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Te Ara Moana Kayak Trail

3 days, Tuesday-Thursday

Escape to one of New Zealand’s most stunning coastlines and explore the Te Ara Moana – a coastal pathway paddled by Maori. Following in their wake, uncover the hidden stories that connect us.

Te Ara Moana sea kayak cruise

Want to feel like you’re half a world away but be just outside of Auckland? Our Te Ara Moana sea kayak cruise could be the relaxing getaway you’ve been craving.
Te Ara Moana is a sea-going pathway running from Omana Regional Park to Waharau Regional Park. Lined with long white beaches and gorgeous camping spots, Māori traditionally paddled this beautiful environment. On this cruise, we’ll follow in their wake, uncovering the hidden stories and cultural insights that connect us on a deeper level.
For three days and two nights, you’ll cruise the coast in comfortable, sturdy sea kayaks and pitch a tent in the well-serviced campgrounds along the way. You can even catch your dinner in the ocean.

Te Ara Moana – the sea-going pathway – is an amazing sea kayak tour. You will paddle 50km along Auckland’s south eastern coastline, with stopovers at five regional parks.

Te Ara Moana is one of many sea routes used by early Māori to transport goods and kai in their waka between settlements.

The iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau still maintain strong ties with the Hauraki Gulf, Tīkapa Moana / Firth of Thames and Te Ara Moana.

The sea route is between Ōmana Regional Park and Waharau Regional Park and includes overnight stays in beachfront camping grounds.

As you paddle along the coastline, you’ll encounter natural wonders, wildlife and learn about our early history.

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Day one

Ōmana Regional Park to Waitawa Regional Park, 25km/5hrs paddling

You'll start your journey at Ōmana Regional Park and paddle 11km along the coast to Duder Regional Park then another 14km paddle to Waitawa Regional Park.

Day two

Waitawa Bay Regional Park to Tāpapakanga Regional Park, 18km/4hrs paddling

You will paddle 10km past Te Iwirahirahi Point, Ruakura Bay and Waiti Bay before reaching Tawhitokino Regional Park. You will paddle another 8km into the Firth of Thames and past Orere Point before arriving at Tāpapakanga Regional Park.

Day three

Tāpapakanga Regional Park to Waharau Regional Park, 8km/2hrs paddling

The last section of the trail is an 8km paddle to Waharau Regional Park.

One staff

Activity specific items:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

Staff carry:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • VHF Marine Radio
  • Hot thermos
  • Knife and saw
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter
  • Repair kit
  • Split / spare paddle
  • Pump
  • Paddle float
  • Throw bag
  • Tow line




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This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • 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


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

Because we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent


  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery

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

  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Price
    1 - 8 Pax
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) $499.00 $0.00 /Person

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    Child ( 1 - 8 Pax ) $449.00 $0.00 /Person

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