Bob McLachlan

Showing in: Wanaka

Wanaka Session 13: Old Fashioned Story Telling Wednesday July 3
7.30pm (doors open with live music from 7.00pm)




As a baby, Bob McLachlan had big hands and correspondingly big feet. You could say he was born to grip a paddle and his Hobbit-sized hooves gave him stability in the mountains and the ability to pedal a bike along at speed.

Paddling some form of boat formed the cornerstone of Bob’s life, as he grew up kayaking before embarking on a career as a professional raft guide. Living the endless summer dream he worked on some of the world’s most beautiful rivers.

His downtime was spent pioneering kayak missions descending remote and difficult stretches of water. Bob has also worked as a guide for trekking, mountain biking, sea-kayaking and canyoning companies internationally and in New Zealand over the past 27 years.

He has mastered waka ama, rogain, adventure racing and has notched up impressive results in Godzone, Red Bull Defiance, China’s Baise Outdoor Quest and the Wenzhou Outdoor Challenge. Aged 44, Bob decided to have a crack at the World Multisport Championships Coast to Coast Longest Day. He achieved a remarkable second overall and convincingly won the veteran category. The list goes on.

Bob will be telling some adventure stories at our Old Fashioned Story Telling; the greatest challenge, we assume, will be choosing from his many amazing tales.