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
Howick to Whitford Paddle is a really relaxing ‘social paddle’, starting at Eastern Beach, Howick with a lunch stop at Whitford at Amy’s Kitchen. I did this Auckland Kayak Trip on a gorgeous April morning over the Easter holidays.
Eastern Beach, Howick
About twenty mins drive from central Auckland, the Eastern Beach, Howick is an easy spot to launch from with good parking facilities.
Some of the Paddlers
I did this kayak trip with Auckland Yakitiy Yak Club who I paddle with regularly.
Mellons Bay, Howick
Cockle Bay, Howick
Cockle Bay is an easy exit point for emergencies or can form an alternate start location if you want a shorter paddle or can be a meeting point for others joining in.
Full HD Video – showing the highlights of the trip, including exploring of the ‘storm water drain’ in Cockle Bay, ‘sinking house’ and a failed attempt at shortcut through the mangrove !!
Beautiful countryside of Whitford is at the end of the estuary.