Accommodation : Cottage (fee applies)
Level : Beginners to experienced
Leave the tents and camping gear behind! Bring on the hot showers and ice-cold beverages, whilst lodging in a beautiful ocean side cottage. This kayak tour is a perfect combination of evening comfort with active days’ ocean kayaking. Not to forget the Kiwis that can be heard and even found scratching in the bush by night.
Adventure by day, creature comforts by night. Sounds attractive? Then this is the trip for you! Experience the full wonder of kayaking in the Bay Of Islands but return each night to a beautifully appointed private cottage, a hot shower, some cold drinks and a comfortable bed. No roughing it with a camping mat and a sleeping bag on this one!
By day the Bay of Islands is a paddlers’ paradise and from our cottage base it is possible to experience the best it has to offer! Circumnavigate Moturoa Island and paddle to Cape Wiwik,i all the while paddling through caves, tunnels, narrow passages and endless rock gardens. Eat a terrific lunch, rest awhile then take in a snorkel from a white sand beach.
Gather mussels with the guide for the evening BBQ and enjoy an aperitif in the last of the summer sun. We take great pride in providing mouth water food even when we are camping so just imagine what we can do with a full kitchen. Great local produce and fresh seafood are used as often as possible.
We’ll collect you in Kerikeri at 8am and take the scenic drive north to Whangaroa. We get on the water among the mangroves of Waihapa Bay at the far SW end of Whangaroa. Take our time to paddle out and into the harbour itself absorbing the change of environment from estuarine to coastal. After lunch on a beautiful beach we’ll paddle to Lane Cove Hut and get our gear unpacked. The late afternoon can be spent relaxing in the beautiful surrounds, taking a hike in the forest (perhaps up the “Duke’s Nose” a great rocky outcrop) or exploring the Whangaroa’s “west arm” by kayak. A fantastic dinner and a good night sleep get us set up for the next day of exploring.
Breakfast then away we go. Today we explore the outer coast south of Whangaroa. Fantastic rock gardening and gorgeous white sand beaches for relaxing and lunching on. Perhaps some kayak surfing for the more intrepids…
Today can be challenging and adventurous or relaxing and easy it is completely up to you. This fantastic and stunning area provides so many options their really is something for everyone. In the evening we return to Lane Cove to enjoy the last of the sun with an aperitif taken out on the deck.
After packing up our kayaks and giving the hut a quick clean we’ll head north along the coast exploring the caves and tunnels that run through the cliffs. We’ll take lunch on another white sand beach and soak a bit more of the incredible atmosphere before heading back down Whangaroa harbour to Totara North. Here we load up the kayaks and start our drive back to Paihia.
This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change with the weather and the ability/desires of the group.