New Zealand's Original On-line Kayak & Fishing Store


Kayak angler fishing near Arid Island at Great Barrier New Zealand


A Chance to Experience Adventure in Remote Offshore Locations

Discover some of the best marine environment New Zealand has to offer during your trip to the coastline of Great Barrier Island. This once in a lifetime adventure offers kayak anglers a live aboard vessel designed to carry boats and equipment.

The original offshore kayak fishing adventures - We have been taking kayak anglers on mothership trips since 2008.

Grab yourself the adventure of a life time. Not only does Great Barrier Island offer stunning scenery but also big fish to chase from the kayak. This is paddlers paradise!

We cater for individuals wanting to join groups and groups up to eight persons.

Watch the official kayak mothership video here

Video includes (best viewed in full screen):

  • Information about this exciting adventure
  • Kayak fishing action including 24lb snapper and 28kg yellow tail kingfish
  • What clients say about this experience


Great Barrier Island - The island lies in the outer Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand, 100 kilometres north-east of central Auckland.

Great Barrier Island Map

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With an area of 285 square kilometres it is the sixth-largest island of New Zealand and fourth-largest in the main chain.

Its highest point, Mount Hobson, is 621 metres (2,037 ft) above sea level.

The island was initially exploited for its minerals and kauri trees. In 2013, it was inhabited by 939 people, mostly living from farming and tourism. The majority of the diverse environments (around 60% of the total area) is administered as nature reserve by the Department of Conservation. In 2009 the island atmosphere was described as being "life in New Zealand many decades back".

The island's European name stems from its location on the outskirts of the Hauraki Gulf. With a maximum length (north-south) of some 43 kilometres (27 mi), it and the Coromandel Peninsula (directly to its south) protect the gulf from the storms of the Pacific Ocean to the east. Consequently, the island boasts highly contrasting coastal environments.

The eastern coast comprises long, clear beaches, windswept sand-dunes, and surf. The western coast, sheltered and calm, is home to hundreds of tiny, secluded bays which offer some of the best diving and boating in the country. The inland holds several large and biologically diverse wetlands, along with rugged hill country as well as old-growth and regenerating kauri forests. The island is also home to many rare native bird species. Its fauna below the waters surface attracts all manner of predator species like snapper and kingfish. With deep water close by and unlimited reef systems on all coast lines keeping this place is wild and rugged. Its the kind of place where fishing dreams are made.

First Kingfish caught at Great Barrier Island on jig
Kayak caught kingfish at Great Barrier Island

Rock Formation Scenery at Arid Island

The Mothership - Joint Venture

Joint Venture is a 51 foot West Coaster boat powered with a 600HP engine.

  • Fast and Comfortable
  • Overnight and multi day trips for up to 8 kayak anglers

The boats design offers passengers a fast comfortable ride and stable fishing platform. The deck areas partial shelter offers shaded protection from the sun while outside. The outdoor BBQ is great for cooking up food and passengers have options to self cater or take advantage of our full catering service.

Joint Venture is a modern boat with full facilities including conventional toilet, kitchen with stove. Seating is available in the cabin and on deck area along with tables.

Joint Venture Great Barrier Kayak Mothership

Joint Ventures kitchen
Joint Ventures kitchen facilities

Joint Venture also offers a gen set so charging batteries and cameras etc is catered for. The rear deck are is large enough to set up three kayaks at a time before launching on the water and the purpose made rack holds up to eight kayaks. There is more than enough room for your equipment and a large chilli bin filled with ice and ready to chill your catch down.

The Crew

Jordon Oliff (skipper) -

Rob Fort

Departure Location

Trip Details and Costs - this is a serious off-shore adventure that offers clients the opportunity to target new species as well as catch that personal best fish.

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Notes: check out photos in our gallery