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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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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.

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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:)

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Daniel Ryan

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience. Connor was an excellent guide, extremely funny and we'll informed. Highly recommended

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks heaps:)

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Erika Browne

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Such a fun time with Conner would recommend anyone to go on this trip

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for your recommendation:)

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Heleen Middel

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

I had a great time paddling with Conner! Although the wildlife was a bit shy we managed to see a few curious seals (and a lot of lazy ones) and a large group of shearwaters passing by. I learned a lot about the geology and the wildlife around here. Definitely a must-do when you're visiting Kaikoura! Thanks for an awesome day :)

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks Helen, the shearwaters are stunning we are very lucky:)

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Lee Fritz

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic experience start to finish - they talked with us on the phone on what we could expect as a family tour and accommodated us with two young children. On the morning of the tour our guide Connor greeted us and talked through every step of the setup, giving safety information in addition to history of the area. Once we were on the water we were able to go at our own pace and take in the wildlife from a distance where our kids were comfortable. Connor got some great pictures while we were on the water, and shared them with us as we cruised back to shore. All of our questions were answered, and we felt extremely supported in making this trip as a whole family. Thanks, Kaikoura Kayaks!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for your great review:)

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Karl O'Reilly

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Although quite windy initially the weather mellowed and we got a great day on the water. The more it calmed the more time we spent on the water. We went for the seal kayak tour and of course got up close to some seals on the rocks and in the water, saw some rare birds too. The guide (Conor I believe) knew all about the wildlife and the area and was more than happy to answer our questions. Really good kayak and safety equipment used. Well kept sea kayaks, vests, spray skirts etc. Also plenty of safety measures taken to ensure a smooth trip. Suitable and enjoyable for all levels of experience.

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks heaps Karl:)

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Kylie Cloke

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!! Had such a great time, loved seeing the Hector Dolphins and the Seals. Connor the tour guide was excellent, great briefing beforehand and his knowledge of the area made the tour really interesting. Totally recommend this tour!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks Kylie:)

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Alice

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time sea kayaking with these guys. The equipment was all pretty new and really good quality. It wasn't busy and we ended up having a private tour which was awesome! We saw fur seals and an albatross which was cool. Although, you can see a lot of the fur seals without kayaking by walking along the shore - however, it is a lot more fun to see them in the sea and have the experience of sea kayaking.
We would definitely do this again and recommend it to anyone visiting Kaikoura!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for the recommendation Alice, we would love to see you again:)

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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!!!

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you:)