Browns Island

Leader is Pauline. Distance 12 km return, this trip is suitable for beginners. 

Meet at the concrete boat ramp in St Heliers (end of Goldie Street) at 10am for 10.30am departure.  Head out to Browns Island, climb to the top for lunch, then continue around the island before heading back home. Return to shore by about 2.30pm. Optional coffee or ice-cream on the beach after kayaks are back on the cars.

The view from the top of the island is spectacular.  The walk to the top is short but steep, about 10 minutes, and footwear with reasonable grip is needed (most kayak shoes ok, jandals not recommended).  Recommend you bring a bag to put your lunch & warm gear in as having ‘free hands’ helps on the hill. 

Bring lunch and water as there is nothing on the island. There are toilets at St Heliers, and nice bushes at the beach on the island. 

Hire kayaks are available. You need to contact the shop directly to organise to pick up and return the kayak yourself – the trailer is not going. 

Browns Island is one of the ‘Treasure Island’ of the Hauraki Gulf, so help keep it pest-free:


  • Check - your gear for pests, eg. rodents, insects, skinks
  • Clean - footwear and gear, removing soil and seeds
  • Seal - ensure your gear is zipped up (no open bags)


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