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Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
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Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

By Kaikoura Kayaks
Recommended by 96% of travellers
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Ages 3-90
Duration: 3h 30m
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • 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


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  • 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.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 246568P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura?
    Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura price starts from $302.70. Discover and book Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura on Tripadvisor
    What is the Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura cancellation policy?
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h 30m. Discover and book Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 246568P3

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    • Kaikoura Kayaks
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      Kaikoura, New Zealand
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    • K P
      0 contributions
      Sunset kayaking at its best!
      Terrific kayaking later in the day. Our guides (Jon and Kylie) were very conscious of safety, enthusiastic and knowledgable. The seals were very close (one even joined us in the water!) and enjoying the sun going down whilst paddling seemed very special. Big thumbs up to both this experience and Kaikoura Kayaks!
      Written 19 February 2024
    • Safari14501312998
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      Nice kayak tour to the sea lions.
      The leader/teacher was very lovely and told us a lot about the wildlife and some historical facts of kaikoura. We've seen some sea lions sleeping on the rocks close to us. I can recommend this tour!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • SAMUELCCARLSON
      0 contributions
      Truly memorable experience
      Our guide, Kyle, was super enthusiastic, skilled and knowledgeable. To be honest, I had not wanted to kayak with a guide; I just wanted to rent the kayaks and paddle by ourselves. My wife convinced me otherwise and she was right. Kyle knew just where to go, how to get close (but safe) to the seals, and was happy to share her knowledge of both seals and coastal birds. We never would have been able to do this by ourselves. So TWO thumbs up and hit the “bachelor pad”!
      Written 17 February 2024
    • l_asV6789UB
      0 contributions
      Not that much kayaking
      It is very well organized and the crew are very nice and funny. But we didn’t do that much kayak. I hoped we would have done more and go a little further. I didn’t feel my arms at all after that session and I don’t have much muscles. It was nice to see seals, pingouin and a big bird! Thank you.
      Written 16 February 2024
    • WillG568
      0 contributions
      Wonderful kayak trip seeing wildlife and exploring the bay
      Tour was relaxing but a good medium paddle. Best of all very organized and talented and knowledgeable guides Emma and Kylie. Our group broke into three so we could explore more areas. This is a great tour. Safety was paramount. Communication and coordination was top notch
      Written 16 February 2024
    • HVyncke
      0 contributions
      Trip highlight
      We just had the best time ever out on the water with our guide, Kylie (hope I'm writing that right :) ) , who was the personification of loveliness! In general staff was knowledgeable and professional and I felt more than safe out on the water with them! Gear (kayak, paddle, water skirt, life jackets) was available and of good quality. To top it all off, we got lucky with our wildlife encounters and did not only see the fur seals, but also a blue penguin and dolphins! There was a lot of respect for the wildlife going around, which one can only applaud. All in all: great experience, highly recommended! Hanne
      Written 15 February 2024
    • 371norar
      0 contributions
      Really enjoyable activity in Kaikoura
      Really great day kayaking with Brad and Emma. Both were very informative and engaging and made the day lots of fun. Instructions and organisation was clear and comprehensive. Definitely one to put on your “to do” list when you are in Kaikoura. We loved it!
      Written 13 February 2024
    • virginiavH9253BX
      0 contributions
      Great half day on the water in a beautiful place
      Friendly staff. Good instructions and wildlife information. The pictures they took and gave us for free were awesome. They provide everything. In addition to the kayaking equipment, they will provide footwear, waterproof jackets and seasick pills if you want them. Wildlife when we went out was only the fur seal colony and some water birds but that is just the luck on the day.
      Written 13 February 2024
    • terryrF3165SX
      0 contributions
      Great way to see the natural beauty of Kaikoura
      Really enjoyable morning - we say seals, blue penguins and lots of sea birds. The guides were great, informative, energetic and fun.
      Written 13 February 2024
    • markhnz2
      0 contributions
      An enjoyable and educational kayak trip
      Really enjoyable trip. Our guide Brad was very knowledgeable about the local wildlife. I wasn't expecting to see so many different types of bird and learn so much about them. Of course we saw some seals close up too and a couple of penguins in the water. The kayaking part was easy because I had Brad in the back steering and paddling. Thanks for a great trip.
      Written 7 February 2024
    • Ann B
      0 contributions
      Sea Kayaking was a Highlight!
      This kayak trip was absolutely one of the best experiences so far on our 30 day NZ adventure. Kiley was our guide and she went over and beyond to make our sea lion watching kayak adventure amazing. She was an excellent communicator and gave us a comprehensive overview of the sea life as we paddled through the coves. Everyone on the team gets 5 stars. Highly recommend this kayak tour company!
      Written 1 February 2024
    • Rossadops
      0 contributions
      An unforgettable experience!!
      Amazing tour, amazing wildlife and an amazing guide. We had a lovely American guide from San Fran, sorry I’ve forgotten your name as it was over a week ago, but you were extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Plenty of sea life, bird life and great vibes all round. Would recommend to anyone, regardless of age or ability. Thanks again for an amazing tour, one of our highlights for sure!
      Written 1 February 2024
    • 870garrettp
      0 contributions
      I would highly recommend this trip
