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Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey
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Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey

By Auckland Sea Kayaks
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Ages 12-85, max of 8 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: English
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  • Fresh morning tea and refreshments
  • Small friendly groups
  • Suitable for people with littler or no kayaking experience
  • Top quality sea kayak equipment
  • Experienced guides
  • Over 20 years of kayaking knowledge
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • N/A


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  • Auckland Sea Kayaks, 384 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
    Meetup: St Heliers central boat ramp 384 Tamaki Drive, Auckland. We do offer a free city pick up from the Atrium Auckland Museum and this needs to be communicated to us at time of booking see https://www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/city-pick-up-location/
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48027P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Check your gear and help keep islands Hauraki Gulf pest-free.Protect our wildlife
    • Check - your gear for pests such as rodents and insects
    • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
    • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)
    • Check your gear for pests
    • Before you leave the mainland, check and clean your gear.
    • Check that your gear is free of rats, mice, ants and skinks - especially camping gear which has ideal places for them to hide when stored.
    • Take extra care to clean gear if you have Argentine ants or plague skinks where you live.
    • Clean clothing, footwear and camping gear, removing soil and seeds before and after each trip.
    • Look out for cleaning stations at the pier and scrub your shoes before boarding.
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Do not bring your pets.
    • Pack properly
    • Pack food in sealed containers to avoid attracting rodents.
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • No open bags or supermarket bags.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey?
    Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey price starts from $194.05. Discover and book Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey on Tripadvisor
    What is the Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey cancellation policy?
    Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey?
    Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey is hosted by Auckland Sea Kayaks. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Auckland Sea Kayaks on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Motukorea / Browns Island Sea Kayak Journey on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 48027P3

