Kayaking – INLET, RIVER & KIWI
1: Kayak – approx. 25 kms (15.5 miles). Day 2: Walk - 14 kms
(9 miles) to Mason Bay and 3 – 5 kms (2 – 3 miles) for kiwi
spotting. Day 3: Walk - 14 kms (9 miles) to Freshwater Landing.
Kayak - approx. 20 kms (12.5 miles). Day 4: Kayak approx. 12
to 15 kms (7.5 to 9.5 miles).
8.30 am Day 1 to approx. 3.00 pm Day 4
Subject to prior bookings
Beach, Paterson Inlet, 20 minutes walk from Oban, Halfmoon Bay.
2 & 3: Some mud, slippery tree roots in parts and beach.
spray skirt, spray jacket, paddle, safety gear. All meals, drinks,
snacks, hut/camp fees, use of tent/sleeping mats if required
and use of cutlery/utensils and cooking gear. Courtesy transfers
to and from Watercress Beach.
If you are only one or two persons, check to see if we have achieved minimum numbers
or we can put you on our wait list.
across Paterson Inlet, along primeval river. Walk through wetland
to stunning west coast, search for kiwi, explore hidden bays, stories
of the past
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may vary to take into account weather/sea conditions and client
abilities. We meet for a trip briefing the day before the trip commences
and to ensure clients are fitted with correct gear. For everyone's
safety and enjoyment it is important that clients have the appropriate
1 - Meet at Watercress Beach and travel for approx. 2 ½
hours across Paterson Inlet and past Dynamite Point. After a rest
and refreshments we kayak for another 2 ½ - 3 hours, heading
into Freshwater River, following its winding course to Freshwater
Landing. Stay at Freshwater Hut or camp nearby.
2 - Take a flat easy hike of 14 kms along Freshwater Flats to
Mason Bay, through manuka scrub and board walked wetland, about
4 - 6 hours. We enjoy birdlife including, the Stewart Island robin
and fernbirds, flora and orchids in season. There is also evidence
of kiwi to mull over and occasionally we actually see a kiwi in
the daytime! We stay at Mason Bay Hut or camp nearby. Mason Bay
has a stunning 14 kms of beach, one of the most extensive natural
sand dune systems in New Zealand, we take a short walk to the beach
and spend some time on the dunes. In the evening we go kiwi spotting
at dusk to catch a glimpse of this shy bird. Kiwi are wild birds,
sighting are not guaranteed. To see a kiwi is a privilege that many
clients will never forget!
3 - Hike back to Freshwater Landing, stopping along the way
for lunch. After a rest and refreshments at Freshwater Landing,
we kayak to Millars Beach, in Paterson Inlet where we camp for the
4 - We take our time exploring the Whaling Base, Kidney Fern
and Kaipipi Bay before returning to Watercress Beach. Watch the
sea-life through crystal clear waters and listen to the sound of
native birds. We assist with transfers to your accommodation.