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Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura provided by Kaikoura Kayaks

Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
22
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    22
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 New Zealand's only Sea Kayak operator that holds a marine mammal permit to view Whales. Kaikoura's only Kayak operator that holds a marine mammal permit to view Dolphins, Whales and Seals. New Zealand's 1st Friend of the Sea sustainable operator for Dolphin and Whale viewing. Traditional double sea kayaks with cockpits and spray skirts for a dry ride and rudders for easy steering. Qualified New Zealand Guides. 100% guaranteed to view Fur Seals on all tours. Family Friendly - operating year round. The Wildlife Kayaking tour is the real deal!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus. But be sure to keep your distance as they devour their delicious dinner in front of you, then watch in amazement as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean going) birds swoop in to clean up the tasty left-overs. This adventure around the beautiful coastal waters takes in the breath-taking views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. This fun tour is suitable for all ages and abilities while operating year round and doesn't require any previous kayaking experience. These professionally guided kayaking expeditions adhere to the highest of safety standards. Our 3 - 3.5hr Wildlife Kayaking tours are one of the most popular activity tours in Kaikoura.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus. But be sure to keep your distance as they devour their delicious dinner in front of you, then watch in amazement as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean going) birds swoop in to clean up the tasty left-overs. This adventure around the beautiful coastal waters takes in the breath-taking views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. This fun tour is suitable for all ages and abilities while operating year round and doesn't require any previous kayaking experience. These professionally guided kayaking expeditions adhere to the highest of safety standards. Our 3 - 3.5hr Wildlife Kayaking tours are one of the most popular activity tours in Kaikoura.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 246568P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Dry bags for camera's, all kayaking equipment, paddle jackets, wet shoes, spray skirts, dry pants, gloves and hats over the winter months.
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 19 Killarney Street, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand Travel through the main street of Kaikoura South past the Information Centre towards the seal colony and take your first right off the Esplanade on to Killarney st. Look for the Kaikoura Kayaks yellow street sign and flying banner at our base.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Dry bags for camera's, all kayaking equipment, paddle jackets, wet shoes, spray skirts, dry pants, gloves and hats over the winter months.
Departure details
  • 19 Killarney Street, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand Travel through the main street of Kaikoura South past the Information Centre towards the seal colony and take your first right off the Esplanade on to Killarney st. Look for the Kaikoura Kayaks yellow street sign and flying banner at our base.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 7 Dec. 2021
A note from Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
Kaikoura is operating under the new Covid-19 Protection Framework or Traffic Light System: Orange. My Vaccine Passes’ must be sighted and verified if eligible to take part in our activity. Exemptions Children under 12-years. People who are clinically exempted. You are ineligible for vaccination.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Popular mentions

5.0
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Judeen
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Solo
A stunning day and super fun guide Gorgia made for a fantastic experience! I'm a total novice and was a bit nervous....but no need. You're in great hands! Absolutely loved it!
Written 18 January 2022
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angelaaaaa2015
Hamilton, New Zealand3 contributions
Amazing. Great sealife, we even saw dolphins! Very knowledgeable and personable guide. The kids loved it. Was great to try something a bit different.
Written 16 January 2022
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TG255100
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Jan. 2022
We had an amazing time. Benek was a fabulous gude. Beautiful experience
Would love to come back and do this again!
Written 11 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for paddling with us:) We'll be sure to pass the feedback onto Benek!
Written 13 January 2022
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Tom J
1 contribution
Jan. 2022
Miles Had Very Good knowledge of the area & explained a whole lot of things about marine life & the local area & even though it was a bit choppy out there it was still a very enjoyable couple of hours. We kayaked approx 8km & approx 1km off the beach so we were out there.
Love to do it again.
Great staff. Very friendly.
Big thanks to Miles taking photos of us to.
Written 10 January 2022
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Thanks for padding with us Tom! We appreciate the support and will be sure to pass the positive feedback onto Miles :)
Written 13 January 2022
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John Webster
1 contribution
Jan. 2022 • Family
Great trip with plenty of wildlife. Saw 8 seals in the water with many being only a few meters from us. Guides where friendly and professional with lots of great information. Definitely a worthwhile trip for our families.
Written 9 January 2022
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KaikouraKayaks
Thank you for joining us:) We hope to see you some time again in the future.
Written 10 January 2022
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Crispin
1 contribution
Jan. 2022
A superb experience for me, my partner and our 4-year-old son. Having never been sea kayaking before, it was a fantastic introduction to the activity and one we will repeat. Much of the experience was thanks to our guide, Bennek, who was knowledgeable, affable, engaging and passionate about his role. Would highly recommend this activity to any and all who visit Kaikoura.
