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Browns Island Motukorea Volcanic Half Day Sea Kayak Tour

Take an easy Auckland sea kayak trip that is friendly for beginners and only takes a half day commitment. The Browns Island half day sea kayak tour from the Auckland downtown CBD is only a 15 minute drive or bus ride, 20 minute cycle, 25 minute e-scooter or a 2 hour coffee stroll to St Heliers beach where we start.

 

Sea Kayaking Browns Island

Our four hour half day sea kayak tour from hello to goodbye, will leave the picturesque St Heliers beach of Auckland, paddling past the Gentleman's and Ladies Bays, through some turquoise calm waters and onto our uninhabited dormant volcano island only accessible by sea kayaks and other wayfaring vessels. You will sea kayak 45-60 minutes one-way, making for about 1.5-2 hours of easy paddling in total. The rest of the time we explore Browns Island, getting familiar with your gear and your surroundings.

 

Motukorea Half Day Kayak Trip

Once arriving on Browns island, your Auckland sea kayak guide will imperceptibly become a hiking landscape guide, telling you tales and taking you up to the Browns Island summit with a height of 68 metres (223 ft) above sea level. From up here, you will be rewarded with uninterrupted full-circle views of the Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata Harbour and many Auckland Islands (Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Motutapu Island, Motuihe Island and more...).

 

Sea Kayak Auckland

Speaking of Auckland surroundings, the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf might expose itself with marine life such as coastal birds (Dotterel and indeed Oystercatchers) and if luck has it you might see marine mammals of the cetacean taxonomic groups (whales and dolphins), we have even seen little blue penguins out there while sea kayaking!

Motukorea in Maori translates roughly to Oystercatcher island. Browns Island comes from the first European Auckland land purchase being the island itself, sold to William Brown (Browns Island) in 1840. Some of the remains on Browns Island are from the pig farm which William used to farm.

 

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Itineraries

Start

Meet at St Heliers beach boat ramp

Paddle 45-60 minutes, arrive at Browns Island

Walk up to the Browns Island summit, 68m high with expansive views

Paddle back 45-60 minutes and finish

4 hours from start to finish.

45-60mins there, 45-60mins return; 1.5-2hrs total.

No. Just a willing attitude. Our kayaks are stable, our gear is safe, our guides are competent and we only operate during calm conditions.

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

This list will ensure that whichever season and whatever weather; you will be prepared and comfortable.

Clothing

  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves

Equipment

  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Toiletries
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy

Includes:

One staff

Activity specific items:

Kayak
Paddle
Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

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