Kayak adventure tours - Island Escape

Island Escape Combo

Our most popular tour! This is the perfect kayak adventure tour for a 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 out through the Islands to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. On arrival you will join our 3 hour guided kayak tour to explore places rarely seen by most other tours. Already being out on the Islands it means a short paddle will open up coastline and scenery that offers some of the best sea kayaking in New Zealand and the world. On the tour there’s time to swim, snorkel or walk to a breathtaking view at the island stop. The great thing about the day is you choose how long you want to stay, so you have as much free time as you want at Otehei Bay to walk and explore the rest of the Island. When you are done relax on a bean bag at the front of the cafe with some delicious food and a cold drink. The hardest part of your day is deciding when to leave.

We get you out in the middle of the main Islands to Otehei Bay with the ferry service and this in itself is amazing with great views on the 40 minute ride through the islands.

On our kayak adventure, 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 of Islands have 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. With your free time you can check out Otehei Bay with it’s 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!

Tour  10.00am Kayak Tour
Ferry Times to Otehei  10 am
Return Ferry  from Otehei  4.15pm (2.45pm*)

*If your limited for time there is a possibility to return on a 2.45pm ferry, please email us.

Available December to April

CHILD $140 (minimum age 10)
ADULT $160


Kayak Adventure Tours NZ


No Experience Necessary
Average degree of Fitness
Minimum Age for tour is 10 Years Old

Ferry to sea kayaking adventure zone

What we Offer

Includes 40 Minute ferry ride to Otehei Bay ($50 Return)
$7 from each person goes toward DOC to maintain the Island
We use quality double kayaks for safety and enjoyment
Snorkeling Gear

Kayak Trip Times

Trip Times

Ferry picks up from Paihia or Russell Wharf – see ferry times 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 snacks/lunch to have out at the Islands.