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!

Multisport Grade 2 Kayak 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

Dates Spring 2021:​​​

  • midweek 9 - 10 September

  • 18-19 September

  • 23-24 September - Midweek

  • 16th - 17th Oct - NEW date added!

  • 6-7 November 

  • 27-28 November 

See our 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



What is a realistic expectation of how much time I need to spend with instructors?

As a beginner reckon minimum on doing the pre cert paddle and the grade 2 weekend, then go away for some “me” time and come back for an assessment trip. The total cost for this would be around $885.


Do I need my own boat?

Thoroughly recommended that you do BUT don't go out and buy one without talking to us first!  Use the pre course paddle to discuss the options of what to buy before you get into it or you can hire one of our boats for the course weekend so you can try a couple out. You need to be signed off in a boat similar to what you are paddling anyway and the sooner you are in your own the better.


Can I hire a boat from you?

We have plastic sea kayaks available for hire. Hire must be booked as early as possible and carries an extra charge of $25 per day


Can I hire gear from you?

We have a range of gear that you can borrow from us, very generic so more comfortable to get your own asap. Again the Pre cert paddle is a good time to sit down with us and talk about what you will need and what is most suitable.


What are the requirements of the Grade 2 certificate?

Here is the breakdown of the nationally accepted Multisport Grade 2 Certificate.


River Kayaking Theory

  1. Fitting out a kayak

  2. Barrel Rolls and H-Assists

  3. River dynamics - How does water flow around obstacles and how do we use this knowledge to our advantage and safety. River features to describe include bluffs, holes, waves, keepers, eddies, vees, whirlpools, sweepers, and strainers.

  4. River lines - Choosing where to go

  5. Safety equipment - Knowledge of what equipment is needed and how to use it.

  6. Safe swimming techniques and explanation of foot entrapment and strainer danger and how to best avoid these situations.

  7. River signals

  8. Hypothermia symptoms and solutions

  9. Throwing a throwbag / Receiving a throwbag

  10. Stern carrying, deep water rescues, H-assists


River Kayaking Skills

  1. Display controlled eddy turns on both sides and both entering and exiting an eddy

  2. Display controlled ferry glides on both sides of the kayak

  3. Demonstrate kayak exit and entry techniques

  4. Self rescue: Swim in a safe manner with all of your gear into an eddy and onto shore. Swims have to be started in a rapid at least 10 metres from shore and completed with an emptied kayak back on your way downriver.

  5. Show that you can choose safe lines for yourself and your group. This needs to be both described verbally and displayed physicaly on the river.

  6. Demonstrate your knowledge of, and ability to use, the following strokes/braces: Forward, Backward, Sweep, High Brace, and Low Brace

  7. Tie your kayak onto racks for transport in a safe and secure method.

  8. Optional: Eskimo roll

If you do not pass your assessment, you may book another assessment with at least one week between each assessment as time to practice and study.

Once you have successfully passed your Grade II Assessment you will be issued with a simple certificate stating our happiness with your grade 2 skills, your assessor's name and the brand and model of kayak that you passed in, as well as the weather and river levels. You will then be able to present this to any event organisers that require proof of your kayaking skills.

Pre Cert Paddle

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.


Shuttles and Kayaker Services

Shuttles , Hot Tub, River Information - make us your one stop shop to make your training as easy and enjoyable as possible