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Canoe & Kayak was established in 1994, we have 30 years of local knowledge and stories waiting to be shared. Come and experience New Zealand’s incredibly diverse nature with the family or a group of friends.

Karepiro Bay Eco Adventure


This is a six-hour trip, perfect for experiencing New Zealand’s diverse nature with the family or a group of friends.


This kayak tour is suitable for children 11 years and over, although younger children over 5 are welcome if the conditions are suitable. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

A day to experience one of New Zealand’s most diverse coastal areas.

This Eco Tour provides a great day exploring the natural wonders of the Long Bay – Okura Marine Reserve and surrounding native forests. See and learn about some of the world’s most endangered shorebirds including the New Zealand Dotterel, Variable Oystercatchers, Caspian Terns, Royal Spoonbills, Bar-Tailed Godwits, and more. Hear about the amazing history of the area and see how Māori  and early Europeans used to live. Your local guide will pass on many stories and even teach you how to make bush scones and a cuppa. Their knowledge of the wildlife both on land and in the sea is huge and you will finish the tour invigorated in the story of the effort that has seen decades of work in protecting this little piece of New Zealand’s paradise.

How do we get around?

You will kayak the amazingly diverse coast seeing open beach, reef, and estuarine habitats along with the wildlife that populates these areas. You will stroll through the amazing forest and along the oast looking at a mirid of natural wonders. For lunch, you will have Devonshire tea and scones at the historic Dacre Cottage 1850 and hear about the adventure of Captain Ranulph Dacre.

If you want to explore and find out more about New Zealand’s coastal forests, foreshore, coastal ocean habitats and the amazing wildlife that inhabit them, then this is the tour for you.

What’s included:

  • All kayaking and safety equipment
  • Stable sea kayaks or sit-on-tops are used
  • All tuition from our experienced qualified kayak guides
  • Bird watching
  • Morning tea and lunch, tea / coffee / hot chocolate
  • A guaranteed great time!

What to bring:

  • Swimming togs and Towel
  • Warm extra layers; avoid wearing cotton/denim jeans
  • Lightweight windbreaker/raincoat is recommended
  • Well fitting wet shoes (old sand shoes) for kayaking, and walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection, personal medication, waterproof camera, and polaroid sunglasses
  • Spare warm clothes to change into when finished.

Dietary requirements:

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements so we can cater accordingly.

Tour location:

The tour is based just 25 minutes north of Auckland in the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve, which
is boarded by the Long Bay Regional Park, the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve, Karepiro Esplanade
reserve, Dacre Cottage Historic Reserve.

Meeting location:

North Shore / Hibiscus Coast area. The specific meeting location will be arranged closer to the Tour
Departure time due to uncertainty around weather conditions, tides etc.

Please note:

  1. Our standard kayaks in our fleet will take most paddlers pretty well! However, if you weigh over 120 kg please let us know so we can make sure that we can best accommodate you with a comfortable time while on tour with us!
  2. A reasonable level of fitness is required i.e. happy to walk nonstop for 30 minutes and able to sit on the ground and get back up unaided. If you have any doubts about being fit enough, please call one of the Canoe & Kayak team for a chat and they will let you know if the tour is for you.

Safety Terms and Customer Declaration

In any adventure activity, there is an element of risk involved. Risks in undertaking this activity include drowning, illness as a result of adverse weather conditions, water damage to personal belongings, and contact with wildlife.

The Staff and management of Canoe & Kayak take all practicable steps to identify and mimimise potential dangers. However, you must follow our instructions and use the provided safety equipment at all times. Adults accompanying any person under the age of 18 must ensure the underage person follows our instructions at all times. You must release or indemnify Canoe & Kayak and our staff against any liability we incur to anyone else, resulting from your failure to follow our instructions or the failure of any person accompanying you under the age of 18 to follow our instructions.

We reserve the right to withdraw any person who in our opinion is likely to endanger themselves or others. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour if we become concerned for any reason for your safety or that of any other person.

WARNING: Under New Zealand law it is extremely unlikely that you will be able to sue anyone if you are injured. In Addition, New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme provides only limited assistance to visitors to New Zealand who are injured. We strongly recommend that all visitors to New Zealand have full insurance covering any injury they might suffer, including medical treatment cover, before undertaking this activity.

EXCLUSIONS: To the extent permitted by law, all our liability for damage to your property, disruption to travel plans, or mental injury is excluded. This exclusion is subject to any rights or remedies you may have under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993. Please notify us of any medical conditions or other information we need to know to include you safely in this activity. For example: asthma, allergies, heart conditions, epilepsy, or pregnancy.

You are entitled to access any information we hold about you or to request its correction at any time.

We had a great time on the sea kayak skills course! The location was gorgeous, and we learned lots about native NZ marine life, and spent time spotting sting-rays. We also learned lots of useful strokes and techniques which will come in useful, as well as learning about understanding the weather and knowing what your limits are as a kayaker. And as an absolute bonus we also learned how delicious a meal can be while camping! And the gear provided was top quality. Thank you!

Jess I

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