Island Time Tour

    Available All Year Round

    There is no wonder this is our most popular tour and has been rated highly by everyone that has come with us. This tour is for the adventurous souls and the ones that really want something special. Get away from the crowded boats and come and enjoy an adventure. The Bay of Islands is a Sea Kayaking paradise with crystal clear water, rock gardens, caves and abundant marine life. We pride ourselves on our small group sizes (8 or less) and our flexible planning. With small group sizes it gives us the chance to keep everyone on the tour happy and we are able to cater for the whole group.

    ADULT   $160


    Our tour starts when we pick you up from your accommodation and head for the car ferry to Okaito (NZ’s first Capital).

    From here we have a scenic drive along the Russell peninsula to where we start. After we get comfortable with the gear and cover a few safety points we can get our kayaks on the water. Our tour is very flexible due to the changing weather but one option is paddling to Motorua Island and then stopping at Twin Lagoons beach on Roberton Island. Another option is heading out to the white sands of Waewaetorea Island and some of the caves of Urupukapuka Island. Around half of the time is kayaking and the rest of the day is spent enjoying the islands.

    The Islands of the Bay are surrounded by white sand beaches and rocky coastline. There are caves to paddle your sea kayak into and explore and the water is crystal clear. There are over 100 islands in total and each one is different. We can stop and snorkel at one island, chill out and have some lunch on another and take a walk and get some photos on the next. This is a full day out on the water so there is lots of chances to come across dolphins or other amazing marine mammals. Your local guide will take you to the best spots and will spin you a few yarns about local legends and the rich Māori and European History. After an amazing day out at the islands we get back to the beach and will drop you back in town. We get back to Russell around 3.30pm and Paihia just after 4pm.

    If you have a bigger group of friends, family, staff or students we can arrange a private tour for you just send us an email or call.


    Skill Level
    No Experience Necessary
    • Suitable for all ages.
    • Average degree of fitness required.
    Adventure + Relaxation

    This is a true adventure and a great day out! Unlike most other tours our groups are small and we will usually stop and explore 2 or more Islands.


    • 9am pick up from Paihia and 9.30am pick up Russell
    • Minimum numbers apply.
    • Pick up from your accommodation (Russell pick up on request).
    • Bring change of clothes, water bottle, camera and sun protection.
    • Includes tasty picnic lunch on island.
    • Tour includes: Fully set up Sea Kayak, PFD, Snorkelling gear, Tasty picnic Lunch and Dry Bags for personal belongings.