Kaikoura Kayaks



317 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

1 Sea Kayaking

1 Kaikoura



Seal Kayaking
Chance Encounters with Dusky Dolphins
Paddle with Blue Penguins
Paddle with the mighty Albatross!
Dolphin Tag!
Family friendly
Seal Dive!


100% Success rate for Seal Viewing! Voted "Top Choice" Lonely Planet, Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator Est:1998. Paddle with playful Fur Seals, have chance encounters with dusky dolphins and blue penguins on our 1/2 day guided tours in a real sea kayak!

The curious NZ fur seals, dusky dolphins and blue penguins are only a few paddle strokes away and our local qualified guides would love to introduce you to them around the Kaikoura Peninsula.

Stay warm and dry in our enclosed stable sea kayaks with all equipment provided including GORE-TEX dry pants over the winter months, wet suit booty's for your feet and dry bags for camera's.

Our eco-friendly 1/2 day guided "Seal Kayaking" tours offer a safe, enjoyable, interactive experience, with little effort and a whole lot of good fun.

No experience necessary, suitable for all ages and abilities. Family's are most welcome.

If you want to tick off a real Kayaking experience from your bucket list with the help of our qualified local guides amongst a multitude of marine life while in New Zealand, come paddling with us!


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Sea Kayaking

Operating Season And Hours

Operating year round, 7 days a week, 8am - 8pm
Spring - Summer :October - March - 3 x 1/2 day tours daily.
Departs 8:30am, 12:30pm & 4:30 pm.
Autumn - Winter : April - September - 2 x 1/2 day tours daily.
Departs 8:30am & 12:30pm.





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Dee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience with really knowledgeable guides! Thought we saw the planes circling some whales so we went for a look, didn’t see any but hung out with some seals instead. Cruisy day and we were so fortunate to have awesome weather! Would definitely fly back to NZ just to do this again and would recommend to all!

Reviewed 10 days ago

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Johanna Weidenbruch

Ranking: 10/10

It was amazing! The two guides Maria and Cole were so nice and friendly. We saw so many dolphins. A group of over hundred was swimming around us. They were jumping out of the water and interacting with us. Just a stunning moment. Thanks a lot for this great experience!

We were really lucky to see such a big group of dolphins. That’s not usually. But I think without the dolphins it will be a great kayaking experience as well. There is so many interesting marine life in Kaikoura and the guides are trying their best to get you as close as possible to that marine life.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for you review!
Sounds like you hit the jackpot out there with all of the Dolphins!
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Dickinson Ann

Ranking: 10/10

Kayaking in Kaikoura ... Great experience Excellent guides and coaches . Highly recommend 👍👍

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi, Thanks for your review!
Pleased to hear you had such a great expperience.

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LYDIA ADAMS's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Best experience - a real must do! The guys were all very knowledgeable of both the area + wildlife & respectful of both as well as all their guests. They explained everything well so even a novice could go out & have a great time + be inspired to go again. We saw seals & penguins & had a great time riding some waves back into shore too.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for your review!
Sounds like you had an awesome experience.

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Fee08's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Kaikoura Kayaks were fantastic. The staff went out of their way to ensure our experience was truly wonderful. We were able to get up close to the seals, learn about their habitat, learn about the other wildlife in the area as well as experience the exhilaration of paddling out into the bay and near the break water. Although we did go for a swim due to my partner and I both leaning the same way at the same time, the staff were close by and helped us back onto our kayak quickly. Would highly recommend the experience to everyone. Don't need to be super fit as the exertion is minimal. Great activity for teenagers. They are also able to accommodate the little ones with advance notice.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks a lot for your review,
Sounds like you had a good experience and it's awesome to hear the guides were so helpful!

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Dr. Bill

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly and warm welcome. Very professional and an exciting outing for all levels. Connor, our guide was amazing. What i wanted to know and proved correct, you stay dry, it’s safe, it’s fun!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi, Thanks for your review!
Awesome to know you had a great time with Conner.

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Martin Bolech

Ranking: 9/10

Place and conditions of whether were absolutely perfect. We saw seals not just resting on rocks but also in water when they oiled themselves:) instructors were super friendly, anytime helpful and they gave us not just safety information but also very interesting and funny infos about seals, place and other animals or New Zealand culture , great job guys!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Sounds like the guides gave you some super fun facts and provided you with an awesome tour, glad to hear!
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Tim's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great trip, staff fun but very attentive to all of us. We saw seal and hoping for dolpins, but a rare opportunity of seeing 8 orcas swim past us was just a delight

Reviewed 9 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow! not every day we get to see Orca so this must have been a very special trip!
Glad you enjoyed.

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Marjan D

Ranking: 10/10

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon/ evening in a sea kayak, enjoying seals on the rocks and in the water.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thankyou for your review, Glad you enjoyed your Sunset tour!

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Andrew Barclift

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome fun ! The guides were great, knowledgeable and caring ! We had Cowan, he was a rad dude and made sure everything went smooth the whole time, even offering water proof pants to my wife as we came unprepared. Highly recommend it, it’s safe, exciting, and wonderful to see the wildlife this way. Do it! You will not regret it.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi, Thanks for you review,
Glad to hear you had a great tour out on the water with Cowan!

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thomas's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Had a great first time kayaking with our guide Blake. Thank you for a great experience.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for your review!
Awesome news to hear that you had such a great time with Blake.

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Sue, UK

Ranking: 10/10

Had a fantastic trip out with the lads from Kaikōura Kayaks. They are very knowledgeable, helpful and really good fun. We had a perfect day weather wise and the lads helped us make the most of it. The fur seals were beautiful and a privilege to see in their natural environment. This trip would be suitable for a variety of ages and all abilities even if you haven’t kayaked before. Highly recommended and good value for money.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi Thanks for your awesome review!
Glad you enjoyed your time paddling out from the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula.

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Kathy Lee

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing sunset paddle with the very knowledgeable, informative and friendly Renee. I didn’t get slapped in the face by an octopus, but we did see a seal slapping an octopus for his dinner. Throw in a blue penguin wave surfing, seals sunbaking and swimming around, beautiful weather and you have a pretty perfect afternoon 😁👍🏼. Great fun, excellent value for money and a must do in Kaikoura

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thankyou for the awesome review!
Great to hear that you had such an awesome afternoon paddling with our guide Renee!