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The Riverhead Tavern Kayak Tour

While the Riverhead Tavern is renowned for its historical significance and charming ambiance, it also offers a plethora of recreational activities, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and water adventurers alike. Nestled by the serene waters of the Waitemata River, the tavern provides a perfect gateway for engaging in kayaking and other water experiences, allowing visitors to create unforgettable memories surrounded by nature's beauty.


Auckland Kayaking Adventures

The idyllic location of the Riverhead Tavern along the river makes it an ideal starting point for kayaking excursions. Visitors can rent kayaks or bring their own to explore the gentle currents and scenic surroundings. As they paddle through the peaceful waters, they can bask in the tranquil ambiance, taking in the lush greenery that lines the riverbanks.


Guided Kayak Tours

For those new to kayaking or seeking a guided experience, the Riverhead Tavern offers professional kayak tours led by knowledgeable guides. These tours cater to all skill levels, ensuring that everyone can participate and enjoy the experience safely. Paddlers can learn about the history of the river, the local flora and fauna, and the significance of the area as they glide along the water.


Picnics by the River

In addition to kayaking, visitors can also indulge in leisurely picnics by the river. The tavern's picturesque riverside setting provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing afternoon with friends and family. Whether visitors bring their own picnic baskets or order from the tavern's restaurant, the experience is enhanced by the soothing sound of flowing water and the rustling of leaves in the gentle breeze.


Waterfront Dining

For those seeking a more indulgent experience, the Riverhead Tavern offers waterfront dining options. Guests can savor their meals on the outdoor terraces, enjoying panoramic views of the river while relishing the delectable dishes prepared by skilled chefs. The combination of fine dining and the natural beauty of the surroundings creates a dining experience that is truly unparalleled.


Riverfront Events

The tavern's expansive grounds and picturesque location make it an ideal venue for hosting water-themed events and festivities. From riverfront music concerts to water sports competitions, the Riverhead Tavern's event calendar is filled with activities that celebrate the unique charm of the region and the splendor of the Waitemata River.


Waterfront Accommodation

For those who wish to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the water experiences, the Riverhead Tavern offers waterfront accommodation. Guests can wake up to the calming view of the river and enjoy the convenience of being just steps away from the water-based activities available.


Supporting Sustainable Practices

As a responsible custodian of the environment, the Riverhead Tavern actively promotes sustainable practices for all water-related activities. Measures are in place to ensure that kayaking and other recreational experiences have minimal impact on the river ecosystem, preserving the natural beauty for generations to come.

The Riverhead Tavern not only captures the essence of New Zealand's history and heritage but also provides a gateway to a world of recreational activities centered around the beautiful Waitemata River. From tranquil kayaking adventures to waterfront dining and riverside picnics, visitors can embrace the natural splendor while indulging in delightful experiences. The combination of history, charm, and water-based activities makes the Riverhead Tavern a truly enchanting destination where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and create lasting memories.

Sea kayaking 2.5-5hrs (one-way or return)

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1.5 - 2 hours

Arrive at Riverhead Tavern

Enjoy refreshing drinks, delicious meals and fantastic atmospheres

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.


  • Shorts / Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt
  • Fleece / woolen / synthetic jumper
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf


  • Footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

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



Activity specific items:

Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

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