August 11, 2020
On a recent trip to the South Island, we were able to take Landroamer’s Oru Kayaks out for a spin! New Zealand is a mecca for adventure and with so many lakes, bays and rivers, it is the perfect opportunity to explore with the kayaks.
WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: MARIE VALENCIA
Weighing at about 13kg and folded to the size of a portfolio, these kayaks are ideal to take anywhere. For travelers taking this on a flight, this can be checked in as a standard bag (under Sports Equipment) so there is no extra cost of transport as if you would with normal luggage. I am a 5’7 girl and can easily carry the kayak around.
With bad weather predicted for our South Island trip, we decided ‘why not test the limits?’ We headed for Milford Sound with that thought. Fiordland is one of the wettest places in New Zealand with a rainfall of more than 200 days in a year. Milford Sound, however, is a fiord with calm and relatively shallow waters (when it doesn’t rain) making it the perfect place for us to try the kayak whilst enjoying the 8th Wonder of the World.
Putting the kayak together is quite a straightforward task. Every part plays a sort of a double role in assembling or folding – a strap doubles as a closure or joinery for the kayak, the floorboard is also a jacket that holds the kayak together folded.
For your first time, I suggest downloading their instructional video and ensuring you have it saved on your devices on hand. Before our trip to Milford Sound, I had cleared my phone with all photos and videos (so silly) and had deleted the instructional video along with it. Fortunately, it was my second time and I had practiced the assembly and folding ahead of our trip.
It took us less than 10 minutes to assemble and get into the water. We took the Oru Beach LT Kayak, a sit-down kayak, which is perfect for lakes, bays and calm waters. It suits paddlers of all experiences, shapes, and sizes. Despite being so lightweight and easy to pack, this kayak is actually quite durable. It can handle being dragged on rocky shores and a few waves here and there.
The sun was dropping down, the rain had stopped and we had a serene blue hour setting with the beauty of Milford Sound literally right in front of our eyes. What an adventure.