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Te Ara Moana Sea Kayak Trail

Three-four day coastal journey

Te Ara Moana Kayak Trail

3 days

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


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 Kayak Trail

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 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.

You don't have to go to the Abel Tasman National Park to enjoy sea-kayak camping along a beautiful stretch of sheltered coastline. Just 45 minutes from the central city is Te Ara Moana - the Seagoing Pathway, a multi-day sea kayak trail. The trail links five of the regional parks on the southeastern coast, from Omana near Maraetai down to Waharau on the Firth of Thames. Cruising along a largely undeveloped shoreline, picnicking and camping on parkland, you can feel like you're a thousand miles from civilisation.

Though navigating this coastline in a plastic canoe might be a relatively new thing, waka have been utilising the area for hundreds of years. Te Ara Moana is one of many routes traditionally used by Maori to move around the Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames, and this heritage is visible at many of the sites along the trail, especially at the Duder and Waitawa regional parks.


You don't have to be an experienced paddler to enjoy it

The Te Ara Moana Kayak trail mostly hugs the coastline and it is sheltered from Auckland's predominant southwesterly winds.

You can come with your family, you can do small sections and come out for afternoon trips, day trips or if you are feeling more adventurous, come out for the whole five days. The trail is quite easy to do in segments. Many of the camp trails are only accessible by water. So even though we are in the vicinity of Auckland, many of the campsites you’ll get to, there will be no one else there. So, there’s a feeling of remoteness without having to travel too far away from Auckland. And that really is a little treasure.

The sea kayak trail connects all the regional parks of south west Auckland together. So, it’s a way to transport yourself from five different regional parks along here.


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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.

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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


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Activity specific items:

Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

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