Cruising down the river on Waitangi afternoon

Standup paddleboarders head down the Weiti River on Waitangi Day.

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Paddling down the Weiti River proved a great way to spend Waitangi Day for more than 30 local paddleboarders.

The Orewa Paddleboard Club hosted the event as a scenic, long but easy paddle for all levels. The youngest to take part was Kyron Sams, five years old, who rode on organiser Nik Sams’ raceboard, while the oldest was in her late 60s.

The group put in at Weiti Boating Club and paddled upriver with the incoming tide for around an hour, before turning round for the return journey.

Some stopped along the way to have a floating picnic and a quick swim.

The day ended back at Orewa Surf Club for drinks and nibbles.

The club offers free weekly paddles and a monthly ‘feature paddle’ such as the Weiti trip.

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