Water activity

Kaikoura: Half-Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

4.7 / 5

34 reviews

Activity provider: Kaikoura Kayaks

Kaikoura: Half-Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: Kaikoura Kayaks

From US$ 82.03 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 34 reviews

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The perfect trip! Great staff, cheerful and competent. Good gear, well organised and trouble free. Our day was sunny and calm. We spotted seal without difficulty and then were recalled by a series of visits by dusky dolphin who regaled us with leaps and dives for more than 30 minutes; it was wonderful!

February 24, 2020

I loved this kayak trip. The scenery was amazing, and we saw some little blue penguins and lots of seals. I’m an experienced kayaker and not a fan of double kayaks. The guide was very nice and gave me his single kayak instead. I liked that he gave us a lot of information about the area and the animals.

February 3, 2020

Great experience despite the strong winds. Our guides took great care of us. Best thing was the friendly and fun athmosfere.

January 15, 2023

Product ID: 336861