A full-day adventure to the beautiful Matakana District, just north of Auckland, NZ. Paddle your 100% see-through canoe over stunningly clear waters where you'll see a variety of fish swimming just below you on a Clearyak at Goat Island Marine Reserve, a pristine natural environment. No need to get wet!
Your day will also include the famous farmers' markets (Saturdays only), beautiful countryside, stunning beaches and local seaside villages. With breathtaking views of this area, there are Instagram photo-worthy opportunities around every corner.
Your value-packed tour includes 1-hour Clearyak, transport to & from Auckland CBD, morning coffee/juice, honey tastings, and award-winning fresh fish & chips lunch (or burger if you prefer) and an attentive tour guide host who will show you the local gems.
Option to add craft beer, winery, cheese and chocolate factory visits, time permitting
What You'll Get
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Stop At: Tour Shop, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
Our day begins with your pick-up from your Auckland CBD City hotel or accommodation.
Heading north we pass over the spectacular Harbour Bridge with its view of two inner harbours and the thousands of sailing vessels that give us the nickname "City of Sails". Admire the scenery as it unfolds in front of you and take in the majestic sight of Rangitoto Volcano.
Enjoy the journey as we continue to travel through pretty seaside villages. Our first stop at an impressive coastal lookout is an ideal opportunity to take some great photos.
Duration: 50 minutes
Stop At: Honey Centre, Corner of State Highway One & Perry Road, Warkworth, Auckland 0983 New Zealand
We call into must do Honey Centre to try this area's famous Manuka Honey, renowned for its unique healing properties, or sample exotic combinations such as honey fruit blends such as blueberry honey. There's even a honey mead drink to taste, something quite different entirely!
The delightful gift shop stocks an interesting range of honey related items like candles, jewellery and skincare at very reasonable prices.
We take the opportunity to grab our freshly made espresso coffee before we make on way up to explore the village of Matakana.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Matakana Village Farmers' Market, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland 0985 New Zealand
On Saturdays, we call into the famous farmers market. Free local wine, craft ales, gourmet chocolate, honey, cheeses, pickles, condiments and sauce tastings are just a few of the food product samples awaiting you here.
Enjoy mingling like a local and the live entertainment on offer. Set in amongst the quaint village shopping square, discover local boutiques selling books, candles and designer clothes.
We haven't got long here so make the most of the time, perhaps grab a small bite to eat from one of the many food stalls to keep you going until your late lunch of fresh fish and chips.
* You may wish to bring a small amount of cash for any purchases as many of the stallholders do not accept credit cards
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Clearyak, 150 Goat Island Road, Leigh 0985, New Zealand
Connect with the underwater world as you gentle paddle through the stunningly clear waters of the Goat Island Marine Reserve. Here you'll likely to see a variety of our fish species such as snapper, red moki, blue maomao, and perhaps even some eagle rays and stingrays!
This unique experience is unlike any other kayaking adventure around. The fully transparent tandem kayak allows you to marvel at the marine life that swims just below and under you. It's a 100% see-through canoe (known as a kayak in NZ).
Be assisted into your clearyak by a staff member who will brief on safety, fit you with a lifejacket and be on hand to point out the best viewing spots. You are never far from the shore in the sheltered cove.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Leigh, Leigh, North Island
After a full morning of fun activity, it's time for a traditional summer lunch. A kiwi favourite, it's a meal of locally caught, sustainable fish and chips lunch to be enjoyed beachside.
(For those who prefer the fish meal can be replaced with other options, such as a hamburger or similar. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can cater for you.)
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Parry Kauri Park, Turdor Collins Drive, Warkworth, Auckland New Zealand
After lunch, we begin to make our way slowly back into the city. But first, we will stop and visit a majestic 800-year-old Kauri tree, followed by a short boardwalk through NZ native forest.
Then, if time permits, we have the option of various stop-offs including small-batch craft ale makers Sawmill Brewery, or we call into Oysters Matakana, or grab an ice-cream from Charlies Gelato. There's even a cheese factory nestled in a historic Bohemian village to discover. (Optional stop-offs food and drink purchase are for own expense).
Your variety filled day finishes with your arrival back at your pick-up point by 5pm where we say a fond farewell and kia mihi (thank you) and safe travels onwards.
Duration: 2 hours
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 3 years for Clearyak. One adult must accompany child.
- Clearyak is weather dependent. Please bring a towel and possibly a change of clothes.
- Clearyak is a seasonal activity and run on-demand basis. Bookings open from November 2019.
- Minimum numbers may be required for this tour to run.
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 11 travelers
- Morning tea or coffee
- Fresh fish lunch or similiar option i.e. hamburger
- Clearyak 100% clear kayak experience and all equipment
- Local Guide/Driver
- Pickup & drop-off from inner city Auckland hotels.
- Honey Centre Visit - complimentary honey tastings
- Entry/Admission - Clearyak
- Entry/Admission - Parry Kauri Park
- Entrance fees to Sculptureum
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Optional Food & Drink stop-offs - own expense
Traveler pickup is offered
Default Pickup is 280 Queen Street, Auckland (outside JB-Hi Fi) or inner city Auckland hotels & backpackers by arrangement. Please enquire at time of booking. Confirmations & exact pick-up times will be sent once finalised.
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