Kayaking In NZ With Auckland Sea Kayaks

Monday, August 7th, 2017

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Highly rated by TripAdvisor (Auckland Sea Kayaks are a recipient of their of Certificate of Excellence three years running) as one of the top five things to do in Auckland, kayaking the sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf with Auckland Sea Kayaks is simply a must-do for all kinds of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

Motuihe Island and Hauraki Gulf of North Island, New Zealand

Kayakers will be treated to an abundance of fresh ocean air, the rugged natural beauty of Island coastlines and the shining waters of the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, as well as (depending on the trip selection) the chance to explore the sandy beaches and volcanic delights of Waiheke Island, Motuihe Island, Great Barrier Island, Motukorea Island and the Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve.

The Tours

Auckland Sea Kayaks host a range of kayaking packages suitable for different ages and abilities. From half day to five day all-inclusive guided tours, there is something for everyone. Take a look below to find the sea kayaking tour to suit you.

Sunset Sea Kayak Tour To Rangitoto Island

Departing daily the Rangitoto Sunset tours take kayakers out across the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour and on to the Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve – maybe spotting a Little Blue Penguin or dolphin along the way. Enjoy a short trek to the summit of Rangitoto, soak up the beautiful views while learning a bit about the history of the region from your knowledgeable guide. Upon returning to the shore a superb kiwi style barbeque awaits, after which kayakers can enjoy the paddle home in darkness towards the sparkling lights of Auckland City.

  • Group discounts are available.
  • Tours cost $185 per person which includes the BBQ dinner and refreshments.
  • Kayakers depart from the St Heliers Bay boat ramp (384 Tamaki Drive, Auckland).
  • Free central city pick up available on request.
  • Departure times may vary depending on the season.

½ Day Explorer Motukorea Island (Browns Island)

Much smaller than Rangitoto, Motukorea Island is just off the coast from the St Helliers Bay starting point. The well preserved volcano provides some stunning views as kayakers approach from the water, and some even more incredible views from the summit all while learning a little about the history of the Island. The half day Motukorea explorer tour is a great little starter for those not wishing to commit to the longer kayaking distances.

  • Light refreshments are provided.
  • Tours cost $135 including refreshments.
  • Departure is from the St Heliers Bay boat ramp (384 Tamaki Drive, Auckland).
  • Tours run twice daily, the morning tour begins at 9.00am and the afternoon at 2.00pm.
  • Free central city pick up is available upon request.

Day Sea Kayak Tour Rangitoto Island

Explore the iconic Rangitoto Island Scenic Reserve after paddling your way across the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour. The largest of Auckland’s volcanic cones, Rangitoto Island stands at approximately 260 metres or 850 feet high and began its life over 6000 years ago. The summit hike takes approximately 1 hour with spectacular 360 degree views more than rewarding your efforts.

  • The point of departure and return is St Heliers Bay boat ramp (384 Tamaki Drive, Auckland).
  • Tours cost $185 including BBQ lunch and refreshments.
  • Tours depart at 9.00am with return times usually around 3.30pm.
  • Free central city pick up is available at 8.30am if requested in advance.

Two Kayaks Against Rangitoto Island

Waiheke Island Sea Kayak Tour

After making your own way on the ferry across to Waiheke Island, kayakers meet at the Waiheke Island Matiatia Wharf before departing to explore the ins and outs of the Waiheke Island coastline. Kayakers will have the opportunity to see some amazing wildlife along the way all while enjoying the tranquil coastal environment.

  • Tours cost $135 per person.
  • Departure is from Matiatia Wharf at 10am (Waiheke Island), finishing at around 1.30pm.
  • Kayakers stop for refreshments in Owhanake Bay.
  • At the completion of the tour, participants can be dropped off at a local winery near the Oneroa township or returned to Matiatia Wharf.
  • Ferry tickets are not included in the tour cost.

Matiatia Bay Waiheke

Great Barrier Island Wilderness 5 Day Sea Kayak Tour

For those looking for the ultimate kayaking adventure in New Zealand, the Great Barrier Wilderness tour is definitely it. Designed for people who have more advanced kayaking experience, the five day tour allows kayakers to experience the oceanic delights of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and the impressive untouched beauty of Great Barrier Island’s coastline. Participants are ferried to the Island by the Sea Link Great Barrier Express before beginning the four night camping and kayaking journey.

