Guided Family Kayaking

Family Kayaking with Kaikoura Kayaks NZ

Sea Kayaking, the ideal fun activity for families visiting Kaikoura!

Our highly stable sea kayaks allow children to safely enjoy the kayaking experience with an adult paddling right behind them.

Enjoy paddling around Kaikoura’s aquatic wonderland at a leisurely pace taking in the views and enjoying the thrill of getting right up close to New Zealands marine life.

Our professionally qualified guides will be right beside you in your watertight kayaks as your family take snaps of playful New Zealand Fur Seals with an awesome backdrop of mountain views, craggy rocks and sheer cliff faces.

We can tailor your trip to suit your specific family needs and your guide will ensure your kayaking tour around the Kaikoura Peninsula is exceptionally safe, highly memorable and great fun.

Paddling time is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

A 45 minute briefing at the start of your tour covers gearing up, learning how to paddle and steer your kayak and covers our safety guidelines.

Our recommendation: The morning tour’s usually have the calmest sea conditions and the best interactions with marine life.

The 8.30am or 12:30pm departures are recommended for our family fun tours, we guarantee your kids will love it!

TripAdvisor Review - YokePui Choi - December 2017

"We had Cowan as our guide for our family evening tour. He is very patient with my parents kayaking very slowly and cheerful, playing with my son in the sea. We were lucky that we saw a seal feeding itself with octopus, eye opening experience.

Kaikoura Kayaks has very good and complete set of equipment, not just safety jackets, is my first time having a "skirt" that cover around the waist hooking on the kayak preventing us getting soak. Definitely 5 stars".

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 (:

Family Seal Kayaking | Winter

Winter - 2 x Half Day Tours Daily:

Departs 8:30 am & 12:30 pm

Summer - 3 x Half Day Tours Daily:

Departs 8:30 am & 12:30 pm

Sunset evening Tour 4:30 pm

Adults $110.00 NZD

Children $70.00 NZD (12 years and under)

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

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(AUS) 1800 063 456 938


+64 21 462 889

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