Meet the Team

Emma Ward


Hey Guys! My name is Emma and originally from Invercargill growing up on my family farm.

I later moved to Dunedin to finish my schooling and I found my love for the outdoors. After some overseas work and travel, I studied a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management at Otago Polytechnic. I'm now NZOIA leader qualified in sea kayak, bush, rock and abseil. I enjoy living in Kaikoura because its the perfect place for all the things I love and where the mountains meet the ocean!

Tylar Samson

Head Guide

Kia ora, I'm Ty!

I first got a taste of Kaikoura back in 2012, it was love at first site… for both of us. Unfortunately we don’t have a university here so I’ve had to make the move up to Auckland to study during the year. I am always excited to back for the summer season.... looking forward to seeing you on the water. 

Jonna Barth


Hello! My name is Jonna (Shaz) and I come from the beautiful coast south of Dunedin where I grew up

I completed a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management at Otago Polytechnic where I soon gained a job and moved North as a Sea Kayak Guide in the Abel Tasman National Park. I then followed the marine life down to Kaikoura and now you will not see me without my orange bucket hat on.

Shay Fearn


Kia Ora! My name is Shay and I have always had a passion for the sea breeze!

Born and raised inland from Oamaru on a little lifestyle block, I haven’t lacked time at the beach at all. Finishing my schooling and then moving to Timaru to study in outdoor recreation. Now here I am! living in this beautiful little slice of paradise (Kaikōura). This place has it all, from good surf to friendly fur seals!



Hamish Keighley


Hi, I'm Hamish. My passion is the outdoors!

From a young age I've always loved the outdoors, when I am not sea kayaking and hanging out with the marine life, I am snowboarding in the winter and hitting the bike trails in the summer. 

Matt Foy

Owner-Operations Manager

Kaikoura is one of the most unique places on earth and I am proud to call it my home!


I absolutely love introducing people to wildlife under towering mountains along our breath-taking coastline from a sea kayak.

Kim Foy

Owner- Administrator

I love my home town its a piece of magic!

Kaikoura has so much to offer, it’s a natural playground full of diversity and adventure. 

The real boss of Kaikoura Kayaks


"The Boss"

Hi I'm Sammy! The junior guide in the making.

I like to pop into the office to say "hello" and I love showing off my cat. I enjoy keeping everyone in line:)  l really enjoy kayaking with the Dolphins and riding my bike.

Read More