Introduction to Multisport Kayaking in New Zealand


Auckland Multisport kayaker guide

New Zealand Multisport Kayaking

Introduction to Multisport Kayaking in Auckland

Social Nature Movement is here to help Auckland kayakers understand where they can go and what they can do in Auckland. It is a comprehensive essential guide to starting out in kayaking, telling you everything that is out there, while giving perspectives from the field and industry. We also cover what type of gear is out there and what is most common to use.

This Auckland multisport kayak guide will tell you what you need in various situations. We will outline those situations with a kayaking gear list. We will start with legalities like marine bylaws and watersafety codes. Then look at first aid kits. We discuss types of paddlers and their work-life situations. Then we go into the waterscapes and finish with the gear itself.




Kathmandu Coast to Coast Kayak Stage

Multisport Kayaker Safety

Please remember to follow all the water safety and maritime (by)laws.

The Water Safety NZ code is about knowing before you go. The Water Safety Code consists of four simple rules to remember each time you venture near the water. It serves as a great starting point for planning a safe aquatic adventure.

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits

The Coastguard Boating Safety Code. Five simple rules to help you stay safe. Before you go boating on our seas, lakes and rivers, get familiar with New Zealand’s Boating Safety Code. Five simple rules will help you to stay safe, no matter what kind of boat you use.

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Skippers are responsible for everyone onboard
  • Take communications devices
  • Check the marine weather: wind, rain and temperature (water & air)
  • Avoid alcohol

Outside of those two authorities, what is common for wise-recreationalists is to always carry a first aid kit, always! You can obtain even just the smallest of first aid kits that fit in your hand and weigh no more than a cellphone. Buy a small lightweight first aid kit here. What will you do if you or your companion gets cut by various shellfish, a random rusty nail or simply something unforeseen. Remember; it is better to have and not need than need and not have…a first aid kit!


Multisport Kayak Locations Auckland

Auckland Multisport Kayak locations

Is there anywhere to multisport kayak in Auckland near me?

Flatwater. These include sheltered bays and lakes. Common places and kayak trips (especially more journey-based) are:

  • Lake Pupuke, Orakei Basin, Westhaven marina, Panmure Basin.
  • Whau River, West End Rowing Club to Twin Coast Discovery Hwy and back, 7km
  • Weiti River, Weiti Boating Club head up river/inland return, about 8km
  • Judges Bay, all the way to Purewa Creek and back, round trip about 10km
  • Henderson Creek, Taipari Strand to Central Park Drive bridge and back, 10km
  • Turanga Creek, Cockle Bay to Whitford Wharf Rd. return, 12km
  • Pahurehure Inlet, Bottle Top Bay Boat Ramp, head south of Hingaia bridge return, 12km
  • Tamaki River, Panmure Yacht and Boating Club to SH1 bridge return, 14km
  • Pahurehure Inlet, Bottle Top Bay Boat Ramp, head south east to SH1 bridge return, 15km
  • Tamaki River, Panmure Yacht and Boating Club to Glendowie Boating club return, 16km
  • Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal, up Lucas Creek to Wharf Road boat ramp return, 16km
  • Hobsonville Point Ferry Terminal, up Rangitopuni Stream to Riverhead Tavern return, 18km
  • Pahurehure Inlet, Bottle Top Bay Boat Ramp, head to Kauri Point Reserve then south west to Glasson bridge (Linwood Rd.) return, 18km

If you need help with flatwater techniques, skills or coaching, click here.

Moving water. These can be tidal inlets/outlets. Below is a list of moving water locations in Auckland:

  • SH1 bridge, Pahurehure inlet, Papakura
  • Oruarangi creek, Oruarangi Rd bridge, Watercare Coastal Walkway Parking, Māngere
  • Tamaki Drive overbridge, Judges Bay
  • Orewa River, Twin Coast Discovery Hwy bridge, Orewa

If you need help with moving water techniques, skills or coaching, click here.

Rivers. Most common and reliable:

  • Mohaka River, Napier
  • Waioeka River, Opotiki
  • Rangitikei River, Taihape.

If you need some river trips, training or grade 2 certification, click here.




Beginner Multisport Kayaker

Types of Multisport kayakers in New Zealand

Now is the time to represent the various categories of common multisport paddlers out there:


  • No gear and no idea. Possibly a sit-on-top kayak in the garage.


  • Working a full-time job, likely to kayak in the mornings, evenings and weekends.


  • Friends and fellow athletes who form relationships and common training goals together.


  • Various paddlers, often informal training relying heavily on elite athletes or long-term experience and personal research.


  • Podium worthy, attending many events at high levels, trains hard and fast, strict schedule, usually trains on their own, often coaching other amateur athletes.


  • Various ages and approaches, all claiming to be ‘experts’ and the ‘best’, often founded on professional courses like NZOIA, Rescue3, First Aid courses and plenty of industry training, usually the safest approach with more guarantees.

So, indeed there are others out there as we have over eight billion unique individuals on earth. But, who are you, what groups do you belong to and which groups have you experienced? Understanding your situation will help you associate with those in similar situations e.g. kayaking 06:00-07:00 and starting work at 09:00. Contact Social Nature Movement who can help connect you to other paddlers. To find out what multisport kayak courses are available, click here.




