PHOTOS OF OUR KAYAKING TOURS IN NORTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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  • Overlooking Cape Brett and off-shore Piercy Island where we paddle through the famous Hole-in-the-rock on our guided/instructional 10 day Advanced Paddling Expedition.
    Overlooking Cape Brett and off-shore Piercy Island where we paddle through the famous Hole-in-the-rock on our guided/instructional 10 day Advanced Paddling Expedition.
  • Overlooking the NE Coast, north of the Bay of Islands, as we paddle south on our guided 10 day Advanced Paddling Expedition.
    Overlooking the NE Coast, north of the Bay of Islands, as we paddle south on our guided 10 day Advanced Paddling Expedition.
  • Cape Brett lighthouse as seen during our 10 day guided tour in the Bay of Islands
    Cape Brett lighthouse as seen during our 10 day guided tour in the Bay of Islands
  • Remote Waikahoa Beach campsite at Mimiwhangata Coastal Marine Park. This is the start of our guided 10 day Advanced Paddling Expeditions starting south of the Bay of Islands and finishing at Paihia.
    Remote Waikahoa Beach campsite at Mimiwhangata Coastal Marine Park. This is the start of our guided 10 day Advanced Paddling Expeditions starting south of the Bay of Islands and finishing at Paihia.
  • Kayak surf instruction at Matauri Bay at the beginning of our guided 7 and 10 day NE Coast tours.
    Kayak surf instruction at Matauri Bay at the beginning of our guided 7 and 10 day NE Coast tours.
  • For those interested…we provide expert instruction in the exciting challenge of “rock gardening”, also known as “rock hopping”.
    For those interested…we provide expert instruction in the exciting challenge of “rock gardening”, also known as “rock hopping”.
  • Low tide lunch stop along the NE Coast, north of the Bay of Islands. View of Cape Wiwiki in the background.
    Low tide lunch stop along the NE Coast, north of the Bay of Islands. View of Cape Wiwiki in the background.
  • Bottlenose dolphins approaching our bows during a guided tour along the NE Coast with Lion Rock in the distance. (Although dolphin sightings are common, NZSKA is not a licensed dolphin watching concessionaire and therefore cannot seek out these encounters.)
    Bottlenose dolphins approaching our bows during a guided tour along the NE Coast with Lion Rock in the distance. (Although dolphin sightings are common, NZSKA is not a licensed dolphin watching concessionaire and therefore cannot seek out these encounters.)
  • A variety of single and double kayaks are used on our guided kayak tours. All are equipped with retractable rudders and comfy seats with air-pad backrests.
    A variety of single and double kayaks are used on our guided kayak tours. All are equipped with retractable rudders and comfy seats with air-pad backrests.
  • Enjoying the rock pools on a guided trip along the NE Coast located north of the Bay of Islands.
    Enjoying the rock pools on a guided trip along the NE Coast located north of the Bay of Islands.
  • Observing the fantastic water works of large swells breaking between the Black Rocks in the Bay of Islands.
    Observing the fantastic water works of large swells breaking between the Black Rocks in the Bay of Islands.
  • Guided paddling through the Black Rocks in the Bay of Islands when conditions are good.
    Guided paddling through the Black Rocks in the Bay of Islands when conditions are good.
  • Our guided tours often take us along rock-studded shorelines.
    Our guided tours often take us along rock-studded shorelines.
  • Yes, most paddlers can learn to surf with our expert instruction…as seen here with Stan Hutson—at 72—“dropping in” on his first wave ever!
    Yes, most paddlers can learn to surf with our expert instruction…as seen here with Stan Hutson—at 72—“dropping in” on his first wave ever!
  • There is often a rich gathering of bird life on our guided kayak tours, both in the Bay of Islands and along the outer coasts north and south of the Bay.
    There is often a rich gathering of bird life on our guided kayak tours, both in the Bay of Islands and along the outer coasts north and south of the Bay.
