Accommodation : Camping
Level : Beginners to experienced
Plain and simple just as it should be! Enjoy the iconic Bay Of Islands in true kiwi style. Camp by the beach, eat delicious meals cooked outdoors…
Paddle your own path through the numerous rock gardens, snorkel the crystal clear waters, keep your eyes peeled for the Bays friendly dolphins. A true classic kiwi adventure trip.
A paddlers’ paradise. 100 square miles of Maritime scenic reserve, full of islands, rocks and reefs that just beg to be explored. These trips will take you from the depths of the inner bays to the far outer reaches of Cape Brett or Cape Wiwiki.
Within the sheltered waters of the Bay it is possible to take it easy and just cruise or to challenge yourself among the endless rock-gardens. Out in the Black Rocks and at the two Capes there are exciting passages and Caves. The stretches in between have many white sand beaches perfect for swimming and lazing around. Many reefs provide great snorkelling in the clear turquoise water.
The Bay was a cradle for early Maori civilization and it abounds with old Pa (village) sites and places of historical importance. It was also the first area in New Zealand to be settled by Europeans so is rich in early history. Along the way we’ll see many of these places.
We like to camp in style and so many years experience means we do this pretty well! Our guides take pride not only in giving you a great time on the water but in producing camp food that will make you mouth water!
We will pick you up from your Kerikeri accommodation at 9am and after taking a short ferry ride from Opua To Okiato we will continue along the beautiful coastal road out to Rawhiti in the outer Bay of Islands. We put in at Kaimarama Bay, which is at the road end; from here it is only a 30-minute paddle across the Albert Channel to our camp for the next two nights on Urupukapuka Island. We typically arrive here in time to set up camp and have a quick lunch on the beach before continuing on with our afternoon’s paddle that will take us into the heart of the Bay of Islands, exploring the tranquil beaches of the western side Urupukapuka and the nearby Poroporo Islands. Arriving back in camp an aperitif and a stroll up the hill are often on the cards, Followed by a wholesome home cooked meal.
After a good breakfast to get us well set for a day on the water we will take advantage of any morning calm to make some ground along the western side of Urupukapuka, This is the wild side! Steep cliffs plummet into the sea, Deep caves boom in any swell and the kelp fronds wash up and down the rocks with the surge. It’s dramatic and makes for some of the most stunning kayaking NZ has to offer! Easy to enjoy for paddlers with any level of ability we will take the time to check out some caves and narrow passages before entering the Waiwaitoria passage that leads us back into the protected waters of the Bay. Lunch be will on a beautiful beach followed by stroll up a hill or into the bush to find some of the islands awesome bird life before a leisurely afternoon paddle brings us back around the island to our camp. Another night in Paradise and another scrumptious camp cooked meal await.
Our final day, after breakfast we’ll strike camp and get our boats packed up. Once on the water we will head back across the Albert Channel and head down the outer coast of the Rawhiti Peninsular towards Oke Bay. Similar to Urupukapuka’s western coast this stretch affords some stunning paddling and is highly aesthetic! We often lunch in Oke bay before continuing out along the coast towards deepwater cove. Numerous little beaches make for some great stops along the way with excellent snorkeling opportunities. As the day draws on we will turn and run back toward s the Albert Channel and our waiting shuttle. We are generally back in Kerikeri by 5pm. This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change with the weather and the ability/desires of the group.