Kaikoura Kayaks, Kaikoura Region, NZ - 299 travel reviews for Kaikoura Kayaks
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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!

Contact

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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299 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 23.

Sam Cherry's avatar

Sam Cherry

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience! Had kids aged 3 & 5 with us, guides were fantastic, we were lucky enough to see dolphins as well as seals. Highly recommend

Reviewed 20 days ago

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Friederike

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience, we saw seals, albatross, and even a shark (?!) - our guide was funny and knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. Could not recommend it more!

Reviewed 22 days ago

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ianbeaumont235@gmail.com

Ranking: 10/10

Ruby was a great guide - knowledgeable and friendly - no dolphins on this trip, but plenty of fur seals and bird life.
Good kit and very stable double kayaks - highly recommended.

Reviewed 28 days ago

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Steve O'Brien

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience, very relaxed and well run operation. Our guides Ruby and Tyler were fantastic.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Dave Haughan

Ranking: 10/10

Great trip, anyone that finds themselves in Kaikoura should definitely do this - you won’t regret it! Connor was a great guide, knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife and also a great sense of humour. They provide all the gear you need so all you need to do is turn up with your camera 📷
We got up close to plenty of fur seals, swimming around the kayaks whilst sun bathing. Also great views of the bay and surrounding mountains. Thanks to the guys for running a very well organised trip.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Robert

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best things we have done here in Kaikoura.... something everyone should do... trip to remember always...

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ruud en Wilma

Ranking: 10/10

We had a very good experience. We liked the trip very much, friendly people everything was taken care of !
No hurry and we saw much seals and even 2 baby dolfins .

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Julie's avatar

Julie

Ranking: 10/10

I went on a morning paddle. The weather was perfect and we saw lots of seals up close and personal. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. If you are in Kaikoura and want a bit of a paddle, call Matt at Kaikoura Kayaks.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Michael Gooch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A really excellent experience for adventurous minded people who enjoy moderate exercise and wildlife. Our guide Ruby could not have been better. We had a clear briefing before setting out on our kayaking around the fur seal colony. Plenty of good sightings of the seals. Great value for money. So good I bought the t-shirt !

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Colin

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic evening. I came from Ireland to visit my Daughter and tour the South island. This.wont dissapoint. G8 guides, a beautiful evening spent close to nature and guides who will tell you all you want know about the seals, peguins, landscape...Magical sunset on way back in..Memories are made of these. Tks Mia for the treat

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Roger G

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I are visiting New Zealand from Canada and did the Sunset Classic kayak tour with Kaikoura Kayaks. We had an excellent time kayaking around the Kaikoura Peninsula and spotted many seals as well as a blue penguin and a small albatross. Our guide Sam was great in every way; knowledgeable, approachable and funny.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Georgia Phelps's avatar

Georgia Phelps

Ranking: 10/10

Such a great tour to do whilst you're in Kaikoura! It's an awesome way to get up close and personal with the wildlife without being on a tour boat filled with other people. It was magical to be out paddling around the coast and seeing all the seals and animals in the water right beside you. Best way to see Kaikoura. Definitely recommend and Conner and Sam were great guides to make the whole tour fun but also felt nice and safe out there in the ocean. Thanks guys and see you next time I'm coming through Kaikoura! ! ✌😊

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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SHELLEY E BLYTHE

Ranking: 10/10

The sunset tour with Sam was excellent. They were efficient, very professional, great on safety briefings and we saw fur seals, albatross, someone else saw a little blue penguin. Plus surfing waves on the Pacific. I would highly recommend this company esp Sam is one of the best kayak guides I have encountered.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Sam Cherry's avatar

Sam Cherry

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience! Had kids aged 3 & 5 with us, guides were fantastic, we were lucky enough to see dolphins as well as seals. Highly recommend

Reviewed 20 days ago

Friederike's avatar

Friederike

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience, we saw seals, albatross, and even a shark (?!) - our guide was funny and knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. Could not recommend it more!

Reviewed 22 days ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 95 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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ianbeaumont235@gmail.com's avatar

ianbeaumont235@gmail.com

Ranking: 10/10

Ruby was a great guide - knowledgeable and friendly - no dolphins on this trip, but plenty of fur seals and bird life.
Good kit and very stable double kayaks - highly recommended.

Reviewed 28 days ago

Steve O'Brien's avatar

Steve O'Brien

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience, very relaxed and well run operation. Our guides Ruby and Tyler were fantastic.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Dave Haughan's avatar

Dave Haughan

Ranking: 10/10

Great trip, anyone that finds themselves in Kaikoura should definitely do this - you won’t regret it! Connor was a great guide, knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife and also a great sense of humour. They provide all the gear you need so all you need to do is turn up with your camera 📷
We got up close to plenty of fur seals, swimming around the kayaks whilst sun bathing. Also great views of the bay and surrounding mountains. Thanks to the guys for running a very well organised trip.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Robert's avatar

Robert

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best things we have done here in Kaikoura.... something everyone should do... trip to remember always...

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Ruud en Wilma's avatar

Ruud en Wilma

Ranking: 10/10

We had a very good experience. We liked the trip very much, friendly people everything was taken care of !
No hurry and we saw much seals and even 2 baby dolfins .

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Julie's avatar

Julie

Ranking: 10/10

I went on a morning paddle. The weather was perfect and we saw lots of seals up close and personal. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. If you are in Kaikoura and want a bit of a paddle, call Matt at Kaikoura Kayaks.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Michael Gooch's avatar

Michael Gooch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A really excellent experience for adventurous minded people who enjoy moderate exercise and wildlife. Our guide Ruby could not have been better. We had a clear briefing before setting out on our kayaking around the fur seal colony. Plenty of good sightings of the seals. Great value for money. So good I bought the t-shirt !

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Colin's avatar

Colin

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic evening. I came from Ireland to visit my Daughter and tour the South island. This.wont dissapoint. G8 guides, a beautiful evening spent close to nature and guides who will tell you all you want know about the seals, peguins, landscape...Magical sunset on way back in..Memories are made of these. Tks Mia for the treat

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Award-1-24px Congratulations Kaikoura Kayaks

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Sea Kayaking Winner

Roger G's avatar

Roger G

Ranking: 10/10

My wife and I are visiting New Zealand from Canada and did the Sunset Classic kayak tour with Kaikoura Kayaks. We had an excellent time kayaking around the Kaikoura Peninsula and spotted many seals as well as a blue penguin and a small albatross. Our guide Sam was great in every way; knowledgeable, approachable and funny.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Georgia Phelps's avatar

Georgia Phelps

Ranking: 10/10

Such a great tour to do whilst you're in Kaikoura! It's an awesome way to get up close and personal with the wildlife without being on a tour boat filled with other people. It was magical to be out paddling around the coast and seeing all the seals and animals in the water right beside you. Best way to see Kaikoura. Definitely recommend and Conner and Sam were great guides to make the whole tour fun but also felt nice and safe out there in the ocean. Thanks guys and see you next time I'm coming through Kaikoura! ! ✌😊

Reviewed about 1 month ago

SHELLEY E BLYTHE's avatar

SHELLEY E BLYTHE

Ranking: 10/10

The sunset tour with Sam was excellent. They were efficient, very professional, great on safety briefings and we saw fur seals, albatross, someone else saw a little blue penguin. Plus surfing waves on the Pacific. I would highly recommend this company esp Sam is one of the best kayak guides I have encountered.

Reviewed about 1 month ago