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Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura provided by Kaikoura Kayaks

Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
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Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 New Zealand's only Sea Kayak operator that holds a marine mammal permit to view Whales. Kaikoura's only Kayak operator that holds a marine mammal permit to view Dolphins and Seals. New Zealand's 1st Friend of the Sea sustainable operator for Dolphin and Whale viewing. Traditional double sea kayaks with cockpits and spray skirts for a dry ride and rudders for easy steering. Qualified New Zealand guides. 100% guaranteed to view Fur Seals on all tours. Family Friendly - operating year round. The Wildlife Kayaking tour is the real deal!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak on a private tour with Kaikoura Kayaks. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus. But be sure to keep your distance as they devour their delicious dinner in front of you, then watch in amazement as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean going) birds swoop in to clean up the tasty left-overs. This adventure around the beautiful coastal waters takes in the breath-taking views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. This fun tour is suitable for all ages and abilities while operating year round and doesn't require any previous kayaking experience. These professionally guided kayaking expeditions adhere to the highest of safety standards. Our 3 - 3.5hr Wildlife Kayaking tours are one of the most popular activity tours in Kaikoura.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak on a private tour with Kaikoura Kayaks. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus. But be sure to keep your distance as they devour their delicious dinner in front of you, then watch in amazement as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean going) birds swoop in to clean up the tasty left-overs. This adventure around the beautiful coastal waters takes in the breath-taking views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. This fun tour is suitable for all ages and abilities while operating year round and doesn't require any previous kayaking experience. These professionally guided kayaking expeditions adhere to the highest of safety standards. Our 3 - 3.5hr Wildlife Kayaking tours are one of the most popular activity tours in Kaikoura.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 246568P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Dry bags for camera's, all kayaking equipment, paddle jackets, wet shoes, spray skirts, dry pants, gloves and hats over the winter months.
  • Private transportation
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 19 Killarney Street, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand Travel through the main street of Kaikoura South past the Information Centre towards the seal colony and take your first right off the Esplanade on to Killarney st. Look for the Kaikoura Kayaks yellow street sign and flying banner at our base.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Dry bags for camera's, all kayaking equipment, paddle jackets, wet shoes, spray skirts, dry pants, gloves and hats over the winter months.
  • Private transportation
Departure details
  • 19 Killarney Street, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand Travel through the main street of Kaikoura South past the Information Centre towards the seal colony and take your first right off the Esplanade on to Killarney st. Look for the Kaikoura Kayaks yellow street sign and flying banner at our base.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Oct 31, 2021
A note from Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
Kaikoura is @ Covid Alert Level 2
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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5.0
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Pontus Wedell
1 contribution
Expensive
Oct 2021 • Family
Good spot, and probably guaranteed to encounter seals. Very very pricy. Its basically 400 nzd for renting two twin kayaks and paddle around the seal colony. Given the price I can’t recommend it even if the guides were nice people.
Written October 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
KaikouraKayaks
Hi PW20212, Thanks for your honest feedback. Just to clarify the price is $260 NZD pp for a PRIVATE “Guided Wildlife Kayaking Tour” which guaranties NZ Fur Seal viewing with chance encounters of Dolphins, Blue Penguins and your own Guide using a traditional Sea Kayak. The price for Sit On Top Kayak Hire is $55.00 NZD PP or Sea Kayak Hire $70.00 NZD PP for a half day. Hope this helps PW20212. The Kaikoura Kayaks Team.
Written October 16, 2021
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tedcowan7
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
Great winter family kayak trip
Jul 2021
Great family trip. Josh was a fun and knowledgable guide and having a couple of training outdoor education enthusiasts (Francois and Ben) was an added bonus. We felt safe, warm and looked after the whole time.
Written July 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thanks Cowan family! We are glad to hear you felt safe and warm while out on the water :) We'll be sure to pass on the good feedback onto guide Josh and up and coming guides Francois and Ben!
Written July 16, 2021
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Sarah J
1 contribution
Loved it
Jul 2021 • Family
Awesome instructor, adapted to the level of competency of his group. Great way to experience the deal life, learn about some history and get a bit of exercise in! Also moved our trip so we could experience the best conditions in a tricky forecast
Written July 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Sarah, thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing your birthday with us! It was a really fun adventure for us too, I will remember that trip forever. I hope the rest of the family holiday goes well. Catch you next time, thanks again - Josh.
Written July 10, 2021
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BISSERIER E
1 contribution
Awesome experience
May 2021 • Solo
Wow, such an amazing day ! We had the chance to see some seals and play with dolphins ! Thanks a lot Emma :)
Written May 11, 2021
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Seals and Dolphins, how lucky! Thanks again for paddling with us:)
Written May 16, 2021
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Mosaic By S
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Amazing tour with 8 year old!
Emma the tour guide was a GEM, she really made my daughter feel comfortable and confident in water!

