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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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263 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 21.

Rick  Goldsbrough's avatar

Rick Goldsbrough

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience out on the water with the guys. Peaceful morning with a great team, friendly, knowledgable and awesome to get along with. Highly recommended - plenty of seals to see too!!!

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Jordi Carrasco


Ranking: 10/10

Great experience kayaking with Kaikoura kayaks' crew. We enjoyed paddleing around the seals' colonies and the instructors were very helpful and gently. AMAZING!!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for your great review:)

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Bj Thomas

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience .Very professional and safety conscious. Put on great Kayaking day . Lots of Seals and birdlife amazing views of mountains. Recommend as a close to nature adventure with out disturbing wildlife.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for your awesome review:)

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Ranking: 10/10

Great experience. The staff were extremely welcoming and professional. We saw so many seals which was great. Would definitely recommend if visiting Kaikoura

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for taking the time to review and for the recommendation:)

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Saskia Frank


Ranking: 9/10

The team is super friendly and helpful. Our guide had a great wildlife knowledge. We saw cute seals, two of them in the water, many birds and we could see the stunning snowy mountains. The Kayak trip is a cool adventure for everyone!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Its hard to beat paddling with snow capped mountains in the background!

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Sam Sareen


Ranking: 10/10

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide, good quality kayaks and beautiful location.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks Sam:) We agree Kaikoura is beautiful!

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Ranking: 9/10

Had a brilliant morning out on the water. Guide (Conor) was friendly, helpful and made the experience really fun. He knew a lot about the surrounding area and wildlife. Felt safe the whole time. Equipment was in good condition. Thanks very much for a great morning.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for joining us:)

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Hong Kong

Ranking: 10/10

Had a wonderful kayak out to see the seals today. Very professional and felt very safe. Conner was a very good guide and could give extra information about wild life.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you Charlie:)

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Laura Gnesko

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is a great experience regardless of the weather/season. Matt and Connor are great kayak guides. They are experienced and extremely friendly paddlers with good knowledge of the surrounding area and sea life. This is a safe and fun experience for all levels of kayakers. Highly recommended activity if you are visiting the area.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you so much, we love that we can operate all year round show casing our beautiful town and its marine life.

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Laura Anderson


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 (:

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you, Conner really enjoyed paddling with you:)

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Maureen Yeo


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.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow what a trip!

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Breanna Barker


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:)