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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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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!

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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.

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Noreen Crombie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We did this as a family-11 and 13 year old kids. We all loved it. Matt was very professional and caring. Good safety briefing. Loved the seals and also saw some blue penguins.
He took time to take some great photos for us. Thanks!

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John Robinson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

I visited Kaikoura as soon as the roads opened after the earthquake and found Kaikoura Kayaks back up and running. Had a great afternoon paddling out with them to see the seals and penguins on the newly transformed coastline. I was impressed by their care and professionalism that was provided with typical Kiwi humour and enthusiasm. Give them a go, yiou will have a gret time and will be helping Kiakoura get back on its feet at the same time.

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Jia Xin Fang

Singapore

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful scenery! I love it!

There are also lots of seals and penguins around so do not worry for those who are slow in spotting them :)

I like that they provide dry bags too. Our guide even helped my family and I take pictures of us when we are out in the sea in our kayaks. (Thanks Matt!)

And not forgetting, all the friendly funny guides! (ps. My mum likes your hair, Arye)

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Helen Tea

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

My brother, teenage nieces and I went out with Kaikoura Kayaks a few days ago and had the most fantastic experience. Our guide Ari was friendly, helpful, professional and fun. It felt safe but also adventurous and we all had the most amazing time. I've done most of the tourist trips around Kaikoura now, and kayaking on South Bay was by far the best. We paddled around a visiting cruise ship, visited seals on the rocks, some of whom interacted with us. Ari was very informative about them, the various sea birds and other marine life around us. We took it easy on the calm blue waters, soaking in the spectacular scenery, and paddled in to shore on the waves. The girls became tired near the end of our two hours on the water and Ari towed them back. We all want to go again ASAP! If you can only do one thing on a visit to Kaikoura, I say go Sea Kayaking! The lunch group who went out a few hours after us even saw dolphins. Just "wow"!

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Aimee Theobald

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant experience with knowledgeable guides who go at your pace. Very friendly and safety conscious! Loved it!