• Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards


Qualmark Experience Awards

Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards

Just before New Zealand headed into level 4 covid restrictions in August 2021, Nic Mead from Auckland Sea Kayaks attended the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards – hosted by their brand ambassador Richie McCaw. These Awards seek applications from tourism businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to their people, community and place. 

Auckland Sea Kayaks was a finalist and recognised for their excellence in the areas of manaakitanga, tiaki and whanau.

  • Manaakitanga – A deeper expression of hospitality based on true empathy and connection
  • Tiaki – Our duty of care for people and place  
  • Whanau – Embracing visitors as family  

We demonstrated alignment with the Tourism New Zealand brand promise of 100% Pure New Zealand, where people, culture and landscapes embrace to create immersive experiences that leave visitors with rich stories to tell.

From a domestic tourism perspective, our community based initiatives from the past year were celebrated and include: 

  • Motu Manawa Kayak Day 13.06.2020
  • Motu Manawa Kayak Day 14.06.2020
  • Māngere Kayak Day 2020
  • Okura Kaitiaki Day 14.02.2021 
  • Papakura Paddle Day 27.03.2021
  • Rototoa Lake Kayak and Snorkel Day 28.03.2021
  • Waimahia Kayak Day 2020
  • Motu Manawa Kayak Day 18.04.2021 
  • Whau Day Out – a day to celebrate your awa
  • HOOP-LA Day 
  • Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2021
  • PILLARS Charity Organisation Watersports Day

Thanks to everyone who has been on this journey with us and helped to shape our products for the domestic audience in the face of COVID. We’re grateful for the connection we’ve been able to build with our community so far and look forward to evolving this in the years to come. 



Join us for an empowering GIRLS ONLY (aged 13-18) adventure from January 15th to 19th. Experience five days of exploring the beautiful Hauraki Gulf on one of the world's most iconic yachts and in two-person kayaks. Encounter dolphins, orcas, and rays while making new friends. It's time to step out of your comfort zone and embark on an unforgettable journey. Let's go!


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Fun for the whole family down at @missionbaywatersports 🌞💯🤙 offering kayak and SUP rentals. @visitauckland @purenewzealand #kayaking #auckland
Heading out to the best preserved volcano in the Auckland volcanic field @visitauckland #motukorea
Fun morning on the water taking selfies with the swans @visitauckland @purenewzealand #amwaychina
Running with excitement to get on the mighty Manukau Harbor with @emr_nz
Stunning spring days for some student kayak races. Throughout the year we work with local primary and high schools educating them about how special the Hauraki Gulf is and how to preserve it for the next generation