• Hine Moana kayak sail

    Hine Moana

    Supporting Young Women in the Outdoors

Hine Moana – Supporting Young Women in the Outdoors

New Zealand Sailing Trust and Auckland Sea Kayaks are both outdoor education, youth development and tourism providers operating in the Tīkapa Moana / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Our programmes encourage both New Zealanders and international Manuhiri to get active in the great outdoors.

15th to 19th April 2024

30th Sept to 4th Oct 2024

Our female-specific youth development programme – Hine Moana – is delivered over 5 days of sailing and kayaking. Our programme is for 15-17 year old females in schools, and various community groups to build their confidence in the outdoors. Where possible, we use female kayak guides and skippers as role models to deliver this programme.


$1,575 incl GST for 5 days + booking fee

Sailing, kayak and camping equipment • Professional guides and instruction • Accommodation on yacht, and tents for kayaking portion. • All food

Limited scholarships available for Hine Moana journeys for each departure, criteria applies email info@aucklandseakayaks.co.nz

Hine Moana 5 day Sailing and Kayaking Programme

Our focus is on personal achievement, empowerment and leadership to reflect on their own journey with respect to self and respect to Kaitiakitanga. Our women role models assist to map out these journeys and provide context of what is possible.

The first two nights are spent on the water with Auckland Sea Kayaks, where students learn how to kayak and camp in a safe, fun and supportive environment. They have the opportunity to lead and be led by their fellow peers under the guidance of an experienced and qualified female instructor. The students put their map reading and navigational skills to use, follow Leave No Trace and gain understanding for how each of the 7 principles applies to the present environment and their day to day lives.

The following two nights are spent sailing on the internationally renowned maxi yachts – either Lion New Zealand or Steinlager2. Everybody on board has the opportunity to learn to sail the boats, help with the preparation of meals and sleep aboard. They are put into a watch rotation system to learn about different aspects of sailing, practice reading the weather, plan our destination and work together to sail the boat to that destination. We engage everyone in beach clean ups, raft building, problem solving or communication activities to further develop skills and enhance personal growth.

To reinforce the young women’s learning on the water, we aim to overcome social stigma of young women in the outdoor sectors. We present an opportunity for our participants to identify with young women as role models to talk with them, unpack the learnings of the journey, share with them ideas for possible career opportunities in the outdoor industry and learn that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

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