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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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MJ Macdonald

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Easy online registration, friendly guides and comfortable, well maintained kayaks for pairs. Good instruction, and appropriate for beginners— not too much paddling and great scenery.

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Kristen Barrett

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We had a brilliant time seeing the fur seals, dolphins and birdlife with Kaikoura Kayaks. We were in quite a large group, but had three guides which meant we could split up and paddle at a pace that suited us. Tyler was our guide and he had plenty of interesting facts about the marine life and the Kaikoura region. He gave us some great tips for the rest of our trip in the area too, which really paid off. We had a brilliant time and would definitely do the trip again. The Kaikoura coast is spectacular and it was great to experience it in a kayak among the elements, as opposed to just sitting on a boat.

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Lisa Hurry

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an awesome day! Thank you Connor and Callum. These guys took us on a trip that started out looking like it was going to be fun, then, wow, a huge pod of dusky dolphins arrived and it turned into an amazing and memorable trip. The guides were fantastic from start to finish. I especially enjoyed seeing them as excited as we were when we were surrounded by dolphins, it showed me that they are passionate about their work. They showed great respect and knowledge not only for the marine animals we saw, but also for the local environment and history. Thanks for a fantastic day!

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Petra Klerken

Hong Kong

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful morning on the water. Our son (5) really enjoyed sitting in the middle of our kayak and spot the animals. Good gear, fun atmosphere and the guides are great. Tyler spent most time with us, great with kids and he was a very good source of info! Thanks all for a super nice tour.

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zer mo

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Must do if you're spending time in Kaikoura.

Our guide Sam was easy going and flexible with options, but also very professional and knowledgeable.

Seeing the seals close up was brilliant and kayaking out in the water and looking back at the landscape was marvellous.

Paddle around to whalers bay, weather or group size permitting!

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Daniel Sullivan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great way to spend a couple of hours and see the fur seals. Our guide, Sam, was very professional and knowledgable. Excellent equipment. Highly recommended.

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Lolliedives

Ranking: 10/10

Had a brilliant afternoon with Connor and Sam kayaking to see the seals. I am not that sporty normally and had been concerned that as a lady of a ’certain age’ it might be somehow dangerous or too strenuous for me but it was just great: exhilarating and energetic without being too tiring. The bay is beautiful and the seals lovely to watch on the rocks. Highly recommended!

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Phil Baaten

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Visited Matt and Connor on the 14/10/2017 for an evening kayaking session and have to say that it was fantastic. The guys were amazingly friendly and Connor provided a huge amount of information on the local area and moved around the group ensuring everyone was having a great time. If you are visiting the south island this is a must on the trip and stands out as a favorite of mine, there is nothing like watching the sunset in a kayak with just the noise of the ocean. Thanks again Connor and Matt from Team AUS

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks team AUS for taking the time to put up this review!!
Best of luck with the rest of your travels :-)

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Benjamin Yang

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun kayaking with the seals. Even saw Dolphins which was great. Conner was an excellent guide and knew awesome facts and info about the wild life we saw. Highly recommend doing this and I'll remember this for a very long time.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks Even!!
always special Day when Dolphins pop up!!!

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Joanne Sams

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Wow, what an amazing experience! We were 2 unfit adults with a child with special needs and we couldn't have felt safer. We saw lots of seals and had a wonderful time! Our guide, Conner, was just fabulous.
We would highly recommend this to anyone!
Thank you Kaikora Kayaks 😀

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks heaps and thank you for visiting Kaikoura:)

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Susan Davey

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Arrived in Kaikoura on a beautiful sunny day and gathered at Kaikoura Kayaks. Meeting team helpful and friendly. We set off to Southbay and had informed briefing covering all scenarios we might encounter. Then hit the water. What a great experience this was. Very varying levels of kayaking skills and ages and all of us had a wonderful day. We were lucky with calm water and no wind to speak of. On our trip we saw basking seals and blessed to be able to play with a pod of dusky dolphins. Conner our guide was excellent with his knowledge of all we saw and his history of the region, also making it fun with his mild manner and amazing skill level. Would definitely do it again. 👍😁

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow what a trip you had! Thank you for your wonderful review:)

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Michelle Fox

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had an awesome trip this afternoon. Managed to see lots of seals both from afar and close up as well as one feeding on an octopus!
Conner our guide was fantastic, very professional, easy to talk to and super knowledgeable about the wildlife and area.
Would definitely recommend as a must do in Kaikoura!!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you:)

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Richard Hewitt

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Wow, what a great team and a great experience. We were first met by Kim in the office who was totally accommodating in fitting our family of 5 into a tour for the next day. Matt and Connor are both fantastic guides who are professional yet relaxed and have a great sense of humor. They were ably assisted by two work experience students, Matt and Jake. Matt (work experience version) teamed up with our 6 year old son and did an excellent job in looking after him and managing his 'need for speed' and regular supply of energy boosting 'treats'! Matt (senior) was our main guide and was fantastic in giving us a relaxed and enjoyable tour with some great education and information, plus a good dose of humor, mixed in. We had as great view of the seals and were lucky to get up and close to one in the water. Greatly enjoyed going around the point and into the open water.

Kaikoura will be a highlight of our NZ South Island adventure and Kaikoura Kayaks is a big part of this. Thanks again team - I can't recommend you highly enough!!

Regards
Richard, Susan, Cybele, Callum & Cooper

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow thanks team! It was a pleasure meeting and paddling with your family:)