Kayak Hire

For more adventurous and experienced paddlers, you can choose the freedom of venturing out on your own whilst paddling at your own pace.

Whangamata is home to the beautiful Whenuakura Island (also known as Donut Island). Because of the island’s geography, access is limited due to swell and wind conditions, and only kayaks or paddleboards can enter through the blow hole entrance. The island is one of the three included a The Wildlife Sanctuary and opens up into a beautiful pristine hidden lagoon which is rather out of this world.

Take a Freedom Hire for 2 hours and go off the coast and explore the Wild Life Santuary Whangamata Islands and Beach, to a secluded turquoise lagoon surrounded by native fauna and volcanic cliff rock.

Free your time to stop by and enjoy the hire.


  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Life Jacket
  • Dry bag


  • Sun Block
  • Hat
  • Bottle of water
  • Swimming clothes or wetsuit (Lycra shirt is ideal)


Easy to intermediate



We meet at the SURFSUP trailer at the end of Island View Road (beach access 14), 15 minutes before the tour. After payment and disclaimer are done, we will give you your gear and the tour will start! 



  • Previous Kayak experience necessary
  • Non-swimmers and without experience need to be guided
  • You must be over 18 years old to go unaccompanied
  • People with severe medical conditions should join a guided tour



Please observe that all tours and hires are weather dependent. As conditions can change on daily and even hourly basis, we request all customers to call before hand to confirm their bookings. We are not responsible for any inconvenience if tours have to be cancelled last minute due to weather conditions.

You will be automatically upgraded to a Semi Guided Tour for extra $20 per person if weather and ocean conditions don't fit the safe requirements for a Freedom hire: 

  • Waves: 2 - 3 feet or more
  • Wind: 15 mph or more·
  • Tide: Low

If you do not agree with the above terms, we will move you into one of our flat-water options:

  • White Bait River to Sea
  • Sunken Rock Journey


For bookings and availability click HERE.