One of New Zealand's most decorated athletes, Ian Ferguson, founded Fergs Kayaks back in 1990, and his passion for water sports has turned his business into a popular Auckland attraction. Fergs offers kayak instruction, tours, sales and rentals along with other fun things to do in Auckland like SUPs, surf skiing, biking and rollerblading. They have a waterfront centre in both Auckland and Wellington, and if you are visiting Wellington be sure to check out their famous indoor rock wall which offers some of the best wall climbing in Wellington, along with all the other fun activities.
Whether you fancy an hour-long kayak tour or a whole day out on a SUP, you can be sure that Fergs Kayaks offer the highest quality of equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Of course, they can’t control the weather, and as all water sports are dependent on a reasonable climate, try to be flexible in your plans so that you can enjoy a perfect Auckland kayaking experience. For your safety, life jackets come with your rental choice, and they should be worn at all times, and remember to wear long loose pants for comfortable paddling.
Explore Wellington’s waterfront with the team from Fergs (Photo credit: Fergs Kayaks)
Individual and group classes are available both on and off the water in each of the centres for those who are starting out in the sport or who want to improve their technique. For something really different why not try the SUP yoga classes which are a really fun thing to do in Wellington. They improve your balance and coordination and are a great way to enjoy some time out on the water without even getting wet! Fergs Kayaks offer some of the most comprehensive classes to learn kayaking in Auckland with courses for beginners, kids from 7-14, and those wishing to learn more advanced techniques like rolling.
Some of the most popular attractions in Auckland are the kayak tours. The six-hour tour to Rangitoto Volcano is a fantastic sunset adventure with a 75-minute paddle across the Waitemata Harbour, followed by a walk up to the crater to enjoy a spectacular sunset view over the Hauraki Gulf, and then a starlit paddle home. Unforgettable. If that sounds a bit ambitious why not try the 3-hour tour which takes you across Auckland Harbour to Devonport and a guided tour of the WWII bunkers. The Wellington kayaking tours include an evening row where you can appreciate the reflections of the city lights as you paddle along the waterfront. The tour takes you around Point Jerningham, there’s a stop for a snack and then back along Oriental Parade.
A spin along the waterfront is a favourite pastime in both Auckland and Wellington, so why not hire a pair of smooth roller blades or a relaxing cruiser bike and check out the sights in your own style and at your own pace.
While in Wellington, why not give Ferg’s climbing wall a try! (Photo credit: Fergs Kayaks)
One of the most popular Wellington attractions is a climb on the famous Fergs wall which is one of the largest in all of New Zealand. Qualified instructors offer courses for all levels of climbers which are tailored to fit individual needs. Whether you are a beginner or an alpine climber you can enjoy the over forty routes, which makes every climb a new experience. For competent climbers, there are advanced classes including an in-depth 8-week course to take your climbing skills to the next level. For young climbers, the two-hour party climb will make your child's birthday one never to be forgotten and let him learn some basic climbing skills.
Whether you are visiting Auckland or Wellington, you can find lots of fun activities at Fergs Kayaks to enjoy some exercise as a family or with friends. For New Zealand visitors who want to get out and explore on dry land, Omega Rental Cars has both city centre and airport car rental branches in Auckland and Wellington.
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