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Fundraising for Fiji

The Covid-19 pandemic has been bad for many people. The rapid halt in global tourism has been particularly detrimental for those who rely on it for their livelihoods, and while we’ve felt those impacts here at Auckland Sea Kayaks our worries are nothing compared to those trying to operate in the Pacific Islands and places like Fiji.

As the tap of international tourists dried up, so did 40% of Fiji’s national GDP and 118,000 jobs, and this was before they had their own COVID outbreaks and declared National Emergency.

As of 10th of July Fiji had 9957 cases recorded since the outbreak started in April.  Most Fijians have no savings to fall back on. The government has let people access their pension funds however these are also running out – and ruins any hopes of any easy retirement.

The only social security they have received is $50 Fijian dollars per house hold which doesn’t go far – but they also need to spend this at local supermarkets which is contributing to the rise in COVID cases. The situation is dire.In 2018, Nic sailed around Fiji for a month and fell in love with the community of Navola. Their warmth and hospitality was unprecedented, and he made lifelong friends with those he met. Communication with them has continued and now they’re reporting back with tales of their situations, how they’re struggling to feed their families and fear going to the supermarket due them being pandemic hotspots. According to them it’s like “watching a plane crash in slow motion”.

Auckland Sea Kayaks wants to raise $1500 for food parcels by selling tickets onto the Riverhead Paddle to the Pub Tour. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to locals in Fiji. Our kiwi connection Bruce Climo is based in Navola and will organize and distribute the packages on our behalf – doing our tiny bit to feed a community that fed and nurtured us.

We’d love your support so please join us on this Riverhead Trip. Tickets available for purchase here. Alternatively if you’d just like to donate without going kayaking then please feel free to contact us.

If you would just like to donate then Auckland Sea Kayaks Ltd. Account ASB Bank 12-3025-0468340-50 Reference Fiji relief

Riverhead ‘Paddle to the Pub’

The acclaimed “Paddle to the Pub” kayak trip departs from Herald Island were after a safety briefing our qualified staff, you will make your way up to the Riverhead Historic Tavern. The kayak up is very sheltered, has varied scenery, and is perfect for novice kayakers.

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Starting at 10.30 am finished by 1.00 pm (ready for lunch and drinks at the tavern)

Meet at: Historic Riverhead Tavern and we transport you down to Herald Island to start the kayaking

Price: $85 per person (full amount going to Fiji)

If the weather is not suitable for paddle the event will be postponed until Sunday 15th of August.



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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. 

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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. 


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

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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. 

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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