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Ohiwa Explorer Guided Tour
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Ohiwa Explorer Guided Tour

By KG Kayaks - Guided Tours
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
We offer personalised tours with local guides who understand and appreciate the history and ecology of this beautiful natural harbour. We share stories of the land and sea and offer you the opportunity to participate in pest species control to help protect New Zealand's natural flora and fauna. Photographs are taken by our guides and supplied to you by email, free of charge.

Ages 1-117, max of 8 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • KG Kayaks, Kayak Tours, Bay of Plenty,, 93 Kutarere Wharf Road, Kutarere 3198, New Zealand
    We meet many clients at our base, but when you book, we will text or email you the exact location to meet at . This varies according to weather conditions and tide times as we always seek to finish with a tail wind when possible ! Your safety and comfort are our priorities.
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    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 207815P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 207815P1

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    • 93 Kutarere Wharf Road, Kutarere 3198, New Zealand
      We meet many clients at our base, but when you book, we will text or email you the exact location to meet at . This varies according to weather conditions and tide times as we always seek to finish with a tail wind when possible ! Your safety and comfort are our priorities.
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      Ohiwa Harbour is a natural inlet on the Bay of Plenty coast. It’s a unique natural environment with a fascinating history of both Māori and European settlement and activity. Our two and a half hour guided tours offer you an insight into this beautiful harbour and its many islands and teh chance to participate in pest species control, thereby contributing to the health and well being of the local flora and fauna.
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    • KG Kayaks - Guided Tours
      167
      Whakatāne, New Zealand
      Joined in December 2009
    • Sunshine12665956609
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Birthday surprise with friends kayaking at whale island!
      Fabulous adventure to whale island - kayaking. Friendly professional skipper and guide. Super good vibe- nature gave us a glimpse of seals, dolphins rays and a variety of bird life. We had so much fun!
      Written 21 February 2024
    • FindingMySoul
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Day To Remember
      What a fantastic experience today's kayaking at Whale Island was. This was my second time kayaking with Kenny; he is an excellent teacher and inspires confidence in an occasional kayaker like me. He and Barry, the catamaran skipper, are a great team and they ensured a fun packed out on the water. What a privilege to see seals, dolphins, rays, a variety of seabirds, and to kiwi footprints in the sand, as well as the natural beauty of the island itself. Dipping our toes in a hot pool on the beach, created by Barry, added to the adventure. Today was worth every dollar, and I'll definitely do the trip again soon. Thank you very much Kenny and Barry, and thanks too to Kenny's wife for the yummy lemon drizzle cake.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • Richelle_f75
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do!!!
      Wonderful day! Kenny & Barry are great fun, knowledgeable and super helpful teaching us kayaking and about Moutuhora. I will be back with my family - so lucky to have this adventure in our own back yard! Seals, dolphins and kiwi footprints, kayaking and hotwater swim - thank you so so much ♥️
      Written 19 February 2024
    • JRWell
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great family trip
      The family had a great time kayaking. Kenny was great, the morning tea was well received and the spoonbills were a treat!
      Written 26 January 2024
    • WahineMouPotae
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Undiscovered Gem in the Whakatane area
      Kenny's knowledge and experience opened up that gem and our group were swept away with the beauty of it all. Now we know why seals extend their flippers out of the water LOL. My thanks to Barry - Skipper for giving a future career pathway in piloting catamarans to my 10yr old son. Highly recommend this excursion to Kayakers and Nature-lovers!!
      Written 15 January 2024
    • Scenic61534826901
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great fun!
      Great fun trip to Whale Island! A beautiful spot. The catamaran was cool. Not too crowded either, a good number of people for the space and the whole trip. Loved the friendly and laid back atmosphere. Kenny also took lots of awesome photos and posted them through email afterwards the very next day! A trip I would definitely do again. (-:
      Written 10 January 2024
    • Wander15338019286
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally worth the wait :)
      We tried to book this trip to Moutohora with Kenny and his team a few years ago but the weather hadn't been kind so we had to postpone. This time we booked last minute and it was perfect weather and so was the experience. The whole day was awesome. Great friendly and knowledgeble crew, a fabulous catamaran for the trip and the kayak experience by Kenny was sensational. Lots to enjoy, plenty of birdlife and sea life on the rocks. Stopped at a stunning beach and had a long swim and the KG team dug a hot spa in the sand for us which was wonderful. Kenny took three of us for a short excursion on the beach where we saw local Kiwi bird tracks in the sand from the night before. Then back in the kayaks to see seals playing in the sea near our boats and their pups on the rocks. Finally a serene sail back to shore. Thanks Kenny and the team for great day and to the people we travelled with who were awesome too, this trip was totally worth the wait, highly recommended !
