Scroll down to view a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Kaikoura Kayaks. Please email us on our contact page if you can not find the answer here.

Water bottle, thermal top, shorts or light pants, e.g. quick dry’s (Definitely NO Jeans!)

Winter paddling thermal top and bottom, light fleece and quick dry pants or shorts.

We also recommend the use of sunglasses, a cap or fleece hat, water or running shoes, sandals and camera or smart phone.

We use real sea kayaks made in New Zealand for local conditions and are Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator Est 1998.

Our award-winning kayak tours are voted No # 1 activity in Kaikoura from Trip Advisor.

We hold New Zealand’s only permit to view Whales, Dolphins and Seals on guided tours.

Kayaks are enclosed, stable, easy to use and fast on the water, while cockpits are fitted with lumbar supports, (for your back) closed cell foam seats and foot pegs for your comfort.

Local Kiwi qualified guides will give you the best experience possible.

Worlds 1st certified Friend of the Sea kayak operator for Sustainable Dolphin & Whale Watching.

Operating year round, Summer and Winter paddling.

Our wildlife Kayaking tour is the real deal!

We guarantee that you will see the New Zealand Fur Seal on our guided tours.
Our success rate is 100%.

While we make no promise, you may be lucky enough to have chance encounters with Dusky or Hector's Dolphins.

We often see pods of dolphins anywhere between a few and a few hundred.

The Kaikoura coastline hosts a huge variety of seabirds including the mighty albatross, petrels, Australasian gannet and Hutton shearwaters.

Do not forget to look out for the little Blue penguins bobbing in the water also next to your kayak.

Whales encounters by kayak are rare with sightings on average 12 times a year.

Species of Whales that have been viewed while kayaking includes, Orca, Humpback, Minke and Blue Whales.

Autumn and winter is the best time of the year for viewing Humpback Whales as they migrate up the east coast of the South Island.

Other Whale species can make an appearance at any time of the year around the Kaikoura Peninsula and usually pass through within a day or two.

We are the only operator in New Zealand that is permitted by The Department of Conservation to view the listed whales above by kayak.

Essentially the Family Kayaking Tour is the same as the Wildlife Kayaking Tour, only difference is that our ratios change from 1 Guide to 8 clients for Wildlife Tours to 1 to 4 for family tours.
This means that your family end up with a private tour by default once you hit the water.

Our Wildlife Kayaking tours run for 3 – 3.5 hours from sign up to completion.

A 45 minute briefing at the start of your tour covers safety, gearing up, kayak and paddle instruction.

1.5 to 2 hours is then spent paddling around the coastline viewing the Wildlife.

On completion a 15 minute pack up and debrief.


Lots of people like this day option when time is limited.

Intercity departs Christchurch at 7.00am arriving in Kaikoura at 9:40am which is plenty of time do join our 12:30pm guided "Wildlife Kayaking" tour.

We will then drop you at the bus station after your tour finishes in time for Intercity departing at 3:50pm arriving into Christchurch at 6.25pm.

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