- 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.
- Why do I need to check my gear free of pests?
The Hauraki Gulf is a nationally significant marine park. Many of the islands of the Gulf are pest free, or partially pest free. This means they are now home to some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered species – eg tuatara, takahe, shore plover and kiwi. The islands are also recovering naturally as birds reintroduce themselves to these safe havens. It is important to keep them pest free – and we need your help!
Pest animals and plants can invade our islands by stowing away on or in your footwear, gear or boat. Rats canm squeeze through a 12 mm gap andm mice can squeeze through a 7m mm gap. Insects could hide in your bag, and weeds, seeds and soil could cling to your clothing and shoes. Pests threaten New Zealand's native wildlife:
Rats eat birds, eggs, reptiles and insects.
Mice prey on insects and eat small birds and reptiles.
Argentine ants can reach large numbers and have a big appetite killing our native insects, skinks, geckos and baby birds.
Plague skinks compete with native lizards and other animals for food and habitat and have displaced our native skinks on the mainland.
Soil can carry plant diseases such as kauri dieback.
Weed seeds can become a weed forest and smother native plants
- How do I best prepare for my pest-free trip?
Make sure all food is packed and sealed in plastic containers with lid. Ensure cardboard boxes are closed and taped – there must be no nopportunity for an nunwanted pest to access the container/box in transit.
Ensure all footwear and gear is clean and free of soil.
Thoroughly check any camping or overnight gear for stowaways. Gear that has been stored away is high risk.
Thoroughly check seedlings, potting mix or plant matter to ensure there are no hitch- hikers.
Seal up your gear/food as soon as you have finished packing and leave it closed until you reach your destination.