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3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery

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Overview

Greet the morning with the sound of the dawn chorus, fuel up with a hearty breakfast for your 3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery trip, and with the morning haze as your guide, paddle out to the entrance of the harbour where Whangaroa Harbour & the stunning beaches of Northland await. Forty kilometres south of this small but beautiful harbour is the scenic Bay of Islands, yet Whangaroa is often overlooked, which is just as well if you like to enjoy narrow coves, deep inlets and steep hillsides covered in bush without the crowds. It’s everything a kayaker dreams about – white sand beaches, long sea caves, and towering cliffs can be found outside on the northern coast.

You can design this trip to suit your interests and ability, and still make it exciting regardless of your skill level with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Whether you want to test your skills or simply glide along for a rejuvenating summertime escape, it’s all up to you. Whatever you choose, you’ll get intimate with the coast, coming to rest in the comforts of the cosy Lane Cove Hut at the end of the day. Throughout the day, expect to be served sumptuous meals prepared from fresh Northland produce, and if you are lucky, fresh seafood if there’s any caught or collected during the day’s paddle.

Whangaroa teems not only with flora and fauna but also with history. Our local guides will regale you with stories, facts and bits of local gossip to satisfy your curiosity.

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

3 Day Whangaroa Kayak Discovery, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Paihia to Whangaroa and Lane Cove Hut

We’ll collect you in Paihia at 8am and take the scenic drive north to Whangaroa. We get on the water among the mangroves of Waihapa Bay at the far SW end of Whangaroa. Take our time to paddle out and into the harbour itself absorbing the change of environment from estuarine to coastal.

After lunch on a beautiful beach we’ll paddle to Lane Cove Hut and get our gear unpacked. The late afternoon can be spent relaxing in the beautiful surrounds, taking a hike in the forest (perhaps up the “Duke's Nose” a great rocky outcrop) or exploring the Whangaroa’s “west arm” by kayak. A fantastic dinner and a good night sleep get us set up for the next day of exploring.

Day 2Explore the Outer Coast

Breakfast then away we go. Today we explore the outer coast south of Whangaroa. Fantastic rock gardening and gorgeous white sand beaches for relaxing and lunching on. Perhaps some kayak surfing for the more intrepids…

Today can be challenging and adventurous or relaxing and easy it is completely up to you. This fantastic and stunning area provides so many options their really is something for everyone. In the evening we return to Lane Cove to enjoy the last of the sun with an aperitif taken out on the deck.

Day 3Lane Cove Hut to Paihia via Totara North

After packing up our kayaks and giving the hut a quick clean we’ll head north along the coast exploring the caves and tunnels that run through the cliffs. We'll take lunch on another white sand beach and soak a bit more of the incredible atmosphere before heading back down Whangaroa harbour to Totara North. Here we load up the kayaks and start our drive back to Paihia.

This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change with the weather and the ability/desires of the group.

Itinerary

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Day 1Paihia to Whangaroa and Lane Cove Hut

We’ll collect you in Paihia at 8am and take the scenic drive north to Whangaroa. We get on the water among the mangroves of Waihapa Bay at the far SW end of Whangaroa. Take our time to paddle out and into the harbour itself absorbing the change of environment from estuarine to coastal.

After lunch on a beautiful beach we’ll paddle to Lane Cove Hut and get our gear unpacked. The late afternoon can be spent relaxing in the beautiful surrounds, taking a hike in the forest (perhaps up the “Duke's Nose” a great rocky outcrop) or exploring the Whangaroa’s “west arm” by kayak. A fantastic dinner and a good night sleep get us set up for the next day of exploring.

Day 2Explore the Outer Coast

Breakfast then away we go. Today we explore the outer coast south of Whangaroa. Fantastic rock gardening and gorgeous white sand beaches for relaxing and lunching on. Perhaps some kayak surfing for the more intrepids…

Today can be challenging and adventurous or relaxing and easy it is completely up to you. This fantastic and stunning area provides so many options their really is something for everyone. In the evening we return to Lane Cove to enjoy the last of the sun with an aperitif taken out on the deck.

Day 3Lane Cove Hut to Paihia via Totara North

After packing up our kayaks and giving the hut a quick clean we’ll head north along the coast exploring the caves and tunnels that run through the cliffs. We'll take lunch on another white sand beach and soak a bit more of the incredible atmosphere before heading back down Whangaroa harbour to Totara North. Here we load up the kayaks and start our drive back to Paihia.

This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change with the weather and the ability/desires of the group.

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