Multisport Kayak training and events

Speed, distance and training when multisport kayaking

What kayak speed is normal for a beginner?
  • In a common kayak like a Barracuda Enigma or a Ruahine Swallow, you should be getting 7km/h with little training. Fitter, faster and stronger people should be getting up to 8 and 9km/h. Elite level multisporters should be doing 10km/h+ on flatwater over a longer training period. Maximum speeds depending on kayak range from 15-20km/h.
What distances should a beginner kayaker be doing?
  • Aim for 30mins+ at a time (the distance is less important). An hours training session is good. Anything more than that is great. Just remember that on the Coast to Coast Kayak Stage you are paddling 70km (with moving water) and regarding time; beginners are at least around 5hrs. So consider paddling for 5hrs straight at some point to get a feel for it, even if it is super slow.
What is a basic multisport kayak training schedule for an ‘average’ person?
  • One on, one off (days). But busy people should usually take what they can get while they can. Remember that the wet, windy and cold weather can put people off too, so forced rests or disrupted schedules are common. Under ideal conditions, start with one day on and two off, then one on one off, then two on and one off. The duration and intensity will affect that, and don’t forget about have longer periods off e.g. every month, take 5-7days off completely.
What is a normal heart rate zone for multisport kayaking?
  • Most people know that on race day you go all-in. Some basic principles are to warm up and build up. Don’t start hard, fast and early, this is for sprint kayaking only. There is also the Maffetone Method; which is 180bpm minus your age e.g 180 – 40yrs = a training/competing heart rate of 140! So what is the answer? Depends on you! The lower the better as high heart rates are hard to maintain. But, remember to oush it hard and high form time to time. Don’t over complicate it either, put all the gizmos and GP’s aside and simply FEEL what your body is doing.
What should my kayak stroke cadence rate be?
  • 30 strokes per minute (SPM) is elite. This will depend on your physicality, paddle length, blade size and speed of kayak. The shorter your paddle, the smaller your blades and the faster/more hydrodynamic your kayak, the more strokes per minute you will have. 20spm is average/slow, 25 is a good medium training ground.



Multisport kayaking gear clothing and equipment guide

Multisport kayak gear and equipment guide.

What kayak gear should I borrow? What multisport gear should I buy? Can I test kayak gear? What kind of gear is out there?

Below is a list of everything you need to simply go kayaking:

  • Boat
  • Life Jacket / PFD
  • Paddle

Keep water out and learn how to roll with:

  • Deck

It is not common to wear a helmet on flatwater, but whenever the water is moving and especially on a river wear:

  • Helmet

Keep protected from the cold, wet and windy elements:

  • Jacket
  • Insulation layers

Fuel the human engine with food and drink:

  • Hydration systems
  • Food systems

Finally, for the Coast to Coast race, we have highlighted the ‘less known’ items beyond what is standard, the bold statements also emphasise some gear points. So, your complete kayak stage gear list for the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Race Kayak Stage is:


  • Long sleeve thermal top
  • Long sleeve mid layer top (>220gsm)
  • Thermal pants
  • Thermal gloves
  • Thermal hat
  • Thermal socks
  • Waterproof long sleeve paddle jacket (neoprene cuffs)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Closed-toe foot wear


  • Kayak
  • Air bags
  • Helmet (bike helmet not acceptable)
  • Paddle
  • Spray skirt
  • Bouyancy aide / PFD (must have a cinch-strap below rib cage)
  • Duct tape (10m)
  • Dry bag
  • Survival bag (plain foil bag not accepted)
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
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Clutha River / Mata Au River Journey



Pack Rafting the Clutha River

A Journey from source to sea.

A collaboration of skill and curiosity.

A weather window that made it all possible.

The things that lead us down the Mata Au for 6 days and 300km. At times the adventure was more than we bargained for but there was relentless intent to follow the Awa to the Moana.



I’ve never been in a pack raft before, let alone did I know where or what the Clutha river (Mata- Au) was. Turns out the Clutha river is the second longest river in NZ and the longest in the south Island. It is the swiftest and highest volume river in New Zealand with a catchment of 21,960 square kilometres (8,480 sq mi), discharging a mean flow of 614 cubic metres per second.

All credit goes to my Adventure buddy and seasoned adventurer Chris Lacoste for this trip idea. Chris is the mastermind behind this epic mission. Chris features in almost every photo… thank god he’s a good looking man. Chris’s business Social Nature Movement runs epic trips like this so go check them out…



I had heard and seen lots about pack rafts and I was subtly envious of folk who owned these ground breaking adventure tools. I was looking for any excuses to try one out. The only issue was I didn’t own one and being a bum aka an Outdoor instructor I couldn’t justify buying one for this trip. So, shout out to Jono Maxwell for lending me his pack raft which he courageously runs laps of access 10 and 14 on a regular basis.

The cool thing about this trip is, we would fly into Wanaka and out of Dunedin so it was a through trip, which meant what I brought on the plane was what I was taking down the river. This was the first trip I had done like this but it seemed in style with a pack rafting expedition. I already felt sorry for whoever would be sat next to me on the plane back to Auckland because i only had two pairs of clothes for up to 9 days. The plan was to meet in Wanaka, stay the night near the lake so we could pack our bags and hop straight on the water in the morning. We met in the afternoon at the pub In front of the lake to touch base and consume some pre trip beers and Banta.


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…….Why pack rafts?

Pack rafts are a jack of all trades and a master of none. They can go almost anywhere and perform okay in each environment, plus some can pack down and fit into a bag. Why didn’t we take a sea kayak ,canoe , raft or white water kayak? We believed the pack-rafts would do well on the river sections and perform okay on the flat water. They would make the portages around the damns simple. The key element was being able to pack them in the bag on the plane in and out. Not needing to have to transport a huge water craft or wrangle a local boat which would mean adding the complication of a shuttle.



Day 1

{26 km – Wanaka lake side to Luggate }

We woke up, got out of our tents and of course headed over for a quick coffee at the Federal diner (when in Wanaka ~ great coffee). Scurried back to pack our tents and we were ready to get on the water. Of course Chris being the outdoor god he is, was ready before me… this didn’t seem to be the last time Chris was sitting on his pack raft while I was scrambling to get ready.

This was my first time in the pack raft aka my new home for potentially up to nine days. It was safe to say I was a tad apprehensive about getting in a craft that isn’t hedgehog proof. I joke, but they are surprisingly rugged. A pack raft at the end of the day is just a glorified bike inner-tube with a lot on Instagram likes. We set off after a quick selfie ( featured above) . Away with smiles, excitement bursting at the seams. All we had to do was paddle around the headland from Wanaka town and drop back into the entrance of the Clutha. Having so much fun, we let our guard down while a solid weather system sneaked in over the hills and before we knew it our beautiful blue sky was dark and the lakes mellow surface was white capped.


