Water activity

Kaikoura: Half-Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

4.7 / 5

49 reviews

Activity provider: Kaikoura Kayaks
Water activity

Kaikoura: Half-Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: Kaikoura Kayaks

From US$ 80.64 per person


Head off on a kayak through the beautiful coastal waters with guaranteed seal viewing and breathtaking views of the rugged coastline. Enjoy chance encounters with dolphins and blue penguins.

About this activity

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Enjoy the fun of a kayaking experience with experienced guides
  • Marvel at the diverse wildlife of the Kaikoura coast
  • Paddle alongside fur seals as they search for their dinner
  • Be amazed by the beautiful coastal waters and dramatic landscapes of New Zealand
Full description
Begin your adventure in the town of Kaikoura where you will meet your professional guides. Receive a short safety briefing and paddling lesson before being allocated all the necessary equipment for the tour. Head out on the waters of the beautiful ocean surrounding the city. Kayak along the Kaikoura coastline, where you will take in the magnificent views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks, and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. Experience the excitement of watching cute fur seals ducking, weaving, and diving around your kayak. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to paddle gently along with these beautiful animals as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of octopus. This tour is suitable for all ages and abilities while operating year-round, and doesn't require any previous kayaking experience. Encounter a diverse range of wildlife on the New Zealand coastline and see some of the country's most beautiful animals.
  • All kayaking equipment
  • Safety briefing
  • 3-3.5-hour kayaking experience
  • Commentary from an expert guide
  • Life jackets
  • Dry bag for cameras
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Jeans

Know before you go

  • This tour is suitable for all levels of experience and the qualified guides will teach you everything you need to know on how to use your kayak.
  • You will need a water bottle, thermal top/fleece/shorts or light pants.
  • Please do not wear jeans.
  • It is recommended to bring sunglasses, a cap or fleece hat, running shoes or sandals, a towel, and a camera.
  • There is a chance you may get wet during this tour, necessary equipment is provided to minimise the chance of getting wet.
  • All the wildlife are living in their natural habitat, therefore, it cannot be guaranteed that you will see all animals that are listed above.
  • For families travelling with children please include the age, height & weight of the child (necessary to provide lifejackets).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

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Well organised. All the equipment is on excellent condition. Brief but relevant safety and usage instructions for novice kayakers, all delivered with humour. Cam’s knowledge and bad jokes whilst on the water made it very interesting and relaxed. Able to paddle at your own pace and regroup at regular intervals. Plenty of wildlife, some more distant than others but that’s nature, you can’t tell it how to behave! Beautiful sunny day so even without any critters, was a fantastic day to be on the water.

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March 26, 2023

Great knowledgeable guides. While we are experienced kayakers , we were impressed by the thorough overview they gave about safety and equipment. We didn’t see dolphins but plenty of fur seals. Our guide Cam was very amusing and we liked that he took photos of all of us kayaking and air dropped them to us

March 26, 2023

Had a fabulous experience and would 100% recommend these guys. They are really friendly and engaging, and make sure the whole kayaking activity was safe and fun. I was a solo booker and paired up with another. Don't let this put you off as it was great to get to know my partner and work together. The route takes you over to the seal colony and basically had a great paddle in the sea.

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March 26, 2023

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