Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award

Auckland Sea Kayaks works with the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award delivering, developing and monitoring young adults through this personal and individual challenge.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. Sea Kayaking is a great way to fulfill the requirements for the expeditions and we have worked with many schools to achieve this is a friendly, safe and professional manner. We do this by allowing the participants the freedom to achieve their goals in a safe and monitored fashion.

Specializing in Adventurous Journeys.

The aim of the adventurous journey is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. Our aim of this aspect of the DOE award is to encourage young people to develop an awareness of the environment and the importance of protecting it. Adventurous Journeys with Auckland Sea Kayaks is done in Sea Kayaks.


All participants are required to plan, train for and undertake in small groups (4-7 people plus an assessor/shadow party), a journey which should involve travel by personal effort with a clearly defined purpose. This should be completed in the following order:

Training - all participants need to cover the preliminary training

Practice Journey - all participants need to undertake the appropriate number of practice journeys

Qualifying Journey -

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Expeditions can be put together for a minimum of 6 participants. 

Our guides are very experienced and skilled sea kayakers with a personal commitment and passion for conservation and kayaking. Their knowledge of the area, understanding of the weather systems, educational training and knowing the requirements for this award will make your journey enjoyable and safe.


Silver expeditions (two nights, three days): $390 per person

Gold expeditions (three nights, four days): $460 per person


We have worked with many schools in the Upper North Island. This is what a few say about working with us.
Sarah Bell, St Mary’s College, Ponsonby “It was very reassuring to know that the students were in such capable hands. I hope they behaved themselves well enough for you to consider running another trip for us in the future!”

Michael Edwards, Leader of Curriculum Physical Education, Melville High School “From my outdoor background and dealing with numerous outdoor providers over the years, I can honestly say that Auckland Sea Kayaks approach to safety is of an exceptional standard.

Bev Steward, St Mary’s College, Ponsonby “Thanks for a fabulous trip. The girls had such a fantastic experience and thanks to you and your team. I look forward to kayaking with you in Auckland some time and will definitely recommend your company to friends and family.”