Reviews

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A Magical Morning! Wow! What an amazing morning we had. We were on a trip with four separate groups, so we had three amazing guides - Emma, Jonna and Ty. All three were excellent. Ty asked about our experience, and when we said we'd been out in a sea kayak the week before, he changed things up - he gave us a short lesson and then took us out quickly, so we didn't need to be retaught with the families in our groups - we really appreciated this. Over the course of our morning, we saw seals (both on the rocks and swimming close to us), then going around to the next bay, we were lucky enough to see little blue penguins swimming. Later in the trip, Ty got a message that there was a humpback whale by the rest of the group (very rare in December), so we furiously paddled to meet up with the rest of the group and were blessed with a sighting of the whale blowing and then it's tail. It was really special. All up, a magical morning with a fabulous company. I could not recommend them more highly.

Kathryn H, Hamilton NZ

Marine mammal megamix Spent a truly incredible morning around the Kaikoura Peninsula with Matt and Emma, two fantastic local guides. The whole operation was very professional, with high quality kayaks, equipment and a detailed safety briefing. Spent a good amount of time observing the seals, tried our hand at some kayak surfing in the big swells, and just as we were thinking about heading home, encountered a superpod of about 100 dusky dolphins completely by chance. Needless to say this was unbelievably lucky, but an absolutely unforgettable experience, and just goes to show the abundance of marine life in Kaikoura. Thanks for an awe-inspiring day out in the kayaks!

Tom, Neverlands

We are a family of five (14, 12 and 10 year old kids) and we went out last week with Emma as our guide. It was the perfect morning - we saw a seal right up close - he swam right next to our kayaks. Really comfortable kayaks and easy to use. Emma had lots of useful information and was very patient when we got used to using the double kayaks. This is such a unique experience - great for the whole family.

Emma W, Auckland NZ

We booked on the seal kayaking tour and the day dawned magical and calm. Pretty much straight away we saw seals up on the rocks, so tick tick. We ventured out into the Pacific and were blown away to have a pod of Dusky dolphins cruising with us. They were gorgeous and kept on swimming near our kayaks. Then a seal took to the water and started feasting on octopus - that was epic! And then - we heard a blowing noise behind us and a blooming humpback whale rose up to hang out with us for a while. EPIC! AWESOME! MUST DO!

Dave, Christchurch NZ

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......

Jollene W, Wellington NZ

Great Trip - even the oldies loved it! Had a really great trip with Cowan out to the see the seals and the reef on a beautiful morning. I was a bit worried getting in a kayak with my mother (67) and father (70) but Cowan kept us going at a leisurely pace and even convinced us to have a go in the open ocean! What a great experience and something we'll never forget. Mom and Dad were very proud of themselves and loved seeing the seal up so close from the kayaks. Thanks so much for a great trip!

John R, UK

"To Matt and the Kaikoura Kayaks team, Thank you very much for a fantastic day of kayaking. Both our trips were very well organised by your friendly team. We found your lessons enjoyable, helping us all to be confident, expert paddlers! We were so lucky to have a beautiful sunny day, and we enjoyed fantastic scenery and wildlife out on the water. We were even lucky to see some dolphins on the first trip. For most of the children in our class, kayaking was the highlight of our camp. Thank you for making it so memorable".

Kowhai Class, Hurunui College NZ

The experience of a lifetime! Having intuitive and professional guides who allowed us the opportunity to experience an outstanding and very memorable day. They knew just where the incredible action was happening. We saw an amazing array of dolphins playing right near us and also saw blue penguins and seals. We travelled for two weeks around the South Island partaking in many fabulous tourist attractions and experiences and this was by far the best one! Thanks for creating long lasting memories!

Paula Kirby, Wellinton NZ

Sunset magic 10/10 thanks to Emma and her crew. We had a magical day on the water and got to see feeding seals, dolphins and wildlife. Thanks so much would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a unforgettable experience in Kaikoura!!

DKG, Australia

Amazing Sea Kayaking Experience Emma was our guide for the half day seal kayaking experience. Though we had never been sea kayaking we felt safe with all the instruction and had a blast. We even saw some hector dolphins and a blue penguin. Emma’s knowledge was impeccable and enthusiasm was infectious as she led us in a chase of the dolphin pod and cheering us on.

Emaria, North Carolina

Simply amazing We had a fantastic trip with Shay and Emma taking us out to see the seals and wildlife. Shay was our guide for the trip and was great - enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate about the kayaking, wildlife and making sure we got the most out of it; very happy to answer any questions we had and explain all about the wildlife we came across. We got really close to the seals and the highlight was watching one eating an octopus - we were advised to keep our distance to avoid the famous "Kaikoura octopus slap" (and also to give the seal some space). Thanks to both Emma and Shay for managing it so well and looking after us, whilst ensuring we all had fun!

Zebby, London