Look, learn, play, and explore NZ’s first marine reserve! Peering through the glass, guests stay dry while viewing a thriving underwater ecosystem, teeming with reefs, fish, and other marine life.
- Kayak - Single
- 1 Hour
- 2 Hour
- Kayak - Double
- 1 Hour
- 2 Hours
KAYAK HIRE NEAR AUCKLAND, NZ
Keen to explore the marine reserve on your own? Hire one of our single or double kayaks, and paddle above the reefs and marine life at your leisure!
Aboard your kayak, enjoy the reserve’s breathtaking scenery as you navigate near Goat Island’s rocky edges, and view the dense kelp and seaweed forests, fish, and other marine life just below the water’s surface. One- and two-hour hires are available, and tutorials are offered for beginners. Safety equipment is required and is provided at no charge.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ANY KAYAKING EXPERIENCE?
Our team will ask questions to assess your competence in the water and to see if there are any physical limitations that would prevent the safe operation of the kayaks. We will then lead you through basic kayak instruction and safety precautions to ensure you feel confident in the water.
In addition, our team will provide you with the kayaking boundaries at Goat Island Marine Reserve – For your safety, it’s required to stay within these boundaries during your kayak hire.
HOW CAN I HIRE A KAYAK?
Hire gear in advance online or directly from our beach team. Our kayak hire operates seasonally and pending sea and weather conditions. As we have a limited number of kayaks, we recommend booking online in advance to avoid disappointment.
Single and double kayaks can be hired for one or two hours and can be booked separately from the other activities, or packaged with a Snorkel Hire or Glass Bottom Boat Tour.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
On the day of your tour, we occasionally have to cancel trips due to poor weather or sea conditions.
- If taking a tour during the colder months, it’s advisable to bring a jacket or jumper to stay warm throughout the trip.
- If you are susceptible to motion sickness, take or bring medication with you.
- If you plan on enjoying more than one activity or spending time on the beach, bring food and beverages for an onshore picnic.
REMEMBER, THIS IS A PROTECTED MARINE RESERVE.
That means there’s no fishing, and nothing (including shells, sticks, or seaweed) may be removed from the beach. Dogs are not allowed at Goat Island Marine Reserve.