Guided Sunset Evening Classic
The Sunset Evening Classic tour has left a lasting impression with people from all over the world for over 20 years..... Join us today!
Guaranteed viewing of fur seals with surreal visuals of the seaward Kaikōura Mountains as the light changes towards the end of the day.
Watch seals dive and manoeuvre around and under your kayak as the sun sets, paddle with them as they swim around the Peninsula hunting for octopus!
Along your way keep an eye out for blue penguins or albatross then have chance encounters with dusky dolphins.
Using only top of the line real sea kayaks be ready for a true kiwi experience you won't forget!
The kayak's are enclosed, safe, stable, easily steered using a rudder, while fast on the water and you will stay warm and dry.
Our qualified and experienced local guides will paddle you through areas used years ago by local Maori and early whalers as you watch the light change and the day draws to an end.
Don't forget your camera for sunset shots and to capture marine life encounters.
Tour at a Glance
September 2022 - May 2023
3 - 3.5 Hrs
Child 3 - 12yrs ~ Adults 13yrs +
- #1 Activity in Kaikoura - TripAdvisor Traveller Rating 2022
- Humpback Whale migration June - October
- Surreal Sunsets in the bay
- Cooler part of the day with less UV rays
- Family Friendly
- Best time to view seals feeding on Octopus
- Best way to end the day in Kaikoura
Spring - Summer 2022 / 23
September 25th 2022 - April 1st 2023
April 2nd 2023 - May 31st 2023
A Magical Morning! Wow! What an amazing morning we had. We were on a trip with four separate groups, so we had three amazing guides - Emma, Jonna and Ty. All three were excellent. Ty asked about our experience, and when we said we'd been out in a sea kayak the week before, he changed things up - he gave us a short lesson and then took...
Kathryn H, Hamilton NZ
Marine mammal megamix Spent a truly incredible morning around the Kaikoura Peninsula with Matt and Emma, two fantastic local guides. The whole operation was very professional, with high quality kayaks, equipment and a detailed safety briefing. Spent a good amount of time observing the seals, tried our hand at some kayak surfing in the big...
We are a family of five (14, 12 and 10 year old kids) and we went out last week with Emma as our guide. It was the perfect morning - we saw a seal right up close - he swam right next to our kayaks. Really comfortable kayaks and easy to use. Emma had lots of useful information and was very patient when we got used to using the double kayaks....
Emma W, Auckland NZ
We booked on the seal kayaking tour and the day dawned magical and calm. Pretty much straight away we saw seals up on the rocks, so tick tick. We ventured out into the Pacific and were blown away to have a pod of Dusky dolphins cruising with us. They were gorgeous and kept on swimming near our kayaks. Then a seal took to the water and started...
Dave, Christchurch NZ
A big thanks to Matt and Renee for fitting us in so we could give our kids an ultimate experience. From the time of booking communication and service was awesome. Such a professional team. Renee was very patient and excellent with the kids. Highly recommend this experience. Well worth the money. Thanks team from the Warrington family. May...
Jollene W, Wellington NZ
Great Trip - even the oldies loved it! Had a really great trip with Cowan out to the see the seals and the reef on a beautiful morning. I was a bit worried getting in a kayak with my mother (67) and father (70) but Cowan kept us going at a leisurely pace and even convinced us to have a go in the open ocean! What a great experience and...
John R, UK
"To Matt and the Kaikoura Kayaks team, Thank you very much for a fantastic day of kayaking. Both our trips were very well organised by your friendly team. We found your lessons enjoyable, helping us all to be confident, expert paddlers! We were so lucky to have a beautiful sunny day, and we enjoyed fantastic scenery and wildlife out...
Kowhai Class, Hurunui College NZ
The experience of a lifetime! Having intuitive and professional guides who allowed us the opportunity to experience an outstanding and very memorable day. They knew just where the incredible action was happening. We saw an amazing array of dolphins playing right near us and also saw blue penguins and seals. We travelled for two weeks around...
Paula Kirby, Wellinton NZ
Sunset magic 10/10 thanks to Emma and her crew. We had a magical day on the water and got to see feeding seals, dolphins and wildlife. Thanks so much would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a unforgettable experience in Kaikoura!!
Amazing Sea Kayaking Experience Emma was our guide for the half day seal kayaking experience. Though we had never been sea kayaking we felt safe with all the instruction and had a blast. We even saw some hector dolphins and a blue penguin. Emma’s knowledge was impeccable and enthusiasm was infectious as she led us in a chase of the...
Emaria, North Carolina