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Okura Bioluminescence Tour

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Okura Bioluminescence Tour


Tours are run on demand, minimum numbers apply.

Discover one of Auckland’s best kept secrets with Canoe & Kayak.

This is an exhilarating night paddle for the whole family. Experience the magical light show put on by the smallest of living sea creatures. Watch as your kayak leaves a glittering wake behind you. Dip your hands in and watch the sparkles latch to your hand as you withdraw it from the water.
All in the shallows of the Okura Estuary and Karepiro Bay.
Also, mullet, flounder and many birds can be seen or heard. Birdlife includes tui, bellbird, kereru, oyster-catcher, pied stilt, reef heron, white-faced heron, dotterel, fantail, grey warbler, kingfisher, harrier hawk, tern, and many more. 

Just 20 minutes from downtown Auckland, the Long bay - Okura Marine Reserve has an abundance of wildlife. 

What is Bioluminescence?
Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. Bioluminescence occurs widely in marine vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as in some fungi, micro-organisms including some bioluminescent bacteria and terrestrial invertebrates such as fireflies.





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Canoe & Kayak Adventures, 2/20 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay

09 476 7066
027 866 6960

I went on the Bio-luminescence tour and it was spectacular! The guides were knowledgeable and made you feel completely at ease. Would do it again. Must do experience! - Freya

Cool to learn about the amazing biodiversity we have locally!! Thanks Olivia and Todd, was a great experience. - Sam


If time allows, you can visit the historic 1850’s Dacre Cottage or paddle past ancient Maori Pa sites.
The river water is often extremely clear giving a great view of what is going past under your kayak. 
Peter Townend, the Owner of the Canoe & Kayak Okura Tours and Hire, is one of the most vocal in preserving this area and your attendance on these trips will help support his and others efforts to protect this stunning river.

So come along and enjoy a paddle on the beautiful waters of the Okura River and explore one of Auckland’s hidden gems.

Tour Details 

Okura Bioluminescence Tour
This is a two-hour trip, perfect for experiencing the marine reserve with the family or a group of friends.
The evening is spent exploring the Okura River and Karepiro Bay while playing in the bioluminescence.

No previous experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of mobility & fitness is required.
Tours are run in fair weather conditions.
This tour is suitable for children 11 years and over, although younger children are welcome if the conditions are suitable (each child must be accompanied by an adult unless with a school group).
All kayaking equipment is supplied, you'll just need shoes you can get wet and a change of clothes for after.

What's Included?
All kayaking and safety equipment
Stable sea kayaks or sit-on-top kayaks are used.
All tuition from our experienced qualified kayak guides
Guaranteed great time

What to Bring?
An adventurous spirit
Warm clothes, thermals, fleeces etc - avoid wearing cotton.
Walking gear
Jandals (Thongs), an old pair of trainers - avoid bulky footwear
Snack and water.


School or Business Groups - Please contact us for a quote.

Tours are run on demand, minimum numbers apply - Due to the nature of this amazing experience the tour only runs on evening high tides, when the weather is settled. See below for dates on when it is possible to run.

This tour operates throughout the summer in fair weather conditions.
Departing from the end of Okura River Road

Please contact Canoe & Kayak if you are in any doubt as to whether it will be running.
Bookings essential.



PLEASE CALL 09 476 7066

27-30 Jan 11-14 Feb 25 Feb-1 Mar 11-15 Mar 26-30 Mar
10-15 April 24-30 April 8-15 May 24-29 May  





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