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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, connect with ancient wildlife and take the time to work out what’s important in my future. Whilst I wish to disconnect on one hand, I also wish to connect with nature, locals, first nations people and learn about their way of life past and present.

In connection with my expedition I would like to raise awareness of the human impact on our environment, in particular plastic. I have a passion for educating others, with a strong focus on the environment. I would like to take this further by documenting our human impact in a wilderness environment. Through photos and video I wish to use this expedition as an education tool.

Sea kayaking is a sustainable and peaceful way to travel and explore where larger boats can’t access. Which will allow me to get closer and see the local impacts which others don’t see.My aim is to make this expedition single use plastic free.

To further reduce the trace of this expedition I plan to use borrowed, 2nd hand, repaired and re-purposed equipment. If new I plan to use the best designed products for their durability, function and environmentally sustainable qualities.



Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event
Motukorea /Browns island twilight tour. Stunning evening with a group of local friends @visitauckland @purenewzealand
Amazing adventures with a Duke of Edinburgh group last weekend. We explored loads of sea caves, learnt about sustainable journeys and the 7 steps of leave no trace @dukeofednz
Stunning morning with flat water as we got set up for another @emr_nz day. Loads of locals learning about how amazing Lake Rototoa is. For those that don't about this amazing sand dune fresh water lake which is located at the northern end of the south head of the Kaipara Harbour should go and check it out. Or even better wait until EMR runs another of their legendary experience days @visitauckland
Gift New Zealand's #1 rated guided experience this Christmas. Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island. Escape the city to a volcanic island and see why it's a sea kayakers paradise.