Meet the Team

Emma Ward

Head Guide - AKA Whale Whisperer

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 Kaikōura because its the perfect place for all the things I love and where the mountains meet the ocean!

Sophie Glover

Guide - AKA Pocket Rocket

Hey I'm Sophie and I love the outdoors!

I grew up in an outdoorsy family in Canterbury and have just finished studying a degree in Sustainability and outdoor education at Ara. In my spare time you will find me out and about running, kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, and skiing in winter.....

Matt Foy

Owner-Operations Manager

Kaikōura 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!

Kaikōura 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.

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