      Written 9 January 2024
    • StefanSwimming
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing 👏
      Amazing trip with KG Kyaks to Whale Island. Sailed across and had plenty of time to explore on our kyaks Great knowledge from Kenny with wild life and history of the Island Food provided was great especially the Rhubarb cake and coffee. Thanks to Lizzy for the cake. Barry Sailed us back to make a perfect end to the day.
      Written 20 March 2023
    • caseydavislamb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Friendly and fun!
      We did a freedom kayak but we were well set up with a map and route where we would see the best wee views and potentially see some marine life! Was such a cool experience. These guys were great at helping us get into the water, and super easy to deal with. Wicked area, wicked people. Thanks so much
      Written 5 March 2021
    • FlowAngels
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unforgettable experience in paradise!
      We loved the freedom kayaking! The Ohiwa Harbour is a real paradise and with the extensive knowledge and assistance of Kenny and his team, it was an unforgettable experience both times! We'll be back, for sure! :)
      Written 1 February 2021
    • likilanz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended
      We throughly enjoyed our kayak today with our three young kids, very informative and helpful from the onset telephone enquiry all the way through to the end, highly recommend!!
      Written 19 December 2020
    • J5583IOrachaelw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Kayaking on the North Island
      Couldn’t recommend this highly enough! We did a freedom kayak with our two kids (7 & 8) which was perfect - saw some great wildlife and for great views of the volcano. Kenny was exceptionally helpful...if you’re in the area give him a call and lend your support!
      Written 4 June 2020
    • anti-rsm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sailing and Sea Kayaking
      It was terrific, the Katamaran was amazing and Barry and Helen did a great Job making our trip unforgettable!!!
      Written 2 March 2020
    • Brett P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect day kayaking around Moutohora/Whale Island
      We had a perfect day with Helen and Barry kayaking around Whale Island on 25 January. Perfect weather and sea conditions, perfect hosts, perfect home baking, and perfect opportunities to explore the sea life, shore life and Sulphur Bay. Highly recommended.
      Written 27 January 2020
    • 1997alannajo
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Whale Island Kayak trip ❤️
      The whole day was just truly amazing, from the trip to the island on a catamaran with a background of the island from Helen, to kitting up and kayaking around the island seeing several wildlife including seals and many birds, once we returned to the boat a quick swim and amazing muffins and brownies baked by Helen to finish. I highly recommend this fantastic friendly trip, one of my highlights while visiting NZ from the UK A massive thank you to Helen and Barry for such an amazing day :)
      Written 12 January 2020
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    Carrie V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Friends
    My friend and I had a fantastic kayak tour of Ohiwa. Kenny went at our pace and we still saw lots, he’s very knowledgeable about the history and wildlife of the area. I’m a birdwatcher and saw lots of good birds! Can’t wait to go again!
    Written 30 March 2023
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    Hi Carrie - it was great to be out on the water with you both. Enjoyed the wide ranging discussion and the chance to share some of beautiful Ohiwa Harbour with you. Hope to see you back one day! Happy travels. Sorry it took so long to reply, but Trip Advisor made some log in changes that made a response difficult.
    Written 6 April 2023
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    BOB F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Couples
    Had a thoroughly enjoyable day on the water consisting of a trip to Whale Island on a catamaran followed by several hours of kayaking. Saw a variety of wildlife including a school of dolphins, fur seals, eagle rays and a number of garnets plunging into the sea from high in the sky. Organizer Kenny did a wonderful job of organizing the day and acting as tour guide.
    Written 21 February 2020
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    Thank you for taking time to review your experience. Its always great to have enthusiastic clients like yourselves on the trip, appreciative of the special status of Moutohorā / Whale Island and keen to learn more about our local environment. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Best wishes Kenny and KG team
    Written 22 February 2020
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    Andy K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    Excellent ! Perfect start into a beautiful Sunday.We were a group of nine and had a few beginners with us.
