Labour Weekend 26-28 October. Leader is Russell
No need to join the queues of traffic leaving the city, enjoy a weekend of relaxed local and island trips in and around Mahurangi that will be planned for all levels of paddler, including beginners. For those wanting a shorter weekend, you are welcome to join the group for all or part of the weekend, or just for a day if you wish. This is a great spot for a base to explore the Mahurangi Harbour and further. Please register even if you are just going for one day.
This is an excellent weekend for those who are new to kayak camping and would like some assistance with packing your kayak, and/or setting up your camp. There will be a variety of trips depending on conditions and what people want to do.
Hire kayaks are available and the trailer will be going if necessary.
The paddle to Te Muri is an easy 15 minutes south of Sullivan’s Bay. Access to this campsite is only by foot (at low tide), or water, so it is never crowded. There are long drop toilets and a clean water supply. For emergency access only, Hungry Creek Road (near Puhoi) goes right through to the farmhouse overlooking the campsite, but crosses private land.
Please make your own campsite bookings with Auckland Council, ph 09 301 0101, or online here...
$9 per adult per night. Because there is limited parking at Sullivan's please try to car pool as much as possible. Otherwise there is some parking up on the road outside the gate, or at Wenderholme which is just south of Te Muri.
Depending on the winds, the tides and the paddlers, trips will be arranged to explore the Mahurangi, circumnavigate Moturoa and Moturekareka, and for the more adventurous, Kawau Island.
If you would like some company for the paddle to Te Muri meet at 9am on Saturday morning, or make your own way there at any other time.
A suggested camping gear list is available by email from the shop, just contact us and ask for it firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need to take the usual kayaking safety gear, full camping equipment, all of your food and a means to cook it. If there is any swell and you are planning on rock gardening or surfing, please take (and wear) your helmet where appropriate. If you don't have your own, you can hire one from C&K.
Meet at Sullivan's Bay at 9am on Saturday 26 October.
– head north on the motorway, 5km past the tunnel there is a sign to Mahurangi West, turn right and travel for about 5km. The road then bends to the left and there is a road which branches off to the right. Take the road to the right and follow it to the beach. This is Sullivan’s Bay (aka Otarawao Bay on Google Earth). After loading your kayak, paddle south. Te Muri is the next bay along. After setting up camp we will be going for a paddle, or fishing, or relaxing.
This trip is suitable for beginners plus - distances will vary from 10km - 20km, or even 40km for those who are energetic and want to go around Kawau!
As we may be visiting Moturoa, Moturekareka, and/or Motuketekete
Islands, note that these are Pest free Islands
– please be responsible and ensure that kayaks and gear are checked for pests – rodents, Argentine ants, Rainbow skinks, seeds - details here...
Click here to register online...