• Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous journey is your first adventurous journey. Auckland Sea Kayaks has set up our program to maximise what you learn in the time over a weekend. We utilize the regional parks around the Hauraki Gulf to teach participants how to camp, navigate, and cook in the field while also enjoying activities such as tramping, paddle boarding or kayaking.  

Gold Training and Practice 

This journey is set up so you can have the skills to plan, prepare and then lead your own adventurous journey. This journey covers but is not limited to navigation, weather interpretation, safety management, on-water group management and leadership skills, nutrition, and the principles of Leave No Trace. 

After completing this journey you will have the required skills and knowledge to successfully plan, prepare and execute your Gold Qualifying Journey. All students are required to attend  an online planning and preparation meeting held two weeks before the departure of your journey.  

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

from $445 NZD per person plus booking fee. Minimum numbers required. 

Duration

Duration

3 days, 2 nights

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Gold Qualifying

This journey is yours. You have worked hard, learnt a lot and know you can put it all together to make the ultimate Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journey.  

Gold Qualifying is the pinnacle of your Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey. These expeditions are planned by you, can take place anywhere within the boundaries of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, and are supported by our instructors and guides. Their expert coaching helps you realise your full potential in leadership roles on the water and ensure upon completion that you have covered all of the elements required. 

Students can take this opportunity to explore unfamiliar areas, safely push their kayaking skills to limits and end their Duke of Edinburgh Journey on a high! You can join one of our public journeys or if you have a group we can book a private date for your team. 

Note: Students are required to complete an online Preparation and Training session held two weeks before departure. 

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

$555 NZD per person. Minimum numbers required. 

Duration

Duration

3 days, 2 nights 

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 

Gold Qualifying

This journey is yours. You have worked hard, learnt a lot and know you can put it all together to make the ultimate Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journey.  

Gold Qualifying is the pinnacle of your Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey. These expeditions are planned by you, can take place anywhere within the boundaries of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, and are supported by our instructors and guides. Their expert coaching helps you realise your full potential in leadership roles on the water and ensure upon completion that you have covered all of the elements required. 

Students can take this opportunity to explore unfamiliar areas, safely push their kayaking skills to limits and end their Duke of Edinburgh Journey on a high! You can join one of our public journeys or if you have a group we can book a private date for your team. 

Note: Students are required to complete an online Preparation and Training session held two weeks before departure. 

 

Book Now  Contact Us 

Tour Cost

Cost

$555 NZD per person. Minimum numbers required. 

Duration

Duration

3 days, 2 nights 

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 

Training, Practice and Qualifying Combined | Sail & Kayak 

We have partnered with the NZ Sailing Trust to deliver a combined kayaking and sailing expedition for the adventurous journey award. This journey qualifies for Gold Practice, Gold Qualifying Journey or Gold Residential. 

The first two nights will be spent on the water with Auckland Sea Kayaks, where students will learn how to kayak and camp in a safe, fun and supportive environment.. The following two nights will be spent sailing on either Lion New Zealand, or Steinlager 2. Everybody on board will have the opportunity to learn to sail the boats, help with the preparation of meals and sleep aboard. 

Note: Students are required to complete an online Preparation and Training session held two weeks before departure. 

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

$1275 incl GST for 5 days + booking fee 

Duration

Duration

5 days 4 nights (2 night on boat, 2 nights camping) 

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 

Gold Residential Project  

Our Sail and Kayak Gold Residential Project in partnership with the NZ Sailing trust is New Zealand’s premier Gold Residential Projects.  

At the heart of the Gold Residential  Project is the undertaking of a purposeful experience with people who are not your usual companions, working towards a common goal. Adding to this, you are also outside your usual place of residence, often in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people. It is hoped that the Gold Project rewards you with a sense of personal achievement, enhanced social connections with new and interesting people, and a truly life changing experience. 

  • Be at least 16 years of age, with no exceptions. 
  • Undertake shared purposeful activity which provides opportunities for broadening your interests and experience. 
  • Reside away from your usual place of residence for a total period of no less than five days and four nights. 
  • Be in the company of others who are, in the majority, not your usual companions. 

