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Auckland Yakity Yak Kayak Club

Yakity Yak Kayak Club

Yakity Yak Club

We are a friendly bunch of people who are always heading out on exciting paddling adventures, exploring this beautiful country of ours. 

We cater for all levels of experience from beginners to advanced. You don’t need your own kayak as you can hire one from us if you choose.

To join the club you must have a suitable level of skills. The best way to achieve this is to complete a Canoe & Kayak Sea Kayak Skills Course.  This covers paddle and rescue techniques, as well as theory on topics such as trip planning, equipment, weather etc. The course is suitable for complete beginners, but if you already have some skills, we will take those to the next level.

If you are not yet a club member but are keen to get involved just call in to the C&K shop at  2/20 Ascension Place (off Constellation Drive) Mairangi Bay, Auckland, Phone: 09 479 1002, Email:

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Beginners Trips -  there are trips suitable for beginners who have completed C&K's Sea Kayak Skills Course.  This is an ideal way for new paddlers to gain experience and fitness while under the watchful eye of experienced instructors.

Intermediate & Advanced trips - these trips run throughout the year and include destinations such as Tiritiri Matangi, Lake Waikaremoana, Motuihe, circumnaviation of Rangitoto, and anywhere else you would like to go.  We even have an annual trip overseas!

Evening Paddles during the summer months.  Meeting after work, we have dinner on a beach somewhere, often returning at dusk.

Surfing at Orewa during the summer months.  We take a trailer load of sit-on-tops, white-water kayaks and sea kayaks, and go and play for a couple of hours.  This is great fun and a great way to improve your skills.  If you haven't done this before we will show you how.

Intermediate Skills Courses include Weather,  Navigation,  Paddle Skills, Rescues & Towing.

Leader's Course - every year we run a Leader's Course for those who are keen to be involved.

Testimonials -

The Club is based on competence, great experiences, and the safety of paddling in a group. We frequently take day paddles to the beautiful Hauraki Gulf islands (open-water crossings which I wouldn't undertake on my own) - as well as multi-day trips in NZ and occasional international destinations.
Some basic training is a pre-requisite to joining trips and is an excellent investment. Instructors and trip leaders are properly qualified and sensitive to each person's ability and concerns.
I really enjoy this inclusive group of sea-kayakers of all ages, with whom I can extend my ability and fitness, visit new places, and make new friends

This was my first year sea kayaking, and what a great year it's been. I've discovered a passion for a new endeavour that satisfies, and challenges across a whole range of areas. The Yakity Yak Kayak Club has provided an opportunity for me to get involved with this great sport in an extremely safety conscious environment, and to see a lot of awesome natural areas of NZ I wouldn't have otherwise got to.

The Yakity Yak clubs have more group trips both day trips and multi-day trips than any other group in Auckland. Plus they are not competitive and cater for all skill levels. Everyone is there just to have a good time. If you like sea kayaking and the comfort and safety of paddling in a group you should join.

The course is very well organized and good value for money and worthwhile.  I would recommend it to anyone considering kayaking - you don't know what you don't know until exposed to this course.

I've taken many courses on all sorts of things but this is simply the best!  Such a clear and positive approach to all aspects of learning to kayak, with excellent instructors.

Loved the course!  Well taught and gives me the confidence to get out there and enjoy myself.