The Meridian Twizel Hard Labour Weekend Committee is proud to announce the addition of a full 30 km kayak marathon. Due to initial low entry numbers for the 2017 event it has been decided to only race the 20km Steve Skinner Canal Kayak in 2017 to start the new event in 2018 and give competitors more time to prepare. The kayak marathon will involve a paddle up the Ohau canals against the current then it will connect up with the existing course in navigating around Lake Ruataniwha before heading back down the Ohau canals. There will be 3 portages, the first of which is an uphill climb around Ohau B power station.
This event has been endorsed by Canoe Racing New Zealand and as a silver event, results will go towards the NZ Paddler Series rankings. Entries are restricted to K1 and K2 boats.