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Stormy seas & Sea eagles - from the edge of Russia

Posted by Tara Mulvany on June 25, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (8)

Bleak, barren, and beautiful. It's hard to sum up the past few weeks and paint a picture of the landscapes that I have travelled through.

Headland after headland, one fjord crossing and then the next - the wild and windswept northern coast of Norway has not disappointed. Day after day I've been soaking wet, cold, tired and sometimes hungry, but it has been awesome. Here is a little insight into my journey so far.

After catching the Hurtigruten for 36 hours to its eastern most, ...

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Conquering Commander Peak

Posted by Tara Mulvany on April 23, 2016 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

For thousands of years Commander Peak has stood at the entrance to Hall Arm, guarding the waterways below. I have paddled past this mountain hundreds of times. I’ve looked straight up at it’s towering cliffs, once carved by glaciers, sheets of water pouring off its face, waterfall numbering hundreds and tiny ferns clinging to smooth rock.

Clients often ask if anyones ever climbed it. I tell them about a crazy...

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THE GREAT WAR OF ISISPYNTEN - 3 kayakers, 9 hungry polar bears & 200km of glacial cliffs

Posted by Tara Mulvany on October 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Along the entire North Eastern coast of Nordaustlandet lies one long line of glacial cliffs, which at this latitude stretch nearly an entire parallel. For more than 200km the Austfonna Glacier heaves masses of ice into the Arctic Ocean and guards Svalbard’s shores. From the information we managed to gather, we had an idea that there could be a few potential landing points along the glacier, but none could be guaranteed. We knew that a ...

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The land of the ice bear, Svalbard

Posted by Tara Mulvany on June 18, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Just a quick note to say that tomorrow we fly north to Svalbard to begin our adventure.  If you're interested in following along, you will find updates on our blog, and most likely more regular updates on Facebook.  We are carrying with us a Delormie Inreach tracker, which is visible on the header bar on my Tara's Journeys facebook page, so you can follow...

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Spark my Potential & Kayak around Svalbard

Posted by Tara Mulvany on April 20, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Firstly I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who's made a donation towards our coming Svalbard expedition.  I fly to Norway on June 11th which isn't far away! So much has been happening, we've been lucky enough to have had a number of awesome sponsors onboard helping this trip to become a reality.  Tahe Outdoors are sponsoring us custom made Zegul Arrow Empower kayaks, Kokatat are giving us dry suits and PDFs, Lendal NA are giving us paddles, Fresh As are sponsoring a huge s...

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Arctic Dreams - The beginning of an Arctic circumnavigation

Posted by Tara Mulvany on March 27, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

This feels a little strange to be writing a blog post again. It seems like forever since I’ve been on a big mission, taking each day as it comes, life’s movements decided by the sea and the sky. Without the challenges, beauty and the raw power of being alone in the wilderness, I find it difficult to find the inspiration to write. But now I do, because a new adventure is not far away.

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Life Under A Full Moon

Posted by Tara Mulvany on September 19, 2014 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (3)

The sky is dark, the mountains are covered in snow, and I am back in this beautiful land, ready for summer to arrive. It's been a while since I have worked, and I'm excited to be back in the game, guiding in Fiordland. It's good to be home, and it's even better to have a home.. my first home in two and a half years.


This year has been one filled with challenges, storms and sunshine, new places, people and experiences. In the 25 years that I have been on this planet, t...

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Torpedos, Nude Runs & Dodging Planes

Posted by Tara Mulvany on July 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (3)

Right now I'm sitting on the ferry on my way back to the mainland after an incredible six weeks on Vancouver Island. I'm sad but content - it is with regret that I'm leaving this magical island that I have grown to love, but at the same time I'm happy that I've achieved what I set out to do, and excited about the adventures that lie ahead.

The last time I blogged was in Tofino, a little wes...

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Sea Otters & Strawberries

Posted by Tara Mulvany on June 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (6)

It's been more than two weeks since I last blogged. So much has happened since then, and so many miles have slipped by, leaving me a little lost as to where to start this post. Maybe I'll start from the Inside Passage - the inland waterway that made me fight to the end. Day after day I pushed into relentless headwinds. I thought 6 days of them was enough, but it ended up being 11 days before I rounded Cape Scott and swung my bow south. On my last night in the passage, I camped on top of a...

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Headwinds in The Inside Passage

Posted by Tara Mulvany on June 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Today I made it to Seward, a small community on the edge of the Johnstone Strait. In the past six days I've covered close to 250 km, which means that I've been averaging just over 40 km a day. Nothing to brag about, but trust me, I have fought for every kilometre. I've had six days of head winds, thankfully most of which died off late afternoon. Because of the afternoon lull, I have been paddling for 6 hours into the wind early morning to make use of favourable tides, then chilling on lan...

