Kelly Tarltons

Kelly Tarltons is a beautiful and educational experience for the whole family, established in 1985 by New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton, the sea life aquarium was built in disused sewage storage tanks, and using acrylic shaping the aquarium offers a unique aquarium viewing experience. Kelly Tarltons offers a range of experiences beyond delving into the under-water world including the Shark Cage where you can get up close and personal with some of the oceans most deadly predators, or if you aren’t into the thrill seeking there is the Penguin Passport which allows you to visit and interact with King and Gentoo Penguins, finally a behind the scenes tour is an excellent way to learn about how the aquarium works, and the teams efforts in preserving our under-water wildlife!

Stand Up PaddleBoarding

Take advantage of being so close to the calm waters of Kohi beach by experiencing the popular water activity known as paddle boarding! Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) with Chris is a wonderful adventure for the whole family to enjoy, whether you are just starting out, or an experienced boarder, SUP with Chris offers rentals, tours, and tutorials across Kohi so you can get the most of the local beach. Paddleboarding is a great way to keep active, explore the local area and learn something new – so take a dive (or a stand) into something new and exciting!

Fergs Kayak Hire & Tours

If you want to get out and explore the basin in a unique and exciting way, look no further than Fergs Kayaks. Established in 1990 by gold-winning Olympic athlete Ian Ferguson, Fergs offers a unique experience for all adventures by offering quality kayak hire and pioneering the hugely popular night kayaking trip to the breath-taking Rangitoto and additional tours of Northead. But the experience isn’t just limited to tours; Fergs also offers Kayak and paddle boarding lessons and rollerblade and bike hire – so you can get the most of the unique Auckland waterfront.

Wine And Dine

There is nothing more romantic or peaceful than looking out onto the Kohimarama beach as the waves gently lap the sand and enjoying a fantastic dining experience or sitting back with a crisp beverage. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars that grace the shores of Kohimarama beach for you to experience including Sea Cow seafood restaurant which offers a selection of fresh seafood and has been described as one of the “true Kiwi fish and chip shops”.

Five Restaurant & Bar are a European waterfront eatery that believes a true dining experience engages the five senses, and with a large selection to please all pallets, it’s worth the trip to find out! De Fontein Belgian Beer Café is a popular Auckland drinking and dining destination situated in the heart of Mission Bay that features an upstairs restaurant with views across the water to Rangitoto from its balcony, while downstairs the inviting bar and pavement seating is perfect for enjoying a cold beverage form the vast selection of Belgian beers on tap.

If sitting on the beach in the sand is more for you Sal’s authentic pizzeria is a great location to grab a slice (or whole pizza, we aren’t judging) to enjoy as the sun sets on beautiful Kohimarama.