Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore thousands of kilometres of New Zealand’s magnificent coastline and inland waterways
Auckland Sea Kayaking Tours

Choose your sea kayaking duration

From short and local half-day (4hr) sea kayak tours to further afield multiple day and overnight expeditions

Half-day Sea Kayaking

Half-day (4hr) sea kayak tour
From $135

Full-day Sea Kayaking

Full-day 6-8hrs sea kayak tour
From $180

Two-day / overnight Sea Kayaking

Everything you want with sea kayaking: camping under the stars, fires, food and more
From $360

Multi-day Sea Kayaking

Go further, learn more and develop your full potential mastery in sea kayaking
From $450

Annual Sea Kayaking Expeditions

Once a year, sea kayaking to look forward to and build up for, these are trips to rave about
From $1,800

Select something special for Sea Kayaking

Unique sea kayaking to SNM, do something different, go somewhere unique

Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Sea Kayak Journeys

Duke of Edinburgh Award for Bronze, Silver, Gold, Training, Planning, Practice and Qualifier
From $50

Astronomical Sea Kayak Adventures

Sea Kayaking during sunrise, sunset, full moon, stargazing and cosmic experiences

From $90

Need something special?

For an introduction to possibilities; contact our consultants for bespoke experiences

Open water sea kayaking skills courses

Learn sea kayak basics, get started in sea kayaking and advance to surfing, rescues, racing, rolling and more…

Comprehensive sea kayak course

Learn open water sea kayaking. Introductory beginner course becoming independent paddlers
From $135

Sea Kayak surfing and rescues course

How to go past the breakers and back to shore safely. Master basic self-rescue skills too
From $135

Sea Kayak Adventure Race Training

Team work, leadership, synchronicity and mastering the waves, winds and currents
From $75

Sea Kayak Rolling Courses

Rolling your kayak upright is an essential skill all kayakers must learn through structured kayak rolling courses
From $75

Sea kayaking extras

Sea kayaks for hire, paddle rentals, camp cookers, kayak safety equipment and tailor-made experiences

Outdoor Adventure Sea Kayak gear hire / rental

Single sea kayak $85/day, double sea kayak $130/day, 2-4 person Macpac tents $20/day, 3-4 person Trangia cookers $10/day and PLB $10/day.
From $10

Sea Kayaking in Auckland

Visit coves, caves and other splendid seafaring locations, beneath rocky cliffs where only sea kayaks can reach by ocean exploration. Feel the expansive ocean freedom, relax in our comfortable kayaks and let your ‘blue mind’ spirit soar as we paddle in Auckland onto the Pacific Ocean. Sparkling swims, exfoliating sand between your toes and shells/fossil finding is all possible along with constant photo opportunities.

The first thing you will notice on SNM ‘s sea kayaking tours is our enthusiasm and pride in our waterworks, and the water-based areas we call home.

SNM caters kayak tours for a wide variety of groups ranging from Schools, Polytechnics, Tourists, Corporate Groups, and Outdoor Clubs, through to every kind of traveler you can think of. We put together school packages within the EOTC guidelines or even run a Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey. At SNM, we love to put together special sea kayak packages to suit anyone.

Origins and developments of Sea kayaking

A sea kayak or touring kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on open waters of lakes, bays, and the ocean. Sea kayaks are seaworthy small boats. They trade off the maneuverability of whitewater kayaks for higher cruising speed, cargo capacity, ease of straight-line paddling, and comfort for long journeys.

The term “sea kayak” is said to have originated with the 1981 publication of a book by John Dowd, who said “it wasn’t called sea kayaking until my book came out, it was called kayak touring or sea canoeing or canoe touring, blue-water paddling, coastal paddling, all those things.”

 

Sea kayaking facts

Contemporary sea kayaks trace their origin to the native boats of Alaska, northern Canada, and Southwest Greenland. Inuit (formerly Eskimo) hunters developed a fast seagoing craft to hunt seals and walrus. The ancient Aleut name for a Aleutian kayak is Iqyak, and earliest models were constructed from a light wooden frame (tied together with sinew or baleen) and covered with sea mammal (sea lion or seal) hides. Archaeologists have found evidence indicating that some kayaks are at least 4,000 years old. Rotomolded plastic kayaks we use today first appeared in 1984.

Sea kayaks are used around the world for marine (sea) journeys from a few hours to many weeks, as they can accommodate one or more paddlers together with room for camping gear, food, water, and other supplies. A sea kayak usually ranges anywhere from 3.0–5.5 m for solo craft, and up to 8.0 m for tandem craft. Beam width may be as little as 53 cm, and may be up to 90 cm.

 

SNM Sea Kayak Tours

Do it all: Kayaking, Paddling, Camping, Cooking, Snorkeling, Sunbathing, Amazing scenery, Beautiful beaches, unique NZ Flora and Fauna all combined in making our sea kayak tours some of the most brilliant in New Zealand.

Experience New Zealand at its best with our range of Sea Kayak Tours to inspire you. SNM are specialists in all things kayaking. Get the correct, independent expert advice from experienced and qualified staff to show you Auckland’s best kept secret marine gems.

Our amazing sea kayak tours are for those looking for the iconic kiwi adventure, needing look no further than Auckland sea kayaking. Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

Perfect for families and those wanting a short sea kayaking experience

We have easy ocean paddles for families and those looking to explore the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour. Explore with your sea kayak guide the coastlines of Auckland. Check out sea caves, learn about the shag (Coromorant) colony and explore small islands before returning to shore. There is plenty of time to take that perfect picture of the skylines, before enjoying an afternoon snack and refreshments on the beach.

Most of our kayak tours are set up for people with no sea kayaking experience. Many of our tours stick to the coastlines so we are never too far away from the shoreline. Spend sunny days out on the water, away from crowds and getting in touch with nature again. Auckland Sea Kayaking with SNM explores the special areas of the Hauraki Gulf and gives paddlers the true sense of adventure.