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Canada Creeking!

Posted by Tara Mulvany on May 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Just a quick update before I set off on my adventure around Vancouver Island. I have been staying with Jaime, a kiwi, who has been living over this way for the past 10 years. We randomly met on 90 mile beach this past summer - I was dragging my boat up the beach after nailing my last surf landing of the west coast, and Jaime was there on his filming project to document the paddling lifestyle in NZ. Despite the fact that he didn't help with my boat, and sat in his van watching, he seemed l...

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The Adventures Continue!

Posted by Tara Mulvany on May 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (4)

Last Sunday, the day before I left for Dusky, I nearly booked a ticket to western Australia. But I wasn’t totally at ease about it. I didn’t want to go. I was only going because I felt it was about time to make some money. I looked at the screen of my laptop, hesitated, and couldn’t bring myself to click the confirm button that would seal the deal.

After a magical week in Dusky, I knew that I’d done the right thing. I was still free.  I st...

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The Journey Ends

Posted by Tara Mulvany on April 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (7)

This amazing adventure has all drawn to a close way too soon. Over the past few weeks, I have struggled to sum up and put into words all that has happened this summer. All the incredible moments that are now just memories, all the places, people and feelings that I have felt.

Memories of barefoot days, where money means nothing, but life means everything. Days where a full moon is a measure of progress, and there is never a schedule, decisions simply determined by th...

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On the Home Run!!

Posted by Tara Mulvany on March 30, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Just a quick note to say that I have made it to Napier, and I'm leaving tomorrow ON THE HOME RUN!! 

See you soon Makara Beach!

:) Tara

A Wild Land - East Cape to Gisborne

Posted by Tara Mulvany on March 22, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

East Cape was just like I had imagined. Rugged, wild, and a step back in time. During the planning stages of my trip, this isolated, far corner of New Zealand had intrigued me. I knew nothing about it, and I didn't know many kiwis who had been there. Like much of the North Island, it was foreign territory to me. Unfortunately, cyclone Lusi didn't come to much at Te Araroa Beach. In fact there was barely any tent flapping, but it did kick up a pretty wild swell for three days. I waited p...

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A Race with Cyclone Lusi - part 2, Mt Maunganui to East Cape

Posted by Tara Mulvany on March 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The next morning I packed up and paddled away just as the light had begun to appear. I paddled into steaming clouds of fog, a thick mist swept out to sea with a light breeze and the rising sun. I had never seem anything like it. On a bright sea with a dull blue sky, it was more like a katabatic wind over an ice cap.  As the day grew warmer the mist disappeared and I paddled along on a calm ocean with waves lapping at the shore. One giant beach stretched for as far as I could see into...

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A Race with Cyclone Lusi - part 1, Mt Maunganui to East Cape

Posted by Tara Mulvany on March 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Tonight is a full moon, the fourth full moon of my journey. It was three months ago today that I packed my boat and paddled away from the South Island. So much has happened in that time. Or maybe so little. It all depends how you look at it.


In Mount Manganui I stayed with my friend Dave and his wife Adina. He met me on the beach when I arrived and immediately began to describe how I'd just missed the best show ever. An obese elderly couple had just gotten the place...

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Fog, Open Crossings and Container Ships - Whangarei to Hahei

Posted by Tara Mulvany on March 4, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (1)

On a grey misty morning I paddled away from Daman and the Kiwi Logic and headed towards the entrance of the Whangarei Harbour. The fog was so thick I couldn't see further than a few hundred metres, so I aimed roughly in the direction of the southern shore, cutting right through the middle of the main boat channel. A heap of small boats whizzed past me, some dropping behind and others in front, but thankfully none on top of me.


It was a long and boring day, but the sea w...

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Bay of Islands to Whangarei

Posted by Tara Mulvany on February 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (6)

After two days in Kerikeri I paddled out across the Bay of Islands, sun shining, kayak loaded and feeling strong and ready for a few days of cruising. I had picked up a hitch hiker from Opua Bay, and Hermin, my bright green praying mantis friend clung on tightly to my front deck. As I paddled, he cruised about, climbing high on the bungies to admire the view, and hiding in the shade of my drink bottle when things got too hot.


I jumped out at Roberton Island to play touris...

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Rounding the Three Capes, Kaipara to the Bay of Islands

Posted by Tara Mulvany on February 13, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (7)

I paddled away from the Kaipara Harbour late morning on the 29th of January. The tide had just turned, the sky was clear, and the swell had dropped to just over 1.6m - as good as I was going to get for at least another week. I eased out of the calmness of the harbour slowly, following the sandspit around to the north, hoping to find a lead out over the bar. From kayak level it was difficult to figure out where I was, and where I wanted to be. The shore breakers were huge and my plan of hu...

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