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11-12 November 

Rangitikei River

N. Z.

Event Safety

Come and join us at Awastone Riverside Haven on the scenic Rangitikei River to celebrate the life of Andrew Martin, who passed away in September 2020.


Andrew was a gold medal winning world champion kayaker, world class kayak and paddle manufacturer, world class athlete and father to Hannah and Lucy. Come and show us your competitive side, 

Andrew would have appreciated it!

  • Warm Up:

Awastone River side Haven to Mangarere Road

Here's the plan

  • Classic River Race:

Two main events

6 km Time Trail of exciting grade 1-2 white water,
on the scenic Rangitikei River.
  Awastone River side Haven to Mangarer Road - Mangaweka.

  • Rapid Sprinting:

Two timed runs on

Awastone Home Rapid

Prize Giving and Hydration at Awastone restaurant

Scroll down for further details

Race details

Important Event information

Fun stuff!

  • An ideal event for Coast to Coast training.

  • An ideal event to improve on your white water skills.

  • Celebration at the completion of racing.

Race Rules

  • No timing devices, heart rate monitors or GPS devices are allowed to be worn while racing. 

  • Each competitor will be required to submit a time they think they can complete the course in at registration. 

  • If you race with any piece of equipment which Andrew manufactured, you may be elegible for a time bonus. Classic Race only.

  • Prizes will be allocated on finish times and times calculated by competitors.


​The only place you will want to stay is at Awastone - Riverside Haven. Right on the bank of the Rangitikei River, our weekends racing H.Q and start and finishes for both days of racing.   

contact: to book your stay!

Event safety

  • All competitors must wear a helmet and approved life jacket (6.2kg).

  • Competitors need to be comfortable on grade 2 white water in the kayak they are paddling and be able to self rescue if they capsize.

  • This event is not suitable for craft with under stern rudders.

Race details

  • Andrew Martin River Racing weekend will consist of the following events:


  •  Classic River Race

From Awastone to Mangarere Road. Approximately 6km.

There will be two events over this course;

Race 1: 10am those who are proficient on grade 2 water and are confident

Race 2: 11am those would like to be shadowed down the course with a safety paddler. 

Please advise which option you will  be making on you entry with a CR1 or a CR2

  • Rapid Sprinting

Awastone home rapid.

Approximately 200m.



11am AGM for Wild Water Canoe Racing New Zealand. Function Room Awastone


  • Early bird registration will close on Wednesday 8th November 2023.

  • All entries after this date will incur a late fee.

These details can be found in the entry fees below.

Weather you are an Early bird or late entry could you please email your details to: 

  • On the weekend, all registrations will take place at:


 Awastone Riverside Haven,

143 Ruahine Road, Mangaweka

Follow the signs though the car parking area, to the restuarant and head towards the small function room.


  • Registration for both events: 8.40am - 9.20am



Race Events

  • (CR1)    Classic Race 6km 

  • (CR2)    Classic Race 6km - shadow

  • (RS)      Rapid sprint

Craft Categories

  • (WWR)  Wild Water Racer

  • (WHR)   Wave hopper  *

  • (MSB)    Multisport 

  • (DBR)     Double 

*There will be wave hoppers available to use. Please make contact to confirm availability when you register for your entry.

Entry Fees

Your entry fee is a donation reflecting how much its going to hurt, mentally and physically and how rewarding its going to feel once you have crossed the finish lines!

Early bird registration will close on Wednesday 8th November 2023.

  • All entries received after this date online, 


if you are considering entering on the day

will incur the following late entry fees:

1. Double your likely donation amount into AMRRW23 account up until the 11th of November, or on the day cash only.


2. You will need to provide a dozen cold macs or stoke beers or a quality red wine! to support this event!


Your late entry fees can be left when you pick up your race number at registration on the day. 

Donation payment


Your donation can be paid to: 

BNZ  account : 02- 0792- 0051614 - 006

Particulars: Your Name

Code: Race Event/s

(please use the code in brackets next to Race Events).

Reference: Your craft categories.

(Please use code/s in brackets next to the craft).



Saturday 11th  November 2023 Program





Rapid Sprint Briefing

Awastone River Side


Briefing; Classic Race 1 and 2.

Awastone River side 


Rapid Sprint Run 1

Awastone home Rapid


Classic Race 1 Start:

Awastone to Mangarere Road.


Rapid Sprint Run 2

Awastone home Rapid


Classic Race 2 - Shadow Start:

Awastone to Mangarere Road.


Prize Giving @ Awastone 


Location Maps

Registration and Entry

Thanks to our Support Crew for 2023!

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