Auckland paddle: Tahuna Torea nature reserve

Tahuna Torea

Tahuna Torea nature reserve is a a gorgeous tide assisted paddle up the Tamaki estuary in Auckland:

Tahuna Torea nature reserve has some gorgeous birdlife:

We stopped for a walk along the reserve:

And couple of selfies

I did this with one of the locals that lives off this river, Russell Millar with Yakity Yak Club.

Great easy paddle – especially if you like to take your time looking at the birdlife in the picturesque river lagoon – that nearly became a landfill for toxic waste a few decade ago,

If you like this paddle, also check out the upstream part of the Tamaki River:


NATIONAL KASK FORUM [Fri 4th – Mon 7th Apr]

Based at a stunning location at Anakiwa with beautiful bush and directly on the foreshore of Queen Charlotte Sound. The Outward Bound meals are scrumptious.
Accommodation is in spacious bunkroooms.

Register here

The KASK Forum offers:
– grand opportunities to take part in practical and theoretical sea kayak training
– the sharing of ideas on sea kayak design, equipment and gadgets
– learn about the local area and journey out on exploratory paddles
– attend the KASK AGM with paddle trophy award presentations
– join the paddle out to Mistletoe Bay with an overnight camp-out on the Sunday night
– bring your photos for viewing in the prestigious KASK Photo Competition

Evening speakers include:

  • On Friday night, a series of short 15 minute slide shows are planned showcasing where Kiwi paddlers have been kayaking in the past 12 months
  • Also on Friday night, ‘the paddlers of the Sunday Island’ will be sharing their paddling adventure to the Kermadecs – the challenges, the drama and of course the paddling on the most northern territory of New Zealand!
  • On Saturday night, Paul Caffyn and Conrad Edwards will share photos of their seven big overseas expeditions.
  • Registration from 5 pm on Friday night.

On the water instruction:
Australian paddler David Winkworth, will return again to Anakiwa with brand new instruction sessions, along with John Kirk-Anderson who is co-ordinating the on-the-water instruction program.

Overnight campout at Mistletoe Bay
Paddling distance from Anakiwa to the campsite is a leisurely 8 kms (5 miles). Mistletoe Bay is a sheltered elongate bay at the head of the northerly trending Omahau Bay. We launch from Anakiwa after 1pm on the Sunday, which leaves plenty of time for chatting on the water, and we paddle back to Anakiwa by midmorning Monday.

Register here

Kermadec Islands kayak trip – Final Update – Nov 19, 2013

Kermadec Trip


Pleased to announce we have one spare slot after one of the six original registrants pulled out due to personal reasons.

If you missed out on registering for the trip in June and still interested, this is your opportunity.

Kermadec Islands kayak trip – Trip plan

Kermadec Islands kayak trip – Original ROI

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Auckland kayak trip: Whenuapai to Riverhead pub paddle

Riverhead Pub paddle

Riverhead pub paddle is one of those magical kayak trips where you can just sit  in your kayak and let the tide take you to the pub and back!

This is second in a series of tide assisted social paddles around Auckland for the laid back evening paddler who wants an easy paddle to a waterside pub / restaurent around Auckland.

Launch point: Whenuapai

Eight of us from Auckland Yakity Yak Club launched from Waimarie Rd boat ramp, Whenuapai.

Riverhead Pub paddle
Whenuapai launch point

High Resolution Video of the trip to Riverhead pub paddle

The video was shot with the just launched Canon EOS 70D and the newly released GoPro Hero 3+ without any post processing on colour / exposure / balance. It just goes down to show how advanced the new senors are at working at low light even in the hand of amateur.

The trip

We started off at 6:00PM with nine paddlers: MikaelaChrisJanet, Luke, Olga, Sandra & Christine, myself and Shaun.

