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Daniels latest update: Inside Passage Expedition

I recently took 3 days off work and drove 4 hours north of Auckland to explore the Cavalli Islands. I had been wanting to kayak these islands for over a year since my boss Nic had mentioned them.  A group of islands with a lot of history. The first people to settle on these islands…
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Finalist for the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019

Auckland Sea Kayaks Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto has been selected as a finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019. This event is hosted by The Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister of Tourism and takes place at the Parliament Buildings, Wellington, Wednesday 1 May 2019. Our Sunset tour to Rangitoto was…
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Seabirds of the Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf is one of New Zealand’s outstanding areas of seabird and marine biodiversity – right up there with the subantarctic islands and the Kermadec Islands. Moreover, what is unique about the Hauraki Gulf is that it contains a massive Marine Park, itself containing five marine reserves and an exceptional suite of islands, all on…
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Staff adventures: Sea Kayak the Inside Passage

Daniel O'Connor is a sea kayaker, instructor, guide / operations manager at Auckland Sea Kayaks, traveler and engineer (in my past life). In June 2019 he will sea kayak some 1,000 miles from Vancouver to Skagway, Alaska solo along the Inside Passage. Follow the adventure at https://lifeandtimesofdan23.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-what.html The purpose is to live a simpler life,…
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Environmental care code

Auckland Sea Kayaks Environmental care code Our operations plan incorporates all elements of the Environmental Care Code. This is seen throughout all our policies and procedures. You must leave the outdoors unblemished for the next visitor by:   Treating fauna and flora with care and respect.   Removing rubbish.   Keeping streams, lakes, and beaches…
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Staff adventures: Sydney to Hobart Yacht race

Over the festive season when many are eating and drinking to much, Auckland Sea Kayaks sea kayak guide Nic, decided to tackle one of yacht racing toughest event. The Rolex Sydney to Hobart is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is…
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Sea birds

10 Facts about the Seabirds of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 1. The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is a very important area for seabirds in New Zealand and the world. Over 70 (approximately 20%) of the world’s seabird species have been seen here! 2. 27 species are known to breed here with 5 species breeding…
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Staff Adventures: Nic sailing the pacific

In June 2018 ‘Ambrosia’ skippered by Nic Mead, Auckland Sea Kayaks sea kayak guide of 8 years, departed Auckland, New Zealand for a four month expedition to some of the most remote parts of the South Pacific Ocean.  Nic and the crew of Ambrosia arrived back in Auckland, full of epic adventure stories. Below is…
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Must-Do in New Zealand

Must-Do in New Zealand: AA travel magazine  Auckland Sea Kayaks has been featured as one of the Must-Do in New Zealand.  101 Must-Do AA Travel "Kayaking at night feels daringly intrepid - as if we're secret agents on a covert mission. For the next hour we paddle towards the city;s twinkling lights under a sky pinpricked…
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Karaka Bay

Karaka Bay Coastal Kayak Cruise If you're looking for a shorter kayak adventure that gives you beautiful views of Auckland City and a history-rich paddle, then this Karaka Bay tour for you.  Karaka Bay or Waiarohe ('the bay of shimmering waters') is on the western shore of the Tāmaki River mouth. There is no road access to this Bay and…
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