Two day Motuihe Island Hopping Kayak Tour

Multi-day kayak tour to Motuihe Island. This is what sea kayaking is about! Two days out on the water, away from crowds and getting in touch with nature again.

Motuihe kayak tour two days with auckland sea kayaks


There is no better place in the Auckland region to start your kayaking tour than on the calm waters of St Heliers bay. As you paddle away from the crowds of the city, the diversity and beauty of the Hauraki Gulf will open up before you and time will slow to nature’s pace.

As you leave the bay, you will have a chance to visit Browns Island / Motukorea, where you will enjoy lunch, before heading to the jewel of the Hauraki Gulf, Motuihe Island.

Motuihe has some of the best sandy beaches of the gulf islands and these together with its clear waters and sheltered anchorages make it a stunning place to stay the night.

Motuihe is a natural sanctuary which is free of animal pests and home to the endangered New Zealand dotterel, saddleback, kakariki, kiwi, shore skinks and bellbirds. The diversity of rare birds, its location and natural beauty makes Motuihe a kayaker’s dream destination.

As night falls, you will enjoy a night of true kiwi camping on the north-eastern side of the island with all the gear you need being provided. From the campsite, you will have the chance to enjoy picturesque views over the Gulf, including Rangitoto and Motutapu, and watch the sun set over Auckland City.

On the morning of day two, you may have the chance to explore a little more for of Motuihe Island before taking down camp and heading over to Rangitoto, from where you will take a leisurely walk to the summit to experience stunning 360 degree panoramic views. Following lunch, you will then return to the sheltered water of St Heliers where you will once again meet the van which will take you back to the city.

For New Zealand Herald article click HERE.

Tours available on request. Please call for availability.

Price $395 all inclusive (two day price) Fully Catered

Price $345 Self – Catered. Bring your own food, drinks and sleeping bat + mat. We provide all the tents (2 person), cooking equipment and necessary kayaking equipment.

Meet at: St Heliers Bay boat ramp

(Free city centre pick up and drop off)

Start 9.00 am & return next day at approx 3.30 pm

Below is a small selection of reviews specific to our Island Hopping Tour. To see more on TripAdvisor click here.

“Nic had created a flawless kayaking itinerary, provided for our every need and was a wealth of information about the islands.”
NZ Herald, 23rd March 2013

“Only one word does it really: awesome! Awesome harbour, awesome team (and especially our camp leader) and oh my, awesome (in a hushed, awed sort of way) Kiwi birds. Thanks Nic.”
Joanna sent via email 2016

This tour has the option to be 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, and a dry bags. We also provide tents, cooking equipment and sleeping bag + mats can be hired if required.

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) to kayak in
  • Shorts or leggings to kayak in (No Cotton) to kayak in.
  • 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
  • 2 Thermal tops and bottoms* Track/fleece pants (1x) No jeans
  • Togs or swimwear/clothing that can get wet – no cotton clothing
  • Shoes for kayaking in (sandshoes/sports shoes/ water booties NO Jandals or footwear that can float off feet) that can get wet
  • Raincoat 
  • 2 x underwear
  • 2 pair socks 
  • Woollen Hat, buff
  • Toiletries
  • Insect Repellent
  • Medication
  • 1 Towel
  • Sleeping bag and mat (Can be hired)
  • Drink bottle 2 x 750ml
  • Headlight