    Kenny is very experienced, knowledgeable and fun!
    We all loved this trip, the stingrays in the harbour and of course the lovely cake baked by his wife!
    Highly recommended! We will be back! Many thanks, Andy
    Written 13 December 2022
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    What a fabulous group your were ! And how lucky we had a break in the weather to get you out there. Unfortunately we didn't have the orca encounter you were all hoping for - come early next time ! However the abundant rays more than made up for it. Travel well and enjoy your journey through NZ
    Written 14 December 2022
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    We had a great morning with Helen, and were lucky to get in a quick trip before the rain came. We were filming mussel restoration stations as part of a virtual field trip for schoolkids and could not have captured the footage without KG Kayaks. Thank you for being so accommodating and flexible!
    Written 12 March 2020
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    Thanks for taking time to post feedback. Glad it all worked out and you got the footage required. Ohiwa is a very special place and your efforts to share knowledge about this valuable resource are a step forward. Best wishes
    Written 2 May 2020
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    Nora T
    London9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    Really glad we had the chance to do this. A special thanks to our guide Helen and our skipper Barry for the great time. We learned many interesting facts about the Whakatane area and the island, and enjoyed the company of fur seals and birds. It was our second day in New Zealand, and an it was an unforgettable one.
    Written 16 March 2020
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    Thank you for taking time to post a review, which is always appreciated. I hope you managed to enjoy NZ before the lockdown/ pandemic became everyone's priority. All the best -
    Written 2 May 2020
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    Miriam F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    Kenny was a great friendly guide on the beautiful Ohiwa Harbour. The muffins were beautiful too!! Easy single or double sit-on kayaks available. Recommend this trip.
    Thanks Kenny.
    Pete and Miriam
    Written 11 October 2021
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    Thoroughly enjoyed your company and enthusiasm Pete and Miriam. An absolute pleasure to be out there with you. Will pass on your comments to the baker ! All the best Kenny
    Written 12 October 2021
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    Natalia S
    Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Couples
    My family and I spent a glorious Sunday on the beautiful catamaran, then kayaking around Moutohora island off Whakatāne. Kenny is enthusiastic, kind and knowledgeable about the island and surrounds. We would highly recommend this tour.
    Written 20 April 2022
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    NZLawProf
    Dunedin, New Zealand47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    We had a fantastic Labour Weekend experience kayaking in the beautiful Ohiwa Harbour today. Helen was our guide and Kenny the organiser and facilitator: Helen is fantastic with children and new paddlers alike. She was very patient, kind and knowledgable; able to anticipate our needs and adjust plans on the water according to the conditions and the tiredness factor of youngest paddler. Morning tea was excellent! This kayaking experience is suitable for virtually everyone. Our daughter is 8 and a first-time paddler; I am an out-of-shape non-exercising working mum and first-time paddler and my oldest son is 21, pretty fit and has paddled several times: really diverse set of abilities but we all had a great day on the water. The location is stunning and the people are really fantastic. Don't hesitate - give this a go. This was a really enjoyable and memorable day. Tip: don't forget to apply sunscreen to ALL exposed areas including ankles and feet! Snug sunhat and sunglasses also highly recommended as this area is big on sunshine.
    Written 24 October 2020
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    Kiwiscot3
    Hamilton, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We had a fantastic day with Kenny and Barry last week on our trip out to Whale Island. The kayaking was superb with clear waters, stunning scenery, seals, seabirds and fish all part of our day, not to forget the walk, swimming in the warm waters and jumping of the boat topped of by morning tea and Barry allowing our son to sail the Catamaran. Highly recommended...memories will last a lifetime!
    Written 26 January 2020
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    Thank you for taking time to post a review. We did have excellent conditions and it was a special day at Moutohorā/ Whale Island in all respects. A great family experience. Hope to see you back in the Eastern Bay next year. Best wishes, Kenny
    Written 28 January 2020
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    Mia J
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    Absolutely fantastic day. New Zealand sea and island at its best. Helen was the best guide ever and we had a lovely trip out on Barry’s catamaran
    Written 24 January 2020
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    Thanks for taking the time to review your day at Moutohorā/ Whale Island. Glad you enjoyed the experience.
    Written 25 January 2020
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