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    Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award

We offer several options for you to complete your Silver Adventurous Journey depending on what best suits your learning style and time frame. All locations are within the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and allow you to explore the clear waters, sheltered coastlines and stunning campsites on offer.

Some locations we visit may be protected sanctuaries, free from pests and home to the endangered New Zealand dotterel, saddleback, kakariki, kiwi, shore skinks and bellbirds. We believe that the Hauraki Gulf Marine park is one of the best sea kayaking locations in the world.  

Practice Journeys

Practice & Training: The practice silver adventurous journey for the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a great opportunity to get familiar with sea kayaking and kayaking camping. We explore untouched coastlines, learn about the 7 principles of the leave no trace, practice our navigational skills and visit unique locations. Your instructor teaches you how to run a successful journey which you will need to use on your qualifying expedition.  

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

from $295 per person plus booking fee. Minimum numbers required. 

Duration

Duration

2 days, 1 night

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Qualifying Journeys 

Qualifying: For your qualifying silver journey you get to go further afield, be a little more remote and discover why the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is one of the world’s best sea kayaking locations.  We have structured our qualifying journeys to give you the opportunity to learn, lead and show the instructors you have the skills and attitude to be signed off for your Silver Adventurous Journey.  

Both the practice and qualifying journeys require students to attend an online planning meeting two weeks before departure.  

Book now to join one of our public journeys, or contact us to book private dates for your group.  

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

$445 plus booking fee. Minimum numbers required

Duration

Duration

3 days, 2 nights

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Training, Practice & Qualifying Combined | Kayak Only 

Some students learn best when doing an activity for a concentrated period of time. This is why we have combined all the elements required for the Training, Practice and Qualifying aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Adventurous Journey. This journey is more concentrated than doing the elements individually.  

For the first part of the journey, instructors help to develop your sea kayaking and camping skills along with educating you on the local environment. The second half of the journey is where students take the lead and assume various roles associated with a successful expedition. 

Note: Students are required to attend an online planning meeting held two weeks before departure. 

Book now to join one of our public journeys, or contact us to book private dates for your group.  

 

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Tour Cost

Cost

from $595 NZD per person. Minimum numbers required.

Duration

Duration

4 days, 3 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 both the Silver Practice and Silver Qualifying expedition, or can be used for Gold Training, Gold Qualifying 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

from $1275 NZD per person. Minimum numbers required.

Duration

Duration

5 days, 4 nights

Start location

Start Location

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

  • "Witnessing the beauty of the waterways and the marine wildlife made me feel a profound connection with the natural world. Working closely with my team, I noticed how our communication and trust deepened day by day."

    Zoe Zhou, Student
    Diocesan School for Girls

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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
There are still some kayak spots available for the Upper Waitemata Coastal Cleanup this Saturday. Join us to get on the water and help cleanup the coastline.
Motunau Bay, Ponui Island. Everyone enjoying an afternoon swim at high tide on the Autumn Equinox, Wed, 20 Mar 2024.
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