Experience Kaikoura Kayaks

Kaikoura Kayaks offers the complete kayaking experience, it does not take long to see how this tourism operator has won many awards, the team is professional and passionate. Kaikoura Kayaks is a must do while visiting Kaikōura, New Zealand.


Kaikoura Kayaks offer unspoilt views of the Kaikoura coastline and priceless interactions with the region’s abundant wildlife from their kayaks. You can paddle along with the marine life, have a go at kayak fishing, hire your own paddleboard / kayak or up-skill through their kayak school – all options which allow you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the stunning Kaikoura coast.

Winner of the Sea Kayaking Category for 2014, 4th year running in the Rankers Traveller Voted Awards you can be reassured that you will have memorable encounters with the marine life.

Kaikoura Kayaks are a Qualmark Visitor Activity and the Qualmark auditing system guarantees your experience. All their gear and equipment are top quality and is renewed every few years to ensure this remains the case.

Guides are qualified under the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) and Kaikoura Kayaks have also recently been granted a dolphin permit, so they can offer chance encounters with one of the ocean’s most popular marine mammals.

“The abundance of marine life in our region is a big drawcard,” Kaikoura Kayaks (owner/manager) Matt Foy says, “you don’t have to travel far to see Fur Seals, Blue Penguins, and even Dusky Dolphins.”

Kaikoura Kayaks have a range of options available for exploring Kaikoura’s coast. They offer Seal Kayaking Tours where you will be paddling along with the Seals diving in and out of view as they hunt octopus around the rocky coast. Your guides will keep you at a safe distance as ocean-going birds swoop-in, looking to pick up the leftovers. Then continue around the coastline for chance encounters with other wildlife, especially Kaikoura’s famous Dusky Dolphins.

All tours last three hours, which Matt says is the perfect amount of time to spend on the water with the wildlife. “The half day tours are very manageable and much more enjoyable, and are good for the whole family – you’ll get an unforgettable experience without giving your whole day to it.”
Kaikoura Kayaks also offer Freedom Hire of their high quality and easy-to-use Sea Kayaks, which are available for half day or full day hire. Taking up a Freedom Hire means you can enjoy the wildlife and views at your own pace, these trips are ideal for two or more water confident people with kayaking experience.

They also offer Freedom Hire by the hour with their ‘sit-on-top’ fishing kayaks. The sheer thrill of catching a fish from a kayak is multiplied compared to fishing off other craft, and it works! It is a proven productive form for all sorts of fishing and can target all sorts of fish. The kayaks, with their inherent stability and self-draining scupper holes provide an ideal platform for fishing and best of all, there is no motor noise that will scare fish away.

If you want to improve your kayaking skills The Kayak School can take you from a novice paddler all the way to trained guide. Learn how to roll and surf your kayak, master skills to help you read weather and navigate successfully or cover kayak rescue techniques.

All in all, Kaikoura Kayaks offer the complete kayaking experience in the heart of nature’s playground – beautiful Kaikoura. 


Visit them at 19 Killarney Street or call 0800 452 456 to confirm your kayak tour, fishing trip or kayaking lessons today! 

Posted by Matt and Kim Foy on February 16, 2010

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