Kayaking at Ngunguru Bay is suitable for all levels, including families and novices (weather dependant). Kayaking around Whangaumu Bay, over to Ngunguru sandspit and across to Goat Island are worthwhile. Launch at Whangaumu Bay (turn down Tutukaka Block Road just up the hill from the Tutukaka Marina and follow the road for 5-10 minutes until you cross the peninsula) or opposite Ngunguru School.
Ngunguru Bay is usually a safe place to paddle when winds are light and coming from a North or NE direction. Keeping close to the shore in Whangaumu bay is safe for families and novice paddlers. However a SW wind can come up quickly to make this area difficult to paddle. It is open water paddling in the Bay so it is best to have a guide if you want to venture further. More experienced paddlers will enjoy exploring the area south of Goat Island towards Hora Hora. The lunch and picnic spot at Goat Island is awesome but be aware that there is no camping as the land is private property and no fires are allowed. Ngunguru Bay is also great for snorkelling and fishing.
When entering or exiting through the Ngunguru River groups will need to consider the tide, which can be difficult to paddle against. If using this route avoid the swells on the bar and watch out for other craft in the narrow entrance. It may be better to use Whangaumu Bay. There is easy beach access for launching and retrieving boats.
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.