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Rangitoto Island Volcanic Sea Kayak Tour

Sea kayak and paddle your way to and onto Rangitoto Island. Our Rangitoto Island sea kayak tour is full of superlatives: Auckland's youngest volcano having appeared around 600 years ago. Rangitoto Island is also Aucklands largest volcano covering an area of 2,311 ha (5,710 acres). It is also Auckland highest volcano of 260m (850ft); a symmetrical shield volcano cone. Moreover Rangitoto gives home to the largest forest of pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) trees in the world, commonly known as New Zealand Christmas tree (they flower in time to signify Christmas).

Sea Kayaking Rangitoto Island

Our six hour full day sea kayak tour will leave the picturesque St Heliers beach of Auckland. We will paddle about 5 km / 1 hour of sea kayaking through some turquoise calm waters to the shoreline of Rangitoto Island. From here we start at the Rangitoto Summit track that trails through a volcanic landscape. We will then hike about 1 hour up to the summit of Rangitoto Island with a 360 degree views; remember to bring binoculars!

Rangitoto Full Day Kayak Trip

This special Auckland sea kayak trip is facilitated by experienced outdoor educators who know how to make a Rangitoto sea kayaking trip special. They will tell you many more things about the Waitemata; meaning ‘sparkling waters’ and even the Cooks Petrels (named in honor of the famous navigator and explorer, Captain James Cook). You may also get to poke your nose into a real 'wild' Rangitoto lava cave as far as the definition of caving takes you ('a passage extending beyond light'). What does Rangitoto Island mean? Rangitoto literally means sky blood. Early Auckland settlers witnessed fiery sky-high eruptions that lit up reddy orange.

Sea Kayak Auckland

On our Rangitoto sea kayak trip your guides will have for you a delicious, delicate, delectable, delightful and distinctive dish with drinks. That's right', we take care of you every step of the way. Just turn up, get given all the gear, learn some basic skills, hear some stories, see some seascapes, be fed and be happy.

 

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Itineraries

Start

Meet at St Heliers beach boat ramp

PADDLE 1 Hour, ARRIVE AT Rangitoto ISLAND

WALK UP TO THE RANGITOTO ISLAND SUMMIT, 260M HIGH WITH EXPANSIVE VIEWS

PADDLE BACK 1 HOUR AND FINISH

6 hours from start to finish

1 hour kayaking there, 1 hour paddling return; 2hrs total of sea kayaking (plus Island exploring, instructional briefs, etc.).

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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