Island Escape - kayak tour

Island Escape Tour – Full Day

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. Join our 3 hour guided kayak tour to explore place rarely seen by most other tours. There’s time to swim, snorkel or walk to a breathtaking view at the island stop. The great thing about the day is you have free time at Otehei Bay to walk and Explore the rest of the Island. 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.

We get you out to 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.

You get to choose your ferry times out to the island and back, and also either our morning or afternoon kayak tour. For the kayaking we head out to explore the islands and beaches a little closer by kayak. 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 on our beach stop for an easy walk to amazing views of the Islands, a swim or enjoy snorkelling in the clear waters before we head back. Depending on your ferry times, with your free time you can check out Otehei Bay with its amazing beach and calm waters. Or enjoy the 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. The Island is covered in easy walks around to some cultural sites, many beaches and spectacular views. The day is yours to explore or relax as much as you want!


Tour9.30am Kayak Tour1 pm Kayak Tour
Ferry Times to Otehei8.30am8.30am, 10.30am
Return Ferry Times from Otehei2.45pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm4.30pm, 6.30pm


Available December to May

CHILD $120 (minimum age 10)
ADULT $140



No Experience Necessary
Average degree of Fitness
Minimum Age for tour is 10 Years Old
Child Price is 10-15 Years Old

Ferry to kayaking area

What we Offer

Includes 40 Minute ferry ride to Otehei Bay ($45 Return)
$7 from each person goes toward DOC to maintain the Island
Snorkeling Gear

Kayak Trip Times

Trip Times

Ferry picks up from Paihia or Russell Wharf – see ferry timetable above
Includes 3 Hour Kayak tour with Island stop

What to Bring Kayaking

What to Bring

All you need to bring is swimsuit, sandals and towel, sunblock and personal items.

Lunches & Snacks


Food and drinks are available from the Cafe/Bar @ Otehei Bay. Also feel free to bring your own lunch to have anywhere else around the Island.