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    • Auckland Sea Kayaks
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    • angpiet12
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience!
      Thanks to Daniel our amazing guide for an unforgettable experience. I was partnered with another lady, and we were struggling to keep up with the pack. Daniel was very attentive, noticed I was struggling and gave us a tow. Once on the island we had a BBQ before hiking to the Summit to see the sunset. Kayaking back to Auckland at night was spectacular! I wish I had pictures from the kayak.:-( Thanks for an amazing trip. I will be back with my husband in November!
      Written 6 May 2024
    • andrewlD4719LX
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      Loved it!! 5/5
      Beautiful! The sunset kayak + hike to Rangitoto was a gorgeous experience. Our guide Daniel made sure everything was seamless, safe, and a great trip overall. Would highly recommend for any active people / couples / families looking for some adventure and great views!
      Written 16 April 2024
    • isaacmarks1
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly Recommend!
      We had so much fun on the sunset tour to Rangitoto. Daniel was very helpful, supportive and knowledgeable. He was very passionate about Rangitoto and we felt we learnt a lot with him as our guide. Would highly recommend this experience for anyone who wants to see what Auckland has to offer.
      Written 16 April 2024
    • dermm2024
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The only way to Visit Rangitoto
      Dan looked after us from to pick up to drop off. Absolutely amazing tour and being to only people at the summit sunset was breathtaking. Thanks Dan !
      Written 15 April 2024
    • SircasticFox
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful Sunset Kayak Tour to Rangitoto
      This Tour has been my most fun Tour in Auckland. Our guide Daniel was amazing and brought all the required expertise, knowledge and fun to our Trip. It was a beautiful paddle to the the Island where we had a BBQ before hiking to the summit for the sunset. We had a beautiful sunset and a beautiful paddle back in the dark with City lights, stars and some bioluminescence in the water. An experience you cant describe in words or pictures. This Tour is also a great chance to experience rangitoto without masses of other people. Totally recommond booking this if you're fit enough to paddle for an hour there and an hour back. Thanks Daniel for the great Trip!
      Written 9 April 2024
    • TancyD
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome experience!
      Awesome experience! Daniel our guide was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, helpful and reassuring. Told us everything we needed to know about paddling and safety before we set out, shared lots of interesting info on the walk to the summit of Rangitoto and cooked a fabulous lunch as well. Great support on the paddle home, offering extra technique tips and ongoing encouragement. Thoroughly recommend and definitely hope to do it again.
      Written 28 March 2024
    • lcovi5
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sunset kayak tour doesn't disappoint!
      Wonderful tour all round! Daniel led us on our epic cross-bay kayak/hiking adventure and did a great job educating us along the way. It was an incredible experience and the paddle back across the water in the dark, with clouds parting and stars shining through was magical. Highly recommend this tour and huge thanks to Daniel for going the extra mile.
      Written 9 March 2024
    • T2749HPjulier
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic day out
      Booking this trip was easy, with really good communication from the outset. My questions always answered by close of play that day Meeting Chloe at the museum was very straightforward. Such a friendly tour guide, the group were safe at all times. With a nice BBQ after the walk. Thanks Chloe for a lovely day
      Written 8 March 2024
    • oceansnz19
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful
      It was my first time joining Women's Adventure Tours ( with the wonderful Ruth), and we did the Kayak trip to Rangitoto with Daniel. It was absolutely fantastic. The women were great, the kayaking was fun, the Island was beautiful. Thank you all. And, to Sea Kayaks - Daniel was brilliant. I was very impressed with his knowledge and interest in all things ecological and historical to do with the Island and the harbour. It seemed clear to me that he hadn't just learned about it because it had to for this job, he actually cares about this stuff. I appreciated that.
      Written 3 March 2024
    • AshleyH917
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stupendous sunset kayak tour
      We had a fun time on the sunset Kayak Tour with Chloe and Kaitlin. We kayaked from the beach for about one hour 15 minutes to an hour and a half to Rangitoto island in the late afternoon. Then we had a delicious dinner of steak, sweet potato salad, and coleslaw. We then did a hour 15 minute uphill hike to the top of the mountain to see the sunset. then we hiked back down in the dark for about an hour using headlamps. We kayak back in the moonlight for another hour 15 minutes watching the beautiful city lights. It was a great tour, but it was fairly rigorous for us over 60s types. We were tired at the end, but we thought it well worth the effort. Our guides were hard-working and attentive.
      Written 24 February 2024
    • 86brankab
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great challenging workout and night kayaking across the bay
