KG Kayaks - Guided Tours
KG Kayaks - Guided Tours
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8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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Operating in the Eastern Bay of Plenty since 2001 we offer guided tours and freedom hires in a variety of locations around the Whakatane /Ohope Beach area. With local guides, our unique moonlight/ sunset tours and offshore tours at spectacular Moutohorā / Whale Island are particularly popular. The trip out to Whale Island by sailing catamaran is always memorable, plus the regular seal encounters and hot water beach experience make it a day to remember. Departure times are Whale Island :8am, Coastal Adventure 8 30am, Ohiwa Explorer by arrangement, Freedom hire available all day. Safety on the water and catering for occasional kayakers (novices) is what we are about ! See you soon !
Whakatāne, New Zealand

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Sunshine12665956609
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Fabulous adventure to whale island - kayaking. Friendly professional skipper and guide. Super good vibe- nature gave us a glimpse of seals, dolphins rays and a variety of bird life. We had so much fun!
Written 21 February 2024
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Great to have you along on the trip to celebrate your birthday. Thanks for taking time to review your experience. Best wishes, Kenny
Written 21 February 2024
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Lynn
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What a fantastic experience today's kayaking at Whale Island was. This was my second time kayaking with Kenny; he is an excellent teacher and inspires confidence in an occasional kayaker like me. He and Barry, the catamaran skipper, are a great team and they ensured a fun packed out on the water. What a privilege to see seals, dolphins, rays, a variety of seabirds, and to kiwi footprints in the sand, as well as the natural beauty of the island itself. Dipping our toes in a hot pool on the beach, created by Barry, added to the adventure.
Today was worth every dollar, and I'll definitely do the trip again soon. Thank you very much Kenny and Barry, and thanks too to Kenny's wife for the yummy lemon drizzle cake.
Written 20 February 2024
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What a wonderful day on the water we had with you all. Thanks for your enthusiasm and kind words which I will share with the team. Thanks too for booking a second time with us and we were delighted tan the weather gods played their part in making it a great day out. Support appreciated- best wishes Kenny
Written 21 February 2024
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Richelle
Hamilton, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Wonderful day! Kenny & Barry are great fun, knowledgeable and super helpful teaching us kayaking and about Moutuhora.
I will be back with my family - so lucky to have this adventure in our own back yard!
Seals, dolphins and kiwi footprints, kayaking and hotwater swim - thank you so so much ♥️
Written 19 February 2024
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Thanks for taking time to post this review and special thanks for the great words and kind feedback. Your enthusiasm was infectious and we enjoyed your upbeat approach to all parts of the trip! See you around im sure ! Best wishes, Kenny
Written 21 February 2024
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Jonathan R
Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The family had a great time kayaking. Kenny was great, the morning tea was well received and the spoonbills were a treat!
Written 26 January 2024
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Thanks for taking time to post this review. Much appreciated. Ohiwa is always a great location for a family trip and offer’s adventure for all ages and abilities. Sorry it took so long to respond to your review - just had to negotiate some log in issues. Cheers Kenny
Written 21 February 2024
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The Man from Atlantis
Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Kenny's knowledge and experience opened up that gem and our group were swept away with the beauty of it all. Now we know why seals extend their flippers out of the water LOL. My thanks to Barry - Skipper for giving a future career pathway in piloting catamarans to my 10yr old son. Highly recommend this excursion to Kayakers and Nature-lovers!!
Written 15 January 2024
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Thanks for the lovely review, it was great to share a special day with you both. Glad to know too that my sign on SH2 gets noticed and that you have finally made this trip happen. Hope to catch up again - best wishes, Kenny
Written 18 January 2024
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Scenic61534826901
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Great fun trip to Whale Island! A beautiful spot. The catamaran was cool. Not too crowded either, a good number of people for the space and the whole trip. Loved the friendly and laid back atmosphere. Kenny also took lots of awesome photos and posted them through email afterwards the very next day! A trip I would definitely do again. (-:
Written 10 January 2024
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Thanks for your lovely feedback and recognition of our focus on small group numbers which makes the whole experience so much more personal and enjoyable. Great that you also enjoyed the photos and the whole day out ! best wishes - Kenny
Written 14 January 2024
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Wander15338019286
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We tried to book this trip to Moutohora with Kenny and his team a few years ago but the weather hadn't been kind so we had to postpone. This time we booked last minute and it was perfect weather and so was the experience. The whole day was awesome. Great friendly and knowledgeble crew, a fabulous catamaran for the trip and the kayak experience by Kenny was sensational. Lots to enjoy, plenty of birdlife and sea life on the rocks. Stopped at a stunning beach and had a long swim and the KG team dug a hot spa in the sand for us which was wonderful. Kenny took three of us for a short excursion on the beach where we saw local Kiwi bird tracks in the sand from the night before. Then back in the kayaks to see seals playing in the sea near our boats and their pups on the rocks. Finally a serene sail back to shore. Thanks Kenny and the team for great day and to the people we travelled with who were awesome too, this trip was totally worth the wait, highly recommended !
Written 9 January 2024
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Thanks you for taking time to post such a detailed and special review of your Whale Island Kayaking experience. Wonderful that you felt it was worth the wait - no two trips are the same and I agree that it was lovely mix of personalities and we were blessed with great conditions. A memorable day for us too. Hope to catch you soon - best wishes
Written 14 January 2024
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Carrie V
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
My friend and I had a fantastic kayak tour of Ohiwa. Kenny went at our pace and we still saw lots, he’s very knowledgeable about the history and wildlife of the area. I’m a birdwatcher and saw lots of good birds! Can’t wait to go again!
Written 30 March 2023
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Hi Carrie - it was great to be out on the water with you both. Enjoyed the wide ranging discussion and the chance to share some of beautiful Ohiwa Harbour with you. Hope to see you back one day! Happy travels. Sorry it took so long to reply, but Trip Advisor made some log in changes that made a response difficult.
Written 6 April 2023
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Stefan
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Amazing trip with KG Kyaks to Whale Island. Sailed across and had plenty of time to explore on our kyaks
Great knowledge from Kenny with wild life and history of the Island
Food provided was great especially the Rhubarb cake and coffee. Thanks to Lizzy for the cake.
Barry Sailed us back to make a perfect end to the day.
Written 21 March 2023
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Great to be out there with you Stef and Ann and share some of the beauty of Moutohorā/ Whale island. Glad we were able to turn on the weather for your after what has been a challenging weather pattern. Thanks for posting a review. Best wishes, Kenny
Written 6 April 2023
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Andy K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Excellent ! Perfect start into a beautiful Sunday.We were a group of nine and had a few beginners with us.
Kenny is very experienced, knowledgeable and fun!
We all loved this trip, the stingrays in the harbour and of course the lovely cake baked by his wife!
Highly recommended! We will be back! Many thanks, Andy
Written 13 December 2022
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What a fabulous group your were ! And how lucky we had a break in the weather to get you out there. Unfortunately we didn't have the orca encounter you were all hoping for - come early next time ! However the abundant rays more than made up for it. Travel well and enjoy your journey through NZ
Written 14 December 2022
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