Canoe or kayak New Zealand

Canoe/Kayak New Zealand including
the Whanganui River

New Zealand offers many wonderful opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, on the sea, lakes and rivers, as well as the Whanganui River. We recommend the following:

Puhoi River

The basic kayak trip from Puhoi Historic Village to the Wenderholm Regional Park is eight km of flat (no rapids! Waterfalls!) tidal (always going with you) water. If you decide to go exploring you can take the trip to 10 or 12 kms. We start each trip with a summary of our basic kayaking rules, we give you a map of the river and explain in detail exactly where you are going, for those non-paddlers and rusty paddlers, we will give you basic kayak instruction. Fit you out with a comfortable buoyancy aid. Take you to the river and put you into your kayak, set you up and off on your glide down the river.

Puhoi River canoes


Famous worldwide for its pohutakawa forest and over 200 species of native plants, Rangitoto Island is iconic when it comes to Auckland scapes. Paddle across the harbour with our friendly guides and take a walk to the summit. You will be treated to panoramic views of Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf. Rangitoto is a harbour volcano and is spectacular both day and night. Trip is around six hours return.

Rangitoto Island trip

Waiheke Island

We have a large number of kayak types available for hire from the kayak base at Matiatia. Most popular are our sit-on top style (Single and double kayaks) swim or snorkel from the kayak and find your own piece of paradise not for from our Kayak base. They are safe and easy to use. Recommended for 1 – 2 hours paddling in and around Matiatia Harbour. Sea kayaks with rudders are available for hire. Minimum of two people in either single or double. Pickup and drop off from various locations is available. Sea kayak hire begins from half day/Full Day/Multiday hire.

Waiheke Island trips

Hahei Beach, Coromandel

We do what we do because we love it, join us and discover the magic of paddling in this special place… Cathedral Cove Kayaks operates guided sea kayak tours in and around the stunning Cathedral Cove marine reserve, on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Our kayak tours are run from Hahei, (35 mins from Whitianga, 10 mins from Hot Water beach) for simply some of the best sea kayaking on the planet. With eight years commercial sea kayaking experience, your safety and enjoyment are our priority. We are the only full members of the Sea Kayak Operators Association of New Zealand on the Coromandel Peninsula, and meet or exceed their strict code of safe operation procedure.

Cathedral Cove trips

Whanganui River – a journey through time

We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable experience canoeing or kayaking the Whanganui River. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and offer refinements that no other operator provides, all at a very competitive price. We have only one objective – to make sure all of our clients have the best possible time while in our care, whether doing the 50 minute “Power Paddle” or 5 day “Whanganui Journey”. We look forward to meeting you soon. Mark and Judith Ebrey

Whanganui Journeys

Abel Tasman National Park

Sea Kayak and Walk Abel Tasman National Park – Travel with the Award Winners. (Judged Best Outdoor Activity at NZ Tourism Awards 2000, Cultural Heritage Winner, Tasman District Council Environmental Award 2003). No experience necessary. We kayak the most protected and scenic part of the Abel Tasman National Park coast. Highly trained guides to ensure you get the most out of your day.

Abel Tasman sea kayaking

Milford Sound

Welcome to New Zealand’s most spectacular sea kayaking destination – Milford Sound! The way to really experience the magnificence of this world famous fiord is at water level from a sea kayak. Become part of the environment you are observing! Paddle beneath towering granite overhangs, waterfalls, the Pembroke Glacier and mile high Mitre Peak. Escape the crowds and explore the grandeur of this area with your guide, interact with nature – friendly fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins and playful dolphins frequent the fiord. I personally invite you to join us on one of our friendly, fully guided trips soon. Ask for us by name: Rosco’s Milford Sound Sea Kayaks naturally . . . We look forward to paddling with you soon! ” . . .

if you really want to get close to nature, away from the noise and the crowd, sea kayaking is the optimal way to go. To have dolphins porpoising in front of your kayak bow, to have seals bobbing towards you, fearless in their curiosity, to sneak up close to a penguin quietly preening itself, or to kayak up a stillwater with overhanging boughs – sea kayaking in the fiords must be the ultimate wilderness experience.” John Hall Jones – legendary author of 12 superb books on Fiordland and still exploring every nook and cranny of this magnificent wilderness by sea kayak in his mid-seventies!

Majestic Milford Sound trips

Doubtful Sound

Welcome to Adventure Kayak and Cruise. Welcome to Fiordland – the website for our Manapouri based business namely ‘Adventure Kayak & Cruise. Come and experience this special area by joining us on the water in a sea kayak. We guarantee your visit to Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound will be a memorable one. This rich variety of landscape makes Fiordland a popular destination for those who want to experience the sights and sounds of nature at a close, personal level. Rent one of our quality sea kayaks and explore the many islands, coves and sandy beaches that beautiful Lake Manapouri has to offer. Join in one of our popular day or two day guided kayak and cruise tours into Doubtful Sound. We cater for small, personal groups where you have time to relax and enjoy an intimate experience with nature. We invite you to be a little different and share one of our many options for an experience you will treasure. We are based in Manapouri township. It is situated close to the shore of Lake Manapouri – the lake is surrounded by magnificent bush clad mountains.

Delightful Doubtful Sound adventures

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is NZ’s southernmost inhabited island. It is home to a unique range of wildlife from four ton elephant seals to the elusive kiwi. The scenery is spectacular and diverse, with beautiful beaches, granite peaks, rainforests and one of NZ most extensive sand dune systems. At Mason Bay there is a Department of Conservation hut where you may stay. Mason Bay is famous for its ‘night life’ – this is one of the places where you are most likely to see the Stewart Island Kiwi. Ask in the hut for where to go for the best chance of seeing one. Beachcombing is another great pastime here, with plenty of flotsam and jetsam washed up on the 14 km beach. Bravo Island, Paterson Inet – At the mouth of Big Glory Bay lies Bravo Island, where our family has a small holiday cottage.

Bravo is the perfect place to base yourself for a few days camping. There is some great coastline to explore allowing paddling in most wind conditions. The cottage on Bravo was once the cookhouse at the Norwegian Whalers Base, and still retains its rustic charm. Big Glory Bay is where Stewart Island’s “aquaculture industry” is based, with many salmon and mussel farms operating in the area. The area is rich in life both above and below the water. Gliding through the clear water you have a good vantage point to look for Kina and Starfish. The bird life is varied from the acrobatically skilled terns to the curious looking spotted shags. Guided overnight trips to Bravo will be running during summer—please phone for details.

Splendid seclusion at Stewart Island