Kayaking from Tutukaka to Matapouri Bay requires a reasonable fitness level and previous kayaking experience. Many parts of this coastline have no means of public access. Good snorkelling and fishing, channels, ledges and secluded rocky bays with gables and sandy bays to the north are some of the highlights. Launch from either Kowharewarewa Bay or Matapouri Bay.
Trips outside the Tutukaka Harbour or Matapouri Bay are best done with a guide who will be able to advise you of conditions and show you the best areas to explore. Due to the number of reefs in this area there may be surges and unbroken swells. Additional safety equipment should be carried in case of emergency (VHF radio and EPIRB). Paddlers will need to have the ability to perform rescues in case of capsize and should have reasonable fitness level and water confidence.
As in all trips safety in numbers. Minimum group size should be 2-4 paddlers.
The Tutukaka Coast is a delight when weather is favourable ie light winds and low swell and good visibility but conditions change rapidly and can make paddling difficult or unsafe. Unless paddlers are experienced paddlers should not set out in strong wind conditions and should as a general rule paddle into the wind and against any current at the start of their journey to avoid fatigue on their return if doing a round trip. When doing a one way trip try to paddle with the wind and current.
Freedom kayak hire or guided tours are available for Ngunguru Bay from Pacific Coast Kayaks. Bookings are essential.
Before commencing your journey always consult the latest weather, tide and safety information. Never kayak alone and always advise others where you are going. Guided tours, lessons and freedom kayak and equipment hire are available on the Tutukaka Coast. Seek the advice of an experienced local if you have any doubts whatsoever. More Useful Safety Information…
Warning: Cellphone coverage is still erratic on the Tutukaka Coast and can be non existent as you move north of Tutukaka Harbour.
Information supplied by Pacific Coast Kayaks.