The kayaks and all the rental gear is in good condition, and you know Mark has gone through his own checklist to make sure you head out with the appropriate gear.
Pacific Coast Kayaks is a flexible, mobile operation based in Onerahi, Whangarei, and has been operating on the East Coast of Northland for over 15 years.
Pacific Coast Kayaks run local half-day and full day tours, or hireage, for travellers, locals, school and groups. We can take you to secluded coves, white sand or pebbly beaches, spectacular coastal formations, volcanic landscapes. The diversity of sea kayaking in the Whangarei area means we can offer superb kayak trips to suit every level of ability, age and motivation. Families are catered for and encouraged to book with us.
Whangarei ("Love it here") has a subtropical climate with warm Summers especially suitable for swimming and snorkelling. Sea bird life is often prolific with cormorants, terns, heron and spoonbill frequently observed. Special tours to observe birdlife, or paying particular attention to historical or ecological interests can be arranged.
Due to our small group sizes, our trips are always customised to include your preferences. If you're interested in sailing, snorkelling, walking or fishing, these can be arranged, especially in the Summer months. Pacific Coast Kayaks can utilise other assistant guides and experienced personnel for larger groups. All of our guides offer a safe and fun experience.
When you paddle on one of our tours, we can also explore the culture and history of our region. The East Coast was settled first by Maori and we will be able to visit Pa sites and other archaeological sites as part of your trip. Early European settlers have also left ruins on the changing landscapes. See our eco and historical tours for full details.
WHY CHOOSE US
- Safety is always our number one priority
- As our groups are generally small and we know our area, we are able to respond more quickly to changes in weather and conditions
- We are the only sea kayak company operating on the East coast of Northland from Whangarei to Rawhiti area
- We access a more diverse range of environments in a wide range of locations
- All trips are customised and designed for all levels of experience and ability
- We are family friendly and cater for school age children
- We do the extra to support you with instruction and gear during tours and hire groups receive full safety back up.
- We are passionate and care about our coast
About Our Guides
The Director and Operator of Pacific Coast Kayaks is Mark Garry, born in Whangarei with an extensive background in water sports including surfing, sailing, and diving.
Mark is an NZOIA qualified NZOIA Sea kayak Guide with over 30 years experience in a number of disciplines, including white water, canoe polo, canoe surfing and sea kayaking. His local knowledge of the effects of tide, weather and topography helps to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for our clients.
Mark who has trained as a teacher in New Zealand, has had a long teaching career coupled with undertaking additional studies in Outdoor Education (Diploma in OE, South Australia) and Environmental Education, Avian Ethology and Natural History. Now his passion is to help people safely access and appreciate our coast. As a result tours often incorporate historical and wildlife information. Observing our abundant bird life becomes a part of most tours and we are happy to go as fast or slow as you like to take it all in.
Additional local qualified guides are employed for large groups. All guides will have extensive local coastal experience.
What our happy paddlers say about us
I thoroughly enjoyed learning something of the history of the island from Mark and Sharon, wondering amongst the ruins while getting a feel for what a hardlife it must have been for the quarry workers way back then. Those who have known me for a long time were amazed that I had got into a kayak at all, let alone onto the sea - but in my retirement I'm up for trying new things! Would love to do it again, and do I recommend it to other 'oldies'? You betcha!
Age Concern Whangarei Group Tour
Your experience and seamanship gave us the confidence to venture out into that 1.5 - 2m ocean swell which we would never have considered doing on our own. Thanks for an exhilarating experience Mark. Oh and we still don't know how you organised the performance by the dolphins on the last day, they really were the icing on the cake!
John, Robin, Cheryl, Laurie of Brisbane, Australia
Not only is Mark an expert paddler and tour guide, he's quite the chef too. Veggies all from his personal garden, hot coffee and tea and all organic! We had a great time, enjoyed great food, paddled and sailed in the open ocean and had several great laughs together. Mark is a great host, a very knowledgeable kayak guide and a lot of fun. Clearly the best option for kayaking this leg of the Te Araroa trail.