The many bays on Whangarei Heads have easy access for kayaks. Pacific Coast Kayaks ,locally based in Onerahi, have a variety of 

guided expeditions in both the Inner and Outer Harbour areas. Hiring, freedom hires, guided trips and instruction are all offered.

Mark Garry ( owner-operator) is a fully qualified sea kayak guide and the S.K.A.O.N.Z code of practice is followed for our operation.



We provide:

You provide:
Double or single sea kayaks (with rudders)  Clothing for the conditions inc hat
All kayaking gear including drybags Footwear – wetboots,sandals
All safety gear Sunnies, sunblock
Full briefing and safety information Towel,togs
Refreshments on all our trips Water bottle, extra snacks
Snorkeling and fishing gear by prior arrangement  


All levels or experience are catered for. Family groups are welcome and discounts are be available for children under 12 accommpanied

by two adults



Where to paddle:


  • In the Inner harbour lies Matakohe Island which has a long history of Maori and European occupation and where you can explore the old cement works ruins, Maori middens and pa site. Kiwis have now been introduced to the island. Nearby is a marine reserve at Waikaraka ( mangrove forest area ).
  •  Parua Bay is a safe area to paddle and has its own island pa site at Motukiore near Manganese Point.
  • Further out is another marine reserve at Motukaroro Island near Reotahi Snorkeling may be an option for this and  any of our tours.
  • For the more adventurous and weather permitting  Pacific Coast kayaks offers tours to Smugglers Cove and beyond to Peach Cove and Guano Island  (Ocean Beach).
  • Tours are also available at Pataua and Taiharuru both in the estuary and on the open ocean. Fishing can be an option on these trips. Please enquire.

Multi day trips are available. We are a mobile operation and go as far north as the Bay of Islands, Cavalli Islands and Whangaroa Harbour.

Details and prices are on the website as listed  www.nzseakayaking.co.nz

To Make A Booking:

Please book ahead so we can take account of weather, tide and plan safely to match the fitness and experience of the group. Minimum group size is two.

The best time in peak season is to ring in the evening as we may be out on the water during the day and sometimes cellphone cover is variable.

Email:                        pc.kayaks@gmail.com

Contact by phone,     09 436 1947 or 021 1295921.

For more information please visit the website www.nzseakayaking.co.nz