Tours

Town Basin - Onerahi Tour

A great option if you're just wanting a relaxed introduction to kayaking. Explore the picturesque Town Basin and take in some of the main attractions within Whangarei from a different perspective. You'll see Mair park, the Hunterwassser building, New Bridge, Old port and ruins. This location is also great if you're wanting to see some of the boats in the marina.

Meeting Location:  Town Basin or Onerahi Yacht Club

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  2

Town Basin - Onerahi Tour
  • Full day Adult $150
  • Half day adult $100
  • Full day child $75
  • Half day Child $50
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Matakohe / Limestone Island Historical Eco Tour

We'll have a short paddle to Limestone Island where we circumnavigate the island, passing the wildlife reserve. In Spring / Summer we'll see Terns nesting across the channel near the mangroves. We will stop to explore the old shipwrecks and the old cement works ruins going back to the 1850’s and learn about the changing use of  the island  by Maori and Europeans. 

There is an historical and geological display center on the island to learn more and sometimes a ranger will be around with latest wildlife information and tips. You could spend all day there with extended walks to the pa site and across the island. 

Meeting Location:  Onerahi Yacht Club

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  2

Matakohe / Limestone Island Historical Eco Tour
  • Full day Adult $150
  • Half day adult $100
  • Full day child $75
  • Half day Child $50
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Classic Coffee Cruise Tour

For those who believe kayaking is simply the way to change the scenery between meals. This tour is designed for you! Visit an historical island reserve or a Marine Reserve in the Whangarei Harbour, known for its ruins shipwreck and bird nesting sites.

Meeting Location:  Onerahi Yacht Club

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Length:  2 hours

Minimum Group Size:  4

Classic Coffee Cruise Tour
  • Half day adult $80
  • Half day Child $40
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Parua Bay - McLeod Bay

This tour is a great way to see Whangarei Harbour from a different perspective. Join us, as we work our way through some small islands, and secluded Pohutukawa lined bays. We'll see Motukiore Island, Manganese Point and MacDonald Bank.

Meeting Location:  Wharf Rd or McLeod Bay

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  2

Parua Bay - McLeod Bay
  • Full day Adult $155
  • Half day adult $125
  • Full day child $75
  • Half day Child $60
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Reotahi Marine Reserve Tour

This tour explores the protected marine reserve and its surrounding shoreline. Tucked away in the Whangarei Harbour, Reotahi is one of two Whangarei Marine Reserves. Bring your swimming and snorkeling gear if the wind is calm to explore the diverse underwater environment. The surrounding volcanic rock formations and constantly changing views of Mt Manaia make this one of the most scenic trips.

Meeting Location:  McLeod Bay or Taurikura

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  2

Reotahi Marine Reserve Tour
  • Full day Adult $155
  • Half day adult $125
  • Full day child $75
  • Half day Child $60
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Smugglers Cove

Smugglers Cove is one of Whangarei's great beaches and a great place to snorkel, fish, swim or relax. You can see the distant Hen and Chicken Islands and on a good day other Islands come into view too. You can also climb Smugglers if you're feeling energetic.

Meeting Location:  Urquharts Bay or Woolshed Bay

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Smugglers Cove
  • Full day Adult $170
  • Half day adult $130
  • Full day child $85
  • Half day Child $60
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Smugglers Cove and Peach Cove

Leaving from Urquarts Bay we pass cormorants roosting and Frenchman Island before rounding the Bream Head Scenic Reserve. Seals are often seen on the rocks these days and fish and birdlife is abundant. This area has some of the best coastal bush in New Zealand.

Meeting Location:  Urquharts Bay

Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Smugglers Cove and Peach Cove
  • Full day Adult $170
  • Half day adult $130
  • Full day child $85
  • Half day Child $60
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Taiharuru Tour

We can start from Taiharuru Estuary and either head North to Pataua passing some isolated little bays and channels, and land on an open sandy beach, or in the estuary before returning, or alternatively we can head around Taiharuru Head towards Moturewa Island and McGregor's Bay. This is a round trip option unless we do a car shuttle.

Meeting Location:  McGregors Bay Public Restrooms

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Taiharuru Tour
  • Full day Adult $165
  • Half day adult $135
  • Full day child $80
  • Half day Child $60
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Pataua Tour

One of Northland's best kept secrets. Observe White-faced Heron, Kingfishers, Cormorants and Tui on the forest fringes. The tour starts at Pataua South near the bridge and continues up the river. We take a channel deep into mangrove forest and take refreshments on the river bank. On the full tide there is much to see further up the estuary and often stingray and schools of fish are encountered.

