• 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

At Auckland Sea Kayaks, we are proud to support schools and students in fulfilling the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award requirements through our expert-led sea kayaking adventures in Auckland and Northland. Our programs are designed to be safe, fun, and professional, fully embracing the philosophy that not all learning happens in the classroom. By participating in our sea kayaking adventures, students gain a greater awareness of the world around them and understand the importance of environmental protection.

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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.

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School programmes & EOTC

Experience the best of education outside the classroom with Auckland Sea Kayaks. Our range of school programs is tailored to align seamlessly with the New Zealand education curriculum, providing students of all ages with immersive learning experiences in nature. Our goal is to foster water confidence in students of all abilities, enabling them to relax and fully immerse themselves in the natural environment.

Led by NZOIA-qualified staff, our programs go beyond the confines of traditional classrooms to deliver hands-on learning experiences.

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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.

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Ain't no office better than the Hauraki Gulf 💯☀️
Dinner al fresco. Do the guides deserve a Michelin star? @dukeofednz #dukeofedinburghaward
Team New Zealand @emiratesteamnz training on the Hauraki Gulf yesterday. They tried to keep up with our kayaks but I think they had the wrong foils on 😂
Beautiful jellyfish found on the shoreline at Motukorea. Any marine biologists out there have some intel on this cool creature? @emr_nz
Motunau Bay, Ponui Island. Everyone enjoying an afternoon swim at high tide on the Autumn Equinox, Wed, 20 Mar 2024.