Auckland Sea Kayaks: Unofficial custodians of the Waitamata Harbour

Passionate people are powerful!

Welcome to the Auckland Sea Kayaks Newsletter. Even though it is technically Autumn we are still experiencing stunning days and evenings.  

Auckland Sea Kayaks has had a very positive summer season and this is credit to the passion of our guides and clients and their love for our area. We have had a solid increase in the number of multi-day tours and our Sunset tour to Rangitoto was named an 'Auckland Must Do' by the Lonely Planet Travel guides and Auckland Tourism.   

Over the years Auckland Sea Kayaks have been paddling around the inner reaches of the Hauraki Gulf on an almost daily basis. We have been fortunate enough to meet some very passionate people that dedicate their lives to this amazing area and to ensure there is a legacy to pass on to the next generation. John Lawrence, the chair of the Motuihe Trust is one of these amazing people. The trust aims to restore, enhance and protect the island’s native plants and animals, as well as its significant Maori and European historic sites. John is also steering the re-establishment of the mussel beds in the Waitamata Harbor. It is hope the re-established mussel beds will drastically improve water quality and provide habitat for fish and other marine species. Find out more here.  Passionate people are powerful and propel projects forward.

Ka kite ano,
Nic Mead
Auckland weather as described in early 1853: "In all seasons, the beauty of the day is in the early morning. At that time, generally, a solemn stillness holds, and a perfect calm prevails..."  William, Smith Elder, 1853.
Paddle with us this winter and see why every season is wonderful. 
Did you know!
The name Waitamata is from the Māori language, with Wai te Mataa referring to obsidian glass. The 'sparkling waters' (a later translation of the meaning) of the harbour were said to glint like the volcanic glass prized by these early arrivals to the harbour. 
Auckland Sea Kayaks is proud to announce that we are rated the #1 Adventure Activity in Auckland. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way.
We have had some sensational exposure in New Zealand's largest daily and weekly newspapers with features in New Zealand Herald, Sunday Star Times and the Christchurch Press. Click HERE to view the articles.
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Valuing Nature: Priceless
Valuing nature: not the same thing as pricing it, as TEEB’s Pavan Sukhdev said repeatedly last week as keynote speech at Wellington’s “Valuing Nature” conference. Price is what you pay, or are willing to pay, he said. Value is what you receive – which may take many forms, and a “valuing nature”methodology should encompass all of them. - Click HERE to read more.
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We at ASK  love receiving positive feedback. Here are some of the latest comments:
  • “One of the best activities I have ever done, guide was fantastic providing lots of knowledge about the area on the way across.”
  • “Hugely recommended, we will certainly do it again!!”
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