Our Community

The Hyundai Marine Sports Centre is a vibrant community asset on the shores of Okahu Bay. It is committed to providing ‘pathways to the sea’ for all.

The Hyundai Marine Sports Centre provides a welcoming and state of-the-art home base for many clubs and user groups, where benefits includes meeting room & classroom use, office space, changing rooms, showers, gear storage and shared services providing support across all aspects of Club management.

Providing this facility and services to our Clubs would not be possible without the generous support of the Akarana Marine Charitable Trust which governs the Centre.

The following marine-based clubs and user groups already call the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre home. If you are interested in becoming an official user group, please contact info@akarana.co.nz

Royal Akarana Yacht Club

Established in 1895, Royal Akarana Yacht Club is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most accomplished yacht clubs in both keel boat and dinghy sailing classes. It is considered the home of blue water sailing and hosts an array of other marine-based activities including a successful Sailing Academy which has created world champion sailors. Royal Akarana Yacht Club is also home of the Akarana Sailing Academy and the Akarana Ocean Paddlers. The club is based at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre.

For more information about the Royal Akarana Yacht Club – head to their website

Waka Ama NZ Link to website

Waka Ama New Zealand

Waka Ama New Zealand is the National governing body for Waka Ama in Aotearoa. Their office has been based at the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre since April 2019. Waka Ama (also known internationally as Va’a or Outrigger Canoe) has 92 clubs throughout New Zealand and approximately 10,000 active participants. Waka Ama is one of the fastest-growing water sports in Aotearoa.

For more information about Waka Ama New Zealand – head to their website

The University of Auckland Marine Sports

The University of Auckland runs a variety of marine sports out of the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre including, canoeing, sailing, diving, kitesurfing and Waka Ama.

For more information about the University of Auckland Marine Sports – head to their website

Canoe Club

Underwater Club

Kitesurf Club

Waka Ama Club

Ocean Blue Sports Club

Established in 2015 Ocean Blue is a Waka Ama Club and affiliate to the Auckland Region Outrigger Canoe Association (AROCA) and Waka Ama NZ.

Ocean Blue’s office is located on the first floor of the Hyundai Marine Sports Centre and the club trains on several Waka which are located on site. Ocean Blue has social and competitive teams and also runs school, social, corporate and team building activities and events.

If you are interested in getting out on the water and giving it a go, get in contact with Tania at Ocean Blue Sports.

For more information about Ocean Blue Sports Club – head to their website

Auckland Sailing Club

For more information about Auckland Sailing Club – head to their website

Sailability Auckland

Since 1991 Sailability Auckland has been providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn to sail and race, or to just experience being in control of a sailing boat. Their aim is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to sail in safety and to experience adventure and freedom – building mobility, self confidence and pride through achievement.

Sailability have sailing programs suitable for almost anyone regardless of the level of their disability or sailing skills. The yachts we use for our programs have many safety features including weighted centre boards / keels ensuring the boats are virtually impossible to capsize.

Many of our members have competed in sailing events including multiple World Championships and Paralympic Games. Others just want to have fun on the water and enjoy the freedom sailing can offer.

For more information about Sailability Auckland – head to their website

New Zealand Coastal Rowing

NZ Coastal Rowing meets every Saturday morning at 0800 at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club to row their St Ayles skiff to a coastal café and back again. Typical destinations are St Heliers, Kohimarama, Wakatere/Narrowneck, Cheltenham, Torpedo Bay, Devonport Wharf and Remuera Garden Centre. NZ Coastal Rowing are usually off the water around 1030; so its a fantastic way to start the weekend.

From time to time they take the boats out of town past destinations have included Stillwater to row up the Weiti River to the Wade Tavern, picnics on Motukorea/Browns Island and the Whau River.

NZ Coastal Rowing is a very sociable and friendly way to exercise out on the harbour. And if you’re a sailor, you’ll discover how warm rowing is in the winter!

For more information about New Zealand Coastal Rowing head to their website or phone Martin on 0212989743 if you’d like to give it a try!

Auckland Canoe Club

The Auckland Canoe Club is based in Okahu Bay on the landing. They are into all aspects of kayaking with a strong focus on sea kayaking and coastal exploring. Their club members organise trips every week and these include short picnic paddles along local shores, multi day expeditions, weekends away at comfortable coastal lodges and camping on the islands. Auckland Canoe Club owns a small modern fleet of sea kayaks which new members may hire. For more information about Auckland Canoe Club – head to their website

Auckland City Tri Club

For more information about Auckland City Tri Club – head to their website