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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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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 :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.

304 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 24.

Nathan's avatar

Nathan

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 days ago

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Glenys

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month 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 3 months ago

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Caitlin

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 4 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks Team:)

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Grant

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 5 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!

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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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 6 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

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

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Friederike

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 7 months ago

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ianbeaumont235@gmail.com

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 7 months ago

Steve O'Brien's avatar

Steve O'Brien

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience, very relaxed and well run operation. Our guides Ruby and Tyler were fantastic.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Dave Haughan's avatar

Dave Haughan

Ranking: 10/10

Great trip, anyone that finds themselves in Kaikoura should definitely do this - you won’t regret it! Connor was a great guide, knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife and also a great sense of humour. They provide all the gear you need so all you need to do is turn up with your camera 📷
We got up close to plenty of fur seals, swimming around the kayaks whilst sun bathing. Also great views of the bay and surrounding mountains. Thanks to the guys for running a very well organised trip.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Robert's avatar

Robert

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best things we have done here in Kaikoura.... something everyone should do... trip to remember always...

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ruud en Wilma

Ranking: 10/10

We had a very good experience. We liked the trip very much, friendly people everything was taken care of !
No hurry and we saw much seals and even 2 baby dolfins .

Reviewed 7 months ago

Julie's avatar

Julie

Ranking: 10/10

I went on a morning paddle. The weather was perfect and we saw lots of seals up close and personal. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. If you are in Kaikoura and want a bit of a paddle, call Matt at Kaikoura Kayaks.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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304 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 24.

Nathan's avatar

Nathan

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 days ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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Glenys's avatar

Glenys

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Mary S.'s avatar

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 3 months ago

Caitlin's avatar

Caitlin

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 4 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks Team:)

Grant's avatar

Grant

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 5 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!

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Sam Cherry's avatar

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 6 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

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

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Friederike's avatar

Friederike

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 7 months ago

Award-1-24px Congratulations Kaikoura Kayaks

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Sea Kayaking Winner

ianbeaumont235@gmail.com's avatar

ianbeaumont235@gmail.com

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 7 months ago

Steve O'Brien's avatar

Steve O'Brien

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience, very relaxed and well run operation. Our guides Ruby and Tyler were fantastic.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Dave Haughan's avatar

Dave Haughan

Ranking: 10/10

Great trip, anyone that finds themselves in Kaikoura should definitely do this - you won’t regret it! Connor was a great guide, knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife and also a great sense of humour. They provide all the gear you need so all you need to do is turn up with your camera 📷
We got up close to plenty of fur seals, swimming around the kayaks whilst sun bathing. Also great views of the bay and surrounding mountains. Thanks to the guys for running a very well organised trip.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Robert's avatar

Robert

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best things we have done here in Kaikoura.... something everyone should do... trip to remember always...

Reviewed 7 months ago

Ruud en Wilma's avatar

Ruud en Wilma

Ranking: 10/10

We had a very good experience. We liked the trip very much, friendly people everything was taken care of !
No hurry and we saw much seals and even 2 baby dolfins .

Reviewed 7 months ago

Julie's avatar

Julie

Ranking: 10/10

I went on a morning paddle. The weather was perfect and we saw lots of seals up close and personal. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. If you are in Kaikoura and want a bit of a paddle, call Matt at Kaikoura Kayaks.

Reviewed 7 months ago