      The guides drove me back home at night because they wanted to make sure I got back safely. Now how amazing is that? This activity is well organized, you will get a challenging workout by kayaking across the bay and back (an hour each direction) and hiking 45mins and back to watch the amazing sunset over Aukland. The guys also included dinner, a BBQ made on the spot, which was delicious. Though Aukland hasn't been my favorite place, this activity is worth it if you find yourself there. Thanks again, guys!
      Written 24 February 2024
    • khalidai2018
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful kayak + hike day adventure
      Did the day tour to Rangitoto with Daniel, who was an amazing guide! He was knowledgeable and thoughtful and made sure we were all safe and knew how to properly operate our kayaks. The hike to the summit was incredible and the views were spectacular. Would definitely recommend this activity to anyone visiting Auckland!
      Written 19 February 2024
    • S3746QOjennad
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sunset Kayak Tour to Rangitoto Adventure!
      We had a very adventurous and fun experience with Auckland Sea Kayaks. We did the sunset tour to Rangitoto and our favorite part was the hike and the views at the top of Rangitoto. Kayaking to and from the island is about three miles each way and can be challenging at times if it is windy or there are big waves, but it is a good challenge. Our guides, Byron and Eric, were very knowledgeable about kayaking and Rangitoto Island. Kayaking back in the dark was fun, I wish we had more opportunities to take breaks and look at the stars. We left something in a life jacket and they were so helpful and kind with getting it back to us. All around, it was a nice experience.
      Written 9 February 2024
    • MONICA S
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip even with last minute weather change of plans
      We had to change the itinerary due to high winds. Preventing us getting to Rangitoto. Eric brought us to Browns Island instead and if was a wonderful unique experience.
      Written 1 February 2024
    • Judy98136
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Duke of Edinburgh Journey
      My daughter has been on three Duke of Edinburgh journeys with Auckland Sea Kayaks, and honestly, we've been pretty happy each time. Each journey has been a new experience for my daughter. She has learned kayaking, teamwork, resilience, and how to tackle challenges. If you're considering a Duke of Edinburgh trip for your child, Auckland Sea Kayaks is a good choice. Dave has a great way of handling things, understanding the students and parents, thinking on the other people's position and sorting out any issues. Thank you Dave!
      Written 31 January 2024
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    Louis H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020
    What a fantastic time we had paddling to Motukorea. Eric and the team were excellent guides, with great safety knowledge and plenty of good humour to relax everyone. Our group went from 11 years old to er, older adults and everyone was well looked after. Cups of tea and delicious brownies (thanks Ben!) were a treat on the island, the 360º harbour views from the summit simply stunning, and the leisurely paddle back to the beach was just dreamy. Go on Aucklanders, spend the dollars and see how beautiful your back yard really is...
    Written 16 November 2020
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    Kia ora, 
 We are delighted to read your 5 star review - we are excited your sea kayaking trip to Motukorea island was a fantastic time. We (our guides) love the ocean, are our best selves when sea kayaking and love to share our skills and local knowledge of the region with our guests. Thank you for sharing our passion of a fun filled day paddling on the Hauraki Gulf.
    Written 30 November 2020
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    michellegoulding
    Auckland Central, New Zealand53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really fun day - well half day ;) I can highly recommend! It’s fun being a tourist in your city and seeing the city from a different perspective. It’s a good little kayak - not too challenging and then a nice walk around the island. Coffee and snacks are appreciated too. Really good value imho.
    Written 20 November 2022
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    Thanks for leaving a great review. Nice to hear you had a great time seeing Auckland by water. See you next time.
    Written 5 June 2023
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    Tanya
    Charlottetown, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Friends
    Our group of 8 did a kayak excursion to Brown's Island. It was originally booked for Rangitoto but modified for safety reasons after the cyclone. The excursion included some free time on the beach, a hike and a delicious bbq lunch. Our guide Rosie was excellent and totally in her element!!! Her knowledge and great sense of humor made this the highlight of our visit to Auckland!
    Written 7 March 2023
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    14erBaggers
    Westminster, CO40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the ~4 hour kayak tour to Motukorea/ Brown Island. Chloe took good care of us and made sure we stayed safe on the water. Though we had kayaked once before, this was our first time sea kayaking. It was more work than we thought it might be since we’re a bit older. That said, it was worth the experience and the sense of accomplishment to kayak to Motukorea/ Brown Island. Since only kayaks can land on the island, we were the only ones on the entire island! We had a nice hike (not too long and not too short) to the top of the island where we had 360 degree views of the bay. Chloe had brought tea and coffee including milk and sugar, and also had a rich chocolate dessert as a snack. We had originally thought of doing the Rangitoto island kayak trip, but were thankful we did the Motukorea/ Brown Island trip since it was a shorter trip and wonderful to have an island to ourselves!

