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Island Kayaks & Bay Beach Hire
On the beach in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand


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+64 9 402 6078


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  Welcome to Paihia

Kayaking group on beach
One of our kayaking tours taking some time to relax on the beach.
At Bay Beach Hire in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, we specialise in sea kayak tours and rentals. We supply you with the leading kayaks and safety equipment available on todays market. Our fleet is made up of single and double sea kayaks all of which have been selected for their comfort, stability, sea worthiness and performance.

We are situated on the main beach in Paihia, in the heart of the Bay of Islands.

Freedom Sea Kayak Rentals, the Bay of Islands offers some of the best sea kayaking in New Zealand, for those who want to explore the islands for two or more days we supply all safety equipment and secure parking. See our beach hire page for further information.

We also have sit-on-top sea kayaks for rental, these can be used by anyone, regardless of age or experience.


Kayaking tours



Half Day Guided Kayak Tour

Kayaking group in the mangrove forest
Kayaking through the mangrove forest.

Skilled and knowledgable guides will familiarise you with paddling techniques and equipment, all at you own pace. They will then lead you on a tailormade tour exploring islands, mangroves, rock gardens, historical sites while providing information on the history about the Bay of Islands and native wildlife that inhabit it. There is always a chance to catch a glimpse of Dolphines, Blue Penguins and occasionally Orcas.

A morning or afternoon tea stop is taken along the way where you can take advantage of the snorkel gear and fishing lines we supply free of charge.

Departs: Morning and afternoon
Minimum: 2 people
Price: NZ$69 per person

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Waterfalls fish & chips combo!

Standing in the vineyard
Shippey's fish 'n' chips!

Come join us for an unforgettable experience as we paddle our way up the Waitangi River, bound for Haruru Falls.
You will have the opportunity to test your skills paddling under the waterfall! Or kick back and relax and listen to the roar of Haruru Falls.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Mangrove Forest
  • Haruru Falls
  • Fish & Chips on return
  • Great Photo Opportunities
  • Unique Bird & Wildlife Sightings

Departs: Late afternoon
Minimum: 2 people
Price: NZ$59 per person

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Outer Island Kayak Adventure

Kayaking on the ocean
Kayaking out in perfect conditions during the outer island adventure.

Freedom overnight kayak hire. Taste adventure - DIY overnight on the island of Urupukapuka. 17 km from Paihia. Early start is recommended, medium fitness required, this can be a 5 hours paddle with 2 islands stops. 3 camp sites available plus cabin hire.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Crystal clear and unspoiled waters.
  • Abundence of wildlife, more than often including dolphins and penguins.
  • Relax, snorkel or swim in secluded bays.
  • Fantastic fishing.
  • One of New Zealand's best kayak adventures.

Price: NZ$110 single kayak, NZ$170 double kayak. 1 night and 2 days trip, every extra day : single NZ$55, double NZ$85. All safety gear included.

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Sunset paddle to Toretore Island

Kayaking group in the mangrove forest
Kayaking through the mangrove forest.


Time for a sundowner! A fun, sunset paddle across the bay, towards Te Whapu where we beach ourselves and take a short walk to the top of Toretore. Here we will overlook the bay for a gorgeous sunset, with refreshments..

  • Bush Walk
  • Island Stops
  • Stunning Views
  • Sunset
  • Refreshments
  • Great photo opportunities & wildlife sightings

Departs: Afternoon
Minimum: 2 people
Price: NZ$57 per person

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Custom Tours


We also cater for group bookings, corporate, schools, seniors, etc. Please contact us.



What to bring

  • Sun protection
  • Drinking water
  • Suitable footwear
  • Provisions for Outer Island Adventure
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel (even if you don't plan on swimming)
  • Change of Clothes (dry bags are provided)
  • Camera
Weather: We cannot always guarantee good weather, so sometimes we need to postpone trips for your safety. A full refund is given if you are unable to reschedule your trip. For all other cancellations 24hrs is required before a refund is given.

Please remember : No Open Fires on the islands.


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