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Golden Bay Kayaks

150 reviews
Takaka, New Zealand
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About Golden Bay Kayaks
Golden Bay Kayaks is one of the best little kayak companies in New Zealand, situated in one of the best kayaking destinations in the world, which is why it is such a popular destination for all kayakers from beginners to the more experienced. They specialise in kayak rentals for a half day, full day or the popular 'paddle the length of the Abel Tasman', the only company that will allow this. The Guided tours are a simple, no fuss, high value experience where the personal touch makes the half day spent on the water a memorable experience. Perfect for those that have not kayaked before or very little or for those keen to learn about the Northern end of the Abel Tasmans rich history, geology and wildlife. Stand Up Paddle boards available and the easily accessible Tata Islands is a fantastic destination to explore the close up nature of islands. They are the closest sea kayak company to the Abel Tasman National Park. An extra bonus at the end(or start) of the day is the great coffee and ice cream....PERFECT!
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely loved our guided kayak tour. This experience was a real treat and a highlight of our visit to Golden Bay. Thank-you to our guide, Natalie, for her welcoming, informative and personable guidance. We definitely hope to do this again in the future.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I rented here two years ago and loved it! This time around we had more flexibility and were able to do a 5-day/4-night trip. Once again, it was incredible! Tony and the staff were all friendly and helpful! We actually originally intended...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2019

A bit of a trip to get there from our base near Nelson but well worth it. Excellent briefing for the group, especially useful for some first-time kayakers, then we set off - using double-kayaks. We passed the headland and circled a couple of islands...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard A
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

We have lots of first time kayakers and those that are young at heart! We love it. Thank you for your review, it really is appreciated. Warm regards Lisa

Reviewed March 5, 2019 via mobile

We rented a double kayak for a few days of epic kayaking and camping around the abel tasman. Easy to book, comprehensive briefing and pick up from the other side was superb. Will be back soon for another adventure.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Ooh thank you! You are amazing, happy adventures and see you again soon. Cheers Lisa

Reviewed January 21, 2019

My wife and I coordinated our kayak hire with a guide via email. The weather was great, the staff were great and organized. The route around the bay was easy to paddle and beautiful. The ocean views and unique rock formations we spectacular. The tandem...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Wow we have some awesome people that come to see our beautiful backyard. Thank you for your wonderful review, it was a pleasure to have you here. Warm regards Lisa

Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Great trip. Did the half day with two young kids. Great guide. Had a nice coffee stop as part of the trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Thank you for the review! And great to see the kids. All the best and warm regards Lisa

Reviewed January 8, 2019

I have been using Golden Bay Kayaks for several years now and have always had a fantastic time with them. I like to SUP and they always make sure I am well kitted out and that we have a discussion about all safety aspects, in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Such a well thought out and considerate review, thank you. We are so lucky to have our GBK whanau that comes back every year, this is what makes our season extra special. See you next season. Cheers Lisa

Reviewed December 31, 2018

The first day of 2019 & what a way to spend it! The staff are friendly & helpful. Our guide Cam took us around & in between different rock formations, pointing out the different types. We got up close to the various birds around &...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lisa S, Manager at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

You are so kind! Such a great review and much appreciated. We love these reviews that are informative and tell a story. All the best and see you again. Warm regards Lisa

Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

Came to have a picnic at the beach and asked about hiring kayaks after our picnic and the lady said that's fine. Went back at 3pm and was told it was too late to hire a kayak just for an hour as they had too...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

It was New Years Eve!! We love our staff. Come back one day during operating hours, not when we are closing and we will happily rent you a boat.

Reviewed December 27, 2018

Went for a 2 hour trip before heading south. Great guidance by Cam. Nice kayaks, nice trip with lots of birds, waves, rock formations and seals. Recommendable!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2019

Great to hear from you! Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Happy adventures. Cheers. Lisa

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