The Pub



NZ kayak trip: Bay of Islands Paddle – Urupukapuka and Cape Brett Hole in the Rock

Bay of Islands


Full HD Video – showing the highlights of the Bay of Islands kayak trip, including circumnavigation of Urupukapuka Island and day trip to Cape Brett Hole in the Rock … 

Circumnavigating Urupukapuka, Bay of Islands

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock


Hole in the Rock

Bay of Islands
Lentils & chickpeas makhani with herbs, fresh capsicum & fresh tomatoes [Photo credit: Uta Machold)

Cable Bay Camp site, Urupukapuka Island

Whatsup Jim?
Jim in very high spirit after the beer stop at Russell

Mine is bigger than yours
Comparing Greenland paddle girth circumferences of paddles

Matt showing off a new method for getting out of his Greenland T kayak without the kayak touching the sand late Sunday evening:


Circumnavigating Urupukapuka with a Greenland Paddle

Auckland kayak trip: Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island paddle

Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island kayak trip is an intermediate trip (because of the distance) but very enjoyable paddle; Hugging the coasts of the tiny Browns Island and Motuihe Island and crossing the open water to Waiheke Island for lunch and paddling back.

I did this with Yakity Yak in winter on a really calm and sunny day. This was a non stop paddle to Waiheke, a lunch stop and a non stop paddle back. Only stopping to look at some passing dolphins on the way.

The paddlers

Matiatia Bay

waiheke island paddle Video!!

Full HD Video – mainly of Matiatia Bay … 

For more detailed GPS data, click here.

Kermadec Islands kayak trip – Trip plan – Jun 24, 2013

Quick update regarding registration for this trip:

FInal Trip Plan – agreed with DOC and Shipping company

Please note that this is a complex sea based expedition – so the actual dates are subject to changes due to extreme weather / safety parameters – so some degree of flexibility is needed:

1. Pre-trip milestones:

  • Mon Jan 20th 2014 To take the kayak’s to Devonport for spray and quarantine. [ DOC Depot; 6 Fleet Street, Devonport  (adjacent the New World Supermarket). ]
  • Wed Jan 15th 2014: To attend DOC presentation / other expert sessions from the Raoul staff induction program

2. Trip dates:

  • Fri Jan 24th late afternoon: Pick up kayak from Devonport quarantine area and drive to Tauranga. We can have group dinner in Tauranga and sleep in the ship Friday night.
  • Sat Jan 25th: Leave Tauranga [either 8:30AM / 14:35AM]
    • I was hoping we can load the ship on Friday night to catch the 8:30 AM Sat slack water for departure – so that we see Cheeseman and Curtis during sunlight (and possibly kayak around there).
    • The second slack tide on Jan 25th is at 14:35PM – which gets us to Raoul during the early hours of Tuesday morning (and we will miss a stopover at Cheesman and Curtis]
  • Tues Jan 28th (?)-  Sat Feb 1st  (Five days): The group will Kayak / snorkel around Raoul Island (based out of the ship)
  • Wed 29th January & Saturday 1st Feb: Possible shore dates at Raoul Is.
  • Sunday Feb 2nd noon: Load ship and Leave Raoul
  • Monday Feb 3rd morning: 3 hour Stopover at  L’Esperance Rock / quick circumnavigation by kayak. Survey (from the kayak) the damage from storm to the fuel tank / assess any environmental damage and bring back photos
  • Tuesday Feb 4th: Arrive back at port during slack water @ 23:45


NZ kayak trip: Matauri Bay and Cavalli Islands Paddle

Matauri Bay is under 4 hours drive North of Auckland, just past Kerikeri and not too far from the Bay of Islands. Known for the resting place for Rainbow Warrior, Matauri Bay and (Cavalli Islands) is perfect for rock gardening lovers who like to explore the area over multiple days from one of the two camp sites (one in the bay, and one in the main Cavalli Island).

Getting there and Setting Camp


Full HD Video – showing the highlights of the trip, including Rock gardening in the swell and couple of rescues … 

Paddlers Setting off through the surf

I did this paddle with Auckland Yakity Yak Club. Here are some of the paddlers on the trip.


Russell being pounded by a breaking wave whilst out of the boat

Deep water rescue #2

Rock Gardening and paddling in Matauri Bay and Cavalli Island

Evening solo paddle

Evening at camp site

Morning at Matauri Bay

Wild Life at Matauri Bay at Sunrise

Day-3: Should we go or should we stay?