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

$1275 per person plus booking fee 

Duration

Duration

5 days 4 nights (2 night on boat, 2 nights camping) 

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 

Faqs

What you need to bring

This tour is fully catered so please inform us if you have any dietary requirements.

What is provided?
We kit you out with all the specialist paddling gear including buoyancy aid, spray skirt, spray jacket, thermals and a dry bag for your camera. This tour is fully catered so please advise us of any dietary requirements. Kayaking is a water sport and you will get a little wet while kayaking.

What to bring?

  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection
  • T-shirt (No Cotton)
  • Shorts or leggings to kayak in (No Cotton).
  • Sun glasses and hat
  • Sport shoes or hiking sandals such as Chaco’s. Flip-flops, jandals and
    slip on shoes are not suitable.
  • Warm top
  • Medication

Auckland Sea Kayaks
384 Tamaki Drive
St Heliers
Auckland 1071
New Zealand
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Tour Start Location

These courses start from the St Heliers Bay central boat ramp located at 384 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers. There is lots of free car parking around St Heliers.

Meeting point
St Heliers Bay boat ramp
(Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland)
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Rangitoto has been named as one of 'The Worlds Bes Rangitoto has been named as one of 'The Worlds Best Islands' by 7 Travel. Stunning views from the summit over Tamaki Makaurau and the rest of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 📷AucklandNZ
Stukking afternoon for our #Kaibykayak paddle to D Stukking afternoon for our #Kaibykayak paddle to Devonport for dinner. Thanks to @visitauckland and @elementalakl for making this possible
Have you been Paddling in the Hauraki Gulf / Tikap Have you been Paddling in the Hauraki Gulf / Tikapa Moana? 

Join our online photo exhibition as part of @aklphotofestival 

Final week to submit an image/s - by midnight Mon 31 May, up to 4 images can be entered per photographer. 

Image by @backcountryweb - taken on a multi day kayak trip utilising a split paddle as a handy camping accessory. 

#seakayaking #photography #paddling #haurakigulf
We are presenting an online community photography We are presenting an online community photography exhibition - Paddling the Hauraki Gulf / Tikapa Moana. 
Anyone that has a cool or interesting image of paddling in the Hauraki Gulf can enter! 

Up to 4 images can be entered per photographer - we are looking forward to including your photograph/s in the online exhibition on show from 3 – 20 June as part of Auckland Festival of Photography. 

SOO SEND US SOME PICS! 📷 

PRIZE up for grabs: 1 Photographer will win a $390 Gift Voucher (12 month expiry) for Auckland Sea Kayaks Guided Tours.

To select the WINNER we have invited Ocean, creative manager responsible for Auckland Sea Kayaks's website/digital imaging, Ocean has a tourism background and is committed to ensuring visitors to New Zealand get as excited about the country as she does. When she’s not paddling with us, you’ll find her sailing competitively or catching a few waves on her longboard.

Please submit your photo/s here by midnight Mon 31 May: https://www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/festival-of-photography/ 

Image by @ocean_patrice
@aklphotofestival

#seakayaking #photography #paddling #haurakigulf
We invite you to submit 1-4 photos for our communi We invite you to submit 1-4 photos for our community photography project as part of @aklphotofestival

You have 2 weeks to submit photo/s (by midnight Mon 31 May) head to: www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/festival-of-photography/ 

Paddling the Hauraki Gulf will be a community photography exhibition presented online, read more: www.photographyfestival.org.nz

PRIZE up for grabs: $390 Gift Voucher (12 month expiry) for Auckland Sea Kayaks Guided Tours.

Image by Eric Webster taken in the sheltered waters of Whakanewha Regional Park. 

#seakayaking #photography #paddling #haurakigulf
Exploring the stunning coastline of the Hauraki Gu Exploring the stunning coastline of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. The perfect way to start a three day Silver Duke of Edinburgh journey @dukeofednz
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