Safety at Sea

Safety is Paramount at Kaikōura Kayaks!

You can be rest assured that all of our activities are operating under a safety management system which is audited by professionals. Our qualified guides can be trusted to provide a safe, enjoyable experience.


AdventureMark is the national outdoor safety audit programme which Kaikōura Kayaks is formally audited by.

AdventureMark provides risk assessment and safety auditing services to the outdoor community, accredited by Worksafe NZ and JAS-ANZ as an approved certification body under the New Zealand Adventure Activities Certification Scheme. 

AdventureMark auditors are unique in that most have spent the majority of their careers running operations and running risk assessment and risk management in remote, high-risk environments.

They are highly professional, practical, and understand the unique challenges associated with delivering adventurous activities safely and providing safe travel throughout New Zealand.

Supported by robust auditing processes and business systems, AdventureMark only provides highly professional and cost-effective safety auditing services. 

WorkSafe New Zealand

WorkSafe NZ administers the Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016.

Under the regulations, operators that provide adventure activities must be registered with WorkSafe NZ. To be registered, operators must pass a safety audit. AdventureMark meets Worksafe NZ requirements.


NZOIA is the professional body for outdoor instructors and all guides / instructors hold NZOIA Sea Kayak qulifications.

NZOIA has promoted excellence in outdoor instruction and guiding through qualifications for professionals since 1987. They are the qualification body for 9 outdoor activities with 3 levels of qualification. These are regarded by employers throughout NZ as the benchmark of safety within the adventure niche.

NZOIA aims to reflect the passion, determination, and spirit of all of their members. They have taken New Zealand outdoor instructing and guidance to a advanced level of commitment with up-to-date training, standards and codes of conduct.

NZOIA is responsible for promoting the highest standards of outdoor instruction and guiding, and striving to ensure that outdoor activities participants enjoy high quality experiences in safety

The formal peer assessment of our instruction and guidance practices has vastly improved the protocols and practices within the adventure industry.

The body is run by people of the industry for the industry. The NZOIA board and staff are people with extensive outdoor experience. They are all NZOIA qualified members who subject themselves to exactly the same standards and processes that all NZOIA members adhere to.

Kaikōura Kayaks values your feedback!

If you have any safety concerns about your time at Kaikoura Kayaks please get in touch with us by e-mail or phone.

We will review your concerns which will ultimately help us run a safer operation.

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