Meet the Team

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

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. 

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!



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.

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