Exploring Browns Island

Kayak

3 December 2017

The weather was looking really calm and we both had the day off so we loaded the kayaks onto the car and headed over to St Heliers, to kayak around Browns Island.

St Heliers

It was a really smooth paddle over to Browns Island. We approached the western side of the island and then started around the island in a clockwise direction. We landed at Crater Bay, on the north-eastern corner, and had the beach to ourselves to begin with.

Crater Bay on Browns Island

Leaving the kayaks on the beach, we took the track up to summit, through the Pohutakawa trees. It started as a lot of steps to the top of a cliff and ended with a small track across fields and up a steep climb to the summit. The view from the top was amazing.

Looking back at Auckland from the summit of Browns Island

On the way back down I had the camera out in case Gemma fell over on the steep descent.

Back on the beach we had something to eat and went for a little swim before getting back in the kayaks and continuing around the island and back to St Heliers. It was a little choppier on the way back but still quite calm. See the video below for some clips of our trip.


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St Heliers beach Crater Bay Auckland from Browns Island View towards Motuihe Island View to Rangitoto

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