  • All camping and kayaking equipment is provided.
  • Limited places are available (minimum of four and maximum of six).
  • Departures are at 7.30 am from the Wynyard Wharf in central Auckland.
  • Port Fitzroy Great Barrier Island arrival times are approximately 12.30pm.
  • Kayakers are returned to the Wynyard Wharf around 8pm.
  • The 5 day tour costs $1450 per person, including all equipment, ferry crossings and meals.

Multi-Day Island Hopping Kayak Tours

With the option of a two or three day adventure, kayakers are able to explore Motukorea Island, Motuihe Island and Rangitoto Island. All overnight camping gear is provided along with food and refreshments. Motuihe Island lays approximately half way between Auckland and Waiheke Island and is a naturally pest free haven for some of New Zealand’s rare and endangered species such as Kiwi, Dotterels and Kakariki.

  • Tours cost $395 for the two day option including camping gear and food.
  • Departure is from the St Heliers Bay boat ramp (384 Tamaki Drive, Auckland).
  • Free central city pick up and drop off is available if required.
  • Tours depart at 9.00am, returning by 3.30pm on the following day/s.

Riverhead Kayak

Want to kayak without a guide? The Riverhead Kayak tour is perfect for friends, families and beginner level kayakers. Starting from Herald Island the trip takes approximately three hours, finishing up at The Riverhead tavern (or the same in reverse). Because of the tidal nature of Rangitopuni Creek, departure times will vary according to the tidal flows. Transport is provided to return kayakers to their original departure points as the trip is only one way.

  • Departure times will vary, after work, daytime or weekend time slots are available.
  • Tours depart from either the Herald Island end or from The Riverhead.
  • Tour costs start at $95 per person and can vary depending on the group size.

Te Ara Moana Kayak Trail

The perfect self-guided option for those wishing to take their time and enjoy the experience of following a traditional Maori trade route along Auckland’s sheltered coastline. Following the coastline along from Omana Regional Park to the boundaries of the Waharau Regional Park, kayakers will pass by Maraetai, Duder Regional Park, Clevedon, Waitawa Regional Park, Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point. 

  • Single and double kayaks are available for rental.
  • Equipment like life jackets, paddles, maps and emergency supplies are provided along with the latest marine weather forecasts and tide tables.
  • Kayak hire costs $75 per person, per day.
  • Return transport back to the starting point or expedition retrieval is charged at $36 per person.
  • If required, camping gear is available for hire.

Puhoi River Auckland

Waiheke Island Three Day Kayak Circumnavigation

Make your way right around Waiheke Island while enjoying camping out, exploring rock pools and soaking up the beautiful remote surrounds. This three day tour covers significant distances with day one sitting at 17.6 km, day two at 18.5 km and day three at 22.2 km. Kayakers make their own way to Waiheke on the ferry and the tour departs from Matiatia Bay.

  • Tours cost $715 per person including kayaks, refreshments and food.
  • Ferry transport to Matiatia Bay departure point is not included in the tour costs.
  • The itinerary is subject to change.

Things You Should Know Before You Go

  • Safety is the number one priority for Auckland Sea Kayaks.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required as participants are required to paddle for extended periods.
  • Comprehensive safety briefings covering all aspects of kayaking and paddling instruction is provided.
  • Participants need to be able to cope with being confined to the kayak without the possibility of getting out for extended periods.
  • The free central city pick up point is from outside Pier 1 by the Auckland Ferry Building on Queens Wharf.
  • In the interests of safety participants need to be able to understand and speak English.
  • All kayaks are well equipped and include expedition features such as retractable rudders, sealed hatches, watertight compartments, storage and tow lines.
  • Participants are advised to bring a camera, sunscreen, shorts, sun glasses, any personal medication and suitable comfortable footwear for walking.
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks provides all the necessary gear including buoyancy aids, spray skirt, spray jacket, thermals, a polar fleece sweater and even a dry bag for your camera.
  • Any special dietary requirements need to be specified upon making your booking.

The Hauraki Gulf Island Sanctuaries

As an Approved Department of Conservation business Auckland Sea Kayaks are licensed to bring visitors to the Islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Upholding the nature of these pest free sanctuaries for native plants and animals is an important part of this approval and it is necessary for all visitors to:

  • Check bags and camping gear for possible animal, insect or other stowaways.
  • Ensure all gear is free from soils and seeds.
  • Keep any food in a rodent proof container.
  • Contain any personal items in sealed bags.

Sea kayaking in Auckland is one of the best outdoor experiences on offer in the Auckland region and simply the very best way to explore the Hauraki Gulf’s spectacular island coastlines. For more details on sea kayaking tours and departure dates and times see the Auckland Sea Kayaks website.

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