Ohiwa Harbour offers wonderful paddling, with plenty of beaches to stop for a rest. There's plenty of open paddling around high tide. Around low tide, there's less choice but the channels are easier to follow and it's easier to spot birdlife. Especially on an outgoing tide, the places you can paddle change very quickly.
There are five main islands: Uretara, Ohakana, Hokianga and Pataua. Uretara is administered by the Department of Conservation. You are welcome to explore this lovely pohutukawa-edged island, though not to camp or light fires.
An excellent days activity paddling around the Harbour, taking in the Ohiwa Oyster Farm, the yellow sandstone cliffs, birdlife - Gulls and roosting Terns and Shags.
Departing from the Whakatane boat ramp, close to the Wharf, we take the kayaks by boat, on a thirty five minute, 9km trip across the sparkling Pacific to the aptly named Whale Island.
In one of the island's sheltered bays we launch the kayaks and after a briefing on safety and paddling skills, set out on a two hour guided tour around Whale Island.
Our guides provide you with a commentary on the history and natural environment, whilst you enjoy spectacular coastal scenery. We expect regular encounters with fur seals and penguins and when conditions are favourable, the chance to paddle inside sea caves. After two hours of exploring, we return to the boat for some refreshment, perhaps a swim and a few yarns from the boat skipper before the return trip to Whakatane. You'll love it !