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Introducing the Kōtare, a waka that embodies the spirit of the Kingfisher. True to its namesake, the Kōtare is a harmonious blend of balance, speed, and width – a reflection of the graceful and agile nature of the kingfisher itself.

This waka is thoughtfully designed with a fine cutting bow, a wide mid-section, and a stable hull, creating the perfect equilibrium for paddlers of all sizes. In the language of the Kōtare, speed meets inclusivity.

Experience unmatched agility as the Kōtare navigates with ease, thanks to the rounded chines of its hull. Paddlers can effortlessly adjust direction with subtle changes in paddle angle, minimizing energy expenditure and time consumption. This exceptional maneuverability is especially advantageous in competitive racing scenarios, where swift turns around buoys can be the key to gaining a competitive edge.

The Kōtare doesn't just move – it soars. Accelerating with remarkable ease, it effortlessly catches runners and waves, making every paddling venture a thrilling experience. Users have marveled at their ability to catch waves they might have missed in their previous waka, a testament to the Kōtare's exceptional speed and responsiveness.

Step into the world of the Kōtare, where tradition and innovation converge to create a waka that pays homage to the Kingfisher's grace and precision. Embrace the spirit of the Kōtare and elevate your paddling journey to new heights, where every stroke tells a story of balance, speed, and the freedom to explore the waters with unmatched ease.

Whats included:

  • A white hull and your choice of 1 or two colours for deck. For an extra charge we can custom colour the entire waka to whatever you desire. Please enquire if you have something specific in mind.
  • 2 x PAI Taipan kiato
  • 1 x custom coloured ama
  • Custom fitted seat
  • Ruahine's custom adjustable foot rest.
  • Wave deflector with watch slot

These waka are custom built so the exact weight, colour, and layout will vary depending on your requirements. We are happy to customise things so please enquire. Prices may vary if you have something specific in mind.


Fibreglass $4,500, Carbon $5,500


450 millimetres


7.1 metres


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 my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask 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

Our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and resin pockets may be visible. 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.