Expeditions

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Tutukaka

The Tutukaka Coast, is a world rated scenic and idyllic holiday destination. It is especially noted for it's clear blue waters, sheltered pebbly or sandy bays, unspoilt estuaries, and sub-tropical native forest. The Tutukaka Coast offers everyone a wide and varied choice of coastal adventures. You can experience coastal camping at its best.

Our overnight and multi day tours along the coast explore the beautiful bays and scenic highlights of the area. Slow paddling through channels and between rocky outcrops and small islands are a highlight when the swell is low and the wind is light.

There is a limited choice of freedom campsites which allow a secluded eco camping without the need for long paddle distances. This allows more time for walks, fishing, swimming or snorkelling.

More experienced groups can choose longer distances between camps or build in additional side trips for those want to explore further. Expedition style tours can also receive a pick-up from destinations such as Whananaki and Mimiwhangata, further up the coast.

Length:  2/3 day Expeditions

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Length:  Half Day

Minimum Group Size:  1

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Mimiwhangata

The Mimiwhangata peninsula lies 50km north of Whangarei on the east coast. Rimariki Island and its surrounding rocky pinnacles, and the nearby Wide Berth Islands provide a cluster of striking offshore islands in close proximity to the peninsula. Mimiwhangata has been a Marine Park since 1984 and is home to a wide variety of specialized habitats. Scientific studies have found examples of almost every shallow marine habitat on Northland's east coast, and a series of complex deep reef systems of biodiversity further offshore. Long white sand beaches separated by rocky headlands are a feature of the area.

Join our 3 day expedition exploring the Mimiwhangata area from a choice of campsites on the many awesome beaches. This circular tour Each day's itinerary on the round trip is easily altered to accommodate different paddling aspirations, and take advantage of fishing opportunities and 'beach life'. The intricate nature of the outer islands offers more challenging paddling in certain conditions and a myriad of possibilities for exploration.

Our 4 day expedition follows a similar route around Mimiwhangata peninsula and includes the Whangaruru Harbour to the north. This allows for a circular tour over 4 days with an open ocean crossing from the North Head of Whangaruru Harbour back to the mainland a feature of most trips. The Whangaruru area offers a large area of sheltered paddling including extensive mangroves systems. Great fishing, shellfish beds and campsites make this a place to try your hand at living from the sea. Experience a true kiwi style of coastal living in this great area.

Length:  2/3/4 day Expeditions

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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's most popular regions. From Rawhiti, Urupukapuka Island, Deep Water Cove to the 'Hole in the Rock' (Percy Island) we experience some of Northland's finest scenery. Travel by sea kayak offers you the most adventurous and least intrusive way to enjoy the marine life.

These 3 or 4 day tours are designed to take in the best the Bay has to offer, concentrating on the array of outer islands, and rugged Cape Brett peninsula to the south. Here the beaches are exceptional, and there are many short walks, historic areas, and heritage sites to visit.

In good weather conditions we can explore Deep water Cove and the rugged Cape Brett peninsula. There are more sea caves, schools of fish and active bird life. Dolphin and shark sightings are a possibility.

This tours acan be adapted to suit all levels of kayaking experience, as we are able to choose a variety of routes, ranging from the exposed outer coast to the sheltered side of each island, and everywhere in between. We offer many opportunities for other activities, and optional side trips for those wanting to paddle some more, making for a guaranteed great trip for all groups. The main base for this expedition is Urupukapuka Island DOC Camping Ground. Rawhiti has accommodation options and is a good base for day trips.

Length:  2/3/4 day Expeditions

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Cavalli Islands

We explore the iconic Cavalli Islands conservation reserve, home of the 'Rainbow Warrior' wreck, awesome scenery and abundant marine life. This cluster of islands lie to the east of an extremely rugged and beautiful section of the Northland Coast.

Visiting this seldom paddled area, we'll be amongst towering sea cliffs and rock pinnacles, numerous hidden coves, and idyllic sandy beaches and caves. Depending on conditions, we'll also visit sections of the mainland coast and adjacent islands, including the magnificent rock formations and sea caves at the entrance to Whangaroa Harbour.

Length:  3/4/5 day Expeditions

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Whangaroa Expedition

This area can be explored as part of a Cavalli Islands Expedition or as a separate trip leaving from Whangaroa Harbour. This could involve camping, staying in the DOC hut at Lane Cove or at a lodge / Backpackers.

Whangaroa Harbour has unique landforms with steep rock formations and its sheltered water's ideal for all levels of paddling. Outside the entrance there are numerous caves to explore and a rugged coastline to the north and south.

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Customised Tours

Other locations not listed on our tour pages can be included in a customised tour.

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Expeditions

Options include:

Combining Day Tours and overnight beach tours

Special group tours with activity focus

Extended expeditions on the Whangarei to Bay of Islands coastline

Whangamumu Whaling Station

Note: All listed Tours can be extended for the more adventurous and experienced paddlers.