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Kaikoura Guided Kayak Tour

Breathtaking ocean vistas, majestic whales, unforgettable New Zealand adventure.

Kaikoura Kayaking Adventure: Seals, Seabirds, and Spectacular Scenery

Embark on an unforgettable, small-group journey (maximum 8 guests) from the rolling hills of North Canterbury to the stunning coastal haven of Kaikoura, where mountains meet the sea. Your adventure begins with a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes, setting the stage for a day of awe-inspiring encounters.


Guided Kayak Tour: Explore a Marine Wonderland

The heart of this experience lies in a guided kayak tour that guarantees sightings of playful seals in their natural habitat. As you paddle through the crystal-clear waters, marvel at the majestic cliff faces, rugged rocks, and towering mountain ranges that frame this coastal paradise. Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to spot dusky dolphins and adorable little blue penguins, adding an extra layer of magic to your adventure.


Designed for All: No Experience Needed

 Whether you're a seasoned kayaker or a first-time paddler, this tour is designed to
accommodate all ages and abilities. With experienced guides leading the way and
providing instruction, you can feel confident and safe as you explore the wonders of Kaikoura's coastline. This year-round adventure ensures that you can experience the magic of kayaking regardless of the season.


Café Lunch and Panoramic Views

Following your exhilarating kayak excursion, refuel with a delightful lunch at a charming café, savouring the flavours of local cuisine while soaking in the stunning coastal atmosphere. Your journey continues with a scenic drive to a lookout point, where breathtaking panoramic views of the Kaikoura Peninsula and the vast Pacific Ocean stretch out before you. 

This Kaikoura kayaking adventure is more than just a tour – it's an immersive experience that combines the thrill of paddling with the wonder of encountering marine life and the serenity of breathtaking natural beauty.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by luxury vehicle
  • Maximum of 8 guests per tour.
  • Fully guided Kayak tour, including all equipment.
  • Cafe lunch in Kaikoura
  • Courtesy city hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic (weather permitting)
  • Fully escorted with informative commentary.

Departure time: 7:30 am
Return: approx. 5.45 pm

Tour Code: KA04

Kaikoura Guided Kayak Trip

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Your tour includes:
  • Experienced, knowledgeable Guide 
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel
  • Guided kayak tour
  • Cafe lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • An amazing, unforgettable experience!


The following is recommended:
  • Rain jacket
  • Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather.
  • Hat (type depending on weather)
  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle

Customer Reviews

  • Outstanding experience - blue whale, dolphins and seals.

    We saw all we hoped for and more. Got very lucky and spent an hour or more with a Blue Whale, saw a massive pod of dolphins maybe 200+, hung out along the beach with big family of fur seals and even saw couple type of Albatross. Jock was a super guide that knew the area well and was able to make adjustments on the fly as it was just us. All in all my highlight of a two week trip in South Island, New Zealand. A great experience!!! Highly recommend but do remember nature is not a zoo, you see what you see

  • What a fantastic experience!

    The weather was great and we got to see no less than THREE whales in our tour! Each of them for about 5-10 min. And when they disappeared we had the tail view. The crew was great! Despite previous reviews, our guide stayed quite when the whales dove so that you could make a nice video without the commentary.

  • Worth it

    Amazing ..a must do for people love to try new things .......worth every penny..10/10 really
    enjoyed every bit of it...

  • Whales tails!!

    We had a fantastic day trip with Canterbury Trails. Our drive guide Dave up at our hotel and promptly informed us that we were the only people booked -so we had an amazing private tour. The drive to Kaikoura was spectacular- bucolic rolling hills.with sheep grazing and wandering cows giving way to spectacular southern Alps dusted with snow as the sea met the coast. We saw humpbacks whales within 10 minutes of boarding our whale watching boat. The whale watching tour was also phenomenal with very informative and experienced guides. We saw humpbacks, Hector Dolphins, petrels, albatross, shearwaters and New Zealand fur seals. Dave then met us at the end of the whale watching experience and drove us to The Pier Hotel for a fresh seafood lunch in an historic building on Kaikoara. The heard back to Christchurch, stopping at the fantastic Pegasus Bay winery. There were amazing gardens and even more amazing wines. Thank you Canterbury Trails, and especially, thank you Dave!