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Launch your kayak from Long Bay�s beautiful beach reserve and paddle around to Puhoi�s river mouth. Discover some fantastic spots to stop for a picnic or just take in the views as you pass through Stillwater and other scenic areas on the way. Alternatively, paddle in the other direction and hug the coastline past the marine reserve and around to Waiake Beach (see below).
Waiake is a beautiful beach which boasts a picturesque rocky outcrop in its bay which is often surrounded by anchored boats. This beach is a popular destination for local families picnicking / barbecuing and soaking up the sun. A quick paddle would take you around the coast to Browns Bay (see below for more details) and a longer paddle to Long Bay (see above for more details) via the marine reserve.
Browns Bay is a hot spot for family activities & people enjoying fish & chips on the beach for tea.� Usually bustling, Browns Bay has the local skate park & a large ship-shaped children�s playground which draws in many locals aswell as great of cafes located on the beachfront with sea views. The bay is large enough for a little recreational paddling or you can explore further along the coastline too.
This little beach is tucked away amongst Rothesay�s beautiful cliff-top residences and has a children�s playground nearby.
Murrays Bay is a great place to get some casual fishing done with your children off the jetty. Across the road from the beach is the South African Serengeti restaurant which is also a fantastic place to take young ones as the menu includes children�s options and they have a playroom inside to keep their smaller customers happy whilst the adults enjoy a meal and the view. Kayaking here offers interesting residential scenery and is in close proximity to other surrounding bays.
Mairangi Bay is popular with teenagers and again, the residences overlooking the ocean offer up some interesting scenery to kayakers. Again, this bay is in close proximity to adjacent bays allowing for a more interesting paddle. Mairangi Bay itself is also a bustling village with top notch cafes and playgrounds to take advantage of.
This area is mostly residential. It is a quick paddle between Campbells Bay and surrounding beaches and houses along the coast make it a scenic area to kayak in.
This area is also mostly residential. There is a small harbour here used mostly by locals, beautiful housing and quick access to Milford Shopping Centre. Popular Takapuna Beach is next to Castor Bay.
Bordering the North Shore�s cbd area and is home to many families, executives and retirees who enjoy a slice of better living. The North Shore�s best selection of restaurants and shops are in Takapuna (just down the road) and with it being so near to the Devonport and the city, kayaking in this area has heaps of interesting locations and views to offer.
Lakes & Meanders
Spend a few hours paddling and relaxing at Lake Pupuke, a water-filled extinct volcanic crater located near Auckland's North Shore cbd, Takapuna. Lake Pupuke is a great place to paddle if you are thinking of taking it easy, would like to stop off and have a picnic or want to see some stunning homes and experience the black geese on the water. Due to the fact that it is a lake, it is also a great spot if you choose to paddle on a day that is a little windy as the lake is more protected than the open ocean and there�s no chance of you being swept out to sea.
Rivers & Inlets
Very scenic location set among nature reserve land. Hop on at the rivers mouth in Wenderholm regional park and meander down the river to Puhoi town centre and enjoy a beverage of your choice at the Puhoi tavern before returning. Time the tides right for a relaxing trip or don't for a challenge. Images
This route is best launched from Schnapper Rock Road, head towards the rivers mouth past Greenhithe, enjoying the scenic bush views on your right and the river front properties on your left. You will eventually come out of the rivers mouth into Waitemata Harbour, smack bang in front of Herald Island. Continue off to the right past Whenuapai on your left where millionares mansions sit on the banks of the river. If you've still got the puff, keep going all the way to Riverhead where you can disembark at the Riverhead Tavern for a well earned refreashment. Images
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