• Kayaking Tamaki River Auckland from Tahuna Torea


Tahuna Torea Kayak Day

Experiencing Marine Reserves held their first Tahuna Torea Kayak Day in celebration of World Fish Migration Day on Saturday 21st May, 2022. 50 people joined us in exploring the Tāmaki Estuary by kayak with Auckland Sea Kayaks. On the water Whitebait Connection- Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust shared stories of the amazing migrations some of our native fish need to undertake in order to complete their lifecycle and the many challenges they face on these perilous journeys, including in stream barriers, invasive pests, loss of spawning habitat, climate change and much more. Participants also learnt about the local restoration work being carried out in their community and how to get involved in order to become kaitiaki of their own backyard.

In addition to kayaking participants were treated to an informative guided walk by local conservationist Shaun Lee, witnessed the multitude of shore and sea birds that feed around the estuary and learnt how to harvest and weave harakeke by talented kairaranga Shelley and Jodi-Ann.

A big thank you to our event funders Ōrākei Local Board, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation as well as our awesome group of volunteers who helped the day run smoothly.

Tahuna Torea Kayak

Future events planned for the season – note that once they go live on our website the dates will be confirmed. We can’t wait to get you involved! Please note that local board events often will be open to locals first with an early access code.

Maori weaving at Tahuna Torea Kayak Day

Saturday 28th of May – Tāmaki River Kayak Day – Currently full but we are needing more volunteers to help on the day – you can register as a volunteer here (help us set up, welcome people, fill spots in kayaks if there is a no show, get lunch).

Saturday 4th of June – Kaipātiki Kayak Day – open to locals currently – will open to the public on Tuesday.

Saturday 11th of June – A snorkel day in Rodney details TBC

Saturday 18th of June – Onehunga Kayak Day – will go live soon

Sunday 19th of June – Whau Paddle – will go live soon

Tahuna Torea Kayak Day kayaking on the tamaki river



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