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Sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island provided by Auckland Sea Kayaks

Sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island

Sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island
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97% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h 30m
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6h 30m
  • Group size:
    8
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 48027P2
Important information
Inclusions
  • Fully catered with BBQ dinner
  • 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
  • Dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • N/A
Duration
6h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We offer a free pick up from the Auckland Ferry Building, if requested. Pick up is from the taxi stand, outside pier 1, Auckland Ferry Terminal, Quay st, central Auckland
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks, 384 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland 1071, New Zealand Auckland Sea Kayaks
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Do not bring your pets.
  • Pack properly
  • Pack food in sealed containers to avoid attracting rodents.
  • No open bags or supermarket bags.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • Fully catered with BBQ dinner
  • 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
  • Dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • N/A
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We offer a free pick up from the Auckland Ferry Building, if requested. Pick up is from the taxi stand, outside pier 1, Auckland Ferry Terminal, Quay st, central Auckland
  • Auckland Sea Kayaks, 384 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland 1071, New Zealand Auckland Sea Kayaks
Duration
6h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Do not bring your pets.
  • Pack properly
  • Pack food in sealed containers to avoid attracting rodents.
  • No open bags or supermarket bags.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 8 travelers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Compass790998
3 contributions
Mar 2021
Big shout out to our guide Tom for an amazing and uniqure experience on our trip to Rangitoto. Our group of 5 women were not experienced kayakers but he gave us the confidence, support and reassurance to have a fun time. Dietary needs were catered for with our bbq dinner and then brownies were bought out as dessert when we reached the summit -a nice touch.Sunset was gorgeous, weather was perfect and coming home in the dark with virtually just us on the water was incredibly calming and uplifting Would highly reccommend this trip. Well done Tomv
Written March 14, 2021
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oceanpatrice
Glad to hear Tom keeps the ladies happy on his sunset trips. Thank you for the recommendation and review.
Written January 24, 2022
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anneH5613IS
Auckland Central, New Zealand23 contributions
Mar 2022
Watching the sun set from the top of Rangitoto was magical.
The paddle over in itself was also pretty special as we watched the Spirit of Adventure 'sail' past us in all its glory.
The food was fab and the walk to the summit is on a well formed trail. The views from the top are stunning.
Covid was not an issue as the two of us shared a kayak and we were outdoors.
Written March 31, 2022
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Heather A
Queenstown, New Zealand40 contributions
Feb 2020
If you're travelling on a budget this might seem a little steep, however, transport from downtown is provided as well as dinner and treats, and a first class guide (Tom) that will take care of you! I have basic kayak experience and was a little nervous, but once we got going I felt more confident. It was definitely not a short trip so make sure you're feeling energetic and fit! The hike is also steep! But this is a great experience because the island is quiet at the end of the day, you have it all to yourself, it's completely tranquil out there. The sunset and the kayak back in the dark was so magical and really felt like a once in a lifetime experience. I am just so thankful I went for this tour. Thanks for taking us, Tom!
Written February 17, 2020
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Heather, thank you for taking the time on reviewing lour Sunset tour to Rangitoto. We really appreciate it. The last ferry back to the city from the island is at 4 pm and with no public accommodation on the island it is great to have very few other people on the island. Also thank you for the positive review on Tom. He is a very well traveled and loves been back in his home town of Auckland and show of his playground to other Aucklander's and travelers alike. Thanks again for your review.
Written February 25, 2020
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skysearcher
Christchurch, New Zealand35 contributions
Jan 2021
We are inexperienced paddlers but fit and keen for adventure. We had a marvellous trip, starting in full sunshine at St. Helliers Beach where we were given a thorough briefing and fully geared up. We had a great dinner on the jetty that was prepared by Tom and then had time on the island to watch the sun go down over the city before paddling back. As we came back the full moon appeared over the island and we could see the Harbour Bridge and city all lit up. Highly recommended.
Written January 29, 2021
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Kia ora, 
 We are stoked to read your 5 star review. Thank you for the shout out to Tom, and painting such a lovely picture of the trip including the full moon and city lights at night. We are stoked to share the experience with you - we love our job. We are very pleased to hear about your Fantastic trip and look forward to paddling again in the near future.
Written March 10, 2021
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Lynette S
5 contributions
Dec 2020
This was my second sunset paddle - wanted to bring husband along this time. Equally impressed by friendly guides, well-managed, nice food and of course Rangitoto is a very special place to visit especially after the day crowds have gone home. Special shout out for our trip as sea and wind were quite challenging and one boat had a capsize close to Rangi. The guides managed this extremely well, making sure the rest of us were in a position to make shelter safely and amazingly quickly had the swimmers back in their boat and towed ashore for dry clothes and a cup of tea. Really well done and confidence-inspiring.
Written December 29, 2020
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Kia ora, 
 We are happy to read your 5 star review - we are excited to read about your sunset kayak trip to Rangitoto. Thank you for the shout out to our Guides - we 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. It is extremely rare to capsize and we thank you for the acknowledgement of the guides management of this rare event - "extremely well". It is always great to read a review from our return guests. Look forward to paddling again with you in the near future.
Written March 10, 2021
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Karl Thunder Axe
7 contributions
Mar 2020
We were originally trying to book the day trip to Motukorea Island for the day of, but accidentally signed up for the next day instead. When we panickedly called to amend our mistake they told us that the Motukorea trip for that day was already full up but offered us a free upgrade to the Rangitoto Sunset trip instead, which we gratefully accepted.

