The Bay of Islands has over 140 islands. It is the most historic part of New Zealand and has some of the most beautiful scenery. There is no better way to enjoy this magnificent Maritime Marine Reserve than by sea kayak. Offering some of the best ocean sea kayaking in New Zealand, in sheltered waters you will explore the rugged coastlines, visiting many of the islands the Bay is renowned for. A camping and kayak trip based on Urupukapuka Island allows you time to appreciate the marine and bird life and gives plenty of time for relaxation, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and bush walks.
With an early start from Paihia we have an easy 45 minute paddle to Tapeka point, gateway to the Bay of Islands. We explore the Russell coast and local sea caves before making a further 45 minute paddle across to the beautiful Roberton Island. Here we will stop for lunch and take the time to explore the island, snorkel and swim. The island has significant Maori history and offers a range of recreational activities including a walking track to a historical Pa site, an underwater trail for snorkelers and two stunning lagoons to explore. Roberton Island also boasts a sensational 360 degree view of the Bay.
Roberton Island is only an hour’s paddle to our home for the night, 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 accompanied by freshly prepared salads and potatoes.
After a great breakfast and good coffee we pack up camp and make the short paddle to Moturua Island. Here we leave our kayaks behind and go ashore to explore the beautiful bays and beaches. We then make an easy 4km walk as part of the 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. As part of Project Birdsong keep an eye out for the North Island Robin, Fantails, Tui, North Island brown Kiwi, Oystercatcher, Silvereye, and New Zealand Dotteral. This beautiful scenic reserve is dominated by Manuka and Kanuka vegetation which creates an ideal growing environment for young tree ferns and shrubs. You can also see young Pohutukawa trees flourishing along the coastline.
At the end of our walk we meet with our sailing crew on the beach and enjoy a lunch of sumptuous food and chilled drinks. We are then taken out to board the classic 42’ yacht Vigilant and 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 and relax. Dolphins are resident in the Bay of Islands and may cross our path at any time. We return to the wharf at approximately 5.00pm.
As well as experienced guides, friendly crew a we provide you with the following:
From NZ$465 per person, fully guided.
Minimum of 4 adults, smaller groups are possible by arrangements.
Trip Departs: Wednesdays and Saturdays from November to May. This can sometimes be flexible so contact us if these days don’t fit your needs and wants.