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Whenuakura Island Deluxe Guided Kayak Tour - Surfsup Whangamata

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Experience the magic of Whenuakura (Donut) Island as you paddle through the entrance and into the stunning turquoise lagoon!

Experience the magic of Whenuakura (Donut) Island as you paddle through the entrance and into the stunning turquoise lagoon!

Highlights

  • Experience a guided kayak tour through the stunning Whenuakura Island (Donut Island)
  • Learn about the Whangamata Wild Life Sanctuary
  • Stop off at Hauturu Island for an authentic Kawakawa tea
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides
  • Suitable for beginner to confident kayakers

Join our experienced guides on a kayaking adventure that will take you into the stunning Whenuakura Island or Donut Island.

After a safety briefing, you will paddle from the beach approximately 30 minutes to a cave-like entrance that opens up into a beautiful lagoon surrounded by native fauna in the centre of the island.

Enjoy the views of unspoiled nature from your kayak as the island is a Wild Life Sanctuary that is off-limits to people landing on it.

We then head towards Hauturu Island to enjoy a cup of Kawakawa tea and visit some more locations of interest before heading back to shore. Your guide will be on hand to share their local knowledge and ensure the safety of all participants.

Adult $105.00 (15 years and over)
Kid $60.00 (4-14 years old)
Family of 4 $280.00 (2 Adults + 2 Kids)
Family of 3 $230.00 (2 Adults + 1 Kid)

What's included

  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Local Guide
  • Life Jacket
  • Dry Bag
  • Wetsuit
  • Kawakawa Tea

Duration

  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Please meet at our beach reserve on Island View Road, Whangamata, by beach access 14.
  • Whangamata is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Tauranga and a 1.45-min drive from Coromandel Township.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age: 4
  • Please be aware of the risk of capsizing during this activity.

    If you are not confident in the water please give us a call for further details and other options.

    All tours are weather dependent.

    Customers must be aware that there is a risk of capsizing and that they are confident to handle ocean conditions with the help of the guide.

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.

Notes

  • All tours are weather dependent for safety. Conditions can change on a daily and even hourly basis we request all customers to call beforehand to confirm their bookings.We are not responsible for any inconvenience if tours have to be cancelled last minute due to weather conditions.

    No refunds will apply if a customer cancellation is made within 48 hours of arrival day.

  • Getting Here: Whangamata is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Tauranga and a 1.45-min drive from Coromandel Township.

    Family Pass: Full value price based on purchasing tickets separately - discounts are shown from this rate.

Available Bookings from 4 Mar to 17 Mar 2024

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  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$84.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$105.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

  • Adult$72.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Kid$60.00
  • Family of 4$241.00
  • Family of 3$206.00

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Yumi Miyake from New Zealand wrote on 25 February 2022

Fantastic!

Whenuakura island was adventurous and spiritual place! I really enjoyed kayaking in one of the most beautiful beach and islands,swimming and talking to other lovely people.Kawabata tea made me so relax and warm up after swimming in the secret island:) The guide was very friendly and had a lot of knowledge and super handsome!haha I can’t wait to visit them again! Thank you so much;)

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From Whenuakura Island Deluxe Guided Kayak Tour - Surfsup Whangamata

Hi Yumi! Thanks for taking the time to review us! We appreciate your support. Kind regards, Surfsup team

Tim from New Zealand wrote on 24 December 2021

very good

a must do in the area

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Hi there! Thank you so much for reviewing us. We appreciate your time and support. Kind regards, Surfsup team

Jiayu HUAN from New Zealand wrote on 03 March 2024

Heartfelt Thanks and Appreciation

We were profoundly impressed by the scenic beauty, especially the mesmerizing experience as we entered the "tunnel" and reached the heart of the "donut." The Kawakawa tea, thoughtfully prepared by Jim, was a delightful addition to the experience. However, what truly set this experience apart was the invaluable assistance provided by our guides, Jim and Elliott. They enriched our journey with extensive information about the islands, guided us expertly, prepared refreshments, took memorable photos, and even gave us tow assistance! My mother, who is over 70 years old, and I shared one kayak, while my wife and daughter were in another. Both Jim and Elliott provided tow assistance, significantly easing our journey. On our return to the departure point, my mother and I unfortunately fell over/capsized due to the waves and our lack of experience. Jim promptly came to our rescue, efficiently pulling my mother out of the water, a job not easily accomplished with an elderly person in the ocean. His swift action was truly lifesaving. We are equally grateful for Elliott's assistance to my wife and daughter. Facing strong winds and waves, they struggled to paddle back. Elliott, after ensuring the safety of the other tour members and coordinating with Jim, towed them back to shore. Their kayak also fell over near the shore, but thanks to Elliott's help and the shallow water, the situation was managed more easily than ours. Despite the unexpected challenges, thanks to the full support and guidance from Jim and Elliott, we were able to safely enjoy the beautiful islands and have a truly unique experience. We are profoundly grateful to Jim and Elliott for their kindness and professionalism. Best regards, Jerry

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elainel8 from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2024

only 5 mins in the donut island,

In the hollow of the island, there was only five minutes, no landing, no time to appreciate. Once inside, it was basically a quick turnaround, asking the people behind to hurry up. Such an itinerary arrangement, apart from the kayaking itself, leaves no time to enjoy the scenery. The remaining time is spent drifting on the sea, waiting for the rest of the team. We queue up, enter the cave, turn around, and come right back out.

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From Whenuakura Island Deluxe Guided Kayak Tour - Surfsup Whangamata

Hi Elaine! Thanks for taking the time to review our services. At times, inside the cave can be rough with waves breaking and strong currents pulling kayaks towards rocks. During days like these the time inside the cave is reduced to minimize risks. Also landing inside Whenuakura Island is not allowed in order to preserve the natural status of the island. Kind regards, SurfSup team

Janet Tipping from United Kingdom wrote on 24 February 2024

Kayak trip

Friendly informative guides. Kayaked out to the doughnut Island . Unfortunately got to see very little inside the sanctuary as we were told to spin our canoe before we had even reached the middle and could only really see the roof of the cave .

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Hi there! During certain moments and conditions, paddling all the way to the middle of the lagoon can be a challenge due to low tide and waves. As the tunnel is the deepest part of the island, we at times keep customers there to avoid being pushed against rocks. Thanks for joining us! SurfSup team

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