Primary Age Students

For Primary age students the emphasis is on a fun filled games approach while teaching some of the basic skills at the same time. We aim to develop confidence and an awareness of safety on the water. Intermediate students enjoy a challenge and can undertake small trips in sheltered waters. This can be as part of a school camp,class outing or an elective.

All programmes aim to cater for the age and needs of the students. Younger children will paddle sit on kayaks and often team up with adults in double sea kayaks to provide a safe experience. Our philosophy is based on "challenge by choice"

Secondary students

We will work with schools in a variety of ways to meet your needs in kayaking. This can be as part of a school camp or electives or skills instruction and assessment for Unit Standards or Acievement Standards. We also offer skills and inservice training for teachers at primary and Secondary level and induction for teachers involved with Seakayaking Unit standards. We also offer team building experiences for teaching staff.


Pacific Coast Kayaks can offer a fun and unique experiences to boost morale and build relationships amongst your staff.

Sea kayaking is ideal as we can carry food and refreshments to a new location. We can use kayaks in combination with other activities such as fishing or snorkelling or gathering kai moana.Staff will enjoy exploring our wonderful coastal areas and build up an appetite for the usual BBQ or lunch afterwards. Groups can also choose to do trips leaving from and returning to a shore base.


Pacific Coast Kayaks is currently the only kayak company operating in Whangarei offering programmes for both primary and secondary students.We are able to travel to any coastal location in Northland.


Scenic and diverse locations are all available locally, we are spoilt for choice. We can explore the inner or outer Whangarei Harbour, Pataua/Taiharuru estuary and coast, Ngunguru river and Goat Island, Tutukaka Harbour and coast. If you have more time we can travel further north to Whangaruru harbour and as far as Rawhiti.

Our Prices:

Please enquire about our special school rates which can vary depending on group size, hours on the water and location. Prices include company kayaks, hired sit on kayaks, equipment and briefing. Transport is an additional charge and is based on mileage. Prices are always lower if we stay local. Mark can also stay overnight to help schools on camps. As a qualified teacher Mark could assist with overall adult/student ratios to meet school safety requirements.

Our rates:

Please enquire about our current rates for our tours and freedom hire or check out the prices on our tour and hire pages. Transport is an additional charge based on distance travelled.


What we provide

Double sea kayaks which are safe, stable and easy to paddle or single seakayaks for those with some kayaking experience. All kayaks have rudders and hatches for gear storage. Sails and some snorkeling gear are available on request. We provide all the other kayaking equipment needed for the day such as PFD's, paddles, spraydecks, drybags, cooking equipment and other items.

All gear is provided and delivered to your selected location and a full back up service is provided for groups hiring kayaks for a journey. Tours and hire come with a full safety briefing.


Pacific coast kayaks can provide training and instruction for those wishing to take up sea kayaking for recreation and as a competitive sport or for those wanting to improve their technical skills.

What We Do

  • Stroke development
  • Rescues-self and assisted
  • Towing
  • Surfing skills
  • Equipment use
  • Weather and safety
  • Expedition planning
  • Paddle Training