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Motukorea Sea Kayak Tour - Auckland Sea Kayaks

Join Auckland's premier sea kayaking company for a relaxing day on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf and explore Motukorea (Browns Island)!

Join Auckland's premier sea kayaking company for a relaxing day on the waters of the Hauraki Gulf and explore Motukorea (Browns Island)!


  • Take in the stunning sights of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on the way to Motukorea Island
  • Trek to the summit for spectacular views
  • Enjoy light refreshments before kayaking back
  • Our experienced guides will share their local knowledge making the tour informative and fun

Our Motukorea (Browns Island) kayak tour is the perfect trip for anyone who wants an exciting and informative day on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour.

Once called Browns Island and known by its original name of Motukorea (island of the pied oystercatcher bird), is one of the best-preserved volcanoes in the Auckland Volcanic Field. Private boats and sea kayaks are the only means of access to this untouched island.

Motukorea/Browns Island has a fascinating history. It was heavily cultivated by local Maori pre-European arrival and was the first home of Sir Logan Campbell (mayor of Auckland) and William Brown (1st Auckland member of parliament). These men are considered the founders of Auckland city.

On arriving at Motukorea, we trek to the summit, taking in the panoramic views as we go and learning about the island’s history. There are three ancient pa sites (Maori fortified villages) on the island. The largest occupying the slopes of the main scoria cone.

Light refreshments are provided on the island before we head back into the Auckland skyline.

Per Person $175.00
Group of 6 to 9 People $159.00 (Per Person)

What's included

  • All kayaking and safety equipment
  • Light refreshments
  • Fully guided Kayak and Hike


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • Boat Ramp at 384 Tamaki Dr
  • St Heliers.


  • A medium level of fitness is required:Must be able to hike 1.5 km (0.8 of a mile) rising 70 meters (230 feet).

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Light refreshments are included. Please let us know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

    Departure Times:

    Morning - 8:30am

    Afternoon - 1:30pm

    Tour consists of approx 1 hour each way of sea kayaking with informative stops and interpretation along the way.

  • Customer Cancellations:

    If you wish to cancel your tour you can do so up until 2 weeks before your tour departure, however, there will be a 25% administration fee. Date changes are available but not within 2 weeks of departure.

    You will receive no refund:

    1. If you give fewer than 2 weeks before your tour departure time.

    2. If you miss the tour departure (e.g. sleeping late, unexpected illness or injury, vehicle breakdowns, etc);

    3. If you do not turn up;

    4. If we have to cancel the booking because of client unsuitability due to age, ill-health, poor fitness, inappropriate physical size, intoxication, etc.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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tashauk from United Kingdom wrote on 09 February 2024

Excellent Day Out

Easy and stress free experience, guide was fun and informative. Beautiful scenery and loved the experience

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kaleyb from United States wrote on 02 February 2024

Amazing Experience

so grateful I went on this tour! Dan was great at teaching us how to properly navigate sea kayaking. I enjoyed learning about the culture in the area and the views were amazing! Highly recommend to anyone thinking of going!

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Sinead McDonald from Ireland wrote on 02 February 2024

Amazing morning tour

We had a great experience with Auckland sea kayaking. Our guide Daniel was knowledgeable and friendly and made the trip even better than we had anticipated. Would highly recommend this trip.

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Simon Vincent from New Zealand wrote on 03 April 2022

Motukorea magic

An amazing time out on the water. Our guide, Eric, from Auckland Sea Kayaks immediately made us feel comfortable and was full of great tips, knowledge and made the group feel included. The paddling itself was wonderful, and it was great to be on the water getting a different perspective of our city. Motukorea has an interesting history and the views were outstanding. I really recommend this trip - ourselves and our daughter, 15, absolutely loved the day. And the chocolate brownies a delicious bonus.

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Sandy Ewing from New Zealand wrote on 28 March 2022

Browns Island

Had a fantastic outing with Sea Kayaks... our guide was informative and conscious of everyone's safety the whole trip. The brownies were delish. Totally recommend this trip

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