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: 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

Video!!

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.

Rescues

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?