the kayaks and gear must be booked through the gear-hire person who will have a list of course participants. At the end of the 6 week period, hirage will revert to the standard member’s rate. During the actual course, hire for course participants is free, but kayaks and gear must be returned to the containers (or held by the course leader) between trips.

School bulk hirage:
 Schools may make special arrangements to bulk hire the Club’s boats (either whitewater, seakayaks, or polo (polo complete with goals, balls, scorer, etc.)) at a special rate of $9 per single kayak or $15 for double kayaks per day, complete with the ancillary gear as above. Minimum bulk hire is for 3 days.  Kayaks and all other gear hired by schools is charged at the same extended hirage concession as above, i.e.  “one week hire and pay for 3 days” per item as for members. For schools, extra equipment such as all the paddle-jackets in bulk are available at $10 per day along with the trailer also at $10 per day.  A surcharge of $100 handling fee will be charged for each session of bulk hire to be implemented from 30 April 2020.

Damage: Any damage to gear or found on gear is to be reported to the Club’s gear maintenance officer ( as soon as possible so that repairs can be effected.




As the club is run on a volunteer basis this is to ensure your booking can be completed in time.

Gear Hire procedure
1. Email Officer at least 4 days prior
2. State name. Confirm club member.
3. State if free hire as part of course
4. Give Phone contact
5. State date want boat, ideally which boat
6. Pick up keys once hire fee has been paid and confirmed.
7. Sign form with Keys and leave in letterbox
8. Return keys promptly either to box in container or to my home address.
9. Payment details are on website
10. Keys can be kept for very short period if multiple hiring, no more than two weeks.
11. Email to confirm key is replaced

Location Map

The club is currently storing its fleet in two 20ft shipping containers at 150 Vickerman St. (down the far end near Sealords).

See Map









location of containers














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