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Golden Bay Kayaks

29 Cornwall Place | Tata beach, Takaka 7183, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Takaka
Type: Water sports
Owner description: Kayak Abel Tasman National Park from Golden Bay with Golden Bay Kayaks. Escape the crowds of the south! Guided half day adult and family tours (all... more » Owner description: Kayak Abel Tasman National Park from Golden Bay with Golden Bay Kayaks. Escape the crowds of the south! Guided half day adult and family tours (all ages). Paddle all the Abel Tasman with the northerly wind behind you. One-way rentals and kayak/walk options available. Friendly small company with great prices. « less
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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We took the independent full day trip. When we arrived we were greeted by the helpful owners who were efficient at getting us set up, giving us advise on our route. The boat was great... stored all of our stuff and kept us dry and comfortable. The views, seals, dolphins and birds were amazing and we had a great day.... More

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Paihia, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Friendly and informative training to begin with, followed by the best sea kayaking experience I've ever had. The waters are a perfect clear blue and it was perfectly calm in the conditions I was in. You can reach golden beaches that you can only get to by kayak. I also had an amazingly close encounter with a seal rolling around... More

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Durham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We did a one night, one way self-guided trip from Tata Beach to Totaranui via Separation Point and Mutton Cove. Tony and Lisa provided everything we'd need (kayaks, lift jackets, spray decks, tent, roll mats, stove, snorkling gear) and gave us excellent on the water training. Everything was in great condition and they couldn't have been friendlier. Our only regret... More

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Its great to get reviews like this that are informative and give a true personal insight, thank you! Glad you had a great time and hopefully one day you will be back to complete the entire length. Many thanks Lisa and Tony More

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I can recommend the 2 day trip around Separation point to all who want kayaking in the breath taking Abel Tasman park. Picture perfect golden beaches, lush forests, cristal clear warm (to NZ standard) water, seals and penguins what you will find. Tony gave us a very thorough orientation, including safety, area, kayaking, weather conditions - preparing us for any... More

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. Its a wonderful trip that you did and we are glad you had a great time. Happy travels. Lisa and Tony More

Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I would highly recommend Golden Bay Kayaks. They go the extra mile for everyone. They care about their reputation and consequently you will receive an excellent service. We were blown away by how accommodating the were. The kayaks are well maintained, you feel informed and supported and that your safety is paramount. Highly recommended. Louise & Iwan

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Hi Louise and Iwan. It was an absolute pleasure to meet the two of you and thank you for the lovely words, we really appreciate this sort of feedback. All the best for your adventures. Lisa and Tony More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Tony & Lisa have a really great business hiring out kayaks for independent jaunts down the Abel Tasman or day paddles. We hired boats for 3 days to explore the coast and overnight camping at the DOC sites. Tony lent us camping equipment and gave us a safety briefing and water skills practice before we set out. He was full... More

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a lovely and informative review. Its certainly an amazing trip you went on and really glad you all had a wonderful time in one of the most beautiful places in the world More

Montreal
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Great guide, nice kayak, scenery was perfect. We stopped twice for tea and coffee. Wish we could have been in season for penguins sighthings.

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and glad you had a great time. The penguins are awesome we love seeing them too!. Happy adventures! More

New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely half day guided trip and went back another day to sample the stand up paddle boards. The people here are wonderful - enthusiastic and patient and very knowledgable about the area. We went out with a family and although we don't have kids, it was clear to see that they went the extra mile to make... More

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Nice to hear from you. Great to have you guys on board, we love it that you came out for a stand up paddle board as well.....thank you! More

Rolleston, null, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The half day guided tour was great. The guide was funny, infomative and thoughtful. The trip was relaxed and included all that was possible in the time.

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it was a pleasure having you and your crew out on the water. Hopefully see you again soon! More

Los Angeles, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Not for beginners. I suppose you could have a scenic and relaxing kayaking experience if the weather is perfect, but the winds shifted partway through the trip and paddling became unbearably difficult, and I'm relatively fit. Several boats in our group requiring a tether to return to shore. I'm extremely hesitant to write a negative review, as weather is not... More

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Yes the weather is out of our control as it is the sea! I have no idea whether you did a freedom rental or a guided tour but a major part of all our lengthy safety briefings is explaining the weather conditions and what to do if the conditions change and the places where we will pick you up by... More

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