This has to be one of the best trips we have ever done and those that came last time will remember just how beautiful and varied the paddling options were, and just how lucky we were with the weather. It's been on our to do list again for quite some time so let's hope the weather is on our side again. This time we will hopefully have 5 days of paddling (with 2 days allocated for the long drive there and back - its about a 6-7 hour drive to get there from Tauranga)
Basing ourselves at Tauranga Bay we will have the opportunity to paddle pretty much from our doorstep along the coastline and in to Whangaroa Harbour. This amazing, sheltered harbour is spectacular in itself and beyond the narrow entrance lies the most incredible 'North Head'. Simply the best coastline for caves, within caves, within caves to explore. So we'll spend a couple of days exploring both the harbour and the coastline beyond.
From our base in Tauranga Bay we'll then drive 15 minutes to Matuari Bay and paddle out to the Cavalli Islands and explore the beautiful rock formations and caves of this idyllic spot. We'll stop on one of the beaches and climb up for the most magnificent view.
Our final days' of paddling will all depend on the weather and will either by out to Moturoa Islands (or the Black Rocks as they're known) to explore and keep an eye out for dolphins. If the weather isn't suitable we'll head inland up the Waitangi River to the stunning Haruru Falls.
The plan is obviously quite rough at the moment and could change to some degree but hopefully we can stay at the same accommodation in Whangaroa we did last time, which had a selection of rooms and space for the van/trailer.
If you are interested please book now. Space will be limited to Max 20. The van this time only has the capacity to take 8 people (including the driver) so space will be given to those on a first come first serve basis. Others will either need to car pool or drive themselves there.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. All attendees need to be current club members and have completed a skills course.
To whet your appetite here's the video of our trip last time: