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Want to Sea Kayak in NZ? This World Class Mini Kayaking Adventure Blew My Mind...


I just returned from a mini sea kayak adventure in the Coromandel, NZ. 6 hours of un-fricken-believable beauty.

Every summer I grab a bunch of mates and head to the coromandel to immerse myself in it's white sand beaches and mind blowing scenery - but always in the past, that has been from land...

Seeing this spectacular part of NZ by sea kayak took it to a whole new level.

Leaving For our Kayaking Trip from Hahei Beach

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Just to set you up with a taste of what's to come, the departure point for this kayaing trip is Hahei Beach. A perfect strip of white sand being lapped at by a sparkling blue ocean. And just to add a sprikle of extra-awesomeness, your view out to the water is dotted with islands dressed in dense green forest. For a chick who grew up in a land locked country (Zimbabwe) this is as heavely as it gets!

...And one of the best things about hitting the water in your kayak is how bad arse you feel. Like an explorer going on a mean little adventure...

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Kayaking to Coromandels Outer Islands

So once you leave Hahei beach, I'd suggest hitting the outer islands. If you're kayaing alone without a guide, make sure you check weather and wind conditions and take all safety precautions. I'd probably only recommend this if you have a bit of experience kayaking. If you are going with a guide then make sure you ask to go to the outer islands and see which adventures include trips out that way. A lot of people only go to Cathederal Cove and although this is amaze-balls you'll be missing out if you just go there!

It's just a quick +/- 30 minutes to kayak out to the first of the islands. Out there, the water is even clearer than at Hahei Beach and full of bright coloured seaweed, sting rays, kina (a spikey sea urchin endemic to New Zealand). You're also completely away from any other people (other than your kayaking group). You'll have a grin on your face that just will not dissappear.

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The outer islands are a combination of green forest, sheer cliffs and big boulder beaches... The water around them is crystal clear. Perfection.

They're also dotted with caves and arches to kayak through...

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...And if you're lucky you might get to share your trip with a handsome guide ;) hehe

and when you're planning your sea kayak trip in the Coromandel - make sure you ask the guides to go here too....

The Most Beautiful Spot You Could Ever Sea Kayak to...

This spot was a bit of a surprise. My guide played it cool - acted like we weren't going anywhere special (or more special than everywhere else we'd already been!) - and then BOOM... we're kayaking in a tunnel...

All I could see was a light at the other side and some clear water shimmering in the distance...

And then we came through to the other side...

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A secret beach, hidden from the world, surrounded by sheer cliffs - and accessible only by kayak through that one tunnell.

Created by a collapsed blowhole, this spot took my breath away and even brought tears to my eyes. I'm not sure I've ever been in such a beautiful place. In that moment, I felt like the luckiest person in the world.

The photos do not to it any justice. Theres no way you could capture this place without going there and experiencing it yourself.

This is your view looking upwards...

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So when you are planning your sea kayaking trip in the Coromandel - this is another spot to let your guides know you want to visit!

And if perfect beaches, clear waters and collapsed blow holes weren't enough, there are also freaking cliffs to climb and jump off...

Get Your Heart Racing With These Spectacular Cliff Jumps

In my world there's not alot that beats jumping off high things into clear waters... So when I spotted this cliff diving opportunity, my heart almost jumped out of my body with excitement!

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Clear water, easy to climb cliff, spectacular views - how could I say no?

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If you enjoy getting your heart racing by leaping off high things - make sure you show these pictures to your sea kayaking guide - They will know the area and be able to take you to the spot... Just make sure you talk to them about it before hand so the trip can be planned :)


Make Your Way to Stingray Bay and Cathederal Cove

After exploring the outer islands, collapsed blow hole and cliff diving spots, we turned around and began our kayak trip to Stringray bay and Cathederal cove. When many people think of sea kayak nz, this is one of the spots that usually comes to mind... and for good reason - it's beauty is post card perfect.


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Hop Off Your Kayak and Explore The Beaches

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The Bomb Spot!

So my obsession with jumping off cliffs went to the next level on this trip. How can you beat climbing a sheer rock face and leaping into the turqoise ocean below? When looking out to the islands, this paddle was about an hour to the left of Hahei beach... show your guides and if you give them a sweet smile, they'll be able to take you to a wicked spot just like it!

The cliffs were actually really easy to climb if you have average to good muscle strength - lots of hand holds and places to put your feet. You gotta give this cliff jump a go!

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