We are located in Auckland which is the largest city in New Zealand and features two fine harbours, the Manukau in the west and the Waitemata / Hauraki Gulf in the east. The larger, to the east, is a kayakers paradise and is waiting to be explored.
Our location is also the largest Polynesian city in the world and the most multi-cultural, with over 180 different ethnic groups. Auckland is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities, ranking third in the 2017 Quality of Living survey.
Auckland city lies within the Hauraki Gulf which is home to a myriad of over 50 islands, many having conservation status. The islands with in our location range from unsoiled volcanic islands such as Rangitoto to islands that have spotless virgin forest such as Great Barrier Island (Aotea).
The Hauraki Gulf is also home to some of New Zealand’s best sandy beaches and with its clear waters and sheltered bays make it a stunning place to paddle.
Many of the islands are natural sanctuary’s which is free of animal pests and home to the endangered New Zealand dotterel, saddleback, kakariki, kiwi, shore skinks and bellbirds. The diversity of rare birds, its location and natural beauty makes the Hauraki Gulf a kayaker’s dream destination.
For planning and preparing our expeditions and custom tours we use a range of different mapping tools in specific Land Information New Zealand NZ5324 Tamaki Strait and Approaches to Auckland and Topo NZ 1:50 000 NZ topographical maps