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Auckland, get yourself on the water

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4 places to kayak yourself around Auckland bays and rivers

Auckland adventures have a water playground in the backyard. Things to do include kayaking and exploring Hauraki Gulf Islands. New Zealand’s love affair with water sports is bone deep with Olympic rowing medals and yachting a celebrity sport. Paddle, row, and jump into the deep end of water adventures. For adventurers wanting to keep their feet dry check out Auckland Adventures top 10 activities.


Rangitoto Island

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.

Waiheke Island

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 Kayak will take care of the rest for you. All you need is to get here and enjoy being outdoors and outside.

Read more about things to do in Auckland in our Auckland travel guide.



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