      Super friendly staff prepare you just right for your adventure on the water by reminding you of basic kayaking beforehand. Once you are out on the sea, it is simply wonderful and the staff were so pleasant to be with. We witnessed jellyfish, seals (one eating an octupus in front of us) and several sea birds. I would highly recommend this trip
      Written 1 February 2024
    • lauratD9310OS
      0 contributions
      Lovely but felt a little pricey.
      We enjoyed getting out on the water - our guide Yasmin was great & we learned a lot about the fur seals. There wasn't much else to see except a few basking male fur seals sadly & we did feel the trip was a little overpriced for what it was but it was very well organised & good fun for novice kayakers. We have more experience & would have liked the option of doing something a little more challenging ideally.
      Written 31 January 2024
    • sterobandy
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      Great kayaking experience exploring Kaikoura
      We had an amazing trip with the team, who took us out and gave us so much information on the local wildlife. We saw some incredible animals, coupled with gorgeous scenery. Would definitely recommend to anyone! The kayaking is pretty easy going and the guides are on hand for support.
      Written 29 January 2024
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    Pontus Wedell
    1 contribution
    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 14 October 2021
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    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 16 October 2021
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    Anurag B
    Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
    May 2020
    We were 3 of us and had a private tour with Emma. It was an amazing day. Kaikoura kayaks provided us with warm waterproof jackets and life jackets. We had a good briefing about rowing and safety guidelines before we began our amazing kayak tour. Our tour guide Emma was wonderful. She explained about Kaikoura. We saw lot of fur seals, crayfish and an albatross. We had a wonderful experience
    Written 30 May 2020
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    Thanks for the review! We hope to see you around Kaikoura sometime again:) Many thanks, The friendly team at Kaikoura Kayaks
    Written 26 September 2020
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    tedcowan7
    Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
    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 16 July 2021
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    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 16 July 2021
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    Janne M
    Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
    Feb 2022 • Friends
    Truly one of the most amazing experiences! I had my SUP with me but my friend hired a kayak so that we could go out and find some dolphins together. Kaikoura kayaks were helpful from the start and gave us heaps of great tips. They also let me hire a life vest as I didn’t have one and the weather was a little rugged. We found a pod of dolphins that were very interested in checking us out and having a play around our boards. So magical. Great, friendly service! I would highly recommend!
    Written 12 February 2022
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    We are so pleased we could accommodate you both, what a memorable experience! We'll see you again next time:)
    Written 14 February 2022
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    Jollene W
    2 contributions
    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 13 July 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 30 July 2020
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    Vicki Beere
    6 contributions
    Dec 2023 • Family
    It was a hot calm day which made paddling easy. Our guide Jon was great at checking we were doing okay. He gave us lots of interesting info on the seals, and was funny too 😀. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone.
    Written 30 December 2023
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    Anju
    Baltimore, MD47 contributions
    We had a tight driving schedule to catch our ferry. The team was amazingly accommodating to help get us a great experience on the water and make our ferry. The kayak itself was beautiful. Our guide, Emma, was very knowledgeable and friendly. She got great photos and was excellent ar spotting wildlife for us! Will definitely come back to kaikoura and do a tour with this company again!
    Written 11 February 2023
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    Thanks for the review Anju! We are soked to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Emma is great at spotting wildlife 🐬🐧
    Written 3 March 2023
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    Lisa K
    2 contributions
    Dec 2023 • Family
    Matt and Callum were amazing. Matt picked us up at the tender pier. He called first to confirm our meeting time. Matt was layed back when my spouse was delayed in getting off the ship. My spouse has some mobility issues and both Matt and Callum worked with us. Amazing day paddling with a post paddle lunch recommendation.
    Written 27 December 2023
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    Avanti
    Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
    Jul 2022
    My husband, 8 year old daughter and I went on a Kayaking tour with Miles who was so knowledgable about the area, has a great sense of humour and was patient with us seeing we were so new to this. This is a must-do activity with kids. The weather was absolutely perfect in July. The feeling on being on the ocean with seals swimming around you was just magic. So we saw heaps of seals. We felt so safe with Miles too. There is an amazing shack that serves crayfish just where is kayaks come in after the tour. Perfect finish to the afternoon!
    Written 7 August 2022
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    We are super stoked 😊 to hear you and your family had a great time out kayaking with us, it is a magical place to explore 😍 and a perfect post kayak meal! 🦞
    Written 19 August 2022
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    dflachjr
    Sarasota, FL6 contributions
    This was such a fun tour! Our guide (Eve? Ellie? Tall blond female; I wish I could remember stuff) was very knowledgeable about the area and all the sea life. She was also flexible, and tailored our trip to our paddling preferences. Check in was easy and the transport to the water was quick. I recommend Kaikoura Kayaks!
    Written 6 March 2023
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    Thanks for the review! We will be sure to pass the positive feedback onto Emma 😊
    Written 1 April 2023
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