Awaroa Sea Kayaks
Awaroa Sea Kayaks
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Awaroa Sea Kayaks is based in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park. We run guided sea kayak trips around the Awaroa region, showcasing the highlights of the northern end of the park. The spectacular granite seacliffs, golden sand beaches and the majestic Awaroa Lagoon combine to offer unforgettable sea kayak trips which are suitable for all levels of experience.
Nelson, New Zealand

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Escape07228374927
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our Kayak trip with Josh at Awaroa Sea Kayaks was the highlight of our trip! Our whole family went on a tour and not only got to see the incredible views of the bay and sea life, but got to hear stories from Josh about the history of the lodge, the area and the Maori culture. Can’t recommend him highly enough!
Written 21 June 2024
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gemsaj
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We had a fantastic kayak outing with Josh Smaill. He was very knowledgeable and made the trip so interesting. And the best best part was when he gave us a unique sailing experience with a big sail over all our kayaks held together as a unit - that was absolutely incredible! Thank you Josh - you're the best!
Written 4 June 2024
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Jo-Anne B
Phnom Penh, Cambodia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Sea kayaking with Josh was the highlight of our stay in the Abel Tasman. Josh was knowledgeable, organised and able to create a fun trip for three families with teenagers. We would highly recomend Josh for anyone who is kayaking in the region.
Written 1 June 2024
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Derryn M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Fabulous Kayak Trip - so much fun! We were in great hands with Josh, he was well organised and very informative about the area. Loved every minute of our time out on the water and kayaking with those baby seals was a real treat!
Written 28 May 2024
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Aroha
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Our kayak experience was the highlight of our Abel Tasman tramp. Josh was a friendly and experienced guide. Very knowledgeable about the area and history. We paddled around the bay, saw lots of wildlife and even had a little picnic.
Written 8 April 2024
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Thank you so much for the review Aroha, really means a lot and we appreciate you!
Written 28 May 2024
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thierry v
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We spend four wonderful days at the Awaroa resort in February 2023, in between the two cyclones.
The highlight of our stay was undoubtedly the two kayaking trips with Josh. Absolutely unforgettable.
Written 21 April 2023
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Hi Thierry, thanks for the review and for being such great customers. Not often we get people booking two trips on consecutive days and both times I thoroughly enjoyed your company. Great to have engaged, interested guests who turn up to paddle and love the experience - people like you make kayak guiding a dream job. Thank you
Written 28 May 2024
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Excursion35788899186
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Awaroa Sea Kayaks was an incredible experience. Josh runs quite a slick operation and is absolutely a must if you are visiting the Abel Tasman region. I was camping at Totoaranui and Josh went out of his way to make it work by adding me to the tour. He was really helpful with arrival instructions and fostered quite an incredible tour.

Josh did a great job of making everyone feel welcome, comfortable and included as part of the tour (we had a variety of ages and kayak experience). Josh was very informative about the history of thea area, the local marine wildlife and of course kayak instructing.

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for the best on water experience in Abel Tasman!
Written 10 April 2023
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mfrei2023
Queenstown, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We did a 2.5 hours private kayaking trip with our three kids (7, 9, 11). We had such a great time with Josh exploring the lovely shores and being close to wildlife. We saw lots of seals, sea stars and even a big stingray right unter our kayaks! Josh was a great guide. He is good with kids and gave them a clear briefing on safety and how to paddle. It was a memorable adventure that we can highly recommend for everone!
Written 10 April 2023
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Joy C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Awaroa is the jewel in heart of the very picturesque Abel Tasman National Park. Highly recommend kayaking on the open sea or on the expansive inlet here. Take your phone or camera and stow it in one of the dry bags Josh supplies for your use. Everyone in our party warmed to Josh's calm confidence, dry wit, and extensive knowledge about the local surroundings. Will definitely come back for more of this.
Written 10 April 2023
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Bryan
New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Wow.. what a day!
We would highly recommend kayaking with Josh in the very beautiful Abel Tasman.
This location was perfect for seeing the best of AT, especially as it is a marine reserve area, but also because we were in the middle of AT.
We will hopefully be back!!
Written 9 April 2023
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