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Discover Abel Tasman with Kahu Kayaks

Kahu Kayaks welcomes you to the Abel Tasman National Park, our golden piece of Aotearoa. We are a genuine, small kayak company, 100% locally owned and operated based in Marahau, with loads of experience taking guided kayaking trips in the Abel Tasman.

A range of guided kayaking tours and freedom rental sea kayaking trips in kayak canoes. Guided kayak trips with guides that will take you along a stunning stretch of coastline for a fantastic sea kayaking experience. Enjoy panoramic views of Abel Tasman National Park, check out nesting cormorants, sea caves, islands and the world famous Split Apple Rock.

Our Abel Tasman freedom kayaking package allows you the independence to see the wonders of the coastline at your own pace with all it's spectacular views and natural spots to visit and outdoor activities.

Full and half day guided sea kayaking trips around the Abel Tasman National Park coastline. Fantastic panoramic views, sea caves, islands, and the Tonga island seal colony to explore along the way, along with other popular and historic attractions.

Contact Details

Email: paddle@kahukayaks.co.nz

Website: Kahu Kayaks

Phone: 0800 300 101

Phone (intl): 0064 3 5278300

Abel Tasman Address:
Marahau Beach RD 2 Motueka 7161


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    Kahu Kayaks has received 6 awards:

    Award-2-24px Sea Kayaking Finalist 2014
    Award-2-24px Sea Kayaking Finalist 2013
    Award-2-24px Sea Kayaking Finalist 2012
    Award-2-24px Sea Kayaking Finalist 2011
    Award-1-24px Sea Kayaking Winner 2010
    Award-2-24px Sea Kayaking Finalist 2009

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    Save money and have fun with the locals that know good times back to front. Rankers Awards Finalists for 5 years and winners for 1.

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187 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 10 of 15.

Kurt Smudzinski's avatar

Kurt Smudzinski

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This is a 'real' small business and by real I mean the real thing. These guys live to get people out on the water and experience what they clearly love about Abel Tasman. By a stroke of luck they were recommended by Steve at Top 10. He said they are the best of the bunch. Steve was great as well as Tony but Lucus our guide was top notch he could spot wildlife a mile a way and knew detailed info about each animal. They take pride in getting you out on the water before other groups and seeing the most while providing the best experience.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

martinat's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Freedom kayaking, safety instruction and good equipment.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in April 2009

desl's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Full day guided trip. Amazingly friendly, helpful staff. Get to see everything from seals, beautiful scenery and local wildlife. Perfect day.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Mia's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Really informative guides, highly recommended.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2009

eatc's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Worth hiring a kayak solely for the most hilarious safety talk we've ever heard - and that's not to say they aren't a safe company or in any way don't take it seriously. They just have the most fantastic ways of making it all memorable...
Oh, and our day of free-kayaking from these guys led us to the most amazing experience with 7 very inquisitive and playful seal pups who played around (nearly all over!) our boat for hours. The Kahu guys mentioned there were some pups in this place - we'd done a guided tour before who hadn't gone anywhere near, so we'd have missed it altogether without them. So thanks Kahu!
(The food truck out front is also wicked for post-kayak food: yum)

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Barry Smith's avatar

Barry Smith


Ranking: 9/10

Very good. Helpful, informative guide (Lucas). Our boat had minor steering fault.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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bertel's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Kayak tour in the Abel Tasman National Park. Amazing tour (seen very young seals around our kayak), very good guides, nice lunch. Everything fine!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago

CarolB's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Half day tour, excellent value for money. Guide very helpful + skillful.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2009

ChristopherD's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Friendly staff, included launch, good guidance. Too expensive.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2009

Dalibor's avatar


Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Well organised water trip. Proffesional guide.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

JohannesE's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Good price, had to carry tent back.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2009

AndreM's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Great trip but had to carry the tents back during our hiking trip.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2009

LeaM's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Nice trip around the coast, but you have to carry the tents the whole hiking track.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2009