Kaikoura Kayaks

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325 Rankers Reviews

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1 Sea Kayaking

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

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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!

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Location

South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura

Categories

  • 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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Kate's avatar

Kate

Ranking: 10/10

Super fun way to spend a Saturday morning & get all the seal facts from Emma (very knowledgeable & great guide). Really recommend as an unique way to see the marine life in kaikoura.

Reviewed 9 days ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the great review Kate! We agree, seeing Marine Life by kayak is unique and something awesome to do here in Kaikoura.

Many thanks,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Janet wheeler

Ranking: 10/10

Emma gave us a fantastic time Kayaking in Kaikoura we loved our time with her as she showed us the seals and to our suprize a humpback whale so close to us, it was a real buzz.her knowlegde of the area was fantastic.
Thankyou Emma

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the 10/10 review Janet!
Sounds like you had a wonderful tour with guide Emma, the NZ Fur Seals and a bonus suprise Humpback Whale!

Many thanks,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Karen Howie

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome afternoon. Emma was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and would highly recommend the experience!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the great review and recommendation Karen!

Thanks,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Fred

Ranking: 10/10

It was an awsome experience! We did the sunset tour and Math was a great guide.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the 10/10 review Fred!

Regards,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Abbey

Ranking: 10/10

Highlight of our trip so far!
We absolutely loved this kayaking experience! Saw soooo many seals both in the water and on the rocks. Our guides Emma and Cohen were super friendly, fun and professional. 100% worth doing. Stunning views, super close encounters with the seals and great guides! Support this local small business, you won’t regret it!

Reviewed 6 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi Abbey,

Pleased to hear the tour was the highlight of your trip! We will pass the great feedback onto Emma and Cowan.

Thanks for coming out with us!
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Els Vloedbeld

Ranking: 10/10

Kayaking with Kaikoura kayaks was awsome. The guides where very clear and educating. They were funny and freindly and they give you always a safe feeling. So they are really professionals I should say.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi Els,
Pleased to hear you enjoyed kayaking with us! Thanks for the honest review

Regards,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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JB

Ranking: 10/10

Kayak with seals
An excellent experience with Emma and Maria who have an exceptional knowledge of nature and biodiversity in the region
Teaching was exceptional with a good focus on safety
I fully recommend- an amazing and enjoyable experience

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for the 10/10 review! Awseome to hear the great feedback, we will be sure to pass it onto our guides.

Many thanks,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Warren Taylor

Ranking: 9/10

Kaikoura kayaks put together a memorable experience. Perfect weather. The team at Kaikoura Kayaks were professional and refreshingly chilled and easy to talk too
Fur seals and dolphins were found during our trip. I would happily recommend this experience.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the review and recommedation Warren!

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Dee

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 9 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the review Dee!

We hope to see you again for another tour :)

Many thanks,
The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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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 about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for your 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 over 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

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

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LYDIA ADAMS

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 over 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

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

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Fee08

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 over 1 year 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!