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Our Freedom Rentals hire service enables you to design your own self-guided tours, or perhaps you need just a few kayaks as part of a fun day out on the coast.

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Local Venues


The sheltered waters of Ngunguru Harbour and the historic Ngunguru River provide a range of options ideal for beginners, family and social groups. Explore the huge mangrove ecosystems or the iconic Ngunguru Sandspit, the history of Ngunguru River, or find your own beach for a great day out.

Ngunguru River


The white sands and lush forest backdrop at Matapouri estuary offers another picture-perfect kayaking setting when the tide is high. The mangrove ecosystem at Matapouri is one of the least polluted in the country, and the water temperatures on the incoming tide always a degree or two better than elsewhere; offering the most sheltered venue for swimming & snorkeling on the coast.



Tutukaka harbour offers a more rugged setting for self-guided groups, whilst still retaining some shelter from wind and swell.

Hire groups will find great snorkeling, fishing and picnic spots on both sides of the harbour, and the kayaking is great at any time of the tide. The short walk up to Tutukaka lighthouse is a must enroute, and is easily accessed from the twin coves at the base of Tutukaka Headland.


Whangarei Harbour

From Onerahi to Urquharts Bay there is a diverse range of paddling options. These include mangrove forests, marine reserves, islands and historical sites. Launching spots include Onerahi, Waikaraka, Tamaterau, Parua Bay, McLeods Bay, Taurikura and Urquharts Bay.

Whangarei Harbour

Pataua / Taiharuru Coastal Areas

Large estuaries at Pataua and Taiharuru flow out into some of Northland's finest coastline. Sandy bays, rocky headlands, reefs and channels abound. Great snorkeling and fishing opportunities.


Interested in any of the areas above? See our tour and expedition pages for guided tours of these and more regions.

Other Venues

For experienced kayakers in groups requiring equipment, there are numerous options for kayaking on the Pacific Coast, Bay of Islands or in one of the many Northland Harbours. Contact Us for details. Cavalli Islands

For all Rentals

It is essential that all persons in a self-guided group be water confident, with good outdoor skills, and that at least one person is experienced in managing risks at sea, and decision-making in dangerous sea conditions which can, and do, develop quickly!
  Half Day
(4 hours)
Full Days
(Max 8 hours)
Single Kayak $60 $80
double Kayak $80 $120
Special Offer
Older style kayaks
can be used for
  • Short Hires - Please contact us to negotiate a price
  • Multi-day Hires - Please also enquire about our special rates for multi-day hires during the off-peak period
  • Allow extra time for gear prep & safety briefing - not included as part of your hire period

All Hires includes safety briefing.

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All sea kayaks have two waterproof compartments and special dry bags are not necessary for most equipment. We recommend you pack your clothes, food, etc. into plastic bags before stowing in kayaks. Please consult our 'Equipment for Sea Kayaking' gear list for the recommended personal equipment you should bring.

Our Prices Include

  • Single or double sea kayaks, Buoyancy Aids, Spray skirts & paddles, repair kit, emergency flares, bailing pump, sponges, waterproof map, (delivered free to local venues).
  • Complete safety briefing
  • Trip planning and weather information

You Supply

  • Personal Kayaking equipment - See our recommended equipment list
  • First Aid kit, torch (if applicable)
  • Cellphone or radio for communications if required

Also Available

  • One way options
  • Camping and snorkeling equipment for hire
  • Dry Bag for cameras, cell phones and other electrical equipment
  • VHF radio and EPIRB may be available for hire

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Discounts for family group hire may be available.

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Kayak Pick-up / Drop-Off Service

For Hire groups in our local area (Onerahi / Paraua Bay) we deliver equipment to you free of charge.

We can also help organize one-way journeys for more experienced groups.

For both Freedom Rentals and Guided Tours organising one-way itineraries, the following prices apply (per group) for equipment delivery or pick-up from strategic locations along the coast:

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  Price Per Group
Onerahi Free
Parua Bay / McLeods Bay $20
Urquarts Bay / Pataua $40
Ngungunru / Tutukaka / Wellington's Bay $50
Matapouri / Wooleys Bay / Sandy Bay $60
Whananaki / Otiamuri / Rochells Bay $70
Teal Bay / Helena Bay $70
Oakura $80
Taupiri Bay / Elliots Bay $100
Rawhiti $110
Matauri Bay $120
Whangaroa $130

Please ask us for a quote / estimate for other locations further north.

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As with all outdoor and water activities, kayaking has inherent risks. People renting kayaks should be reasonably fit, familiar with the outdoors, and their planned journey. Every group must be led by an experienced outdoors person who is able to manage risks and emergency situations at sea. If you are an inexperienced group or have little knowledge of the area, consider hiring a guide for part or all of your trip.

Read our safety page for more information

Safe travels!
We look forward to being of service.


Operations Management
Pacific Coast Kayaks Ltd.
Tutukaka, Whangarei

Mark Garry
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