Kaikoura Kayaks



322 Rankers Reviews

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1 Sea Kayaking

2 Kaikoura


Seal Kayaking
Chance Encounters with Dusky Dolphins
Paddle with Blue Penguins
Paddle with the mighty Albatross!
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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Fred's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

It was an awsome experience! We did the sunset tour and Math was a great guide.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Abbey's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Highlight of our trip so far!
We absolutely loved this kayaking experience! Saw soooo many seals both in the water and on the rocks. Our guides Emma and Cohen were super friendly, fun and professional. 100% worth doing. Stunning views, super close encounters with the seals and great guides! Support this local small business, you won’t regret it!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Els Vloedbeld

Ranking: 10/10

Kayaking with Kaikoura kayaks was awsome. The guides where very clear and educating. They were funny and freindly and they give you always a safe feeling. So they are really professionals I should say.

Reviewed 4 months ago

JB's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Kayak with seals
An excellent experience with Emma and Maria who have an exceptional knowledge of nature and biodiversity in the region
Teaching was exceptional with a good focus on safety
I fully recommend- an amazing and enjoyable experience

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Warren Taylor

Ranking: 9/10

Kaikoura kayaks put together a memorable experience. Perfect weather. The team at Kaikoura Kayaks were professional and refreshingly chilled and easy to talk too
Fur seals and dolphins were found during our trip. I would happily recommend this experience.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Dee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience with really knowledgeable guides! Thought we saw the planes circling some whales so we went for a look, didn’t see any but hung out with some seals instead. Cruisy day and we were so fortunate to have awesome weather! Would definitely fly back to NZ just to do this again and would recommend to all!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Johanna Weidenbruch

Ranking: 10/10

It was amazing! The two guides Maria and Cole were so nice and friendly. We saw so many dolphins. A group of over hundred was swimming around us. They were jumping out of the water and interacting with us. Just a stunning moment. Thanks a lot for this great experience!

We were really lucky to see such a big group of dolphins. That’s not usually. But I think without the dolphins it will be a great kayaking experience as well. There is so many interesting marine life in Kaikoura and the guides are trying their best to get you as close as possible to that marine life.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for you review!
Sounds like you hit the jackpot out there with all of the Dolphins!
From the friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks

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Dickinson Ann

Ranking: 10/10

Kayaking in Kaikoura ... Great experience Excellent guides and coaches . Highly recommend 👍👍

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi, Thanks for your review!
Pleased to hear you had such a great expperience.

From the friendly crew at Kaikoura Kayaks

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LYDIA ADAMS's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Best experience - a real must do! The guys were all very knowledgeable of both the area + wildlife & respectful of both as well as all their guests. They explained everything well so even a novice could go out & have a great time + be inspired to go again. We saw seals & penguins & had a great time riding some waves back into shore too.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks for your review!
Sounds like you had an awesome experience.

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 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Thanks a lot for your review,
Sounds like you had a good experience and it's awesome to hear the guides were so helpful!

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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 about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Hi, Thanks for your review!
Awesome to know you had a great time with Conner.

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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 about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Sounds like the guides gave you some super fun facts and provided you with an awesome tour, glad to hear!
From the team at Kaikoura Kayaks.

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 about 1 year ago

Kaikoura Kayaks responds:

Wow! not every day we get to see Orca so this must have been a very special trip!
Glad you enjoyed.