Five places to kayak yourself around the bays and rivers, shake off covid lockdown fever
Once a way to get around is now a year round activity with New Zealand a prime destination to enjoy this ancient water sport. We even win Olympic medals rowing our hearts out. Find, locate and pop on the lifejacket and enjoy life on the water. The kids can participate as double kayaks get everyone on the water. Paddle, row and give kayaking a go.
Auckland residents just need to look out their windows at Rangitoto Island for a kayaking inspiration. Instagram snaps at sunset as you kayak to the island with Auckland Sea Kayaks. What a way to celebrate the end of lockdown fever with a local escape on our doorstep. The bonus is a dinner at the St Heliers Bay boat ramp with your new found friends.
Not really keen on SUP then double kayak hire from ADVENTURE WATER SPORTS, LLC – Water Sport Rentals on Mission Bay could be the way to go. Mission Bay with its laid back cafe culture, beach sports and parade is the place to get yourself on the water.
You actually have no idea what you’re doing and that’s a-ok. Kayak Waiheke will lead you on a guided coastal tour around Waiheke’s pristine coast. With half-day, full-day, 2-hour and sunset sessions, you’ll find something that suits your adventure level. Whatever you choose, expect kayaking through coves, caves and canyons with lots of photo opps. You might even see a dolphin or two.
Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve
Rock pools, kayaking, spotting stingrays, wondering what’s the name of the seabird soaring overhead and you’re not far from Auckland. Enjoy an afternoon watching marine life gliding under your paddles. There is even a course for kayak surfing. Two for one adventure. A favourite is the stunning bioluminescence tour. Be part of a magical light show put on by the smallest of living sea creatures. For kayaking novices there are courses and guided tours. Check with Canoe & Kayak North Shore Tours & Courses for details.
Puhoi River Kayaking
Paddle past native bush, lush farmland and into the mysterious world of a mangrove forest as you enter Wenderholm Park. Along the way herons, pukekos, kingfishers observe your progress. Scenic river kayaking to an estuary is the perfect city escape. Ditch google maps, you simply follow the historic Puhoi River waterway. Puhoi River Canoes will take care of the rest for you. All you need is to get here and enjoy being outdoors and outside.
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