Our commitment to sustainability - Friend of the Sea - New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and Tiaki Promise - Care for New Zealand


Friend of the Sea 

In October 2019 Kaikoura Kayaks became the very first Friend of the Sea sustainable dolphin and whale watching operator in New Zealand. We are also the first kayak operator ever certified by Friend of the Sea. Kaikoura Kayaks is very proud of such an achievement, gaining recognition for our commitment and dedication towards sustainability in marine life and its environment is a huge honour. 

Friend of the Sea is currently a project of the World Sustainability Organisation, an international trademark registered with humanitarian and environmental conservation mission. Friend of the Sea has become the leading certification standard for products and services which respects and the marine environment. 


The New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment

The aim is to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025. Our vision is "Leading world in Sustainable Tourism".


KAIKOURA KAYAKS has adpoted the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment by implementing and developing sustainable goals to our business practices.

ECONOMIC: Achieving Economically Sustainable Tourism
VISITOR: Achieving Visitor Sustainability
HOST COMMUNITY: Achieving Sustainable Host Communities
ENVIRONMENT: Achieving Environmentally Sustainable Tourism


To deliver on this, we must achieve ambitious economic goals while sharing the overwhelming benefits with supportive host communities, contributing to restoring, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high-quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers.

Kaikoura Kayaks will strive to live the sustainability values, implement all practices and outperform the requirements.



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