Western Leader : February 10th 2011
27 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 NEWS Alluring: A magic view of the Auckland skyline. Photos: FIONA GOODALL Great way to see the city Great way to see the city Spendour: A kayak trip offers the best view of the coastline. Launching off: Nicola Williams and Neill Sperath get ready to cruise Auckland in style. Picnic break: Kayaking tour director Neill Sperath and reporter Nicola Williams chat over morning tea. Digging deep: Paddlers leave a great experience in their wake. See our hidden gems from a kayak Pictur- esque: The glistening waters entice paddlers to explore the city. By NICOLA WILLIAMS There's nothing like being out on the water to get an appreciation of Auckland. A kayaking tour rekindles a spark for the city with every paddle stroke through the glistening waters. The hidden treasures waiting to be discovered pro- vide a new perspective of the city -- even to born and bred Aucklanders. The allure of the coastline was something kayaking tour director Neill Sperath turned into a business opportunity. We turned our passion for the outdoors into a business. When we started we thought, and still do, that we were showing the best parts of Auckland in various ways.'' Mr Sperath takes small tours of up to six people so he can offer a personalised experience. It doesn't feel like work, the day it feels like work is the day we'll give it up.'' He says it's not just tourists who book the tours but Aucklanders as well. Some have just never had the chance to go kayaking before,'' he says. It also makes a great pres- ent for someone who's diffi- cult to buy for. Mr Sperath enjoys the var- iety of tours and the diversity of the people he meets. Staying close to the shore allows kayakers to see more of the coast, and gives Auck- landers a different view of their city. Unlike some tour- ism ventures where clients are herded like cattle'' through short experiences, kayakers can enjoy full, half- day or overnight experiences. Auckland turned on the charm the day we departed from Narrowneck beach for a half-day tour. The paddle isn't too strenu- ous and is suitable for all abilities, with a morning tea stop under the trees of a pic- turesque beach a welcome retreat. I think Auckland is the best place in New Zea- land, there's a reason why it's the biggest city,'' Mr Sperath says. See www.auckland.kayak ingtours.com for more information.
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