Meet the Team

Miles Darby

Head Guide

Hi, I'm Miles, I grew up in Cardiff, Wales and started kayaking at age 14.

I instantly fell in love with the sport and have been paddling ever since, I have been guiding for the past 10 years in various locations throughout the U.K, Europe and New Zealand. I'm stoked to be working in Kaikōura with the abundance of wildlife and incredible ocean on our doorstep.

Emma Ward

Senior Guide

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!

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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