SEA KAYAK ADVENTURES IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
Information about the trips
All kayaking equipment
Including dry bags and paddling jackets.
Single and double kayaks are available, which are outfitted with comfy air pad backrests.
A point of pride for us. You'll find the beachside dining one of the highlights of the tour. Great care is taken to organise and prepare terrific meals from locally grown fruits and vegetables with baked desserts and quality New Zealand meats provided. On occasion a variety of fresh seafood caught during our tour will round out our sumptuous meals.
* Vegetarian meals also provided.
Note: Pre-tour information, which includes a detailed clothing and gear list, plus local accommodation and transportation information will be sent upon receipt of your deposit.
Customers are asked to make a contribution toward meal preparation and various camp chores on a rotational basis.
Regarding personal camping gear, you will need to bring (or rent from us at $5/day/item) your own tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, and, if interested, snorkeling gear.
Note: Payment for Department of Conservation campsite/hut fees will apply on trips using those facilities. Also, a nominal, group shared, ground transport cost will be collected for trips departing or returning a significant distance from the Paihia, Bay of Islands area.
Click on the map below for a large map of the Bay of Islands.
How to get there
Getting to the start of the tour from Auckland
We recommend you arrive in Paihia no later than the afternoon before the trip. We hold an informal pre trip meeting at 7pm the evening before the trip starts at the Peppercorn Restauranton Kings Road, Paihia. We can highly recommend this restaurant, and if you would like to eat dinner here on that evening it's best to have ordered your meal by 6pm.
From the Auckland International airport you can take the Airbus (airport shuttle bus) to downtown Auckland. This service runs every half hour and takes approx 45 minutes. A number of other shuttles and taxis are also available. Northliner Express and Intercity both offer a morning and afternoon bus service to Paihia. Travel time is just over 4 hours. If travelling during Christmas, New Year or Easter holiday period, it's recommended you book your bus tickets well in advance. Baggage storage facilities exist at the bus depots. Check their web sites for further details and bookings.
Air New Zealand offers a link service to Kerikeri (which is about a 25 minute taxi ride to Paihia). Flight time from Auckland is 45 minutes and cost varies approximately $100 - $175 depending on availability of special prices on the internet. Check their web site for flight schedules and prices as they tend to change. You can catch a shuttle from there to Paihia. Cost is $20 per person.
The Rental Car Centre - Bay of Islands. Freephone 0800 736822
These are budget cars (over 6 years old). You can arrange one way drop offs depending on availability. There is more availability from Auckland airport to Paihia than the other way round. You can also pick a car up from Kerikeri airport.
Pegasus Rental Cars
Available from Paihia only- no one way drop offs.
Budget Rental Cars
Pick up and drop off in in Kerikeri (25 mins from Paihia). One way drop offs can usually be arranged.
You will need to book accommodation for at least the night before and the night following the kayak trip. There are numerous motels, bed and breakfasts and hostels in Paihia. For quality and ease of logistics we recommend the following:
Backpacker Hostels - Budget Accommodation
Bay of Islands Holiday Park - a private, peaceful setting beside the Waitangi River. A few kilometres from central Paihia. Good if you have your own transport.