National meetup 2020 Queenstown

1 pm Thursday February 6th to 4pm Sunday 9th at Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

Organised by Huw Miles and others yet to be nominated/roped in!   

Hosted by Packrafting Queenstown.

Make sure you are on the 2020 National Meetup event on PRANZ Facebook to keep up to date with changes and announcements.

Let’s have a National Packraft Meet again. 

This will be number five, following the successful pioneering National Packrafting Meet initiated by Dulkara Martig in 2016, Boyle River, 2017, Te Anau 2018 and Hanmer Springs 2019.   PRANZ is getting itself established and the hills and valleys beckon.

The dates are the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to add a few more days onto your visit to tackle some of the packraft adventures in Queenstown and beyond.

 

Registration

This event is open to PRANZ members only.  Being a member of PRANZ allows you to register for PRANZ events, plus makes you a supporter of our parent organisations (Federated Mountain Clubs of NZ and Whitewater NZ), who advocate on our behalf for Packrafting.

You can Join PRANZ on our website, membership is valid for 1 year.

Join PRANZ

 

To register for this event, you need to register through our Host Packrafting Queenstown.

What do you get for your money?  It will pay for hire of a bunch of the facilities during the event. It will also go towards reimbursing a number of volunteers for out of pocket expenses they incur when they give their time to support PRANZ.  It doesn’t include accommodation, or a share of any petrol/transport costs from the venue to the rivers and back.  Thats your responsibility!

 

Purpose of the Meetup

Firstly

It’s a social gathering.  Talk, chat, eat, drink, and go packrafting.

2017 Meetup Crew, Eglinton Valley, Fiordland

Secondly

It is an opportunity to share and participate in packrafting activities – on water and on land.

Thirdly

PRANZ – you will all be members – this will be an opportunity to review and progress PRANZ, to decide what is needed to maintain and grow safe enjoyable packrafting in New Zealand.  Admin is always scorned, but admin is the essential oil and grease that keeps everything functioning. There will be time allocated to discussion on the future of PRANZ.

Who should come?

All Packrafters, and their friends and families.  Wannabe packrafters are welcome.

Beginner to expert, there will be something for everyone. Families welcome, as the non-packrafters and kids will find plenty to do.

I’ve never been Packrafting before… Can I join in?

This meetup is intended for people who have already been packrafting, and who have their own gear and some basic knowledge of swift water safety and hazards.

BUT, we are aiming to get enough skilled volunteers to be able to get a few brand new people out on the river, on some entry level sections.  You might not be able to participate in more difficult paddling; there is a minimum set of safety skills needed for white water paddles.  Brand new people are strongly encouraged to do a little homework first, to get a basic understanding of the gear needed, the safety skills needed and water hazards on rivers.

There will also be lots of other general learning and activities to participate in, which will be excellent learning for new folks.

You will however, need to ensure you’ve got (or have booked) all the gear you need before coming to the meetup.

Come along and meet others, all with a common interest and enthusiasm for packrafting.  Meet and learn from experts, share your adventures, offer others your knowledge and experiences, and make new friends and NETWORK.

Commercial Operators

All retailers, importers, tour operators and instructors with offerings of direct interest to packrafters are welcome.

  • You can bring a van or put up a tent with your products or services on offer. An area will be allocated outside the Hub.
  • You can offer to sponsor a programme item subject to the approval of PRANZ. You are encouraged to do so.  Be creative and give packrafting a boost.

We don’t want to make the Packraft Meet into a trade fair, so any commercial promotion will be expected to be low key.

Just join in and add to the programme.  Contact Huw via the PRANZ facebook page to have your company involved.

 

The Program

Official events are dependent on the goodwill of the right people to volunteer their time to run those events.  If you want to be one of those people, contact PRANZ via our Facebook page

Some of the events we hope to have

  • Skills on the water – this can be pitched at various levels from novice to intermediate.
  • Trips – just get out on the river with others.
  • Networking, making new friends, talking sh!t, making plans.
  • Workshops – on subjects of interest to Packrafters.

A program will be posted in due course. If you have something you wish to contribute, and we believe everyone does, please contact PRANZ via our Facebook page and suggest a topic, request a topic, or offer to contribute. Here’s some ideas.

  • lightweight gear
  • packraft adventures
  • safety
  • techniques
  • new designs, improved gear, hacks, and ideas
  • cultural experiences
  • travel with a packraft
  • things that went pear-shaped
  • joyous moments
  • the art of backcountry cooking
  • hunting using packrafts
  • expeditions, expeditions, expeditions (with or without GoPro)
  • anything that will interest packrafters

 

 

Local Rivers

Some of these are listed on the www.packraftingtrips.nz website.  Here’s a summary of some options to get you keen!