The swift current of the Clutha was a relief from the head winds on lake Wanaka, we quickly became accustom to the mellow push down stream. We stopped briefly at Albert town and camped river side near Luggate creek track.

Day 2

{ Luggert – Cromwell 45km /Lake Dusten 14 km /31km down Clutha River }

Day two is when the river really starts to feel wild. The day before was a lovely warm up with small grade 1 rapids. Today the river felt a lot more unforgiving with more volume . Paddling across the devils nook was a good wake up on the water.  The reality of swimming would have wasted a lot of time, so the goal was never to flip. After that, it was smooth sailing and even Chris’s Garmin watch “clocked us “ at a top speed of 15 kmph – thats bloody fast for not paddling. The sun was out, and we couldn’t have asked for a better morning. The gradient of the river was gentle and the water was swift which meant we didn’t even need to paddle to push us forward. Chris and I still had plenty of Banta left in the tank and even cell phone service!

Then we arrived at lake Dunsten, our first lake. The lakes were somewhat of an unknown to us. They could be the crux of the trip or a pleasant paddle, we were unsure. It would all come down to the wind direction. Lake Dunsten is 12km long from Cromwell (our desired camp spot).

Luckily the wind was behind us and we road the evenings Katabatic push all the way to Cromwell. We stayed at a campsite 500m from the lakeside. We discovered sitting tall on the back of the pack raft enabled our body’s to act like sails. This did make a big difference. If the wind was blowing in the opposite direction it may have been impossible to paddle and we would have ended up walking. This was a possibility at every lake.

Day 3

{ Cromwell – Alexander 34km Clyde damn }

Staying at the Cromwell campsite meant we needed to walk from the lake side to the campsite which was about 500m away. Chris and I both thought it would be easier to just carry the pack rafts inflated, packed with gear, instead of deflating, unpacking and repacking into bags, saving us time in the long run. We quickly realised that packing down the pack rafts was the right way to go because carrying those things when fully inflated and packed with gear is no short order.

We got on the water around 8am, Chris beating me again. At this stage I was thinking I need to get my shit together, but it seemed to work out because it meant Chris was always on form when I was taking photos. We passed under the Cromwell bridge. When passing under I couldn’t stop thinking about how much fun it would be to jump off and spend some time doing some sweet bombs, but we didn’t have time for semantics. Our cruisy packrafting adventure had turned into a bit more of a grovel than we first expected. It was day 3 and looking at the map didn’t inspire confidence with how far we had to go. Paddling across lake dusten really set in how much effort these things are on flat water. From the map the section of water between lake Cromwell and the Clyde damn looks more or less like moving water because its very narrow. Pay slight attention and you will see it’s just an extension of lake dusten with no moving water.

Although the paddle to the clyde damn was a grind, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and the cliffs on river right side were marvellous to move past. It was frustrating watching the cars and trucks zooming past on the road next to us, with each loud car I thought why don’t we just hitch the flat sections. Chris and I had talked about this and our goal was to paddle the entire thing. Other attempts have been made by folk but have ended up portaging the flat sections. Not us…our goal was to do the entire river in one craft.

We reached Clyde damn, had lunch and scooted over and re inflated our pack rafts. We had learnt from the Cromwell experience not to carry inflated pack-rafts.

Getting on the river after the Clyde damn was a blessing with nice fast flowing river after our first taste of flat water, it felt liberating. We were back to enjoying natures scenic tour with minimal effort. We felt like we had deserved it after the lake Dunstan slog.

We quickly arrived at Alexander. I find first impressions of a place always stick with you and my first experience of Alexander I wont forget. We came floating down the river, Chris and I just yarning away when we saw the towns buildings start to appear over the tee line. On the river side we see a car full with a young dude and what seemed like a couple chicks, obviously enjoying a private setting watching the river move past. Not expecting two men floating down observing the world around them. They noticed us almost immediately and then started yelling out profanity even the girls chucked in a f bomb or too. We were confused… at a guess i think we may have interrupted there private river viewing sessions. Chris and I looked at each other thinking what’s this guy going to do jump in the river after us ? We let it not bother us and continued our causal float down stream to be met by a group of young teenage boys who also noticed us immediately and started yelling profanities telling us we should get out of there town! What a first impression! Alexander didn’t have much to offer either. We parked up on the boat ramp to camp on the side of the river so we didn’t have to carry our pack rafts too far. We set up camp and watched the Alexander evening unfold, countless characters romped by and we even meet a few of the locals. Its funny what you can learn about a place if you watch and listen.

Chris and I knew the next day was going to be the biggest. Chris said let’s get up at 4 am we don’t want the day to drag on. I said let’s not get up at 4 am it wont be light until 5:30 so we compromised and planned to get up at 4 am.

Day 4 

{  Alexander – Beaumont  80km }




4 am arrived with the alarm going off next to my head  snuggled in my sleeping bag. I could hear Chris was up moving around obviously packing his gear. I hear footprints which means Chris is way more ready then me. I cant let him be on the water before me again! I didn’t want to let the team down. I started packing up my sleeping bag and mat in my tent. The next thing I hear was Chris faint voice “ahhhhh allan? …… Ahhhhhh! Run!” my ears perk up, I’m suddenly very awake, then a tremendous amount of water starts smashing against the walls of my tent, for a second I thought the river was in flood and I was going to be drowned and trapped in my tent. I then hear Chris yell “SPRINKLERS!” I burst out laughing. We were in a very public park and the park had automatic sprinklers that popped out of the ground and spun around, there must have been over 10 of these things. As I was laughing away in my dry tent poor Chris wasn’t finding it as funny while he ran around trying to save his gear from getting soaked. It was a crude wake up that’s for sure. At the time I had no care for being up that early it was day 4 my back and shoulders were sore and I was grumpy from dodging sprinklers in the dark.


Once we got on the water I had a very different feeling. I was suddenly thankful that Chris had insisted we get up this early because the canyon below Alexander was nothing short of stunning. The sun rose over the ridge lines and slowly filled the valley with light. The water was still and calm and the colours of the changing light reflected off the water, making it one of the highlights of the trip.

