Kayak Trails

Beginning at the Tamakai Reserve in the historic town of Waiuku on the Manukau Harbour, this short Kayak Trail (35km, plus side trips) can be accomplished, one way, in two days by a casual paddler. A tide dependent but mainly sheltered waters paddle with easy access all of the trip to numerous safe landings, most of which have Council sponsored and maintained toilets.


WEKA - Waiuku Estuary Kayak Adventure Beginning in the tidal estuary of historic Waiuku, at the same place as the Southern Kayak Trail, kayak to the Waitangi Falls (2.5km), have a picnic lunch, jump off the falls with the local kids, then leisurely kayak back via the Waiuku Sandspit beach.


Slippery Creek Kayak Hire

The Slippery Creek Kayak Hire Company is a company established to promote the upper Manukau Harbour as an activity destination.

We offer an varied and interesting journey, which winds through wetland and estuarine waters and includes some swift water.

The Manukau, from Onehunga across to Franklin was once a massive waka highway. Putter from any of the beaches, but a sweet secret is a guided kayak tour between Slippery Creek in Drury and Hingaia Bridge west of Papakura

The trip is around six km and should take around 1 – 1.5 hours. We have 12 kayaks and can cater for up to 17 paddlers. This journey takes you through waters that are inaccessible by car, and you will forget that you are only a short distance from Auckland.


Stress Free Adventures

Paddle one of the many estuaries of the Manukau Harbour and view the many species of birds that make the harbour home for all or part of the year.

Royal spoonbills and Pied shags (cormorants)

Duration 6hrs (shop to shop)
Paddling Approx 3 hrs plus breaks
Kayaking area Waiuku and Taihiki Estuaries of the Manukau Harbour
Check in Tidal conditions apply, check when booking
Minimum Age 13yrs and under must be in a double kayak with a parent
Prior Experience Not necessary. (Double Kayaks available for photographers)
Food Food provided
Minimum Numbers

2 Adults  


Sea Adventures -Guided Sea Kayak Tours

Offers a variety of professionally guided sea kayak and adventures tours in the extensive Auckland environment. If you’re looking for a great new experience, enjoy the great outdoors and wildlife, or just keen to learn a new skill then contact Sea Adventures .......

Manukau Harbour - Sunset Kayak Tour
Enjoy a summer’s sunset over the Waitakere Ranges as you kayak on the Manukau Harbour, a perfect way to finish a summers day. Tasty snack provided, BYO your own favourite beverage.Trip duration is around 2 hours. Departing in Summer daily (Oct-Mar).....FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE


Photo by Heather Lister-Cook