• Daniel O'Connor in Canada before heading back to Auckland Sea Kayaks New Zealand


Daniel’s latest update: Inside Passage Expedition

I recently took 3 days off work and drove 4 hours north of Auckland to explore the Cavalli Islands. I had been wanting to kayak these islands for over a year since my boss Nic had mentioned them. 

A group of islands with a lot of history. The first people to settle on these islands were the Maori people. At times up to 1,000 people lived on the islands. They lived off the rich soil which helped grow Kumara, Taro amongst other things and the abundance of sea food around its dynamic shorelines.
Eventually the islands were sold to new settlers from the UK and farmed up to the mid 20th century.
Today its a reserve and managed by DOC with one hut that sleeps up to 12 people.

It’s a sea kayaker’s dream and one of the most beautiful places I have visited in NZ. One day I hope to return and share this place with others, be it clients, friends or the special one!

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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
Motukorea /Browns island twilight tour. Stunning evening with a group of local friends @visitauckland @purenewzealand
Amazing adventures with a Duke of Edinburgh group last weekend. We explored loads of sea caves, learnt about sustainable journeys and the 7 steps of leave no trace @dukeofednz
Stunning morning with flat water as we got set up for another @emr_nz day. Loads of locals learning about how amazing Lake Rototoa is. For those that don't about this amazing sand dune fresh water lake which is located at the northern end of the south head of the Kaipara Harbour should go and check it out. Or even better wait until EMR runs another of their legendary experience days @visitauckland
Gift New Zealand's #1 rated guided experience this Christmas. Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island. Escape the city to a volcanic island and see why it's a sea kayakers paradise.