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Coastal Kayakers

Bay of Islands Half Day Guided Tour

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  • Half day guided tour!
  • Experienced Guides
  • Horseshoe shaped waterfall at Haruru!
  • Mangrove Forests
  • Waitangi Estuary
  • Hear local Maori Legend Stories
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Learn about the rich Waitangi region history while exploring the picturesque waters of the Waitangi Estuary. Embark on a kayaking tour from Waitangi Beach for an exciting, informative and scenic adventure around this beautiful region. Under the instructions of an experienced guide, this half day tour will teach you all about the Waitangi River and the Maori Legends while you take in the beautiful scenery and say hello to some of the local wildlife.

After you've paddled around the Waitangi Estuary's sheltered waters, you'll continue on to explore the Mangrove Forests (if the tide allows) as well as the unique waterfall at Haruru shaped like a horseshoe. This tour isn't all about kayaking, you'll also be given the chance to enjoy a light refreshment at the base of the waterfalls where you can also dive in and go for a swim in the refreshing water.

Paddlers aren't required to have any previous experience making this adventure suitable for paddlers of all ages. The tours depart at both 10am and 2pm and require a minimum of two passengers per trip. However, if you would prefer a private tour through the region you are able to request one with Coastal Kayakers directly.


  • Half day guided kayak tour
  • Refreshments; fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate and biscuits


  • Hotel transfers


  • Waitangi Beach
  • Paddle up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary
  • Spend time exploring the fascinating Mangrove Forests
  • The unique horseshoe shaped waterfall at Haruru


  • Approximately 3 - 4 hour tour
  • Departs daily from Waitangi Beach, 10am and 2pm

What To Bring

  • Sun protection
  • A hat
  • Towel
  • Bug repellent
  • Change of clothes
  • During the warmer months shorts, t shirt and a light jacket is sufficient. During the colder months we suggest a quick drying fabric such as polypropylene to be worn underneath your t shirt and jacket
  • Should you choose to bring a camera, wrap it in at least two hole-free plastic bags. We have disposable water-proof cameras for sale at our base (great for underwater shots at the waterfall!) We recommend a drybag if possible

Additional Information

  • Please note paddling inside the Mangrove Forest is tide dependent

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
There is no experience required for these tours. All guidance, instruction and equipment is provided, so you don't need to worry about a thing. Take a change of clothes as you may get wet!
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