• 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.

10th to 14th October 2022 or

16th to 20th January 2023

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.


$1,275 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.

Booking Process

See https://www.nzsailingtrust.com/sail-kayak



The first Hine Moana young women's programme set off this morning in beautiful calm paddling conditions. They will spend 2.5 days exploring the waterways if the Mahurangi region, with an exciting talk from @redznzjourney tomorrow afternoon. Then @nz_sailingtrust will sail up and collect the rangatahi and they learn to sail the famous yacht safely back to Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland. They were excited and we can't wait to hear the stories at the end of the week @dukeofednz @visitauckland
Wētāpunga - Out paddling in the Hauraki Gulf we spotted a  beautiful Wētāpunga on one of the off shore pest free islands . Adult wētāpunga are the heaviest insects on the  planet, heavier than an average house sparrow. #stilllearning
#wetapunga #outdooreducation #eotc
Another great event organized by @emr_nz at Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga. Participants learned about local wildlife and conservation projects. We explored mangroves and what makes this harbour so special. Thanks EMR for including us 📷by EMR with @backcountryweb doing his thing
Kayak instruction with a different view today. Westhaven beach is right in the heart of Auckland and has a unique view looking back over the city and sky tower. The water is nearly always flat and you can paddle right under the harbour bridge for a bit of excitement @visitauckland
Just arrived at Motuora island which is our home for the night. We are out with a local high school exploring their local area.  It was a fun down wind paddle from the mainland with loads of waves to surf #outdooreducation  #doc @visitauckland
Teaching people about how wonderful the Tamaki estuary is. Thanks @emr_nz for having us along
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.