Shortly after the sun had risen we ended up at a historic gold miners town ship. The Clutha river was known for the gold rush era. We ended up passing many gold refiners along the length of the river. They were the oldest buildings in NZ I had come across, our human history In NZ isn’t very old relatively speaking, so seeing these old stone huts felt pretty darn special. I don’t think a lot of people had been to this area, the old house’s felt well preserved. Later on we would find out that half of the stone huts had actually been submerged from the instalment of the Roxburgh dam further down. It seemed a real shame to drown our history like that. I could only imagine what infrastructure lay underneath us. Then again, I’m sure the people who benefited from the power of the damn would trade a small amount of cultural history.


We reached Roxburgh damn in good spirits the flat water was another slog but the beauty of the gorge made the pain disappear in some ways.

It was roughly 25km to the damn from Alexander so we were only a quarter way through the day, the moving water was a motivator ! Chris even went for a dip. Chris dived under and pops up 5 meters down stream  “yup its moving fast” I hear Chris say, music to my ears.

We cruise down at good pace passing Roxborough with the rest of the full day ahead. We had roughly 50 km to go.

Not long after Roxborough I stared feeling funny… I couldn’t put my finger on it. I thought I might put a couple solid paddle strokes in to see what my energy’s levels were like …. subsequently 3 very slow lethargic paddle strokes. I then realised I needed to stop, something was wrong. I pulled to the side of the river got out and sat on the riverbank with my head between my legs feeling extremely ill. I see Chris come around the corner, so I waved him over. As he approaches I vomit three or four times. Chris got to the bank and we took 15 mins to chill out. Chris handed me a fist full of pills and says take these. I drank some water, had an apple and sure enough I was right again. Maybe it was heat stoke or fatigue, but that fist full of pills sorted it.  We had steady flow the rest of the way with lots of fun rapids. The sickness and the long day played on my nerves in the rapids but thankfully Chris helped me through and we reached Beaumont. I would be lying if I said some of the rapids didn’t make me nervous. Ive always been nervous around rivers but I feel comfortable in grade 2 water. The Clutha rapids are heavy at times. When the flow is big it turns the small eddies and holes into obstacles that can flip you.

At the end of a very long day we set up on the side of the river on some sand banks. There are two things in Beaumont; a bridge and a pub, not a lot else. The people we encounter at the pub were what you would describe as “salt of the earth”. You could pick us from a mile off, you could tell that we were traveling through. The pub was filled with hearty men “the pride of the south”. We mentioned our trip to the boisterous woman behind the bar in conversation but she didn’t seem to care. It seemed a bit strange and I think the fact we were freedom camping made her angry. Outside of hunting and farming the conversation was narrow. Chris and I enjoyed a beer and some hot chips after a long successful day .

Day 5

{ Beaumont to Balclutha – 60km }

It felt like we were on the home stretch… second to last day. once we hit Balclutha it was an easy paddle to the ocean. At this point I thought we would have felt a bit more worn down then we were, surprisingly we were in good spirits and it almost felt like it had become routine. It seemed to be the first time we could look back and really take in just how far we had come, although, today was another full day of paddling. Beyond Beaumont was almost all flowing river but got progressively slower as we reach Balclutha. The day went by quickly, it was still a big day. In the afternoon it turned overcast with short downpours and gusts of wind. Chris and I talked about how lucky we had been with the weather. We both agreed if the weather had been foul and if the wind direction was wrong on the flat water sections, then perhaps pack rafts wouldn’t of been the right choice. We eventually arrived at Balclutha and it felt like a false summit, but the end was in sight. Chris and I were both in good spirits, we felt fairly worn by the time we had got to our campsite. We stayed at the Balclutha motor camp and met Denis the owner.

Denis had a large family tent already set up behind his Canavan with mattresses’s and we gladly took up his offer to stay. Later that evening after having a hot shower and some dinner at the local Mexican restaurant we were invited back for a beer with Denis. The small talk suddenly turned into compelling geo politics, story’s of travels around the globe and Denis’s successes and failures in business.  It turned out that Denis had lived a very full life. Chris and I were taken aback by the conversation, not expecting the owner of this campground to be such an intellect. I don’t think Chris or I regretted that beer. We decided that the next day was only going to take a half day with some 3 days before our flight out of Dunedin so we had time up our sleeve. A sleep in was in order.

Day 6

{ Belclutha to ocean – 19 km }

The Final Push! the Clutha river splits into two before reaching the ocean. We chose river right because it was more direct. The river was slow moving and fairly consistent the whole way. We were hoping to be able to paddle out to sea but that wasn’t the case …. As we approached we could see the medium sized waves dumping and crashing onto the flow of the river mouth so unfortunately it was a no go.

We reached a retaining wall of rocks holding the river mouth, we jumped out and saw the Beach!

WE MADE IT !!!!!

My lips were cracked and bleeding so smiling was painful but worth it. A hug and a cheesy selfie before we had some snacks and started our walk back. 


It was an odd scene at the mouth of the Clutha. Abandoned houses covered in sand butting up onto farmland with no residents. We started our walk back to the campsite and we had to pass through some private land. We bumped into the farmers and got the algood. Lucky enough Denis came and picked us up half way back for a box of beers and that was it. We paddled the Clutha river from lake Wanaka to the ocean!

We caught the bus to Dunedin the following morning and spent two days with friends before flying back to the Big Smoke Auckland city.

  { Conclusion } 

Paddling the Clutha river is undoubtedly one of my favourite trips I’ve done. It was an amazing mixture of wild spaces and relaxing places. At times I felt challenged and other times I felt calm without a worry in the world.

It was more of a slog than either of us anticipated, but it was worth it in the end. I highly recommend doing this trip if your competent in a river environment and don’t mind paddling on flat water. It could probably be done in a sea kayak if you were confident in heavy grade 2.

If you have made it this far… A BIG thanks to you for reading ! I really appreciate YOU!

Cheers 🍻 Allan Carpenter.