 The final plan will be determined by you lovely lot and who ends up attending the round up. We have a wide choice of rivers with reliable flow from flat water what is often to be the longest continuous grade 6 in the southern hemisphere. So whatever…floats your boat, we’ve got you covered!!

 

Beginner friendly: Upper Rees, Lower Rees, Lower Dart, Lower Caples, Kawarau. Even potentially the Hawea, Clutha, Matukituki or any of the Wanaka rivers.

 

Grade 2 Goodness: Middle Rees, Dart from Daleys Hut. East Matukituki out of Wanaka again

 

Grade 2+ and Beyond: Upper Shotover, Middle Rees (Muddy Creek Rapids), Kawarau, Middle Shotover, Matukituki, Greenstone, Routeburn, Nevis.

 

If you’re keen to stay on for a little while after the Round up there’s of course some other incredible rivers you could talk your mates into like the Mararoa, Makarora, Wilkins or even venturing further south into Fiordland to tick off classics like the Hollyford/Pyke or the Waiaraurahiri.

 

Costs

Great Value at only $60 per adult.

Check in will be at from 1pm on Thursday the February 6th.

This event is only for PRANZ members. Membership currently costs $30.  Join PRANZ here.

You’ll need to get your tickets and pay a registration fee.  This helps cover the costs of hiring the venue, other general costs of running the event, and towards a few of the out of pocket expenses that our awesome volunteers are incurring to run a fun weekend for all of us!

 

Accomodation

This is up to you to organise yourself. See Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park .

Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park

 

Book NOW via phone or email and tell them you’re with the Packrafting Meetup!

I’ll say it again for those people at the back, BOOK YOUR ACCOMODATION EARLY!

Queenstown can get really busy during the summer. Of course we’d like as many people as possible to stay at Lakeview Holiday Park so that we’re all together… but if you don’t book fast, we might found ourselves a bit spread out. Not too worry, everyone is welcome to join us at the Hub in the evenings for a beer and tall tales of daring do!

 

Transport

If you travel to the venue by public transport, we will share vehicles and everyone will be expected to meet their share of fuel costs for shuttles.  Fill vehicles up.  The distances to local rivers are low, so this will not be onerous.

If you have an MTB, bring it.

 

FAQ

I’ve never been Packrafting before… Can I join in?

This meetup is intended for people who have already been packrafting, and who have their own gear and some basic knowledge of swift water safety and hazards.

BUT, we are aiming to get enough skilled volunteers to be able to get a few brand new people out on the river, on some entry level sections.  You might not be able to participate in more difficult paddling; there is a minimum set of safety skills needed for white water paddles.  Brand new people are strongly encouraged to do a little homework first, to get a basic understanding of the gear needed, the safety skills needed and water hazards on rivers.

There will also be lots of other general learning and activities to participate in, which will be excellent learning for new folks.

You will however, need to ensure you’ve got (or have booked) all the gear you need before coming to the meetup.

 

Can I bring the family?

Of course!  There’s lots of things in the area to entertain people of all ages. Walking, mountain biking, hot pools etc etc…  If you want to have your family on the river, then you’ll need to ensure they have sufficient warm clothing and safety gear.  The normal minimum age for solo paddlers on a PRANZ trip is 10 years; but that would be on a grade 1 river, under direct supervision of gaurdians and experienced volunteers.  Chat to us before hand if you’ve got more questions about paddling with kids;  We know a few people who have done plenty and can get you in touch!

 

Can I rent gear for the meetup?

There are a few places where you can rent Packrafts and some accessories;  check out the Commercial Hire/Sales section of this website. We expect some of those companies will be bringing demo boats and rental boats to the meetup;  watch this space for more info.  We’ll keep you up to date!

 

Do I need a wetsuit/drysuit?

Its normally pretty hot at the location, and time of year…   But if you fall in near the start of a run, it can get pretty cold by the end of it.   There are opportunities for shorter, easier runs which can be done without specialised cold water protection, but for anything more than a few hours or for sessions involving swimming (like safety workshops) you’ll need a wetsuit at least.  Dry suits are just toasty, but not essential for most of the trips we’ll be doing.

 

Questions?

We haven’t got everything organised yet, so we won’t know all the answers!

If you’ve got a burning question that isn’t answered here and you need to know soon, send Huw a message via the PRANZ Facebook Page