Most of our tour participants are already rowers. We can accommodate the occasional non-rowing partner if they wish to cox the boat for the whole trip, and depending on weather, water and time available we can usually give them some time in a rowing seat also to teach them the basics. BUT the rows are usually in the region of 20 km per day, which is a very long way for a non-rower. You need to have hands conditioned for rowing!
DO I HAVE TO BE AN EXPERIENCED ROWER?
Breakfasts, lunch, snacks and most dinners are included. We pride ourselves on working with great local restaurants and caterers in all our locations. Lunches are often a picnic on a beach. Alcohol & other beverages are your cost.
DO YOU PROVIDE ALL MEALS?
Talk to us! We’re very open to working with you to develop a Rowing Tour plan for your group, combining your interests and availability with our equipment and experience.
CAN YOU RUN A SPECIAL TOUR FOR MY GROUP?
We welcome rowers as individuals, couples, threes and more up to a maximum of 30. We have a great support team that take care of all the details, so you focus on rowing, discovering and relaxing. Minimum numbers are required to proceed with each tour - this varies - but please be assured, you'll be kept informed with plenty of warning in the unlikely event of a tour being cancelled.
HOW MANY ON A TOUR?
You can either pay at time of booking through our secure website by credit card. Or you can register your interest - email Sally or click the "Register Your Interest" button on the Tours page of this website. We will keep in touch and send you information regarding payments. You will need to pay a deposit then a final payment.
WHEN DO I PAY?
For rowing, we recommend layers. Row suit or tights, a t-shirt, a layer or two of light merino or thermal. Bring a light, snug-fitting jacket to wear in the rowboat. A woolen hat (beanie) and a cap. And water shoes or sea-shoes are ideal, as you will get wet feet as you get in and out of the boat. Be prepared to get wet to the knees, so tights that you can roll up are ideal.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
No, our equipment is precious to us, and we do not hire out our boats for bare-boat touring. We may be able to help you source equipment elsewhere.
CAN I HIRE THE BOATS ON A BARE BOAT BASIS?
Tour costs vary with the level of accommodation and catering we’re using, the length of the tour and the road transport required. As a ballpark figure, it’s about $600 per person, per day, for a multiday tour involving travel and accommodation. A day trip to the Nelson Lakes National Park, or on the Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay might be in the region of $200-300 per person.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
We scull – so each rower has two oars.
DO YOU SWEEP OR SCULL?
English is the language used and we apologise for our monolingual heritage. We can manage some international greetings. If you have a basic understanding of English it will help in the boat - so you understand instructions. Or hopefully someone in the group will be able to translate !
WHAT LANGUAGE IS SPOKEN?
The tour starting point and time are indicated on the Tour Itineraries.
WHERE DOES THE TOUR START FROM?
No, all safety equipment is provided. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own life jacket if you particularly wish to, but we will need to check it meets NZ safety standards.