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Mystery Adventures


Mystery Adventures

The best trip you can have is not knowing what will happen! How is that possible on this Mystery Adventures trip? You already decided on a trip that is a mix of workout and exploration, and you are from or find yourself in the Auckland, New Zealand area. Leave the decisions to us and let the adventure begin!

This is where we established our Auckland mystery adventures. The whole focus is for you to not know what will happen and take the control and the planning away from your hands.

Top ten reasons to pick a mystery adventure with us:

  • You are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised
  • You will never have to ask “what type of mystery adventures trip will I take?”
  • You already selected a tour with us that will include one of our highest rated options
  • You selected sea kayaking so you know that it will be a great healthy adventure
  • You are prepared to journey into the unknown and come out happy
  • It is something different from the normal
  • It’s even better with friends and loved ones to share these types of experiences
  • We promise to include places that are must-see
  • In this digital age, you can finally ask “where will I be going on the mystery adventures?” without immediately answering
  • It builds courage and confidence when you can make a decision like this!

Who are Mystery Adventures designed for?

This is for those that feel like they want to be able to explore the unknown. Sometimes we can get decision fatigue and spend half our time just making decisions. We promise to make this an adventure for you and it will be either a combination of our best selling options or something completely unique. Does it change every time?

When is the best time for me to do the Mystery Adventures?

This is a great question, and the answer is, as long as you’re in the Auckland, New Zealand area, and you are ready to go exploring,  we are always accommodating our mystery adventure package.

If you’re asking specifically when will we have the best weather for these mystery adventures? It depends, for our water-based activities consider the summertime. Our land-based activities are great all year round, and of course, if you are looking for something colder, then we always recommended that obviously during our winter season.

What are some of the benefits of our mystery adventures?

Our top three reasons we always recommend Auckland mystery adventures:

  • It’s a fantastic and energising workout whether we go by land or sea
  • It helps us explore places that aren’t easily accessible by foot or hiking only and we will usually combine aquatics with land-based activities (depending on the length of your journey);
  • It can help form everlasting bonds with strangers or loved ones, or even work colleagues for our corporate outings!



Who will be taking the mystery adventures trip with me?

Our mystery adventures are up to 10 people, and that’s part of the unknown as well! Of course, you can come with friends and family and they could remove a certain element of who your fellow mystery adventurers are. But rest assured, you will not know what the trip will be until you are with us in Auckland, New Zealand.

So prepare your swimwear, hiking boots, or cold weather outfits,  while we provide the rest, and make sure you’re ready to explore mysteries you didn’t even know existed.

This seems too mysterious? Why should I even book this Mystery Adventures trip?

How can you consider making more decisions on the Mystery Adventures trip when you are going on holiday? That’s where the power of our trip comes in. We remove the question of where should we go this weekend? Or How can I escape from the world without thinking about it on this Mystery Adventures trip?

The only question that you will consider is not why book it, but why haven’t I booked this Mystery Adventures trip sooner?

What type of specifics can you give us about the Mystery Adventures?

We will of course let you pick the length of the trip you want, and we will provide some outlines of some possibilities. Where will you go on the mystery adventures exactly?

We try to always factor in our top five locations in and around Auckland when we plan our mystery adventures.

  • Mahurangi Harbour
  • Gulf Harbour Whangaparaoa Peninsula
  • Te Ara moana Kayak Trail
  • Meola Reef Te Tokoroa
  • Whangamarino region

Who will be guiding you through the Mystery Adventures? For our mystery adventures we always like to provide our most seasoned guides who know the Auckland, New Zealand area the best.

They are also experts in multiple disciplines that we offer, from our hiking options to sea kayaking to even handling our alpine expeditions. They cover both aspects of having localised knowledge and experience.

When do I need to decide on the Mystery Adventures trip?

That’s the beauty of our Auckland based mystery adventures. We have so many diverse options, you simply need to book with us and confirm your date. It all depends on what time of the year it is that will determine what mystery adventure you will most likely get.

Who knows exactly what type of mystery adventures we have planned for you? Be prepared to book accordingly, and we will let you know the essentials. Since we are available all year round with our packages, and since we want to make sure that we have as full a group and itinerary as possible, these are more about customised packages that we cater to versus being concerned if they book out.

The best idea you ever made?

Why overthink your decision to join us on the Mystery Adventures trip? We are sure you are already overthinking on a daily basis. It’s our turn to cater to your vacation and adventure needs.

We know all the activities you must do, and all the places you must see. We will always ensure that our mystery adventure packages will be one of the most popular topics of discussion amongst your friends for years to come, as they turn green with jealousy. Of course, you can always recommend us back to your friends, so they can experience our highest rated option and package for themselves.

Is this for anyone? Are there any restrictions?

We will always ask a certain set of questions and help build a quick profile based on your activity ability and make sure that you are having an enjoyable time with the right amount of exercise and activity possible. We want you to be able to enjoy your holiday and vacation with us when you are in Auckland, New Zealand.

We also cater to both our local community and those that have travelled from overseas to come and experience the beauty that is Auckland. We cater to small groups, solo travellers and corporate events, so we can always adjust the adventure to the specific needs of the group.

Sometimes it is about finding a quiet place of solitude amongst the stars, where others it is about pushing yourself physically in an enjoyable yet safety-first environment.

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Sea Kayaking in Auckland, New Zealand


Sea Kayaking in Auckland, New Zealand

The weather is perfect and your spirit of adventure has returned after a long hiatus! What should you consider for your next trip? Sea kayaking of course! It is a great way to combine that desire for exploration with a great workout at the same time. Why should you pick Auckland sea kayaking? It has such a great environment for active vacations and access to some of the best places to explore globally. It is a must-do experience that is fun for all ages!


Who are you guys and what is your link to Sea Kayaking?

We’re your local experts and touring operating in Auckland, New Zealand. Social Nature Movement was formed by a group of passionate adventurers who decided to change that passion and fun into a wonderful business platform to share with both locals and overseas visitors. We have carefully curated the best possible areas to do touring with a sea kayak, and ensure that whichever package or area you choose to explore, you will leave completely satisfied. We are fully focused on experiences within nature, and that’s where we find the most pride.


