• About Us

Auckland Sea Kayaks are specialists in marine-based tourism and education and have been offering exceptional sea kayaking experiences since 2010.

Owner and operator Nic Mead has been exploring the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for over 35 years. He celebrated his first birthday on Motuihe Island and even attended college on the shores of the Waitemata.

Having explored here for a lifetime, the business combines this wealth of knowledge with a passion for conservation to provide exceptional and personal experiences for all our guests.

Our Paddling Area

Auckland Sea Kayaks operates in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park which is home to a myriad of islands, marine reserves, and many protected conservation areas. Here you can see a wide variety of wildlife including dolphins, whales and some of New Zealand’s rarest birds including the endangered New Zealand dotterel, saddleback, kakariki, and kiwi. Coupled with distinct volcanic cones, crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and virgin forest – you have a sea kayakers paradise just waiting to be explored.

Our Environmental Stance

Auckland Sea Kayaks is an inherently environmentally friendly business, taking advantage of the Hauraki Gulf’s natural wonder. The philosophy of the company is based around protecting, enhancing and educating our guests about our environment, and following the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. We want to ensure the uniqueness of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is protected and we help make positive changes in the area.

Safety Standards

The safety and well-being of our staff, clients and the environment in which we operate is fundamental to our business.  We are a Registered Adventure Activity Operator with WorkSafe and our safety systems are independently audited with OutdoorsMark annually. Nic Mead is an NZOIA sea kayak assessor and is considered a technical expert for sea kayaking holding NZOIA Sea Kayak 2.  We operate with Department of Conservation concessions, Auckland Council permits and we are holders Pest Free Warrants for the protected islands of the Gulf.

About Your Guides

We employ guides who, like us, are professionally experienced sea kayakers with a personal commitment and passion for conservation. Irrespective of their own experience, new guides undergo a detailed training programme specific to the Hauraki Gulf conditions.

As paddlers who love the ocean, we are at our best when we are in a sea kayak sharing with others our skills, experience, knowledge, passion and commitment.

  • Nic Mead

    Nic Mead

    Operations & Sea Kayak Guide

  • Eric Webster

    Eric Webster

    Sea Kayak Guide

  • Tom Groothuizen

    Tom Groothuizen

    Sea Kayak Guide

  • Ocean Belcher

    Ocean Belcher

    Digital Content

  • Mo (Andrew) Kennedy

    Mo (Andrew) Kennedy

    Sea Kayak Guide

  • Heidi Baber

    Heidi Baber

    Sea Kayak Guide

  • Mike Martel

    Mike Martel

    Sea Kayak Guide

  • Nick Davies

    Nick Davies

    NZOIA Sea Kayak Assesor

  • Nykaila Wheeler

    Nykaila Wheeler

    Kayak and SUP coach

  • “Auckland Sea Kayaks owner-operator Nic Mead is an unofficial custodian of the Waitemata Harbour. The environment-conscious kayaker grew up overlooking the waters he now paddles daily, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm while leading one of Auckland's most rewarding outdoor experiences: the sunset trip to Rangitoto Island.”

    Chris Chilton, Sunday Star Times



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Have you been Paddling in the Hauraki Gulf / Tikap Have you been Paddling in the Hauraki Gulf / Tikapa Moana? 

Join our online photo exhibition as part of @aklphotofestival 

Final week to submit an image/s - by midnight Mon 31 May, up to 4 images can be entered per photographer. 

Image by @backcountryweb - taken on a multi day kayak trip utilising a split paddle as a handy camping accessory. 

#seakayaking #photography #paddling #haurakigulf
We are presenting an online community photography We are presenting an online community photography exhibition - Paddling the Hauraki Gulf / Tikapa Moana. 
Anyone that has a cool or interesting image of paddling in the Hauraki Gulf can enter! 

Up to 4 images can be entered per photographer - we are looking forward to including your photograph/s in the online exhibition on show from 3 – 20 June as part of Auckland Festival of Photography. 


PRIZE up for grabs: 1 Photographer will win a $390 Gift Voucher (12 month expiry) for Auckland Sea Kayaks Guided Tours.

To select the WINNER we have invited Ocean, creative manager responsible for Auckland Sea Kayaks's website/digital imaging, Ocean has a tourism background and is committed to ensuring visitors to New Zealand get as excited about the country as she does. When she’s not paddling with us, you’ll find her sailing competitively or catching a few waves on her longboard.

Please submit your photo/s here by midnight Mon 31 May: https://www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/festival-of-photography/ 

Image by @ocean_patrice

#seakayaking #photography #paddling #haurakigulf
We invite you to submit 1-4 photos for our communi We invite you to submit 1-4 photos for our community photography project as part of @aklphotofestival

You have 2 weeks to submit photo/s (by midnight Mon 31 May) head to: www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/festival-of-photography/ 

Paddling the Hauraki Gulf will be a community photography exhibition presented online, read more: www.photographyfestival.org.nz

PRIZE up for grabs: $390 Gift Voucher (12 month expiry) for Auckland Sea Kayaks Guided Tours.

Image by Eric Webster taken in the sheltered waters of Whakanewha Regional Park. 

#seakayaking #photography #paddling #haurakigulf