About Us

Taranaki Dragons was established in 2007 by a group of enthusiastic breast cancer survivors and supporters.

Today the club is made up of a variety of people keen to get out, enjoy the outdoors and paddle on our beautiful river.

We are at home on the Waitara river, launching from the Waitara Yacht Club, on a calm day we enjoy superb views of Mount Taranaki upstream.

About Dragon Boating

Dragon boat racing is a canoe-sport that originated in China over 2000 years ago, the boats are long and narrow and can hold up to 20 paddlers, a drummer and a sweep.

  • Dragon boats are decorated for competition with Chinese dragon heads and tails. 
  • Dragon boating is all about timing, technique and teamwork
  • Dragon Boating is the sport of choice for Breast Cancer survivors, there are over 110 Breast Cancer Dragon Boating teams worldwide, and staying true to our roots, we actively support raising Breast Cancer awareness.

Benefits of Dragon Boating

  • Social and fun
  • Meet some great people
  • Non-impact and non-weight bearing
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • A complete body workout
  • Anyone can paddle (if you are over 14years and can swim 50m).

Interested? Want to know more? 
Contact us.



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