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Stop At: Bay of Islands Kayaking, Paihia 0247 New Zealand

Our tour starts when we pick you up from your accommodation and head for the car ferry to Okaito (NZ’s first Capital).

From here we have a scenic drive along the Russell peninsula to where we start. After we get comfortable with the gear and cover a few safety points we can get our kayaks on the water. Our tour is very flexible due to the changing weather but one option is paddling to Motorua Island and then stopping at Twin Lagoons beach on Roberton Island. Another option is heading out to the white sands of Waewaetorea Island and some of the caves of Urupukapuka Island. Around half of the time is kayaking and the rest of the day is spent enjoying the islands.

The Islands of the Bay are surrounded by white sand beaches and rocky coastline. There are caves to paddle your sea kayak into and explore and the water is crystal clear. There are over 100 islands in total and each one is different. We can stop and snorkel at one island, chill out and have some lunch on another and take a walk and get some photos on the next. This is a full day out on the water so there is lots of chances to come across dolphins or other amazing marine mammals. Your local guide will take you to the best spots and will spin you a few yarns about local legends and the rich Māori and European History. After an amazing day out at the islands we get back to the beach and will drop you back in town. We get back to Russell around 3.30pm and Paihia just after 4pm.

Duration: 7 hours
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please email us with where you are staying for pick up for your tour. If you do not have a hotel in town we will meet you outside the I site Information centre by the main wharf in Paihia. Just wait by the wooden dolphins and look for our van and kayaks.
Departure Time
9am from Paihia
9.30am from Russell
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Bay of Islands Kayaking
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 20 April 2019 via mobile

We had the whole tour to ourselves with Curtis the guide who made the whole experience one of a kind. We visited 2 islands, snorkeling, walked to a beautiful look out and even got to do a rock jump thanks to Curtis’s local knowledge. 5...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 7 April 2019 via mobile

I recently was lucky enough to get a spot on the bay of Islands kayak tour. The tour started in Otehei Bay and was led by the ever so lovely Curtis. Curtis made sure to check in with the group throughout our trip and made...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank nadine m
Reviewed 28 March 2019

Super-convenient pickup and dropoff at our hostel, much appreciated. We'd never been on sea kayaks before, but Curtis was friendly and helpful, explained everything well, and made sure we never fell too far behind. We had a fantastic time paddling across the bay and around...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank gee-ess-gee
BayofIslandsKayaking, Owner at Bay of Islands Kayaking, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review.... it really does help! Awesome to hear you had a great day as we try our best to make each tour special and show you the best the bay has to offer! Thanks...More

Reviewed 28 March 2019

We traveled with Curtis as our guide on the nominally 6-hour tour (March 2019), but were actually out for 7.5 hours from pickup to drop-off -- which is to say we never felt rushed, and feel that we got very good value for our money...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GeoffH1962
BayofIslandsKayaking, Owner at Bay of Islands Kayaking, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write us such a nice review. We are super happy to hear you enjoyed your day with us! That’s exactly what we want from our tours is a relaxed adventure that feels like your with friends! Thanks again

Reviewed 20 March 2019 via mobile

Went out with Curtis on the “Island time” tour and were truly impressed! Very knowledgeable about the islands/area, and kept us all safe and engaged.this tour was the best!! Take advantage of the short but steep hikes to the view points- well worth it! Highly...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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