Duo crosses Strait in kayak on journey
Pair make Cook Strait look easy in kayak
Prepared to be camping out in the Marlborough Sounds on Tuesday night, two adventurers beat their own expectations and completed the full crossing of Cook Strait in one day.
Their reward - a comfortable bed.
Grant Rawlinson and Alan Silva are in the middle of the Peak to Peak challenge, an attempt to travel 1200 kilometres from Mt Ruapehu to the summit of Mt Cook by climbing, cycling and paddling.
They expected the 60km Cook Strait crossing to be done over two days, but reached Picton at 4pm on Tuesday, 10 hours after departing from Makara Beach, Mr Rawlinson said. "We came much faster than we thought."
Their journey to the South Island under favourable weather conditions proved to be far more successful than that of the road bikes they planned to use to travel 700km to Mt Cook.
"The bicycles came over on the ferry this morning, but never got taken off . . . So we're stuck waiting for the bicycles."
Both are experienced adventurers and hope to raise money for a number of volunteer rescue departments, including those who saved the life of Mr Rawlinson's sister.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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