Kaikoura Kayaks



309 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

1 Sea Kayaking

1 Kaikoura




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!


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • 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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Marjan D's avatar

Marjan D

Ranking: 10/10

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon/ evening in a sea kayak, enjoying seals on the rocks and in the water.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Andrew Barclift

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome fun ! The guides were great, knowledgeable and caring ! We had Cowan, he was a rad dude and made sure everything went smooth the whole time, even offering water proof pants to my wife as we came unprepared. Highly recommend it, it’s safe, exciting, and wonderful to see the wildlife this way. Do it! You will not regret it.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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thomas's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Had a great first time kayaking with our guide Blake. Thank you for a great experience.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Sue, UK

Ranking: 10/10

Had a fantastic trip out with the lads from Kaikōura Kayaks. They are very knowledgeable, helpful and really good fun. We had a perfect day weather wise and the lads helped us make the most of it. The fur seals were beautiful and a privilege to see in their natural environment. This trip would be suitable for a variety of ages and all abilities even if you haven’t kayaked before. Highly recommended and good value for money.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Kathy Lee

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing sunset paddle with the very knowledgeable, informative and friendly Renee. I didn’t get slapped in the face by an octopus, but we did see a seal slapping an octopus for his dinner. Throw in a blue penguin wave surfing, seals sunbaking and swimming around, beautiful weather and you have a pretty perfect afternoon 😁👍🏼. Great fun, excellent value for money and a must do in Kaikoura

Reviewed 3 months ago

Nathan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Half day fur seal kayak tour.
Awesome experience with lots of seals a pod of dolphins and a passing whale. A trip not to be missed

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Glenys's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful experience. Connor is a great guide very knowledgeable experienced and friendly. You really must do this when in Kaikoura.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Mary S.

Ranking: 10/10

Kayaking was a great experience! It wasn’t labor intensive at all and actual kayaking was about 2.5 hours with seeing seals, dolphins, and stingray along the way. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and took photos throughout that he was happy to send to us. Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Caitlin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a wonderful experience! We saw many seals up close, and Connor was a great guide. My husband gives it the “seal” of approval!

Reviewed 7 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

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Grant's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely fantastic kayak experience!

In an easy paddle from South Bay we saw whales, dolphins and seals up close. The equipment and safety briefing were excellent and Conner is a brilliant guide - thanks for the experience and great memories

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow what a tour you had! Its not a regular occurrence viewing Whales by kayak but when it happens it is simply "WOW", I'm sure you will always remember this tour:) We are very proud to be the only operator permitted to view Whales by kayak!

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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 10 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thank you for your review:) We love our family kayaking tours!

Friederike's avatar


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 10 months ago

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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 10 months ago