Manukau Harbour, 2/3 Day Waimanu Trip


The Waimanu Kayak Trail follows the southwest beaches of the inner Manukau Harbour from the historic town of Waiuku. Waiuku was the northern end of the portage of the early food canoes from the Waikato River and New Zealands inland foodbowl, the central Waikato (See our Waikato River "Dam to the Sea" trip). There are many safe rest stops (with toilets) on this scenic two/three day trip to near the entrance of the harbour. 4 metre tide variations limit paddling to about 4 hours per day. Accommodation from tent sites to cabins are spaced at intervals along the trail. See


Duration 2/3 days, 43 kilometres, overnight in tents or cabins
Paddling Approx 4 hrs including breaks per day (tidal).
Kayaking area Manukau Harbour beaches on the Awhitu Peninsula, from Waiuku to Orua Bay. The trip can be paddled in the reverse direction from Orua Bay to Waiuku as the Manuwai Trail.              
Check in

Waiuku at Kentish Hotel carpark, 3hours before Onehunga High Tide.

Minimum Age 16yrs to have single kayak
Family groups can be accommodated in double seakayaks - one adult per child.
Prior Experience Not necessary (kayaking instruction and safety briefing is given before trip commences).

Cooking equipment supplied on Freedom Trips, bring your own food.

Minimum Numbers 2 Adults

2012 -2013 Season Price List

Guided Kayak

(includes free return transport from Waiuku Base)

Length of Journey

Price Trip
2 Day/Overnight POA


Freedom Kayak

(includes free return transport from Waiuku Base)

Length of Journey Price Trip

2 Day/Overnight

Xtra days each


$ 65pp

Waiuku to Orua Bay


Accommodation in supplied tents is included in the price. Accommodation in motorcamps and cabins is extra at your expense




There are a number of opportunities for photo stops throughout the trip - bring your camera (we can supply waterproof bags).


For further information on this trip checkout Waimanu Kayak Trail

Those of you that are continuing on will be transported to SH1 at Bombay to catch your transport to Auckland, Hamilton or Rotorua


The Kentish was opened in 1853 by Edward Constable and holds the oldest continuous “Publicans Special Licence (No 47) for the sale of spirituous liquors” in New Zealand.
Dinner and breakfast are available in house or at a number of nearby restaurants and cafes.

StressFree Adventures shuttle to SH1 at Bombay the next morning to meet buses going North, South or to Coromandel leaves at about 8.30am, or by arrangement.

Or you may extend your journey by spending one or two days kayaking on the sheltered waters of the Waikato River before or after your Waimanu adventure. (see