Tiritiri Matangi Island Paddle is a fantastic intermediate Auckland kayak trip, starting at Army Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, past Shakespear Regional Park and circumnavigating the island with a lunch stop in the island. Despite the swell, we did the Kayak Trip and some rock gardening within 5 hours on a lovely day in May.
Army Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula – launch point
About 45 mins drive from central Auckland, Army Bay with a slightly surfy Beach, is an easy spot to launch from with good parking facilities (and a fresh water tap!) at the edge of the National Park.
Paddlers on this trip
I did this kayak trip with Auckland Yakitiy Yak Club who I paddle with regularly.
Full HD Video – showing the highlights of the trip, including Rock gardening in the swell !!
The coastline along North East Bay and all the way down south to Fisherman Bay is pretty spectacular with caves and rocks. With swells over 1.5 m, it was a exhilarating dodging the rocks and boiling water. The above video pretty much sums up the excitement.
Circumnavigating the Island of Tiritiri Matangi
The island is a bird life sanctuary. It has some of NZ’s endangered species and you always spot the birdlife when you are paddling around the coast. It also has a ferry terminal and a lighthouse as well as strategically located gun placements from second world war.
Lunch stop at Tiritiri Matangi Island
With gorgeous sandy beach and the whole island for ourselves, we had a very relaxing lunch on the beach.
The return journey to Army Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula
Crossing the channel with a tailwind behind us was easy – we were pretty lucky as the channel can get pretty choppy when there is wind against tide.
Got back in time before rush hour. A fantastic paddle – highly recommended!
If you want the actual GPS and speed data from the trip, checkout this trip in Movescount.