Written 5 January 2022
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KaikouraKayaks
Thank you for your fantastic review and recommendation. It was our pleasure to kayak with you both:)
Written 10 January 2022
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Goofycat26
Wellington, New Zealand34 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
A must do when you are in Kaikoura! My family thoroughly enjoyed that. We saw fur seals feeding on octopus, and we went right up close to heaps of them that were just playing in the water. It was absolutely surreal. The kayaks are super stable, almost no chance of tipping over unless you try really hard. Trust me, my son tried and he didn’t succeed! Emma our guide was super lovely and knows a lot about the wildlife. I would totally do this again each time I come to Kaikoura.
Written 2 January 2022
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KaikouraKayaks
Wow thank you so much for your recommendation! Thank you for joining us:)
Written 4 January 2022
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Holly G
Whakatane, New Zealand5 contributions
We went out with our guide Emma. Who was super informative, friendly and made it really enjoyable. Great family fun and seeing all the fur seals and penguins was awesome.
Written 1 January 2022
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KaikouraKayaks
Emma is a star! We love hearing that familiies really enjoy our family wildlife tour. Thank you for joining us:)
Written 10 January 2022
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Jeni C
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
My first time doing Kayaking, Ben our guide is such a great person and helped me overcome my fear and made comfortable doing it in few minutes. Sight of fur seals up closed and information about native birds are interesting too .... highly recommended activity for while family . 🥰
Written 1 January 2022
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KaikouraKayaks
We are so pleased you felt comfortable and that your family enjoyed our tour. Thank you:)
Written 10 January 2022
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Luke & Vee
Tauranga, New Zealand51 contributions
We had a great morning out on the water kayaking, checking out the seals and a few penguins.
Sophie guided our family (2a and 2c) and was fantastic!
Thank you 😊
Written 23 December 2021
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KaikouraKayaks
We love spotting the penguins too! Thank you for joining us.
Written 10 January 2022
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N2038BGemilyc
N2038BGemilyc
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Relaxing kayak but wouldn’t recommend
The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Equipment was in good condition and It was a nice relaxing trip wit
PW20212
PW20212
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Expensive
Good spot, and probably guaranteed to encounter seals. Very very pricy. Its basically 400 nzd for renting two twin
tedcowan7
tedcowan7
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Great winter family kayak trip
Great family trip. Josh was a fun and knowledgable guide and having a couple of training outdoor education enthusi
Wholesomehippie
Wholesomehippie
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Loved it
Awesome instructor, adapted to the level of competency of his group. Great way to experience the deal life, learn a
bisseriere2020
bisseriere2020
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Awesome experience
Wow, such an amazing day ! We had the chance to see some seals and play with dolphins ! Thanks a lot Emma :)
213kyliem
213kyliem
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Great family experience!
Our family kayaking trip was awesome! Our guide Shay was SO knowledgeable about fur seals and he made the trip fun
Yourchums
Yourchums
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Great fun trip.
My son and I hired a kayak for a few hours. Was a fantastic day. The company supplied us with all the safety equip
MosaicByS
MosaicByS
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Amazing tour with 8 year old!
Emma the tour guide was a GEM, she really made my daughter feel comfortable and confident in water! Good people a
Tobychuu
Tobychuu
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Awesome morning with 8 & 10 yr olds
We did the Guided Wildlife Kayak Experience 8.30am-11.30am. After a few quick lessons we were out on the water. Our
sandrakevin
sandrakevin
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Up close and personal
Our guide Shay was confident, informed and relaxed. We thoroughly enjoyed our kayak trip. An excellent way to be up
mikev118
mikev118
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Awesome Way To Spend The Afternoon
We were lucky enough to encounter a pod of 200 Dolphins who kept us entertained for an hour. An awesome experience
Johndutchie73
Johndutchie73
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Excellent
The staff were welcoming and friendly, safety was a high priority and we were given great training. Was a great day
rossacammell
rossacammell
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What a great trip
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Hamish and Yonna today, so lucky to have a calm day with dolphins all around us
PGJ20
PGJ20
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Very Good
We did the evening sunset kayaking tour, absolute gorgeous. We had a really small group so we were in the water in
JoyS2315
JoyS2315
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Good hire experience
Friendly, professional staff, good equipment, excellent safety briefing and protocols. A great way to get out on t
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