  • Local resident, Myra Larcombe, catching a clean wave at Matauri Bay at the beginning of a 7 day outer coast guided tour.
    Local resident, Myra Larcombe, catching a clean wave at Matauri Bay at the beginning of a 7 day outer coast guided tour.
  • Sea caves, arches and tunnels are common features on all of our  guided kayak tours in the Bay of Islands and along the outer coasts to the north and south of the Bay.
    Sea caves, arches and tunnels are common features on all of our  guided kayak tours in the Bay of Islands and along the outer coasts to the north and south of the Bay.
  • ‘Twin Tunnels’<em> </em>as experienced on the outside of Urupukapuka Island during one of our guided 7 day trips in the Bay of Islands.
    ‘Twin Tunnels’ as experienced on the outside of Urupukapuka Island during one of our guided 7 day trips in the Bay of Islands.
  • Reverse paddling is a technique taught for entering particularly challenging sea caves and, as seen here, to approach closely to this horizontal blowhole!
    Reverse paddling is a technique taught for entering particularly challenging sea caves and, as seen here, to approach closely to this horizontal blowhole!
  • Just paddling near the sea stacks and watching the action when the ocean swell is up is exciting.
    Just paddling near the sea stacks and watching the action when the ocean swell is up is exciting.
  • Day hikes from our campsites both in the Bay of Islands and along the outer NE Coast often offer fantastic walking with spectacular views.
    Day hikes from our campsites both in the Bay of Islands and along the outer NE Coast often offer fantastic walking with spectacular views.
  • The columnar basalt formations of the volcanic geology offers the challenge and adventure of paddling into sea caves on an almost daily basis on our guided tours both in the Bay and along the outer NE Coast.
    The columnar basalt formations of the volcanic geology offers the challenge and adventure of paddling into sea caves on an almost daily basis on our guided tours both in the Bay and along the outer NE Coast.
  • Fresh caught fish during our guided kayak tours in the Bay of Islands can lead to some delicious sashimi combinations!
    Fresh caught fish during our guided kayak tours in the Bay of Islands can lead to some delicious sashimi combinations!
  • An idyllic campsite on Urupukapuka Island that we often use on our guided Bay of Islands tours. Kiwi camping doesn’t get more authentic than this!
    An idyllic campsite on Urupukapuka Island that we often use on our guided Bay of Islands tours. Kiwi camping doesn’t get more authentic than this!
  • Fishing with handlines on our guided kayak tours can, on occasion, bring spectacular results! Kingfish steaks anyone?
    Fishing with handlines on our guided kayak tours can, on occasion, bring spectacular results! Kingfish steaks anyone?
  • Your guide knows where to find fresh pipis, oysters and mussels.
    Your guide knows where to find fresh pipis, oysters and mussels.
  • Head guide, Mark Hutson, observing the heavy incoming swells at the Black Rocks in the Bay of Islands.
    Head guide, Mark Hutson, observing the heavy incoming swells at the Black Rocks in the Bay of Islands.
  • Calculated timing is required when paddling through the advanced rock gardens on our 10 day Advanced Paddling Expedition either north or south of the Bay of Islands.
    Calculated timing is required when paddling through the advanced rock gardens on our 10 day Advanced Paddling Expedition either north or south of the Bay of Islands.
  • Mussels gathered, steamed and then sizzled on a hot plate with a variety of delicious sauces added.
    Mussels gathered, steamed and then sizzled on a hot plate with a variety of delicious sauces added.
  • Learning to relax in a rock garden environment is a valuable ocean paddling skill taught by your guide.
    Learning to relax in a rock garden environment is a valuable ocean paddling skill taught by your guide.
  • Reflection and contemplation at day’s end of an ocean paddling adventure with New Zealand Sea Kayak Adventures.
    Reflection and contemplation at day’s end of an ocean paddling adventure with New Zealand Sea Kayak Adventures.

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