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South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura

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!

Seal Kayaking

Seal Kayaking

Chance Encounters with Dusky Dolphins

Chance Encounters with Dusky Dolphins

Paddle with the mighty Albatross!

Paddle with the mighty Albatross!

Paddle with Blue Penguins

Paddle with Blue Penguins

Dolphin Tag!

Dolphin Tag!

Family friendly

Family friendly

Seal Dive!

Seal Dive!

Email: paddle@kaikourakayaks.nz

Website: Kaikoura Kayaks

Phone: 0800 452 456

Phone (intl): +64 21 462 889

Mobile: 021 462 889

Kaikoura Address:
19 Killarney st Kaikoura

Operating Season And Hours: Operating year round, 7 days a week, 8am - 8pm Spring - Summer :September - April - 3 x 1/2 day tours daily. Departs 8:30 am, 12:30 pm & 4:30 pm Autumn - Winter : May - August - 2 x 1/2 day tours daily. Departs 9:00 am & 1:00 pm.

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Laura Anderson

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Went kayaking this morning saw seals and paddled around the rocks, was heaps of fun, thanks Conner for being a great guide and taking us out even if it was wet and a bit windy (:

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Maureen Yeo

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

Relaxing day out. Saw Lots of seals, some hectors dolphins and one blue penguin.our guide Connor was laid back and knowledgeable - and he took some great photos of us on the water! Would recommend this to anybody.

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Breanna Barker

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Easily one of the best things you will do while in New Zealand. We truly enjoyed spending the beautiful blue morning with Conner on the water and appreciated his knowledge, his care and concern for safety and his sense of humour. We cannot say enough good things about our time with Kaikoura Kayaks and highly recommend it to everyone visiting Kaikoura!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks heaps, we really appreciate your review! Take care and happy travels:)

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Glenys Barr

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely totally recommend Kaikoura Kayaks. Today was our second trip with this company and we will definitely return. Came through from Christchurch for a day trip and had pre-booked . They were fabulous contacting us to see if we could come earlier due to changes in weather conditions. Connor was a great guide very safety conscious and checking we were ok when the swell picked up. We were so lucky to see 5 Orca. We are a couple of 50 something's and so long as you are fittish this trip is for you.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow Ocra's! How amazing are they! we certainly live in paradise. Thank you for your review:)

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Vivian Jeenel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful, sunny day during the winter season! I was the only person booking the tour on this day, but paddling with Conner was fun. He gave a briefing before kayaking and on the sea he explained a lot about wildlife and geology (especially about what happened to the area after the earthquake). We saw some fur seals and seabirds! I would recommend Kaikoura Kayaks. 

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Michael Eugster

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

We enjoyed our Kayak tour very much. Altough we didn't see dolphins or penguins, we could get close to swimming seals. Our guide Tylar kept the mood great and gave us a good briefing before entering the sea. I would book it again, great tour!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks heaps! The NZ Fur Seal is always guaranteed:)

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Pam Bowen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

We weren't able to do the whale watch on a particular day so noticed in the local surf shop that they were advertising sea kayak trips. We had a good late afternoon trip although it was a little rough near the headland so extra paddle effort was required. The team that went with us were very safety conscious & provided an excellent pre trip briefing. I would recommend Kaikoura Kayaks. However you need to be aware this is a trip for the fit & healthy as it's not just a gentle paddle!

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Ian Davison

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We couldn't get onto the Whale Watch as it was so busy so by chance we turned up at Kaikoura Kayaks on the off chance we could get out onto the water. Within 40 minutes of turning up at the office, we were sorted out for a two hour paddle with Tyla. It was one f the best parts of our trip on the South Island. We were very impressed with Tyla's professionalism and his awareness of safety but with a relaxed attitude so that we felt very well cared for. We loved seeing seals up close and an albatross soaring up above us. Tyla's knowledge of the local wildlife and obvious enthusiasm on the subject was infectious. He also explained about the geology and we were treated to see the "Hope Springs" that have appeared since the November earthquake. A combination of an active afternoon, learning about the area and witnessing the wildlife at very close quarters was quite magical.
We would thoroughly recommend Kaikoura Kayaks and hope you have as good a trip as we did.

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Slippy Theslip

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A brilliant day out with Ari and Conner who paired up to make great guides for the morning. The weather was fabulous and I would venture to say that it was better than the whale watching.
The fact that my 72 year old mother enjoyed the double kayak experience is a testament to Ari and Conner's skills and super sense of humour . An awesome paddle with a good balance of knowledge about the geology, marine life and so many other things thrown in. The seals,blue penguins and the new "bubbles" post earthquake (named after Conner's daughter as he discovered them) were something special.
Despite the earthquake and the longer journey to Kaikoura it was more than worth going just for the kayaking. Best to go on a calm sunny day if you can.

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Pete Park

China

Ranking: 9/10

The guys at Kaikoura Kayaks were awesome...friendly, knowledgeable and with a close attention to safety. The equipment provided was of a high quality and made for a pleasant and enjoyable morning on the water. We did see fur seals and they were just as curious as we expected.

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Sandra Egli

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Went to Kaikoura Kayaks for infos on riding the ocean in my own kayak. Matt, the owner, was very helpful, set me up with a guide to learn the ropes and bent over backwards to have special equipment for my boat shipped in. Great experience.

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Teresa Baxter

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Enjoyed my second outing with this well-run, professional and fun team on New Years eve. A great experience to get out on the water for a different perspective of the stunning scenery plus get close to local wildlife. We paddled on the northern side of the peninsular from Jimmy Armers Beach (on my previous trip a couple of years ago we left from South Bay) out to the seal colony rock platform to watch seals on the rocks & in the water, little blue penguins feeding on the water, a group of dusky dolphins swimming by, saw shearwaters & other birds.
Matt, Connor & Ary established a great rapport with the group and provided a comprehensive safety briefing & how to paddle basics before hitting the water. The guides were knowledgeable, fun and safety conscious.
Kaikoura Kayaks provide a great service in a stunning place - highly recommended.

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Scott Mallyon

Ranking: 9/10

We had an excellent morning with Arye and Connor as our guides. They were both very relaxed guys who gave both an informative and humorous trip around South Bay to the seal colony. The mountainous backdrop made for a spectacular view. Thanks guys.