Why Sea Kayaking?

Sea Kayaking is a fun and safe experience where you and your friends can explore the open waters, and discover areas that are not always accessible by foot! It also combines a great upper body workout, so you can be on vacation and still be exercising! A big question is where should you go on your sea kayak adventure in Auckland? We cover this too.

We have selected some of the best locations in the area for both locals and overseas visitors. It all depends on what flavour of touring kayak exploration you’re looking for? Are you looking for a casual pub crawl with a mix of adventure, or are you planning on going on a multi-day adventure, circumnavigating some of our beautiful islands? The options are limitless, and we cater to all types of tourism.


Who should I go Sea Kayaking with?

Sea Kayaking is fun for all ages and we offer a variety of options from leisure intensive to action intensive to fit all body and mind types. Keep in mind that this is a physical activity, so you should always consider that before joining us. We will always do our best to cater to the groups we do have. The bigger question you should have is who will you forget to bring with you on your sea kayaking ventures? We can cater to large groups that want to go together (up to 8 people on our long haul journeys). This can help provide an intimate bonding experience with your loved ones and those that are closest to you.

You can also feel free to come solo and use this opportunity to disconnect for a brief time. Just enquire with us, and we will ensure to form a group of like-minded individuals, with their intent to do a beautiful sea kayaking tour. This is best for those that are fully focused on taking a step back and being immersed in the adventure.


I’ve never been on a kayak before

That’s ok. You might be wondering “How do I become good at sea kayaking?” We have all the answers as it’s something that we excel at. We offer extensive training on sea kayak safety to ensure that while you are in the boat with us, you know what to do in case of any emergency. 

You will also learn the essential skills and answers on day one to questions such as how do I paddle effectively in a sea kayak? We also offer a specialised course in Eskimo rolling (when you flip your sea kayak) for safety reasons and provide training in calm, safe waters. This will only enhance your experiences further when you are in Auckland, sea kayaking.

For those that are interested in becoming a guide or instructor themselves, we have a comprehensive training program. We help train up our tour guides to be the best safety and local experts, to provide the best touring sea kayak experience available in Auckland. They are trained to handle questions such as “where is the best place to go sea kayaking?” While at the same time being able to answer the question…


What should I bring when sea kayaking?

You don’t need to bring any specialised equipment with you, just some swimwear and your spirit of adventure. We will provide all the necessary safety equipment and properly maintained sea kayaks are always available to rent for affordable pricing. We highly recommend that you simply come prepared to use our equipment, as this can improve your safety during your sea kayaking.

We only use highly durable sea kayaks that can handle the local area better than you can consider. We also swap them out on a regular basis, to keep our fleet and equipment as fresh as possible.


The best places to go Sea Kayaking

You’re all prepared, and ready to go explore but where should you go on your touring kayak? The most popular options we can recommend are Waiheke Island Circumnavigation, Te Ara Moana trail and our Auckland Central Circumnavigation. These are our top 3 choices as they are the most extensive packages that we offer lasting between three and four days. They are also our best selling options due to the price/time ratio that is offered.

It is the perfect choice to do a mix of sea kayaking exploration, and camping inland in the nighttime. You will be able to disconnect from the outside world and simply focus on what is in front of you. You will go down ancient watering trails or navigate around Waiheke island, which is known as New Zealand’s Island of wine. They have managed to merge ancient soils with the perfect weather to produce some of the most stunning wines available. 

One of our most popular and highest rated casual options is the  Riverhead Pub Paddle. This will offer you a great experience at the best possible price around, while including exploring a different type of theme. Instead of nature, we explore the local pub scene.


When is the best time to go sea kayaking?

The most popular time of the year is the summer of course! Our summer season has just started, so now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy that beautiful sunny weather and calmer waters. The real questions you should be asking yourself are when can you take time off of work to come visit us and get on a touring kayak? Or When can I fly to New Zealand and do sea kayaking?

Don’t be dissuaded if you cannot join us during this prime time, consider a few months before when it is Spring. If you aren’t afraid of slightly colder temperatures, but with a smaller amount of tourism around, feel free to enquire about specialised packaging for the fall and winter months.

You cannot go wrong with this mix of adventure and nature exploration. We come highly rated from both individual and corporate references since we offer must-see experiences.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions that you might have. We are also available to offer customised packages if they are within reason and always best to contact and discuss with us beforehand. We also cater to our local community in New Zealand as well as those that make the journey to visit us from afar. So how do you get started with your sea kayaking adventure?..

Don’t hesitate to contact us today for more details as our most popular options tend to fill up quickly!

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SuP tours


Stand up Paddle (SuP) Boarding in Auckland (New Zealand)

For those that are craving a different way of enjoying nature and adventure, you should consider Stand up Paddle (SuP) Boarding. But where to begin? Where to go for a SUP tour? Is it expensive? What type of Stand Up Paddle equipment do I need? We’ll investigate and help answer a lot of these questions. People that want the best of both worlds of adventure and a workout, should consider SuP boarding. It is a fantastic workout that really focuses on posture and your core and enables you to explore areas that might not always be accessible by walking.


What is Stand up Paddle Boarding?

How can one have an adventure in Auckland while still working out? One way is through SUP Boarding! The benefit of doing this is having you learn a new sport. You have a great workout on your core, while you can comfortably enjoy beautiful and scenic areas. It is best to always consider taking some SUP lessons to get yourself acquainted with the best techniques and tactics for the most enjoyable experience.

Who can benefit from doing Stand up Paddleboarding? SUP can be enjoyed by those of all ages and sizes as it provides a mild workout that is suitable for most people. It is a great way to get to specialised locations that would require swimming or a boat, but also enjoying the beautiful weather while you paddle.


Who is SNM?

We are your premier SUP tours offering in the Auckland, New Zealand area. We are highly rated in the region and have some of the best-selling options for all types of budgets. We offer a variety of services from tours, to lessons. The benefits to taking the tours are taking your new sport and knowledge and exploring the beauty Auckland, New Zealand has to offer.

