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Bay of Islands Waterfall Cruise + Kayak or Paddle Board


Our river boat takes you to the calmest of water where it is easiest to learn - in no time kayak through mangrove forests or paddleboard face to face with an amazing waterfall!


  • Paddle only the best - cruise by boat the rest
  • Fantastic cruise and paddle adventure suitable for all ages
  • Enjoy a relaxing river cruise, spot wildlife & learn of local history
  • Safe white water experience, perfect for first time kayakers & paddle boarders
  • An epic and memorable adventure for all!

Our boat takes you to the best locations & makes kayaking / paddle boarding easy!

We cruise for around 30 minutes along our local island coastline & 3km up a meandering river that in days gone by sailing ships loaded Kauri logs. Guests transfer to kayaks to explore up close, paddle through mangrove forests or photograph seabirds feeding their nesting babies in trees hanging over the river. Our final destination is where a waterfall drops into the sea & if you dare, paddle up to or under the waterfall.

Safety & Dual Marine Certified: We are the only kayaking company Audited & Compliant with both Maritime New Zealand & Worksafe New Zealand.


  • Nature Cruise to Waterfalls
  • Local seabirds feeding in trees hanging over the river
  • Kayak Option: Kayak along & Through Mangrove Forests (Tide Dependant)
  • Local seabirds feeding in trees hanging over the river
  • Paddleboard Option: Paddle right up close to, or under the waterfall!
Cruise & Paddle - Adult $106.00
Cruise & Kayak - Adult $86.00
Sunset Cruise & Kayak $96.00
Sunset Cruise & Paddle $106.00

What's included

  • Nature cruise to waterfalls
  • See Mangrove forests, waterfalls, wildlife
  • Optional Photo Package ($18)


  • Waitangi Wharf, Te Karuwha Parade


  • Maximum Weight - 120kg for Paddleboarding (Kayak or Boat Cruise Available).

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • *Departure times may vary, contact the operator to confirm departure time once booked.

    Each cruise requires minimum passenger numbers & an alternative or later tour may be offered if passenger numbers are not met.

    Although our crew will do their best to assist, excited children are parental responsibility.

    Paddling through the mangrove tunnels is subject to tides.

    Although all due care is taken, BOI Night Kayaking Ltd will not be held liable for personal belongings, we recommend that valuables, rings etc be left ashore & you carry travel insurance.

    We are an ALL weather activity & we commit ourselves to operate. Cancellations must be received 48hrs prior to departure to receive a refund.

Available Bookings from 06 Jun to 12 Jun 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Sat 11 Jun
Sun 12 Jun

  • Cruise & Paddle - Adult$106.00
  • Cruise & Kayak - Adult$86.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Lisa from United States wrote on 13 January 2021

Great day out in the BOI

Fun family friendly activity for all ages and all abilities. We met Taylor at pier #6 on the Paihia wharf and set out towards the mouth of the river near Waitangi. Taylor was very personable and shared lots of fun facts about the area throughout the area. After ~30 minutes we set anchor and Taylor organized they kayaks and life jackets for us all. Most kayaks are tandem so make sure you like/trust whomever you book with! The river is mostly shallow so lifejackets are out of an abundance of caution and if you’re not a confident swimmer, you should feel safe knowing the water is only a couple feet deep. That said, you will get wet. The kayaks are sit-in vs. sit-on-top of the water and drainage holes in the bottom let in a certain amount of water so your feet and bum will get wet. Also if you attempt to paddle in to the Haruru Falls you will be sprayed and risk capsizing, but that’s really fun so don’t worry! Lastly one thing that wasn’t completely clear to me from the bookme listing or co’s website, if you have a bag or shoes you don’t want wet, you CAN leave things on the boat while you kayak. Overall we enjoyed the experience. It’s not quite as scenic or thrilling as maybe we had hoped but a great day out for first time kayakers like my partner.

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isabellec from Australia wrote on 01 January 2020

3 hours of fun!

What a great afternoon out. My teenagers loved it too! The guides where extremely friendly and patient. The river and waterfall and bird life were stunning! Great afternoon out, and I believe the last tour at night is even better!

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Kathryn from Australia wrote on 20 January 2020

Bay Of Islands Highlight

We had a fantastic evening kayaking and bird watching. Dan and Ace were great guides and their enthusiasm was contagious. Highlight was kayaking under the waterfall and even climbing in under to experience all the power of the water!

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jinhok from New Zealand wrote on 29 December 2021


They had issue with break down and then informed me just a day before 6pm. And i applied for the paddling but no paddling and did kayak instead. Not organized well. Cruise itself was small too but its alright. The tour was not bad. Super friendly guide.

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From Bay of Islands Waterfall Cruise + Kayak or Paddle Board

Hi there Jinhok, Seems like you have your story confused. Your friend was told about our breakdown as soon as it happened, a few hours later you decided to yell abuse at our staff. We offered you a refund as we like to be understanding & obviously breakdowns happen some times. You were also asked to please be polite or you were not welcome to join us as we have other guests aboard. Thank you for joining us but please remember that in New Zealand we respect others & show love to all. Good lesson for you Thanks again Captain - Owner Taylor

Trish from New Zealand wrote on 09 January 2020

Epic Afternoon

Awesome afternoon with Dan and Ace from Bay of Islands Waterfall + kayak/paddle board! Guides were relaxed, well informed and made kayaking a breeze! The kayak under the Haruru waterfall is the new favourite NZ must do moment! Great way to spend an afternoon in Paihia!

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