Good people and great customer service
Loved it 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Written April 12, 2021
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KaikouraKayaks
Thank you! Emma is a GEM:)
Written April 19, 2021
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sandrakevin
Auckland, New Zealand41 contributions
Up close and personal
Apr 2021 • Couples
Our guide Shay was confident, informed and relaxed. We thoroughly enjoyed our kayak trip. An excellent way to be up and close and personal with whatever wildlife shows up on the day. Highly recommend!
Written April 2, 2021
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KaikouraKayaks
Thank you so much for your recommendation:)
Written April 3, 2021
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Ayla Bae
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing ! Lots of Fun
Nov 2020
It was an amazing experience at the Sea.
Highly recommendable. Our private guide was fantastic !! Thank you so much Jonna.
Written November 15, 2020
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We are pleased you enjoyed your Private Tour with us! Thanks, The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks
Written November 16, 2020
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Rich Turner
2 contributions
Jaw dropping
Oct 2020
Thanks to Jonna , Emma and the boss for a magical experience,, paddling with the seals and the Dusky Dolphins. Literally stuck for words at the awesomeness , I must of said WOW a hundred times. Very professional and friendly . You just have to go and do it if your around Kaikora.
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Richard & Natalie
Dunedin NZ
Written October 15, 2020
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KaikouraKayaks
We are really happy to hear 'Wow' a hundred times:) Thank you very paddling with us!
Written October 19, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paul H
2 contributions
Not just another sea kayaking outfit
Jul 2020
Not enough good things to say about Matt & the crew!!!! We were there for a camp with youth. This might not be why you are there but their ability to accommodate us speaks of the flexibility and desire to meet your needs.

We paddled in the morning with one group & then the afternoon with another. Both groups were youth who were tell taken care of. Some highlights...

* Orientation and time to get on the water was quick and thorough, allowing us maximum time on the water.
* Ability to paddle in the open ocean. There are lots of sea kayaking outfits in NZ but few/none as unique as Kaikōura Kayaks in their ability (weather willing) to take clients into the open ocean. The big ground swells rolling up underneath us was amazing for the kids.
* At no time did we feel out of our depth and therefore Matt and his crew had great management of real risks & perceived risk.
* Time spent on interpretation of local wildlife was great, and at a level that our campers understood and felt tuned into.

As I said there are lots of sea kayaking providers in NZ but if you want something that separates a paddling experience from all the others... Go and see Matt at Kaikōura Sea Kayaks
Written July 18, 2020
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Hi Paul and the Scripture Union crew! Thanks for the detailed review, we are pleased to be able to accommodate our trips for speciality tours like this, it makes for fun, practical hands-on learning! Look forward to seeing you all in Kaikoura again next year:) Many thanks, The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks
Written July 30, 2020
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Jollene W
2 contributions
A must do kayaking experience
Jul 2020 • Family
A big thanks to Matt and Renee for fitting us in so we could give our kids an ultimate experience. From the time of booking communication and service was awesome. Such a professional team. Renee was very patient and excellent with the kids. Highly recommend this experience. Well worth the money. Thanks team from the Warrington family. May the force be with you guys
Written July 13, 2020
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Hi The Warrington Family, Thanks for the 5 star review, we are pleased you enjoyed the kayaking tour and that it was fun for the whole family! Many thanks, The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks
Written July 30, 2020
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Dreamcove
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Miles and Sophie #1
Brilliant morning on the water with our knowledgeable and interesting guides Miles and Sophie. After an expertly de
Mearsy1931
Mearsy1931
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Ended our trip on a high! Fantastic!
We had an amazing trip with tour guide Emma, she was outgoing enthusiastic knowledgeable! We both highly recommend
BritishKiwi2021
BritishKiwi2021
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Amazing
A really amazing tour, 100% recommend, I had such a fab time, saw dolphins, seals, penguins, and bird, as well as l
Gemma W
Gemma W
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Great morning
Guide Miles was professional, funny, easy going. We were lucky enough to spot dolphins within the first 5 mins of o
N2038BGemilyc
N2038BGemilyc
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Relaxing kayak but wouldn’t recommend
The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Equipment was in good condition and It was a nice relaxing trip wit
800ashtynj
800ashtynj
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Kayaking legends!
Best way to end the day, super friendly team and easy going. Great views of fur seals especially while watching the
D1189QMnikkic
D1189QMnikkic
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Relaxed afternoon paddling
We had a fab afternoon on the family kayaking tour....amazing scenery, saw loads of seals and a little blue penguin
Russellkwa
Russellkwa
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Awesome trip, brilliant guides.
Extremely well run organisation and amazing guides. From the minute you arrive till the end of the trip, you’re giv
Kiwikwells
Kiwikwells
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Kayaking in paradise
We had an amazing experience! Our lovely guide ensured we were well prepared and supported everyone in the group w
kisalta
kisalta
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Picture perfect backdrops!
Fantastic experience! The team were engaging and read the group perfectly. Our guide Miles was informative and lots
Shellbell1630
Shellbell1630
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Experience of a lifetime.
The best experience I've had. Emma was a great guide. We highly recommend everyone to do this while in kaikoura.
DanfromAotearoa
DanfromAotearoa
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Beautiful day
Excellent guide, well informed and great passing on knowledge of the various species spotted, including Hector's d
JBallin93
JBallin93
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Amazing time in Kaikoura
Had an amazing time with Josh from Kaikoura Kayaks! My partner and I were lucky enough to be the only people on the
Resort723298
Resort723298
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Great activity whatever the weather!
Really friendly staff and despite the weather, I was warm and dry out on the water. Got to see a few seals and lear
JennyJ9999
JennyJ9999
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Fabulous family trip
Our family had a brilliant time with Kaikoura Kayaks. Despite it being the middle of winter, we were warm and dry
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