• 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



Another great event organized by @emr_nz at Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga. Participants learned about local wildlife and conservation projects. We explored mangroves and what makes this harbour so special. Thanks EMR for including us 📷by EMR with @backcountryweb doing his thing
Kayak instruction with a different view today. Westhaven beach is right in the heart of Auckland and has a unique view looking back over the city and sky tower. The water is nearly always flat and you can paddle right under the harbour bridge for a bit of excitement @visitauckland
Just arrived at Motuora island which is our home for the night. We are out with a local high school exploring their local area.  It was a fun down wind paddle from the mainland with loads of waves to surf #outdooreducation  #doc @visitauckland
Teaching people about how wonderful the Tamaki estuary is. Thanks @emr_nz for having us along
Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event