This was an amazing experience, we were driven from downtown Auckland to the harbour, given a quick kayaking and safety lesson, and then paddled across the bay to the island. A quick, freshly-cooked dinner on the island, and then we hiked up the mountain to watch the sunset from the peak. Refreshments at the top, and then hiked back down and kayaked back to the beach, with a spectacular view of the downtown skyline at night from on the water. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us many interesting insights into the island, its history and geology and flora.

This was a very tightly planned trip and was pulled off spectacularly. Highly recommended if you like to see places under your own horsepower as much as possible.
Written March 26, 2020
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Kia ora, 
 We are stoked to read your 5 star review - we are so excited you had an unforgettable experience sea kayaking to Rangitoto Island! We still pinch ourselves daily to be sharing our passion, through guiding guests to experience the wonders of the Hauraki Gulf. We too are still in awe of the spectacular view and the beauty of a sunset from the summit of Rangitoto, plus its unique history, geology and flora. We look forward to paddling again with you in the near future.
Written November 30, 2020
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Linda W
Omaha, NE2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Laura was our guide and I really appreciate her attention to safety. Unfortunately, we were not able make our trip to Rangitoto because the wind really picked up preventing safe crossing. We tried to divert to Brown island but it too was too windy to reach. So we had to settle for a shore landing and picnic there without being able to do the hike, sunset trek up the island, and night return. We ended up making it back to base before sunset. Looking back that was probably a wise decision considering we had to help another kayaker not in our group recover from a capsize and rescue on our return. We were told we would receive a partial refund but have not heard yet when or what that might be. It has only been a week since our trip and hopefully we will hear something soon. Otherwise it was a challenging but good trip.
Written February 14, 2020
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Hey Mark and Linda. Great to hear that you had a good trip and felt it was safe at all times. It is the nature of outdoor activities that the conditions are different to what is forecast and safety is always the priority. As stated in our email to you, we advised your booking agent, Viator, the day after the tour that a partial refund was required and they informed us this had taken place. This was emailed to the address you placed in your booking. Thanks again for paddling with us and email us if you have any further questions
Written February 24, 2020
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Matt Bigon
1 contribution
Jan 2020
I've always wanted to try kayaking and experience the beauty of NZ from a different perspective. This was simply the perfect deal. Fun experience, peaceful and active at the same time. Tom was great fun and very helpful, with lots of insights about Auckland and Rangitoto Island. Kayaking back at night was the best way to end the day with a great view of the city and we even saw the bioluminescent plankton. Just WOW! If you are in Auckland for a few days and want to do something different, active and special, this is for you.
Written January 19, 2020
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Hello, and yes we agree that this tour has a great range of activity and offers a different perspective of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. Our guides are locals and are there to help build people's confidence on the water to allow our guests to be fully immersed in nature. Its great to read that Tom achieved this. Being a local Tom knows a huge amount about the area and loves to show his insights into the areas we visit. Seeing bioluminescent plankton is amazing which kayaking at night. It is one of the most spectacular sights on a night kayak and its similar tiowitnessing the hundreds of tiny star-like bioluminescent phytoplankton dancing like a starry sky as you move through the dark water. Really happy you got to witness this.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jess S
38 contributions
We had the most incredible sunset kayak to Rangitoto. The kayak over was not too hard, lovely and warm and we were rewarded with a gorgeous BBQ. The hike up to the Rangitoto summit was so peaceful, we felt to privileged to be there after everyone had gone home. We were treated to the most beautiful sunset over Auckland. The paddle home was calm and warm and we saw bioluminescent algae in the water lighting up the bottom of the boats and everything we touched went blue! Seeing the city from the sea and kayaking back in the dark was very special. The trip was high above our expectations - would highly recommend!
Written December 21, 2020
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Kia ora, 
 We are delighted to read your 5 star review - we are excited to hear you had the most incredible sunset kayak to Rangitoto. Soo stoked the trip was high above your expectations and you would highly recommend! the tour - awesome! Thank you for sharing our passion of a fun filled paddle on the Hauraki Gulf.
Written March 10, 2021
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Sue
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Couples
Had a wonderful sunset tour with Eric. He made sure everyone felt comfortable kayaking and seemed to enjoy getting to know each of us. He also was knowledgeable in the history and vegetation of the island. The pace was about right even though some in the group had never paddled.

A great meal was cooked on the island before our hike to the top. Even though the sunset didn’t have much color we were surprised by a beautiful moon coming over the ridge just as we got back into the boats. Made for a very magical evening paddle.

I would recommend this trip to anyone who likes a good adventure and our guide Eric was great!
Written January 11, 2020
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oceanpatrice
It's great to hear you had a wonderful time and Eric was a great host. Our tours are often a melting pot of interesting people from around the world. What an awesome bonus to see an epic Moon rise. The beauty and magic of the Hauraki Gulf never gets old for us and it's nice to hear you experienced it too :)
Written January 19, 2020
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