Kayaking – WHALERS' BASE & KIDNEY FERN
Day – approx. 8 hours
approx. 20 kms (12.5 miles). Walk: Millars Beach to Whaling
Base 2 kms (1 mile) return trip.
||Oct to Mar: 8.30
am to 4.30 pm
Apr to Sep: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Beach (Paterson Inlet)(15 minutes walk from Halfmoon Bay)
Beach to Whaling Base is easy and mainly boardwalk.
p.p. (optional or bring your own)
hire (spray skirt, jacket, paddle, safety gear). Hot drinks
and some refreshments.
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.
persons (per guide)
Paterson Inlet's bush clad shoreline, crystal clear waters and tranquil
secret bays, enjoy stories of the past...
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at Watercress Beach for a short briefing, before heading west along
Paterson Inlet's bush clad shoreline, exploring the hidden bays
of Kaipipi and onto Millars Beach.
the peaceful surrounding, songs of native birds and the sound of
the sea, whilst you gaze through crystal clear waters at the superb
marine life including, blue cod, trumpeter, starfish, jellyfish,
mussels and intricate seaweed. Watch seabirds in the water or along
the shore including penguins, cormorants and oystercatchers. You
may hear/see kaka (native parrot) calling their liquid honey notes,
interspersed with the bellbird's exquisite notes and the wonderfully
varied calls of the tui. Loose yourself in the magic of the place!
for lunch overlooking Millars Beach. Then walk a short 15 minutes
to the site of the old whaling base through native forest with tall
rimu's, tree ferns and delicate ground ferns.
1923 and 1933 the Ross Sea Whaling Company of Sandefjord, Norway,
made 9 expeditions to the Ross Sea in Antarctica. In 1925, the Norwegians
established a shipyard along Prices Peninsula in Paterson Inlet
as an over-wintering and repair base. Explore relics of this era
and take time to read the interpretation panels.
on by kayak to explore the sheltered waters of Prices Inlet down
to Kidney Fern Arm before returning to Watercress Beach.