Accomodation : Camping, huts
Level : Intermediate/Advanced
Get truly intimate with the Northeast coast of the Bay of Islands on this authentic kayak expedition. Land on surf beaches, camp in the wild and challenge yourself in the never ending rock-gardens.
This 100 square mile Maritime Scenic Reserve is renowned for its delightful array of islands, rugged peninsulas and idyllic beaches. Our seven day kayak tour will take you around many of these islands and, depending on weather and sea conditons, out to the outer reaches of the Bay of Islands- either; Cape Wiwiki to the north or; Cape Brett to the east.
Features such as The Black Rocks (distinctive columnar basalt formations) and Cathedral Cave, on the same island as the famous Hole-in-the-Rock, are very special paddling experiences.
Historically, the Bay of Islands was a cradle for early Maori civilisation, as well as for the first European settlements of the early 1800’s. Remote Maori pa sites (fortified village headlands), such as Rangihoua Pa abound throughout the BOI. The kayak is the perfect way to gain access to hike these panoramic archaeological sites.
Spectacular 360 degree views reveal the true beauty of the Bay of Islands! Myra’s Cave and the many narrow passageways en route to either Cape Brett or Cape Wiwiki will add to our paddling adventure and provide many additional photo opportunities.
Magnificent stretches of coastline, both to the north and the south of the Bay of Islands, provide a perfect setting for adventurous, scenery inspired ocean kayaking. Long sandy beaches characterize these coastal areas, nearby off shore islands, towering sea cliffs and a variety of small coves, perfect for lunchtime beach combing and snorkelling. The numerous sea-caves, archways and rock pinnacles along the way will enhance the paddling experience.
Highlights of these coastal trips may include:
- Exploring the Cavalli Islands conservation reserve
- Visiting an historic whaling station (mid 1800’s) in Whangamumu Harbour
- Introductory kayak surfing on the gentle sandy beaches of Mimiwhangata or Northern Takou Bay
- Whangaroa Harbour, with it’s unique rock formations and sea caves
Novice kayakers with a sense of adventure, good level of physical fitness and a desire to learn ocean “kayak seamanship” skills will find these trips very rewarding and at an appropriate level of challenge.
Experienced paddlers will be able to further their kayaking skills in the many areas of expertise required for exposed coastal paddling.
We’ll collect you in Paihia 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.