New Zealander Scott Donaldson has made history as the first person to kayak solo across the Tasman Sea.

He arrived on the shores of New Plymouth at about 8:40pm on Monday evening to fireworks and cheers from supporters gathered on Ngamotu Beach.

He left Coffs Harbour in New South Wales six weeks ago. The trip has been a gruelling task, and he was even forced to see out a storm near Lord Howe Island and after 61 days of blood, blisters and sunburn, Mr Donaldson has finally arrived home.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford even briefly paused their parenting duties to commend Mr Donaldson’s history-making achievement.

The kayaker is raising funds for asthma research, as his son has the condition.


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