Big Tonga Marine Reserve

Big Tonga

Look out – Big Tonga, big WOW, big value!

This ultimate one day experience begins with a scenic Sea Shuttle cruise into the centre of  the Tonga Island Marine Reserve where we begin our kayaking from Onetahuti Beach.

Paddling offshore, we’ll head out to Tonga Island, say ‘Gidday’ to the seals, then make our way back along the coastline, before stopping for a well deserved kiwi lunch on a spectacular beach. We’ll float into Falls River lagoon (winds/tides permitting) for some great photo opportunities, then slowly make our way down to Anchorage where our Sea Shuttle will arrive to collect us.

Whether you choose to meet us at Onetahuti, carry on walking after the tour, or simply come kayaking for the day, The Big Tonga fits into any itinerary.

We hold a marine mammal permit and can get as close as 20 metres to the Fur Seals at Tonga Island.


Trip: Big Tonga Marine Reserve
Food: Fully catered
Paddling: Around 12kms. 4½hrs including breaks
Walking: None
Sailing: Up to 30 minutes
Water Taxi: 2 Sea Shuttles.1 hour each way
Check-in: 8:30am at Kaiteriteri Base
Briefing: About 25 mins
Duration: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Return: 4:30pm back at base
Age Limit: 12+

Also an overnight trip

Open Season

We are Open and full of fun all year round – 364 days of the year. Closed for Xmas Day


Adult: $205.00

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include sales tax (GST).

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What You Need to Bring

Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, warm top (wool or fleece), T-shirt, shorts, swimsuit, wind jacket, camera, change of clothes and water, additional snack food (for those of you that get hungry through the day).

What We Supply

We supply: top quality kayak, life jackets, paddles, spray skirts, dry bags for cameras, detailed maps, safety briefing and guide.

We also supply hot chocolate, fresh ground coffee, tea and biscuits and lunch.