KORE for schools

KORE is carrying on a decades long tradition of introducing school groups to sailing. Each year we get over 3,000 students trying sailing - most for the first time. The sailing programme has been added to with Water Activities and River Crossing options now available, both of which build on our commitment to water safety.

Far more than a fun day out of school, KORE activities are grounded in the curriculum, and in particular all five Key Competencies from the New Zealand Curriculum; Thinking, Using language, Managing self, Relating to others and Participating and contributing. Also, the activities are planned to increase awareness of the importance of safe practice around water; we have worked closely with Water Safety New Zealand in developing the best possible programmes.

The combination of fresh air, learning through play, physical activity, responsibility and being a member of a small team, brings a sense of pride in achievement. In addition, children who do not do well in the classroom are given a chance to shine and frequently do.

KORE has extensive experience running outdoor classes with children in an environment that involves variable conditions and multiple hazards. We have therefore developed high levels of expertise to manage class groups in these situations. Building students' confidence and developing within them a respect for their natural surroundings increases their resilience. Outdoor skills are the perfect building blocks for this. KORE will develop skills associated with being confident in a wilderness environment; skills and confidence that can be called on when facing other new or difficult situations. In short, resilience.

KORE-Booklet--SchoolsDownload the PDF for more info

KORE sailing

The best start in sailing anywhere

KORE is a premier provider of sailing programmes in Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island and is an integral part of our local sailing community. We are also increasingly recognised as a provider of quality water confidence and safety programmes.

Our aim: More people sailing safely more often.

KORE provides great options to get started in sailing or perhaps to get started again. Courses and options for all ages with our fantastic coaches who have years of experience getting people started in sailing. The best start in sailing anywhere.

Learn Sailing Courses

Our comprehensive, fun sailing courses are 5 x 2 hour sessions long.

Discover Sailing - Covers everything from rigging your boat to how make it go. Get to feel comfortable in your yacht and ready for more.

Develop Sailing - Gives you more confident control while sailing a course, learning some basic rules so you're ready to join a yacht club.

We also offer further sessions for fun, and for additional practice and skill development.

Casual Sailing

A chance to give sailing a try or have another go without committing to a course. Supervised fun and some help to get you started. Casual sailing sessions are all about having a good time and maybe deciding to take a course.

Bookings are essential; courses run once minimum numbers reached.


After school, weekends and holidays or by arrangement


Lake Rua in Christchurch and at Lake Pegasus in Pegasus Town


Casual Sailing - from $30, Contact us for details
Courses - $345.00 per course

Contact us today:

 021 669 474
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KORE hire

Making the most of the water

Kaiapoi river at the Mandeville Bridge

We have two venues, Kaiapoi town centre on the river.

Explore the river with friends, family or a group. There’s plenty of opportunity with our range of equipment for play and fitness.

Making the most of the Kaiapoi river

Paddleboard: Stand up paddle. Just like walking on water. We can help you get started.

Kayak: Experience the lake from a whole new perspective, paddling a single or double kayak.


We do not have set hours. We will arrange for the equipment you need.

After school and weekends and school holidays - Contact us for details

Phone, email or text to check conditions and to make a booking.

Hire Rates

We can provide equipment from $10.00 per person.
Minimum charges do apply.

Contact us today:

 Text 021 669474
 Phone 021 669 474
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KORE holidays

Getting your kids up in the morning

“Kore have run a variety of water activity holiday programmes and we also deliver programmes for groups too. We are always working on our next great holiday programme. Subscribe to our newsletter .”


Participants can enjoy a wide range of water and other outdoor activities having fun and learning skills and safe water techniques together. Activities include sailing, river crossing techniques, paddling, canoe polo, rafting, 'messing about in boats' games, and some friendly competitions all under supervision of our experienced leaders. Contact us for further details.




Lake Rua - Harewood, Christchurch
Lake Pegasus - Pegasus Town

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