    A few tips:
    If you wear water shoes in the kayak, bring some comfortable shoes for the hike. If grass on your skin is irritating, wear long quick dry pants. I had some on and was glad to have the protection since you hike through a grassy stretch on the island. Use the toilets on the mainland before starting your tour as there are no toilets once you get in your canoe. There is a place to rinse off your feet after the tour up by the bathrooms, and on the street side of the bathroom building there is a drinking fountain where you can fill up your water bottle after the trip.

    We were so thankful to have experienced the harbour from the kayak.
    Written 10 March 2024
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    Hi, we appreciate the great detailed feedback from your recent Motukorea Island kayaking experience. Sounds like you had a memorable experience.
    Written 25 March 2024
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    Nick K
    Reading, UK1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    What an amazing experience, Eric was great, his knowledge, experience was very helpful and 100% focused on safety. The paddle across was great, the bbq was very good and the hike and views were wonderful. Paddleing back in the dark with the stars out was truly amazing. One of the best Paddleing experiences to date. Will certainly book another trip when back in Auckland.
    Written 3 March 2020
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    Kia ora, 
 We are so pleased to read your 5 star review - we are so excited you had an amazing experience! We agree paddling back in the dark with the stars out is truly amazing! The Waitemata Harbour has a special place in our hearts, we think it is a sea kayaker’s paradise, waiting to be discovered. Thank you for sharing our passion of sea kayaking. We look forward to paddling again with you in the near future.
    Written 30 November 2020
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    katherine l
    Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very professional set up. It’s the second kayak I’ve done with this group and I have been really pleased with how organized it is and their focus on health and safety. Daniel our guide was a very outgoing knowledgeable and professional guide
    Written 24 February 2024
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    Hi, thanks for coming on your second kayaking adventure with Auckland Sea Kayaks. Great to hear you enjoyed yourself. Come back for a third trip anytime.
    Written 25 March 2024
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    Ilka & Helge
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2019 • Couples
    We booked a 1/2-Day Trip to Motukorea Island with Auckland Sea Kayaks via the i-Site in Auckland. They are offering a transport from Auckland central into St. Heliers as well, in our case we didn´t needed that one. But good to know :-)

    When arrived at the beach our guide Nic was waiting and prepared the Kayaks already. Nic told us that we are the only one today (off-season, autumn is coming) - Yeah! Private tour :-) for us!

    Moreover, Nic told us very useful background information about Auckland, the volcanic islands as well as the Maori Myths which is really great and not often done by guides in that depth.

    Overall Auckland Sea Kayaks is offering reliable, well maintained equipment and is very professional! They know their job! 100% recommended!
    Written 23 May 2019
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    Really fun to paddle with you yesterday. Autumn producers some amazing, calm and stable paddling conditions and yesterday was a prime example. Its always nice to kayak to an island, climb to the top and see which part of the city you are staying in and learn a bit of history about the area. I'm born and bred in Auckland so its nice to show of my backyard to other people. Have a great time in South America.
    Written 23 May 2019
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    tashbart
    Auckland, New Zealand16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    We thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking adventure. Eric was professional, informative and lovely to chat with.
    Written 15 January 2020
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    Our Motukorea / Browns island sea kayak tour is very unique and offers one of the only ways to visit this conservation island. Its great that we can escape from the heart of the city and with under an hour be on an island with no one living on it. We are very lucky. Thanks again for paddling with us and we will pass on the nice words to Eric.
    Written 19 January 2020
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    Tink089
    Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Solo
    Had the most amazing adventure with Auckland Sea Kayaks today; on their day tour of Motukorea Island!! Could not recommend them highly enough!! Even though the trip departs from Helier’s Bay, they offer free pick up from Auckland Museum which is super convenient for anyone staying in the city centre!! Daniel our tour guide really made this trip, he was friendly, welcoming, kept safety at the forefront at all times and just exuded passion for the outdoors and the sea! His knowledge and experience really shone through! Once we made it to the island, which felt like a private tour it was so secluded, we hiked to the summit!! And before we disembarked, Daniel even had brownies and tea for us to fuel our return journey!! The weather today was meant to be choppy and windy, but even a bit of drizzle didn’t dampen our spirits! Thank you Auckland Sea Kayaks and Daniel for making this such a memorable day on my NZ trip!!
    Written 23 January 2024
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    Wow! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip to Motukorea with Daniel. Thanks for taking the time to review Auckland Sea Kayaks.
    Written 15 February 2024
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    Cristina B
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Solo
    It was a lovely way to spend the morning and see the city from a different angle. Thanks Nic for being so helpful and shout out to Tom for being a super easygoing yet professional guide with some cool adventures and stories to tell 😊😎
    Written 28 April 2022
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    Thank you so much for the amazing review. Nice to hear it was a memorable experience. See you next time.
    Written 19 October 2022
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