• Duke of Edinburgh Auckland


Auckland Sea Kayaks are specialists in marine based education and offer comprehensive school programmes, kayak courses, adventure race training, and multi-day excursions.

We aim to build confidence on the water for guests of all abilities so they can relax, enjoy their experiences and become fully immersed in nature.

See below for the courses we offer or get in touch for bespoke education experiences.

The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award

Auckland Sea Kayaks has supported many schools and students in fulfilling the Duke of Edinburgh requirements in a safe, fun and professional manner, and fully embrace the fact that not all learning happens in the classroom. Our goal is for students to gain a greater awareness of the world around them and understand the importance of protecting it. We use a progression model that trains, educates and empowers students to explore the outdoors safely and independently.

Find out more


Our courses offer a range of rewarding learning challenges. From beginning lessons for those first starting out on the water through to the development of more advanced skills, Auckland Sea Kayaks will help you hone your kayaking abilities.

Sea Kayak School & Courses

  • Learn to Sea Kayak: This learn to kayak course is set up for first time paddlers and those who have never had any formal instruction. The aim of this class is to give you a good foundation in the knowledge and skills essential for safe and enjoyable paddling.
  • Adventure Race Training: This course has been designed for amateur adventure racers who are keen to improve their skills on sit-on-top kayaks. Learn about kayak manoeuvrability, safety, capsize recovery and navigation on the water.

Find out more

School programmes

We design and operate a range of school programmes for all ages that fit within the New Zealand education curriculum.  Auckland Sea Kayaks is accredited to deliver NZQA education qualifications, hires NZOIA qualified staff, is a Surfing New Zealand certified SUP school at our beach rental location and employs qualified SUP instructors.  

Find out more

students kayaking for william pike challenge

William Pike Challenge

Immerse your students in a transformative educational experience with Auckland Sea Kayaks, where we proudly align with the William Pike Challenge to redefine outdoor learning in New Zealand. Our marine-focused education model is designed to empower students by providing a safe and dynamic environment for exploring the outdoors, all while acquiring vital life skills, fostering water safety and conservation.

Find out more



Join us for an empowering GIRLS ONLY (aged 13-18) adventure from January 15th to 19th. Experience five days of exploring the beautiful Hauraki Gulf on one of the world's most iconic yachts and in two-person kayaks. Encounter dolphins, orcas, and rays while making new friends. It's time to step out of your comfort zone and embark on an unforgettable journey. Let's go!


 #lifeskills #youthleadership #auckandaeakayaks #youthdevelopmentprogram #environmentalist #newexperiences #makingmemories #steinlager2 #NZSailingtrust #nzsailingtrust #haurakigulf #Friends #creatingmemories #sailingnz #nzsailing #sailing #youthdevelopment #youthsailing #sustainabletourism #sailingadventure @dukeofednz
Fun for the whole family down at @missionbaywatersports 🌞💯🤙 offering kayak and SUP rentals. @visitauckland @purenewzealand #kayaking #auckland
Heading out to the best preserved volcano in the Auckland volcanic field @visitauckland #motukorea
Fun morning on the water taking selfies with the swans @visitauckland @purenewzealand #amwaychina
Running with excitement to get on the mighty Manukau Harbor with @emr_nz
Stunning spring days for some student kayak races. Throughout the year we work with local primary and high schools educating them about how special the Hauraki Gulf is and how to preserve it for the next generation