Guided Kayak School

Kayak School with Kaikoura Kayaks NZ

If you’re new to the aquasport of sea kayaking or simply want to improve your skills, our New Zealand Kayak School here in Kaikoura will really help you get up to speed.

Our  Kayak School modules can provide you with the basics of sea kayaking if it's your first time in a kayak, to the Sea Kayak Leader award, and ultimately a full Sea Kayak Instructor qualification.

Instructors hold the NZOIA / SKOANZ Sea Kayak Instructor 1 qualification & have an extensive knowledge of sea kayaking, having trained themselves along the same pathway.

Here's what Leonie had to say about her Rolling Clinic experience 

"Just a quick email to say thank you for yesterday, really enjoyed it! Still cant believe you taught me to roll in a day!, thank you for your time and everything, and I'll keep an eye on your website see if you manage to get any video up. Have a good summer, and I'll let you know if I'm heading your way later in the year thank you!"
- Leonie

Our comprehensive courses include:

  • Introduction to Sea Kayaking Skills Course
  • Kayak Rescue
  • Kayak Rolling
  • Kayak Surfing
  • Weather and Navigation
  • Multi Day Kayaking
  • NZOIA Kayak Leader Pre-course

All kayaks, paddling gear, pool hire, DVD lessons and shuttle rides all included.

Free phone 0800 452 456 to discuss course options with one of our instructors.

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 (:

Kayak School

Half Day Group Instruction $110.00 NZD 

Full Day Group Instruction $220.00 NZD 

Half Day Private Instruction $220.00 NZD 

Full Day Private Instruction $440.00 NZD 

Pricing is per person

Free ph 0800 452 456 

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Our Location

  • Address:Kaikoura Kayaks
    19 Killarney Street
    New Zealand

Get in Touch

Free phone:

(NZ) 0800 452 456

Free phone:

(AUS) 1800 063 456 938


+64 21 462 889

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