We also cater to specialised events and have launched an enticing program with the local schools in the area, to promote this healthy lifestyle. When is the best time to visit SNM for your SUP experience? Now as we are just beginning our beautiful summer season!


Where are the best places to go paddleboarding?

Auckland, New Zealand has a lot of amazing locations that are just perfect for Stand up Paddle Boarding. If you are really looking for an amazing location to try a mix of workout and exploration, then look no further than the Hauraki Gulf Coastlines. Anywhere in Auckland you can enjoy a truly wonderful experience and see all that nature has to offer. The benefit of using a Stand-up Paddleboard besides the fantastic workout is we will be able to show you some places only accessible this way.


Most popular area

If you have decided to pick Auckland, New Zealand as your SuP adventure destination, you might also ask where is the most popular spot to go there for SUP? We offer some options that are considered our best-selling ones, such as our journey-focused tours, going beyond the beach. We always ensure that every option we offer is a five-star experience as we want to always provide the highest-rated service possible. We always recommend a complete package to explore all the areas around the Hauraki Gulf. We promise you won’t be disappointed.


Must see in Auckland

We believe that the best way to experience and see all the natural beauty in Auckland, New Zealand is to consider taking one of our tours. We will show you what nature is supposed to look like, with beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and natural rock formations. These areas are rarely touched by humans and are a great idea to escape from the rest of the world, in our safe guided tour.


The best option for Paddle Boat lovers with time.

You already made out the trip to us. You might want to consider making a retreat of everything. Take a long weekend to really end up exploring all the beautiful spots and locations that we have to offer in Auckland. Get reconnected with nature. This is for the explorer inside of you that is seeking that adventure to discover new views, push yourself to your limits and truly feel alive in this age when we are consumed by anything digital.


Why join SNM for Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

There are several reasons to pick us. First of all, paddleboarding is our passion and we do our best to offer best in class, highly rated SUP tours and SUP lessons. We work with a variety of levels so not an issue if this will be your first time, or you want some expert tips. In addition, we provide the latest paddleboards for rent so you can enjoy all that Stand Up Paddleboarding has to offer in a safe environment. We also expand our programs to help support the local community.


A beginner? No worries

How do you get better at Stand up Paddle boarding? The easy answer is through Social Nature Movement! What type of SUP lessons do we offer you might ask? If you are just starting out, we also offer numerous SUP lessons to get you on your paddleboard in no time. We show you all the best techniques that are there to hold and maintain your balance and stamina so you can actually enjoy the journey, instead of constantly falling off and feeling like you are just trying to stay on the board.

We also include a lot of safety information in our lessons to prepare you in case of emergency, so that you can always have that comfortable mindset. SuP Boarding can be a great workout that keeps you in a proper posture while you work out your arms and legs, as well as your core. With that in mind take a look at some of our offers here! Who better to train you up on paddleboarding than our passionate staff?


No Paddle Board? No Problem!

If you decided on not getting one of your own Paddleboards and want to try SuP boarding without investing in your own equipment, you can use ours! Why consider using our SUP equipment? We offer the latest paddleboards and relevant equipment available to get you out on the open waters and Stand up Paddle boarding in no time.

We have a consistent maintenance check on all of our equipment, not just our boards, so you can rest assured that you are always using top-quality equipment, and can feel confident when you are braving those open waters.


How do we stay focused on the local Auckland community?

We don’t just cater to those adventurers and out of towners that are looking for an amazing holiday option that is fitness related. We also make sure to expand our offerings and services to the local schools around Auckland, New Zealand.

We believe that this mix of fun and fitness is the perfect combination for those that are just growing up. It builds up not only their bodies but their mind as we also include them in our exploration and combine an educational element. Where do we take them on our SUP tours? All across the Hauraki Gulf and all its beautiful harbours and beaches. When do we do partake in this SUP with them? All year long, as permitted.


When is the best time for SUP?

The best time is now! We have reopened for the summer season on October 1st, 2021. We are ready and fully staffed to support all your needs, through SUP lessons, SUP tours, and any SUP related events that you may need.

This is the beginning of summer for us here in Auckland, New Zealand, so it is the best time to enjoy those pristine waters and clear sunny skies. Why is this the best time for stand up paddle? It is when the weather will be the calmest and the beaches will be the most pristine.


How can I begin with Stand up Paddle Boarding?

So if you were ever curious or interested in Stand up Paddle Boarding, or are part of the growing SUP movement, now is the best time for you to contact SNM for the latest offering here! Get yourself over to Social Nature Movement and we will get you ready with the best available package.

Feel free to contact us beforehand and let us know if you have any specialised needs or requirements. It is also best to check with us for our current schedule for SUP tours and SUP lessons. This is a must-do activity!


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Employee Wellbeing Programs


Employee Wellbeing Programs

Never have healthy minds been more important in business. Being with others while outdoors doing exercise forms much of life and makes living far better. Organisations thrive with clear, creative thinking and people who collaborate. That’s kinda difficult with a strung out brain. Combine healthy exercise with being on the water for a workout or wind down that benefits mind and body.

Our activities help define leadership roles within teams, providing creative new ways to approach collaboration.

We’re on a mission for engaging more societies with more nature and more movement. People love what we do, and what we do together is amazing…

Aside from your organisation and the people we work with, there are two main ways of doing business together:

Activities: choosing kayaking for example, starting out with 2hr introductions, a day kayak trip, then an overnight kayak camp, and a final kayak expedition. On the other hand, it can be about diversity; getting a taste of everything and being well-rounded in a bunch of activities.

Locations: sticking to one place and really getting to know it, place-responsive, get a way without going away, adventures around your corner and MoA: More of Auckland.

Choose nature for a unique way to get your team outdoors doing something active together, its what we do, its in our name! Take your staff off-site and involve them in newness and novelties to create a positive work culture. It helps networking, socializing, and getting to know each other better. Socializing and making friends in the workplace is one of the best ways to increase productivity in the office.
Team bonding activities improve workplace projects and boosting team performance. Learning to understand each other better and work together is vital to team success.

