Bay of Islands Kayaking Camping Safari

The Bay of Islands is located in the northern area of New Zealand’s North Island and is close to the northern tip. This region is known for its great water activities like kayaking, sailing, fishing, snorkeling or diving. Moreover each town has its own culture and lifestyle. See the amazing wildlife around you as you kayak in the turquoise waters, you may come across a friendly dolphin!

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Our three day tour takes in some of the most outstanding sea kayaking in New Zealand. Three days is a perfect amount of time to get a taste of the rugged coastlines, beautiful islands, lagoons, wildlife and secluded sandy beaches the area has to explore.

Moderate fitness required.

All our kayaks are proper ‘sit in‘ style sea kayaks with a rudder for easier steering.

On the night prior to the beginning of your tour we meet outside our beach base at 5.00pm to pack the kayaks ready for an early morning departure. A brief on the tour will be given along with it being an excellent opportunity to meet and greet your fellow paddlers and guides.


7.30am: Meet at beach base and make any final packing requirements. On the water and paddling by 8.00am. After departing Paihia we have an easy 45 minute paddle to Tapeka point, gateway to the Bay of Islands. We explore the Russell coast before making a further 45 minute paddle across to the beautiful Roberton or Motuarohia Island. Here we will stop for lunch and have time to explore the island, snorkel or swim. The island has significant Maori history and offers a range of recreational activities including a track to a fantastic Pa site, an educational underwater trail for snorkelers and two stunning lagoons to explore. From here we have an hours paddle to our home for the next two days, the gorgeous Urupukapuka Island. After setting up camp we can relax, marvel at our surroundings and enjoy a sumptuous dinner of venison, fish or rack of lamb.


Today we experience the natural wonders and the stunning scenery of this unique marine environment as we head towards either the iconic Hole in the Rock or Deep Water Cove where we stop for lunch. (Our destination will depend on weather and tidal conditions). We paddle back via Waiwaitoria passage and Okaihau Island to our base at Urupukapuka where we spend another memorable night under the stars.


This morning we pack up camp and make the short paddle to Moturua Island. Here we have the opportunity to go ashore and explore the beautiful bays and beaches or walk the 4.6km loop track. One of the most highly rated DOC tracks in New Zealand. See where Captain Cook and Marion Du Fresne spent time and visit the WW2 observation post. Keep an eye out for the North Island Robin, Fantails, Tui, North Island brown Kiwi, Oystercatcher, Silvereye, and New Zealand Dotterel. After a lunch of chilled drinks and great food you will leave your kayaks behind and be taken out to board the classic 42’ yacht ‘Vigilant‘ to spend the remainder of the afternoon sailing the sparkling waters of one the most popular boating destinations in the world. Take an active part in the sailing of the vessel or just sit back, relax and take in this magnificent environment. Return to Paihia wharf at approximately 5.00pm.

*Please note itinerary changes may be necessary due to weather conditions.

Departs: Wednesdays and Sundays
Minimum: 2 people