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Fully catered kayak camping trips
for 3, 7 or 10 days

We provide sea kayaking tours and expeditions in Northland, New Zealand within the Bay of Islands and the surrounding outer coast. Instruction at both novice and advanced levels, is included.


  • As one of the first sea kayak operators/outfitters in New Zealand – with over 25 years experience in this area – we continue to be passionate about our trips!
  • Our trips are usually small groups and we can customise the experience.
  • Count on delicious meals with local produce, the possibility of freshly caught seafood and baked desserts.
  • We specialise in leading adventurous ocean kayaking trips!
  • Technical paddling and deep water re-entry safety skills are taught on most trips.
  • We get out to areas not visited by other tour operators.
  • Rock gardening, sea caves and kayak surfing are available for those looking for additional challenge!
  • Attention to detail…whether it be the meals we serve, our care for the environment, the equipment we provide or our risk management is always carefully carried out.
  • Guides are First Aid and CPR trained and the head guides hold SKOANZ guides qualifications.
  • Customised kayak trips can be arranged during the off season from May – November for group of any size.

About us

Mark Hutson, one of New Zealand’s most experienced guides and instructors, has been running guided sea kayak tours out of the Bay of Islands since 1986 – becoming expert with gourmet meals and luxury kayak camping

Having grown up in Hawaii, surfing and skin diving were among Mark’s childhood activities, as well as surf life saving and sailing in his university years. Later on, alpine guiding and ski mountaineering in Washington State, commercial fishing in Alaska and designing and sewing mountaineering equipment in Seattle were other pursuits before “discovering” the magnificient Northeast coast of northern New Zealand and settling into the Bay of Islands.

During NZ’s winters, Mark  likes to get away for his own extended recreation. Usually he heads to Hawaii for kayaking and adventure swimming, and the Pacific North West’s mountains or to the South Island of NZ, in search of the snow. Free diving, surfing and adventure swimming (while towing camping gear) are activities he has been pursuing in recent years.

Recently, in 2010, Mark was inducted into the famous and madcap, California based Tsunami Rangers. He has enjoyed paddling in their company along the California and Washington coasts and has reciprocated with Rangers joining him on his New Zealand trips.