All our engagements allow for motivation and something to look forward to, fun, team spirit and celebration.
Because people have a larger imagination when around people they are comfortable with, we see increases in collaboration and the fostering of innovation and creativity. Successful team building brings people closer together and leads to more successful and creative workplace ideas. More so, communication improves and is the top reason why people choose team building.
Our adventure techniques result in high levels of involvement, insight and finally the opportunity for change and improvement. The activities require participants to focus on using skills such as planning, analysing, organising and communicating.

SNM engage with workers through before and after work training and providing those identified as at risk with case management support that connects them to suitable professional support. SNM Field Workers are trained in nature deficit disorders and have social experience with creating cultures in Building and Construction Industries. This allows them to engage easily with the workers on site.

Health experts recommend employees not work more hours to be productive, rather they take breaks to come back fresh and effective.

Southern Cross NZ say that health and wellness programs contribute to increased productivity and less sick days.

A healthier workforce also results in championing of the company to others a.k.a good role modelling.

We break down barriers of participation, work to your schedule as to not inconvenience anyway or get in the way of work. So if you already know common quiet periods at work or workers needed less at particular times, then these are perfect periods to plan excursions with SNM.

Perhaps we create a walking, running, cycling, kayaking, paddle board, climbing group at lunch time; possibly an extended-lunch break.

“Corporate challenge”

Don’t worry about employees taking time out of work as they will come back more attentive; making up for it!

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The Future of Workplace Wellness


The future of workplace wellness

The health and wellness industry is expanding rapidly. You can’t walk down the work halls without overhearing conversations about fitness trackers, on-demand workouts, business-sponsored activities and plant-based diets. Everyone is writing about it and reading about it.

There is increasing competition to recruit and retain staff, struggles for being green, sustainable, getting positive media attention etc. So the question will soon be, how deep and innovative you can go as a business. Often this involves collaboration, which together we can pave the way into 21st century employment and work.

As the industry grows, so does its influence on businesses. Making the Deloitte top200 or fast50, cushy pay checks, fancy Christmas parties, expensive conference venues etc. won’t last and is bound for change. Being an authentic ‘employer of choice’ and an ‘exceptional workplace’ means taking care of work-life balances. Doing so improves your organizational reputation, because without our staff we don’t exist. 

Companies are looking into holistic health benefits — of the mind, body, soul and beyond; existential value helping human beings be human with purpose and meaning in their lives.

You will increasingly compete with others to attract talent based on your health and wellness benefits. More organizations are offering employees a wellness menu. As trends continue to accelerate, it’s clear that organizations lacking these offerings could be left behind while others will excel in offering unique benefits. So, get ahead of the curve as a company leader and keep this business wellness trend on your radar in the years ahead!

Some say we’re only as healthy as our communities. Everything we do has a purpose by connecting our events back to your business and creating a positive culture. In creating business cultures, we start learning about your company, team and goals. Whether that’s injecting a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) component, or simply bringing our fresh and fun ideas to the table – we’ve got you covered.

Get ahead of the curve: the feathers of the status quo need to be ruffled from time to time. You may think you are doing everything correctly, but that is exactly what habits tell you. Let us help you prevent any declining rates of antisocialism, nature deficit disorder and immobility before it is too late and you need to spend more time and money curing it.

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Finding work-life balance


Finding work-life balance

The pace of our modern times seems to leave us with less and less time to do the things we love. Now more than ever, Social Nature Movement understands the need to adapt the way we work and live to create balance within our busy lives. It is our mission to reconnect society with the essence of natural living, and through movement and exploration, show that health really is the new wealth! 

Social Nature Movement believes there are mutual benefits in forming a business partnership or strategic alliance and pooling resources in order to pursue common objectives.

Our corporate team building adventures cater for everyone regardless of their dispositions. Activities are healthy and safe, covering wide ranges of interests.

Everyone gains new skills, knowledge and experiences enabling them to safely undertake their own – or more advanced – pursuits.

We work around your specific needs to create the best experience for your workforce.

Business collaboration results:

Highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability

89% of HR leaders agree that ongoing peer feedback and check-ins are key for successful outcomes

Employees who feel their voice is heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work

96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention

Disengaged employees cost U.S. companies up to $550 billion a year.

61% of employees are burned out on the job.

61% of employees agree that they have made healthier lifestyle choices because of their company’s wellness program.

89% of workers at companies that support well-being initiatives are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work.

87% of employees expect their employer to support them in balancing work and personal commitments.

“High employee churn remains a central challenge for one in five (20%) New Zealand HR professionals”

“over two-thirds (67%) of HR professionals in New Zealand believe there is a skills shortage within their industry.”

“The competition for talent in New Zealand is ripe, challenging 64% of respondents” (attracting talent is another reason to do SNM)”

“Two in five (41%) HR professionals are indifferent about the effectiveness of their rewards and recognition program, with one-third (33%) feeling their program is ineffective or extremely ineffective.”

“17% is the average employee turnover rate across Australia and New Zealand”

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Increased support capacity
– Increased social connectivity
– Improve bottom lines
– Help your staff live happier and healthier
– Combat a sedentary work environment.
– Reducing absenteeism because of stress.
– Reducing financial stress.
– Setting up team-based initiatives.
– Combating lack of senior involvement.
– Show you care about your people; actively prioritising health, safety and mental wellbeing.
– Become part of a growing family of like-minded organisations.
– Promote your business as a responsible and engaged partner in your people’s lives.
– Goes beyond the workplace and into our every-day lives.

We are known to create positive cultures within ones workplace and lifestyles.

We create cultures of:
– Energy,
– Atmosphere
– Team development
– Initiative
– High performance
– Healthy habits

We interact with your staff and interview them; getting their insights on tips and tricks to be social in nature while moving, e.g.:
– How are you managing daily routines?
– What do you do when needing help?
– What do you do when feeling stressed?
– What do you do when feeling lonely?

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