What better outdoor experience is there for your students than exploring and building their self-confidence while developing lifetime skills on the sea with trained professionals.
Kaikoura Kayaks can cater to school groups of any size, we can guarantee the time with us will be entertaining and educational leaving the Students buzzing for some time afterwards.
Children will learn basic paddling techniques, kayak manoeuvrability and safety skills. These adventures can also double as a nature tour making your students more aware of the ecology of the marine environment, weather, sea conditions and the wide range of local wildlife.
Where better to experience this than in the rich aquatic playground along the Kaikoura coastline.
Practical Hands-on Experience
We offer a hands-on practical experience that is intentionally aimed towards increasing your student's awareness of the sea and the safety requirement involved to enjoy it.
School Camps or Day Trips
Kaikoura Kayaks offer trips and skills training for both primary and secondary students. This can be part of a school camp or a day trip.
Full assessments for NCEA Unit Standards or Achievement Standards.
NZOIA qualified Sea Kayak Instructors
Our NZOIA qualified Sea Kayak Instructors work closely with you and your school to plan and meet your students' needs for their kayaking experience.
From paddling techniques to water safety we offer a unique opportunity to challenge your students. An activity suitable for all including parent helpers, leaders, and teachers, what better way to explore, learn and build confidence in an enjoyable, safe yet challenging environment.
Contact us by Freephone on 0800 452 456 for more information.
Best kayaking tour ever! - Review from Zac @ Taranaki School
We are a little school from Taranaki and we went down for School Camp. I really enjoyed kayaking because we saw a shag, blue penguin, lots of seals and a jellyfish! I liked walking on the kayaks because I slipped over. I saw a seal swimming to cool itself off, so it didn't get too hot. I love kayaking and I want to go back to Kaikoura. 5 /5
Tour at a glance
Open all year
Year 4 above
- Top #3 Activity in Kaikoura - TripAdvisor Traveller Rating 2023
- Ideal for School camps
- Builds water confidence
- Team building skills
- Fun guaranteed
Wow wow wow! We'd done whale watching the day before but this beat that hands down. Miles was great, just enough instruction and safety chat and getting us involved in prep. He mentioned that he'd seen spouting and splashing over the other side of the bay so we decided to head that way. Within minutes we were seeing loads of leaping...
Lesley H, UK
We did the trip with a 6 and 8 year old. Parents in the back of each kayak, kids in the front. This worked really well. Saw a huge number of dolphins & Seals. They were playing & doing crazy tricks. Had a lovely time, the staff were really friendly, helpful & enthusiastic. Great value for money and would highly recommend this...
Steve, Nelson 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...
I would have to say this is up there with one of my best experiences in New Zealand! The kayak tour was incredible and I would really recommend this to anyone. The staff are great, friendly and funny which made the tour even more enjoyable. My team included Emma, Cam and Sophie. As I was on my own, I had the pleasure of sharing a kayak with...
Giorgio Favarulo, UK / Ireland
Third time with Kaikoura Kayaks! Have been in guided tours and hired a double kayak; all experiences were incredible. Great staff and equipment. Kaikoura is one of the most amazing places to kayak - so much wild life and you're surrounded by epic scenery.
Kiana Saltarelli, North America
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!!
We had a truly wonderful experience; my husband and I went as a stop on our honeymoon trip. Our guide, Ru, was knowledgeable and skillful, and checked in with us often to provide the experience that would help us feel challenged, excited, and also safe and comfortable. From start to finish the team was so thorough and made sure we had all of...
Laura James, USA