Guided - Winter Paddling

Kaikoura Kayaks and Dusky Dolphins

Kaikoura Kayaks - your winter paddling destination

Kayaking in winter is just as rewarding as summer as you get to paddle under the Seaward Kaikoura snow-capped mountains and enjoy the tranquility!

Keep nice and cosy in your enclosed kayak as we provide GORE-TEX dry pants, paddle jackets, booties and gloves making your experience even more enjoyable and memorable.

Explore the Kaikoura coastline in our fast and stable sea kayaks, keep an eye out for the Little Blue Penguin, Dusky Dolphins, the mighty Albatross and of course the NZ Fur Seal's washing themselves, twirling around in the water and flocking on the rocks.

Guided tours operate daily at 8:30am & 12:30pm.

No experience is required our professional guides will teach you everything you need to know.

Why we love winter paddling.......


Winter is New Zealand's fastest growing season for travelers to take their adventure trip of a lifetime, and the reasons why are simple.

No crowds:

Kayaking in the winter months often mean longer periods of fine calm weather and fewer people are out on the water – there’s nothing like the illusion of having a whole ocean to yourself.

Stunning Scenery:

Snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop while paddling around the rugged Kaikoura Peninsula, it’s breath taking!

Abundance of Marine life:

Winter does not deter the marine life of Kaikoura, in fact the NZ Fur Seals are busier than ever, often seen eating Octopus and play fighting around the coastline.

Keep an eye out for the Humpback Whales that migrate up the coastline annually between the months of May to August. 

Kaikoura Kayaks is the only kayaking operator in New Zealand with a Department of Conservation Permit to view Whales.

We look forward to showing you Kaikoura's winter wonderland - join us now for your 1/2 day Seal Kayaking winter adventure!

You will now be directed to the secure website of our payment provider. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard.

Vouchers available now! Choose one of our gift vouchers from the Booking Options.

Booking for a group? Group bookings cannot be made online - please contact us directly via phone or email if you are booking for a large group.

If you are having any issues booking online, please call us direct on 0800452456 or Int +64 21 462 889

You will need!

Long sleeved thermal top, Fleece, shorts or light pants e.g. quick drys, NO JEANS!
Sunglasses, cap, running shoes or sandals, drinking water, camera & towel.

If you have purchased a voucher then it is valid for 24 months from the date of the original purchase. To redeem the voucher, you need to book in advance by calling us on 0800 452 456 or by emailing You must also present this email with the confirmation number when prompted.

All kayaking tours depart from our base 19 Killarney Street Kaikoura off the water front "the Esplanade", 1 km from the Kaikoura Information Centre.

Look for a trailer full of kayaks and yellow street signs (:

Kaikoura Kayaks will endeavour to give you the best experience possible (:

Seal Kayaking

Sunset Evening Classic

Kaikoura Kayaks Sunset Tour

Kayak Fishing

Sea Kayak Hire

Kayak Store

Family Kayaking

Kayak School

Kayak School

Paddleboard SUP Hire

Sit On Top Hire

Our Location

  • Address:Kaikoura Kayaks
    19 Killarney Street
    New Zealand

Get in Touch

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(NZ) 0800 452 456

Free phone:

(AUS) 1800 063 456 938


+64 21 462 889

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