Guided tours are a great way to get intimate with this beautiful corner of New Zealand.
On our guided tours you can expect a focus on safety and comfort, some salty yarns from our local guides, a delicious home baked picnic, photos taken by the guide and shared with you (no cost) and small numbers, usually around six on each trip.

Respect for the environment is ingrained in all that we do and in the words of Chief Seattle, “Take only memories, leave only footprints.”

Whale Island

Whale Island is 9km off the coast from Whakatane and it’s a kayaking paradise. We meet at the Whakatane Wharf and check you on board the boat. After a safety briefing from the skipper and with kayaks loaded, we head down the Whakatane River and out on to the ocean for the 25 minute trip to Whale Island. En route we’ll give you a little history of the area and of Whale Island itself and discuss kayak safety. We usually start at the most sheltered corner of the Island and give everyone an opportunity to become accustomed to kayaking on the ocean, before heading off on our tour.

Wildlife encounters, whether NZ fur seals, little blue penguins or gannets plunging into the ocean around us are common and the scenery is always breath taking. When the conditions are right we are able to explore the sea caves on the North West corner.

After two hours of paddling, we return to the boat for a home baked morning tea, perhaps a swim and a few yarns from the boat skipper before the return trip to Whakatane. You’ll love it ! We do !

Tour time 4 hours +

Ohiwa Explorer

Ohiwa Harbour, where we live, is a natural inlet on the Bay of Plenty coast. It’s a unique natural environment with a fascinating history of both Māori and European settlement and activity.

Our two and a half hour guided tours offer you an insight into this beautiful harbour and its many islands. We use a number of launch sites which utilise the tide and weather to our advantage.

Its an ideal place for those new to kayaking or for families with young children and there are opportunities to view wildlife in close proximity. The Harbour is home to a large variety of rays and fish such as Kahawai and Mullet that are often seen on our trips. Orca visit the Harbour several times a year and New Zealand Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins are spotted on occasion.

Ohiwa’s abundant bird life attracts visitors from all over the world and is home to many species including Kingfishers, Godwits and Herons.

As the Harbour water can be a couple of degrees warmer than the ocean, a swim at a secluded beach is always tempting during our tours.

Double and single kayaks are available.

Tour time 2.5 hours

Coastal Adventure

I love the stretch of coastline between Ohope Beach and Whakatane and its always a delight to paddle with visitors past eternally beautiful Otarawairere Bay and through the rocky channels beyond. When we stop for morning tea at a hidden beach, accessible only from the ocean, it captures the essence of New Zealand’s outdoors – great vistas, pristine environment and solitude! On the return there is usually an opportunity to try a little kayak surfing at West End, Ohope Beach where the trip begins and ends. Thrills and spills guaranteed.

I once bumped (almost literally) into a Minke Whale on this trip which was a special moment and we have had other wildlife encounters with Orca, seals, gannets and penguins at different times. This trip always energises me with a sense of freedom and love for the Bay of Plenty and of course in summer, its a wonderful place to swim.

Double and single kayaks are available.

Tour time 2.5 hours

Moonlight Kayaking

Sunset! Moonrise! Sparkling waters! Ancient Pohutukawa trees! Romance! Adventure! Yarns around the campfire! This trips offers much more than just a kayak journey.

From fish leaping into kayaks in the dark to stunning bio luminescence (phosphorescence) in the water, we’ve had some magical adventures under the Moonlight. No two trips are ever the same, but you’ll be left with a tale to tell and an adventure to share.

We depart from our home on the edge of Ohiwa Harbour and the tour takes us passed Pataua and Hokianga Islands and the old Kutarere Wharf. No head torches required as once your eyes adjust and your senses are invigorated, you’ll navigate your kayak with ease.

Double and single kayaks are available.

Tour time 2 hours

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