Kaikoura Kayaks



313 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

1 Sea Kayaking

1 Kaikoura



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


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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Fee08's avatar


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 about 6 hours ago

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Dr. Bill

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly and warm welcome. Very professional and an exciting outing for all levels. Connor, our guide was amazing. What i wanted to know and proved correct, you stay dry, it’s safe, it’s fun!

Reviewed 4 days ago

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Martin Bolech

Ranking: 9/10

Place and conditions of whether were absolutely perfect. We saw seals not just resting on rocks but also in water when they oiled themselves:) instructors were super friendly, anytime helpful and they gave us not just safety information but also very interesting and funny infos about seals, place and other animals or New Zealand culture , great job guys!

Reviewed 12 days ago

Tim's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great trip, staff fun but very attentive to all of us. We saw seal and hoping for dolpins, but a rare opportunity of seeing 8 orcas swim past us was just a delight

Reviewed 25 days ago

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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 2 months 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 3 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 7 months ago

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 9 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

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