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Full day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

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Ages 8-75, max of 30 per group
Duration: 7h 30m
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  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • All necessary equipment provided


Start:
  • 1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Wilderness Guides Office at the Picton Waterfront Corner of London Quay and Wellington Street, Picton
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10707P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult (minimum age of children to participate is 8 years old)
    • A minimum of 2 people per departure time is required. If you are a solo traveler, please contact our office for availability
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

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

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    resortgoer
    Sydney, Australia37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, what an amazing experience. Wilderness Guides were fabulous. Everything was organised.. Jake our guide was professional, knowledgeable and made sure all our needs we met.. we could not have had a better time thanks to him.
    The accommodation and food was great and we had the best weather to hike and kayak through the Queen Charlotte Pass.
    Thanks to the whole team at Wilderness Guides for a wonderful experience.
    Written 15 February 2023
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    TravelAMH2
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    Had a beautiful day kayaking in the sounds. We came to Picton on a cruise ship. The staff were flexible with our time crunch and made sure we got the most out of our time on the water. Loved kayaking in the beautiful sounds and had a great guide.
    Written 6 February 2020
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    FootlooseSingapore
    Singapore223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The full day sea kayak guided tour is safe, well provisioned and enjoyable. We had kayaks and paddles which were in excellent condition. Waterproof sea bags kept our stuff dry. The spray skirts and life jackets were clean and comfortable. Alex, our guide was patient and competent. His local knowledge enabled us to spy numerous short and long tailed stingrays in sheltered coves. We also chanced upon seals sunbathing on a rocky outcrop. The highlight, however, was encountering a pod of playful dolphins who swam amongst our kayaks and breached the water numerous times in a display of grace and power. It was quite an experience indeed! Lunch on a quiet beach with toilet facilities comprised fresh fruit, delicious sandwiches, chocolate chip slices and coffee. What a wonderful day on the water! A great introduction to Queen Charlotte Sound!
    Written 2 December 2019
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    Thank you very much for your review and great description of your one day guided sea kayak tour. What a highlight seeing dolphins! That's always a very special moment when kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
    Written 6 December 2019
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    Bob_Dillon77
    Gold Coast, Australia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2018 • Friends
    Marty guided us around a snippet of Marlborough Sounds spotting wildlife, pointing out locations and any water hazards. Also minimising the amount of time in difficult conditions - running along this edge to avoid the wind, going this way to have it behind us and so on. The lunch provided was delicious and more than adequate and a lovely lunch stop to enjoy it at.
    Written 18 October 2018
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    Elly A
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    Kayaking in the Queen Charlotte Sound for a day guided by George was the highlight of our time in Marlborough Sound. George was a fantastic guide and the area was just stunning. Highly recommended
    Written 17 February 2020
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    Laura C
    Lower Hutt, New Zealand85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the best time kayaking around the sounds. We got to see dolphins and seals swimming right next to the boat. Our guide Merlin was really knowledgeable. It was so fun that I didn’t even feel tired kayaking the whole day.
    Written 1 April 2018
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    Lizzie Stone
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020 • Friends
    Had a fantastic day kayaking around the Sounds - Sean (Shaun?) was a brilliant guide with extensive knowledge of the local history and wildlife. Best way to explore the area, worth every cent
    Written 29 November 2020
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    Ricardo
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    Via an online booking in July 2019 we arranged a day of kayaking for New Years Day 2020 for four adults and were absolutely delighted with our experience. We had the exclusive services of Jake for the day who - as others have said - is extremely knowledgeable about the geography and fauna of the area, we could not have asked for a better guide for our day.

    I'm assuming that weather conditions and group experience dictate the plan for the day, but in our case we were driven out along Queen Charlotte Drive to Ngakuta Bay where we launched after a recap of equipment and safety. Spray decks, dry bags and spray tops (if required) were provided.

    We spent the morning exploring bays off the Grove Arm - essentially exploring the coastline that the Queen Charlotte Track goes through - which is unspoiled by vehicular access. Lunch (and toilet stop) was taken ashore at the Mistletoe Eco Camp Site, the far end of the QCT. A great lunch of sandwiches, cakes and real fresh coffee made over a stove was provided. The return journey took in more of the coastline before a crossing of the open waters of the Grove. The wind had picked up a bit but the tandem kayaks have a broad beam and are extremely stable so had no difficulty in navigating the waves. It was clear that our guide had a contingency plan if we'd been uncomfortable with the conditions or ran out of steam and that support from base was on hand if required.

    We had a great and memorable adventure and I wouldn't hesitate to use the services of Wilderness Guides again, this is a very well run operation. Book with confidence and create your own adventure! Thanks again Jake
    Written 7 January 2020
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    Shimone
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019 • Friends
    I went on the full day kayak trip and had a wonderful time! The weather was amazing and we could see a good amount of coastline in the time that we had. I really enjoyed the drive out to the starting point, seeing the rays and birds, and hearing about the Maori culture and history of the area! The tour was tailored to the pace of the group and seemed very well organised, with a delicious lunch and some time for a swim! Would recommend to anyone keen to see the area!
    Written 17 December 2019
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    SP Wong
    Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As there were no one else except for my husband and I, we were fortunate to have the pleasure of a private tour by our very knowledgeable and friendly guide, Jake.

    Jake is well-travelled and has a vast knowledge of NZ history and the surrounding region. He could almost give you a background story of anything that we spot along our kayak trip - from the trees to the birds and the seal that we spotted having a sun bath and a back rub up on someone's holiday home deck.

    The water was still and crystal clear that we've even managed to spot a few baby jellyfishes (tiny non-poisonous ones) along the way.

    As we opted for a full day tour, lunch was included as part of the package. We had a delicious chicken sandwich from the local bakery, Whittakers choc, orange juice and were given the choice of tea or coffee. We had a nice lovely picnic on one of the nearby beaches.

    Overall a lovely way to check out the beauty of the region especially if it's your first time.
    Written 18 October 2019
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