Matauri Bay & Cavalli Islands

Easter weekend 9-13 April.

Leader is Ian Cheeseman

Meet at Matauri Bay campground evening of Thursday 9th April or Friday morning 10th April

We will organize trips each morning depending on weather and available trip leaders with the aim of covering various distances. It is only 3km across to Cavilli Islands or we can go along the coastline depending on conditions.

You will need to book your own campsite at Matauri Bay Holiday Park  Ph: 09 405 0525 
Book early as it is Easter the campground will likely be full.

Suitable for intermediate paddlers.  The distances are not great, but the conditions can be challenging if there is even the smallest of swells.  You must take your helmet if you are intending getting anywhere near the rocks - and if you aren't, there is not much point in going!  Helmets can be hired from C&K if you don't have your own.  Matauri Bay is also a surf beach, though if the surf is too big on the main beach we can go around the corner where it is more protected and usually flatter (though rockier). 

The Cavalli Islands are one of New Zealand's premier sea kayaking destinations with a number of small islands scattered in the area and plenty of places to explore. There is wonderful rock gardening with a multitude of caves and tunnels in the area.  There are also some walking tracks.  The islands are full of kiwi and other protected species.

Mention Yakity Yak Kayak Club when you make your booking at Matauri Bay and choose a campsite number in the 40’s and 50’s and the group should be reasonably close together. 

Getting there - Head north on SH1, turn right onto SH10, turn right onto Matauri Bay Rd, turn right to stay on Matauri Bay Rd, continue onto Tapui Rd. Approx four hours drive from Auckland city.

Kayak and usual safety gear.
Camping gear, and any extra comforts from home you are prepared to leave in your car during the day.
The snorkeling and diving in the area is meant to be good.
Take helmet 
There will be at least one PLB on the trip.  If you have one, please take it with you.
You will need to take all your food and the means to cook it.  The campsite has good facilities including a small store but it is expensive.  

If you need to hire a kayak, please contact Greg at  The trailer is not going but there may be the possibility of a kayak being transported for you, depending on who else is going.

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