Kayak across the Tāmaki Strait to Rangitoto Island. © Camilla Rutherford

Kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset

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Paddling your own sea kayak across the Waitemata Harbour is a magical experience at any time of day, but how about upping the ante and doing it on dusk. 

Auckland Sea Kayaks run daily (weather-dependant) tours to Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s youngest and most iconic volcano. 

The five-kilometre trip will take you across the sparkling waters of the Tāmaki Strait, past seabirds, penguins and passing ferries.

After making landfall on the island, you’ll take a scenic trek through ancient lava flows and the world’s largest pōhutukawa forest to the summit where you can get a prime view of the sunset.

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Last night's sunset was pretty epic

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After a seaside barbecue dinner, you’ll paddle back in the dark towards the twinkling lights of the city. 

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