Treat yourself to marine memories you’ll cherish for life. Our fully-outfitted sea kayak adventures take you along Auckland coastlines. Completely immerse yourself in the natural aquatic wonders of Auckland. Experience our blue planet from paddling with seals, penguins, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, local islands and Maori Pa (village) sites to learning about local history and lore. Be wowed by the night sky, the milky way is truly amazing from where we camp. Enjoy drifting off to sleep listening to the waves before waking up to hear bird song.

Auckland sea kayaking a relaxing, content rich guided kayak and camping experience, fully catered with food. You can rest and recharge with a snack before returning to your sea kayaks and paddling home across the mighty Waitemata.

Join us if you are new to the watersport and keen to learn. You will become familiar with setting up your sea kayak and how to paddle effectively, as well as potentially learning how to rescue yourself or someone else in the event of a capsize.

 

Auckland Sea Kayaking

Our sea kayak trips offer many special facets of the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours. The Hauraki Gulf is also home to many of New Zealand’s best sunny sandy beaches, some voted the best in New Zealand, with clear waters and sheltered bays making it a stunning place to paddle.

 

Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or make a trip enquiry.

Get help booking. Have questions? Click our FAQ’s, call a specialist (0800 76 62 66) or message one (support@snm.nz)

Auckland Sea Kayaking FAQ's

  • Who are you guys and what is your link to Sea Kayaking?

    We're your local experts and touring operating in Auckland, New Zealand. Social Nature Movement was formed by a group of passionate adventurers who decided to change that passion and fun into a wonderful business platform to share with both locals and overseas visitors. We have carefully curated the best possible areas to do touring with a sea kayak, and ensure that whichever package or area you choose to explore, you will leave completely satisfied. We are fully focused on experiences within nature, and that's where we find the most pride.

  • Why Sea Kayaking?

    Sea Kayaking is a fun and safe experience where you and your friends can explore the open waters, and discover areas that are not always accessible by foot! It also combines a great upper body workout, so you can be on vacation and still be exercising! A big question is where should you go on your sea kayak adventure in Auckland? We cover this too.

    We have selected some of the best locations in the area for both locals and overseas visitors. It all depends on what flavour of touring kayak exploration you're looking for? Are you looking for a casual pub crawl with a mix of adventure, or are you planning on going on a multi-day adventure, circumnavigating some of our beautiful islands? The options are limitless, and we cater to all types of tourism.

  • Who should I go Sea Kayaking with?

    Sea Kayaking is fun for all ages and we offer a variety of options from leisure intensive to action intensive to fit all body and mind types. Keep in mind that this is a physical activity, so you should always consider that before joining us. We will always do our best to cater to the groups we do have. The bigger question you should have is who will you forget to bring with you on your sea kayaking ventures? We can cater to large groups that want to go together (up to 8 people on our long haul journeys). This can help provide an intimate bonding experience with your loved ones and those that are closest to you.

    You can also feel free to come solo and use this opportunity to disconnect for a brief time. Just enquire with us, and we will ensure to form a group of like-minded individuals, with their intent to do a beautiful sea kayaking tour. This is best for those that are fully focused on taking a step back and being immersed in the adventure.

  • What should I bring when sea kayaking?

    You don't need to bring any specialised equipment with you, just some swimwear and your spirit of adventure. We will provide all the necessary safety equipment and properly maintained sea kayaks are always available to rent for affordable pricing. We highly recommend that you simply come prepared to use our equipment, as this can improve your safety during your sea kayaking.

    We only use highly durable sea kayaks that can handle the local area better than you can consider. We also swap them out on a regular basis, to keep our fleet and equipment as fresh as possible.

  • When is the best time to go sea kayaking?

    The most popular time of the year is the summer of course! Our summer season has just started, so now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy that beautiful sunny weather and calmer waters. The real questions you should be asking yourself are when can you take time off of work to come visit us and get on a touring kayak? Or When can I fly to New Zealand and do sea kayaking?

    Don’t be dissuaded if you cannot join us during this prime time, consider a few months before when it is Spring. If you aren’t afraid of slightly colder temperatures, but with a smaller amount of tourism around, feel free to enquire about specialised packaging for the fall and winter months.

  • Sea Kayaking Credentials

    KASK
    SNM are KASK members.

    KASK was initially set up to promote and encourage the sport of sea kayaking, promote safety standards, develop techniques and equipment, deal with issues of coastal access and protection, organize a biennial sea kayaking forum and publish the New Zealand Sea Kayaker Newsletter.

    Adventure Mark
    SNM are externally audited in Adventurous Activities.

    AdventureMark™ is New Zealand’s largest adventure certification body. They work with over 200 operators here in New Zealand and in several countries worldwide providing our health and safety audit and adventure certification services across the globe.

    SNM are approved Sea Kayaking (Open Water) operators through:

    WorkSafe is New Zealand’s primary workplace health and safety regulator. Our audit is registered by WorkSafe New Zealand under the Adventure Activities Certification Scheme

    Boating Education Coastguard
    SNM are Day Skipper, Sea Kayak , VHF Marine Radio and Boastmaster trained.

    Coastguard Boating Education courses for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating. Particularly suited to those with responsibility of being a skipper on their own vessel.

    Manukau Harbour Restoration Society
    SNM are Manukau Harbour Restoration Society members.

    The Manukau Harbour Restoration Society (MHRS) was formed in 2011 by Auckland residents living around the harbour committed to improving the condition of the harbour and its environs.

    Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Vector Logo
    SNM are proud protectors of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

    The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park was established in 2000, and protects the natural and historic features of the Hauraki Gulf.

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