Meeting Location:  Pataua Public Restrooms

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Pataua Tour
  • Full day Adult $160
  • Half day adult $130
  • Full day child $80
  • Half day Child $60
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Horahora Estuary Tour

This half day tour starts at the mouth of the estuary, and we'll work our way up through the mangrove forest, native bush and narrow channels. Estuaries offer a great opportunity to watch bird life on the banks, and an easy paddle.

Meeting Location:  To be arranged by guide

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Length:  Half Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Horahora Estuary Tour
  • Half day adult $135
  • Half day Child $60
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Ngunguru River / Waitoi Creek Historical Eco Tour

This trip can be done when the open water is too rough and is a great family trip or for people who enjoy birdlife and tranquility. We take lunch or refreshments on the river bank before meandering our way up the various native bush lined channels. We start at either Scow's Landing or Ngunguru Township and go up or down the river depending on the tide and wind conditions.

Meeting Location:  Ngunguru store, Tongatu Rd or Scows Landing

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Length:  Half Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Ngunguru River / Waitoi Creek Historical Eco Tour
  • Half day adult $135
  • Half day Child $60
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Wharewa Bay / Goat Island Tour

The half-day trip starts at Ngunguru or Whangaumu (Wellington's) Bay and is a round trip. Passing the sandspit in Ngunguru Bay, head to Goat Island and into the secluded Wharewa Bay for refreshments. An excellent family trip with options to explore further south to Hora Hora River mouth or north towards Dolphin Bay.

Meeting Location:  Whangaumu Bay (Wellington's Bay)

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Wharewa Bay / Goat Island Tour
  • Full day Adult $165
  • Half day adult $135
  • Full day child $85
  • Half day Child $60
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Pacific Highlights Tour

This is one of our most popular tours, and for good reason. We'll explore the Tutukaka Harbour region and the best it has to offer, before venturing either North or South depending on the weather and tidal conditions. There is time to relax on a perfect beach, or if you've still got the energy, you could swim, snorkel or walk to the lighthouse.

Meeting Location:  Kowharewa Bay

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Pacific Highlights Tour
  • Full day Adult $165
  • Half day adult $135
  • Full day child $85
  • Half day Child $60
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Matapouri and Whale Bay Tour

We work our way around the rocky shoreline this is one of Northlands well known bush fringed areas with a mixture of sandy white beaches and soft pebbles. The area inside Matapouri Bay or Whale Bay is great for families, or those after some relaxed paddling in low swell conditions and offshore wind. Swimming and snorkeling opportunities everywhere.

Meeting Location:  Matapouri River or Woolleys Bay

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Length:  Half or Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Matapouri and Whale Bay Tour
  • Full day Adult $165
  • Half day adult $135
  • Full day child $85
  • Half day Child $60
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Hidden Coast Tour

From bird watching to snorkeling this tour will give you a taste of the best of Northland's extensive coastline. There are many delightful channels, reefs and bays to explore, whether we paddle North from Tutukaka or South from Matapouri. Meeting point will be Kowharewa Bay, Wooleys Bay or Matapouri estuary (as advised by your guide).

Meeting Location:  Kowharewa Bay

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Length:  Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Hidden Coast Tour
  • Not available in 2020-21 season
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Whangaruru Highlights

Whangaruru translates to Sheltered Harbour, and that's exactly what this rural location offers. Available for a full day tour only, we'll explore Admirals Bay, Puriri Bay and Motukauri Island, all in the stunning sheltered location of Whangaruru.

Meeting Location:  Parutahi Beach (Oakura)

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Length:  Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Whangaruru Highlights
  • Full day Adult $170
  • Full day child $75
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Teal Bay - Mimiwhangata Tour

We offer a customised full day return trip in the Whanananaki area, with multiple options to choose from. We can either start at Otamure Bay or Rockells Bay and paddle north to the Mimiwhangata Coastal park, or explore the area between Otiamure Bay and Whananaki North. You'll enjoy either option, this whole area is a real gem.

Meeting Location:  Teal Bay

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Length:  Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Teal Bay - Mimiwhangata Tour
  • Full day Adult $170
  • Full day child $75
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Rawhiti Tour

This is a perfect Kayaking experience. Exploring the beautiful island of Urupukapuka is something you'll remember for a long time. With a wide range of different shorelines, it's known for schools of fish as well as dolphins and other sea-life.

Meeting Location:  Rawhiti

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Length:  Full Day

Minimum Group Size:  4

Rawhiti Tour
  • Full day Adult $180
  • Full day child $75
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