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Tara Mulvany

About Tara Mulvany

Kayak Guide


Growing up in southern New Zealand, Tara spent her childhood climbing, tramping and kayaking with her family. After high school, she took an outdoor recreation course, which sparked a love of whitewater kayaking. This led to many summers working as a sea kayak guide in Fiordland, New Zealand.

Between those seasons, she has embarked on a number of long sea kayak expeditions, including a 3,730-mile (6,000 km) circumnavigation of New Zealand’s 3 main islands. Then, in the northern summer of 2015, along with 2 teammates, she completed the first-ever kayak circumnavigation of the 4 main islands of the Svalbard archipelago. Along this remote coast near the top of the world, they spent 71 days paddling with walrus and whales, encountering polar bears, navigating through pack ice and ice floes, negotiating long open-water crossings in thick fog and passing seemingly endless glacial fronts.

Most recently, in 2016, Tara paddled 2,237 miles (3,600 km) alone along the coast of Norway, from Russia to Sweden.

Tara has a huge love of adventure and wild places and strives to share this with others.