Island Escape Tour

    Available December to May

    This is the perfect day out in the Bay of Islands. With the ultimate mix of adventure, relaxation and time to explore the Bay. Start your day with a scenic ferry ride with Explore and head out through the Islands to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Kayak the crystal clear water of the islands on a guided tour, walk to some breath taking views, swim in one of the warm bays and explore Otehei Bay. And when you are done relax on a bean bag at the front of the cafe with some delicious food and a cold drink. You choose the ferry times you want and whether you want the Morning or Afternoon kayaking tour. The hardest part of your day is deciding when to leave.

    CHILD   $120 (minimum age 10)

    ADULT   $140

    NEW YEAR SPECIAL ….. BOOK 4 OR MORE PEOPLE TO KAYAK UP UNTIL MARCH AND GET $50 OFF….. Use promo code “newyear19” when booking online. Valid until 31/03/2019


    This is our newest tour option and it has been a long time in the making. This is a perfect way to experience the Bay of Islands. We get you out and into the middle of the main Islands to Otehei Bay with the ferry service from Explore. This in itself is amazing with great views on the 40 minute ride through the islands.

    Depending on when you choose to get the ferry out to the island, you will either head out to explore the islands and beaches a little closer on your kayak tour or have time to check out Otehei Bay with its amazing beach, calm waters and spectacular views. The best thing about this tour is you are already out in the islands so you do not have to paddle far to get to some breathtaking spots. We can paddle through rock gardens, check out caves and take in the amazing scenery. We will stop at one of the many breathtaking beaches the Bay has to offer,  there is time to stop on our beach stop for an easy walk to amazing views of the Islands , a swim or snorkel in the clear waters before we head back. Before or after your kayaking tour there is a cafe/bar at Otehei bay where you can enjoy some delicious food and some refreshing beverages. The area has tables and bean bags to enjoy and take in the breathtaking views. Also the Island has easy walks around to some cultural sites, beaches and spectacular views.


    Skill Level
    No Experience Necessary
    • Perfect for families.
    • From beginner to experienced paddlers.
    Adventure + Exploring

    You get a boat ride, awesome kayak adventure, your own time to explore the Island and time to enjoy some great food and drink with the best view ever!

    Tour9.30am Kayak Tour1 pm Kayak Tour
    Ferry Times to Otehei8.30am8.30am, 10.30am
    Return Ferry Times from Otehei2.45pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm**6.30pm, 8.30pm**


    • Child Price is 10 to 15 years of Age. 10 years old is the minimum to fit our gear.
    • Minimum numbers apply. **Late ferry only in peak season (please call or email to confirm times)
    • This tour includes your ferry ticket with EXPLORE out to Otehei Bay and back and your 3 hour guided kayaking tour.
    • Meeting location is at the Paihia wharf 10 minutes before Ferry Time on the day of your tour. If you are catching the ferry in Russell be there waiting at the times listed above.
    • Bring change of clothes, water bottle, camera, sun protection and towel.
    • Tour includes: Fully set up Sea Kayak, PFD, Snorkelling gear, Dry Bags for personal belongings.