The Grade 2 sections of the Rangitikei local to Mangaweka are the North Island training ground for Multisport Kayaking. It similarity to the Waimakiriri River and attributes akin to any Grade 2 multisport sections make it the perfect location to learn and practise Grade 2 Adventure kayaking. 

Mangaweka Adventure Company provide Grade Two kayak certificate courses, one on one clinics, shuttles and accommodation to multisport kayakers, all based from our riverside cafe... with the added luxury of a hot tub or showers to finish off your day.

Check out our Pre Cert Paddle... calm the nerves, make sure you buy the right gear... generally find out what this kayaking malarky is really about!

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Grade II Certification

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Grade II Multisport Courses

No experience necessary... in fact the course is intended to be your introduction to multisport kayaking.


The Grade 2 certificate is required by most multisport event organisers including the Coast to Coast, as it assures them that you are sufficiently competent to kayak the water the event is being run on and that if you do get into difficulties that you are able to self-rescue without putting other competitors, or yourself, at risk.

Awastone runs a weekend course that includes meals, shuttles, accommodation and of course 2 full days of instruction. Course outline below.


Cost: $690 p/p

See our dates & full training calendar here


Join our Rangitikei Rivertime training group facebook page to keep up to date with whats happening on the Rangitikei.

Course dates subject to change as minimum numbers are required and river conditions must be considered. Midweek, one on one and test only training also available upon request.

The course is intended to be a fun weekend on the river, you will probably make some new friends (although some may be mortal enemies for a few hours on the odd day further down the track!) and learn some new skills. We are focused on making sure you are suitably equipped to be on the river without instructors when you leave here, we are not concentrating on paddling technique so much as reading the rapids, choosing the lines and making wise decisions in the river environment. 


Only already proficient paddlers will be able to leave here after this first weekend with a completed Grade 2 certificate. As a rule we  can tick all of the boxes except "paddles a kayak confidently through Grade 2 rapids". This of course takes experience, as mentioned we aim to ensure you are suitably prepared to go and gain this experience in your own time. Some choose to do this with us, some choose to do this with their own paddling partners, avoiding the expense of paying for further instruction. The certificate is gained with a short paddle with us further down the track.

Mangaweka Adventure Company has a number of options to suit your level of expertise, whether it be none or loads, to help you achieve your river racing goals. Our course is run on the Rangitikei River local to Mangaweka, the most common river-based training ground in the North Island and home of the popular annual Rangitikei River Race.


$690 - includes instruction, accommodation, two x lunches, breakfast and shuttles.

For many the river running competency aspects of the course will require more time, mostly just that ‘river time’ and experience. We give you the option of doing that in your own time and coming back to us for are- assessment run or you can book further sessions.


Further training and reassessments

Whether you feel you are ready for an assessment or wish to get some help to get there, further sessions are available with kayak instructors. 

$150 for the first hour and $40 per hour after that.(reckon on two hours)

Get some rivertime by joining our facebook group 'Rangitikei Rivertime'. We run regular training runs on various stretches of the river, guided, with a shuttle and access to our showers and loos. See our programmed schedule of training runs here


Pre Certification 

A recommended option for most and appreciated by all. Visit us here in Mangaweka for a paddle around on the intro rapids at Awastone.


  • Run through of the requirements of the Grade 2 cert

  • Discuss what gear to buy before you buy it. There's lots of people buying the wrong gear out there!

  • A quick river trip on Sit on top Whitewater Kayaks to see what Grade 2 rapids feel like... calms the nerves.

This is especially suited towards anyone who might be a bit nervous about kayaking in the rapids or would like just to gain an insight into what the Grade 2 course is going to be like.


Meeting times: Any time you wish. Great as an evening trip.  Allow 3-4 hours from your day.

Included: all kayaking equipment for your safety and comfort. 

Price: $195

Watch our Facebook Page for Pre Cert Kayak Specials. We try and get a bunch of you together to keep the price down and to make some connections.


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