• Three Day Cavalli Islands Sea Kayak Expedition

Three Day Cavalli Islands Sea Kayak Expedition

The Cavalli Islands is one of New Zealand’s most amazing sea kayak locations. When Tara Mulvany kayaked past in 2014 she described it as ‘Aotearoa’s best sea kayaking location’. This was quite the honor as she is the first lady to kayak the South Island, Stewart Island and the North Island.

Spend three days in a kayak exploring the stunning Cavalli Islands, rock gardens and golden beaches in the Northland.

Our accommodation is in a cute 12 bunk Department of Conservation hut. $15 per night hut fee included in quoted price. Trip dates can be seen here. If these do not suit then please contact us for availability.

The History of the cavalli islands

The Cavalli Islands are a small group of islands 3 hour 45 min north of Auckland on Northland’s East Coast in northern New Zealand. They lie 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the east of Matauri Bay on the mainland.

The group consists of the island of Motukawanui and the smaller islets of Motutapere, Panaki, Nukutaunga, Motuharakeke, Haraweka, and Motukawaiti Islands. The main island is used as a nature reserve. These islands provide wonderful kayak rock gardening with a multitude of caves and tunnels in this area. The main island has a great walking track to the summit which is a wonderful place to watch the day end or start from.

The Cavallis were so named by Captain James Cook on 27 December 1769 during his first voyage of discovery. In his journal he recorded that some Māori “sold us some fish–Cavallys as they are called–which occasioned my giving the Islands the same name”. Cook probably meant trevally which is abundant near the islands, because the Māori word for that fish is araara.

On 2 December 1987, the hulk of the bombed Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was scuttled between Matauri Bay and the Cavalli Islands, to serve as a dive wreck and fish sanctuary. The move was seen as a fitting end for the vessel.

Tour Cost

Cost

$555 per person. Please note this tour is self-catered.  Minimum 6 people.

Duration

Duration

3 days, two nights.
Finishing approx 3 pm day 3.

Start time

Start Time

10 am

Start location

Start Location

Meet at Matauri Bay Holiday Park. – More

  • “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

Faqs

  • How fit do I need to be?

    All members of your group need to be able to kayak for several hours over the 3 day trip period.

  • How many people can come on this tour?

    Minimum 6 people.

  • Is this tour catered?

    No, this trip is self-catered.

  • Where will we stay?

    Our accommodation is in a cute 12 bunk Department of Conservation hut.

    $15 per night hut fee included in quoted price.

What you need to bring

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.
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)
  • Shorts or leggings to kayak in (No Cotton).
  • 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

Meeting point
Matauri Bay Holiday Park, Matauri Bay Road, Matauri Bay 0478
– Get Directions

Tour Start Location

This tour starts from the Matauri Bay Holiday Park located in Matauri Bay. There is lots of free car parking.

Meeting point
Matauri Bay Holiday Park, Matauri Bay Road, Matauri Bay 0478
– Get Directions

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